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  1. elinox

    The Lotus Tree

    Honey-sweet and soporific. First Sniff: Lily and soft white powder. Initial Wet Application: Light and gently soapy. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): This is soft and clean and lazy. I think I’m detecting some sweet lemon in the background. I’m guessing the baby powder is the lotus. My Reaction: I was hoping for a little honey, as others described, but this is all soft, baby powder on me. It grows faint so it will likely fade away, but it’s nice. If it sticks around, it’s lovely and gentle. Rating: 2.5
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    Server Gremlins

    First Sniff: Sort of like the lab’s leather note? Old and dusty. Initial Wet Application: It’s musky, but not in an unpleasant way (yet). There’s also something vaguely reminiscent of a forest here too. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): I’m getting a little sandalwood, which is pleasant. Unlike what other reviewers have mentioned, I’m not getting pepper or cinnamon from this. And is that...ginger? My Reaction: This is soft and perfumed fur on me. The sandalwood stayed well-behaved on me which was nice and I liked the hint of foresty-ness. It doesn’t make me think of gremlins or computers parts at all though; no wires or green slimeyness. It’s more masculine than I’d tend to wear, but interesting nonetheless. Rating: 2.5
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    First Sniff: A white flower; clean and bright. Initial Wet Application: Crisp and a little tart; this could be clean, fresh sheets. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): This is powdery and soft. It makes me think of bright, sunny days just after dawn with cold, crisp dew still on the grass. That bite in the air and anticipation of sunrise. As it completed the dry down it was soft and gentle. My Reaction: This was light, bright and not what I had expected. I guess the narcissus is keeping this to just clean white flowers. I’m actually surprised the myrrh hasn’t ruined this as we’ve had a shaky relationship in the past. And it will likely fade too. Rating: 1
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    Cabbage White

    First Sniff: Lily, the white orris, and soft powder. Initial Wet Application: Clean lily. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): This is lovely and fresh, but I’m worried it’s going to fade. The orris and lily kept this soft and gently sweet. Once it dried completely there was a little creamy vanilla, but it was faint. My Reaction: I liked this, it was gentle and freshly sweet. However, it was too light and faded too quickly. I wish the vanilla cream would have been stronger! Rating: 2
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    First Sniff: Woodsy and masculine. Balsam and maybe a touch of cedar. Initial Wet Application: Musky in a good cologne sort of way. There’s also a softness to this, which I didn’t expect. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): It’s...fading? This got lighter during the dry down but was still mostly the same: handsome mountain man cologne. Once it dried completely, there was the faint note of the lab’s leather underneath it all. My Reaction: This was definitely masculine and woodsy, so not really something for me, which I expected. I sort of got the impression of fur, but not in the way I was hoping. More a slightly piney, freshly oiled leather hide that a freshly showered lumberjack might wear. A little too fancy for your typical woodsman, but masculine and of the forest. However, I bet it would smell great on my husband! Rating: 2
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    First Sniff: Gummy candy, maybe raspberry? Initial Wet Application: Nope, must be cherry. Luckily, this isn’t the medicinal cherry I’ve gotten in other imps. This is more cherry candy. I guess the orange blossoms are keeping this sweet and bouncy. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): Sweet, candied cherry. It reminds me of lollipops and gummy candy. I had hoped the chocolate would make an appearance, but nope, it’s just sugary, cherry candies. My Reaction: The first sniff through the dry down stayed the same; this was all sugary cherry. It reminds me of the gummy fruit snacks I loved as a kid. Not my thing, as I had hoped for the chocolate/orange, but oh well. Rating: 1
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    First Sniff: Gentle, light plumeria Initial Wet Application: Soft and light, this is going to fade. This is definitely tropical and gentle. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): Was that milky coconut?!? My Reaction: Definitely different than my other tropical hothouse scents (like Bayou) but just too light on my skin. I thought I had detected a faint hint of lovely coconut, but it wasn’t strong enough to stick around. The gentle ginger was also nice, but just too light to stay. And that explains it: ‘muguet’ is in the lily family and lily from the lab is always too light and fades too quickly on me. Oh well, it was nice to give it a try. Rating: 2
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    First Sniff: Roses in the morning with a hint of fresh, cool mint. (I think?) Initial Wet Application: I thought I was smelling more lemon at first, but then recognized the rose. It’s lovely and soft so I’m sure it’s going to fade. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): As it dried, this stayed gentle, fresh, dewey roses. My Reaction: Having recently been in London, I can say that while the city definitely doesn’t smell like this, I did like it for the association. I enjoyed the tea roses, but it faded within an hour. I didn’t get any ‘wickedness’ either which would have been interesting. Rating: 2
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    First Sniff: Fresh lemons Initial Wet Application: I guess the lemons I’m getting is really the orange blossoms? There may be a faint whiff of mint keeping this fresh. I think I can also detect the fir and balsam which is keeping this woodsy and nice. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): I liked this and although it got a little soapy with the dry down, it was still fresh lemon and pine needles on the forest floor. Once it dried completely there was mostly the same. My Reaction: I’m mostly getting some balsam with lemon. I had expected this to be darker and I’m surprised I didn’t detect any of the tobacco. Maybe this is what the forests of Transylvania smell like? That’d be nice! Rating: 2
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    First Sniff: Slightly fake vanilla. Initial Wet Application: Soft vanilla. Not creamy, but still pleasant. So far, this vanilla is similar to my test with Snake Oil; although Hunger is a little more gentle. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): As this dries, it stays a soft and light vanilla. It actually gets lighter and so I think it will fade, unlike Snake Oil’s vanilla which lasted all day. My Reaction: I’ll be honest, I’m not impressed with the lab’s vanillas I’ve tried recently. Where’s my milky, creamy sweet stuff? I want the creamy goodness from Obatala, just more sugary vanilla cake! Rating: 2
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    Candles Moon

    First Sniff: Ammonia and then snowdrops. Initial Wet Application: This is very light. It’s very gentle and smells like faint clean cotton. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): This goes between ammonia which reminds me of urine and a faint, fake snow smell. I obviously don’t care for the acridness. There’s a tiny bit of milk hiding underneath all of this, but it’s not enough to keep this creamy unfortunately. I think I can also detect beeswax, but it’s faint. My Reaction: I guess the acrid smell is from the blackberry not working well on my skin with the snow. I wanted to like this, for the association and the light snow, but I don’t like the flipside with the ammonia. Rating: 2
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    Snake Oil

    First Sniff: Soft and sugary vanilla Initial Wet Application: This is powdery soft so I hope it doesn’t fade into nothingness! There’s some sort of woody, plywood in this too. Sandalwood, is that you? Dry Down (first 15 minutes): Wait...is this becoming more gentle vanilla again? My Reaction: I tried this because it’s the labs #1 seller and because I love vanilla and have been looking for the perfect, sugary sweet vanilla for ages. I wanted to like this, I really did, since it’s so popular, but I just don’t care for the dried out plywood that sandalwood becomes on my skin. It seems to go back and forth between plywood and faint vanilla. It was alright, but still not the vanilla I’m looking for. Rating: 2.5
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    The Sea Foams Blood

    First Sniff: White aster, light, clean and like really fresh linen. Initial Wet Application: This is light and clean and fresh. It’s lovely, but it’s going to fade away. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): I’m not sure this is even going to make it through the full dry down time; it’s basically nothing already! Nope, 15 minutes in and there’s really nothing there any more. My Reaction: The first sniff was lovely; freshly laundered white linen snapping in a breeze. But it was just too light to last. Rating: 1
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    Queen of Sheba

    First Sniff: Maraschino cherries. Initial Wet Application: The maraschino cherries are still prominent, but not as in-your-face as first sniff. It’s also changing to a warmer, more nutty scent now, which I really like. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): This was lovely as it dried! Warm and nutty with a delicious almond scent. It stays close to the skin though so I hope it doesn’t fade too much more. My Reaction: I really like this, but it’s faint, even after two swipes with the wand. It’s yummy and nutty with a tiny hint of Moroccan vanilla which just makes this lovely. Rating: 4
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    Fenris Wolf

    First Sniff: Pine resin and amber. Initial Wet Application: Heady musk and amber. Dry Down (first 15 minutes): The rosewood seems to place nice with the sandalwood,which is good, as wood notes tend to go plywood on me. As this completed the dry down, then I was getting the dusty, dry sandalwood. My Reaction: This was more gentle than I would have anticipated. And it was very ‘dry wood’ scent. I had hoped for a darker, more sinister and wild woodsy scent. It’s okay, but not something I’d likely reach for often. Rating: 2