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    Tiki Queen, Ice Queen, Judith and Holofernes, Hymn to Proserpine, In Winter In My Room, When the Chrysanthemums Go, Snow-Flakes, Marae, Queen Mab, Yvaine, Black Lily, Muse, Alice, Mme. Moriarty, The Red Queen musks, mandarin/tangerine/orange, tuberose, magnolia, frangipani, tropical florals, white florals, cream, opium, sandalwood, mahogany, vanilla bean, lily, night-blooming jasmine, honey musk, floral teas, sugar cane Complexly blended scents, where an interesting array of notes play against each other. Not one for straight fruit/floral/incense/whatever scents. Notes that (usually) have a vendetta for my skin: aquatics (air freshener), roses--except when they're ok, fresh florals (sharp), orange blossom (powder) Dislike: intensely foody, buttery, nutty, maple syrup/brown sugar, molasses, chocolate/cocoa, fig (newton), gritty patchouli, headshop incense, cherry-almond, cinnamon, clove, spices, evergreen/fresh woods (christmas tree, cedar, etc.), lemon, lemon flower, dragon's blood

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  1. cinderfallen

    Almond Blossom

    My initial impression was that of snow-minted slush with a flurry of Dana O'Shee! The almond dies quickly and it's a blast of ice which eventually also dies down and warms into a beautiful pale fragrance that I wouldn't call a floral because I can't discern "flowers" from it, but that wonderful BPAL Yule-flavored scent that's so special and indescribable. If you like Snow White, try Almond Blossom!
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    Black Lily

    I fell in love with this in college, and it's been long a year since then and I still love it. Black Lily really does smell of lily, corrupted by a darkness.
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    So many new blends to track down and try!
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    Dragon's Milk

    Goes on bubblegum sweet, cherry-sour and dries down Snake Oil spicy vanilla, clear and pure Dragon's Blood--slightly floral, candy cherry hard candy, wet and mouthwatering. Perfect batch. Edit to say Eureka!: This smells exactly the first couple seconds of a red fruit candy chew, when it's the most tart and juicy and mouthwatering.
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    This smells exactly like Haus of Gloi's Elevenses, described as: "Not quite breakfast and not quite lunch, its the little snack in between. Tiny, little fluffy orange cakes, sugar coated toasty almonds and a wee steaming cup of black tea!" Wet, a big punch of butter--and yeap, smells like toast! Dries down to smell like a cozy house with throw pillows and cross-stitching hangings. It's not a clear, delineated scent but rather definitely the blended scent of buttered toast and milk tea, maybe if you had them together as a snack?
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    Mouse's Long and Sad Tale

    A good scent for guys! My boyfriend sampled my imp and ordered a bottle for himself a couple years ago. Mild amber and vanilla. He actually really liked Mouse Circus as well, so I gave it to him. He's got a little Mouse collection going now. =)
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    Dana O'Shee

    Fresh from lab, it's very reminiscent of Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum, a very light and pleasantly sweet, soft, cherry almond (and not the cheap kind!). I've gotten this before in imps and bottles, and I remember it to be a little creamier, which I'll hope it gets with a bit of age. It's a very light scent on me and almost disappears after applying, which I like as I hate cloying sweet smells.
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    Mouse Circus

    A toodle oodle of pink cotton candy noses, vanilla spun sugar fur, scattered kernels of popcorn, and a touch of polished golden wood. Actually, surprisingly, Mouse Circus dries down to smell very similar to Midway after the initial popcorn blast. Not a fan of popcorn (SUPER not a fan of popcorn) but the note fades away within about 10 minutes to a light vanilla.
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    413 U.S. 15 / Miller Vs. California

    Whew, this is one strong, piercing scent! Knocks my nose out. Kind of smells like Christmas, that cheery holiday candle scent inlaid with a whisper of dry leather. But mostly, from one dab, this is just giving me a headache. I'm going to need to VERY sparing with this because of the strength of the scent! Diluted, this wafts so much more delicately. This is a almost edible fruit and a slight hint of light cream, with the leather note not much visible--it just keeps a papery backbone to the prettiness.
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    Recommend for fruity floral?

    Queen Mab is an amazing fruity-floral--I think you'd like it!
  11. cinderfallen

    The Antikythera Mechanism

    Tobacco doesn't smell evocative to me. It actually smells like Asian medicine. It's what I get most out of the scent, plus wood. Then it smells kind of like pancakes. Not for me.
  12. cinderfallen

    Theodosius, The Legerdemain

    A light and airy Dorian, that is, an Earl Grey tea without the heavy cream/musk notes. There's something about the blend that smells a bit like leather, but it's just a hint! Overall, this smells like a great unisex perfume, not just one-note black tea, but a whirling eddy of airy citrus, light fougere, and Earl Grey tea leaves that are tannic enough to insinuate leather without toe-ing over the line. The slight hint of vanilla is just a perfect touch. It's a sophisticated, gorgeous blend and I can't stop sniffing myself! This is what I wanted Dorian to be (it was just way too heavy and foody for me). I definitely want a bottle of this.
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    Oh man, so much thanks to the lovely samarablackcat for sending me this! It's so lovely! I love the smell in the bottle--the ripe plum is *perfect*--exactly the wet, sweet, and glistening flesh of a fruit, with none of tartness of the skin, with just the barest hint of cream. Unfortunately, at first, my skin amps the dry and dusty wildflowers and the cream, and though the plums do come through, they're not as ripe and juicy as it is in the bottle. WOE. The cream dies down and becomes more of a supporting player to round out the scent, and give it fullness, and the three notes balance each other wonderfully, with the cream dying down more and more as the scent wears on, lending mostly its sweetness without the overwhelming foody quality. (The same cream as in Zarita and Left His Nurse In a Crowd.) I get more of the skin of the plum, as the scent dries down, and actually, now I'm sure that the Will Call frimp Daya had plum in it, because this is very reminiscent of it (minus the resins). There's a very faint aura of spice and/or flower that reminds me of Lady Una--I wonder which note that is? I think I'm going to try this scent again on absolutely clean skin, as I think the vestiges of yesterday's perfume is lingering and causing a potpourri sort of vibe. But yay! Interesting smells! And the *waft* is lovely! Totally slightly boozy plums, green-stemmed wildflowers, and cream.
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    Carnaval Diabolique

    This is coconut lemon verbena with the sweet tuberose rounding off any harsh edges without actually entering the scent itself. The smoke and incense is very subtle and tinges at the edge of the blend. Specifically, the lemon flower is the lab's litsea cubeba, aka May Chang, so people who have problems with straight lemon might want to try this. Soledad is right--this smells very much like a velvet Oriental, with the bright lemon flower in contrast. It makes sense! The City of Angels is a very bright and sunny city, and the Carnaval shrouds it in a little opium and smoke.
  15. I think I like black musk--it always strikes me as clean skin, I think. I think I need to more aggresively try more things with musk in it, as my skin LOVES them, and my nose loves them, too! I really love the white musk in Dorian. There's a couple in there, but one of them is the exact same "crystalline" musk I adore in Ice Queen. The other white musk is the very one I love in Queen Mab. So...basically, I love musk.