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    The Little Wooden Doll

    Yum. After speedily acquiring 25 different imps, I've finally found a few I like! On me, Little Wooden Doll is mostly amber and sandalwood, and the combination is lovely. The rose is a faint hint around the edges, a bit stronger when it's wet, but still adding a hard-to-pin-down something once it's dry. The sandalwood nicely cuts the amber, which can get a bit overpowering for me -- it gives it a bit of an edge that amber lacks. It's funny that for most people it's a 'maternal' scent, though. For me it's a warm, cuddly sexy -- I'm pretty sure that's because sandalwood and amber are both scents my BF wears, so it's kind of like having that "wearing the comfy shirt your lover accidentally left at your house" in a bottle.
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    Baobhan Sith

    The ghostly White Women of the Scottish highlands. They seduce unwary travelers by night with their unearthly beauty and mesmerizing dancing. They engage their victims in a wild, hypnotic dance, and once they reach exhaustion, the demonesses exsanguinate their partners with their vampiric kiss. Talk about a quick courtship. Grapefruit, white tea, apple blossom and ginger. I'm new to perfumes in general and have very little idea what works for me, but i have a grapefruit-and-ginger body wash, so Baobhan Sith seemed like a safe bet. (Disclaimer: I'm utterly pants at picking out notes in general, aside from a few that are whack-you-on-the-head obvious. Thankfully ginger is one such). bottle: light and sweet with a hint of citrus; no ginger here. wet: grapefruit and maybe a touch of ginger. The sweetness is probably the apple blossom, but it's not clear. drying: smells a bit like a nice soap -- a soap I like, but still a soap. Not surprising, since my body wash includes grapefruit and ginger, but it's a bit more soapy -- maybe the added floral? Perfectly pleasant, but not amazing. dry: warm, sweet, and clean, with a little tingle. I think the grapefruit fades and the tea remains. Ginger is definitely there, but it's not a strong "HEY, GINGER!" scent, like ginger essential oil or huffing fresh ginger while you're prepping stir fry. I probably wouldn't have recognized it as ginger if I hadn't read the notes, but it's definitely there in the tingle. Maybe the grapefruit is still there -- it's certainly a wetter, juicier smell than I'd imagine tea+ginger would be. I can't detect 'apple blossom' on it's own at any stage, but I think it may be what's pushing it over into 'perfumey soap' territory. I might like it better without the floral, but it's nice. Again, not amazing, but nice. I'll certainly try it again. This stays very close to my skin, which I appreciate -- I like subtle, and to be sensitive to other peoples' sensitive noses. I'm not blown away, but I'll certainly play with it more. EDIT to add: Just went out to the kitchen and dug through the spice drawer on a hunch. Sure enough, the ginger is totally dried ground ginger. Hence the lack of that sharp fresh bite. I'm inclined to agree with those who said the grapefruit is the lighter scent of the rind rather than the juicy juicy flesh, but I'm not willing to cut open tomorrow's breakfast early just to find out. (My kitchen is rather better stocked than my mental smell library, clearly). EDIT again: A few hours later it's all baby powder. So far EVERYTHING wants to become baby powder after it touches me, arggggh!
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    Schrodinger's Cat

    I've never done a review before, and I'm total pants at detecting notes or describing smells much at all, but Schrodinger's Cat was pretty jubilantly fruit candy on my skin. It made me think of the kind of pseudo-victorian sugared candies I used to get in a pretty little tin; very sweet and pink and, well, sugary. There may have been a bit of lavender in there adding to the victorian-ness of the candy; I'd have to try it again to check. I never caught the zdravetz or chocolate mint, but I don't know what zdravetz smells like. Chocolate mint I've grown before, and it should smell pretty much exactly like one of those green-foil wrapped Andes mints you get at restaurants on occasion. It vanished down to pretty much nothing within two hours. Fine by me, since I don't particularly want to smell like candy, but it was interesting!