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  1. LaurenO


    At first I get mostly sweet creamy tea, with a hint of fresh bread. The tea is much softer than in White Rabbit. The bread isn't overpowering or particularly foody - I probably wouldn't have picked up on it as bread if I hadn't known that it was a note. It's comforting without being all 'omg cupcakes!' like, say, Beaver Moon. I do like those super-foody blends sometimes, but this is much more work-appropriate. After a couple of hours I'm left with sweet cream with a hint of tea. Gorgeous and bottle-worthy!
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    A frimp from the lovely lunaticana! In the vial: Bright, sugary citrus. Wet: Lime! Very bright and fresh, just cut lime. Dry: Still lime, and then pretty soon after I'm getting a hint of coconut. It kind of makes my mouth water, though it's not foody at all. Im getting more flowers too. This is really pretty!
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    Peach Moon

    In the bottle: Peaches and something heady. Mm, jasmine. It smelled humid to me, if that makes sense. Wet: Peach peach peach. But soft, definitely blossoms. Something sharp in the background too, not bad sharp, just more spiky than the peach. Dry: It's very fresh, and predominately peach blossom on me. However, when I get close to it, I can smell the jasmine and something that might be the wood? I'm not sure, I don't have a great nose. I really like this - it's pretty much exactly what I wanted. It isn't much of a morpher on me, and the peach blossom is always present. I kind of worried that it'd end up being all jasmine and the other notes, but nope. It's very pretty, not too full-on, but it has a good throw.
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    All Night Long

    I got this as a frimp ages ago, and just sort of abandoned it, so I've given it a proper test this week. I just get straight up cinnamon, which I like, but I wouldn't choose for myself. However, really I wanted to test its, ahem, other properties. It works, for me anyway! Maybe it's just psychosomatic or whatever, but yeah. Good stuff.
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    Suck It

    In the bottle: Definitely cherry, backed up with a hint of booziness that's making me think of cough syrup. Wet: Boozy cherry. Nice, but something's catching me at the back of the throat and I can't get the cough syrup association out of my mind. Dry: Sugary cherries. Not cough syrup anymore, but instead its making me think of throat lozenges. The 'brandy' aspect is translating in my mind as something kind of minty or eucalyptus-y. The scent overall is quite faint when dry, I think. I love the name and concept of this scent, and I don't think it smells bad on me, per se. I just can't stop thinking of cough syrup and related products. I'm glad I didn't go for a bottle right away. I'm happy to have my decant and it'll be cool to see how it ages, but I think I'll stick with Bloody Mary for when I want to smell like cherries.
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    I've been meaning to review this for ages. I really like it. I tend to like lighter, sweeter scents generally, although I do own a few darker blends. I think that this is a good inbetweener. It's got amber, but it isn't too dark or resinous. It has florals and pink pepper, but it isn't overpoweringly 'girly'. It's spicy, sweet and pretty sophisticated.
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    Juke Joint

    Wet on the skin, this is a boozy mint. Thankfully the alcohol seems to evaporate and it turns into mint sugar. It's not a candied though - definitely the scent of crushed mint leaves. Very nice, and a good alternative (on me, at least) to LE mint scents.
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    Strawberry Moon 2009

    I really like this oil, and I should wear it more. It's a very fresh, realistic and juicy strawberry. I don't get any noticeable greenery from it, but it isn't at all candy-sweet, so perhaps the other notes just make it smell more natural. It dries down to a strawberry juice and sugar scent. I find the dry down of this quite similar to High-Strung Daisies, although in their wet stages they're very different.
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    The Illustrated Woman

    I thought I had reviewed this already, but apparently not. When I look at the notes now, it doesn't look like something I'd order, but my tastes have changed. When I first got it, it was totally nondescript - couldn't smell it in the bottle or on my skin. I took it out a few months later, tried it and bleugh. PINE. This, along with Samhain, is what made me realise that pine is a note of doom on my skin. My bottle is about a year and a half old now, and I keep thinking that maybe I should give it another go, but then I remember the pine-induced nausea. I'll put it up for swaps, if I ever get around to doing a swaps post.
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    Spiced apple pie. I probably won't wear this often, but it's definitely a very warm, comforting scent.
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    When I first got this I was kind of disappointed - it was a bit sickening on my skin. I think part of the problem was that I was putting too much on. I think as long as I apply Boo sparingly we'll get on fine. It's a lovely crisp, light sugar. It's the sweetness of Xanthe, without the fruit, and with a bit of extra creaminess. I'm liking it a lot.
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    Bite Me

    I expected this to be extremely foody and buttery, but it's really not. It's soft, sugary and very wearable. It's also probably the longest lasting bpal on me that I've found. It doesn't thrill me, but I'm glad I have the imp.
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    Review for the 2009 version - This is mostly a sweet coconut on me, at least at first, but there's this crisp bite of apple that prevents it from being too sickly. It's definitely a very crunchy red apple underneath the caramel/coconut scent. Lovely.
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    High-Strung Daisies

    This is very bright and fizzy to me. It reminds me of these fizzy strawberry lace sweets that I love, though my boyfriend says it reminds him of Juicy Fruit. The dry-down is very like Strawberry Moon 09 to me. So glad this is GC!
  15. LaurenO


    I expected to love this, and I do, but it's very different from how I thought it would be. In the imp: honey, with something else that's a little fresher and zingier. Wet: It's kind of smoky - I totally didn't expect this. I actually didn't really know what carnations smelled like before I tried this, and I'm pretty sure that what I'm reading as smoky is actually the spiciness of the carnations. Honey is still very present, though. I think I get some rose too, but it's not strong. Dry: Mostly honey with bergamot peeking out from the background. The milk in this isn't very strong on me. The whole thing is just lovely and well blended. I need a bottle of this! Preferably more than one, in fact.
  16. LaurenO


    Totally gorgeous. I just received it today and put a tiny bit on my wrist to test it. It's not powdery at all on me, just a very sweet (but not sickening) creamy honey. Warm, cozy, pretty and feminine. The throw is pretty good, considering the teeny dab I applied. I may have to hunt more of this down.
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    Lick It Like You Mean It

    Very sugary mint. It really captures the hardness or crispness of a candy cane. It dries down to something more musky/vanilla based. I'm not sure how to describe this phase though - there's something about it that reminds me of a biscuit or cereal, but not in a grainy way. There's just a certain warmth about it. My skin tends to drink this up, sadly, but I'm glad I have a bottle anyway.
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    The Gaoler's Daughter

    Very pretty. Like a fresh, floral O. I only have about half an imp left, I might need to track some more down. ETA: I did track more down I love this more as it gets older. I'm getting quite a lot of honey and cream now, but there's still that fruity-floral freshness about it. I don't find it too heavy either. It's just perfect.
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    Candy Phoenix

    I love this. It took a while, and I was a little underwhelmed by it at first, but with a bit of aging it's become one of my favourites. When I first got it it reminded me of Lush's Angel's Delight soap, not Rock Star as a lot of people have said. It's very sweet and pink smelling, but there's something very clean about it too. It isn't cloying. I'd say it's more along the lines of Bloody Mary - fresh fruit and white sugar - than something like Sticky Pillowcase, which is heavier and more caramelised to my nose.
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    This reminds me of a cup of green tea with lemon - not a strong, fresh-squeezed citrus smell, but something much softer. I don't really get the florals from it at first, but after a few hours on my skin it becomes a lot sweeter, so maybe that's the floral aspect coming out. It's quite like Shanghai, so if you like that, definitely try this. I prefer Phantasm though - my skin doesn't eat it as quickly. This would be a lovely warm weather scent.
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    Dragon's Milk

    I liked this when it was fresh, but aged it's become utterly wonderful. A rich but not cloying butterscotch scent. It's not heavy or foody though - it's more like butterscotch candies, smooth and sweet. One of my favourites and I'll definitely upgrade to a big bottle when I can.
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    Le Père Fouettard

    This is really gorgeous. I ordered it not really knowing if it would work on me because I haven't tried anything else with these notes (though I was pretty sure the gaufrette would work, my skin loves sweetness). I was so attracted to it though, for some odd reason, and I just couldn't resist. When I first put it on, I was worried that it was going to be rather stale, and like a generic aftershave, but that only lasted for a few seconds. It changes on the drydown into something that smells delicious, and I still can't really put my finger on what it smells like. I think it might be liquorice toffee, with more of an emphasis on the toffee than the liquorice. The leather and coal are in the background, stopping the scent from becoming too sweet. A winner! I'm interested to see how this one ages too.
  23. LaurenO


    I have a very poor sense of smell, and when other people talk about being hit over the head with a scent when sniffing from the vial I get jealous, because even with supposedly strong scents I have to really strain. This was totally different - as soon as I opened the imp, I got very fresh, tart berries. I don't get as much grass as other reviewers seem to have been, but again maybe that's just my bad nose. This is a very nice, light scent, and I'll definitely keep the imp. I think it'll be a good spring scent.
  24. LaurenO


    This starts off smelling a little more boozy than Sugar Skull, but they both dry down to something very similar on my skin. Sugar Skull is light at first, but they both end up smelling like caramelised sugar. On me this is a very good thing. I'll probably get a bottle of this when I've used up my 5ml of Sugar Skull, nice to know that there's a good GC equivalent.
  25. LaurenO


    When I first got this, I thought that it didn't really smell of much. It's a little more aged now, and I like it. It's still close to the skin, but I can smell it more now. It's very truffle-like, rich but also with a hint of dry cocoa. It's recognisably perfume, rather than smelling like food. I'm excited to see how it ages. The only thing I don't really like about it is that it stains my (very pale) skin.