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    ♥♥ Snow, Glass, Apples; Eve; Yvaine BLENDS: Strangler Fig, Mouses Long and Sad Tail, The Dormouse, Pomona, October, Dorian. NOTES: vanilla, amber, leather, tea, cedar, snow


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  1. alyelle

    The Forest of the Empress

    Imp: fir and sweet cedar, blue-grey spruce, the sound of a distant river and the rustle of leaves Wet: very gentle, all things considered - the soft, clinging scent of fir trees, underscored by the warm richness of oak and cedar. Peaceful, solitary, and green. Dry: spicy bruised leaf litter, fading into a mist of fir needles and fog. Incredibly short lived at only 2-3 hours, with a mild throw, but such a beautiful and ethereal scent - I will probably try to track down another. Stars: ★★★★★
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    The Stream and the Waterfall

    Imp: sweet cherry blossom and peach, with a woody undercurrent of frankincense Wet: a pale, secluded wood, with pink blossoms skittering through on the breeze Dry: the memory of blossoms, and crushed leaves underfoot. Like most apricot blends, this one stays super light on me, and so close to the skin that I need to apply quite a bit in order to generate any kind of throw. Possibly one that will be more potent with age, or in winter; in the height of summer, it lasted all of two hours, and the best throw I could achieve was 'faint'. Stars: ★★★★
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    Ghost Faced Bat

    Imp: vanilla and coconut cream Wet: a sticky, milky sweetness slathered in honey, tempered by resin. I assume it's benzoin but I'll be honest, I have no idea what benzoin smells like on its own; this reminds me of amber, but thicker and more bitter. Dry: Tanning oil. I knew it would turn this way, coconut always does. It's not unpleasant, but not... exactly what I want to smell like. More vanilla and creamy white shades would have been nice. A reasonable throw, and an average 6-8 hour lifespan, but possibly longer in cooler weather (I tested this at the height of summer, in 37C heat). Keeping to age, and to experiment with. Stars: ★★★½
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    Imp: rich black pine and cunning vetiver Wet: heavy on the pine with a splash of coriander overlaid, and a deep underlying sweetness from the vetiver Dry: unusual top notes which thankfully fade very quickly - the pine is smooth and resiny but the vetiver is oddly soapy, rather than the deep, sweet spice I'd normally get. This rounds out as it wears, becoming a rich vanilla-laced pine, and a strong earthy vetiver, and THAT is the behaviour I know and love from you, you little problem child of a scent. We've had some near misses over the years, but vetiver has never let me down yet, and Hyrrokkin will not be the first. This lasts a good long time, 10 hours or so, with a strong throw at first that does taper off as it dries down. Stars: ★★★★
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    The Goat and the Vine

    Imp: apples, fresh grass, only a very little of the cedar mentioned, and none of the other notes at all Wet: earth and apple orchards heavy with dewy grapes, a waft of hemp on the air - and perhaps a touch of the heartwood coming in. A faint base of vanilla benzoin which I assume will amp on me. Dry: more vanilla resin than apple in the end, and not as long-lived as some of my apple scents. The apple note itself is very similar to that in Snow Glass Apples, but warmer, and without the ozone overtones in that one. Overall pleasant, if mild, but not one I'd seek out more of - I have plenty of apple BPAL around, and quite a few that work better for me than this did. I will keep it for now, however, to see how it ages; hopefully it'll firm up and last a little longer, given all the wood that's in it. Stars: ★★★★, probably half a star more than it deserves on performance but I'm very biased when it comes to apple notes.
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    The Hourglass

    Bottle: musk and ozone, white rose, violet and lily Wet: myrhh, carrot see, and clove, tempered by soft lily and rose Dry: sweet, sharp carrot seed topped with an amber-esque floral and soft spices For me, this is a more wearable version of Gold and Tears, which I wanted to love but couldn't. That blend made me wary of both ambrette and carrot seed; this one surprised me, coming in way above my expectations from its description. Clove and lily can also be very hit and miss on my skin, so I'm counting the fact that it works as nothing short of a miracle. A very strong scent, with a good long life - this went beyond 12 hours on me. Stars: ★★★★½
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    Rapture Pig

    Imp: sugared roses, red currant, and musk Wet: Turkish Delight. This is the gorgeous rose I can wear, from Two, Five, And Seven, and the 2014 Lupercalia series, not the potpourri grandma smell I'm so often tricked by. Dry: rose petals, thick, viscous sugar syrup, a tempering of vanilla-lemon musk underneath; all of which boils down to a soft, chewy, sugar-powdered rose sweet. I love this, and cannot fault it in any way. It lasts forever, with a mid to strong throw that somehow doesn't get in your way at all. The sugar is sweet without being cloying (or foodie), the rose is strong without being overpowering, and the whole effect is just DELICIOUSLY pink. Stars: ★★★★★
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    Foolish Wooden Cucumber

    Imp: vanilla, oaked bourbon (? sure, nose), and cucumber juice Wet: old oak barrels, teak-touched vanilla, hints of wet greenery and spice Dry: sweet, woody vanilla. One of the simplest, but most effective, scents I've tried out of the Singularity batch; it very much does what it says on the tin. It's super light on me, lasting only a few hours, with a very mild throw. Nevertheless, lovely. Stars: ★★★★½, would have been five with a longer lifespan.
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    Yet another scent that doesn't - and really should - have cinnamon listed in its ingredients on the website. This is a beautiful fragrance, objectively, but I ended up with horrible welts all over my skin when I patch tested. At this point, I just don't understand why blends containing cinnamon aren't marked as such - it's a common irritant, and so painful to discover the hard way. I learned long ago that I can't wear it and specifically don't purchase blends containing it, so it was really disappointing to receive this bottle and smell that tell-tale note when I opened it. I hoped, given that the description excluded it, that it was just my nose playing tricks on me, but alas - it was not. Into my sale pile. 5/5 for the blend itself, it is delicious. 0/5 for the execution of the product on site, please warn us for known irritants in future
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    One that's been on my wishlist for ages and randomly showed up as a freebie with a recent lab order. Imp: almond, honey, and a little hint of fig tree and olive wood Wet: fig and sandalwood, incredibly sweet, with a toasty waft of coconut starting to emerge. Its a weirdly fleshy coconut, not at all like a dried, desiccated sort, which blends with the bitterness of the almond to create a lovely coco-marzipan effect. Dry: so hard to tell what the drydown is like, because Eden disappears almost as soon as I apply it. After only a few hours, I'm left with the faint after-smell of suntan lotion and a hint of sweetness. In the wet stages, the throw is pretty decent, and the overall mood is love, but the (lack of) longevity prevents me from giving this a higher rating. Stars: ★★★½
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    Imp: sandalwood heavy, with a bitter tang of neroli Wet: a hint of sweetness from the champaca, which smells like amber on me, and very dominant sandalwood overtones. Incredibly, painfully, hippy. Dry: As this dries, it turns into every Tree of Life store I have ever walked into. (Also, I really like champaca flower.) Short-lived, barely 4 hours, with medium to strong throw. Keeping it because it's now discontinued, and my new age teenager heart secretly loved it. Stars: ★★★½
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    Wolf's Heart

    Imp: sniffing blind is never my favourite, my nose plays such tricks. Dragon's blood resin, amber, hints of citrus and possibly orris? Wet: gilded something, a boat load of jasmine (seriously so much jasmine), and probably one of the musks as there is a powdery note starting to come out. Maybe also carnation, which has the same effect on me. Dry: quite generic once it's dried, and a bit powdery with a surprisingly short life span (just a few hours) given how strong the throw is at the outset (and boy is it strong). Not a winner for me; will be gifted or repurposed as a homemade atmos spray. Stars: ★★½
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    This is the only reason I placed another order this year, because it sounded truly delightful - usually I limit my purchases to one massive one per year, due mainly to the $45 in shipping costs (hashtag thanks Australia). Imp: lavender cream with tiny bursts of sage and honey Wet: a calming scent for a stressful day; I wore this while working on code for our upcoming sale, which is a job I simultaneously love and hate. (Love because CSV's are so satisfying to finish, and hate because coding anything in our back end takes four times as long as it should and no one can tell me why). At first it is pure lavender, with wee drifts of honey creeping in gently, in a way that reminds me of the errant scent of fig trees during summer in Greece, wandering here and there on the meltemi. Not as sharp as TKO (which, honestly, is like a lavender-gloved punch in the face, and I love it) Dry: staggeringly beautiful - a soft, gentle lavender which stays this side of powdery at all times, tempered by sweet herbs. Long-ish lived, giving me eight hours of pure bliss, with a medium-tending-light throw. Stars: ★★★★★, would purchase this in a heartbeat if bottles were ever released
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    Server Gremlins

    First time I've ever been "lucky" enough to get one of these apology oils, how exciting! It's ... certainly tricksy like a gremlin. In the imp: sandalwood and a hint of spice, with a light, sparkly fruitiness - my top guesses were peach, champagne grape, raspberry/blackberry. The spice may JUST be sandalwood; all my sandalwood bases have been smelling spicy of late. There's also a hint of bubblegum. Wet: given the lack of description, I went straight to reviews, and did a very cautious test patch after seeing so many people talk about cinnamon. I'm happy to bet on that not being in here - no redness and no reaction, even straight after a shower, thank goodness. I do agree there's a cinnamon-like smell at work, which I've narrowed down to pink pepper or maybe cassia, both of which have done similar things on me in other blends. The test patch smelled vaguely of Imperial Leather; a proper application gives notes of pine or cypress, thorny blackberry, and hay or spring grass. Sweetness layered over earthiness. Dry: I'll say pine or one of the resins for the base, and definitely a berry of some form; the effect reminds me of Black Forest, though much less piney. Life is good, still going strong at the ten hour mark, and the throw is mid-to-strong. Overall I love it, and am super glad to have had the chance to try this. Stars: ★★★★★ (rounded up just a touch for its olfactory trickery)
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    Death on a Pale Horse

    I believe this was a frimp in my last order, as I have zero recollection of ordering it, and none of my receipts show it anywhere. Received back in May, so aged around 6 months. In the imp: this one tricked me entirely - I got leather, spice, and bay from the imp, none of which are listed in the scent notes, along with white funeral flowers. Wet: ah, there's the bourbon and sandalwood, which I think is what must have been giving off the spice notes in the bottle. A tiny splash of the lime, and a lovely dark undercurrent of vetiver (which I will again say is an absolute WINNER on my skin, and I have no idea what I did to deserve such great chemistry with that tricky little bastard). Dry: a beautifully smokey fougere. heavy enough on the sandalwood that the vetiver is all but drowned out - an impressive feat since that's another note I tend to amp. A good strong dose of Catholic church incense, which I love, yet the whole event is very short lived. Life is barely 4 hours, and reapplication doesn't help; my skin just eats this up. Throw is incredibly mild, blink-and-you'll-forget-it. I love it so much, but realistically, I'd never buy a bottle since it doesn't have the staying power. Stars: ★★★★