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alyelle

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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

    Bordello

    In the imp: A very sweet, almost sickly, plum flavouring; suggestions of plum fruit and almond blossoms beneath. Wet: This has all the potential for disaster on my skin, but I did it anyway. The plum is immediately tempered by woodsy stems of blackcurrant, with a bitter almond note emerging as it begins to settle. Dry: Nowhere near the mess I was expecting! Its final form is a rich, sweet plum with a spicy wood accompaniment. Medium to heavy throw, 10-12 hour lifespan. A very pleasant surprise! Stars: ★★★½
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    Banded Sea Snake (2016)

    In the imp: Oak-laden Snake Oil with hints of moist green moss Wet: Vanilla, the tiniest sliver of olive leaf, and sweet - almost rosy - moss. I love it. Dry: Vanilla-dominant, with sweet fruit-floral top notes. It lingers very close to the skin but has a decent enough throw, and a good solid life of 10 hours. I almost bought a bottle after my 2016 decant circle, but at the time had an unwieldy stash and decided against enlarging it. Stars: ★★★★
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    Green Tree Viper

    In the imp: Tea-laden Snake Oil, and the tiniest whiff of sweet mint. Wet: Earl grey tea with vanilla, not unlike Dorian but with a richer and warmer undertone, and a dash of spearmint. Dry: The tea fades away gradually to leave a rich, thick vanilla. Medium throw, average lifespan. Benefits from aging. Stars: ★★★½
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    Faith

    Purchased first in a decant circle, then as bottles direct from the lab. My review for the sisters combined is beneath each separate review; my review for Hope alone is here. In the bottle: Pure violet, becoming more sugared as it ages. Wet: A slightly greasy feeling at first application. Dry: Violet that tends powdery as it dries down, capped with a generous dusting of fine sugar. Not unlike my first-and-favourite violet scent, Le Serpent Qui Danse, but nowhere near as strong. Together, Faith and Hope blend perfectly, with the astringent edge of the tea rose soothed and rounded by the sugary sweetness of the violet, and the slight powdery note of the violet morphing into an almost vanilla-like scent when combined. The rose strengthens the violet rather than drowning it out. They're definitely best worn as a pair, though both are lovely on their own as well. Together, they have a mid-strength throw and last about 8 hours. Stars: ★★★★★
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    Hope

    Purchased first in a decant circle, then as bottles direct from the lab. My review for the sisters combined is beneath each separate review; my review for Faith alone is here. In the bottle: Tea rose covered in powdered sugar. Wet: When I bought these, I wasn't a huge fan of rose and didn't love how it behaved on me. That's changed somewhat and I can wear most of them these days - however, at the time, I was SUPER pleased to find that the tea rose which generally induced a teeth-grinding headache did nothing of the kind. Dry: Stronger, and less sugary, than her violet counterpart, but with the same slightly powdery note as it settles. Together, Faith and Hope blend perfectly, with the astringent edge of the tea rose soothed and rounded by the sugary sweetness of the violet, and the slight powdery note of the violet morphing into an almost vanilla-like scent when combined. The rose strengthens the violet rather than drowning it out. They're definitely best worn as a pair, though both are lovely on their own as well. Together, they have a mid-strength throw and last about 8 hours. Stars: ★★★★★
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    Bram Stoker

    In the imp: Vetiver. So much vetiver. And a bit of bergamot. Wet: Dark, spicy, and green with a hint of earthy sweetness. Bourbon, hay, vetiver and sweet myrrh; I smell like an 18th century gentleman. Dry: This has one of the weirdest morphs ever, changing from dark, sexy, and brooding to a sweet feminine vanilla like *that*. After 8 hours of wear, it's like being enveloped in a cup cake. The two experiences are so different, it's as though I switched perfumes halfway through the day. Strong throw, and a 10-12 hour lifespan. Stars: ★★★★
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    De Vos’ Unicorn

    In the imp: Marshmallow and pretty peony, a waft of lavendar and a hint of apricot musk. Wet: Sugared vanilla, slightly cakier than Dorian, but very similar. A strengthening spine of musk, slathered with a soft ripe apricot. Dry: A perfectly sugared floral/fruit combo. I never did end up purchasing a bottle, though I was sorely tempted at the time and wouldn't rule it out if I saw this come up on a sale list... Mild, but with good staying power. Stars: ★★★★★
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    Crucifixion

    In the imp: I'll be honest - it's slightly gross, and I blame the labdanum. The scent is predominantly one of decay: rotting rose petals and sludgy orris. This sounds extreme, and it's not the worst thing I've ever sniffed, but it doesn't immediately compel me to apply it to my skin. Wet: An immediate improvement, like those dead roses are aging in reverse. There's a rounded depth from the orris, a dried-but-healthy rose note, and a surprisingly pink frankincense. Weirdly, no trace of labdanum at all. Dry: Surprising (and surprisingly short-lived for something with resins). Its final morph is into an innocent, soft rose - fresh, young, and pale pink - with a base of orris. I'm glad I kept it; age has done nothing to improve the initial waft of death, but after the first few minutes, it's a lovely scent for winter. Mild-to-medium throw, very inoffensive. Stars: ★★★★
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    The Virgin and the Unicorn

    In the imp: White sandalwood, touched by rose and the sharp astringency of pear. Wet: An unfortunate amount of pear and sadly little moss. I bought this as part of a decant circle, and debated at length about whether to bother; my only experience with pear prior to this was La Belle Au Bois Dormant, which was a colossal failure on me. Here, it isn't as bad, but it's too generic, and too much like a powdery nanna soap, that I can't really count it as a win. Dry: Powdery pear. I didn't like it when I first received it, and I don't like it after careful aging. It may just be the fact that I don't find it pleasurable, but it seems to last forever, with far too strong a throw for a fruit-based blend. Stars: ★★★
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    Bestiaire du Moyen Âge

    In the imp: Apple orchards, long green grass, and that slightly sickly creamy note I hated in Prunella. Wet: My favourite apple note from Snow Glass Apples! BLESSED. Flanked by a touch of grass and the kiss of cool pine and water mint. Dry: Utterly beautiful but incredibly short-lived. It barely lasts three hours, although for those 180 minutes, I smell delicious. It morphs into a fragile, pale pink thing, soft and fizzy. I didn't buy a bottle due to its poor staying power, but it would have made a heck of a substitude for SGA if it had lasted longer. Stars: ★★★★★
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    Croquet

    Freebie of unknown age, a gift with my 2016 unicorn decants In the imp: Lime and grapefruit, soothed by a wonderfully earthy sage and patchouli, capped off with bergamot and musk. Wet: Bergamot and lime laid over pink musk, sweet patchouli, and bushy sage. The description sounds like a hot mess; the scent is anything but. Dry: Sage, musk, and brambly nectarine; the final morph is less impressive than the early stages, and not particularly unique once the citrus burns away. A shame, really; the first hour or so was delightful. It does last for an awfully long time, so if you're a fan of the final product, you're in luck. Stars: ★★★
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    Thanatos

    A freebie of unknown age that arrived with my decants in 2016. In the imp: Rose, benzoin, and resins. It reminds me of being at a monastery in the mountains of the Peloponnese. Wet: Rosey sandalwood, a slightly sweaty myrhh, and mastic. Dry: Lovely, but sadly short-lived. It's the perfect balance of florals and resin, and in the late dry-down, it takes on a beautiful moss note. If I could change anything about it, it would be more of this stage. Medium throw for the 6 or so hours it lasts. Stars: ★★★★
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    Apple VI

    In the imp: Pale apple juice shot through with crystalline iris blossoms. Wet: A sweet woodsy base, freshly turned clod, dewy green foliage and a gentle waft of open apple blossoms. Dry: Light-coloured, sweet-fleshed apples and the smell of standing in a blooming orchard on a cool spring day. Very mild, and short-lived, but I am a sucker for apple and love it anyway. Stars: ★★★★½
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    Apple X

    In the imp: A rich, juicy apple, cream-infused musk, and a forgotten path through a wood. Wet: Almost strawberries-and-cream! This is extremely sweet, dripping with glittery juice and a sugary toffee base. It smells like a pack of tiny, heart-shaped erasers I had as a kid, completely synethetic fruit but somehow exactly the same as their natural counterparts. Dry: One of the strangest apple blends I've tried yet, with barely any apple at all by the end. It morphs into a woods-driven patchouli tempered by a light musk, an oddly earthy blend for something with such a sweet start. Fairly strong throw, and a decent staying power; it lasted for around 8 hours. Stars: ★★★★
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    Dead Leaves and Lavender Buds

    In the imp: This could honestly be SN Pile of Leaves at first sniff, there's nary a trace of lavender to be had. Wet: On immediate application, the faintest whiff of lavender. I generally amp it, and sure enough, as this starts to dry those grey-green dried leaves emerge, fuzzy and a little astringent, along with the purple haze of flowers. It feels like a sunny winter's day, with a crackle of dead leaves beneath the blooms. Dry: A simply lovely blend of autumn leaves and fresh lavender shoots - a little lighter on the latter. Mild throw, with roughly a 6-8 hour lifespan. Stars: ★★★★½
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