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  1. ephemera


    Sorry, guys, but this one did NOT work on me at all. It was a weird sickly combination of astringent, sweet and something undefinable.
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    Thirteen (13): November 2015

    In the bottle this smelled like the description - cocoa and honey and sugar. On me, this turned to cocoa-dusted rusty violets. It's sour & unpleasant.
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    Strawberry Sufganiyot

    This is, as everyone has been saying, a strawberry jam-filled doughnut. It's amazing. It's somehow not cloyingly sweet on me (although perhaps others might disagree). Wet it's all strawberry & sugar. Once it dries down it keeps the strawberry, but it becomes subtler and the pastry scent mixes with it nicely. I'm thrilled I gave in & bought this.
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    Tombstone Hair Gloss

    I loved the smell of Tombstone since I first sniffed it years and years ago. However, on me it turned entirely bland and powdery in perfume form. Lo! Here is the savior, Tombstone hair gloss! This is sensual but not overt. It's warm, warm vanilla and sassafras The cedar is barely noticeable to my nose, but I suspect it's what's adding the depth to this scent. Three spritzes in my hand (I do one spritz, rub over a section of my hair, next spritz, different section, etc) and my hair is bringing a small, lightly scented cloud all around my face.
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    Strawberry Moon 2012

    I bought this without reading the description, so I initially missed the addition of honey from the 2009 version. Unfortunately, I don't like the change. The scent is still nice, but the 2009 version was green and smelled like real strawberries. This version smells like strawberry candy to me, and the honey is making it almost cloying. I'll let it settle for a time and try again, but I vastly prefer the 2009 version.
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    Rosy Maple

    This is SO much sweet pea! I can see why it's popular - it's bright and youthful and sugary. I like it, although I don't think I need a bottle of it. (Although as soon as I say that, I think, "But...." so maybe I'm changing my mind already) The vanilla bean makes no appearance on me at all - this is all sugar and sweet pea and candy and bright shiny summery-ness.
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    Monster Bait: Underpants

    This... this is my Holy Grail scent. (OK, I may have more than one, which makes it less "Holy Grail" and more "God I love this scent", but whatever.) This is perfection to my nose, both in the bottle and on my skin. The sandalwood lends depth to what could have been an overly sweet, sticky blend. Instead it's vanilla and sandalwood and creamy notes blended together with the lightest touch of butter rum. It smells like the kind of scent that you ought to wear if you're dressed in a floor-length, slinky dress with mile-high spiked heels, in a dark room with wailing jazz, igniting fire in your wake. It's that damned good.
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    Detestable Putrescence

    OK, so, this ought to be the perfect scent for me. It's vanilla. Straight-up vanilla ice cream. This ought to be awesome. It's... well, it's not. For one thing, it smells a bit too thick and cloying for ice cream, and it's not a rich vanilla. For another, this turns to plastic on my skin. It's the first-ever vanilla scent to do this on me, and believe me, I love me some vanilla and foody scents. I am a sad panda, because I wanted to love this.
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    This is like super-fizzy lemon lime water. Not sweet like a Sprite, but more like seltzer water with an extra kick of citrus. It's not a very "me" scent, and yet once the bubbliness eases a bit I find myself sniffing at my wrists a lot in pleasure. This is most definitely a teenaged, over-caffienated summer scent and I'm really enjoying it.
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    How do you apply your BPAL oils?

    What the bullshitter means to say is OHGODSYOUMIGHTCATCHFIRE! Otherwise, I do the same thing you do. I think rubbing hard does accelerate the drying process - there's a perfumerie in Salem that will create a scent just for you and when she's testing you on skin, she rubs it briefly to speed up the drydown - but I don't think you wreck anything. Also, nuclear fission FTW!
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    Where is this scent?

    Phear me and me leet searchie skillz!
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    Where is this scent?

    Here you go.
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    I got this in a recent swap unexpectedly (I love our forumites!) and didn't realize until this morning that it was from the Inquisition. Hee! In this vial this smells like a more childish Spiked Punch. Like the kind of red fruit punch that gives you fruit punch mouth. (Maybe I have discovered what the Master smells like from Buffy? Add in some Graveyard Dirt over Bauble!) After a little while the initial brightness of the scent starts to fade, and it starts to smell a bit like how my husband's homemade fruit topping smells. Like mashed up berries, lemon zest and a tiny bit of sugar and honey to sweeten the deal. It's quite cheery, and rather interesting, but I don't think it's quite for me.
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    10ml bottles...Where did they go?

    I don't believe the Lab sells 10s any longer. You can sometimes find them in swaps though, or on ebay.
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    Are bpal blends all-natural?

    Hah. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. And I went to makeupalley and selected ones that were popular and generally appealing: snake oil, old morocco, dorian, vixen, white rabbit, and dana o'shee. Morocco was one of my first great loves.