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  1. Little Bird

    Senator Barrial

    I really miss the bpal fragrances of my youth. I still love and hoard the original Monster Bait gourmands (Closet, Underbed and Underpants) and don't think that the newer gourmands really hold a candle to them. This blend doesn't smell at all like red velvet cake or buttercream or frosting to me. In a weird way, it smells faintly of walnuts, a dry and sharp spiciness, and a strange, woody, barely there chocolate. It doesn't really remind me of any of the other cake or buttercream scents that I've had from bpal. It goes through a weird, clean stage that reminds me of the aquatic dead leaves notes, and then settles into that woody walnut drydown. Fades away very quickly.
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    Smug Yale Alchemy Lab

    My bottle has zero traces of vanilla anything in it. It smells like a slightly soapy green grass oil and a little dustiness in the drydown. Disappears by the two hour mark. Really sad about this one.
  3. Little Bird

    White Larry

    I agree with milo's review in that this smells quite similar to bpal's Stinky fragrance. I no longer have a bottle of Stinky to directly compare, but it's the same 'white honey and baby powder' thing to my nose and memory. A dry, powdery, lightly sweet honey that doesn't have the creaminess of milk or butter to my nose. Honey and powder. Sadly, I actually really wanted goat's milk and butter, and this doesn't remind me of either.
  4. Little Bird

    Cathedral Incense Atmosphere Spray

    I was hoping that this would be Midnight Mass in room spray form, and it does share similarities to Midnight Mass and Cathedral, but this is sort of warmer, dustier, and evocative of candles in an old church. Sweet church incense, powdery amber, and a scent like burning thousands of beeswax candles, lightly sweet and smoky in a way that's velvety and not acrid. It is the scent of being in an old church with amazingly high cathedral ceilings, old wood, and lots of lit candles. It's sort of amazing to be able to have this in a spray bottle.
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    Egg Nog Cocoa Atmosphere Spray

    Ungh. I love this. I keep trying to find eggnog perfumes that smell like cold, creamy eggnog with just a teeny tiny hint of spice, but they tend to be tons of nutmeg and no cream. This is that cold, creamy, sweet, vanilla-y gorgeousness of actual eggnog, perfectly captured, with a barely there dusting of nutmeg and just enough sweet, velvety cocoa powder to be charming. I wasn't sure I wanted cocoa in my nog, but I do. I was also worried about the longevity of this, because bpal's Eggnog perfume oil, while lovely, has very low throw and staying power on me, but a little spritz of this fills a room for hours. So good.
  6. Little Bird

    Svarta Fönix Bókaflóð

    Surprisingly, I get no chai spice or anything tea-like from this. It's also missing that vanillic sweetness of old books and aged paper. It's really not a sweet fragrance in any way. I'm surprised that there's no tobacco listed, because it has a persistent, gritty tobacco and slight smokiness that is like cigarette smoke and a hint of ash on my skin, which must be the 'roaring fireplace.' Then there's something like a nip of whiskey and an overwhelming presence of black leather recliners saturated with cigarette smoke. It's the scent of a man's smoking room to me. I wanted something warmer and more cuddly, with some milky chai tea. The leather dominant drydown isn't awful, but I'm not loving the ashy, smoky parts, and I do like at least a little sweetness in my fragrances. I probably won't wear this again, but I do love the free book that came with it.
  7. Little Bird

    Sugar Cookie Hair Gloss

    I like this much more than the Sugar Cookie perfume oil (which had lots of cinnamon - I get no cinnamon from this hair gloss). It smells like super sugary, store bought vanilla frosting, sticky vanilla cake batter, and coconut sunscreen to me. Heavy, super sweet, creamy, foodie. The scent that it leaves on the ends of my hair is very much a vanilla frosting and coconut suntan lotion fragrance.
  8. Little Bird

    Like a Girl

    I usually enjoy skin musk and that clean skin type of scent, but the musk here is reminding me of screechy, sharp, drugstore white musk, and the sandalwood is doing its usual turning to baby powder thing. I can't smell any vanilla or resin. Dry, powdery and sharp.
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    Western Pygmy Blue

    This and Queen Butterfly are the two that smell better in the bottle than on me this year. In the bottle, this is a beautiful scent of earthy patchouli and tobacco, sweetened with a baked blueberry note, warmed up with amber, and made all creamy from the coconut. On my skin, the blueberry and lilac quickly amp up and are a little too sweet for me, and the tobacco note goes smoky in the background. Blueberry candy and cigarette smoke. It also fades really fast on me and stays close to my skin with not much throw, which is strange for all of the deeper base notes.
  10. Little Bird

    Cabbage White

    Cabbage White is a loud, white, powdery, sweet explosion of a scent on my skin. The orris is powdery, silvery, and sweet like powdered sugar covered iris petals, the lily smells clean, but also rich, waxy, and of honeyed pollen, and the vanilla cream just furthers the sweetness. It's quite a bit like Possets' Silver Lily fragrance, only richer and heavier. I like all of these notes, but together they are almost overwhelming on me. Perhaps a bit too sweet on my skin. I do like how this is a bold, heavy fragrance with notes that I usually consider to be softer and quieter, though. It smells like a very aggressive, intense, sugar hyped lily on me, and I'm sure that there will be a time to wear this, but it'll never be an every day, casual scent to me.
  11. Little Bird

    Echo Azure

    I love lilacs. I have over a dozen planted in my yard now, just because I love their honeyed, creamy fragrance so much. They strike a perfect balance between sweetness and a fresh, springtime airiness. Echo Azure is mostly lilac on me, with a bit of blackberry bush peeking out from underneath as a tangy, slightly herbal, super realistic blackberry. The only thing that throws me off about this is that I associate lilac blooms with early spring and blackberries with late summer, and this scent is so realistic that it almost makes me feel lost in time (not a bad thing, just a strange-ness within me, lol). Overall, it has this dreamlike, soft, purple feel to it that I really enjoy, and is a beautiful mix of sweet and clean tones.
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    El Segundo Blue

    The El Segundo Blue butterfly is endangered, and only three colonies remain: one at Los Angeles International Airport, one at an oil refinery, and one on a tiny patch of SoCal beach. Sand and sea salt, murky beach water, a gust of peony, and a drop of petroleum. Bpal's aquatics tend to go soapy on me, and this one does too, but the sharp salt and dark, murky notes are keeping it interesting for me. I smell this and can't help but think of "Duma Key," which is my favorite Stephen King novel. It's like a haunted beach along the ocean, with a storm rolling in and the twang of sharp, salty ozone in the air. The peony, I think, adds a rich, round sweetness to the scent, sort of a juicy, heady floral in the storm. I'm actually shocked by how much I've been enjoying El Segundo Blue. I think this is my favorite bpal aquatic ever. It manages to feel beautiful, but dark and creepy, at the same time.
  13. Little Bird

    Anise Swallowtail

    The Anise Swallowtail is a creature of wide open spaces. She flies through wide open spaces, over hills and through lots abandoned by humankind, dancing among dill, parsley, fennel, and wild carrots. Bourbon vanilla, star anise, cypress, juniper berry, a drop of blood orange, and bronze fennel. Anise Swallowtail reminds me of Golden Priapus with its smooth, cool evergreen notes and lots of creamy, lightly sweet vanilla. The cypress, juniper and fennel are green, frosty, slightly herbal, and slightly camphorous, without smelling like full-on menthol or mint or anything harsh. This reminds me quite a bit of Tokyo Milk's "Arsenic" fragrance as well, especially as it dries down (that one is notes of 'absinthe, vanilla salt, cut greens and crushed fennel'). Cool, green, and lots of vanilla.
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    Dainty Sulphur

    Drifting low to the ground, this tiny, tough butterfly searches for nectar and mates in vacant lots and coastal flats. Orange blossom and brimstone. I love orange blossom and tend to hate ashy, soot-y, smoky fragrances. I'm really happy that this is about 90% orange blossom on me, and only 10% of a smoky scent that actually isn't that bad. Dainty Sulphur is mostly strong, beautiful orange blossom. Slightly waxy, super creamy, white floral with sweet, ripe orange. Very realistic and natural smelling, and has a tropical vibe to it, like being covered in a wreath of orange blossoms. The smokiness hides under the sweet orange and adds more of a dark, sexy growl than woodsmoke or ash. It reminds me of the way that black musk can sometimes have a smokiness to it. This is one of my favorites of this year's butterflies.
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    Great Basin Woodnymph

    A child of summer, the woodnymph sips moisture from the sand and flits through grasses and wild buckwheat. Hay and grasses with two eyespots of cacao and tonka. Great Basin Woodnymph is lovely, and I can pick out all four of the listed notes. I enjoy green grass fragrances, but they are difficult for me to wear, as they usually take on a too green, slightly sour, sharp edge. The toasty hay with its soft, lemony scent and the sweet creaminess of the tonka and cocoa are wonderful, though, and take the sharpness out of the green grass. I always get this lemony scent from bpal's hay notes, like in Hay Moon. The toasty notes, lemon and vanilla-ish tonka swirl together and smell like having a decadent little lemon cream tart on a bed of dying grasses. I like the fresh, outdoorsy gourmand feel.
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