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  1. Little Bird

    Don't Touch

    First on, this smells like green grass. It's like a freshly mown lawn that was full of grass and honeyed wildflowers, now all chopped up and sappy in the sunshine. As it dries down, I can smell the apple-y components, and it reminds me of the scent of a crabapple tree, which is more of a green, fresh, tart scent (but not sweet tarts candy - this all smells very natural and realistic to me). It's not going artificial or air-freshener apple on my skin at all, which is pretty amazing. It smells like my actual yard, full of grass, native wildflowers, and prairiefire crabapple trees. The green musk, I think, smells like a hint of pulpy, green bamboo in the drydown, and every once in a while I catch whiffs of tart pomegranate or a whisper of dark incense, but those things are barely there and ephemeral. This is truly beautiful on my skin and a green scent that I will actually wear. It reminds me of the green and grassy scents that LUSH often comes out with, that smell very true to nature. I love this and I'm glad I took a chance on a full bottle.
  2. Little Bird

    Anathema Device

    I love bpal's black currant, and this is tons of delicious, sweet-yet-sour black currant. It smells like dark, ripe, sweet berries, bursting with juiciness, and that musky, sour hint that currants have. It's about 90% currant on my skin and 10% a dry sandalwood and warm amber. I'm perfectly happy with it
  3. Little Bird

    Slate Black Clouds Tumbled Over Eden

    I don't really tend towards ozones or aquatics (as they often turn to soap on my skin), but something about this one was calling to me. For the first half hour, it smells of cold water full of soap suds, the ozone gives it an electric sharpness, and there's a hint of earthiness (like black potting soil) and a warm, nutty amber. It's soapy, but it also really does smell like black clouds, cold rain, and a storm rolling in. It comes off as pleasantly clean, but with an edge of darkness and a sharp jolt of electricity. An angry, feisty sort of clean. After a half hour, this is less soapy and smells very much like the scent of cold raindrops falling on to a hot summer sidewalk. Clean, slightly green, a hint of citrusy ozone, and that earthy-industrial concrete smell. I really thought that this was going to be a bad blind buy for me, but I love it.
  4. Little Bird

    Game Over

    I love every note in this blend, but was worried about what the 'blue' in the blue cotton candy might be. Luckily, I smell nothing blue, lol. Game Over goes on as a sweet cherry, like cherry hard candy with a hint of creamy floral, and there's this fluffy, sweet, sugary vanilla something that must be the cotton candy. The clove comes out more and more as it dries down, and the cherry fades away to just a hint of freshness. I love the clove note in this so much. It's a perfect, spicy, sweet clove. The cotton candy is a vanillic, warm, dry, sugary note on my skin. I own a lot of vanilla-clove fragrances, and I'm happy to add this one to the collection. Clove cotton candy!
  5. Little Bird

    Edith Awakes

    I like this even more in the perfume oil than in the atmosphere spray. The floral doesn't come off as sharp on my skin as it does in the atmo; it's like sweet, honeyed jasmine flowers with only a teensy bit of perfumey sharpness (that I actually enjoy, as it cuts through the sweetness of the beeswax). I don't get any smokiness or blood, but it's a decadent beeswax scent. It smells like pressing jasmine flowers into melty, golden, sweet beeswax, and it gives off this beautiful, softly glowing, candlelit feel. I find this scent to be very comforting and calming.
  6. Little Bird

    Mother's Hot Ghosts

    The reviews for this were scaring me, because I often find bpal's oud notes to be fecal and off-putting (which is weird, because I've never gotten that impression from any other companies' oud notes). I don't find this to be anywhere near as rough as some of bpal's other oud blends, though. I can see how this has a certain animalic dirtiness, but it's more of a dark brown, feral muskiness than.. poo. On me, at least. And I'm really enjoying the fossilized amber and white musk. On my skin, this reads like a deep, resinous, warm, only slightly powdery amber, with a feral, dark, animalic muskiness and an interesting, clean, glittery gleam from the white musk. It reminds me of an old fashioned chypre, the sort that is full of labdanum, oakmoss, spicy civet musk, and earthy woods. The oud has a hint of gray smokiness and pale, gray wood feel, and the white musk makes me think of shiny, mirrored glass. I actually enjoy this a lot. It reminds me of a heavy vintage chypre perfume with some oud and creamy white musk added in. I usually find white musk to be too sharply musky, but sometimes it's creamy and pleasantly clean with a hint of sweetness, and I'm getting that lovely white musk in Hot Ghosts. Cat Event Exorcist is a horror show on me, but this one actually smells great on my skin.
  7. Little Bird

    Cat Event Exorcist

    Hm. I'm not getting much of the listed notes. On the label, the cat is vomiting up some electric green slime, and that's the color impression that I get from this. It's like a sour, unripe, lemony, chemical scent. Over some woods. With a hint of green. It's sort of like polishing a wooden table with lemon pledge, but more chemical and not as sweet as pledge furniture polish is. I had an aversion to it for the first two hours, and then it faded into a barely there, warm, powdery, musky thing with a hint of that weird chemical, clean, lemony something. I bought this for the label art, but I'm not really enjoying the scent at all.
  8. Little Bird

    The Pancake Bell

    First on, I'm getting mostly a warm, cozy, honeyed, roasted chestnut type of scent from this, which I really like. Almost smells of gourmand woods. As it dries down, I'm getting a lot of the gingerbread cookies, and it turns very spicy on my skin, but still pleasantly sweet and honeyed.
  9. Little Bird

    Excellent Pancakes

    I don't really get pancakes, mascarpone, or a fried or jam type scent. This is all sharp, spiced apple on me, and unfortunately reminds me of a waxy holiday candle. Sharp cinnamon potpourri and air freshener apple to my nose.
  10. Little Bird

    Thirteen (13): July 2018

    I usually enjoy the 13 blends, but this one is very chaotic and jumbled smelling on me. The 'smoky cacao' is very smoky indeed, with the bitter coffee and boozy whiskey making it smell like a burnt chocolate and spilled liqueur accident in the kitchen. I can smell the spicy carnation and powdery, sugary, silvery orris as well, but they just don't fit in with the rest of the scent for me. It comes off as a very strange, burnt chocolate with some booze and floral perfume wafting about.
  11. Little Bird

    Right Atrium

    Fresh, springy, clean, cheerful, rather tart, and slightly soapy. The lab's white tea tends to have a sharpness and a sour, citrus edge to my nose. The cherry blossom adds a sweet creaminess that settles down some of those sharper tones, though. Pretty, sweet, creamy blossoms floating in a cup of lemony tea. As it dries down, the cashmere wood is adding a powdery, slightly white musky, clean sweater to the mix, and I don't like the dryness that it brings in. An undertone of laundry soap.
  12. Little Bird

    A Chance Meeting in Springtime

    No peach for me, and this turns soapy rather than milky on my skin. A very clean, perfumey musk with an extra jolt from the clean, powdery sandalwood. Hints of woody, sweet fig, but mostly this is having a 'clean laundry left out to dry' kind of feel to me. Breezy, soapy, powdery woods.
  13. Little Bird

    Honeyed Amber and Red Currant

    Bpal's amber almost always turns to baby powder on my skin (except the black amber, sometimes), which is sad, because amber is one of my favorite scents. This one is very powdery and dry, with a hint of sour, tart red currant. I can't pick out any honey.
  14. Little Bird

    Superior Vena Cava

    I'm not really a fan of tuberose, but was hoping the supporting cast of rich, heavy, sweet notes would be enough to drown it out. The red musk is the main player, smelling of heated skin and deep, red wine fruitiness, and I do like the extra creamy sweetness of the beeswax, but the blood chypre seems to be adding a metallic note that I'm not loving, and the tuberose still comes off as a screechy white floral to me. It's not as sweet or heavy as I was expecting overall. It sort of smells like a sheer, faded red musk with metallic, sharply floral nuances, and only lasts about an hour on my skin.
  15. Little Bird

    Closing the Bamboo Curtain

    No labdanum, patchouli or oakmoss to my nose, but I do like the lab's bamboo note. It's wet, pulpy, intense green, a little soapy and spa-like, with something like an edge of sharp lemon verbena.
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