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  1. puellacaerulea

    Harvest Moon 2021

    In the decant, this is a really interesting mix of bright, juicy peach and plum notes and the Lab's dead leaf note -- deep, earthy, and a little vegetal. It's almost like they don't blend per se, but my nose keeps alternating between noticing one note then the other as I sniff it. The interplay between these two things is really intriguing in the decant, but it goes horribly wrong on my skin -- it dries down to what I can only describe as sour kitty litter on my skin. This isn't the first time peach has gone wrong on my skin when paired with the wrong things, so this may not be your experience if peach is a consistently good note on your skin.
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    Lemon Blossom and Neroli

    If you're expecting another citrus + neroli Duet, I'm pleased to report that this is not that. This lemon blossom note is more of a light, creamy, almost vanillic floral with just a hint of lemon. When I apply it, the neroli does briefly amp up and go soapy before settling and letting the lemon blossom come to the fore again. Think floral + lemon creme than a full-on lemon scent. This is reminding me a lot of something from my childhood -- I want to say Love's Baby Soft, but I can't be sure unless I actually chase up some Baby Soft to sniff (because it's been decades). But it has that kind of very youthful light floral vibe.
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    This one was a morpher. It started off sharp and medicinal in the frimp (the labdanum, maybe?), with hints of dark musk and polished wood underneath. As it wears, the medicinal aspect fades and the musk amps up. Post-drydown is deep, smooth musks and woods. It's not "me" enough for a bottle, but I do like the post-drydown phase.
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    Yep, this is classic frankincense & myrrh. This version starts off dry, a bit lemony, and more incense smoke than resin. After drydown, the frankincense kicks in more and it gets smoother, deeper, and more resinous. Not the kind of thing I need a bottle of, but do recommend if you want a classic resinous scent.
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    Sad Love

    Lotus is super iffy on me, in that it can go bubblegum sweet, but this one works. I get a watery, faintly sweet floral that pairs well with the salt notes. Sort of like a very low-key aquatic floral blend. Probably wouldn't have gotten a decant of this myself due to the bubblegum lotus associations, but glad to have a frimp.
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    Rendezvous at the Bath

    Cool, fresh green tea and mint, with just a hint of cucumber. Nothing synthetic or sharp about these green tea and mint notes, just fresh and slightly sweet greenness. It fades super fast on my skin, otherwise I'd be hunting down a full bottle. Will enjoy my decant in the meantime.
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    Eve (With Sage Fuck Up)

    In the bottle: Soft sage and incense. When I apply it, the sage gets extremely loud and almost acrid -- to my relief, it calmed down quickly as it dried down. Once the sage chills out, this is incredible -- soft sage-y and mossy greens, light honey, and non-heavy incense. I rarely like incense notes, but I love this. Glad I took a chance on a bottle when this popped up on Etsy.
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    This one started out all blackberry, all the time. Given fruity scents tend not to agree with me, I was skeptical. Once I apply it, the oud blossoms -- it's not super indolic, but it's a recognizable, rich oud that gives the scent some complexity and counterbalances the blackberry. Surprisingly, I get very little of the iris and sea salt -- on me it's mainly blackberry and musk backed by soft oud and other woods. Surprisingly complex in comparison to the in-the-decant scent.
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    Lola Lee Loo

    This starts out as a creamy clove with rice flower and fig in the background -- creamy, but also just a little too sweet, almost sickly so. (I'm noticing I tend to have this impression with scents where rice flower is a note and am beginning to wonder if I have to add it to my list of death notes.) Fortunately, after drydown, the sickly sweet aspect fades and I'm left with a soft, creamy, slightly toasty vanilla. It's pleasant and snuggly, but also incredibly skin-close.
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    Grabbed a secondhand bottle of this for the skin musk, tea, and rice flower notes. This starts off as a pretty, subtle skin musk, light and clean. As it develops on my skin, however, it starts to get fruity and almost candy-sweet -- a little too cloying for my taste. If you're okay with a bit of fruitiness, though, this does have a light, ethereal quality to it that makes it worth checking out.
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    Cuchulain’s Fight with the Sea

    I wasn't sure about the clove and patchouli, but the sea salt and kelp was a whole lot of yes, so I took a chance on a secondhand bottle. In the bottle and on application, sea salt is the most prominent note -- I can't quite pick out the clove and patch. It's mostly sea salt and seaweed, an oceanic aquatic without the soapiness you can get from some aquatic blends. The clove starts to peek out a little bit as it dries down, but it's still very much a background player. It's the kind of "ocean" scent I love -- salty and fresh and a little green without being soapy, cool, a little moody. Agreed with the above review that it's evocative of chilly North Atlantic waters. I'd call this more unisex than traditionally masculine. Glad to have come across a bottle.
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    Scorched Oak & Blonde Tobacco

    This one opened with intensely smoky woods. The woodsmoke is a little more incense than bonfire -- it made me think of those palo santo sticks you can burn, possibly because I swear there's a slightly anise-y undertone to the smoke. After drydown, the wood and smoke notes calm down and the tobacco becomes the dominant note. There's something sweet and a little vanillic about this tobacco. It's like a lighter, sweeter version of French Tobacco without the astringency. This scent also gets very skin-close after drydown, but has great staying power.
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    Cardamom & White Sandalwood

    This one starts out heavy on the cardamom -- spicy, warm, a little earthy. It eventually calms down and lets the sandalwood amp up. This is a soft, snuggly white sandalwood, warmed up further by the cardamom. I'll probably be reaching for this one a lot in the fall.
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    Brood X

    This one starts out rooty and earthy on me, with a big blast of patchouli. As it dries down, the patch calms down and lets the amber, hay, and hazelnut come out more. It's still earthy, but less intensely so, and with a warm golden quality from the hay and amber. There's also a slight nutty sweetness from the hazelnut. Overall, sweetly earthy. Not quite "me" enough for a full bottle, but I'll keep my decant.
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    Lord of the Heavens

    The sage and cedar in this blend stand out the most to me throughout this scent's wear time. It starts out intensely sagey, but then the cedar and other notes amp up a bit more, giving a warm, woodsy, slightly earthy impression. Think a woodsy scent (with the "forest" aspects coming from the cedar and juniper rather than pine) amped up with sage.