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  1. Spiced tea, leather, liquidambar, and labdanum. Really pretty straightforward - and really lovely. All the notes are present and accounted for on my skin - and blend together to make a leather/tea/spice/amber-y haze. At first I get the tea, with cinnamon? The scent of the spices remindsme of the Good Earth Sweet & Spicy tea blend, and the spices in that tea are cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, anise, ginger & orange peel. Not that I can pick out any of those!! Just that I get that same sweet/spicy tea feeling from this. The leather is warm and worn, definitely brown leather. Both liquidambar and labdanum are supposed to be reminiscent of ambergris, and I am absolutely getting that in the background - that may be what is making the leather seem worn and soft to me. They are just warming and softening everything up. So, overall - warm, sweet, spicy tea & leather. I really like this blend, and I am not usually a fan of tea scents. I think the spices make the difference.
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    Hearthflame and Incense

    Crackling almond wood and the deep sweet smoke of burgundy pitch, Austrian amber resin, black copal, and frankincense. This is just beautiful. It starts off very green and pine-y (burgundy pitch = spruce) and then as it starts to dry down and melt into my skin, hints of smokiness come out and I start to get whiffs of woodsmoke and incense. Not sweet incense, pure and resin-y, with just a hint of smoke. You know how when you burn pure resin incense you smell the resin more than the smoke? This is absolutely that, and the little bit of smoke I get fades throughout the dry down. It’s a very clean, cool, resinous incense, and it makes me think of a tiny church in the middle of a pine forest in the dead of winter.
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    Velvet Void

    Mostly plummy frankincense on my skin - and it’s lovely plum, fruity and sweet, not as much plum blossom. Everything else melds together and creates a velvety background for the brightness of the plum and frankincense. It’s beautiful, deepest purple velvet. ETA: After a month, this is even richer and plum-ier. It’s getting more and more beautiful with time and the notes melding together.
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    Dancing Among the Tombs

    Autumn at Liliths favorite cemetery, Lafayette No. 1. Osmanthus and jasmine, Spanish moss and dandelion, Snake Oil and Dorian. This is so lovely - the osmanthus and jasmine give it a light floral sweetness, with the Spanish moss and dandelion keeping it from being too sweet or too purely floral. There's a depth and a richness to it, a dryness that smells like Autumn to me. I can't pick out the Snake Oil or Dorian, but I get a sense of them in the background depth. Maybe because I know they're there? Very evocative! I get that autumnal "dried leaf" note in here somewhere - not a dead leaf note, but crunchy papery dry leaves and fresh air. The scent that you get when you scuff through the piles of leaves under the trees, at the edges of the walk, on a dry, crisp, clearday - where the sky is so blue and the air is perfectly cool and dry. Definitely an Autumn floral - light and rich, sweet mossy floral and crunchy leaves. This is the love child of Bayou and Falling Leaf Moon....
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    I wanted to love this one so much! Every note is absolutely beautiful, it should have been perfect! but..... Baby Powder. Specifically, Johnson & Johnson baby powder, original scent. I don’t know how or why, but skin chemistry is weird. I was sad.
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    Gingerbread Invisible Man

    This is exactly what I was hoping for! Bright lemony champagne, sweet crispy gingerbread. It’s absolutely perfect, a combination of some of my favorite notes. The lab’s champagne note always smells fizzy and just a tiny bit lemony to me, and this is emphasized and noticeable in the bottle. On my skin, the gingerbread starts to come out, not fresh ginger, definitely gingerbread cookies. The blend is really lovely, and as the champagne fades away over time, sweet gingerbread cookies are still noticeable for much longer.
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    Cacao, Black Amber & Black Copal

    Turpentine. That’s it Hopefully this will change as it ages.
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    This is so beautiful and well blended. And while it’s not a super loud scent, I put it on last night before bed, and can still smell it 10+ hours later. it’s mostly sweet, slightly spicy, creamy peaches, with the sandalwood coming out later. This morning, I’m smelling peachy sandalwood with whiffs of brighter peaches. There is an underlying tone - I think it’s the sandalwood + honey - that reminds me so strongly of Love Me, only with peaches instead of white florals. It’s not quite as spicy, since I really feel that love me has cinnamon or cassia, but it’s definitely there. Like Love Me’s sweeter, peachier, lighter baby sister. So pretty, and not too sweet. Less gourmand than I expected.
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    Please Scream Inside Your Heart

    Fried dough! Less funnel cakes and more churros - slightly cinnamon-y and sugary, but granulated sugar, not the powdered sugar from funnel cakes. Something a little buttery, too. I’m getting a *tiny* bit of a fresh air scent - nothing ozone-y or even really a scent.... just the impression of eating a churro in the fresh air of a fair! Such a fun scent! Pure foody and summery.
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    No One is Above the Law

    I was hesitant about this one because of the hay - even in tiny amounts, hay can ruin a scent for me. But I couldn’t resist, and it’s gorgeous. It reminds me very strongly of another scent, but I can’t put my finger on it. Super helpful, I know. Wet, I get mostly amber, bergamot, and red benzoin, with all the other notes being supporting players, creating a golden, almost creamy scent. It’s very bright and uplifting while remaining warm and comforting. The honey doesn’t really stand out in this, but I think it’s adding to the creaminess. But I can definitely tell it’s orange blossom honey - there is almost an orange blossom note. As it dries down, the orange blossom shines more - but I’m still not getting the honey part of it. But orange blossom honey smells more of orange blossom than honey to me anyway. So... golden and bright, sweet without being foody or perfumey, with clear notes of amber and orange blossom. I think it will deepen and sweeten as it ages. It’s lovely now, but I think it will be gorgeous in a few months.
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    Cat-Lilith and Cat-Dad

    This is gorgeous. It’s the most delicious cake, what you want every cake to taste like. Red velvet cake with buttercream icing, with just a hint of coconut in the background. It’s sweet, but not sickly sweet. Rich, but not heavy. By itself, it’s (of course) ultra foodie, but layered with Snake Oil - or something else even - it becomes a gorgeous gourmand. I love this and I think I need a backup.
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    Absurd Origin Story

    I can’t say X-23 and I can’t say snickt and I can’t say Wolverine, so my ability to tell stupid jokes here is limited. Let’s say this is L-10’s origin story wherein she is accidentally plopped into a barrel of room temperature French fries, and emerges with superhuman mutations that grant her immortality, regeneration, and lethal deep-fried potato claws.

 When I told Lilith I was going to make her a French fries scent, she yelled EWWWWWWWW, so here’s a perfume that smells like a carbonated caramel-flavored soda (that shall remain nameless) with a hint of marshmallow. I love, love Beth’s “carbonated” notes, whether it’s soda, champagne, or cider. And this is definitely as advertised - bubbly caramel soda! It does have a moment on first application where it’s just ever so faintly bitter, and then that vanishes to leave nose-tickling bubbles, refreshing and sweet. Yummy, mouthwatering cream soda, vanilla more than caramel - maybe that’s the marshmallow? This is very light, with low throw - I have to put my nose fairly close to my wrist to smell it, but I think that it may get stronger with a little age - most of the Lab’s carbonated blends seem to start out light and get stronger with time.
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    Gingerbread and More Ginger

    I love the ginger scents Beth creates, from cakey/cookie ginger like Shub to the fresh ginger that is so prominent in Mother Ginger. This is like a combination of those - it’s definitely ginger cookies, those super thin crispy spiced ones, but there is that fresh ginger bite here too. That almost lemony note that shows up sometimes with fresh ginger is here too. It’s every ginger, all mixed up and bottled - and I love it!
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    Blueberry Sufganiyot

    I have absolutely loved all of the Sufganiyot scents, and I love all of the blueberry scents, so I was super excited to try this one - and it’s delicious and amazing and fun. And it lasts - I put it on at bedtime and could still smell a tiny bit of blueberry the next morning. Love!
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    Full Moon Flakes

    Count Chocula! I loved Count Chocula when I was a kid, and this smells exactly like I remember - and exactly as I had hoped. Chocolate toasted cereal, and those crispy chocolate marshmallows. So happy to have this.
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    Venom - Resurrected

    These long-dead scents are back for a limited time in a slightly tweaked form! Darkly seductive and lethally compelling: sinuous oponax, galbanum, dark wild berries, a drop of lush jasmine and a sliver of lime. Venom was one that I always wished I had a chance to try... Now I have it and will need a backup or 2 or 3! One of my first adult scents was Christian Diors Poison, and I loved it soooooo much. Rich, sweet, almost overwhelming, and just drop dead gorgeous. Its been reformulated and now smells like a super watered down version of the Poison I loved. But Venom..... Venom has that same richness, sweetness and feel. The notes are cleaner and clearer, and of course its not the same, but they absolutely have something in common. It may be the dark berry/jasmine combo? Whatever it is, it has that grab you in the back of the throat feel that I loved ... just beautiful. Rich and potent - definitely deadly.
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    Eve's Big Apple III

    Gingered apple champagne. This was the first of the exclusives I grabbed, because I knew I would love it- and I was right. I love Beth's champagne note, and it's front and center here. Effervescent, bright, and nose-tickling, this is a mostly champagne scent on me, with the gingered apple in the background, giving a hint of spicy sweetness. This is the champagne from Champagne Lace, made brighter and sweeter with the gingered apple. Not an "apple" scent really, it's definitely there but as a supporting player - as it seemed with all the exclusives, to my nose at least. I probably should have gotten a backup bottle. :wub:
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    Key Lime Pie

    This is an amazingly real life key lime pie scent! Delicious tart lime, cramy cool sweetness, and sugar cookie crust. All I can say is that this smells EXACTLY like key lime pie tastes. For those wondering, this (to me at least) is the lime from Mr. Nancy. Juicy and sugary and sweet, with that tartness as well.
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    Douglas Iris

    Proceeds from the sale of this California wildflower single note will benefit those affected by the Tubbs Fire through this GoFundMe. Funds gathered by this GoFundMe will be distributed to the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority, Napa County Fire Department, Lake County Fire and Rescue, Santa Rosa Fire Department, and the Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Recovery Fund. Beautiful, elegant, lovely iris. A little powdery, a little violet-y (but iris always reminds me of violet). This is just beautiful - a perfumery note iris, not in an “actual flower” way.
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    Wander Darkling in the Eternal Space

    Baby oil? I don’t even know what is making my brain smell that, but it smells like .... either Johnson& Johnson baby oil, or baby wipes. I guess they smell kind of the same. My nose must be broken.
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    2004: Paper Phoenix

    In the bottle, I get mainly the pink pepper note, bright and fresh. On my skin, it is almost exactly like a layered Dorian and Antique Lace - they don’t blend together to create a different fragrance, they swirl around each other, sometimes with Dorianmoreprominent, sometimes Antique Lace coming out on top. Beautiful.
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    Apple Marshmallow Hair Gloss

    MARSHMALLOW!! Dry, powdery vanilla-y marshmallow. With a hint of tart crisp Apple, but mostly marshmallow. This is lovely, soft and sweet, but fresh at the same time.
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    Nothing is Unexpected, Nothing is Foresworn

    I love the red wine note that Beth uses - its rich and sweet and not too boozey. The alcohol dissipates after a few minutes, but keeps the aura of the wine, that smells jammy and amazing. Wine and amber-y incense. Love.
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    Nobodies Watching Wrestling

    This is the leathery-ist leather in my collection, and it blends so beautifully with the strawberry lipgloss to smell like my teenage years of hanging out at midnight movies in a leather jacket with loads of lipgloss on. Although it's a teenage memory, this is a beautiful grownup scent.
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    Spicy, clove-y amber! I love amber, oud, patch (of any color) and saffron.... fig and clove can be very hit or miss. This is a hit! Glowing, golden, and warm - the clove is very present (I think I amp clove, so YMMV), but doesn't drown out the other notes, as it sometimes can. I'm mostly getting amber and clove right now, but this is fresh from the mailbox. The other notes are definitely in a supporting role here, but everything combines to just give a warm, spicey haze of clove and amber.