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    Snake Charmer
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    Notes: vanilla, spices (especially clove these days), resins, amber, musk, carnation, incense, rose, booze, hay, grass, tobacco, honeysuckle, powder, cream, sandalwood, patchouli, honey, violet, apple, smoketonka, benzoinBlends~2010 list: WILF, Snake Oil, Flowering Chrysanthemum, Mictecacihuatl, Snake Charmer, Golden Priapus, Dorian, Black Lace, Antique Lace, O, Samhain, Devil's Night, Mead Moon, Hod, Alice, Tintagel, Eclipse, Black Phoenix, TKO, Hay Moon, Clockwork Couture: Male, Banshee Beat, Magdalene, Gun Moll, Liz, Sin, Tombstone, Panther Moon, Schwarzer Mond, Luna Negra, Berry Moon 2011, Waltz of the Snowflakes~2018 list: Most of the above plus many new ones: Eve with Sage FU, Pink Moon, Oak Moon, Hunter Moon, La Prostitution et la Folie Dominent le Monde, Smut, Body Remember, Glowing Vulva, Third Charm, Mourning Lace, Emerald Lace, Krampus Lace, Snake Skin, Winter, My Secret, Pere Noel, Now Winter Nights Enlarge, Stekkjarstaur, Midnight on the Midway, Boomslang, Paduan Killer Swarm, Closet Raid, Dragon Smooched Snake Oil, and so many I've missed!!! Least favorite scents: Metals, ozone, aquatics, sharp florals,

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    BPAL! Reading (especially historical fiction), cooking, using wild plants and weeds, homebrewing, writing, gardening, music (oboe, recorder, piano), hiking, bicycling, science, crafts
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  1. wendyb1063

    Cognac-Stained Sheet Ghost

    This is AMAZING!!!!! I don't know what else to say. I've been collecting BPAL for 12 years now, and this one has just catapulted to one of my all-time favorites. Caveat: I haven't let the bottle rest, and I've only just tried it on. It's got an almost creamy, almost coconut-ey, almost marshmallow vibe to it. The weeds are soft and sweet. The cognac adds warmth and depth but not a lot of booze. The balsam is not pine-ey; it's more resiny and grounding. The vanilla is glorious. It reminds me a bit of Ivory Vulva, or Boo, or possibly even Glowing Vulva (although it has been many years since I wore that scent).
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    Thirteen (13): August 2021

    When I first put this on, it smells almost exactly like a Tootsie Roll: chocolate, sugar, and something vaguely fruity (maybe it's the lemon balm coming through; I tend to amp that note, or maybe it is the wood sorrel). It's potent. After the initial candy rush, I start to get a bit of the clove pink. It's a bit jarring at this stage: the floral, the fruit, the chocolate. But then it starts to settle into something beautiful and difficult to describe. There is still some sweet chocolate, but it's mellowed and blended with the marigold and some of the other things, I think. I don't really smell fennel, borage, rosemary, yarrow or rue, and I don't know what butterburr, self-heal, sweet cicely, or masterwort smell like. It's not "green" or overtly "herbally", but a comforting, almost clean scent. I'm not describing it very well, but it's really lovely. And it lasts and lasts! I'll have to try it again in a few weeks. I find the 13s tend to age really well.
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    Notes word clouds!

    I love this!!!
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    Muddy Armadillo

    This is awesome! It's a warm, soft, dusty, cocoa (not chocolate, but cocoa) and dirt scent. There is an illusion of a hint of mint here, maybe from the tobacco. It's not too boozy; the bourbon cream just softens and rounds everything out.
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    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    I do have decants of both Cathedral and The Magdalene; I will have to dig them out and retest them. It seems like Kit from OLLA might be a good match, but I have not tried that one. I think the benzoin is key.
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    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    I love those burning papers too! I really don't know of any BPALs that are a close match. Perhaps a layering of Like a Girl and Tombstone? or Antique Lace with Cedarwood, Vanilla Absolute and Tolu Balsam? :). I will have to do some experiments. There is one conventional perfume that is supposed to (and IMHO, really does) smell a lot like the papers: Mad et Len's Petit Papiers. In fact, I tried the perfume first and then sought out the papers because I liked the perfume so much.
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    Winter and Yule in the GC

    Golden Priapus is a lovely vanilla, amber, and pine blend that smells like Christmas to me. Also, Tintagel (which was sadly discontinued) had a great winter holiday vibe to it.
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    Wow, this is an intense and very interesting perfume, as I had hoped from the notes. Wet, I definitely get the musks and a clean but dark marine vibe. It's like laundry soap/dryer sheets on steroids!!! With a definite hint of danger lurking underneath. As it dries, it becomes more of a sweet aquatic. It's pleasant and not so intense but not quite my thing (I'm not into aquatics, as a rule). We'll see what happens later.
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    2020 Switch Witch Catsup

    Unknown date: I happen to live near this amazing place. Do you have any interest is anything that I could pick up there? The have hand made pottery, cookie molds, cookbooks with historical recipes all sorts of good stuff. https://www.gcv.org/shop/: I love the redware mug, straight sided, or any of the other redware items. The cookbooks look cool, too! 9/25 https://www.poesieperfume.com/loose-leaf-tea <---- would you be interested in receiving tea and / or scents from Poesie? I would LOVE to get some of their stuff!! The teas all sound interesting, as do all of the Willow Cottage scents. I have been remiss--witchee (or anyone needing a minion), I am notorious for homemade caramels, shortbreads both savory and sweet, and catnip/catnip laced toys. I've also started playing with homemade marshmallows and fruit candies. Any interest? Yes to all, especially the shortbreads and catnip toys! 9/22/20 Would you like any of Snag Tights’ Halloween offerings and if so, what size? I think I'm good for tights, especially now when I don't really go anywhere! Do you prefer getting one or two really nice/more expensive things or several smaller/less expensive little things? Or do you have no preference? Maybe several smaller items? But no strong preferences. Witchee, do you like tea? If so, what kind Yes, I love teas!!! I don't like sugar in my tea, but I don't mind and sometimes enjoy teas with sweet bits in them (dried fruit, etc.). I drink black, green, oolong, herbal, you name it! Witchee, do you want anything? Shirts, mugs, postcards from Anarchist Seattle, Portland, or New York.... https://www.redbubble.com/people/litlnemo/shop?artistUserName=litlnemo Would you be interested in a gently-used tarot deck (or other oracle)? If so, toss out some styles you gravitate towards, cause I have SO MANY DECKS and I'd love to send one or more along! No, thank you. Are you interested in receiving a burned CD of music? If so, name of genres, artists, styles that you are into or would like more of to explore. I would love this!!! I love jazz and blues, and would like to have more of these. Pop stuff, some rock. I like classical but have a lot of it. Also, bluegrass and melodic folk music. Artists I love: Crowded House, CAKE, Squeeze, Jayhawks, Dar Williams, Joshua Redman. I like hearing new local artists that might not have national exposure (but should!). Do you have an Amazon wishlist? If you do and you're ok with getting stuff from it, please share the link! Yes, I do! Here's a link. Pumpkin/pumpkin spice – yay or nay? Yay in food/drinks but nay in other products (soaps, perfumes, etc.) or vice versa? What are your thoughts? I LOVE all things pumpkin spice!!! Candy corn – love it or loathe it? Or just don’t care much one way or another? LOVE IT!! 9/21/20 I'm a knitter. I have some knitted washcloths done, and can knit up more. Would you like some? Also, if answered soon enough, I can maybe get a scarf done. Would you like one? What colors would you like? Thin or thick? With or without fringe? Are you allergic to any fibers - wool, cashmere, angora, alpaca? Knitted washclothes would be wonderful. I really like them. My Mom used to make them for me, but since I lost her several years ago, I have not had the heart to actually use the ones I have remaining from her. A non-itchy scarf would be nice! I wear them for warmth and/or for their beauty. 9/20/20 How do you guys store your decants so they are not a confused mess? If you've got a system, please share it. I use bullet boxes, and try to keep a grid with the names on the inside of the lids. I'm a bit behind in this, however! 9/19/20 Lilith are up! Is there anything from the release that you want? Decant or full bottles? I've ordered a whole slough? slew? of decants. But I am pretty sure blind bottles of the following would work for me: Metal Twins, Perfectly Normal Childhood, Waiting, #2 Pencil, Baby's First Ballista, 2020 Aesthetic. How would you feel about recipes? I love them! Would anyone be interested in anything from Bucees?! It’s a magical giant beaver gas station/shop! It has spices, fudge, Knick knacks, all things Texas, candy, beef jerky, roasted nuts, and of course beavers! Most things like the fudge and nuts are made in house. Beef jerky and nuts! 9/18/20 Witchee, assuming you like home made/home canned condiment goodies, what is your spice level preference? Spicy!! I LOVE spices and heat. Would you be interested in anything from Cellar Door Bath Supply Co.? Ooh, yes!!! Candles or soap, in the Halloween scents look great. The Eloise Asylum, Crooked Cornmaze, and Haunted Woods in particular caught my eye, but many of them look very interesting. 9/17/20 Is there something from your fandom that popped up in another country you'd be particularly interested in? What, and what store? Not that I am aware of. Would you be interested in some boozy chocolates (or anything else) from https://www.chocolatemoonshine.com/? The boozy ones look interesting! I am an odd one though who dislikes chocolate with fruit flavors. 9/16 Would you, my dear Witchee, like anything from April Gloom? The ghost in the teapots are kind of cute! How about from https://twinklentwilight.etsy.com I really like the "Blinded me with Science" project bag! Are you a sock person? If so what are your favourite kinds to wear? Do you have a sockdreams wishlist? Definitely a sock person! I like soft, warm, thick, DURABLE socks but also need more socks for exercise. Crew socks /hiking socks are my preference. No toe socks!!! I'm more about comfort than "style", and most of my socks are black, grey, or navy blue. Men's socks are fine too! Would you enjoy anything from my friend Brian's Etsy shop? I can tell he is very talented, but it's not really my style. If you're not near one, is there anything from Trader Joe's you'd like? I live near one. How do you feel about local items from my city (Albuquerque, NM), like spicy (think chile) things or local coffee? The coffee is not spicy lol. Pinion things, like incense perhaps? Prickly pear jelly? I LOVE all things spicy! And I love coffee and pinon incense, so YES to those. I really don't use much jelly/jam or preserves. They're not my jam, but do you have good feelings about Funko Pop? I'm asking because I realize many people like them. Not my jam, either. Candles! Anything from these places catch your fancy? https://cantripcandles.com/collections (restocks Friday 9/18 at 9:00 PST). The Blackhound Tavern candle looks AMAZING!!! https://miruscandles.com/collections. These look cool, but I have a hard time guessing what they would smell like. https://briarwickcandles.com/collections. Some of the Autumn edition look nice. 9/15 Herb'n Eden...anything look good? Maybe the Vanilla Mint Coffee soap, but TBH, Paintbox Soapworks and Haus of Gloi products have more appeal to me. Would you like anything from House of Gloi, especially from their Autumn Update? I love HoG stuff. I'd really like to try any of their products in Ghost Puffs (and I think they had a Toasted Ghost Puffs, but it might be gone now). Olde Cider Haus sounds nice too. I know the tea question has been asked, but what, specifically, about Adagio teas? I'd love to try Kentucky Bourbon tea! The Flavors Sampler might be good to try as well. What about anything tempting from Dandelion Chocolate? The cocktail bitters all sound amazing!!!! Do you decorate seasonally/for holidays? Is there anything in particular you would like to that end? I do indeed, and I go all out. I really like both Halloween and Christmas decorations with a vintage feel, for example, (but not necessarily), this. I also like cute little pumpkins. I've seen some really nice velvet pumpkins in various places this year that I would love. For example, this. Nui Cobalt Designs perfumes...(just got her latest email): How about the scents being discontinued? The Critters? https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/collections/critters-2020?page=1 or other ones? Hecate Enoida, Perseids, Porch Swing, FIrst Harvest: Grain, and especially Appalachian Autumn sound really nice. I have a friend who does pet caricatures. He's done ones for all of my pets. Is this something you would be interested of for your pet(s)? You know, this sounds nice, but I don't think it is something I would really love as much as I should. 9/14 Anything you'd like from Future Primitive: https://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk : Dark Carnival sounds wonderful! So does Milk Wood. I'd love to try many of their products. Do you have an Etsy wishlist? I do! I'll have to update it a bit. https://www.etsy.com/people/wbedale?ref=hdr-fav&amp;tab=items 9/13 Do you need any astrological work done, since thats one of my professions? Any particular areas you could utilize a consultation? Having never had one, I'm not sure... How do you feel about the homemade fudge I sell in my etsy shop? (See link to my shop in my signature) -particular preferences, flavors (consider I take special flavor requests all the time!)? A small amount of a good basic fudge or maybe a pumpkin fudge would be tasty. How do you feel about keto or sugar-free, low carb baked goods or treats?? Its how I live, so Im pretty damn good at it. I would be ok with these, but I'm not afraid of carbs either. is there anything you want from Lush? I love all things Lush. I could use another shampoo bar. Do you have a favorite art style/movement/artist? I like Grant Wood, Marvin Cone, and other 20th-century American artists. I like folk artists like Debbie Criswell or Billy Jacobs. You can see a small sample of things l like here. Who is your fashion icon(s)? I'm sad to say I don't have a very sophisticated sense of fashion. However, I get the Gudron Sjoden catalogs (I LOVE her stuff but it's pricey). I like bright colors and comfort. What is your favorite mythological creature? I like the idea of some of the old goddesses like Freya and Boann. I do pour painting/acrylic fluid art (with varying degrees of success, haha). Would you like a custom piece in colors of your choice (takes 3-4 weeks with curing, longer if you want it sealed, so it would arrive post-round if custom) or a piece already finished in my collection? I have mostly 12 x 12 and 10 x 10s right now. Pics available upon request! I would love to see these! After enjoying looking at the links several others have put in the questions, I decided to add some of my own favorite independent artists who I enjoy supporting - so, what do you think of the goodies from these people? And specific items you love? Enjoy! 1) https://www.catcoven.com/ - 2) https://www.mineralgypsy.com - 3) https://www.redbubble.com/people/thelatestkate/shop 4) https://www.marikapaz.com/shop/ 5) https://www.faunwood.com - 6) https://www.shannatrumbly.com/ 7) https://fiddlersgreenzine.com - 8 ) https://www.hedgespokenpress.com One of the things I do is make nifty things from sweaters that I cut up & upcycle into things like super warm mittens, arm warmers, striped arm warmers, cowls, teapot cozies, & French press cozies. I don't have a slipper I love yet, but I'm working on it. So, which of these things might you like? Give me some thoughts on colors you like & if for a teapot or press, I need to know a size. Mittens or cowls would be great! I enjoy historical reproductions and am a fan of LBCC Historical Apothecary. Is there something in her store you might be interested in? Ooo, some cool things here! I would be very interested in the Turkish Rouge or the Rice Face Powder. 9/12/2020 Does anyone like the prints or items from www.ElissaMarieCreative.com ? I have a few of her prints and the notebooks and they are quality! The notebooks look nice! I like the Magical Rosemary with the dot grid in particular. What about www.drawingsbynicole.com? Anything specific? I like the strawberry and the daisy face masks! Does anything from www.vapidlacquer.com stick out to you? I'd be interested in some of their bath/body products in the Continuity scent, perhaps. 9/11/20 How do you feel about fragrant things for the home like incense, candles, atmosphere spray? I love all of these things, especially incense and candles. Fall-ish scents are nice for candles; for incense, I tend to like the more subtle scents. Do you share your home with any loved ones (human, feline, canine, etc.) who might enjoy a tiny treat too? My DH is very supportive of my SW participation. He will be starting to grow his annual beard soon. He will sometimes wear a bit of a BPAL in the more masculine scents. We have two dogs (big, outside dogs) and one inside cat. Elsie the cat enjoys toys. The puppies like healthy treats. How do you feel about tea? Preferences? Would you want anything from David's Tea (https://www.davidstea.com/us_en/home/), Steepologie (https://www.steepologie.com/), Bird & Blend (https://birdandblendtea.com/us_en/), or do you have a favorite tea maker to suggest? What about tea tools or cups? I adore tea!!! I basically like most tea: black, oolong, green, herbal, loose, bags, etc. I don't generally like sweetened tea, though. I think I have enough tea tools. The glass double-walled nordic tea mug with lid is pretty cool! I've never tried matcha, and I'm curious about that. 9/9/20 would anybody like a small cross stitch thing, like a patch or pin? or cross stitching notions like handmade needle minders? Sure! I used to do a lot of cross stitching, and I might start up again. 9/8/20 Art and artists - anyone dig any of this? https://www.studiodesade.com/ (They also do masks, see here.) They are very nice, although maybe not my usual style. Some of the masks I would wear though! If you knit/crochet/weave, would you like custom dyed yarn? And if so do you have preference on weight, fiber, colors? I have not crocheted in a long time, and I was never very good at it, but if I had some nice pretty yarn I might start up again! what is one fun/frivolous thing for $20 or less that you’d enjoy? Some cute Halloween tchochtke If I sent you to a dollar store with $20, what would you walk out with? A kitchen gadget, a weird flavor of candy corn, and a box of enameled binder clips 9/5/20 what are your feelings on home made/ home canned jams & pickles or syrups? I even make things with berries I grow in my garden. I make both brandied & bourbon cherries. Syrups good for cocktails, in lemonade or tea, flavors include Lavender, Lavender + Lemon, & Lavender + Vanilla. These all sound fantastic!!! Is there something that you're especially hoping to receive for this round? For example, a brand you've heard of that you're especially wanting to try, or a certain "thing" that you really want but just cant bring yourself to buy for yourself?? Not really: part of the fun for me in doing Switch Witch is learning about/meeting new friends and finding out about things I’ve never heard of before. Would you rather receive supplies/tools for your own craft/hobby or receive something you can't make yourself? Either is good! Is there anything you'd like from Penzeys (https://www.penzeys.com/)? I live close to a Penzeys and already have MASSIVE amounts of their products in every spare niche of my kitchen. So I’m good! 9/3/20 Would you like anything from here? https://www.etsy.com/shop/TaterRoundsBeauty Sure! The Halloween perfumes look interesting and the candles too! 9/2/20 Would you like a face mask from one of my favorite artists? https://akumuink.com/collections/facemasks I love the Jack’o Lantern smile one! one of our fellow BPAL friends makes custom masks, Hakutaku Custom Masks on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HakutakuMasks/ ). Would anyone be interested in one of her masks? These are gorgeous! I would love one of these. 9/1/20 are you familiar with https://www.a-natural-alternative.com/ ? Take a peak & let me know if you might like to try something. Maybe some of the soaps? 8/30/20 Is there anything you want from Japan? Current kit kat flavors are... Salty Lemon, Salty Lychee, Sweet Potato, Chestnut and possibly still some Cookies and Cream Ice Cream or Strawberry Ice Cream from summer. Other than that, anime goods, cute stationery, other Japanese snacks, lay it on me! I’d love to try some of those odd Kit Ka flavors! Maybe not the salty lychee, though… What are your favorite self-care items or activities? I'm especially curious about things that you hesitate to do/get because they feel like frivolous luxuries. I love lighting candles, burning incense, taking long baths. 8/29/20 Does anything from Paintbox Soapworks catch your eye (http://paintboxsoapworks.com/)? I love their products. ANYTHING in Cathedral of Pumpkins, Hex on the Beach, Putney Road, or Demeter, Forsaken! YES! Does anything from the Trading Post's etsy page catch your eye (https://www.etsy.com/shop/bptradingpost)? The Honey Maple Hot Toddy Hair Gloss looks great! Is there anything you'd like from the UK? I do adore good, strong, black teas and chocolate covered Hob Nobs. Do you have a particular fandom you'd like stuff from? I think not.
  10. wendyb1063

    2020 Switch Witch Wish List

    WISH LIST 2020 BPAL Can never have too much of these: Gypsy (from the butterfly collection) Clockwork Couture: Male Sherezade Sugar Skulls Midway The Girl Storyville Doomscroll Blocker Tahitian Vanilla, Mysore Sandalwood, and Bergamot Lemon Peel, Marshmallow, Orange Blossom Please Scream Inside Your Snake Oil BPAL I’d like to try: Resistance Morphine Hay Moon 2020 Please Scream Inside Your Head Harlow’s Lace Silver Lace Dark Lace Pumpkin Spice Dragon’s Milk Snake Oil with peanut butter? Or did I dream this? Cozy Pumpkin Sweater Popcorn Ball Snake Oil Apple Sugar Candy Corn Snake Oil Drunk Uncle Gingerbread Snake Brown Butter Bourbon Cookie Fearful Pleasure Lola Lee Loo After the Winter Every Day You Play with the Light of the Universe We Wear the Mask Shelter Beeswax, Lavender, and Acacia Honey Perfume Oil Caramel, Smoked Chilis, and Black Vanilla Perfume Coconut, Smoked Vanilla Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, and Vanilla Absolute The Pearl in the Volcano Eve (OLLA) Streets of Detroit (OLLA) Other perfumes to TRY Midnight Gypsy: The Owl Moon Arcana: Mad Monk, Murder Ballad Blues, Wild Jack for a Lover, Black Sand, Fire, Yellow Cake, Haint variants (I have and love Haint, a gift from my very first Switch Witch long ago) Haus of Gloi: In the Ballpark, Marshmallow Woodsmoke, Rendezvous Nocturne Alchemy: Halloween 2021, some of their new foody scents Other perfumes I’ve tried that I want more of Kyse: Cocoat Tiare, Delizia di Marshmallow, Fumee Vanille, Oui Plus! Arcana: Bonfires at Dusk Annicke 5 Et Libre d’Orange: Bijou Romantique BDK Rouge Smoking Other scented things: I'm a sucker for candles, incense, body scrubs, lotions, etc. I particularly like fall and wintery scents: pumpkin, apple, spices marshmallow, coffee, booze, etc. Other: I have a really long "want to read" list on Goodreads. I'm fine with used books or e-books (I have a Kindle) or Audible books. I also have a really long Amazon wish list under wendyb1063 here.
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    Skin Musk, Cream & Honey Dust

    This is really lovely. Sweet honey dust and a non-sour cream note open this perfume: it's cuddly, clean, and warm, reminiscent of Stinky but more refined and less baby-powdery. This would be a great daytime scent or a great sleep scent, IMHO.
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    Fruit Moon 2020

    It's been a long time since I've been the first to review a scent! This is exactly far better than I expected, much better! And my expectations were high. I love bananas. I eat them every day. I have a small collection of banana scents from various sources. This one is really special. It's banana-ey at first, yes, that's a given. But the amber, the tonka, the sugar cane, give it is lovely, sweet, rich, vanilla-like base. The fig and guava give it just a hint of non-banana fruitiness, while the ylang-ylang adds a subtle creaminess. I am really pleased that I blind-bottled this one!
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    Hebrews 13:1-3

    This is an interesting scent. It's brighter than I expected, with the tobacco not making its presence obvious. "Sugar blossom": I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's clean, sweet, with a touch of dry cinnamon. It's not overtly floral or spicy. I think this would make a good daytime scent; it's not overwhelming or in your face. I am not reacting to the cinnamon in this oil (I do sometimes). I like it quite a bit, and am hoping it ages to something even better.
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    Tea Roses and Lace

    This was a surprise hit for me! The tea rose is there, and it is lovely and soft and nicely grounded with the lace background. But it's not an "in your face" kind of rose at all, and there is no trace of sourness that rose sometimes has on my skin. Sadly, it doesn't last long (only a tiny hint of lacy rose 5 hours later. But it's a definite keeper!
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    Zonked in Paris

    Even the most intrepid adventurers get sleepy. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee for the grownups, and vanilla ice cream to en’sugar the kiddo out from her stupor.  This is great! Exactly as you might expect based on the description: sweet coffee and a bit of musky vanilla. It's kind of like a less musky, more gentle, vanilla-accented Jialong (which I love too). It reminds a bit of the scent of the Campsite Coffee candle from Bath and Body Works that I have, only better.