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    a little too imp-ulsive
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    Foodie scents, vanilla, and tobacco


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  1. follis

    The Candy Butcher (2015)

    I am reviewing a decant that is not labelled with a date, and based on how it smells I assume it is the updated release. Wet: Chocolate, cream, hint of medicinal cherry for some reason. (Other people mentioned lillies but in any case it's a dislike). On: Similar to wet but less foody. My skin chemistry is not as kind to this blend, especially the chocolate which was better wet. Drydown: urgh more cherry. Hint of milk chocolate. This unfortunately ended up plastic.
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    Egg Nog

    (2007) Wet: Hmm I can't pick it. Interesting. Gingerbread spice-ish and cookie-ish with something underlying. I'm guessing it must be the nutmeg. On: Ick this is a bit gross and plastic. It doesn't really smell like any of the notes specifically. Perhaps it hasn't aged as well or I don't like the smell of egg nog? I will say I can't quite remember egg nog but in any case this scent is not boding well on me. I'm going to wait for drydown to review this properly... Oh wait nevermind it's just too much. Washing off it goes... (A lot of food scents actually work well on me... This one did not )
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    Dragon's Bone(r)

    Woooah heady resin. I'm not a huge fan of Dragons resin in general to be fair. Just testing this because I was generously frottled this and will be giving it to a friend. I can tell there's honey in this but yes it's less "golden" interestingly. As it warms the pear blossom emerges. It does feel like a creamier scent but it's not really gourmand. Definitely still too heady for me but settles nicely in the dry down. The only similarity to Dragon's Bone is the blood resin and even then I find it very different. For some reason the other notes amped the resin in this on me.
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    Queen Alice

    Unknown imp age, peachy in colour. Wet: treacly florals, slightly alcoholic On: Such a strange mix... I don't really know what to say to this. Ok so my partner just said it smells like the burning plastic hair from a doll. I agree. Yes we know what that smells like haha! I was going to wait and see for dry down but urgh couldn't stand the plastic. Gotta wash it off.
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    Leo 2016

    Turns out I really like Egyptian amber! It has that resin tone to it without being overly heady. The florals in this are edgy without being girly and I love the hint of spice. That saffron is reminding me a lot of that dark/warm edge that Gingerbread and More Ginger gives me which I love. Slightly carnation dry down (peppery).
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    Lawn Gnome

    Wet: Vanilla and... Grass? Maybe meant to be moss. Red currant. On: Mmm. Creamy vanilla, red currant and patchouli with a hint of moss (vetiver?) This is a lovely blend. Dry down: Unfortunately red currant never lasts as fruity and well as it does fresh on me (can turn slightly plasticy). I can smell the moss and patchouli (not the marijuana type, one of my favourite things about BPALs patchouli) and maybe a hint of dark bitter sweetness from molasses. It lasts a while and every now and then I get a whiff of the fresher red currant note on me. I'm pretty certain I'm going to need a bottle to at least wear in a locket. It's gourmandy but not overly sweet. Beautiful.
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    The Fool’s Tranquility

    Wet: Vanilla musk base? Not the usual honey note I expected (which I don't always like). Quite yum and creamy. Tiny hint of pepper. On: This is a bit more of the familiar honey, but with the "pink pepper" it actually has a sweetness and creaminess I mentioned before, that I really like. The pepper isn't overbearing but gives the scent a bit of a spice feel. Dry down: Ahh. Back to the usual honey note with a hint of that pink pepper, but then after a longer period I'm getting the usual playdoh note on me I'd love to see how this ages over the years though (should help with the playdoh being less prominent), especially with the honey, so I'll probably try it again and update this at some point. It's definitely a more interesting honey scent.
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    Fate's Jester

    Wet: Red currant and lemon peel stands out the most. On: This is a lovely fruity and sweet scent over patchouli. It has creamy feel to the scent. Some slight bitterness from the lemon peel. Good throw. Dry down: Some remaining zest and patchouli. Unfortunately low throw from here. Next day: So I had some accidentally smeared on my sleeve and when I wore my jumper the next day I could still smell it. This would be lovely in a scent locket! It smells more like what it was when "on"-- beautiful.
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    Question Mark

    Wet: hmm definitely a mix, I can't pick anything standing out more than the others yet On: This is nice. Hint of orange and tobacco leaf. Cinnamon just in the background but not overpowering. Definitely a blackened vanilla. I'm not familiar with myrrh as a single note so I can't speak for it. It's a little low throw. Dry down: It didn't really morph much on me. The blackened vanilla and tobacco, cinnamon hangs around at the end with some slight orange in the background. It's not love but I'm glad I tried it.
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    Mother Shub's Pfancy Pfefferneusse

    Wet: dark, slightly peppery, gingerbread. On: Sadly short lived gingerbread (which I should have expected) as it turns into just spice without the ginger. I'm getting nothing else but spice from this (including pepper). It doesn't really remind me of pfefferneusse mainly because the icing sugar note is being overpowered. Dry down: Slight sugar and spice. A bit more like the cookie but this particular blend is not really a nice combination on me unfortunately. Not for me.
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    Blackcurrant Sufganiyot

    Wet: Blackcurrant bubblegum o.o On:...dough? Um. Weird. Hint of blackcurrant but it's just... Odd. Dry down: Burnt rice. Same kind of smell I get from Bread and Butterfly Ressurrected and sadly dislike. Mixed in with blackcurrant dough... And then some kind of plastic-jelly like note. Unfortunately just odd on me.
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    Svarta Fönix Bókaflóð

    Wet: smoke, brown musk On: This is mainly brown musk and smoke. Hint of dust in the background if I breathe deeply. I can't really pick any of the other notes. Dry down: So this smells more like a fireplace here in terms of feeling more like ash but still just mainly brown musk and smoke. Hint of mahogany. No chai that I could tell or really much books (which I was really looking forward to)... Or cat. I did not receive a book with this as I purchased it second-hand.
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    The Raven

    I'm not overly familiar with these notes other than sandalwood so it was a bit of a impulse purchase. When wet I could smell the florals, sandalwood and musk individually but together it's a nice blend. Slightly green and citrus fresh (neroli?). Something peppery. It dries to a quite creamy vanilla/sandalwood with citrus notes and a hint of floral in the background. Good throw.
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    woooah medicine. Very pine, with eucalyptus with a hint of orange. This ends in a pine orange scent. Much less eucalyptus and more woody orange. Not for me but I wanted to try it! Strong throw, medium wear.
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    The Pool of Tears

    There's a sad but funny story about this one! It accidentally leaked in the mail and emptied itself onto other imps-- sad, but strangely, really fitting given its name haha! After I let it settle I had a smudge enough to do a single test. Wet: Green, salty, slightly floral On: As it dries it surprisingly smells more like tears but with a smudge of floral. I'm not good with picking flowers but it's maybe a white rose and carnation. Dry down: This ends as quite a nice blend. Nothing stands out too distinctly but it seems almost vanilla-ish at the end with the green edge and a very light floral.