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    Dragon-Smooched Snake oil
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    Snake Oil and many scents that carry Snake Oil; Mama-Ji; Xiuhtecuhtli; Cheshire Cat; The Scepter of the Empress; Passion Butterfly; Othello; The Witch's Garden; Mata Hari; The Turkish Village; Little Metalmark; to name a few.

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  1. Zorra


    I rediscovered this one yesterday. I remembered it as night-blooming jasmine, and I was shocked when I got a rather strong dirt note. (I am not the greatest fan of dirt notes.) But when dry it really feels like nocturnal crossroads. I do not often get images with scents, but this one shows me a crossroads under a dark moonlit sky, the night is neither cold nor warm, there is moisture in the air and there are choices to be made (after all, these are crossroads). I have several imps of this. When those are gone, I think I'll get myself a bottle.
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    A friend sent me a lot of decants from her bottles and this was one of them. From the decant it smelled rather light, perhaps something floral, I couldn't quite make out what it was because it was so light but it seemed pleasant so I put some on. While it warmed on my skin for a moment there was the sandalwood that I see mentioned a lot, but then it got sweeter and sweeter and I realized it was turning into almost a single note of very sweet lotus. The lab's lotus note is too sweet for me, so I am afraid it wouldn't work for meditation at all. But among the too sweet for me scents this one is still quite nice. ETA: In fact I do like this, I really like it. The first lotus heavy scent that I like.
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    Sinus Iridum

    I obtained this scent a couple of years ago but still several years after it was released. I am not sure if I would have liked it fresh, but I loved it by the time I laid my hands on it. It starts off as a citrus scent with a moon note balancing the citrus. But soon it is indeed a rainbow, one that is rooted in agarwood. It is a favorite scent for me on gloomy days because it brightens them up for me.
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    The Palace of Versailles

    A few days ago I discovered a set of Travalogue decants most of which I had not tried because they arrived after the scents were no longer available and together with decants of scents that still were available for a short time. It is a consolation that even if I had tried them right away I still would not have been able to get a bottle of this. This scent is divine! It starts out as strong oudh with a hint of jasmine, then the jasmine gets stronger and the oudh goes a bit down and they are both of equal strength. But there is something slightly resinous sweet in the background that balances this couple that could otherwise have been rather piercing. It must be the brocade note which doesn't exactly smell like Antique Lace, but to me it feels like it if that makes sense. I hope I'll find a bottle of this, somewhere.
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    Snake's Shadow

    Oudh. I smell oudh, first it's rather poopy and overwhelming but that is only for a short time. Then it behaves and is a good oudh. But there is something odd here, I smell a lemony note, not lemon peel, not a herbal lemon, if it were stronger it could get really horrible like a cleaning product, but it behaves, like the oudh. And that's it. I do not get any patchouli or vetiver (unless there is a vetiver variety that smells lemony) and I am beginning to doubt if I know what labdanum smells like. Whatever I called labdanum before I don't smell in this blend. I don't smell Snake Oil either, but I do not smell Snake Oil in any of the recent spring snake oil blends. Not the Snake Oil I know as Snake Oil, not the Snake Oil I smell in the Snake Pit scents. There is a note that is in all of the Spring Serpents and I came back to Snake's Shadow because I wondered if it would have the same note. I cannot really tell because the oudh is so strong, but it could be. I wonder if Beth has created a Spring variation of Snake Oil. Edit to add: an hour later the lemony note has rolled back into the Snake's Shadow. Now this does smell shadowy. The oudh has softened. There is no Snake Oil, but I think I can smell the spring variation of snake oil which to me is completely different. I do not smell patchouli, nor vetiver, nor labdanum, but together they may be making the oudh shadowy.
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    Snakes in the Lemon Tree

    As with the other Spring Serpents, there is no Snake Oil in this blend that I can smell. There is a note that is in all of the spring serpents, it just doesn't smell like snake oil. The blends do not look as if there is snake oil in them either, they are all transparent and lack the dark snake oil color. However, this is a gorgeous scent, and until I change my mind it is my favorite of the spring serpents. The vetiver makes the spring 'snake oil' note a lot better and the lemon, which in this blend is more woody than citrusy (but not a herbal lemon! It does seem to be a real lemon lemon) makes it a gorgeous, warm woody lemon scent. It makes me feel as if I am resting in a grove of lemon trees on a warm summer afternoon.
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    The Chilling Cellar

    Reading the reviews that say it gets more like a dusty cellar when dry I think perhaps I should try this again. It was such a sweet scent, like cherry cola or something like that, so completely not what i expected, that I washed it off. It is now almost an houf after washing it off and I still smell the cherry cola.
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    I fell in love with Tiger Lily (of which a friend had sent me an imp) when it was already discontinued. In my search for something similar I found Al-Araaf. Fortunately for me this is mostly lilies on me, I don't do well with the lab's honey note. Compared to still available lily scents Al-Araaf is softer and creamier. It comes closest to Black Lily but Black Lily is darker.
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  10. Zorra

    Spooky Action at a Distance

    The first time I tried this I thought I smelled neroli, plus the rosy sandalwood. It was very pretty so I added a bit more and then I got a lot of geranium. The rosy sandalwood got mosly covered by it. But only for - oh I'm not sure how lomg, an hour perhaps? Then the sandalwood returned, a vaguely rosy sandalwood. The geranium has melted into the background even allowing the elemi and frankincense to show up. This is very beautiful! I was wondering why I had not heard more about it, but reading the other reviews it seems to be very different on different people.
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    For a few seconds there was more than just jasmine. Then for an hour: straight jasmine and nothing else. After that hour something else gets a chance, I think it's the balsam. I would have liked to smell some of the other notes as well, but my skin seems to have eaten them.
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    504 Gateway Time-out

    To me this smells like Cheshire Cat with something lemony added (not lemon rind, not a herbal lemon note, but something lemony). I think what reminds me of Cheshire Cat is grapefruit and lavender and perhaps chamomile and some musk. I see mint mentioned in other reviews, and indeed that may be there also but only a hint of it, not at all a overpowering mint, not on me.
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    Coral Snake (2016)

    I get the lab's apple note with a bit of snake oil, no gardenia or plumeria at all. I am sorry about that, I was so curious to smell the combination of fruits and flowers in this one. Edit two years later: This has changed a lot over time! More Snake Oil, and the flowers have managed to come out as well. There is a lot less fruit now than there was two years ago. Perhaps the fruit notes are more volatile and have escaped the blend? Whatever it is, I like this snake a lot better now.
  14. Zorra

    A Chattering Raven

    I am going to give this more time, but two weeks after my bottle arrived it still smells like candy. I think it's the mandarin note, but it doesn't smell like mandarin at all, it smells like artificial mandarin candy. I love mandarin in scents, but this is still so horrible on me I have to wash it off. ETA: OK, after I washed it off the remains weren't so bad, so I put it back on but much less than I usually wear. The screaming of the mandarin might be its collaboration with lavender. With less on my skin I am getting something wood, the pine perhaps? I really want to love this one, so I am giving it time.
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    The Desire of Thy Furious Embraces

    I found a box with old decants and this was one of them. There was an initial lemon blast but it lasted less than a minute and the second time I applied it was no longer there. What I get is a slightly lemony evergreen and floral combination with a powdery undertone. If I had know it would age to this, I would probably have bought a bottle.