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    Boadicea, Snake Oil, Chimera, Haloa 06, and Copulating Mice.My favorites seem to be sweet bases with foody middle notes and herbal or spicy top notes -- no rose or jasmine, please!


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  1. Teaotter

    Unsubtle Euphemism

    Wet: crusty sweet bread, amaretto, and warm spices. I can't pick out the cardamom or anise distinctly. I get no butter at all, just a richness to the bread, if that makes sense. Drydown: The bread smell blossoms while the other notes fade into it. Dry: This smells like bread crust to me -- specifically the crust, and not the pale interior. It's a rich bread, a bit warm and only vaguely sweet, definitely not as sweet as brioche. I'm having a hard time describing this, but I keep huffing it. It's delightfully well-blended, comforting, and warm. It hovers right on the edge between gourmand perfume and smelling like an actual baked good, and I love it!
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    Honey, Mahogany, and Incense Smoke

    Wet: Intense, sticky honey. Drydown: The honey disappears into a blandly perfumey scent that hangs very close to my skin. Later: After about half an hour, I started smelling this wonderful intensely sticky honey incense smoke, and wasn't entirely sure where it was coming from. If I put my nose to my wrist, I still get something almost stereotypically oriental-perfumey, but the throw is SO FREAKING AMAZING. The mahogany lends a woody dryness to the incense, the honey gives it an intense sweetness, and the whole thing hovers on the edge of gourmand but doesn't quite fall into it. This one is so beautiful!
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    Levitating Phallic God

    Wet: spicy woody incense. It reminds me overwhelmingly of The Huntsman, probably because it has a similar vetiver + woody incense combo. Dry: The lemon picks up a bit, giving it the occasional flash of citrus. But the vetiver stays the star of the show, with thick incense smoke drifting all around me. The throw is moderate, and it lingers for hours. Overall, I'd say it's The Huntsman's slightly less aggressive cousin -- a bit sweeter, a bit softer -- but definitely in the same family. Edit: My previous review was entirely from my decant. The bottle I received is much heavier on the vetiver so far, and it drowns out most of the incense. I'm going to give it a week to rest up and try it again
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    Black Coffee

    This is all coffee in the imp, but as soon as it hits my skin it becomes sweeter and woodier. There is still a coffee note wafting around, but the incense-y wood note dominates, along with a sugary sweetness. Throw is low, but it lasts fairly well on my skin. Sweet, woodsy incense and a cup of coffee.
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    Civil Twilight

    Honeysuckle and lemon blossom. The amber barely peeks out after a couple of hours, and I don't get the peach at all. A light floral that burns down to a skin scent very quickly and fades out on my after a few hours.
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    I was worried that the tuberose and Queen of the Night might dominate this scent, but I love the other notes too much not to try it. And I'm glad I did! It's hard for me to pick out individual notes, no particular one seems to dominate. Overall, this is a sweet woody incense with some soft floral notes floating over it, and I adore it.
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    My previous bottle of Baku was very much soft lavender and anise. Fairly long-lasting, but it kept close to the skin. My new bottle is medicinal lavender and eucalyptus, with better throw and about the same longevity. I honestly don't know if this is an issue of aging, skin chemistry, or formula changes, but it's a significant difference.
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    Corrupt Chancellor

    Sweet sandalwood, grassy vetiver, and bergamot floating over the top. It's a little sour if I push my nose right up against it, but the throw isn't sour at all. Not a hint of pepper to my nose. I can only identify the leather if I try, and it might be my imagination, or maybe just part of what makes this read as 'cologne' to me. This is masculine in a dapper, sophisticated way, and much sweeter than I was expecting from the notes.
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    Lady Hatton

    A slightly fizzy, classy perfume. Very well-blended, so I don't really pick out the other notes so much. Decent throw and wear length.
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    Powdered laundry soap. It's a nice powdered laundry soap, but that's pretty much all I get out of this. Hella throw.
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    On me, this is almost single-note leather, kind of like Riding Crop. There is a bit of clove, but it's drowned in that new leather smell. I do expect it to age beautifully.
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    A Multitude of Dreams

    After settling in for a month, I love this perfume even more! Thick, luscious resins under a drifting breeze of licorice and lavender. Good throw and excellent longevity.
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    Thought Photography

    Floral lavender perfume. The lavender and palo santo work together to make it a gorgeous musky floral. Good throw and longevity. I was personally hoping it would be more like 18 June 1860 than it is -- on my skin, at least, that one has an airiness where this one is musky from the ambrette seed. Fairly similar, but not identical scents.
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    Gingerbread and Lavender Sugar

    On me, the lavender smells more like the one in Puppet Kitty than in TKO. Otherwise, I agree with other reviewers -- a sweet lavender scent with the barest hint of lemony gingerbread warmth in the background. Decent throw and longevity.
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    Gingerbread Oudh

    Warm ginger-spice and incense. It gets a little smoky char around the edges for about the first twenty minutes, but that dissipates. Not especially foodie, not particularly sweet. Just warm and comforting. Sadly, this doesn't last very long on my skin.