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    Vernal Equinox Full Moon

    In the bottle, like a florist's cooler. (That's a good smell!) Wet: Cold white blossoms that are like sticking my nose in a bouquet, without being overpowering. Dry: Daffodils! There are other flowers underneath the daffodils, but they're minor notes in a field of buttercups. I LOVE this fragrance. I don't get any amber notes, but every once in a while I get a bit of the tulips. Just gorgeous! Dry, an hour later: NOW I get the amber. At this stage, I can't pick out any single floral notes - it's just a harmonious whole with a soft amber base note. I love every stage of this scent.
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    Pumpkin Crème Brulee

    When I opened the imp, it smelled like...WTF FLOWERS?? But no pumpkin. Wet, on my skin: Sharp and spicy almost-floral (WHAT), but no pumpkin. Dry: STILL NO PUMPKIN. Also, sharp and unpleasant. No sugar, no custard, no pumpkin. It only brings headaches to the party. I am SO disappointed, as in the past, BPAL's pumpkin note was always beautiful on my skin, no matter what. This? Oh, no. No, no, no. Off to swap! 2nd Try: There was a bit of spillage on the label, and I noticed a day or two later that it smelled more of sugar, so I thought perhaps I'd give it another try. In the imp: Sugar? No floral smell, so hurrah! Wet, on my skin: Cinnamon brooms. BUT NO PUMPKIN. Dry: CINNAMON BROOMS TO INFINITY And. NO. PUMPKIN. WHATSOEVER. Hours later: A whisper of sugary sweetness when I stick my wrist against my nose. Conclusion: BAH.
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    Pumpkin Dust

    SOAP. Sharp, hideous soap. And cinnamon brooms? It's just awful. I'm so disappointed, because their pumpkin scents are almost always gorgeous on me....but not this one. No, not this one.
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    Scarecrow Turned Philosopher

    In the imp, this mild and dry, with just a hint of amber. Wet, it was...like stepping into a summer day, with warm breezes bringing you just a hint of grasses and tiny summer flowers. Dry, the amber has warmed up, and for once, it does not powder out on my skin. I LOVE this. It's so warm and beautiful. It's like a breath of summer in the midst of fall. Edit: I have been wearing this daily for weeks, and it continues to be a favorite. A warm, well-blended amber scent.
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    The Norns' Farmhouse

    In the imp: fresh and green. Wet: A complicated rush of green smells, very herbal, but with a soothing note that softens it. Drydown: Suddenly becomes extremely masculine, an herbal blend where I can't detect any of the individual notes, but which smells very manly to my nose. Verdict: Might try it on my husband, but it's not really for me.
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    Aelopile

    In the imp: Ooo, this smells gorgeous! Not sharp or unpleasant as I feared! Wet, on my wrist: WHOA, what the hell? This smells like...furniture polish. Cheap furniture polish, the kind that comes in a spray can. UGH. Drydown: It's gotten more complex, and the (must be lemon) polish note is finally fading, but now it just smells like some sort of potpourri. No citrus whatsoever. Completely dry: It's not unpleasant, but it smells vaguely peppery, with a faint generic 'potpourri' scent. Clearly not the scent for me. Verdict: I'm so disappointed! The imp smelled so lovely, and my skin made a right hash of it. Maybe I'll try it in a scent locket?
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    Spellbound

    The description sounded lovely, and it smelled ok in the imp, so I slathered. This was an error in judgment. A terrible error in judgment. From the initial blast of musk came this sour smell that got stronger and stronger and STRONGER. It eventually identified itself as the roses. Sour, musky, horrible roses that choked me until I had to run and scrub it from my skin. It's still there. So...huge throw, long-lasting, and utterly horrible on my skin.
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    Bitches Love Unicorns

    In the bottle, it wasn't very fruity - just like a wash of some sugary syrup. Wet: I'll be damned. It does smell like Fruit Stripe gum. Dry: Smells like sugary fruit-flavored candies, heavy on the raspberry. It's just a really cheerful scent. I don't know that it'll get heavy rotation on my end, but I think my youngest daughter is going to absolutely LOVE this. EDIT: My youngest daughter tried it on, very excited to smell like Skittles. The minute it hit her skin, it smelled of nothing but vanilla. Slightly musky vanilla. WHAT. It never changed, either. Wet, dry, hours later: vanilla. The heck?
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    White Pumpkin Floss

    1st Try: I expected this to be a mouth-wateringly creamy, foody scent. In the bottle, all pumpkin. Wet: Dry, dry, dry pumpkin note, with a heavy undercurrent of bpal's "old book" note. Dry papers & a little pumpkin. Not foody at all, which I thought was weird. As it began to dry down, I got a hint of burnt sugar. Dry, the happy burnt sugar note disappeared, the pumpkin disappeared, the books disappeared, and I was left with...cinnamon. But not baking cinnamon; the dry scent of those 'cinnamon brooms' you buy at the grocery store. White chocolate? MIA. There's no creamy chocolate note in this at all. Dangit. :/ Several hours later, I find that the cinnamon note has faded out and now it's all creamy white chocolate, but the pumpkin is long gone. 2nd Try: I decided to re-try on a less-stressed day, and the results were startlingly different (and yet, the same.) Wet, there was a rush of pumpkin, definitely more cooked & sweetened than raw. No 'dry' note whatsoever. However, the pumpkin fled in short order, even before the dry-down was complete. Dry, the throw was nonexistent, but it smelled not like terrible cinnamon brooms, but like cake with a warm spicy undertone. Dry, a couple of hours later, it's all delicious creamy white chocolate, but to smell it I have to put my nose right on my skin. Judgment: I like it, but I'm disappointed that the pumpkin note doesn't stick around, because I love pumpkin-based scents, and bought it because of that. Not to mention clearly my skin chemistry is the deciding factor in any fragrance. I'll try wearing it in my scent locket and see how it performs when it's not touching my skin.
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    Democrat

    In the imp, and on first application, this was sweet vanilla with a richer undertone. Wet, it was vanilla and a sweet scent that seemed familiar, but which I couldn't quite identify. Dry, a warm vanilla amber. Dry, 10 minutes later, the amber is going a bit powdery. Oddly enough, I kept getting wafts of this spicy resin that reminded me a bit of Morocco. ::sniffs the arm:: Nope, still vanilla amber. ::moves arm away:: Spicy! Up close is soft and warm and sweet, while the throw is all hot and sultry spices.
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    E Pluribus Unum

    I was really expecting this to be cloying, but it's a faint floral in which no one note dominates. When I first opened the bottle, it smelled like...well...a beauty shop. Don't know why it sparked that particular association, but there you go. Dry, my skin is drinking this up, so that it's a close-to-skin kind of fragrance. Very unexpected.
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    MVJBA: Spring Training 2008

    In the bottle and on my skin, this reminds me a lot of Miskatonic University, except with a salty, peanutty undertone. After allowing it to warm up a bit, the peanutty aspect is strongest - I imagine once this ages, it's going to be fantastic. I like it very much indeed. 2018: After ten years of aging (and having forgotten where it was for several years), I tried this again. In the bottle, it was all peanut scent, to the point where I couldn't smell anything else. But once I put it on my skin, the peanuts disappeared, and now it smells like caramel. I'm not picking up the coffee note at all, but my family says I smell like a caramel latte, so I'm counting this a win.
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    The Snow Storm

    The first note out of the bottle is a complex evergreen; there's the sweet pine from 'Skadi', but there's also some deeper, more resinous notes. Underneath that is a slushy note - not so much snow as melting ice. It's a very clean fragrance, and I think it would appeal to a wide variety of people. I like it, though I'm not head over heels about it (I much prefer my Skadi). To me, this smells like the tail end of February - cold and sleet and evergreens heralding the coming of warmer weather.
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    Pumpkin Cheesecake

    Alas, on my skin this is the sour note from Beaver Moon without the extra sugar for leavening. The pumpkin might as well be nonexistant. ::sigh:: Damn my skin chemistry.
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    Pumpkin Smash

    I was absolutely certain I would love this. Pumpkin and beeswax? All right! What could possibly go wrong? In the bottle, it was delicious, buttery pumpkin. Yum! Wet, the pumpkin burned off quickly, making way for beeswax and...beer? Dry: Yup, sweetened hops, beeswax, and maybe a whiff of asphalt. No pumpkin at all. Wah! But I love pumpkin! No fair! ::pouts:: Ok, ok, Looked at objectively, this is a wonderful, fragrant, sweet-but-not-foody, grownup perfume. It smells of fall, with a hint of leaf-scent, and the dead-on smell of the inside of a jack-o-lantern, and the longer I wear it, the better it smells. It's just not the foody pumpkin I wanted.
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