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    Pognophobia, Insupportable Misery, Queen of Clubs, Ace of Pentacles, Dolly Kei, Temple of the Loas (TAL), Smut, Summer Lace, Emerald Lace, The Poinsettia Gown, Imayo Irokumi No Ito

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  1. Mountaingrrl00

    Imayo Irokumi No Ito

    I've let this settle for a few days before trying it again, and I'm glad I did. Previously there was a strong impression of Irish Spring soap - that has now mellowed out of existence. Now I get a creamy matcha and sandalwood combo, an almost saffron-like hay, and that floral-shop green smell others have mentioned. The ferns are distinct, too, and the deeper scent of moss. Lovely memories of the Pacific Northwest from this. Clean, but with depth. I think this will be a regular in the warm-weather rotation.
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    Elle Est Heureuse

    A mineral note and something sweet like vanilla. I love the mix of natural and perfumey. I would be surprised if there weren't benzoin in this. Definitely a happy scent in my brain.
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    It’s All I Have to Bring Today

    I need to be careful with words like "breeze" and "wind" in scent descriptions. They almost always translate to ozone notes, which are headache triggers for me. I'm bummed that this one did not work for me, because it's got so much going for it with its realistic green spring flowers, and warm, floral honey. That's some of the nicest honey I've ever smelled in a perfume. I hope to encounter this honey in a non-breeze scent.
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    Kimi Ga Dai Wa

    Total comfort scent. Nuzzly, savory, toasty, warm without being overwhelmingly rich. It reminds me a little of BPAL's Morocco scent with its dry warmth, but this is more refined. For a scent with three listed ingredients, it has a lot of depth. It stays close to the skin, and lasts a long time.
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    A Karasu Tengu Copulating with the Knot-Hole of a Pine Tree

    At first sniff this is authentic pine, very green, a little woodsy, a little sharp, really beautiful. I love that the pine bark is part of this. If you're afraid of smelling like cheap pine air freshener, don't be - it has a lot of dimension, and is like being in the Rockies, not in someone's car. Along the way it gets softer, more powdery, drier and more floral, with just a breath of crushed pine needles. Later on it becomes a diffuse earthy sweetness that lasts a long time.
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    Chocolate Fruitcake

    Chocolate with brandy, maraschino cherries and a little spice. Such a cheerful scent, and the brandy element makes it appealing and not so much a kiddy gourmand.
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    Weed & Whiskey

    At first sniff, this is so realistic it makes me laugh! The whiskey has a sharp bite at first, very high-pitched. But it calms down pretty quickly, and gets to smelling more like an aromatic cologne. The weed note is not green, but resinous and sticky-sweet, almost a hash note. It's a nice combination that gets better and better as is warms up on my skin.
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    Black Licorice Smut

    You know those red anise hard candies that come wrapped in red cellophane? That's what it smells like in the imp, and wet on my skin. Strong almost straight-up anise, mouth-watering, not too sweet. It makes me want to eat a whole bunch of candy. That anise blast takes awhile to burn off. when I can catch the Smut underneath, it's a beautiful combination. Eventually it dries down to pure Smut, and since I love the original version that's great with me!
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    Pumpkin Pie Musk

    I amp the cinnamon like crazy. For about an hour all I can smell is cinnamon. Later I get more spices, and if I sniff closely enough, the pumpkin and musk. Still mostly cinnamon on me, though.
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    Pecan Pie Oud

    Pecan Pie Oud is mostly Oud, and definitely not Karo-syrup sweet. I'm getting more of the savory aspects of the pecans, which smell toasted and a little salty. There's warmth here too, but it's understated. There's a little bit of spiciness from the crust note. This is a surprisingly sophisticated, lightly gourmand scent I could see wearing on a regular basis if not for its rareness.
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    Cherry Cream Pie Chypre

    Whoa, that is some neon-bright maraschino cherry coming out of the vial. Almost boozy in its strength. Applied on my wrist, it becomes more like pie filling, and suddenly, I can smell a distinct brown-sugar crust and even the sweet cream. I don't know how Beth does it, but it's so funny and delicious. I can catch little wafts of citrus, and I can tell there are some deeper perfume notes underneath, but mostly it's bold cherry. Great throw and longevity.
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    I Hear America Singing

    A beautiful, uplifting scent for an important cause. It starts out smelling like springtime with the soft blossoms and citrus notes. Then fizzy ginger ale with strong ginger and sweet amber. At this point it reminds me of the Christmassy Origins Ginger scent, effervescent indeed, nose-tinglingly spicy. It lasts on my skin as a warm fruity-floral amber. So glad I blind-bought a bottle.
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    Dead Leaves and Black Licorice

    In the bottle, it's like a weird cocktail made with pastis and green bell pepper juice. (The dead leaves base often reads as green peppers to my nose.) It's definitely an aromatic black licorice, not the sweet kind. The wet stage is strong, heady, kind of aquatic in the way men's colognes often are. The drydown is another thing entirely, with an earthy, warmer, slightly gourmand anise vibe. I love this last phase and re-applied several times just to get to that place again. I'm going to have to try this one in a locket.
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    Revenant Rhythm

    Cuddly vanilla is the main thing here. The patchouli never really comes forward for me, just grounds the scent and makes it last. I love the addition of woodsy hemp, not an everyday perfume note, making this simple scent a little unusual but very warm and comforting. It's just the kind of thing I want to wear to feel cozy on a winter day. Oh, and the decant I have is very similar to my bottle of BB, though maybe RR is a little more vanilla and BB is a little more patchouli.
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    Circe Invidiosa

    The cedar, gardenia and tuberose are most prominent on me. Something here smells like orange blossom, too, although it's not a listed component - may be the fruitiness of the pear combining with the floral elements. When it dries down, it's a soft woody-mossy scent. I'm not really getting aquatics. The herbal blend is enticing. This stays close to the skin and does not last a long time.