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    Pognophobia, Insupportable Misery, Queen of Clubs, Ace of Pentacles, Dolly Kei, Temple of the Loas (TAL), Smut, Luperci, Zombi, Summer Lace, Banshee Beat

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  1. Mountaingrrl00

    Cotton Candy, Strawberry & Lime Zest

    Wet: The Lab's "sour candy" note plus a hint of powdery cotton candy. Dry: The cotton candy note has gotten stronger and vaguely disturbing. It's burnt sugar and a bit of strawberry jelly. Several hours later: This is the good part! The sweetness has become a kind of powdery floral, and the lime zest lends some bitterness to round out the now-soft sweet-and-sour.
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    Fig & Cranberry Sufganiyot

    Darn skin chemistry! On me, I can hardly pick out anything but the tartness of the cranberry, and it doesn't even smell cranberry-specific, since I don't get the berry's tannic edge. It's more like the pixie stix intensity of some of the candy Yules we've had in the past. There's a tiny bit of dough and gritty fig if I press my nose to my wrist. Will have to pass this on to a more compatible home.
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    This arrived just when I needed it, when multiple tasks, creative projects and social opportunities coincided. Applied at the beginning of the day and handled everything with aplomb. The "expanded perspective" part happened quite literally with a piece of visual art I was working on. And while I understand that the House Blends in particular are not formulated as perfumes, this one has a scent I find inspiring, full of sweet anise like a Scandinavian bakery.
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    Planetary Magick: Sol

    This is potent! Very strong, almost manic energy to this one. And it smells like citrus, frankincense and something a bit like root beer?
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    Verrrrry strong almond note after the initial dusting of cocoa. And something is reading to me as beeswax candles. The middle phase is wild! Then it's an intriguing gourmand scent, more blended. Definitely not an everyday scent, but a very cool ride. I might try wearing this to a winter party or two, see if I attract a confused stranger with a sweet tooth.
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    Emerald Lace

    The hyper-realistic grass note scared me for a moment. I get why some have compared it to heavily scented soaps. But it calms down pretty quickly and smells more like a picnic in fancy dress. I love the cognac/opium/tobacco lace blends, and I like this herbal variation on the theme. It takes me by surprise on dry-down -- what's that gorgeous smell? Oh, it's me! Rich, smoky, just sweet enough.
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    Summer Lace

    I'm surprised I'd never reviewed this -- it's been one of my favorite BPALs for several years now. The fruity-floral aspect is breezy and sunny for sure, but there's such a lovely dark decadence underpinning it. It's tangy in the bottle -- I think that's the green cognac too -- and then as soon as it hits my skin the rich tobacco and vanilla come out and stay a good long time. The opium poppy note is faint, which is fine with me. I never knew I loved tobacco absolute so much. The way it blends in the drydown is the most gorgeous thing. I'm totally wearing this in the winter.
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    An Encampment of Shepherds

    My favorite of this year's Weenies. It's hard to pick out individual notes, but the overall impression is of the Southwest US, the scent of canyons and the rosy colors of the rocks and the sunsets. Pretty but not sweet. Dry, airy, earthy, unisex, sophisticated, unique.
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    Amber & Lace

    Smoky-sweet-savory gourmand goodness, with mellow cognac, subtle hay-like nuances, a caramel creaminess and that super-sexy saffron-oud combo. Low to medium throw, long lasting.
  10. Seconding the love for Sea of Glass. My other pick would be Zombi, which is such a lovely dark-roses-and-rich-earth scent.
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    The Queen of Love

    I could swear there's sandalwood in here, the most beautiful soft musky kind. Must be the combination of other notes that creates this illusion. The rose is so pretty, like the waft from a rose bush, not at all sharp. The honey is also soft. I love this scent; it's like a warm hug from the loveliest woman.
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    The Eternal Queen

    I'm surprised by how much I like this. It smells like gardenia that's still on the tree, wafting on the air when it's warm but not hot out. Fresh, new, just sweet enough, beautifully rounded.
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    Peace v45

    Soothes your nerves, brings calm to the household, infuses your space with a grounded tranquility. French lavender, jasmine grandiflorum, myrrh essential oil and oleoresin, rose petals and rose otto essential oil, jasmine blossoms, and frankincense tears. This smells so beautiful! It's a rich, heady floral-resin smell, so relaxing it's almost sleep-inducing, and I notice some notes in common with TAL Nocturne, but this is softer and more grounded .... a reminder to stop, smell the super-gorgeous roses, and share that softness and compassion.
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    Perfumey scents

    Globe fits this for me: A russet chypre slathered in vintage patchouli and black tea with golden amber, hiba wood, and iris root.
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    Passion fruit scents

    I'm looking for a passion fruit scent that doesn't go too sweet and syrupy. I love the tart, fresh, almost lemony facet of this fruit. Anything you'd recommend?