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  1. whimsitini

    Tomoe Gozen

    It's funny. I was really excited about getting my decants a couple of years ago and then I just set them aside. It is really warm and sweet, but unless berry is the dominant note, I never get much of it. For me the red current and pink pepper hang on for dear life. It's a nice sweet but slightly spicy scent. Saving this for cooler months.
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    Sugar Skull

    My mother, who has classified my BPAL collection as bizarre, (She likes some of the scents on me. But was pretty shocked by the volume I tried.) actually had a pretty nice description of Sugar Skull. It smells like a stone passage way that hasn't been opened in a long time. Not musty, but something fruity in the air. Wet: Really strong sugar smell and more fruit that I remembered from previous versions. Great because I don't really like smokey notes. Dry: Still pretty sugary. After a few days it rather loses the potency and reminds me of maple syrup, although that could just be me getting used to the smell. My favorite fall scent.
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    March Hare

    I have had a Proustian longing for March Hare over the past couple of months. Absolutely had to have it and scoured sales lists for it. In fact I even thought about purchasing a bottle because I convinced myself that my wee imp would be gone by the next day. And then, the longed for imp arrived. Wet: Spicy apricot. Reminds me of Christmas at my Grandmothers. She had these clove sachets that she hung around the house and the scent clung to the box. Dry down: Apricot note becoming more prominent over the clove. Still a spicy fruit though. Probably won't need the bottle but will keep an imp around. Later: I, I smell like rutabaga. What on earth happened?
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    Eat Me

    Add me to the list of people who wouldn't know a current if it bit them, but I love Eat Me. It is cake. And vanilla. And Cake. And yummy. And cake. Why have I not ordered this before now? And did I mention that my arm smells like cake? Or that I really like cake?
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    Really strange reaction. All those reviews of what a wonderfully strong spicy sweet smell this is made me really excited for Chimera. The reality? In the imp: faint cinnamon On the wand: faint cinnamon On me: *deep inhale* cinnamon? Oh well. Have to stick with GP for my spicy sweet.
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    A little bit of background. This was one of the first scents I ordered from the Lab way back when and I remember not liking it, but not the reason why I didn't like it. I've been on a fruit kick lately so I thought I'd give it another go. Wet: Miscellaneous sweet and soap. Dry: Soap. Ah yes. Rose my mortal enemy.
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    Zarita, the Doll Girl (2006)

    Wet: Carnation and orange blossom. It's a little sweet...sugared cream now coming in more strongly. If you've smelled fresh carnations, there's that touch of green. Dry Down: Very sweet but not the nauseating sweet that I usually get from orange blossom. A keeper.
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    Rose Moon

    I rarely have a good experience with BPAL rose. The tend to overpower me. This one is a bit different. There is still the standard "rose" smell but it lightens quickly, however I can't identify any notes other than "floral". Dry down: Lemon peel and faint patchouli. Nice to find a rose that doesn't amp but over all it's not a very me scent.
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    April Fool

    Hmm, parsley on the wand. Wet: Parsley and tangerine. Sweet but with a bitter undertone. Dry down: Sweetness from tangerine and lemon blossom are more prevalent but the bitterness is still there. Ends up as a sweet scent when the rose kicks in. However it is very very faint and because each note tends to come one at a time I never really get a full impression.
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    Rangoon Riptide

    This one seems quite a bit flatter than the others. Passion fruit I think, with some raspberry. There's a slightly sweet undertone but overall very muted.
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    Golden Wave

    Guava? And a smell that I don't recognize but it tends to show up a couple of times in testing other oils so I think that is the passion fruit. Tonic? Nope, that's gin. Gin and I are friends. Well, not so much friends as I can't get rid of her. Dry down: Just gin. I think I'll retry most these throughout the week because I'm really not getting the fruitiness that everyone else is.
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    Blue Fire

    ...I just opened an ice cream bar. How am I supposed to open an imp? Okay, blueberry and lemongrass. Expecting lemongrass to amp like crazy. Gin, which seems to be the most prevalent alcohol on me. I'm pretty sure I could identify gin across the room and thus develop my reputation as an alcoholic. Dry down: Mostly gin and a little of the blueberry and lemongrass. Enjoyable but not my favorite. If I want to smell just like gin I'd wear 21.
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    Upa Upa

    Stream of Conscious: Oh yummy yummy yummy! Everything together. Want to eat my arm. On skin: Sweet and spicy from fruit and rum. Vanilla acting as a bonding agent. Drydown: Rum is now more prominent than the other notes. This is the best of all the Tikis that I've tried. I'm going to have a hard time telling myself not to buy a bottle of this.
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    Screeching Parrot

    For the record I have the worst history with grapefruit but I always insist on trying whatever comes out. So, initially nothing but grapefruit and then possibly a bit of the apricot liquor and pineapple. Drying down I'm getting the rum/ginger and what I think is brandy. I've never been near brandy in my life but this is exactly what I think it would smell like. Dry basically just the apricot and later just the brandy, very faint. None of the Tikis seems to be very long lasting on me.
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    Warm but sharp, which is always how I find orchid. I like it but not going to need a lot of it because it reminds me so much of Siren.