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    TKO, Snow White, High-Strung Daisies, Morocco, Summer Lace, Lambs-Wool, Poisoned Apple, Rapunzel in Ballpoint, Capax Infiniti, Dorian, Dorian in the Pumpkin Patch, Alice, Cheshire Cat, Tombstone, Eat Me, Midnight on the Midway, Gobo, OG BB/Revenant Rhythm, All Hallows' Apple, Kubla Khan, Venus Verticordia, Stekkjarstaur, The Serpentine

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  1. doomsday_disco

    Tahitian Vanilla, Mysore Sandalwood, & Bergamot

    I love vanilla. I love the Mysore Sandalwood in Kit. I like bergamot. But my nose is just not jiving with this. I know it's my nose and not my skin chemistry because it actually smells the same in the vial as it does on me. I just get this funk from the Tahitian vanilla, and I know it's that note that I'm not enjoying because it's the same funk that I got from Hagoromo-No-Taki Hair Gloss. The Tahitian vanilla is syrupy sweet and has this aspect to it that I really dislike -- kind of like if a smoker doused themselves in a sicky sweet vanilla? I think there may be some indolic floral component in it that I just don't enjoy. After a while, that does end up calming down and it ends up being a bergamot-infused vanilla backed by the dry Mysore sandalwood, but I wouldn't want to wear this for a few hours to get to that point.
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    Tattered Lace

    In the decant: I smell the bourbon vanilla, waxy coconut, frankincense, and a bit of moss. Wet: Bourbon vanilla and frankincense are the first notes to emerge, making me think of Hope and Fear Set Free. There are touches of the coconut bark and moss behind these notes. After a bit, the cognac emerges, brightening the scent and making it known that it this is definitely in the Lace family. The woodmoss gains strength over time, as moss notes are wont to do on my skin, and the tea and opium become a little more noticeable with wear, but the vanilla and cognac end up being the main players on me in the end. Verdict: This is exquisite! I am so glad that I got to try this one. I probably won't try to hunt down a bottle since it is a Lace, but if I ever see one up for sale or swap, I'd pounce! Until then, I'll be hoarding this tester. Thanks to the lovely BPALista that sent this my way!
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    Witches' Kitchen

    In the decant: Somewhat soapy herbs, hyssop (which I recognize from Against Idleness and Mischief and Ashlultum), and a touch of beeswax. On me: Yep, the herbs are reading as soap to my nose. They dominate at first, with a touch of beeswax and honey in the background. The honey ends up increasing in strength over time, so that it's mostly a honey scent on me after a few hours backed by a smattering of herbs. Verdict: I didn't particularly enjoy the soapy wet stage of the scent, so I will probably pass this decant on, even though it settles into a nice honey scent.
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    Please Scream Inside Your Snake Oil

    I guess I lucked out, because I didn't get any amplified vegetal musk or any of the qualities I dislike about fresh Snake Oil from this on me. I get the BREAD PUDDING from Please Scream Inside Your Heart pretty strongly at first (I say bread pudding because it's a mushy, cinnamon-filled type of dough that's not crunchy enough to be a churro and too cinnamon-y to remind me of funnel cake, but I totally get Amazonia's cinnamon french toast description), backed by the Snake Oil, which is heavier on the Snake Oil spices on me. The Snake Oil increases in strength over time, and eventually, its vanilla comes to the front of the scent, along with some powdered sugar (which I did not get from Please Scream Inside Your Heart), and it is GLORIOUS. This usually never happens to me unless the Snake Oil has been aged, so I am really happy that I don't have to tuck this one away to get that amazing vanilla. Maybe I should scream inside my Snake Oil more often. 😱
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    In the decant: Chocolate darkened with copal incense but sweetened with canela. On me: Same, but with tequila. The jalapeno note is there, but it doesn't make me go, "What is this doing in a perfume?" like I thought it would. It's intriguing to smell it adding some warmth and heat to the scent instead of a spice note. It ends up going through a phase where the tequila is a little too much for me, but the earthy copal incense gains strength over time and becomes the dominant note after several hours of wear, backed by the tequila and some dusty cacao. I'm no longer getting any sweetness from the canela or the vanilla. Verdict: This one is pretty interesting, and it was fun to try a scent with a jalapeno note! The tequila and copal end up being too much for me during certain phases of the scent, so it's not something I'd reach for to actually wear, but I'm glad I got to experience this!
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    In the bottle: Iced lavender and iron backed by oudh. On me: The iced lavender dominates, followed by the iron. I'm getting a dryer sheet-like aquatic feel to the ice, and I swear there's a touch of slightly minty anise or palo santo in this. That touch of anise or palo santo fades, and what I'm left with reminds me of a more metallic version of Waiting. It has that same lavender dryer sheets feel to it from the lavender mixing with the aquatic note, and like Waiting, its backed by a really tame oudh that grounds the scent and gives me the impression of asphalt. Like Waiting, it is reminiscent of curling up in a pile of laundry fresh from the dryer while rain hits the pavement outside the window. Verdict: I've been hoarding my last drops of Waiting, so I am really glad to have found a scent that is somewhat similar to it, and I look forward to wearing this one to bed. Thanks to the lovely BPALista that gifted this to me.
  7. doomsday_disco

    Australian Copperhead (2006)

    While I swapped for a decant of this, I was also gifted an aged bottle (thanks to the lovely BPALista that sent this to me! ). So now I am comparing the two! There's not a big difference between the aged decant and the aged bottle, so they must have aged similarly. This smells like aged Snake Oil infused with a tart berry on a bed of amber. Neroli is usually my nemesis, but the aged Snake Oil has really smoothed it over. It isn't super bitter or headache-inducing in this, and it remains behind the acai berry throughout wear. The cardamom and smoked vanilla are not distinct on me, but I'm sure they're adding some warmth to the scent. I was not sure how this one would go due to the neroli and acai berry notes, but this is nice, thanks to the magic of aged Snake Oil.
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    Retested this one for the #TournamentOfUnderdogs. Aquatics don't really work on me, but this isn't your average aquatic -- it's an aquatic infused with a sweet incense, and the incense keeps it from veering into soap/dryer sheet territory. I think Lucchesa may be right about this possibly containing opium. My boyfriend joked that this smelled "non-Euclidean" before saying he believes the scent matches its description, describing it as "dark" and commenting that the incense "isn't usually what you think of when you think of incense." We tested this against Schrödingers Cat and discovered that we're both #TeamR'lyeh for this round. Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!
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    Schrodinger's Cat

    I tried this in my earlier BPAL days, and remember it not working on me, but apparently I never reviewed it. I'm trying it again and properly reviewing it for the #TournamentOfUnderdogs. My boyfriend is also testing the scents I have for the tournament, so I'll be sharing his thoughts as well. My boyfriend thinks this smells like "a creamsicle on a forest floor." I think he was associating the citrus with a creamsicle (even though this is not a creamy scent) and of course, the moss was the forest floor he was smelling. The citrus was fleeting on him, and it dried down to just oakmoss. On me, the citrus really clashed with the zdravetz (geranium) in an unpleasant way, even though The Season of Ghosts contains citrus and geranium, and I can wear that scent. It goes wrong on me in the way that Winter Landscape and The Cross of Snow did, in that it smelled kind of like someone squeezed some citrus over the sauce you'd find in a can of Spaghettios. o.0 Then my oakmoss-amping skin amped the oakmoss, happy to take over the other notes. I only got a hint of the chocolate peppermint if I sniffed really closely, but that's only because I knew to look for it. Otherwise, I would not have guessed it were there. I love the label art for Schrödingers Cat and typically love citrus scents, so I thought I'd want it to win its round in the tournament, but both my boyfriend and I have decided we're on Team R'lyeh.
  10. doomsday_disco

    Monster Bait: Tokyo Stomp

    Tokyo Stomp starts off as a nice candied mint scent. The mint/vanilla combo has a bit of an Andes Mint vibe to it. It's one of those vanillas that is sometimes mistaken as chocolate. There's also a touch of coconut mixed with the vanilla. Over time, it becomes less candy-like and more like Snow White. Wuuuuut. Was not expecting that! But it's like, a mintier Snow White. It's not as buttery as Snowblind or as intensely minty as Lick It, so it is still worth trying if you own both of those. I like this enough to hold on to my decant, but it's not something I feel like I need a bottle of, as I have so many vanilla mint scents as it is, and many a bottle of Snow White.
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    Queen Gertrude

    In the decant: Violet pierced by sharp wisteria. I don't have high hopes for this one, as these are two notes that do not work on me. On me: The violet and wisteria are the first notes to emerge, but the violet quickly softens the screeching wisteria note. Then it's a violet party on my skin, as I tend to amp that note, and it remains that way for several hours of wear, until the chrysanthemum (which makes me think of dried chrysanthemum in tea) becomes one of the main players. Unfortunately, by this time, the wisteria is more noticeable, and its sharpness starts to give me a headache whenever I sniff my arm. I'm not able to pick out the delphinium -- it's a note I've encountered in scents like Cheshire Cat and Red Lantern, but I haven't been able to isolate it since those blends contain lots of other notes that stand out to me more. Verdict: This is not for me, but if you're a fan of violet, you should try this.
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    The Anti-Saloon League

    I adore all things root beer, and I was curious about this because I thought that that it might be like like Outlaw, but without the leather, so I wanted to try it. But it's not the creamy root beer that the notes would lead one to believe. I agree with other reviewers that have described this as somewhat masculine -- it's more like a sarsaparilla-infused cologne than a root beer scent. I thought maybe PBSW's Pumpkin Daddy wax melts (which I am melting in this room) were affecting my perception of this scent, but no. It really is like a sarsarparilla-infused cologne, and there's no sweetness to be found. I, too, get some powderiness instead of the creaminess, that is tragically sort of plastic-y on me. And I don't get the comparisons to Love's Philosophy, which is much sweeter and creamier with its french vanilla note. I'm really glad I got a chance to try it, but I'll stick with Outlaw, Stimulating Sassafras Strengthener, Tombstone, and Zombi Sassafras for my sarsaparilla fix.
  13. doomsday_disco

    Hay Moon 2020

    Ooh, this is lovely. It started off as a sort of lemony, honeyed hay scent (it was almost cereal-like on me for a moment, but that was fleeting), but it became warmer and sweeter over time, with the mallow, oatcakes, and golden amber joining the honey and hay and dry grasses. I'm especially loving the oatcake note. The cardamom is barely noticeable on me. It's so cozy and comforting, and I'm really glad I decided to try it. If it's still available in a few weeks, I may end up with a bottle.
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    Men Will Fall to Her Darkness

    In the decant: Blood musk backed by resins (some of which are cola-like) and lavender. On me: The blood musk reigns, followed by the lavender. Then I become engulfed in the blood musk, because the blood musk is red musk, and that's just what my skin chemistry likes to do with this note. It stays this way for a really long time -- and is all red musk in the throw -- backed by the cola-like resins and deep myrrh. The lavender, although initially strong, couldn't compete with the blood musk and was quick to flee. Verdict: The blood musk is just too much for me. If you're looking for lavender, you'll likely be disappointed, but if you're looking for blood musk and resins, this will probably be up your alley.
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    Right Atrium

    In the decant: White tea, cherry blossom, wood. On me: Same. I'm getting white tea and cherry blossom backed by a powdery amber and the wood. The white tea only gets stronger on me with wear, as it is wont to do, but it isn't as astringent as it usually is, and I still get touches of the cherry blossom and resins after several hours of wear, with the amber and cashmere wood being more prominent than the cherry blossom note. Verdict: This is a nice, delicate, airy sort of blend. I will have to retest it to see if it is something I'd actually wear, but it is pretty!