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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

    Gingerbread and Lavender Sugar

    Sweet lavender scents are my thing, so there was no way I was passing this up. I knew it was the gingerbread scent for me. And it is. Gingerbread and Lavender Sugar? More like LAVENDER SUGAR and gingerbread. The lavender sugar is strongest note, in the bottle and upon application. Then the gingerbread emerges, and it's like those thin Swedish ginger snaps. It's heavy on the ginger (which almost has a lemony aspect to it) and spices and does not read as a fluffy type of gingerbread to my nose. I thought the gingerbread in this disappeared in less than an hour, but it actually weaves in and out of the scent. When it's around, it just adds a bit of soft, gingerbread-y spice in the background. Otherwise, it's all about the lavender sugar. The lavender in the lavender sugar is a soft variety, and I just love the lavender sugar so much. I can see VioletChaos' comparison to TKO, which is one of my favorite scents. There's no marshmallow here, but if you're a fan of TKO, there's a good chance you'll enjoy this as well. Needless to say, I absolutely adore Gingerbread and Lavender Sugar, and I think fans of sweet lavender scents will not be disappointed. Those looking for more gingerbread may have better luck with another one of this year's offerings, though, as the gingerbread is not the star here.
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    Frostbitten Zombi

    If Zombi by itself feels too somber or goth af for you and you don't really want to walk around smelling like a funeral, you may want to give Frostbitten Zombi a try. Frostbitten Zombi is stronger on the frostbitten component than the Zombi. I get some moss, dirt, and rose (the rose comes out after a few minutes and ends up being a prominent note on me along with the snow for some time), but the frostbitten component is the star here, and I think it's a powdery, somewhat sweet, pine-y, and perhaps benzoin-y snow. It does give the impression of being in a pine forest blanketed by soft, powdery snow, with clusters of moss beneath your feet, a little bit of soil clinging to your boots, and whiffs of your rose perfume being carried on the cool air. There was a brief cooling sensation on my skin at one point, but it was short-lived. The snow and moss notes end up being the most prominent aspects of the scent on me after several hours of wear. This is completely different from what I expected as well, but in a good way. It's not a lurking-in-the-graveyard-in-winter-at-midnight type of scent. It's strangely comforting, like a snowy, foresty hug in a bottle. I am really glad I grabbed this one.
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    Frostbitten Cheshire Cat

    [No additional description provided.] I am going to apologize in advance for this review, because I don't think it will be that helpful re: the snow note. In the bottle and on my skin, Frostbitten Cheshire Cat is strong on the Cheshire Cat component. So much so, that while I can tell it is indeed Cheshire Cat plus something, it is hard for me to identify what that something is, because the Cheshire Cat has decided to curl up on top of it! This is a grapefruit PARTY on my skin, so if you are a grapefruit lover, and you like Cheshire Cat, you should check this one out. It takes about an hour and a half for it to calm down, and when it does, I still get a lot of Cheshire Cat, but the Frostbitten component is becoming more noticeable. I am still having trouble pinpointing what it is underneath all of this Cheshire Cat, so I will just give a list of things that it is not: it is not the sweet snow note from Snow White; it is not the slushy snow note of Skadi; it is not the intensely minty snow note; it's not the sweet, powdery, pine-y snow of NYC Snowball Fight; it's not the powdery, wintergreen or spearmint-y snow of Winter-Time, and it definitely does NOT have the same snowy component as Frostbitten Zombi, so trying one Frostbitten this year won't really give you an idea of the rest. If anything, it might be a white musk snow, or maybe that's just Cheshire Cat's dark musk mingling with whatever comprises the snow note. If I sniff really close, I get a bit of coolness from the frostbitten note, but it's light, and I never had a cooling sensation on my skin with this like I did with Frostbitten Zombi. I was hoping for Cheshire Cat plus Snow White's snow note. That is not what I ended up getting, but I am still happy that I grabbed a bottle, because Cheshire Cat is one of my favorite GCs, and I love grapefruit.
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    The Shining Ones: snow-spattered lavender, bourbon vanilla, white mint, and white amber. I am testing this before it has had a full day of rest, so I will update my review if my experience is different after it has had more time to settle. Schönperchten is a clean, cool scent. It's very lavender-forward at first, but it becomes more of a snowy scent over time. The white mint is present throughout wear, but this a light variety of mint that adds a coolness to the scent without being intense or having a burning effect on the skin. It becomes a clean, powdery scent on me (but not like baby powder), and I am not sure if that is due to the white amber, the snow, or a combination of those notes. The snow in this is not sweet, slushy, or pine-y, nor is it the really minty variety. I think there could be some white musk mixed with some ozone at play here... otherwise, the white amber is going powdery on me even though I haven't had that issue with it before. The bourbon vanilla just adds a light sweetness to the scent after a while and becomes slightly more noticeable after a few hours of wear, but it is not a main player on me. It ends up being powdery snow, white amber, and white mint with a very soft lavender note after three hours of wear. I really enjoy the lavender and white mint, and I think the scent goes well with Brian's photo. It conjures images of white furs and soft, powdery snow. I just wish the beautiful lavender note had remained as strong as it was initially! I am going to let this rest some more and see if the vanilla comes out more as it ages.
  5. doomsday_disco

    The Gorobble

    The Gorobble reminds me of Marshmallow Pumpkin perfume oil, only not as heavily spiced. It has a melted marshmallow note, some spice, and a bit of smoke. The cinnamon in this is not intense like it is in Marshmallow Pumpkin, and this is nowhere near as smoky as Scorched Marshmallows was on my skin (which is nice for me, since I am not typically fond of smoky scents). After several hours of wear, I get more spice accompanied by that wisp of smoke than actual marshmallow. I wish the creamy marshmallow note had remained as strong as it was initially, but I do think this is nice. Not something I need to hunt down more of, but I am happy to have a decant.
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    Pumpkin Musk and Black Oudh

    When this first arrived, it smelled somewhat like Snake Oil in the vial, but with pumpkin in the musk. That has changed after a few days of rest. The pumpkin musk in this features a spiced pumpkin, but the musk itself kind of makes me think of scents like Old Demons of the First Class and Server Gremlins. Maybe it's a Siberian musk infused with spiced pumpkin? (I can't be sure, since I have never tried that single note.) The pumpkin musk remains the most prominent aspect of the scent for several hours, but the black oudh comes out more over time, darkening and dirtying up the scent, making it a musky, spiced pumpkin oudh. I guess I prefer gourmand pumpkin scents, but if you are looking for a pumpkin scent that's different than the usual pumpkin offerings, you might enjoy this one!
  7. doomsday_disco

    The Goat and the Vine

    The Goat and the Vine is strong on the golden apple note, with the cedar residing right behind it throughout wear. The redwood is behind those notes, but honestly, they're so strong on me that the redwood note is pretty light. I get a little hemp and bois de rose after several hours. The beeswax and vanilla benzoin never show up on me, sadly. I love the golden apple note in this, but I wish the sweeter notes had shown up on my skin, and the cedar is stronger than I'd like it to be and doesn't seem to be a variety that is playing well with my skin chemistry. It was nice to get to try it, though!
  8. doomsday_disco

    Boy with Goat in a Landscape

    Boy with a Goat in a Landscape is a floral-dominant scent on me. The jasmine, olive blossom, green ivy, and grapevine seem to be the main players on me. I was hoping the lavender would be prominent, but it was very short-lived. Cypress was another note I was hoping for, but I don't get much of that, either. There's a bit of sage and bay leaf, but they're confined to background roles. If you're looking for a floral, herbal blend, this may be up your alley. But it's not for me.
  9. doomsday_disco

    Smug Yale Alchemy Lab

    In the decant, I get green grass sweetened by the vanilla bean. On my skin, it's the same: green grass sweetened and softened by the vanilla bean, but the grass note here isn't like fresh grass clippings. I think there may be some dry grass in the mix as well, but for the most part, the grass in this smells like it is still living. It's a happy scent that makes me think of spring and summer, although I'm sure it would be great to wear year-round. The vanilla bean ends up gaining strength as it sits on my skin and eventually becomes the dominant note, so that after several hours, it's a sweet vanilla bean backed by the grasses, which are really soft by this point. This is beautiful, and I am not sure if a decant will be enough!
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    Injured Dickchest Alchemy Lab

    In the decant, this is heavy on the champaca blossom. I get the green tea behind that, and a bit of pink pepper, but I can't pick up on the bourbon vanilla in the vial. On my skin, the heady champaca blossom is still the star, but the pink pepper and green tea are pretty prominent as well. I am getting more pink pepper on my skin than I did in the decant. The champaca remains the dominant note throughout wear, backed by the bright green tea. The pink pepper calms down significantly over time, and the vanilla comes out after a few hours, but it's light. I wouldn't have expected champaca and green tea to go well together, but they do! I think this is nice, but not something I need more of. I love the name, though.
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    Fishtail Beaver Alchemy Lab

    In the decant, I smell vanilla mint, followed by the warm cedar, and then the patchouli. The peppermint is pretty strong on my skin at first. It smells somewhat Lick It-esque, which I think is helped by the presence of the vanilla husk, but the cedar and patchouli are clamoring for attention behind the mint. They add a warmth to the scent that is at odds with the blast of peppermint (it's strong and has that cooling effect on the skin). The patchouli is stronger on me than it was in the vial, and I think it may be a brown variety. The patchouli and cedar are dirtying up the scent in a way that I'm not really fond of, and they seem to be getting more prominent as the mint calms down. After several hours of wear, the patchouli is the star of the show, followed by the cedar, peppermint, and then the vanilla husk. The patchouli is reading as a brownish red variety to me now. It's much warmer than before, but the peppermint has not gone away. I am happy that the vanilla husk is more noticeable, but I prefer this scent in its early stages, when the peppermint reigned over everything. I don't need a bottle of Fishtail Beaver, but I am glad that I decided to try it!
  12. doomsday_disco

    Saddypants Lion Alchemy Lab

    We simply didn’t have enough cumulative Leo energy to pull this one off. Golden amber and sweet almond with tonka bean, peach juice, and honey musk. In the decant, I can smell the honey musk, golden amber, peach juice, and almond notes. On my skin, the golden amber and peach juice are the first notes to leap out to me, followed by the almond and honey musk, but the almond and honey musk quickly become stronger and make the scent somewhat powdery on me. The powdery honey musk ends up being the dominant note, followed by the almond, amber, and some peach juice. After several hours of wear, the golden amber, tonka bean, and honey musk are the notes that stand out to me. I still get some almond, but there's only a little peach juice by this point. I was worried about this possibly being too sweet for me. It's not as sweet as Tamora, which I am pleasantly surprised about, but I am not a fan of how powdery it ended up being on me for a while. It's very nice after a few hours of wear, though. The golden amber and tonka bean are really lovely together. I think I'll hold on to my decant and test it again before it goes away.
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    Mopey Boar Alchemy Lab

    Mopey Bear would probably be the most fitting mascot for me, but its fragrance isn't particularly mopey at all! In the decant, I can smell all of the notes. There's the truffle I recognize from 13 July 2018, the smoky incense (which isn't overly smoky -- don't let that scare you away if you normally avoid smoky scents), and WHOA THAT IS SOME SPICE. I tend to amp spices, so the spices quickly become the most prominent aspect of the scent on my skin. I have sensitive skin, and the spices here do create a warming feeling, but they didn't end up burning me or leaving any welts. I'm not really sure how to describe the truffle note. It's not earthy, and it's kind of perfume-y, but in a good way. It takes a long time for the incense to come out on me (thanks to the intensity of the clove, cardamom, and ginger). After several hours of wear, the spices are still pretty prominent, but the truffle and incense notes are more noticeable. This one is definitely for fans of spicy scents. I like this, but I think the decant will be enough for me.
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    Bagpipe Dog Alchemy Lab

    Loyal. Faithful. Perpetually rehearsing “Scotland the Brave.” This is a mascot with real staying power. Bagpipe Dog will outlive us all. Gin and pine needle with lime and white juniper. In the decant, I can smell the gin and pine needle, and then the lime and juniper. I get those notes in that order on my skin as well: the gin and pine, followed by the lime and juniper. It's a bit fizzy, foresty, and refreshing. After a while, the pine and lime calm down significantly, and the gin becomes stronger, making the scent boozier than before. I also get more juniper. The pine is still present, but softer than before, and there ends up being only a hint of lime. I was really enjoying this during the wet phase of the scent, when the pine and lime were pretty strong, but I don't like the dry phase nearly as much. If you're a fan of the Lab's gin note, you need this!
  15. doomsday_disco

    Ghost Faced Bat

    In the decant, I mainly get the coconut meat, condensed milk, and honey notes, and those are also the main players on my skin. The remain the stars of the show throughout wear, with the benzoin and vanilla bean poking through after a few hours. There's this foody element (I agree with Soupy Twist about the toasted coconut aspect) that kind of reminds me of Magic Cookie Bars (because this contains coconut and condensed milk notes), but I can also see the Dana O'Shee vibes. I don't typically wear coconut-forward scents, so I am not sure I'd reach for this, but I do think it is nice!