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Laurel the Woodfairy

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About Laurel the Woodfairy

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    Voluptuous Wantonness
  • Favorite Scents
    Havisham (forever), Samhain, Snow White, O, La Fee Verte, Haunted, Midway, Persephone, Blood Rose. I love Beth's rose blends and sweet/foody scents.

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    The Forum was my constant online home for over a decade, although I am rarely on these days except to do reviews. I still love you all; I'm just crazy-busy right now!
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  1. Laurel the Woodfairy


    This would be a perfect holiday room scent in an oil diffuser as well as a perfume. Wet, it smells like apple cider, but it blooms as it dries and becomes more complex, with orange and different spices emerging. I don't really get red wine (I was hoping for the note from Tintagel), but it's warm and festive and yummy.
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    The Moon's My Own

    Weirdly enough, this starts out (wet) as pine trees on me. Definitely Yule, but not really my thing. However, the pine vanishes as it dries down and it becomes a fresh lemon (as opposed to cleaning-product lemon) over the moonflower note I recognize from Moon Rose. It's pretty and unexpected but still wintry.
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    The Poinsettia Gown

    Well-blended floral with sweet, light gourmand underpinnings and excellent throw I looooove vanilla + floral, so this was a no-brainer. Even though it's a Yule scent, I'll definitely wear it for Valentine's. However, I don't love jasmine, and though it's not the dominant note, I'd love this even more if it were replaced with, say, my beloved frangipani. It's not a dealbreaker though.
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    Voluptuous Wantonness

    Mmmm, sexy fig! Seriously, I don't know when I've smelled a fig scent so sensual as well as yummy. Beautifully blended with vanilla and plum, but it still smells like perfume not dessert.
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    Flesh of My Flesh

    I hate the word "flesh" (*shudder*), but I had to have this based on the notes. Wet, it's strong and reminds me a little of Snake Charmer crossed with Smut--a heavy vanilla-musk. However, on drydown it really morphs, becoming a soft almond with a slight "edge" to it. Not a foody almond, more like an almond flower, if that makes sense? I like it in both stages, but not as much as I love O.G. Snake Charmer.
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    The Sleeping Draught

    Sharp lavender while wet, with opium as it dries. I wouldn't wear it as perfume, but I put it on before bed and slept soundly, so...placebo effect or not, it's my new bedtime scent.
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    This is a weird one! I was expecting spicy, but on me it's patchouli and mandarin only, and it's both sweet and quite sharp. I was hoping for more amber, ginger, and 'mum, but nope... 'Mum Moon remains the best mum scent on me.
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    Dead Leaves and Chai

    I get the leaf notes while wet, then the spices come out as it dries. This isn't at all sweet on me--it's spicy and a bit chilly (the "dead leaves" notes read as "cologne" on me, but not in a bad way). I wish the layers of notes blended a bit better on me, as I get leaves then chai rather than leaves + chai. I like it, but a decant is enough; I think sweet sexy Bengal is still my ideal spice BPAL.
  9. Laurel the Woodfairy

    Aperotos Eros

    A generous frimp from a BPALer Wet: I'm getting fresh orange and geranium (?) although maybe that's actually the bergamot. Dry: my brain is saying "witch shop." 🧙‍♀️There's a pagan shop near me, and this smells like it. There's definitely myrrh, but it's something else too... I'm just now reading other reviews and they say things like "head shop" "Psychic Eye bookshop"...we're all getting the same vibe, but it's so hard to describe!
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    A generous frimp from a BPALer Aw, this is a Dumbledore scent! Magical but kind. 🧙‍♂️ Incense with a lot of depth. Floating on top, that slightly citrusy note from High John the Conqueror. On the drydown, a softer resinous incense. Good for when you need to feel wise.
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    Orgy With Tagaigata

    I had to try this, as I love frangipani and the only BPAL I think I've ever had it in is Desire--but the jasmine kinda killed that one on my skin. This one starts out beautiful; while wet, it's a frangipani-rose bouquet with a sweet, almost sugary edge to it: about as sweetly delicious as a floral can be! On the drydown, it gets soapy (jasmine...again) and fades away. If there's ever a frangipani scent without jasmine, I will buy a bottle, but as it is, I'll use the decant. Overall, I would say "Orgy" is like Extra "Desire", which makes perfect sense!
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    Sinoatrial Node

    I didn't have the notes in front of me when I tested this, but I immediately thought "lemon and yuzu and maybe pineapple, floating in a flute of champagne!" Now I see that it's apple + ginger rather than pineapple, but either way it's a delicious, sparkly, delicate scent! Perfect for summer, and definitely one to get based on the notes rather than the name.
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    Honey and Absinthe

    I admit, I got this because I have never gotten over my long-lost love, La Fee Verte, from (I think?) BTPT circa 2005, whose dominant notes were absinthe and honey. I've never forgotten how surprisingly perfect that scent was. Alas, this is not the green fairy, though it is nice! Strong honey and mint/herbal. The notes are distinct; they exist at the same time rather than blurring together. I like it enough to use up my decant, but not enough to buy a bottle.
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    Studie Einer Ziege

    I have been longing for a clove-tobacco scent, so I jumped on this, and it's perfect! Deep, dark clove and tobacco, like pipe smoke or those yummy but oh-so-bad-for-you clove cigarettes. It's not at all sweet, just deeply spicy. Definitely unisex and perfectly autumnal.
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    Jupiter Nourished by the Goat Amalthea

    A huge blast of butterscotch while wet, then caramel as it settles, then honey on the drydown. I don't love the milk note, but the yummy sugar notes dominate so that's not really an issue. This is a lovely autumn/winter gourmand scent, sweet and buttery and rich.