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    Your most evocative Halloween/Autumn scents 🎃

    Resistance, from the Activism section, currently available - "Bourbon vanilla and vintage champaca absolute with sweet patchouli, dried red fruits, leather accord, pumpkin rind, and a splash of bourbon"
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    Balancing the Sake Cup

    This isn't what I expected but I do really like it. This is not a sweet or "lemony" ginger like you often find with Bpal ginger scents. Either they use different ginger accords or the orange blossom is playing tricks on my nose.. This is a very dry herbal scent and I was reminded of Sweet Ginger and Patchouli hair gloss. In fact this is a great scent to pair with that hg. After some time passes, it becomes softer and the clove definitely comes out. Kind of reminds me of a carnation scent to be honest (I know it's just the clove doing that). I can tell the benzoin is a light incense-y backdrop. Overall, I was expecting warm, sweet and cozy, and after I got over my expectations I find this to be dry, herbal, sophisticated, with very little floral. Not a gourmand scent at all to my nose. I'll really enjoy wearing this.
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    Iris and Orris scents

    I recommend A Moonlit Winter Landscape if iris + dirt sounds good to you. There is a powdery sweet aspect but it really helps balance the deep earthy quality. I love it.
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    In Night When Colors All to Black Are Cast

    This is The Myrrh Show on me, mostly myrrh with a little something tart and overall a dark incense feel. Not bad.
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    Im Tiefen Winter

    Ok, I'll give it a shot. This is really unusual and it's not reminding me of any other Bpal, although I haven't tried everything. I'm not getting traditional aquatic. I have tried many aquatic Bpal scents and this doesn't really smell like those. I think I am smelling mossy stone, and I think there might be some grapefruit in the mix too. I'm not picking up on any icy water. And I don't really smell hearth smoke, but there is a kind of softness that could be some hearth smoke way in the background. It's not a scent I can pick apart easily, it's more like a blended accord that doesn't really morph much over time. I had to get over my expectations with this because it's really not what I expected, but it is definitely growing on me. I may not always be in the mood for this but I think it's a clean scent, and might be really nice on a warm spring day. Edit to add: after a couple hours I think the hearth smoke is slooooowly making itself known, but it's so subtle I didn't really notice it happening. Neat!
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    Lavender and White Chocolate Madeleines Winter

    I really like this too. There's a really short phase right at the beginning that worried me a little, kind of flat and...dusty or something. But after about 20 or 30 minutes, it smooths out a lot and is just lovely. This part reminds me of TKO but sweeter and more gourmand. This could be such a nice bedtime scent like the reviewer mentioned before me. It's incredibly well balanced.
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    Jinbari Nyûdô Bobo Dokisu

    This is soft, sweet, rounded, refreshing, basically perfect. It's not sharp in any way. Blueberry musk is what I smell and I love it. Perfect strength level and lasts a long time.
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    Michiyuki Koi No Futusao

    I got mostly anise for a long time. Then, after maybe 3 hours or so, the anise was gone and I smelled this very clean and elegant tea with slightly mossy backdrop. Smelled like Chanel Pour Monsieur, the old good version before they reformulated it. Amazing. This phase lasted fully for the rest of the day. ❤️
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    Eucalyptus, White Mint & Lemon Peel

    This smells exactly like the three notes present and accounted for, in equal parts as far as I can tell. This has a cooling, peaceful vibe and I absolutely love it. A while back I was looking for the perfect "spa"-like scent. Well, I don't think it will get any closer than this. I'm seriously considering seeking out a backup bottle!
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    Creaking Floorboards

    Smells like clean polished woods. More like fresh oiled new floorboards rather than dusty old splintered floorboards. I can tell there's more going on in the background but none of the other notes stand out to me, it's all just blended together. I'm finding it hard to describe what I'm smelling but something does remind me of another Bpal - but I can't place what it is. This scent is pretty light and I had to apply a lot to get an impression of it. I like it, I think it might be a good cozy scent for bleak gloomy overcast days.
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    Icy Drafts

    I put this on and decided it smells just like the picture on the label looks. Cool and blueish. The bergamot stands out along with maybe the ti leaf. After a while I'm smelling the absinthe note and it turns just a tiny bit powdery around the edges. It doesn't smell strongly minty to me, and I don't quite pick out eucalyptus. Overall this is refreshing and clean, but not quite bracing (it's more....soft and a little fluffy maybe?). There wasn't anything surprising and if you think you would like it, go for it. Edit: ok, weird - I tried this again just now and it's more eucalyptus-mint-absinthe. More chilly and I think I smell the "frost" part now. Reminds me of a Yule scent.
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    Rickety Staircase

    I wore this on its own for a good while today. I'm getting quiet amber and woods which is expected. It has a "smoldering", sultry quality. I could be wrong but I am also detecting a really noticeable aldehyde note, the same that's in Lady Hatton. Reminds me of the aldehydes in Chanel No. 5. Overall this smells chic and elegant, but has very low throw on my skin (a good thing, for me). I think it's perfect for a crisp fall evening.
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    Dead Leaves on Fire

    It smells like Dead Leaves on fire! 😄 Pretty simple and just what I was expecting. It's a familiar dead leaves accord, and a mellow bonfire smoke note. It's a pretty light scent (which I like). Not too strong. Honestly there is something vaguely lemony lurking in the background, if you sniff up close. It's really subtle, I wonder if anyone else will smell this or if it's my imagination. Maybe a small touch of black musk? PS: the hint of lemon has disappeared. I still think there could be a smidge of black musk in this.
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    Apple Butter Rum

    2019 decant - this is so strong it's unwearable for me. I like Lambswool so I thought this might work but something is just abrasive - one of the spices maybe? I've tried it several times and today I tried dabbing the absolute tiniest amount from the wand, and I am about to go wash it off because it's STROOONG, making me sneeze and giving me a headache. Not for me at all.
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    Help to choose earthy scent

    You could try Aureus - earthy, woodsy, patchouli + amber