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    Three People Plucking a Mandrake

    I think I'm mostly smelling the mandrake root. It's very rooty, but I can smell the other 2 notes too. There's a little bit of an "ashy" feel that I think comes from the champaca. It's not amping on me like I kind of expected it to. The patchouli doesn't stand out strongly to me. This doesn't change much from beginning to dry-down. It basically smells like what it is, a win in my opinion! It just smells like "bpal" to me, in a good way. Like it's a new and different scent but very characteristic of a classic bpal scent (if that makes any sense). Kind of like Tattie Bogle maybe? But I haven't compared them side-by-side.
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    Snake charmer mainstream dupe?

    You might possibly get more replies in the "Other Perfumes You Love" thread, in the Retail Therapy sub-forum, that is the "official" place where people discuss non-bpal scents including mainstream ones, sometimes. I know I've smelled a perfume that reminded me of Madame Moriarty, so I imagine there could also be something out there that smells like Snake Charmer (they are kind of in the same family, in my opinion).. Good luck to you! : )
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    Pomegranate Morocco

    When this was new I mostly smelled pomegranate with a little bit of Morocco. Now (about 3 months later I think?) it smells like Morocco with a soft pomegranate filter. It's more of a golden, slightly spicy scent. I'm not sure if it's going to stay this way, change again, or change back, but.. It's really beautiful, what a happy accident!
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    Kentucky Bourbon Fruitcake

    For some reason this smells like a light spiced fruity tea scent to me, moreso than fruitcake. But the bourbon note is definitely there and it reminds me of the same bourbon note from Spiced Cherry Bourbon. This bourbon works really well on my skin and keeps going for a long time. I get the 'oak barrel' impression. This also makes me think of Fearful Pleasure, but there's no apple here. As far as fruit - maybe it's kind of orangey? Maybe like a light maraschino cherry note? Hard to say. And I'm not getting much in the way of nuts. Overall it's on the lighter side which I am happy about, but it does last a long time. Over time the bourbon comes out as the stronger note. It's a lighter scent than Spiced Cherry Bourbon, and I think they are different enough that I can keep both in my collection. I'm from KY and in more recent years I've grown to like boozy fruitcake (always thought it was yucky as a kid), so I'm glad to have this, even though it's not exactly like fruitcake to me. Oh and one more thing, just from memory, this is reminiscent of the Fruitcake imp that the lab was sending out for Christmas a few years ago. I think this current one is a little lighter.
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    Vanilla Husk, Nutmeg, & Hay Absolute

    Warm vanilla hay, a little sugary, and a little toasty from the nutmeg I think. The hay note really elevates this into a chic place. It really works well on my skin, I'll be on the lookout for hay to show up in other scents. I don't remember if I got any lemon from this when it was newer, but I'm not getting that now. I was opening my bottle and dropped it on a hard floor. I'm very lucky it didn't break and not much spilled out. I didn't want to waste it so I rubbed it all over my arms, lol. It's not too strong, though, even with way more than I usually would put on.
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    Thirteen (13): May 2022

    For me, this starts as lemony sugar, a bright cousin of Sugar Skull (well, not the 2021 version, that's its own separate thing). As time passes this becomes a little darker and deeper, and I think what I'm smelling is molasses-tinged sugar (so, brown sugar I guess?), and the cocoa is coming through a little bit. I never did smell any rose. This is complex sugar and I love it. It continues to remind me of the older Sugar Skull, but different.
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    Les Origines

    I confirmed with this that I don't like narcissus. On my skin it smells clean, but just... Not good. I like clean scents but this is like a clean diaper-changing area. I'm pretty sure it's the narcissus because I get the same thing from Black Satin Sheet Ghost. Here, I smell just a smidge of pepper in the background. I couldn't not try this, because of the art that inspired it - but it was not meant to be!
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    Like Ghosts the Shadows Rise and Fall

    I got this last August, tried it once and put it away to swap. It was overwhelming, suffocating jasmine with a slightly smokey background. I happened to try it again today and it's really nice! The jasmine is certainly strong but now it has calmed down enough to at least let a whisper of the other notes come out too. Jasmine is still the star but now some of the other notes are humming in the background. I want to wear this when I'm feeling hippie vibes. If I could go back in time to Woodstock, I might pick this scent to wear. It will be great as the weather starts to warm up. So glad I tried it again!
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    Santa Doesn’t Need Your Help

    I get equal parts sugar plum + lavender, with a light fluffy marshmallow backdrop. It's really nice, and seems to fade a lot after a short time (this is after just testing my bottle one time, and I just got it last Friday).. I will enjoy wearing this but I think I like the plum & marshmallow duo a little better. I am glad to have both! I do think the marshmallow softens the whole thing a bit, and the lavender seems kind of spicy in this combination.
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    Welcome Unto Thee

    I keep coming back to this, I like it more every time I wear it. I agree the champagne note is stronger. On me the marshmallow is giving a cream soda vibe. If I sniff up close the champagne seems a little metallic. But the throw is bubbly and festive. Very nice. PS.. I haven't tried Unarmed and Laughing, I wonder how similar they are?
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    The Challenge of the Ascetic

    Not as complex as I expected, I mainly smell sandalwood incense. Reminds me a little of Cathedral except not as woody. I like it.
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    Gingerbread, Red Fruits, and Sweet Jam

    I've enjoyed this and didn't realize I never made a review! Warm gingerbread and red fruits, that's what I get. It was very strong on me at first but has calmed down a lot since I got it. The overall effect when I put it on is like toasted bubblegum, which is great. I don't think I've liked any other gingerbread scent as much as this one.
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    Chaos Theory V: Recursive Self-Similarity v1

    CDXIII - purchased from the Lab's Etsy in 2019, this is orange creme Dorian, and doesn't change much throughout the time it's on my skin. Very sweet, smooth, a little creamy. Sooo yummy.
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    Mary Magdalene

    Smells strongly of brown sugar with a faint resinous background.
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    The Air and the Ether

    Mostly lavender on me with a hint of ambergris. But if I sniff up close there is something funky that's not agreeing with me, like..musty or something. I already know ambergris can be a problem note, but this smells like something different that's turning on me. I never had problems with amber, really, so... Not sure! It doesn't smell terrible to me but I have other lavender scents I'd pick over this any time. : (