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    Batty Perversion

    This is nice, I really like it! I got a decant on a whim but I actually like this more than the original Perversion. It's a sheer scent on me, light, sweet, and airy. I really don't get much leather at all. I think mostly I smell the caramelized tonka and black musk. A really nice surprise, and yet another one I'm considering upgrading to a bottle.. And I haven't even received my bigger batch of decants yet!! *cries*
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    Pumpkin Gas Can

    Well, it's pretty simple, Bpal's pumpkin note with a realistic gasoline note. I was feeling brave this morning and put on a good amount for testing. In the very beginning there is something about the gasoline note that is earthy, like there's a tiny bit of dirt in it. But really it's pumpkin and gas. And I like it?? Seriously after about a half hour I grabbed my decant and put on more. Like, a full real amount, more than just a test. I like this! It's so weird. It doesn't really smell scorched to me, it's almost - medicinal maybe? Kind of like tiger balm? But again, it's pumpkin and gas, it's just that simple. It doesn't have nuclear strength like some pumpkin scents can have on me. It fades a lot after a couple hours. But I think a decant will be enough for me because I'm not sure I would wear this very often, even though I do like it. I'll see how often I end up reaching for it.
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    Batty Cathedral

    This was the Bat most likely to win for me, and I was right! On me it is on the lighter side but it's a bit of a sexed-up Cathedral. At first I didn't think it smelled like Cathedral at all, but today I compared them, one on each arm. Cathedral has always been a little woody, and a little waxy to my nose, with the rich incense notes swirling in the background. Well, Batty Cathedral is strange because I get very little leather, but I smell a weird (unexpected) fizzy note like champagne. Maybe the leather is just playing tricks on me? But it reminds me of the sweet fizzy note from Visiting the Temple from way back. So maybe it's the incense I'm smelling? Whatever is going on here it is fabulous on me, it's like Cathedral has a chic cousin, with a gin and tonic in hand. It's a lighter scent as I mentioned before and after a couple hours it's more of a skin scent on me, so I may have to upgrade my decant to a bottle. Which maybe I should have done in the first place, lol.
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    Wolf Milk

    This started out as a nice, warm scent with a lot of dead leaves, but a little sweet and spicy too, and I was enjoying it. But slowly over time, after an hour or so, an aftershave-like note or notes started creeping out, and got stronger and stronger until it was just too much and unfortunately a little obnoxious on me. I don't know if it's my skin or nose or what, but in this case I will blame the oakmoss, I know it has turned on me before. I had only tried on a small amount but the aftershave feeling really amped up and this one just isn't for me. It seems in the past, when this happened to me with a couple other scents, they were pretty popular with other reviewers so I think this one will find its fans too!
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    Man With a Haunted House for a Face

    This goes on fresh and brighter than I expected, not bad, kind of pleasant and spring-like on first impression. Later on it settles into a perfumey powdery scent that is disagreeing with me. It reminds me a lot of Witch Birds, perhaps it's the same sandalwood note? I don't know, something is rubbing me the wrong way. I'm glad I got to try it, but this was an unfortunate fail on my skin!
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    Witch in the Woods

    Well, this is beautiful. I'm getting a soft cypress, blackberry and myrrh scent. The cypress note is stronger out of the gate and it's a little pine-like, but that quickly takes a back seat to the blackberry and myrrh. It's mostly a blackberry and myrrh combination that is soft, pretty and quiet. The woodsy/rooty elements must be very subtle. It goes on that way for a long time, and I love it! Could be kind of a softer cousin of Blackberry Moon. I might have to get more of this.
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    Halfway to Halloween

    This works pretty well on me! When I first put it on, it does remind me of a fall themed candle scent. I think I'm mostly smelling the fig note at first. But after a while more of the amber comes out, and the candle impression fades. So, it's mostly fig and amber on me. It is a light scent. A couple of times I thought I smelled a "band-aid" note, but that's not there today. Also yesterday I would have sworn I smelled a faint campfire note, maybe that was the leaves playing tricks on me. This does make me think of DL, Vanilla Bean, Pink Fig and Brandied Dates from last year, but I have NOT compared them directly so I could be wrong. But it does seem like a similar fig note, to me.
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    Witches' Tea

    This is a beautiful lightly fruity tea scent on me. It reminds me of a fall cousin of Moon Blep. If I tried this without knowing what it was, and someone said "it's Witches' Tea", I would say, Yes! That is just what it smells like. I don't really get a strong blackberry note, it's more of a vague fall fruit & tea scent. After a while I think I'm getting a very light vine or wood note, unless that's just the power of suggestion and my brain is searching for something thorn-like. This is my favorite so far in my first batch of Halloweenies. The only downside is that it's so light it mostly disappears after a while, on my skin. I do love lighter scents, so I know there will be days when that is just what I want.
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    Witch Birds

    This one was an unfortunate fail on my skin. It goes on and reminds me of a crisp, clean, myrrh and linen scent, not bad, I kind of liked it. There's a little bit of violet, no plum. But when I sniff up close I'm getting a faint hint of something sickly sweet, more on the exhale, that's like - I don't know, rot or something. Kind of similar to Little Bird's experience in the above review. Once I noticed it I couldn't ignore it, and eventually had to wash it off because it was giving me a queasy feeling. And then I could still smell it! I don't think this scent is for me.
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    La Douleur

    There's some funkiness for a while but it's not like... bathroom funkiness, it's more like the typical funkiness I get from ambergris (which to me smells different from oud's infamous funk). Also somehow I'm picking up a bit of a narcissus feeling here even though it's not one of the notes. Maybe THAT'S the oud, I'm not sure. But later on it smooths out a lot and it's more of the wistful seaside salty breeze that I was hoping for. It is an herbal woody ambergris scent, like you would expect from the notes, but very smooth at this point. I think I would enjoy even more salt in this and might play around with some layering options. I do like this and I'm glad I took a chance with it. It does remind me of Bedroom a lot, I might not need both of them, I'll have to try them a few more times.
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    Halloween 2023 update, thoughts

    I already ordered bottles and decants, so I don't really have to narrow anything down this time. Just some thoughts and predictions while I wait... All of Their Heads Fell Off Perfume Oil Oozing cactus flesh, creosote, dusty boards, and gruesome globs of blood musk. Will the cactus be planty? For some reason "oozing cactus flesh" sounds kind of fruity. Anyway, I ordered a decant. Nothing here sounds bad to me and it could be great. Bonfire Toffee Perfume Oil Our spin on a traditional Guy Fawkes Night treat: treacle toffee soaked in rich, dark bourbon. This sounds way too sweet and I skipped it, although I do like booze scents.  Dia de los Muertos Perfume Oil This is a Mexican paean to La Huesuda: dry, crackling leaves, the incense smoke of altars honoring Death and the Dead, funeral bouquets, the candies, chocolates, foods and tobacco of the ofrenda, amaranth, sweet cactus blossom and desert cereus. Decant ordered - I might have smelled this once before but I've never owned it, and I'm excited to try it again! Hand-Knitted Witch Gloves Perfume Oil Wooly and witchy, fuzzy and scuzzy, long green fingers tipped with ruby-red nails: raw wool, sweet oakmoss, and cranberry brandy. I ordered a bottle, the combination sounded too weird to pass up! Is He, You Know Perfume Oil Sweet 13-year aged patchouli, peru balsam, white oakmoss, French lavender, spikenard, bourbon vanilla, and sugar cane. I don't see anything not to like here, so I took a chance and got a bottle.  October Perfume Oil Dry, cold autumn wind. A rustle of red leaves, a touch of smoke and sap in the air. Decant ordered - I love my old bottle, and wanted to compare old with new. Pumpkin Latte Perfume Oil Espresso, pumpkin syrup, smoky vanilla bean, milk, raw sugar, and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Sounds a little too sweet for me. I like sweet scents sometimes, but I'm picky about them.  Pumpkin Spice Everything Perfume Oil Literally everything. Pumpkin spice it all. A rich blend of traditional spices: cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, and clove. Never have tried this. I feel like Plunder is the only spice scent I really need, although I would try this for sure if I crossed paths with it. Pumpkin Trash Bag Perfume Oil A crinkly, crunchy, cartoony jack-o-lantern scent, stuffed full of leaves and eager to please: orange blossom, blood orange, and orange hard candy with pumpkin pulp and smushed leaves. Bottled - sounds too fun to pass up and can't really imagine it disappointing in any way.  Samhain Perfume Oil Truly the scent of autumn itself — damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein. I have a few different vintages, in bottle or decant form, and decided to get a decant this year. I never get tired of this scent!  Sugar Skull Perfume Oil Vibrant with the joy and sweetness of life in death! A blend of five sugars, lightly dusted with candied fruits. See Samhain above - same with this! Things are Fine Perfume Oil The blissful contentment of committing to exist in the moment: white sandalwood smoke, hinoki, white tea, and falling leaves. I went for a decant, it sounds great but white sandalwood went out of control in another scent recently (on my skin)... I think it was The Queen and The Page? Vintage Frankenstein Blow Mold Perfume Oil A shell of milky plastic surrounding a puff of mint chocolate chip-scented air, illuminated from within by 40 watts of glowing amber. No chocolate chips for me thanks! Well, not in perfume form. Vintage Ghost Blow Mold Perfume Oil Milky-white plastic and a hollow gasp of candy-corn breath, illuminated from within by 40 watts of glowing amber. I'd try this if I crossed paths with it, but decided to skip it for now. The 40 watts part kind of worried me, sounds kind of ozoney? Dusk in Autumn A Little Silver Scimitar Perfume Oil Foamy orris and ambergris accord pierced by a sliver of white fir needle, moonflower, and cypress. I can pass on this for now, sounds like it would be soapy on my skin. A Timid Twinkling Golden Star Perfume Oil Tuberose and sweet amber. This sounds lovely but I'm not too certain about bpal's tuberose note. I ordered a decant, we'll see. The Witches Have a Fire Again Perfume Oil Smoldering spiced oak boughs and pine pitch crackling with golden sap. Decant! I like oak, I just hope the pine pitch doesn't do anything weird on me. Witches’ Currant Cake Perfume Oil Red currant and rosewater gooseberry cake with a sugar-dusted gingerbread crumble topping. I almost blind bottled this one too, but went for a decant instead. This kind of scent can be unpredictable on me but it does sound lovely. Witches’ Tea Perfume Oil Blackberry thorn tea. I ordered a bottle. I have been enjoying the lab's blackberry scents, and this sounded great. Halloween Atmosphere and Linen Sprays 2023 Passed on all of these - already have enough home scents Fig, Autumn Amber, and Tobacco Atmosphere & Linen Spray October Bonfire Atmosphere & Linen Spray Burning leaves and smoldering applewood. Pumpkin Incense Atmosphere & Linen Spray A caramelized pumpkin kyphi. Halloween Bath Oil 2023 Hard Candy Bath Oil Release your cares into a warm, soothing bath of liquefied hard candies. Passed on this, the scent didn't sound that exciting to me. Halloween Hair Gloss 2023 Passed on these because I have tons of hg already Autumn Fougere Hair Gloss A campfire cologne with a cluster of musk-sweet leaves and a hint of leather. Maple Leaves, Golden Moss, and Amber Hair Gloss Palo Santo and Patchouli Hair Gloss Pumpkin Buttercream Hair Gloss Pumpkin puree whipped into thick folds of buttercream. Samhain Hair Gloss Truly the scent of autumn itself — damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein. Heloise & Abelard’s Spooky Duets Belladonna Berries and Mandrake Root Perfume Oil Pass for now..it sounds a little like Screaming Mandragora (if I got the name right?) which I already have, even though it's just an imp. Congealed Blood and Oozing Viscera Perfume Oil Passed on this, just wasn't calling to me. Grave Moss and Bone Splinters Perfume Oil Decant! Sounds like Hessian of the Hollow which I love. Human Animals Bringer of Evil Perfume Oil A foreboding tremble of poppy leaf, cerulean musk, violet grapefruit, mimosa, orris butter, and benzoin. Pass, not calling out to me. Elimanzer Perfume Oil Strangely sinister frumenty: oatmeal, heavy cream, butter, salt, and a whiff of brimstone. Pass, the oatmeal note didn't sound good to me, also heavy cream and butter could go badly on me. Elizabeth’s Imps Perfume Oil A promise in the shadows: black molasses, cinnamon bark, and glowing amber. Decant! This actually sounds really nice. Lady of Saintonge Perfume Oil Perfumed black silk encasing a mangled, blood-spattered talon of white sandalwood, ivory accord, and inky fur. Pass for now, didn't quite sound like something I would like. The Corn Spirit Perfume Oil Rye stalks, corn husks, hay absolute, tilled soil, and German chamomile. Passed on this too, I like hay and soil, but not the other notes. The Hound and the Milk-White Doe Perfume Oil Graceful, regal, elegant, and cursed: golden sandalwood and liquidambar, cardamom, coconut milk, jasmine sambac, white petal rosewater, and labdanum. I think I passed on this too - sounds too strong for some reason. Witch-Birds Perfume Oil Blinding-white mallow and vanilla sandalwood streaked with indigo opium pod accord, velvet black violet petals, wild plum, and opoponax. Bottle ordered! Sounds interesting, took a chance. Monster Milk Ghost Milk Perfume Oil Goat’s milk, marshmallow, vanilla cashmere, honey dust, and white chocolate. Pass on honey dust. Invisible Man Milk Perfume Oil Sheer musk and an exhale of evaporated milk. Pass, for now. Mummy Milk Perfume Oil Condensed milk wrapped in coconut shavings and tea-stained linen with a hint of bitumen, myrrh, and embalming resins. Decant - this is the only Milk one I was somewhat interested in, I think myrrh sounds nice in this combination. Vampire Milk Perfume Oil A creamy coagulation of clove bud and goat’s milk. Pass, clove can misbehave on me. Witch Milk Perfume Oil Honey-infused goat milk, incense smoke, yew boughs, black pepper, mandrake root, ambrette seed, red currant, kitchen herbs, and fly agaric accord. Pass, the combination didn't grab me. Wolf Milk Perfume Oil Crunchy leaves, well-worn black leather, cardamom pod, moonlit yellow bergamot, woodmoss, molasses, and buttermilk. Pass, although now looking again, might be interesting? I'll watch reviews. Zombie Milk Perfume Oil Grave-dry rice milk, black moss, hemp fibers, bone-white sandalwood and orris root, and bog osmanthus. Pass, didn't grab me. Nightmare Novellas A Boy and His Zombie Perfume Oil Zombie-green lime hard candies with a glob of marshmallow white matter and a splat of cherry viscera. Passed on this A Melancholy of Goths Perfume Oil Clove smoke, champaca incense, plum velvet, and hairspray. Sounds ok except for clove and hairspray - two notes that could misbehave An Autumn Stroll for a Pumpkin Man Perfume Oil Russet dried maple leaves crunching around a jack o’lantern splashed with bay rum, curling with cigar smoke. Could not resist a decant. Nothing sounds bad here, except it could be too strong and/or aftershavey. Butterscotch and Gummy Candy Witch Perfume Oil Butterscotch brittle, burnt coffee beans, and sour apple gummies. 3 notes I don't really care about in perfume! Don’t Play Fetch with a Teenage Werewolf Perfume Oil Honey biscuits, warm auburn fur, and a squished chocolate nougat bar. Another 3 notes I don't really care for! Halfway to Halloween Perfume Oil Sweet fig and golden almond with buttery amber and a flutter of autumn leaves. This sounded great and I took a chance on a bottle. Halloween Cat Perfume Oil Cacao and coconut husk dusted on shining black fur, illuminated by electric green mandarin and raw amber. The combination didn't sound like something I would like. Headless Perfume Oil Black leather and brimstone alight with red peppercorn and blood amber. Kind of tempting but pass mostly because of the peppercorn, it can misbehave sometimes. It Jittered Out of the Woods Perfume Oil Corn husks and freshly uprooted gourds in a rustle of twigs, dead oak leaves, and a faint whiff of myrrh. Passed, not calling me for some reason, although it doesn't sound too bad now.. Make a Face Perfume Oil A surrealist swirl of ethereal yellow bergamot, white pomegranate rind, lemon peel, and white musk. Thought about it but ended up passing altogether. I think I already have something with lemon peel and white musk, and I think it was too loud and perfumey. Man With a Haunted House for a Head Perfume Oil Creaking oak floorboards coated in dust. A trembling sandalwood spiderweb writhes with long-buried memories. I passed but now I'm more curious... What could this smell like? Slumber Ghoul Perfume Oil Sleepy lavender bud, the memory of warm milk, a splinter of bone dust, and a clawful of upturned grave loam. Decant - I love lavender plus earth/soil notes. The Harvest Haunt Perfume Oil A thick, viscous blackened pumpkin incense. Ordered a bottle! Was too intrigued to pass it up, but it's a risk. Could be really strong and go off the rails on my skin. Wayfaring Stranger Perfume Oil An offering of footstep dust and rusted keys, raw tobacco and whiskey, coconut shells and candle wax. Pass for now, kind of hit-and-miss notes for me. Witch in the Woods Perfume Oil A tangle of blackthorn, mandrake root, and myrrh scratching through cypress boughs, blackberry resin, and incense smoke. I think I'most excited to try this, it just sounds so very Halloweenie! Pumpkin Patch Happy Hour Pumpkin Spice Absinthe Perfume Oil A recurring fave at the BPAL cantina. No, you’re not hallucinating: this pairing smells divine! Pass Pumpkin Spice Champagne Perfume Oil The bubbles from this calabaza go straight to your cabeza. Decant Pumpkin Spice Cranberry Vodka Perfume Oil Fun fact: they call this time of year “Fall” because of the difficulty of staying on your barstool after a few of these. Pass Pumpkin Spice Dark ‘N’ Stormy Perfume Oil In a mood? Pour one of these over it: extra spicy rum fizzed up with ginger beer and garnished with a lime wedge. Pass Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Perfume Oil A triple shot with extra drizzle to keep you vamping till the sun comes up. Pass Pumpkin Spice Hot Buttered Rum Perfume Oil Time to get cozy next to a crackling fire and let the season enfold you in its spicy, buttery arms. Pass Pumpkin Spice Margarita Perfume Oil You might regret this in the morning, but tonight is all about living in the moment! Served in a salt-rimmed gourd. Pass Pumpkin Spice Piña Colada Perfume Oil You’ll just have to trust the bartender on this one! An extra loco coco to encourage beach goths to attempt some moonlight skinny-dipping. Decant, this actually sounds really fun. Looking forward to trying it!
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    Samhain V1: the Original 2002 Prototype

    This might be my favorite "version" of Samhain, of the ones I've tried. It's very familiar, definitely recognizable as Samhain, but this one has something lighter and airy going on, makes me think of a light myrrh note in the background. Later I get some of the fuzziness someone else mentioned except for me it's a little more fizzy like cola, makes me think again there might be some kind of resin note like myrrh or opoponax. I don't think I get as much apple as the other folks mentioned. Maybe more of a baked apple or pumpkin note. And I don't get as much patchouli as I am used to from the later versions. Overall this is lovely, looking forward to wearing it again when fall truly starts coming in.
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    The School of Silence

    On me this is a very barbershop lavender, kind of poofy and a little soapy (not a bad thing). I can detect champaca orchid but it doesn't take over the scent like champaca sometimes does on me. I think after a while the rose starts to come out but it's polite. I think the cypress comes out some more too, a softer woody note. But overall the scent doesn't change a whole lot over time. I think this is a gentle and cozy lavender scent, like samanare said above. It's not too similar to other bpal lavender scents I've tried. Also it reminds me of a non-bpal scent called Antiheros, which makes me happy because I always wanted more of that but never got around to it (I have a little bit of a sample left). And this is actually better.
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    On me this is almost all champaca, a note I love but I was actually hoping some of the other notes would come out more (another note that I get along pretty well with). I think the ashes come through a little. I don't smell vetiver at all which is kind of amazing. Either there is very little of it, or this is the smoothest vetiver ever and it's just blending with the other notes. There is a hint of something tart, maybe the petitgrain. Can't say I'm disappointed, I'm not, since I do love the lab's champaca note. I think maybe I should compare this directly with Champa Resin, Charcoal and Tobacco Absolute, because in my mind they're very similar, but I bet side-by-side the differences would stand out more.
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    Allegory of Music

    I couldn't resist trying this simply because of the artwork, I had to know what it smelled like (same with Angelvs Domini). I wasn't buying decants for a while but started again because of these Paintings scents. *Edit because this did some kind of fruit-adjacent wine thing for the first few days I had it, but it's not really doing that now. Now it's more white musk with some greenery and a hint of woods. After about an hour I start to get the white musk note coming in more (or maybe the pale amber, or both) and overall it becomes a little more "papery" to me. It's overall a lighter scent through all stages but at this stage, it becomes closer to what I expected based on the notes. It's basically the colors of the painting in scent form. It's a lovely scent and I particularly like how, if I stop trying to smell it and just go about my day, it kind of teases the air and makes itself known in a very subtle way. I can't really say that I ever smelled wood or anything like rose. There's a subtle green element but it's not like the dead leaves Halloween scents at all in my opinion. It's nice and refreshing in the summer but I think if I wore this outside I would sweat it off before I even got to wherever I was going. In a/c it lasted about 4 or 5 hours before it was mostly gone and I put on something else. (That's about normal for me) Edit: I compared this to Meadow Elves and AoM is more woody than I originally thought. I have to decide if I want a 5ml bottle of this, it's so great for late summer...