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    Drow Yoga Instructor

    This scent didn't work out for me. It's very loud and high-pitched on my skin. Reminds me of a cleaner or air freshener. It doesn't smell bad, but it's way too strong and I'm picking up on the floral impression that others got. It smells more like a plum blossom note than plum. I don't get lavender at all, maybe the lavender is contributing to the floral/detergent feeling I'm getting. Sandalwood? Can't really detect it. I might like this more if it was about half the strength it is. Later as it dries, the plum comes out more, but it's not sitting well on me. It's more of that air freshener feeling. Maybe I should disclose that I'm learning more and more that I often like softer, quieter scents, not the very strong ones. I find many to be just too strong and this particular scent has a very "perfumey" quality. (I do realize, they are perfumes, they're supposed to be perfumey! 😆 I was hoping for more of the tranquil incense part).
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    All Hallows Chaos: Dead Leaves

    #56 Smells like fresh turned soil, and a hint of dead leaves. It's photo-realistic mulch on the forest floor. #82 This is a pale aqua seafoam kind of scent. It's very light, even lighter than my #40 reviewed above. There's a very light hint of dead leaves. All I can think when I smell this is that pale sea-green color, I don't usually have that synesthesia thing going on but with this scent I do.
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    Chaos Theory V: Recursive Self Similarity v4

    The number is partially rubbed off the bottle, but I think it came that way. It looks like CXX_ _ or something. Lab etsy purchase I forgot I had. This starts out with a blast of pumpkin I think, it totally reminds me of a pumpkin patch scent. The pumpkin retreats pretty fast though and what comes out is soooo familiar but I can't quite identify it. Is it tobacco? Soft spices? Light wood? Patchouli? I just can't tell, but it's very much a Halloweenie type of scent and I'm crazy about it. There is not much Snake Oil coming out (it definitely has "Snake Oil Series" on the label). The closest comparison I can think of is Hellhound On My Trail but that's not quite it. I must not have liked this when I first got it, I think I put it away for aging and forgot about it.
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    The Dream is Big Enough for Everyone

    Thanks to a lovely, generous member here I obtained a bottle of this - thank you, you know who you are! ❤️ I love this! It's warm, sweet and cozy, and a little on the lighter side (just right for me). I mostly smell a vague vanilla and it's a little nutty (I know there are no nut notes), and I think the patchouli comes through too. For a while, the honey comes close to causing a problem but it's only there if I sniff up close. But in the air around me, it's no problem at all, and eventually fades back almost totally. I think the sugared patchouli really likes me and is blending with the vanilla cream, because that's mostly what I'm getting here. Maybe the amber oud is coming through, I am reminded somewhat of Brood X. Based on the description this wasn't on my radar at all (just based on the notes, I mean), so this is a really happy surprise. : )
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    Snake Oil Help! Layering it, Snake Pit scents, blends with Snake Oil

    I did find a couple of topics! Under Recommendations
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    Snake Oil Help! Layering it, Snake Pit scents, blends with Snake Oil

    Oh I bet there's a topic under Recommendations about the Snake Pit - but I'm no good at searching (I was great at it on the old forum) and I couldn't find it! I think there should be one, if there isn't already. But - my favorite is Temple Viper, followed closely by King Cobra, Cottonmouth, and with Death Adder and Western Diamondback in a tie for 4th place. I also really like Boomslang but currently don't have any, so I haven't worn it in a long time. : )
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    Dead Leaves and Blueberry Chypre Hair Gloss

    This smells good. It smells just like you would think given the notes. The blueberry is strong for the first few minutes, then the dl and chypre come out. I think chypre is kind of cologne-like. My partner doesn't like bpal's dl notes so I can't wear this around him. It's a little on the strong side for a hair gloss (compared to the other ones I wear). I think I'll wear this in the fall when the cooler weather starts. Cozy.
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    The Elephant is Slow to Mate

    I should have known better - this has the exact note or combination of notes that went south in Voluminous Red Blanket. It starts out somewhat nice, reddish lit incense (in that general category IMO) and I understand why people like it. After about a half hour something here sinks its hooks in my skin, turns bitter and a little sour, and hangs around indefinitely, drowning out anything nice that I might have smelled at first. I'm guessing red labdanum and/or rose petals (maybe the combination of both). It actually seems to get stronger instead of fading so I guess I'm amping something. I really thought I liked labdanum, maybe red labdanum isn't for me. Anyway - washing with soap and water didn't help and applying a different scent didn't really drown it out, I guess I'm in for the day with this one.
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    Erotic Sake Bowl

    On me this goes on candy orange raspberry, like sweet tarts candy. However right away the musk starts to come out. After a short while this has deepened a lot and I'm reminded of a chic suntan-oil scent, the kind I used to wear in the eighties without any spf (do they even make that any more?). I used to love how that smelled and I love this for bringing that scent memory up. I'll have lots of fun wearing this.
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    Midnight on the Midway (2015)

    I really go back and forth on this scent. It's hard to let go of any expectations because I love the old original version so much. I believe this isn't the same but I do think it is comparable. It has a soapy or detergent aspect like some others mentioned, that is hard for me to get past. Then after some time, some of the sugared incense does come out for me, like after about a half hour. It's still not the same as the old one but it is a closer approximation than I thought at first. It's borderline for me. Sorry for editing but it seemed that just when I posted my review the incense decided to come out after all. This honestly reminds me a little bit of Cottonmouth.
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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!