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    Notes that I love: vanilla, amber, white musk, honey, berry, apple, peach, cake. Current scent obsessions: CD023, Lady Una, Dorian, and Arcana's Estella.

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  1. astarinel

    Dark-Eyed, Delightful

    This is a strong gourmand patchouli, pretty sweet. Wet, I'm getting a dark sugared vanilla patchouli with a little touch of cacao. As it dries, the cardamom comes out more strongly giving the scent a spicy edge.
  2. astarinel

    Unarmed and Laughing

    The Lab's fizzy champagne note with sweet vanilla and amber on top. The champagne note is clean and bright, and the vanilla and amber are sweet but not cloying, almost a little creamy. I love the Lab's champagne blends, and this is a soft and wearable champagne scent. The champagne fades in the long drydown, leaving behind a clean vanilla/amber skin scent. This reminds me a little of Arcana's Frivolous Aside, but simpler and dryer (Bubbly champagne cocktails, vanilla frosting, deep pink musk, sugar cubes, toasty coconut, and a soft compress for your head the next morning).
  3. astarinel

    Pleasure Abundant

    Thank goodness this is the orange blossom note I like, the same one as in Katharina and Harlequin. I was hoping for more of the other notes, but wet this is primarily orange blossom. It's a nice orange blossom, with just a touch of honey and frankincense. In the drydown, the balance changes and it's primarily frankincense with a little orange blossom and honey. I never really got any amber or anything spicy. A very straightforward scent, warm and golden.
  4. astarinel

    Every Sweet Thing

    Very sweet and delicious. While wet, the scent is primarily honey, pastry, and soft roses, like baklava flavored with rose water. I don't specifically get hazelnut, caramel, or goat's milk, but there's a rich creamy nuttiness to this dessert. I think I prefer Knave of Hearts for my pastry + rose scent needs, but this one is very pretty and tasty, and if you wanted something more baklava and less pie with roses this one definitely fits the bill.
  5. astarinel

    Entwined With Swarming Snakes

    Very apple-y, a bright green apple but not an overly tart one. While wet, I don't get much else other than that pleasant juicy apple note. As it dries, something green and leafy starts to balance out the apple, but it remains a very apple-forward scent. Not much yuzu to be seen here, and what citrussy hints I'm getting fade quite quickly as the scent dries. I almost get something sort of soft and musky underneath the apples in the long drydown, but I'm not sure what it is given the note list!
  6. astarinel

    Prospering In Golden Hope

    This one is very interesting and not what I expected from the note list. The peach note has a tartness to it, and there's some bitterness from I'm guessing the bergamot and tobacco flower. Some soft golden incense lies underneath the bright fruity notes. I don't get any floral anywhere. As it dries, the peach gets a bit sweeter and rounder and the scent warms up a bit, but still no florals in sight. A cool clean peach + frankincense in the long drydown.
  7. astarinel

    Asses Plus Long, Qu’un Siècle Platonique

    Lovely white rose note, slightly dewy, not powdery or soapy. I was really hoping for some warm sweet vanilla tones from the benzoin, but this is basically just a single note rose. I'm not a rose connoisseur by any means, but this seems like a different rose note to the ones I've smelled in Rose Red and Hope. It's clean, soft, and not at all sweet.
  8. astarinel

    Flowering Peonies

    This is a Fruity Floral with capital letters. On, wet, this is clean and sweet, a refreshing scent dominated by the peony and lychee. The tea may be what's keeping it a little fresh, but I find it hard to pick out the individual notes in this one. This is really pleasant, and I keep thinking I'd love it in an atmo spray as a room scent, but I'm not sure I love it as a perfume.
  9. astarinel

    The Sun Rising

    This is a very golden scent, and the amber is definitely the star. The amber note here is a more perfumey, musky amber to my nose, very golden and warm. Around the edges is a little bit of citrus, but I'm not getting any distinct notes and no sweetness, just a little wisp of tart fruit. The scent is golden, dry, and warm, very much an amber scent. Stays pretty similar into the long drydown, maybe with a little more of the bergamot peeking out. I never smell anything identifiable as saffron.
  10. astarinel

    It’s All I Have to Bring Today

    This is primarily a very springlike floral, airy blossoms with honey. The honey is a very light, gentle honey note, and not as sticky or heady as honey notes can sometimes be. Like some others in this thread, the "spring breeze" got a little ozone-y on me. It never quite went full dryer sheets, as ozone notes tend to do on my skin, but it did get a little loud and mess up the note balance a bit. Drydown is mostly honey with a touch of wildflowers.
  11. astarinel

    Honey, Sweet Orange, and Orange Blossom

    Exactly what it says on the tin. Wet, this is a light, sweet honey rather than a heady or sexy honey with soft sweet citrus and orange blossom. I don't know if I'd say orange specifically, but it's definitely got a juicy citrus note there. The slightly-bitter orange blossom is a bit more prominent than the citrus, which cuts the honey nicely. Dries down to a citrus-tinged honey candy. Good throw and good lasting power in this stage, but the citrus notes burn off pretty quickly.
  12. astarinel

    Unsubtle Euphemism

    Wow this is so strange and realistic! On, wet, it's warm buttered bread with a touch of cream and spice and almond. The spice stays pretty soft and in the background, and the scent has a saltiness to it that I wasn't expecting. If you are looking for a more savory bakery gourmand, this is it. This stayed pretty much the same as it dried, and had enough throw to make me hungry.
  13. astarinel

    Peach Vulva

    This is a really interesting one, I think I was expecting a more heady/sexy peach scent based on the name but that's not what I got. Wet, the peach (backed by some apricot) is definitely the star of the show. The peach is a fresh peach, maybe a little underripe, juicy but not overly sweet. The peach note reminds me a bit of the peach in Egoyomi from last year, with that bit of tart, fuzzy "peach skin" smell to it. Balancing the peach a bit is the base of the scent, which is a bit resinous and a bit incensey. No cardamom or spice shows up. I was expecting this to be a more complex version of Alleviate the Frenzy, but the balance of notes is quite different. As it dries, the resin/incense stands out a bit more but this is primarily a peachy scent to my nose. Good throw.
  14. astarinel

    Surprise Ejaculation

    I'm surprised by all the reviews that mention fruity bubblegum, because I don't get that at all. Wet, I find this primarily about the champaca and pear over a soft white musk base. This is the more gentle, fresh pear note and not the sweeter, juicier pear note that pops up in some blends. I get absolutely no grapefruit at all. Drydown is primarily a champaca skin musk with a wisp of pear. Notably low throw on me, I had to press my nose against the test patch to smell it.
  15. astarinel

    Erotic Sake Bowl

    On wet, this is a perfect sugared pink grapefruit. I just cut open a ripe pink grapefruit and sprinkled sugar on it to eat it. This is probably the most realistic, juicy grapefruit note I've ever smelled. As it dries, the citrus fades and the raspberry and plum musk come out a bit. It's still a refreshing, tart, and bright fruity blend.