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    Snow White, Snake Oil, The Illustrated Woman, Snake Charmer, Black Lace, Marshmallow Pumpkin, Fearful Pleasure, Pink Snowballs, Pinched With Four Aces, Crowley, Morocco, The Girl, Badgers, Tombstone, Stekkjarstaur, TKO

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  1. mollison

    Hooligan Witches

    Lilith and Mo casting spells together last winter! They solemnly swear that they’re up to no good: pumpkin cream soda, fried ice cream, and popcorn. In the bottle, this smells like a buttery, delicious, flaky mound of fried pumpkin ice cream. I want to eat it. It's not like Melty Pumpkin Ice Cream, though, if you've tried that one...similar, but a different sugar note and this one is more buttery. There's not really a strong pumpkin spice element, but my brain associates the smell with Halloween...like a Halloween-themed foodie candle, but not a cheap candle with a generic scent, a nice one that makes people ask what you just baked. On my skin, it's the same and eventually gets a little plasticky (possibly the cream soda note in it? there seems to be a resemblance to the cream note in Boo, and that one was always wonky on me...so this is like Boo minus the linen and plus buttery pumpkin pastry?). I still love it, both for the concept and that amazing smell in the bottle- I'll probably put it in a scent locket. I don't get popcorn, but it is definitely buttery, but not over-the-top butter like Gluttony (discontinued) was on me. Hours later, the faint sweetness of pumpkin cream soda, but just a suggestion of it. It doesn't have a ton of lasting power, but what's left is a lovely pumpkin-y creaminess with maybe a whisper of pumpkin spice that must have stayed in the background through all the other stages.
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    Scorched Marshmallows

    Lilith loves to camp, but she’s not a huge fan of roughing it. This year, we opted for some cabin glamping with some of Lilith’s best friends. This is the scent of Kyle and Lilith deliberately setting marshmallows on fire, with chocolate and graham crackers as an afterthought. In the bottle, I only get marshmallow, a bit of chocolate, and a hint of the graham cracker. On the skin, the smoky note immediately comes to the forefront! The sweetness is still there. After 10 minutes, the smokiness is much more faint and plays evenly with the sweetness, though the sugar note went a bit plasticky on me (as sugar notes from BPAL often do, so if you normally don't have that problem, you should be fine). I don't currently have The Gorobble because I sold it a couple years ago, but from my memory, The Gorobble is MUCH much smokier/burnt and had a different sugar note. This one seems to be the sugar in, say, Sugar Skull, plus a bit of milk chocolate and graham cracker in the background, but not so much that it's a discernably *chocolatey* scent. This one is also very sweet, but much more wearable than The Gorobble or any of the chocolate scents I have, because it's so well-balanced between the different notes. Could also be compared to Liz, but sweeter and with the hints of chocolate and cracker. Hours later, this is very reminiscient of Liz. No plastic now, just smoky sweet vanilla. Nice!
  3. Of the runes of the gods and the giants race The truth indeed can I tell, (For to every world have I won;) To nine worlds came I, to Niflhel beneath, The home where pink bunny Peeps dwell. This one shocked me! I was expecting pink sugared marshmallows--this is FRUITY sugar! [see my edit below if this scares you.] It smells like pixi stix and fun dip! VERY sweet! It reminds me of a bunch of different flavors of pixi sticks dumped out in a pile and snorted, Tony Montana-style. I put some more on to get a better idea of what I was smelling, and I think I've figured out what fruit this reminds me of- it reminds me of the fruit note in Blue Pumpkin Floss, but without any sourness. And no pumpkin or spice and wayyyyy more sugar. On the skin, the scent doesn't really morph, but gets lighter. It's IN YOUR FACE in the bottle, but not on the dry-down. Hours later, this is a very pretty sugar scent. Not really fruity at all anymore. I don't know if I'd wear it wet to the office, unless I want to smell like I've rolled in that color-changing Fun Dip, but when it's dried down, it's light and nice. But SUGARY still. EDIT: Trying this again a couple days later, after it's gotten a chance to rest from the transport for over 24h. I'm getting more marshmallow and less fruitiness now. It reminds me a bit of the Aquolina Pink Sugar scent but without musk or sandalwood or caramel--it's all the pink sugar top note (though I still detect that blue-raspberry note when it's wet). Once it's dried down for a few hours, it's all pink sugared cotton candy.
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    True Love

    Liliths lavender smushed with Pickles coconut cream. More lavender than coconut in the bottle and on the skin at first. The lavender is very herbal and strong, and when I sniff it wet, I get a weird taste in the back of my mouth. Then as it dries down, the lavender fades into a creamy floral in the background and a sugared coconut scent comes forward. It starts to verge on sunscreen-y coconut during this next short phase but never goes there. It settles into a creamy floral coconut that almost smells like tiare. Not too sweet (especially compared to the other Liliths I got) but the sweetness is there--more sweet than Tiki King and far less sweet than Tiki Princess. A winner! Hours later, this dry-down is REALLY, REALLY pretty. It's not recognizably lavender or coconut, but this skin-hugging creamy clean scent that's slightly sweet. You have to get very close to smell it and it just smells amazing. Husband-approved.
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    Of Earth

    Then said Gangleri: These are great tidings which I now hear; that is a wondrous great piece of craftsmanship, and cunningly made. How was the earth contrived?” And Hárr answered: “She is ring-shaped without, and round about her without lieth the deep sea; and along the strand of that sea they gave lands to the races of giants for habitation. But on the inner earth they made a citadel round about the world against the hostility of the giants, and for their citadel they raised up the brows of Ymir the giant, and called that place Midgard. They took also his brain and cast it in the air, and made from it the clouds, as is here said: Of Ymir’s flesh | the earth was fashioned, And of his sweat the sea; Crags of his bones, | trees of his hair, And of his skull the sky. Then of his brows | the blithe gods made Midgard for sons of men; And of his brain | the bitter-mooded Clouds were all created.” Flesh into verdant soil. The sweat of the sea. Black pine, oak, and cedar. Bitter clouds fashioned of grey amber, white tobacco, and muguet. Wow! This is really good. This reminds me so much of another BPAL blend that I smelled a long time ago and I can't for the life of me remember which (I know that is 0% helpful). It also reminds me of Ore by Zents (just in the grounded, resinous feel of it, but the two don't share any notes). Very...grounded. It makes me think of minerals in a cave and a very deep, very old forest. I am definitely getting the pine, oak, and cedar, but they have blended together into the scent of a dark, old forest instead of individual notes coming out. I also smelled the amber right away but it settled back into the blend after a few minutes. I can't stop sniffing this. I don't think I can pick out the tobacco or muguet, but this scent is really well-blended and it all comes together to smell like an expensive, exotic perfume or incense. You know that secret temple that Dr. Strange goes to when he learns his magic? I can imagine that temple smelling like this.
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    This is a beautiful vanilla-cognac-tobacco scent on me. There is something a little powdery (the porcelain?) but it isn't a bad powdery at all. Wet, it smelled like a sophisticated (albeit more traditional) perfume. As it dries, it really is a glowing vanilla and tobacco, but there is a suggestion of *pink* there, and I don't know what it is coming from. It is a little *girly* but not too much. It is only very slightly sweet, and not at all in a foodie way...not too sweet at all. This is just stunning and it is the winner of my order.
  7. [No additional description given.] At first spray, the dead leaves and tobacco come out swinging, with just a hint of cacao in the background! As it dries and settles in, I'm left with the blackened caramel and cacao, with mayyyybe a bit of tobacco hanging in there keeping it from being too foody. It is delicious and beautiful! Edit: Upon trying this again, for some reason the RIGHT side of my hair smelled like delicious caramel tobacco, and the LEFT side of my hair smelled like I had been smoking cigs and tried to cover up the smell by spraying Axe on my hair. NO idea why there was a difference--maybe one side was drier than the other?
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    Lilith's Hair Gloss

    The sharp lavender is all I can smell at first, and as it settles in/dries down, it gets gentler and sweeter. I'm kind of smelling the hops in the background, but it's not bitter at all. I'm not sure I smell any musk or vanilla, though the vanilla might be adding to the sweetness/smoothness. As it gets even drier, I'm smelling the musk and the sharp herbalness of the lavender has totally gone. It's a really sweet and pleasant smell that I wouldn't mind having my hair smell like all the time! I keep tossing my hair back and forth and smelling it.
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    Pumpkin Tobacco Atmosphere Spray

    Sweet tobacco leaf and dried pumpkin. Just got this in the mail and sprayed it onto (another) Halloween bar towel. The tobacco comes on REALLY strong at first. I can smell some sweetness from the pumpkin, but mostly it's the tobacco. This is a very dry scent, and the tobacco still dominates on the drydown. This is the French tobacco note, btw, not the Bulgarian tobacco note. This scent belongs in a mahogany and leather-upholstered study. I am a big fan of the lab's tobacco note, so I'm not put off by the strong smell of tobacco, but I don't know how my husband or visitors to my house would like this one.
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    The Ghost Story Atmosphere Spray

    Frederick Smallfield Beeswax, candle smoke, yellowed paper, leather bindings, and cake with a death-chilled sliver of ectoplasm. Just got this in the mail, sprayed it onto a Halloween bar towel. I can definitely smell the beeswax and candle smoke! I'm getting a really cozy smell overall that is like a whole candelabra of lit beeswax candles in a warm room. I can smell a little bit of the cake baking in the kitchen, but it is pretty far off. I am smelling crumbling paper as well, and what must be leather giving it an edge. But mostly, this is warm beeswax! It's just lovely. I don't smell ectoplasm, but I'm not sure what that is supposed to smell like.
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    Reapers Gonna Reap

    I really love this one--this and The Serpentine were my favorite Liliths this year. At first you can smell the sandalwood, musk, and vanilla pretty distinctly, but as it dries and melds into my skin it turns into this fuzzy, clean scent that I would wear literally anywhere, because it has enough vanilla to be cozy and relaxing, but not so much that it makes it a sweet or foody scent at all. It's a "clean" scent without smelling like a drier sheet. After trying the decant a couple of times, I had to order a bottle, and I might order a backup!
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    The patchouli is light in Haute Macabre (on me at least). The patchouli in Badgers is sexy and dirty. On me, it depends on where I put it: on my forearms, Badgers amps leather. On my wrists and cleavage, the patchouli is more dominant, at least at first. Behind my ears there is more honeysuckle. When I dab Badgers on all of my pulse points and normal perfume areas, it turns into this beautiful, complicated scent. I smell really sexy and dirty and awesome. And when it fades down, the leather and tobacco and vanilla are what remains (on me).
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    Coconut Meat

    This was a very true coconut scent at first, but as it dried down, a very synthetic scent came out, so it smelled a lot like coconut-scented suntan lotion. I actually got some wafts that reminded me of gasoline, which I love the smell of, but not sure I'd want in a perfume. After the really synthetic note fades, there is a light but sweet coconut note remaining.
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    The Great London Spaghetti Hunt

    Wet, this is cheap black coffee (not in a bad way). It reminds me of hotels and airplanes and travelling. As this dries down, I smell the tiramisu, but it is more like a generic pastry scent on me. This is really evocative for me. I think fondly of suitcases and hotel lobbies and waiting in airports (I know this is not the waiting in the airport scent, but that is what I think of).
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    ROOT BEER! Root beer. Creamy root beer. And then it disappears. I don't get any leather, which is a bummer, because I love all leather blends from the lab. I will try this again later, and if it changes, I will edit!