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  1. Follow My Nose

    The Corn Spirit

    The Corn Spirit is hands-down the most Autumnal scent I got this year! My main impression is that glorious dry, golden-brown hay & grain note that BPAL gets perfect. There’s a hint of musty soil that just adds a chilly edge without smelling like a pile of dirt, and a sweet corn cob scent mixed in. After it dries, I can pick up the chamomile, like having a hot cup of tea after a breezy walk through the harvest fields. If a scarecrow had a soul, this would be what it smelled like.
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    Vintage Ghost Blow Mold

    Vintage Ghost Blow Mold is indeed warm and glowing like it’s inspiration. Right off, I get a sweet milky vanilla (no plastic here) balanced with golden amber. There’s just a whisper of the classic fabric note, perhaps a nod to the ghost’s garment, and a bit o’ honey, like some spilled candy corn on the sidewalk next to the vintage decor. This does remind me of trick-or-treating when I was a kid and enjoying candy from a plastic pumpkin while I wandered past all of the neighbors’ ghostly yard decorations. Very nostalgic and sweet!
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    Sleepy Bat

    Sleepy Bat is your perfect lavender scent for the Halloween season. It perfectly evokes the adorable photo on the label, combining restful lavender with soft wing leather and a melange of gentle, powdery golden notes. I can’t pick out the individual notes other than lavender and leather, but they meld together beautifully. This would be a lovely sleep blend but also a cozy peaceful scent for any day you are feeling stressed or anxious.
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    Dead Laves, Shortbread & Crystallized Ginger

    Dead Leaves, Shortbread & Crystallized Ginger was a gamble for me, since the dead leaves note often does not work on my skin. This starts out with the sharp, bitter green pepper note that usually disappoints me, but luckily the other notes come in to play during dry down and make those leaves behave. The sweet buttery shortbread balances beautifully and cancels out the bitterness, leaving that powdery crunchy scent I’m always looking for in the DL series. The ginger adds a nice bit of light spice but isn’t overpowering. Altogether this is a delicious autumn scent reminiscent of eating cookies while kicking through crunchy drifts of colorful leaves.
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    Batty Lace

    Batty Lace has that classic BPAL lace note, delicate fabric with creamy vanilla tones and the faintest of florals; the leather and musk are soft but present, giving this a slightly sexier edge but remaining cozy. On my skin, it remains the same from application through dry down and has decent lasting power, especially for a lighter scent. This is exactly what I was hoping for when I saw the name “Batty Lace” and I am so happy that I added this scent to my tiny collection of lace-based perfumes.
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    Handknitted Witch Gloves

    To start with, I get an unusual combo of a forest scent and tart fruit. This mellows into a balanced blend of the soft green oakmoss and the cranberry, with the brandy adding a bit of sweetness. The wooly yarn fills in the middle and smooths out the edges of everything else, making this a surprisingly seamless perfume. Hand-Knitted Witch Gloves appealed to me on many levels, being a knitter of occultist persuasion myself, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from the blend of notes. I’m glad I took a gamble on it, because it is just lovely and different from any other scent I have.
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    Witch Milk

    My favorite Weenie preview from Dragon Con (and the one I took home) was Witch Milk! It is really well-balanced between all of the widely varying notes, creating a soft, sweet, creamy scent that could almost be innocent except for the shadowy notes around the edges. Like you've gathered a bouquet of forest wildflowers (maybe an effect of the incense notes because there aren't any florals) and garden herbs and thrown a few poisonous toadstools in for good measure. I can pick out the milk and honey, as well as the fruity red currant, but they don't overshadow any of the rest of the scent. It is really lovely and I can't stop wearing it!
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    Black Julbocken Alchemy Lab

    On wet, this starts out as single note pine, but black musk starts peeking around the edges right away. Then the cool, minty slush note slides into join the others and the real complexity of this scent begins to come out. There's moss, herbs, green and woodsy notes ... this goat has been around the forest quite a bit and picked up lots of nice-smelling things in his shaggy coat. I'm not getting much of the wool note yet, but this bottle might need some time to settle, I just got the package yesterday. Black Julbocken is a perfect mascot for the Lab's Yule collection, and this is exactly the chilly forest blend I was hoping to find in this update! ETA: One of my cats has definite opinions about my perfume choices, and this seems to be his favorite of the Yules I got. He does tend to prefer musky and/or woodsy scents and this one is both. 😻
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    Pomegranate Cider

    This is exactly as described, I think I can pick out all of the notes over the course of drydown. I don't always go for straight-up fruity scents, but I'm very happy I picked this one up! It's incredibly festive and perfect for winter wear, extending the holiday warmth into the dreary cold months after. At first when wet, it gives off fruit punch vibes, which then start to morph into Christmas candle territory, but give it a chance to dry all the way and it becomes more complex and downright cheery. The apple cider smells warm and spiced, the pomegranate balances with some rich tartness, and the brightness of the orange peel is accentuated by the subtle peppercorn and hibiscus tang in the background. Makes me want to make mulled wine or cider in my crockpot to scent my apartment!
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    Carved Wooden Cultist Lair

    Oh my. So, these miniature cultists are definitely holding naked rituals in their carved wooden lair, 'cause this is a sexy scent! I'm taking guesses at these notes, but I'm definitely getting some red or black musk or combination of the two. It reminds me of the musk in Eldritch Dark or Bright Red Dildo. The incense is a smooth blend, maybe some amber or a bit of dragonsblood included in there. I'm not sure my nose is accurate enough to pick out individual notes. Then there's the smoothly-sanded dark wood underneath everything else, with just a hint of smokiness and sweetness thrown in. This one is going into rotation for date-night perfumes.
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    Snow White Rabbit

    Oh my, this is lovely, and exactly what I imagined it would be! I just got my new Yules in yesterday, so I'm trying to do quick reviews for the ones I got. Snow White Rabbit is immediately sweet and a bit creamy and the spice notes are light and tickle my nose just a tad. The Snow White snow comes out as it dries, blending in a soft and powdery coolness. The linen scent is subtle in the background but definitely adds a clean, fresh laundry feel to it to balance the gourmand notes. This is so wearable and pretty, and I think it will work year-round. It isn't a heavy scent at all, but has good lasting power and decent throw.
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    Lightning Strikes Literature

    This blind-bottle was risky, since I don't know if I've ever tried the Lab's lightning scents or had much experience with the ozone note, but I really wanted to try it for the story inspiration, and the gamble paid off! On my skin, this one started out very light and subtle, then deepened as it dried. At first, just a light, bright flash that I can't really describe, maybe a slight citrusy feeling with a hint of freshly washed fabric in the background. Then, soft thunder rolls in as I pick up the sweet beeswax and the ink, which always reads as a subtle white floral to my nose. The dry warm paper note is lovely as always and rounds out a beautiful light scent. It truly evokes writing a horror story longhand during an evening storm, I absolutely love this one!
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    A Breton Sorceress

    This starts off warm, sweet, and slightly powdery when wet, light and pleasant. Then after applying, I start to get some spice and a nuttiness comes out, perhaps a combination of the almond and the vanilla. As this dries, it gets warmer and more complex -- spicy, gourmand, and smoky wood notes all blending together smoothly. It is a lovely golden-brown autumn scent, a must-have for fans of tonka bean! Medium throw and good wear length.
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    You Are So Emo

    The name and story of this scent drew me in immediately and the notes intrigued me. So glad I gambled on a blind-bottle! At first application, the notes I pick up are pale amber, lavender, and white tea. It's a soft, slightly high-pitched scent, but still comes across as soothing in spite of the suggestion of angst. Some oakmoss appears in the background as it starts to dry and the blend becomes a bit more powdery. There was a moment on my skin where it threatened to go sharp and soapy, but that quickly passed. After it dries, the woody notes and ambergris come out and a lovely pale golden warmth appears under the ghostly melancholy. The oakmoss also becomes a more solid presence. This is really lovely and different from anything else I already have. All of the notes are smoothly blended and even after the drydown and I must agree with Supertrooper Omni in the review above, this perfume gives off the impression of a sophisticated Victorian ghost. Who is SO emo.
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    Martial Arts

    I got a decant of this to try something different, but now I find myself kind of fascinated by it! It's so interesting and I have a hard time picking out notes. Some are unfamiliar, but they seem to work together very well. I get the smoky woody notes and something nutty right away (could be the tonka and/or almond blossom combining?) As it dries, I get subtle floral from the almond blossom and the amber and vanilla make an appearance. I also get a soft earthy note around the edges that reminds me of mushrooms. The lacquer is the note I think is tricky, I've smelled it before and it didn't work on me in the past, but this time it's fairly light and well-balanced by all of the woody notes. I think it's one of the aspects making this a really unique scent, kind of brightening the warm earthy and woody notes into something new. I'm still testing this, but leaning towards a bottle.