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Follow My Nose

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  1. Follow My Nose

    στοργή (Storge)

    Lavender and Snake Oil are absolutely lovely together! I can smell light sugary cotton candy and rosewater (one of the rose-based notes that usually works on me), and a hint of powdery honey that all come out during drydown. Those three serve as backup dancers for the Snake Oil/lavender duet. This is so gorgeous, I think I need to gather funds for a full bottle, even though I'm trying to limit myself to only decants for a while.
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    Bread Lumps

    This is exactly as described and I'm so tickled with it. Crusty, fresh-baked bread with honey, yum! The scent stays true on my skin through the drydown and has medium throw and wear length. I don't always go for straight-up foodie scents, but this one is unique, warm, and lovely!
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    Utter Sophistication

    My skin reacted differently to this scent than other folks & went through a few interesting stages. On first application, it was buttery popcorn with smooth, warm oak and an undefined sweetness underneath. As it dried, the Dorian, lavender, and vanilla came out right away, reminding me of The Serpentine. Beeswax and Snake Oil immediately followed but remained in the background. It quickly all blended together into a lovely sweet blend of all the notes with Dorian most prominent. Sadly, after it dried completely, the lavender and popcorn faded away on my skin. It's still gorgeous, but I did love the popcorn! Apparently, so did my skin, since it ate it all up. Although I'm still smelling a faint buttery note which compliments the rest of the scent. Leftover popcorn, maybe?
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    Peach Chypre

    My favorite peach-forward scent! On first application, it's a pop of juicy, golden peach, then the soft chypre notes start to come out immediately as it dries. After it's dry, the soft mosses and woods ground the fresh peach, while it still remains a strong note, and it's complimented by subtle citrus. I can't claim to recognize all the notes of a typical chypre, but I think they turn a sweet fruity scent into something much more sophisticated and subtle. It's soft & fresh, but has great staying power on my skin, which tends to eat most lighter perfumes. Definitely a lovely scent for a great cause!
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    Impeachment

    I'm usually cautious about peach blends, since it amps slightly on my skin, but this peach is well-behaved on me & I'm so glad I took a chance on it! Wet, I notice the soft peach/apricot, softly smoky incense, and a faint sweet rose at first. During and after drydown, all the notes come out and blend perfectly together: the oud is soft and grounding, and slightly smoky; the amber and frankincense add some warm, soft powderiness; musk is sweet and fairly light; peach and rose stay present, but the peach is well-blended and the rose is light; the honey is rich and sweet, but not overpowering. Overall, it is sweet and creamy with a touch of powder & smoke, a bright, hopeful blend with soft strength underneath. Makes me think of a warm, golden-peach color with amber-brown at the base, like a late sunset (appropriate for the concept, I think 😉 ). This is an absolutely gorgeous honeyed incense with a serving of peach on the top, and very joyful, as others have said.
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    No Coward Soul is Mine

    Lavender-lovers, grab a bottle of this! In the bottle and on first application, it's pure lavender, as if I smushed my face into a handful of fresh-blooming stalks from my mom's garden. As it dries, the brightness of the lavender smooths out and blends seamlessly with the other notes. The pale woods come in first, and they are soft, light wood notes, no strong pine or oak, just a pleasant grounding base for the more herbal and floral notes. I don't know if my nose is good enough to recognize rockrose specifically, but there's definitely a warm golden floral that comes in and makes this into an incredibly lovely blend. I think this scent is neither "feminine" nor "masculine," but reads as gender-neutral. No Coward Soul Is Mine is a soft, soothing scent that stays fairly close to the skin, but has great lasting power (my skin usually "eats" softer scents within an hour or two). I'm definitely glad I blind-bottled this one to add to my lavender-based scents!
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    Pumpkin Musk and Black Oudh

    It may just be the way my skin chemistry interacts with this scent, but I totally get Streets of Detroit mixed with pumpkin pie filling. It's gorgeous and unusual! The pumpkin and spice pops up right away, but softens as this dries, giving more focus to the dark musk and oudh notes. The scent stays really well-blended, and has good throw & staying power. If you are a fan of Streets and pumpkin, you need to try this one!
  8. [No additional description provided.] I don't think I've ever been first before, but this atmo is so perfect for the fall season, I wanted to give it some love here. On first spritzing, this starts out mostly cinnamon, not too sharp or overpowering, just nice warm spice. The cocoa comes out quickly, not a chocolate-heavy scent, but dry cocoa powder in the background. As it dries, the dead leaves make their appearance, but stay behind the cinnamon with the cocoa, filling out the scent with a warm, soft woodsiness. This is perfect for evoking crisp autumn days, having a cup of spiced cocoa after a walk through the woods, fallen leaves still stuck to your sweater.
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    Dark Chocolate and Sweet Orange Bath Oil

    [No additional description given.] Wow, I've never been first to review before, but this one definitely deserves some love! It smells exactly like the description, a perfect blend of dark chocolate and sweet orange, slightly heavier on the chocolate. It is so rich and delicious-smelling, it reminds me of those chocolate oranges I always drool over at Christmas time. Just like the other Post bath oils I've tried (I usually use them as lotions), this is super-softening and soaks in to the skin quickly, leaving no greasy residue. I just slathered this all over me after my shower and am happily swathed in a cloud of moisturizing yumminess, craving sweets. Chocolate lovers, grab some of this!
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    Savage Forever

    This sounded like such an interesting combination - icy/frosty notes with ambergris? - that I had to try a decant. It was instant love. In imp and wet on skin: icy notes with the animalic scents, pine & a hint of mint Drydown: I keep getting a whiff of something lovely and shoving my nose into my arm where I tested this; this is turning into something gorgeous! Dry: This ends up as a minty, slightly sweet snow note over a warm blend of ambergris, musk, cypress, and amber. A great translation of concept into scent, smells wild and powerful, sexy and slightly masculine. I would love to smell this on a sexy guy, right before I get him into bed. I still can't stop huffing my arm!
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    Winter Jasmine

    As a diehard jasmine lover, I am in heaven. In the bottle and wet on skin - Straight up jasmine! Yes, this was exactly what I was hoping for. During drydown - more jasmine (does happy jasmine dance, it's very sensuous, there are veils involved) When dry - Jasmine, vivant! This scent stays true from start to finish, and it's such a lovely pure jasmine single note without being too heavy. It reminds me of the overgrown jasmine vines my mother has growing on her back porch. So glad I blind-bottled this, now I want to bathe in it. Winter Jasmine bath oil? Anyone?
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    October Dusk Bath Oil

    This is my ultimate autumn scent! Seriously, I need October Dusk perfume oil, hair gloss, and atmo spray, as well. Maybe next year? Maple is the predominant note, but is nicely balanced by the dry wood and a touch of honey. I'm not sure my nose recognizes saffron, but if it's in this, it must be lovely. The whole is such a cozy, golden-brown scent. This reminds me of growing up in Michigan and helping my aunt harvest sap from the maple trees in her woods and smell the rich brown sweetness come out as it got boiled down into syrup.
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    Seven Word Story: Lust

    This perfume is true to the description and doesn't change much at all in the drydown on my skin. Juicy, tart pomegranate with a soft, light incense adding a slightly smoky veil over the top. Sweet, rich, and sexy - brings to mind the image of dark red pom seeds in an antique silver dish. If you are a pomegranate fan, you'll want a bottle of this for your collection. Delicious!
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    Capricorn 2016

    In the bottle: I get a strong "green" scent, with slight hints of floral and dirt, probably from the poppies and patchouli. Wet on skin: Vetiver is definitely the main note, the green variety with minimal smokiness. I can see where people are getting an aquatic feel from this, sort of fresh and watery. During drydown: Aha, there are the earthy notes coming out to play, especially sandalwood and a hint of something cedar-ish. I'm not very familiar with oudh, I wonder if it could be that. I also smell a faint hint of something like black pepper, could be the patch or maybe the ivy. When dry: The sandalwood blends all of the other notes together to make a smooth, lovely perfume that is green and aquatic on top with an earthy base, like a reverse of the sea-goat. It is almost an early spring woods feeling for this winter sign, like the first melt in a forest. This was a blind buy for me, since it's my zodiac scent. Naturally, I was hoping to like it, and vetiver and sandalwood are both great notes for me, but I was pleasantly surprised to really fall in love with it! Capricorn 2016 is quite unisex and uniquely sexy. It has nice depth while remaining soft, and there are many subtle layers to this scent, much like us Capricorns.
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    So Full of Gratitude Bath Oil

    This bath oil smells sooo delicious, I'm glad I blind-bought a bottle! I tested this as a moisturizer, since that's how I use bath oils most of the time. To my nose, the main note is sweet, buttery shortbread cookies, with rich hot cocoa as a backup player. The two compliment each other beautifully! Now I want to learn how to make homemade shortbread, so that sweet, buttery smell can waft through my whole house.
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