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    GC - Satyr, Voodoo, Defutata, Black Lily, Oblivion, Blood Kiss, Kyoto, No. 93 Engine, Tezcatlipoca, The Caterpillar, The Bow & Crown of Conquest, Masquerade, Scherezade, Tezcatlipoca, Kabuki, Bathsheba, Perversion, Absinthe LE - Callidora, Depart Pour Le Sabbat, Indulgence, Satan Starting From the Touch of Ithuriel's Spear, Nasty Woman, Krampus Lace, Snake Skin, Die Begierde, Paduin Killer Swarms, Noctule Bat, The Dream, The Golden Room, Portrait of a Young Woman w/A Unicorn, Licorice Bats, Prosperous Flowers of the Elegant 12 Seasons, 3rd Charm, Witch Dance, Witches Lace, Wan White Humming Hive, Aerowyn, Mithras, The Chapel, The Small Brown Cat. Torture Queen, and many more!!! I tend towards resin and incense smells, especially patchouli, nag champa and champaca, Indian sandalwood, dragon's blood, amber and copal. I like heavier, darker, and vampy fragrances, especially when mixed w/florals or pseudo-gourmand notes, but I can really fall for a good white floral or bright citrus on occasion. Gardenia, honeysuckle, and violet are favorites florals. I enjoy plum and black currant, and cucumber. I like leathers, red musk (or anything related), dark musk, dark vanillas, super dark chocolate, and rum. I ADORE black licorice. Absinthe and anise are also tasty. :yum: I enjoy fresh green smells, dirt, mint, vetiver and moss, and occasionally pine. Strait up gourmands and oceanic aquatics arenโ€™t generally my thing. Cedar and lemon grass are no-no notes. Cassia amps to high heaven and green musk clings and won't let go!

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  1. VetchVesper


    Ooo. Don't forget Houses at the Back - Frost Morning. It's VERY lilacy, but les green than the lilac woods. And Wisteria Blossoms is GORGEOUS. Not lilac centric, but it's in there, and very worth checking out if you like Figure on Bridge. Vigil's really pretty too, and something about the mix of beeswax makes me think lilac marshmallows. Lots of lilac lately from the lab, and I am NOT complaining.
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    Nothing has been added to this in a while, so I just wanted to update, just in case anyone's looking for this somewhat uncommon note. Wisteria Blossoms from the 2022 Shungas is gorgeous. Night Snow at Kambara is a 2016 Yule that was lovely and featured a creamy wisteria. The Witch Bride is a Weenie that has appeared multiple years and features a prominent wisteria note.
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    Vain Sorceress

    I bought this bottle second hand, and if not for Zii's review, I would have supposed it had spoiled. Funnily enough, it smelled nice to me when it first arrived in the mail, but months later, when I got around to giving it a good test, the smell from the bottle was positively rank. I've never refused to skin test one of BPAL's oils, but I came close this time. It just smelled like rot and fermentation and all sorts of very not good things. Less like poo, and more like something that had been stewing in a plastic container in the sun too long. This did NOT go away on my skin, as I'd expected it to, until I'd had it on for nearly an hour. Then it became a semi-pleasant floral with the taint lurking beneath, and then sort of a non-descript, inoffensive, hair-sprayish floral. Since my initial horror, I have retested with varying results and asked others what they think. Out of half a dozen or so friends, none have experienced the revolting aroma I have, nor do I always experience quite the degree of petrification as I did that one fateful day. I suspect the indoles in the white florals, mixing with the unusual caraway note and hitting my nostrils just right (or wrong), are what birth this monstrous aroma. But sometimes, sniffing the bottle produces pleasant results. And, as I write this, a dab of Vain Sorceress is wafting from the back of my hand and is quite alluring: sultry, plush, feminine - something I would wear happily. However, it did take about 5 mins of unpleasant, quazi-rot smell to get here. It brings to mind all those evil queens and stepmothers who trapped their unsuspecting fairy-tale mates before revealing their more unpleasant natures. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Vain Sorceress is certainly a scent experience: a fickle mistress of extremes. I haven't quite decided if I want to put up with her or not for her better moods.
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    Insatiable Woman

    Lol. So... I actually like this one. BUT my mom, who loves florals, said it smelled like dirty panties. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I think the indoles are to blame for the funk, which I do sometimes get a whiff of from the bottle, but on my skin, I never get that impression. It's a musky, sensual, white floral (mostly magnolia) with a husky depth from a well-behaved cedar and a hint of floral lemon. Interestingly, my friend got funk in the bottle but thought it smelled fine on her skin. However, when I smelled her wrist, I got more funk than I got from the bottle. Tricksy! I've had several male friends smell it and say it's fine. So... I got no idea. Wear at your own risk, I guess. I'll keep my decant as I think it smells nice on me. But it does smell a bit raunchy, sexy, animalic. I'm guessing this one is going to depend a lot on personal taste and probably isn't work appropriate. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    If your top 5 scents are... Then try these!

    @scentedbythesun Have you tried Sugar Cookies and a Popcorn Garland? Discarded Popcorn Garland might also be worth checking out since you like the sweet snow and pine in The Snow Woman.
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    The Terrible Door

    Crisp pear, almost reminiscent of apple, with a white, ozony musk. This smells like a dry cider at first, with a bit of effervescence to it. The pear becomes more pear-ish and the effervesce becomes more gauzy smelling. The frankincense joins the party, but remains discretely in the background, just adding some softness and grown-up depth. The fruit stays dry and chilly vs. juicy. This smells sophisticated and clean, but a bit standoffish - like a British heiress, with a hoity-toity accent, wearing white linen and sipping cocktails on her lawn. I've been watching way to much Midsomer Murders lately. ๐Ÿ˜
  7. Initial sniff -- eucalyptus and wet, juicy floral I associate with honeysuckle, mingling with a hint of cat pee jasmine. That sounds a lot worse than it is. Overall, it's an interesting mรฉlange, but one I hope will settle differently on my skin. The cat pee vibes diminish quickly, leaving me with the more pleasant, lush floral feel. There's a teeny hint of the eucalyptus in the background adding something strange but compelling, and the blue cypress is adding to the background of dark vegetation. I think it's the fresh greeness of the sap mixing with the florals that makes me think honeysuckle. The lily is hiding behind the other flowers, and I don't get any sort of book or silk vibe. I don't love this, but I do like it. I think the jasmine just feels a little harsh on me, but I'll keep my bottle around a while and see if it grows on me.
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    If your top 5 scents are... Then try these!

    @crimson_vampire It seems like you enjoy darker, juicy, red/purple fragrances, with a touch of floral, and you enjoy plum. Florientals and musks seem to be in your wheelhouse. That's all certainly my jive too. The Elephant is Slow to Mate is one that should have been a shoe-in for me, but for some reason, didn't work great. ๐Ÿ˜• Keeping suggestions to what's currently available - Bathsheba, Blood Kiss, Bloodlust, Kitsune-Tsuke (if you're open to spring florals. It's got a bright, juicy plum note.) Bordello (has a sweet, candy plum. Not a big fan myself, but it's popular and similar to the "sugar plum" scents.), Obsidian Widow, the Raven, Evil, Drow Yoga Instructor Unimpable and LE - Asleep in the Deep, Dionysia, Arachnina the Spider Girl, Melisande the Puppet Mistress, Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller, The Witch Queen, The Bloodgarden, Marianne, Skull with Shell, Books, and Crumple of Blush-Pink and NIght-Blue Silk, Violet Fog, A Rovin (I LOVE this one, but it's a LOT, and you gotta like jasmine.) You might also see if you like wine notes. Oh, and if you're a fan of Satyr (also a love of mine. ) you might like civet. It's a musk note that gives a lot of people trouble, but it's supposedly in Satyr, and I tend to like it in other things too.
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    Tea Roses and Lace

    My first impression is lacey tobacco and backed faintly by the tea roses and more strongly by the black tea. It's not strongly floral though. More like a Victorian parlor with a bouquet of roses in the room somewhere. The peony begins to creep in, but again, less floral, and more just an impression of freshness. The white musk makes everything a bit hazy and the chocolate is there, but very subtle. It's pretty, but not at all what I would call foody on me. The typical lace notes are by far the most prevalent thing on my skin, and the floral and chocolate kinda get lost in the shuffle. This is nice, but I think other lace blends have worked better on my chemistry.
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    Penis Bound With Gold Ribbon

    Musky, sweet, and lemony in a lovely way. Something about the tang of lemon with the creaminess smells almost like buttermilk. Didn't realize it till a friend, who didn't care for this, pointed it out, but now I'm like - oooh yeeeah! To me, it's reminiscent of lemon, buttermilk pancakes, without actually being foodie, and I am ALL about that. This was a surprise hit for me; I haven't smelled anything else quite like it, and I'm considering a bottle. My one lament is the lemon fades pretty quickly, leaving me with a pleasant, but less unique and lemo-luscious skin scent.
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    Staged Moon Landing

    I really like this. Lots of powdery orris going on, but I'm down for that. This mingles with a vanilla peppermint smell that reminds me an awful lot of the CD scent, Alisz. I have no idea where the mint's coming from, but I get the nose chill effect. Someone mentioned playdough - yeah, that weird floury, salty smell - but I dig it here. I understand the mentions of violet too, though I'm wondering if my brain is just filling in the violet since it's so often paired with orris. This smells odd and dusty and luminous (like lunacies often do) and it's a lovely sleep blend for me. It's like dust motes dancing in moonbeams.
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    Chasing Fireflies

    To my nose, this is extremely similar to Kitsune-Tsuki. (Asian plum, orchid, daffodil, jasmine and white musk) Ironically, Chasing Fireflies goes a bit more floral on me than the juicier Kitsune does, even though Kitsune boasts more floral notes. Chasing Fireflies is also softer, smoother, and doesn't last as long on me. It's a pretty spring floral with a touch of plum fruit, but not really different enough to be something I'd buy.
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    Les Infortunes de la Vertu

    This comes across as a dark chyrpe on my skin, heavy on the oakmoss and deepened by leather and something else - perhaps the incense. It's very powdery, and, for something with so many floral listed, it's surprisingly masculine. I wish I got a bit more of the floral floating on top of the chypre base. As is, it's not bad, but lacks complexity. I'm guessing other chemistries might highlight the lighter notes better though, because I do catch a bit of the floral when I sniff my imp.
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    Wisteria Blossoms

    Very pretty! Wisteria can go a bit screechy on me, but here, it's both present, prominent, and well behaved. Something also smells lemony on my skin at first. I thought maybe magnolia, but I'm not sure what it could be. I see lilac mentioned in the notes, and I can detect it, but I wouldn't call this lilac centric. I assumed "indigo" would be indigo musk, and I think it is in here, probably more so than the red musk. I don't really get much from this besides the florals and musks, but there's enough complexity that I'm sure the other notes and are adding to the whole. Overall, this is very floral and purple smelling: creamy, semi-sweet, very feminine and luxurious, without smelling old-ladyish, prim, or perfumey. It becomes a pale, translucent purple smell as it dries down. ETA: This really is gorgeous. Strongly considering a bottle, even though strait up florals aren't usually my jam. Also, wanted to address @Poenari's review.
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    Sunrise Kimono

    I kinda love this, though it's not something I would have initially picked up. Sniffing the bottle immediately triggered a childhood memory: scratch n'sniff stickers. As an 80's kid, I had a fantastic collection, and this smells like either the lemonade one, or the orange juice one. I can't remember which, but it's yummy. I'm really liking this year's lemon note. Here, it sets Sunrise Kimono apart from more typical grapefruity blends and is the dominant fruit to my nose. Cedar, which normally doesn't play well with my chemistry but is deciding to behave, and amber add the scratchiness to the sniffiness by adding a fuzzy, warm base. The fragrance becomes more sharp, tart, and herbal as it dries down on me - mouth puckering and delightful - like some sort of fizzy, adult lemonade. Don't let my sticker analogy fool you; this smells expensive.