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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 aren’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

    Batty Perversion

    Fruitier and sweeter than its non-batty predecessor, Batty Perversion smells more playful/whimsical than the very naughty original. The leather and tobacco are less forward, to my nose, and the mix of rum, tonka, and fruity chardonnay make me think of delicious, spiced apricot jam. Or maybe the extra gooey innards of a fig newton, downed with a shot of good, dark rum. Either way, I like it very much, and it's different enough from the original to make both worth hoarding. P.S. I think it will also make a very fun holiday scent.
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    Batty Lace

    For me, this is nearly a dupe of the re-release of Antique Lace, which is certainly not a bad thing. I have never smelled the original, but I agree with VioletChaos that this is slightly less sweet that the 2017 v. I don't get leather, but I do get something a tiny bit more sophisticated, and a tiny bit less marshmallowy vanilla. But basically, if you need more AL in your life, you'll go batty for this.
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    Gioco Del Volano

    Lots of jasmine, the lighter kind that is sweet and bright vs. heady sexpot or sumptuous and grand. It makes me think "pink," though it's listed as white. The pear lends juiciness, and the sugary aspect is quite noticable. I get a teensy hint of creamy mint and moss, but otherwise, the rest of the notes just blend into a lovely, pillowy melange that adds complexity to the sugared jasmine. This does smell pastel to me, but more bright than hazey or buttery - like dyed eggs nestled in Easter. I can see the Last Unicorn references, as in: this could fit nicely into the collection. The creamy mint/moss combo also reminds me a lot of the Cacao & Black Moss base. So that, without the cocoa, and will juicy, sweet spring florals over the top. Overall, a subtly complex, spring floral, that you probably have to be on speaking terms with jasmine to enjoy, but is well worth a conversation if you are. πŸ˜‰
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    Luna Azul 2023

    Not going to lie, I am a little disappointed in this one. I absolutely adored my partial of the 2020 version. I was hoping buying this year's Luna Azul would rectify my lack of the previous version, but, despite having the same notes, this is a very different offering. The dark, caramelized aspect of the previous version is missing here, while the ephemeral blue quality, present in so many other lunacies, is a star here. I get a lemony aspect that I can only assume is the frankincense. Oddly, @doomsday_disco's impression of lemon and incense, in "Cotton Candy Blue Moon," is what I get here. This is pretty, in its own right, and probably more stereotypical of past lunar blends than 2020' s heavier, sultry blend. My scent impression: An exotic lunar garden lays before you. Its white pebble-strewn paths meander amidst lush, luminous blossoms that soak in starlight and spill out sweet scent. Soft incense smoke swirls in eddies, ephemeral and teasing, as they drift from the halls of Queen Serenity's palace.
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    Blue Cotton Candy Moon

    I hadn't experienced BPAL's cotton candy note before this, but I haven't really cared for other companies'. However, I generally like BPAL's sugar notes, and the Blue Unicorn Moon was so much fun, I thought I'd give this a try. Not for me, unfortunately. I think I have smelled this cotton candy note in other brands I didn't care for, but it doesn't really smell like cotton candy to me. (Probably why I don't like it.). I also get a vague whiff of the blue raspberry-type, candy note in some other bpal offerings. This might be what Doomsday Disco is reading as lemony, because it has that citric acid candy vibe. Think kool aid, pixie stix, or sour punch straws. I also get some "moon musk:" the typical white/bluish musk in the lunar blends. I think "blue" and "crystalline" are the descriptors to focus on here. But for those wanting a fluffy, moon confection, this might disappoint. I'm curious to see what those more familiar with the lab's cotton candy note will think.
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    Violet Behemoth

    If Laughy Taffy made a violet flavor, this would be it. Not very sophisticated, but very fun, Violet Behemoth packs a juicy wallop of PURPLE right up front, then retreats to the background after making his grand entrance. He's a far gentler giant that initial impressions imply. Though violet dominates, the fruits support the scent, aiding in its candy vibe, while indigo musk, a note I simply adore, has a subtle role here, tying everything together and upscaling things just enough you feel like you are actually wearing a perfume and haven't just filled your pockets with pulverized, wildberry skittles and splashed yourself with purple drank. (Don't knock it till you try it.) Anywho, for the young at heart, who love violet and/or PURPLE, and need more kaiju in their life, get him before he stomps away. πŸ’œ
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    Death-Fires Dancing Over the Tombs

    Eucalyptus! Mint! And the ozoney stone note the lab uses. The scent is quite sharp in the bottle, bracing, but my skin calms it down quite a bit. This is like a Lick It with none of the sweetness. I'm pretty sure there's some white musk going on too. This is similar to a lot of BPAL's other minty offering, but it's fun that it's horror themed. πŸ™ƒ
  8. VetchVesper

    Hare Moon 2023

    In the bottle, very strong on the herbal cocoa, with a dash of clove. Reminds me of some of the earlier 13's. I'm actually wanting less chocolate, so lets see what happens on my skin. CLOVES! Cause I amp it. 😁 But now it's calming down and the more herbal smells are coming through. Awwww... I smell like a bunny. ☺️ There's a gentle, natural sweetness that reminds me a bit of the sweetness in carrot seed, and the cocoa gives the impression of sweet, dusty earth, spiked with a little metallic tang from the cloves. My impression is of sun-warmed prairie. I like this! It's along the lines of what I was hopping for. It's warm, well-blended, and very grounding. There's also quite a bit of complexity, making it interesting. For those who like natural/naturey fragrances, or comforting brown musk scents, this is a good one. Get it while it's still hare! πŸ˜‚
  9. VetchVesper

    To Lallie

    Initially, a bold, candied, fruity rose I've smelled in several of the labs recent offerings, including Rose Moon 23. I'm not too keen on it. Reminds me of Rapture Pig's rose. I'm hoping for more complexity on the skin. Sniffing my wrist, this is still very much about the rose, but it's softening - smoothing out into something more natural, but still very pink. Dare I say, this is Barbie's rose? Coconut emerges, and now it's Barbie at the beach, in her checkered swimsuit. I'm not getting much more than that, pink rose and coconut. Simple, but entirely pleasant. It's very reminiscent of Roses, Diamonds, and Pearls, but has more of a satin finish, if that makes sense. It's not really blowing me away, but I'm not an avid rose collector. We'll see if To Lallie blossoms into something more unique after a few months.
  10. VetchVesper

    Highest Quality Vagina

    Without looking at the notes, I got almond blossom and something almost herbal/minty, with a bit of light fizziness(the amber). It's a little bit hairspray, but not in a terrible way. Then an airy incense note starts to emerge. It smells very spring appropriate (for gently warm weather) and it's reminding me a lot of a more tepid Cat Chasing Butterflies. Not getting any honey or milk. Incense is becoming the predominate note as it warms up and the fizziness is gone, as is my CCB impression. I'm not impressed yet, but I just got it in the mail, so perhaps it will gain a bit more personality after it sits. I will return and report if it does. PS @Jenjin Skimming the reviews, the first words my eyes alighted on were, "the poop was beaten gold..." T'was a weird and amusing moment.
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    I'm not usually a fan of straight up dessert scents like this, but I do like dark chocolate, pistachios, and cherry mixed with florals and resins - just not all together maybe? πŸ€” Anywho, I thought this one might actually work for me. What I get is a lot of roasted, salty pistachio, backed by a boozy/cough syrupy cherry, and a hint of bitter chocolate. It's not really working for me, nor is it smelling like something I'd really wanna eat. It's almost savory? Might have to just be happy eating the real thing
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    Seeking "cat" recommendation for a kid

    @Luk Gooped Familiar is a cinnamon candy sort of scent from this year's weenies and features a black cat on the label. Cheshire Cat and Schrodienger's Cat are both general catalog scents you can get samples of. The label won't have a cat, but they're both fun, bright scents I think would work nicely for a tween or kiddo. The above suggestions are all really good too. 😸
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    Cinnamon girl...

    Have you tried "Please Scream Inside Your Snake Oil?" Maybe a similar vibe but extra foody. "Sin in the Pumpkin Patch" is pretty great if you can find it. The sexy resins have just a touch of foodiness and I think the cinnamon is amped up a touch from the pumpkin spice. Lastly, I'll draw your attention to "The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat," - Sweet myrrh, saffron, red labdanum, ambrette seed, terebinth resin, Damascus rose, honey, cardamom, and cacao-infused patchouli. No cinnamon, but with the cardamom, myrrh, patchouli, and honey, there's a really gorgeous, slinky golden spiced vibe you might really dig. You're making me want to go wear cinnamon now. 😁 I like the note, it just tends to really drown out everything else. I find Ceylon cinnamon works a lot better for me though. Do you register any difference between cassia and Ceylon?
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    The Drunk Astronomers

    This one is...odd. I don't really get a tea vibe per se. What I DO get is a dark, dry jasmine with a bitter edge. The blood musk is giving this a sugared quality, while also lending to the bitterness. There's something almost soapy or minty lurking faintly in the back. Perhaps whisps of anise from a black tea note? If so, that's the only clue I'm getting that it's here. I don't know what the "yellow" part of the amber means, but the amber just seems to be grounding this. It's an interesting melange to be sure, and the discordant notes seem to be coming together as it dries down. It has an oddly Victorian goth vibe to me, like something someone would wear in one of Poe's stories. ETA: Ok, upon comparing this to two other yellow amber scents - "Sunrise Kimono" and "Leave Marks" - I CAN detect a fair bit of the note here. I think it's actually responsible for the sugariness as it comes across as a powdery, sugary, light amber, not warm or rich, but slightly more complex, and less high pitched, than white amber. I'm kinda digg'n it.
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    Cinnamon girl...

    I can't usually do cinnamon, (amp it to high heaven) but the few I've found that I adore are Defutata, Hatta, I Wish I Were Your Mirror, Behind the Veils, and Adventuresome Encounters. Dead Leaves & Cinnamon Buns, Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, The Carousel and Sara, Mother Bear are also really nice.