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  1. Very pretty!  Fresh, bright, fruity floral that is well balanced between the orchid, poppy, and apple. It smells like apple blossom to me. As One Girl dries down, it darkens and the wisteria and incense come out. I'm iffy on wisteria, but here it's nice. It's avoiding soapy or screechy territory. The incense is a bit smoky and adds a lot of depth to the background.


    Really pretty. I want to see how long it wears, but this might go on my big bottle wishlist. 


    If you are a fan of orchid, definitely check this one out. Apple blossom and wisteria lovers might also appreciate this one, as well as those who like fruity incense.  If your main interest is the apple, you might be disappointed. 

  2. So I have two different imps of this puppy, and they smell different. 


    One of them is a ghostly floral that is quite beautiful, and lies somewhere between the sweetness of lily and the dustiness of violet.  I'm guessing there is a touch of orris in here.  There's a misty (but not aquatic) musk in the background, light and dry, but not as high pitched as white musk (reminds me aof China Rain) and there's a tiny, barely-noticeable tinge of something dark and bitter.  I guess it's the wood from the honey myrtle.  This is a running-across-the-lawn-of-a-Gothic-manor-at-midnight-in-your-Victorian-nightgown sort of feel.  ;)  I'm down for it, and this is bottle worthy.  


    The other vial smells sharp, green, and yeah -- citrus.  The same manor, but the maiden is long gone.  Very weird; the difference is quite pronounced.  The myrtle note is more prominent (actually, where I first noticed the note) and the florals are all wallflowers until the dry-down, where they shyly peek out.  The final stage of this one is very similar to the final stage of the other -- mostly misty, dry musk.  This version isn't nearly as nice.  


    I'm not sure whether the formula changed, or there are batch variations, or The Phantom Wooer just doesn't age well, but the folks describing citrus greens and bitter -- you are not crazy -- and you might want to test a different imp if you get the chance.   

  3. This reminds me of Snow White as well. Sweet, minty, ozoney snow and sugary almond at first. Then the almond becomes more floral and less candy. A very nice creaminess emerges. Chilly and refreshing almond milk and mint. I'm actually enjoying this in the summer months. 


  4. A refreshing, chilly snow note is the most prominent on me. It's more ozoney than minty. I also get a citrus tone from the hinoki cypress. Perhaps the ti is adding to that. The evergreen gives depth over all, and gives what would be something bright, chilly, and light some depth. The cherry blossom emerges on me in the dry down, but I detect no ylang ylang and wouldn't have pegged this as a floral. 


    The chilliness of this one would actually be quite lovely in the summer. 

  5. I don't really get ozone from this,  at least not in the sense of a misty aquatic that I associate with bpal's typical ozone note. Rather, this smells like a very light, ghostly musk. I smell faint tinges of vanilla and ambergris, I think, with the faintest hints of a citrus cologne. This smells like the ghost of Hellfire to me.  It's so faint, I almost wonder if my nose isn't registering everything. After about 15 mins, it warms on my skin and becomes more herbal. It's still very much a skin scent though. Masculine, leaning towards gender neutral.


    ETA - I'm surprised by all the prior reviews mentioning soapiness. I get no soap, though it is a "clean" skin smell. Usually, my chemistry finds any mist, ozone or aquatic notes and amps them to soapy high heaven.  There must be something different in here from the usual aquatic. My bottle is also from 2017 and has aged 2.5 years. Maybe that makes a difference?

  6. This smells old and decadent to me, like the aged perfume of some grand dame of the silver screen, or the foyer of the House of Usher, complete with moldering woodwork and grandiose floral arrangements.  This is at once opulent and a little bit rotten.  The lush florals, mostly lily and narcissus, blend seamlessly with the murky, resinous opium, creating something rich and heavy, but not loud.  If this scent was a color, it would be antique gold.  Lily lovers should check this out, as should opium lovers.  


  7. Sort of a sweet, vaguely cologney, fuzzy musk. It makes me think of soft, grey cloth.  It's a lot milder than I was expecting. I reeeally have to sniff before I get anything like fennel, but yeah - sort of a toasted anise smell lurking deep down. 


    Overall, this stays a cozy, unisex musk blend on me, with a faint hint of cool cologne.  I'd put it in a category with Night Bridge, Auriga (Yule), Cafe Au Lait & a Wool Blanket.  The "love child"of Robotic Scarab and Coyote comes to mind.  (I'd kinda want to see that baby!)  


    Not my wheelhouse, and doesn't really stand out to me, but it is pleasant. Probably would be a nice, unobtrusive skin scent for a guy. 

  8. Dark incense, and something that I can detect in the background that's driving me nuts.  Perhaps a touch of champaca??  Something that smells floral but I can't quite place.  Something... forgotten??!  Hmm...


     I really like this and will probably be investing in a big bottle once I'm through with my decant.  This has an ecclesiastical vibe, but some of the churchy ones end up smelling dusty/fusty to me.  This is really good.


    If you like incense blends or want a room spray that mimics burning the stuff, check this one out.  


    P.S.  Ok.  Wildly speculating here -- massoia bark?

  9. Very red, spicy wine, like something you'd drink warmed at Christmas.  This one's got legs.  I&JFP reminds me of Unicorn Hunt and Centzon Totochtin.  (Perhaps Jacquel occasionally rabbit-sits for his Aztec buddy?)  It mellows after a bit, becoming more complex and less reminiscent of holidays.  I don't get salt, lichen or camphor, nor any beeswax.  I have no idea what henna smells like.  I do think I detect myrrh as a rich, sweet backdrop, but most of what I smell besides the wine and cassia is an unidentifiable melange.  It really is a beautiful wine scent.  I would love this wafting through the air and an elegant dinner party.

  10. This smells lush, exotic, and very floral.  I keep thinking of a sumptuous, Chinese floral arrangement with all sorts of colorful blossoms, backdropped by Asian opulence.  I can pick out the sweet pea, as well as the plum blossom which hints at fruit but never goes fruity.  I'm also beginning to suspect I very much like vanilla orchid, though I'm not great at picking it out yet.  A beautiful offering to those who like expensive smelling florals.  

  11. Fantastic.  I almost skipped this one because my relationship with cedar can be iffy, but I'm so happy I didn't.  My first impression was very much of a spice scent, not craft store or holiday, but a rich, warm mélange that you'd find in an old, wooden spice cabinet.  It was very nice, but I'm not much of a spice girl, and so I was a bit disappointed. 


    But THEN -- This becomes a glorious, dry cigar tobacco.  My father used to smoke pipes and cigars.  This is the closest fragrance I've ever come across that accurately captures those dry, flaky leaves, rolled up, and stored lovingly in their pristine cedar boxes.  Not only is it a wonderfully nostalgic scent for me, it's just a hands down, wonderful scent in general.  Elegant and masculine.  Every Victorian gentlemen's parlor or study should smell like this.  5 Stars.

  12. In the air, the florals are pronounced, though they are subdued and shadowy in nature.  I detect a good balance of lilac and violet, not so much from the lily of the valley.  On fabrics, my experience reverses.  I get more oakmoss and dark wood supported by a faint tinge of floral.  My scent impression is of a dark paneled room, bedecked in heavy, rich fabrics, more stately than opulent.  If you've ever seen the original "The Haunting" from 1963, that house might smell like this.  Lucille's Room works well for the elegant anti-heroine that inspired it.  

  13. The florals in this are sugary and tempered by the presence of gentle, dusty incense.  It's a well balanced fragrance that is both romantic and unobtrusive, the type of thing I could happily spritz on my sheets without being overwhelmed when I try to sleep.  I don't really get cologne.  The lily is more pronounced than the rose, but both are present.  However, the other notes make me label this more as an incense sort of blend than a floral.  


    Lucy's Room is elegant and very feminine, yet understated.  The kind of scent that would waft seductively from a beautiful maiden's chamber, barely discernable as she innocently beguiles you into coming closer -- closer -- till she's just within reach of your neck.  :vamp:...:kiss: Glad I purchased a bottle.  

  14. Bright yuzu and an effervescent white musk are the most prominent notes on me. I think the black tea might add a subtle spice in the background. There is a hint of floral cherry blossom in the mix, but mostly, this is a jubilant, feminine, citrus scent.  I'd recommend it for fans of Night Gaunt, Baobhan Sith, and citusy Shungas. 

  15. Ew no.  Yeah, all those other notes looked great, but the lemon verbena is front and center to my nose, and it's going swampy.  Sort of an herbal, swampy, lemon thing going on.  It almost smells like there's anise in here?  A bit soapy -- yes, in a French-milled way vs. an aquatic way.  After a bit, the lemon verbena does calm down, and this smells better, but it's still not my thing.  MIld, clean, and herbal.  Something's making it smell a bit creamy, perhaps the frank, but that just kind of adds to the feel of soap lather.  


    Crescent Moon worked for me, so I'm going to blame the verbena and marigold.  I know chrysanthemum smells almost green-aquatic to me, and it seems like I'm getting a similar effect here from the marigold.  


    ETA - As a caveat, Lucchesa and I seem to have similar chemistry and tastes with perfume, so others might have a wildly different experience.  If you like herbals and lemon verbena, this would probably be right up your alley. 

  16. Ungh.  Oh yeah.  This is potent stuff, alright.  Big blast of animalic musk and incense, right up front, and I am %100 ok with that because the dry down is gooooood.  This actually reminds me of Callidora right away.  It's got a similar funk that's almost p'oud, but not quite.  It's a little acrid, but somehow, still enticing, though it needs to settle the heck down to be wearable. 


    The only notes I see that overlap in Hyakki Yagyo and Callidora are the myrrh and maybe the musk notes, so now I'm wondering if Egyptian myrrh is bringing the funk.  Either way, just like Callidora, the pungency of the animalic note is tamed on my skin, and this becomes a wonderful, powdery (but not baby-powdery) incense blend.  The clove is an afterthought, burgeoning up from the depths of the fragrance to add just a touch of nose tingle to the back end.  The champaca and coconut aren't recognizable to me as anything but a sweetness threading in and out of the heavier notes.  This lasts for hours and hours, and is quite sexy.


    I shall be scrounging for a bottle of this.  


    ETA.  Thank you to the kind Lucchesa for the frimp.  ;) 

  17. In the imp - Astringent and herbal right up-front, with a hint of tart fruit from the blackberry.  I'm liking the rosemary. :)


    The white musk becomes more prominent on my skin. It's not the kind that goes soapy on me, so that's a plus. There's still a good bit of herbaceousness going on, but the lavender has become more identifiable in the mix. The blackberry in this is a dry, tart note. It never smells jammy or fruity per se. 


    I like this one, though I think my decant is enough. It makes me think of a musky, white tea blend, or a dry, gin cocktail. If you are a lavender or rosemary fan, I'd definitely put this one on your "to try list."  


    Also, a unique and fitting summer fragrance. 


    PS - I would LOVE a linen spray of this. 

  18. Tea, something cologney, and something that's going a bit sour on my skin.  Perhaps the "cashmere?"  I know sometimes wool goes swampy with my chemistry. 


    Ugh... Ok, that note's hard to get past.  This seems like a lightweight men's cologne sort of fragrance to my nose.  Probably pleasant without the swamp note, but not my cup of tea - so to speak.  Perhaps I'd like the smell of New-Fangled Satanists better?

    After an hour, the ickiness does depart, and this becomes a pleasant blend of spicy tea and the cologne note.  It seems more dapper than homey.  Nice at this stage, but not worth wading through the swamp.

  19. This one smells cool and resinous to me at first, then the fir notes start to emerge, giving me the impression of a winter forest under starlight. 


    I get the amber, the cool musk, the fir notes, and perhaps the balm melissa?  There's a lemony edge and something tinging on minty in the blend. The olive blossom emerges later in the dry down. I don't get much cedar, a problematic note for me, or champaca. 


    It's a pretty and unusual blend to be sure, a mix of serene forest and airy incense. 

  20. I splurged on a few Etsy atmos, and my naughtiness has been rewarded.  This is lovely.  It's a murky mint that reminds me a little bit of Cathode.  The other notes are not obvious, but they're there, lurking in the background to darken the fragrance and give it a subtle nuance of rotting, damp wood.  Still, this manages to be comforting and dips no toes (or tentacles) into aquatic territory.  This is a calm, mossy mint vs. sweet or bracing mint.  It will be very nice for when I'm trying to write, especially when my subject matter turns Antediluvian.  ;) 

  21. Huh.  The cumin note in this mixes with a smooth, woody patchouli and almost gives me a cedar effect -- except a cedar that actually works for my chemistry.  It's sort of a raspy warm wood.  The almond smells very cherryish.  I'm not getting much frankincense or labdanum, but that's ok.  Overall, this is pretty, but a lot lighter than I was expecting with all those rich notes... 


    Lol.  Ok.  Wait.  I just needed to give it a very good shake.  :tongue:  Now I'm getting the rich earthiness everyone else mentioned, along with a bracing hit of cumin, which I am aaaall about.  A good reminder that some of things bottles need a bit more than gentle rolling.  Very nice fragrance and the cumin makes it distinctive from my other patchy blends.  Yay!

  22. Cool, spiced wood with a hint of vanilla.  It reminds me of a cooler, lighter, less syrupy version of Antikytherian Mechanism.  There's a hint of spice, I'm guessing from the cardamom, which is probably also lending to the overall cool vibes of what would otherwise be a bunch of warm notes.  As it start to dry down, Mahogany Hall starts to smell mossier and a little powdery.  The paneling and floorboards of this venerable establishment have known the damp caress of southern floods, and traces of mildew still cling to its old, dark heart.  This is posh, decadent in all senses of the word, and vaguely masculine, but I will happily squirt it all over my female domicile.  I'm glad they put it up on Etsy.

  23. I like smoky scents.  I like red musk and all its cousins.  That's said, I don't like Ezekiel 16:49.  The strongest note I get is one I associate with a tobacco note I don't care for.   (I like most tobacco notes.)  Maybe it's actually an ash note?  Anywho, this smells like Hearth and Snaky Hair'd Moirai, so if you like those, give this a whirl.  The blood musk is there, ala Bloodlust,  but it's behind the ill favored tobacco.  Not for me.  

  24. This reminds me a tad bit of Shoggoth at first.  It's bright, fresh, a bit floral, a bit citrusy, sort of chaotic, and very Spring.  I think the shared coconut note is also adding to a similar vibe.  I get more of a sugary lemon blossom than orange blossom from After the Winter, at least at first.  I can smell the grass and the coconut, but for me, they are backup notes and this stays primarily a bright sugary floral.  I wouldn't call it green or particularly coconutty.  Maybe tropical.  


    After a bit of dry down the "lemon blossom" gains a bit of a bite and smells more distinctly like neroli.  Another one this reminds me a bit of is Snow Bear, from the Lilliths a few years ago.  Though the notes are different, it's in the same scent family.  It's pretty and well suited to those who like youthful, bright Spring florals.  I'm not sure how much I would wear it though, so I'll probably pass my decant along.  So far, this is the fragrance that has worked best for me in this release.  


    ETA - Wanted to add, if you enjoyed Smug Yale, I think the base in this is similar.  The florals take center stage though.