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About Nepthys

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    Sandalwood, almond, honey, amber, hyssop, cinnamon, myrrh, lavender and green notes.

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  1. Nepthys

    Party Tricks Hair Gloss

    Gorgeous. Light, pink and feminine without smelling like Bath and Bodyworks spray. It doesn't last long in my hair, but it definitely freshens it up.
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    There Is No Bliss Like This

    This morphed hard. It started out very woodsy and dry, not at all what I expected. The clove, bark and patchouli made it earthy and I decided this wasn't for me.... then after about 20 minutes, the sweetness of the pink carnation and vanilla came out and it became really lovely. But I don't see myself wearing it much.
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    Here We Come A-Wassailing

    Of my 4 Yules, this was the faintest when I expected it to be one of the heaviest. It smells like a sweet leathery fig with a bit of clove - nice, but it's such a whisper of a scent that I doubt I will wear it much.This will probably be more of an atmospheric room scent, good for a winter day inside.
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    This smells exactly like described - it doesn't add up to a surprising chimera. Very much a Yankee Candle Christmas smell, which I happen to adore - perfect warm scent, heavy on cinnamon, cardamom and wine, to wear with a cozy sweater.
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    Gingerbread & Lemon Sugar

    Love gingerbread, love sugar, love lemon scents. So this should have worked much better than it did. It's not a bad scent by any means, but it does fall into "cleaning fluid" more than "gingerbread," like I'm wiping down a kitchen counter while a baking smell floats in the background. Could be my chemistry; I may end up using this as a room scent.
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    Frostbitten Alice

    Of my 4 Yule blind bottles, this is my favorite. It is everything I hoped it would be - light, chilly, feminine and pretty - without being too girly or floral. I prefer it to original Alice and rank it up there with Frostbitten Snake Oil as one of my all-time favorite BPAls. The only complaint: it vanishes rather quickly. I know some people worry that the Frostbittens erase the original scent but here it's perfectly balanced. Beautiful winter scent, especially if you get tired of all the heavy perfumes, baking smells and scented candles that can make wintertime a bit much. This keeps it light and fresh.
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    The Shadowed Veil

    Really beautiful. Smells exactly as expected - the leather, bourbon patchouli, and pumpkin being the most prominent. Kind of smells like Samhain and Perversion had a baby, then covered it in dry autumn leaves on a cold, smoky night. The only drawback - it faded a bit quickly. But definitely still worth it.
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    Hypnotize Me

    I got this because I love lavender and I love mugwort. Wasn't sure how they'd go together but I figured it would be something I could live with. Then it arrived and I unbottled it to smell something pretty rank. I applied anyhow - and to my shock, this turned into something gorgeous! I don't ever recall such a dramatic swing with any previous BPAL. It smells light and feminine and very unique - neither floral nor herbal but something right in between. Love this so much.
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    All Head, All Spine, All Limb, All Loin

    Adore this. The perfect offset to Snake Oil, which I find overpowering after a while. The amber is quite faint, the sandalwood is just a bit stronger, but mostly it's like a fresher, more balanced Snake Oil leather. Really nice and perfect for spring.
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    Snakes in the Lemon Tree

    I was really looking forward to this, but the vetiver drowns everything else out. There's no lemon and barely any Snake Oil. If I layer it with pure Snake Oil, it's just sort of woody Snake Oil. Not bad, just not what I was hoping for.
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    Frostbitten Zombi

    [No additional description provided.] I was really excited for this, as I just loved last Yule's Frostbitten Snake Oil. However, this one was a surprise. I get a faint whiff of Zombi's soil note, but normally wouldn't identify the root as Zombi. Instead this comes off as a beautiful winter forest scent of gentle snow and pine trees and clear air. Imagine walking through a snowy forest on a calm afternoon and you've got this. Throw is average. On the whole, this isn't what I expected but I absolutely love it.
  12. Every leaf tells a story. This starts out like the perfect autumn scent on me. It literally is dry leaf meets a fresh sugar cookie straight from the oven. Half an hour later, the dry leaf predominates and the sugar cookie recedes into a faint bakery smell. But still very nice. I think this is my favorite of the dead leaves line.
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    Romans 13:8

    Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Almond, wild fig, red rose petals, cardamom, and oudh. Absolutely beautiful. At first sniff, it reminded me of Bastet but then it became more complex and turned into a very warm smell dominated by almond and cardamom, with a hint of red rose. If it evokes anything, it's a Middle Eastern bazaar on a warm desert night. I normally don't do rose well and I worried about this working - but this is an occasion when the rose takes a back seat and lets the other notes dominate. I just love it.
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    A View of Cascading Cherry Blossoms

    Like the first reviewer said, this does remind me of a Bath and Body or Victoria Secret scent. Feminine, light, girlish. The cherry blossoms are the strongest note on me, not quite drowning out the strawberries, and I get very little musk. What's nice - and this is where it deviates from a mall scent - is that there's nothing fake or chemical about it. This reminds me of how a woman would smell at a fancy outdoor dinner party on a spring evening. I've already tried partnering it with Eat the Strawberries and Pink Moon and both work beautifully for those of you who like it pink.
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    Egg Nog Gingersnap Hair Gloss

    Perfectly warming, spiked with a splash of spiced rum. I was nervous about buying this. It sounded beautiful, but I was worried it would become overwhelming as time wore on. Luckily, that doesn't happen. This is heavier on the gingerbread than eggnog, and it works perfectly. It smells like your kitchen on a winter afternoon when you're baking for a holiday party. Rich and cozy without being too sweet. And it lingers beautifully - the following day I could still smell it. Really glad I got this.