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    The light's bright, it's just not always on...
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  1. LizziesLuck


    I bought this from the Lab last Yule, somehow lost it in a box of decants waiting to be listed for sale and just found it now - get it together, Liz! LOL. Wet: This does not smell like a Yule scent at all, it's all summery coconut and honeysuckle. It's really gorgeous. I was actually having an issue where none of the honeysuckle scents I had were quite doing it for me this past spring, so I feel like this might replace them when spring rolls around again! I am loving the combo of coconut and honeysuckle, it's tropical and fresh and lush. Lovely! Dry: The honeysuckle kind of takes over, but it still has a creamy, tropical vibe that I really like. I can see reaching for this a lot in the spring.
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    Anathema Device

    I've had this for ages and have been avoiding it - every time I open the bottle I smell bubblegum! I hate bubblegum so I kept thinking, why on earth did I buy this? Wet: OK so it only smells weirdly of bubblegum for like, 2 seconds, and then I get that amazing tart-sweet blackcurrant that I love so much, and the amber that I love so much, and hints of amber and sandalwood, all of which I love and which caused me to purchase this (duh!). The blackcurrant in this has this added perfumey edge that is to-die-for! It smells so real. The undercurrent of dry sandalwood-vanilla is lovely. The amber lends just the right sweetness, without taking away from the tartness of the fruit. Gorgeous. Dry: Doesn't morph much, loses a bit of its tartness, but the currant note stays true. I quite like this, and am annoyed with myself for not testing it sooner.
  3. LizziesLuck

    They Shut Me Up in Prose

    I totally forgot I even ordered this, I am so scatterbrained lately. Then I totally forgot WHY I ordered it. Now I have remembered and am stoked to actually try it! This starts out a clean, slightly woody, slightly "green" vanilla on me, which is lovely. It brings to mind early spring, which sounds lovely as I watch the snow out my window. I was worried about the Frankincense (I am also worried about the Frank, he's loud and stompy and obnoxious and he drowns everyone else out) but so far I can't even detect it, except for maybe a hint of golden richness underneath the clean vanilla and green - a tiny ray of sunlight through damp leaves. This feels so much more outdoorsy than expected. I quite love it. It's rich yet light, sweet without any sense of being cloying. I could happily smell like this most days. Lovely.
  4. LizziesLuck

    Harlow's Lace

    Something in this is very caramelized. And the cognac is almost effervescent, or maybe that's the musk. So far, totally not what I was expecting of anything including "puppy musk", but I don't dislike it. It has that unmistakeable sweet and clean yet somehow also gritty and dirty "lace" quality that I have come to love so much in most of the Laces I have. More and more it weirdly reminds me of something - it look a while for me to put my finger on it. I had this old slightly "stale" bar of Lush Honey I Washed The Kids soap - this smells like that did, which is still pretty fantastic. It's not a honey note that I have smelled from BPAL before. I'm into it. If I had to describe this is would be "weirdly antique caramelized honey". I am sure I will wear it, but I don't need the two bottles I accidentally ordered.
  5. LizziesLuck

    Sip of Glass

    I amp the lab's champagne note to the very highest heaven, and so I can tell you without a doubt that the "grapes" note is very much in the form of champagne, or a note so similar to be identical to my nose. That's all I get here. The Lab's champagne note always manages to be effervescent, while also being soapy and "buttery" at the same time. I should hate it, but I don't. Still, it's single note champagne on me, I don't get any other notes.
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    Alice Monaghan

    This is lovely - a light, perfumey, elegant, sweet, soft floral sort of vibe. It feels classic, somehow familiar. Comfortable. Like when you get a hug from a beloved relative and you catch a whiff of her scent on you later. I guess in that way, it smells like someone else, and not me. There's something pale and creamy underneath. I like it, but I don't know that I will reach for it often - I can tell it won't last on my skin, it's already fading away. Still, it's very pretty and comforting, though also very not me.
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    Mother's Hot Ghosts

    I don't know why I felt the need to try this (OK, yes I did, the name is hilarious and I refuse to accept that oudh/agarwood is always going to smell like poo to me) Amber and white musk sounds like my dream scent right now, and I do like petitgrain, and for whatever reason I just decided to pretend this was not going to smell like poo. It smells like poo. Poo and glittering musk. UGH. Why did I actually put it on my skin? I don't know what I thought might miraculously happen, but it didn't, this still smells like poo, it will always smell like poo. I think if the purpose of this review were to see how many times I could use the word poo, than it has been a success. Poo!! Side note: A bit later, it does smell a lot less like poo, but I am still never going to be willing to go through that initial phase to get to the place where it's less poopy.
  8. LizziesLuck

    Rapture Pig

    As soon as I open the bottle, I smell something very similar to Lush's Rose Jam and wish I had bought a full bottle instead of partial! I have so many rose scents though... On my skin this is not as similar to Rose Jam as I thought, but still as close as I have found in a BPAL. It's great. Super sweet sugary candied rose. Syrupy. You can almost feel the powdered sugar on your tongue. Delightful!
  9. LizziesLuck

    Pine Smoke Hair Gloss

    (Sprayed on skin) Smells pretty much like I hoped, which is to say, like a forest. The pine is really true, no "cat pee" pine here. The incense is soft and subtle, letting the wood shine. The woods are my favourite place on earth, so this scent makes me happy.
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    Snickerdoodle Coffee with Hazelnut Cream Atmosphere Spray

    There's a weird burnt note in this that I don't love. Under that is a super realistic cookie note that I do love. Add them both together and it's just OK. I'll use up my decant.
  11. LizziesLuck

    Le Coucher de la Mariee Hair Gloss

    I'm not using hair gloss on my hair anymore, and already have more than I can ever use up as body spray, but I somehow couldn't resist getting a wee decant of this. On my skin, this is really light and faint, and not at all as awesome as I hoped. Smoky vanilla. I was hoping for something like Liz. There are some similarities, but this is very light. Gossamer, almost. It's nice! I will use up the decant as body moisturizer, but I won't cry when it's all gone.
  12. LizziesLuck

    All Head, All Spine, All Limb, All Loin

    All of these notes sounded great to me, but leather is always iffy. Some is great on me, some horrific and totally unbearable. When this first came in the mail, opening the bottle even gave me a headache from how strong the leather was, so I let it sit a bit before even thinking of trying it on my skin. Wet: Still a lot of leather. The muskiness of the ambergris is really strong, and at first I like the aquatic muskiness of it, but then it reminds me of...some kind of cheese? Not good. NOT GOOD. Dry: The leather calms down a lot and is not too overpowering once it's dry, but there is still some sort of aquatic musky ambergris thing happening that I don't love and still makes me think of cheese. I think this is a chemistry fail. I won't be too sad since I already have so many SO blends.
  13. LizziesLuck

    Snake's Tongue

    Wet: Rich, sweet, smoky, hints of wood and caramelization. Light on the Snake Oil so far. Somehow reminds me of Red Lantern plus Snake Oil, which is all kinds of awesome. Sexy. Dry: Dries a lot softer than plain SO. Still smoky, sweet and sexy though. I like it, and am sure it'll only get better with age.
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    A Chance Meeting in Springtime

    Ugh, I am so behind on testing things! Wet: Something green and wet. Slightly soapy. Hints of wood. A tiny bit of fruit. I'm not making this sound great I'm sure, but it's very pleasant. Not really a smell I want to wear, but it smells like it would be a good "house smell". Clean, airy, sweet. Nice. Dry: The fig takes on a less green and slightly more floral note as it dries. It's very nice, soft and pretty, just not really me.
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    Pulmonary Valve

    Wet: Interesting. The tobacco is very dry and woody, also slightly dirty in a way that reminds me of one of the lab's patchouli notes. I'm sadly not getting the carrot seed or musk, which was what I was hoping for. This has none of that, it's all about the earthy tobacco. Which is really surprising, because usually tobacco flower smells nothing like actual tobacco to me, but that's the only note listed that could possibly smell like what I am smelling. Either that or this was labelled wrong... Dry: Much the same - mostly dry, earthy, slightly woody tobacco. I do get tiny hints of carrot seed, but not what I wanted. This type of tobacco is not my fave. Not for me! Smells almost nothing like the listed notes. Disappointing.