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    Beeswax, honey, smoke, cashmere/cotton/linen, citrus, jasmine, lavender, rose, milk and cream, vanilla, smooth patchouli, wildflowers, grasses and meadows, woods and forests


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  1. Casablanca

    A Hundred Years Ago

    A Hundred Years Ago is a fresh, green, sweet, and almost minty blend. I wouldn't guess there was any vetiver in this: the green vetiver simply smells soft and green to me. It blends with sweet citrus from the verbena and bergamot, and a fresh, slightly ozone, almost minty sea mist lays over it all. If I had a bottle of this, I'd put it with my other ocean scent, but it could fit well among other spa scents for any who group things that way. It actually reminds me most of A Balmy 26 Degrees (green tea, aloe, eucalyptus, icy lemon, and French sage), which I tore through a bottle of. This is different, but there's a similar vibe... A Hundred Years Ago stays very close to the skin on me through its life and, unfortunately, it also fades quickly.
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    Good Ship Venus

    Although it's close to the skin on me, this does remind of a salted wooden plank on a ship at first. But it soon warms into a woody spice blend (I think of cardamom, allspice, and pepper over a worn, woody patchouli), and the saltiness recedes. The tonka is also soon noticeable, and a nice touch. With the salt also in play, the pale tonka scent almost reminds of sea foam. I could see tonka + salt as a conceptual sea foam. If this perfume ages as my spice blends usually do, the spice will grow a bit in strength over time. The patchouli is already smooth in this blend, but it might become still more so with age.
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    Strawberries & Honeycomb

    This is a bowl of bright, juicy, ebullient strawberries, with a bit of honey drizzled around, smoothing things out. In drydown, I get more of the honey. It has a chewy quality, which is possibly the "-comb," that is completely drawing me in. I didn't expect to want a bottle of this one, but the honeycomb is making a sucker of me.
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    Asleep in the Deep

    Freshly on, in the first few seconds, Asleep in the Deep opens with plain airy salt on my skin. (I tend to amp salt.) Dark plum shortly follows, a plum with both purple and blue, possibly the plum blending with indigo benzoin. A little opium creeps in, and we have a salt-encrusted dark plum tinged with opium. After drydown, Asleep is primarily salt on my salt-amping skin, but with a lovely background of dark, smoky, watery complexity. It's not that I'm getting a literal aquatic note, but the darkness, purple, and blue are standing in for it conceptually, and the opium adds a little dark and dreamy smoke. Salt and opium don't normally do much for me. But I nabbed a decant of this on a sparkling whim, and I'm pleased I did. It is resonating for me, albeit in a curious, Alice-in-Wonderland kind of way.
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    The Wellerman

    Soon may the wellerman come... and here he is. He is surprisingly dark and fruity on my skin. To open, I get a lovely sugar note, a dark and fruity rum, and a little whiff of faintly astringent black tea. This isn't a sharp booze at all; rather, it's a soft, sweet, dark, and fruity booze that reminds me more of the "booziness" of Smut than straight-up alcohol. Perhaps that's why this also smells a little musky to me, though less so than Smut. Not to leave another "X and X had a baby" perfume review, but I'm going to. 😏 The Wellerman sits on me like Smut and Sugar Skull had a baby. Y'know, I'm kinda digging it... After drydown, I also get a touch of warm spice in the blend. This is nice, a bit more holiday now. ETA: A friend tested my decant of this, and the blend was different enough on her skin for me to postscript this review. What on me was a sweetly dark and fruity booze, on her went brown and caramel-like, like caramelized sugar. She had no fruitiness and little booziness; instead she got an almost coffee-like caramelized sugar. She smelled it on her, smelled it on me, and said, β€œWhat the fuck?” Good times. Your mileage (or sea leagues) may vary.
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    Black Currant & Vetiver

    This one's name, Vetiver & Blackcurrant, reflects its note strength. Both on the wand and freshly on skin, this is *vetiver* and then some blackcurrant warms up in the mix later. The vetiver shows up on me as dry and woody with a bit of charred smokiness. Actually, it reminds me of wood that looks dry, but is a bit damp internally and takes a long time to burn. When it does burn, it produces little flame, but it chars and smokes. Blackcurrant casts a shade of dark sweetness over the wood in drydown. This is a welcome change, bringing some fullness... The scent of a dark, forgotten wood with many dark fruits and a few dark animals, but no sun, no visitors, and no movie soundtrack. I'm actually really kind of digging this. It's possibly the signature scent of my inner Queen of Darkness, inasmuch as we all carry the archetype.
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    Wolf Moon 2021

    Freshly on: Sweet green grasses, dried grasses, and a light whiff of balsam. This balsam is reading as a bit honeyed to me. Oh, this lists beeswax. I'm not getting beeswax, per se, but just a touch of honey. πŸ™‚ I tend to amp balsam, so I'm glad it's reading as light on me. Dried: Grasses, with a green and slightly bitter grassy edge and a bit of airy sweetness. A faint resinous and balsamic quality forms a backdrop.
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    Red Apple, Black Tea, Frankincense, and Vetiver

    I received this as a frottle and it is a full winner for me. Freshly applied, a sweet Red Apple leads, gliding along on the arm of Black Tea, waving at the crowd. (I feel like there is a crowd.) A sophisticated vetiver-frankincense base soon arrives to support them. As this dries, the combination is lovely. Black Tea, Vetiver, and Frank add an attractive depth. The three of them together keep reminding me of leather. When I checked which event this was for, I wasn't surprised, because this blend has had me picturing an NYC leather-heavy red carpet event. While NYCC is not exactly red carpet, it can have the long lines to get in, so it has the outside crowd in common.
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    The Sunlight and the Moonlight Fall from Thee

    I received this as a frottle! Applied and scented without looking at the notes, I got frankincense, something honeysuckle-amberish, and a tiny whiff of something spicy-dry. The latter two seem to be how I read the lily-tuberose and black pepper. At first, I don't get any blood-red to these lilies, but rather, something roundly floral, golden, and honey-adjacent. This is more like a fat-petalled golden tuberose. But starting in drydown, some red peers through. I believe the lilies are coming out more here. This is an interesting blend, but far too floral for my tastes, so I'll see about passing it along to some other unsuspecting soul.
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    Pomegranate Sufganiyot

    I mean... It's a sufganiyot. Yum. This has the cozy, sugary pastry scent you may have come to know and love. The fruit part is closest to that in Fig and Cranberry Sufganiyot, among the ones I've tried. This one lists a little cranberry, so it's not a stretch. I'm really enjoying the tart red jamminess of the pom-cran-currant combination. I'm getting low on the Fig and Cranberry, and this would be a delightful next chapter in the sufganiyot narrative.
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    The Cherry-Tree Carol

    Bold red cherries blanketed in white and pink rose petals and backed by rosewood or pinkish wood. Lots of reddish-pink to go around in this one. In drydown, I find a little texture coming in from berries and frankincense, and then smoothness from the resinous amber. These notes add weight to the blend after a more whimsical opening. The scent also becomes heavily perfumey in this stage -- too much so for me. This perfume reminds me of a red- and pink-painted wooden carousel at an incense carnival.
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    Meigetsu Ya

    I love red mandarin. This is a bright and juicy red mandarin -- like the mandarin version of a blood orange, where the sweet citrus has that bit of a raspberry-ish twist. The frost has a bit of sweet mint but also leans toward clean freshness, like eucalyptus. Somehow it also gives the impression of being a light frosty coat, like a layer of dust or a sugar coating. This is a simple, likable blend, and I'm low on snow note perfumes. πŸ™‚
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    This perfume is a love letter to patchouli. Smoky incense wafts off the page, clove plays in the margins, and the love letter's language is weighted with burgundy tar and woods.
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    Oatmeal and Apple Spice Cookies

    Spiced, cooked apple backed by nuts and comfy oatmeal cookies. At first, this has a spiced apple focus, but nuts and oatmeal cookies soon come out. Ample brown sugar appears in early drydown. I'd like to spend some time in this kitchen. The blend as a whole is nearly woody in its combined notes -- and, when it first arrived, I thought I was getting some traces of wood notes stashed away in it. I love the effect. This is the welcoming scent of a cozy brown and wood-toned country kitchen, and I'm more than a little tempted to bottle.
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    Mari Lwyd

    2020 Dusty lavender, plain cakes sweetened with a little honey, and a grainy note I take to be the ale. Definitely getting an image of a dusty drinking hall for this one. Somehow this smells like an older fragrance to me, even made fresh for this past Yule.