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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


    Baklava, is that you? This blend is almost a ringer for the sweet, sticky, nutty baklava I used to get at a Mediterranean takeout place near my last home. It's a little more almond-scented, which is lovely, but otherwise quite like that pastry's aroma at first. Warm, syrupy honeyed almond pastry with some sweet fig and a little cinnamon. I don't notice any overt myrrh until after drydown; even then, it blends well and just gives the perfume a touch of the non-gourmand.
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    Cade leather! Surprisingly, I get a cade-juniper scent as the first impression, and a little smoky leather follows close after. Not a berry to be found (sadly). After a few minutes, black currant creeps out, but it's shy and hides under the leather. I love the Lab's black currant notes and always hope for a black currant-heavy blend that works on my skin. The leather has become the most prominent note in this by now, with just airy hints of cade and black currant. Later, I get more of a leathery, dark berry black musk. The berry remains faint, though. This one may fill out with time.
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    2020 Aesthetic

    Sweet and tart black raspberry and cherry (or raspberry and black cherry -- something smells like a darker fruit) jam. This is a fun fruity jam scent. I didn't anticipate the darker fruit scent I'm getting from something here, and I love it. I want to find the food version and smear it on a scone.
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    Gen Z Feminist Cenobite

    Feminist Cenobyte opens as a pink cherry ZOT to the nose, like a pink lightning strike in a comic. The cherry is pinkish-red, syrupy, and maraschino-like. I don't smell anything else at first. The cherry settles down quickly on me. It's still present after drydown, but as a cherry wisp, soft and close to the skin. Also after drydown, I get faint impressions of citrus, probably from the chypre. On the whole, the blend stays a bit faint and hollow on me after drydown, which has sometimes meant it needs time to rest... a week to a few months, maybe.
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    #2 Pencil

    I love this and it will definitely become a bottle. Tart Honeycrisp apples (with a bit of that honey quality to them that Honeycrisp has), a little clean tea, and lots of cedar pencil shavings or cedar chest. Jasmine is present, but only as a light accent note that blends well into the apples and tea. Some of the honey impression I'm getting from the Honeycrisp could be the honeycomb; it reads at first like a part of the Honeycrisp apple type. I also get a little pinkness in this, reminding me of little pink flowers. In drydown, the honey impression grows a little and the apple tartness settles down. After drydown, the cedar is the strongest note, but it's still blended with the melange of other notes and the whole smells sweet and delightful.
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    Between Classes

    Pink laundry: flowery, cottony, clean, and powdery. Between Classes is a floral, cottony-clean laundry blend. I'm getting a lot of floral from this -- more than just carnations and lavender, I think of peony and sweet pea and other such sweet, innocent blooms. The carnation is even only faintly spicy; everything in this blend has been gentled and softened for a gentle occasion. ETA: Long after drydown, I get pink roses from this.
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    Our Little Crypt Ghoul

    Oh, I like this. A lot. (Drat!) Cozy but tart apple cider, dried sage and grass, with a little backyard dirt and dandelions. A bit after drydown, it seems that there is also... a little light brown musk? Once this dries, I get occasional whiffs of soft, fuzzy, dry-grass musk that reminds me of Coyote. I wonder if "squirreltail" isn't just a grass, here... But then that settles back into the blend, if it was ever even a thing. Ghost squirrel! After that, this is a mild cider and dried grass blend. It's cider in a field, and it makes me want to drink a cold hard cider... in a field.
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    Étienne De Boray Oak

    Gorgeous country oak blend. Ellocentipede's description is spot on: This is a happy memory of oak trees, and the sun-limned fields and scattered woods around them, tinted a deeper gold in the remembering, like some honeyed sepia. Oak trees, Spanish moss, and golden honey on a natural ground of oakmoss and little mushrooms, and scattered other earth-stuff: faint impressions of leaves, grass, and needles, and even a little whiff of lavender. Alongside Forest of the Empress and the Forest in Winter at Sunset, this could become one of my favorite woodsy blends.
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    Aoedae, Melete, Mneme

    Aoedae seems to have something in it like the butter note from White Larry, and also something almost plastic-like. I can smell sugary vanilla cream, and a little caramel, and a little sandalwood if I hunt for it, but the odd butter-plastic is standing out in front. On the wand, Aoedae smells buttery to me, but not plasticky, so safe to say the latter part is my skin doing a thing. I don't usually have issues with blends turning plastic on me, but this appears to be an exception.
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    Banana Bread

    I smell the sticky-ripe banana-ness of this one even as I open it two feet away. This opens as the stickiest, banana-est bread you might ever know. It smells too sticky to detach from my finger into my mouth. As in DiesMali's review, the banana smells kinda overripe -- almost mushy -- but it's baked into a warm banana bread with a nice light spice to it. The spice and bread become more prominent for me as this dries. The sticky banana also settles down. This is a fun gourmand blend.
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    Baby’s First Chainsaw

    This is a curiosity and an oddity, the way black grease oozes out, and then blends right into chocolate. Brain: Urg, motor-oily black grease... brown grease... chocolate, is that you? The cookie note is there with the chocolate, but Brain is a little too hung up on the weird grease-to-chocolate progression to notice it much. With drydown, the notes become less sequential and more blended. This may not be for me, but it's definitely a Glad I Tried It.
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    Baby’s First Ballista

    Surprisingly oak-forward! Deep, rich oak -- an oak of antiquities -- set with a dish of vanilla beans. Perhaps for a spell. I'm barely catching any cookie. It's like a faint, sweet, fresh-baked fragrance drifting in from the kitchen, while you're studying at an oak desk. With a dish of vanilla beans beside you. The cookie scent grows as the blend develops, as though they've come out of the oven now. Cozy, domestic, contenting.
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    Perfectly Normal Childhood

    Sugar-cardamom fairy! Oodles of sugary, cake battery cardamom. And then, after a moment, floofs of vanilla marshmallows. Very foodie. The cardamom takes this down one notch from Xtreme Gourmand. Also, this is cozy. A dream scent for soft, enfolding winter blankets.
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    Walking My Daughter to Class

    This was quite pretty and would be a win for most Dorian lovers. On me, Dorian led the other notes in strength, but the orange-bergamot, lavender, and bourbon vanilla were close behind. I never noticed oakmoss. This blend is sweet, and almost made me think I'd layered Dorian with Pere Noel -- but this smelled more fresh and less candylike.
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    Starting out, this was teak laced with iron and pine resin, and just a whiff of tobacco. While drying, the metal grew to dominate the scent. After drydown, this went full cologne, with the earlier notes of wood and metal but minor players within it.