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About ladybird

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  • Birthday 09/23/1975


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  • Favorite Scents
    Pink Moon 07, Hermia, Titania, Dolce Stil Nuovo, Dublin, Glasgow, Bess, Vice (in that order). My new quest is to gather as much Pink Moon 07 as possible - I'm madly in love with it! In general, I like fruity and floral notes; and don't like earthy and musky ones.


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  1. ladybird

    High-Strung Daisies

    Mmmmm, sweet flowery bubblegum! I had very high hopes for this scent - the carnation and sugar made me hope for something like Pink Moon 07 which is one of my all-time favorites, and the pink pepper reminded me of Hermia, which is another of my most-loved scents. So I was expecting a spicier Pink Moon or sweeter Hermia. Instead, the sweetness comes to the forefront and the pepper is hardly there at all. The daisy comes out much more when it dries, but the carnation is still very subtle. There's a fruitiness from somewhere, too, which I think is what gives it that bubblegum feel. It's a fun, girly, pink scent - definitely a keeper!
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    I was a little scared when I saw the patchouli and musk in the description, because those are notes that don't like me and I don't like them. But I'm happy to report that I'm not smelling those notes at all! On me, Croquet is sweet citrus, mostly lime, mixed with a soft flowery note. The nectarine sweetens and tones down the rose so it doesn't get too overpowering. It's a lovely springy scent!
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    Coral Snake (2006)

    The Jewish holiday of Passover is coming up, and one of the traditional foods for that holiday is charoset. It's a mixture of chopped apples, cinnamon, raisins, and nuts, all soaked in wine. It's delicious... ...and that is exactly what Coral Snake smells like. Mostly apples, with a few other sweet scents hovering in the background, and maybe a hint of spice. It's a nice scent, and I really like charoset, but I'm not sure I want to go around smelling like it all the time
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    Snake Oil

    I too have been hearing everyone rave about Snake Oil, and thought that it was time to see what everyone was talking about. raspberryswirlgirl was kind enough to frimp me a bit of well-aged Snake Oil (from 2005), and so I tried it... ...and oh my gosh, this is what all the fuss is about. Oh my gosh. Deep dark warm complex smoky vanilla sexiness. I don't have a Significant Other right now, but I'm going to save this for when I do
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    I've finally gotten my hands on one of the mythical Single Notes, and now I see what all the fuss is about SN Carnation is amazing. Sweet and spicy and flowery, with staying power even in a dainty little drop. This is the scent that made me fall in love with Pink Moon 07, but the SN version is purer and stronger. I want more!
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    Old Moon

    I've been looking for a winter floral for a while, and I was hoping for a little more of those 'traditional lunar herbs and flowers' on this one. Instead, I got pine. Lots of pine. Pine, the whole pine, and nothing but the pine. If you like evergreen scents, then this one is most definitely for you. Unfortunately, it is most definitely not for me!
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    Sugar-Slathered Candied Apple

    I just got a partial decant of this scent, after searching for ages. Oh my gosh, was it worth the wait. When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to this cider mill on the Connecticut River every fall. The whole place had the most heavenly smell of fresh apples - and if my parents were feeling particularly indulgent, they'd let me get a caramel apple. That's what the first few minutes of Sugar-Slathered Candied Apple smell like - regression to New England childhood caramel apples. On drydown, it settles into a mellower apple scent, but it still has some of the same sweetness. Foody scents are hit-or-miss with me, but this is a definite delicious hit! Time to find a full decant (or maybe more!) of this one. I'm going to want it next fall
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    Gingerbread Poppet

    Gingerbread!! Real actual gingerbread, with that glorious mixture of ginger and cloves and nutmeg and ohmygosh it smells delicious... ...and disappears in about two seconds flat. But for those two seconds, it's delicious.
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    Madame Tracy

    Wet: ROSE!! and VIOLET!! And when it dries, it gets powdery, and...well...old-ladyish. I suppose if there were any scent that smelled like old-lady perfume, it should be the one named after an old lady I suspect that my skin's tendency to amp up rose is partly to blame for poor Madame Tracy's failure. But still, this one is not a keeper. Alas!
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    Long Night Moon

    For just a second, I get a faint hint of what Long Night Moon should smell like. Cool, aquatic, pale misty flowers - the winter floral I've been looking for. And then it goes all wrong. It smells like plastic! It smells like hospitals! Wah! I need to figure out which of the many notes is doing this to me...
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    Lady Una

    Wet: Sweet honey and vanilla, very full and sensual. (Is it just the quotation that accompanies the description that's got my mind thinking in those directions, or is this a really sexy scent?) Dry: A little fruitier and lighter - the blackberries are coming through now. But the honey is still dominant, and it's still summery, sweet, sensual, and other things starting with S. I'm on the fence about whether to keep this one. On the one hand, I'm not sure if I'll ever be in the right mood to wear it. On the other...like Fairy Market, this scent keeps making me sniff my wrist, trying to figure out what it's all about, and trying to get those elusive bits of summer. Mm. I just sniffed again. I think I'll keep it.
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    La Vague

    Beautifully balanced! In the imp, it smells sweet and peachy, but on the skin it's a perfect balance between peach and floral. The rose and jasmine (usually among my nemesis scents) are staying in the background - the dominant flowers are the more delicate ones. The flowers keep the peach from being too overly sweet; the fruit keeps the flowers from being too perfumey. It's like Titania, but a little more floral. Sadly, it seems to fade pretty quickly, but it's so lovely that I'm going to stick with it and keep it anyway. This is a beautifully light and balanced scent, perfect for spring!
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    El Dia de los Reyes

    OMG LOVE! LOVE!!! ahem. Right. Using actual words now. This is a gorgeous wonderful scent. It goes on as mocha, warm and chocolatey with just a hint of coffee. Then as it dries, the cinnamon starts to come forward - it really does smell like Mexican chocolate! It even has a tiny fruity note that really really good chocolate has. And best of all - none of the horrible maple-syrup that creamy/foody notes tend to give me! Oh my gosh, I am in love with this scent! Chocoholics, check it out! This will keep you warm and happy all winter
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    Wheeee, it's a Chanukah scent! With sugar and... ...and WAH. It's got cream in it. tartchef, I had the exact same reaction - it smells just like Misk U and Gluttony, which means it smells like unhappy maple syrup. whimper. No Chanukah present for me from BPAL this year!
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    Vampire Tears

    Thank you, steelxrose!! I thought I was going nuts when I thought this one smelled like Misk U in the bottle I'm not sure if it's the honeysuckle that's giving it the creamy/sweet/foody scent, but it smelled exactly like Misk U to me too - and that made me Very Afraid, since Misk U didn't work at all on me. Fortunately, the creaminess didn't last. On the skin wet, it smells much more citrusy, but still with that honey sweetness; as it dries, the honey/cream/sweet fades away almost entirely, leaving only citrus. It's interesting, and as always I admire the complexity of the lab's scents, but I don't think this one is for me.