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  1. purestmaiden_

    Queen Mab's Lace

    On my skin, this scent is predominately fresh grass and vanilla lace, underlaid with musk, lilacs, and honeysuckle. The combination of grass and vanilla put me in mind of last anniversary's Smug Yale Alchemy Lab, though this scent is more floral and a bit "darker" than that.
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    Tea Roses and Lace

    This was an interesting scent. Based on the name, I expected it would be very rose-forward. However, on my skin it's predominately cookie crumbs, black tea, and vanilla lace with a small whiff of tea roses in the background. It smells very foodie, like a Victorian tea party. I like it quite a bit but not at all what I expected.
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    Forget Me Not

    On my skin, this scent is mostly dried rose petals. I get a very faint whiff of sweet rice (think rice candy) in the background with hardly any sandalwood- it basically just smells like a very fancy rose perfume. There's also another salty/buttery scent in the background. I really like it, though. It reminds me of the salty "tear" scent of The Spirit Bridegroom, though the roses of that scent smelled "fresher" than the dried roses here. They are similar enough that I wouldn't recommend buying both unless you are an indiscriminate hoarder of rose scents like me.
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    Eat Me

    Normally I don't go for foodie scents, but this scent definitely changed my mind. On my skin, it smells like a sweet, extremely buttery yellow cake fresh from the oven. The vanilla note is the most prominent, followed by what smells like butter (sounds weird but this is not a complaint). I can slightly smell the currants if I reeeeeally sniff but they are a truly minor player in this scent. If you are looking for a more currant-heavy scent, I would suggest All Souls'. This scent is mostly cake, though that isn't a bad thing by any stretch!
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    A Young Woman Appealing to a Witch

    I ordered this scent on a complete whim because I was intrigued by the "toadstools" note, and I wasn't disappointed. On my skin, it's primarily a honey scent with a whiff of cream while wet. The bog cypress and myrrh creep in to give a slightly herbal scent, almost like a wildflower or sage honey. As the scent dries, the rose becomes more apparent. It never overpowers the honey but it's always easy to pick out. The moss and toadstools ground the sweetness of the scent and prevent it from veering into "cloying" territory by adding a hint of vegetal "bogginess". Definitely wasn't sure if I would like this, but it's one of my favorite scents and I'm definitely going to need to find a backup (or two!).
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    Petite Planchette

    I'm reviewing the 2019 version of this scent. This is the perfect sweet resin blend. The "polished woods" scent predominates, although as others have noted the scent is more evocative of, say, a bannister that's been polished by hundreds of hands running over its surface than a "wood polish" scent. Frankincense and myrrh round the scent out, and the vanilla starts to peek out on drydown (though it never predominates). Although my skin typically amps honey scents to "Honey SN" status, I actually don't get any honey from this blend at all beyond the general sweetness of the vanilla.
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    The Blue Window Hair Gloss

    I agree with other reviewers that this is for orris lovers! On my hair, it's primarily orris and rose, with a bit of light blue musk floating in the background. It's a very light and ethereal scent, and it has good staying power but very low throw. I've never been able to smell the blackcurrant in this blend for some reason, but I also use a vaguely fruity-scented shampoo so it might blend into that.
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    Cushing Manor

    I bought this scent on a whim, and what a pleasant surprise! Wet, it primarily smelled like sweet, boozy rum. Once it dried down, it smelled like a combination of carnations, rum, and whiskey with a hint of wood in the background to balance everything out. I did find that I had to let this one rest for a bit, though. The first time I tried it, it smelled like pencil shavings soaked in cheap whiskey. It wasn't until the second try that it really developed into a more balanced scent.
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    Bears of Berlin

    I found this scent to be very sweet and cloying on my skin. The brown musk, tonka, and clove were nowhere to be found- it was all buttered rum and sweet, sticky honey. It had great throw and long wear length. I liked it, although I don’t think I will reach for it much.
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    Dreadful Snowglobe

    I was hoping I’d get grapefruit and bois de rose from this scent. In my decant it smells very musky with hints of clove and glass. The clove vanished as soon as it hit my skin and all I got was the lab’s “glass” note (which I love) and red musk (which smells like baby poop on my skin). If you like red musk and it plays well with your skin chemistry I think this would be a lovely scent! But it’s not for me.
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    Rapture Pig

    Two of my first BPAL purchases were Candy Phoenix and Two, Five, and Seven, and back in the day I used to layer them sometimes. This smells EXACTLY like the combination of the two and I’m in love. It’s a perfect lush rose scent with a heaping helping of sugared currant thrown in!
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    C’est ici l’Empire de la Mort

    I get sandalwood and balsam with a bit of ambergris and moss in the background. I agree with Atrous that it smells extremely “perfumey,” even though the notes read as very masculine. It had great throw and wear length on me. Normally, I’m more of a floral scent gal, but I enjoyed this. It’s also the first scent in a couple months that my guy has commented on, and he loved it. I’m thinking I’ll get a bottle since it’s very different from anything else I own.
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    Galerie des Glaces

    I bought this out of curiosity and I’m glad I did! It’s one of the rare amber scents that doesn’t turn to powder on me. This scent is primarily amber on my skin, with a whiff of the “glass” note and a sweet musk on the drydown. There’s also a sweetness that I’m assuming is the “poison” note but I can’t pinpoint just what the scent is. I know it doesn’t share many notes, but Galerie des Glaces really reminds me of the perfume my mother wore when I was younger (Dior’s Poison).
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    Injured Dickchest Alchemy Lab

    I was really surprised by this scent based on the notes. In my decant it smells like vanilla and green tea, with a weird sharp scent that reminds me of citrus. On my skin, it smells like citrus Lysol with a hint of rotting fruit underneath. At first the vanilla was quite prominent, so I was hoping it would drown out the cleaner scent. Unfortunately, I was not so fortunate. The weird cleaner scent gets stronger and starts to take on overtones of cheap men’s cologne as the day wears on. This has great throw and wear length. Unfortunately, it gives me a headache- which is a pity because it lasted for 24+ hours and through several attempts to wash it off. All of these notes are usually a win for me, so I’m a little confused as to why this scent is *so* bad on my skin chemistry.
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    Jupiter Nourished by the Goat Amalthea

    I ordered a decant of this to test. In the vial, it smells like honeyed bread and goat’s milk. The lab’s goat’s milk note usually fades quickly on my skin, so I was expecting a “bread” scent. Unfortunately, this smells like burnt coconutty plastic on me. It has a depressingly long wear length and medium throw, and even after I washed it off mid-morning I still caught whiffs of it throughout the day. On someone else this would have likely been a lovely scent but it was awful with my skin chemistry and the scent of coconut disgusts me, so it was a loss on my end.