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  1. clockworkcrypt

    Mouse Circus

    I have no idea how old this is, as I got a bit of a bottle from a lovely forumite, and it's absolutely lovely. It starts out very kettle corn, not so much a fresh in your face caramel, but more of a "you're at an outdoor event and you feel it drifting towards you on a hot summers day" That is to say it's absolutely perfect, and has just the right mix of sweet and buttery notes, with a touch of popcorn underneath to really keep you grounded. An hour or two later this dries down and more of the vanilla comes out, miraculously on me with a hint of the labs elusive cotton candy note! . I think the vanilla really helps to boost the sweetness of this, and ground everything together, it keeps the caramel corn note from going off into the deep end, and brings up the perfect amount of cotton candy to really anchor this into a final dry down of a vanilla cotton candy, with a salty buttery scent lurking underneath. The wood dosen't overtake this for me, but wood tends to play nicely on my skin, so I think it's doing it's part grounding the note and staying comfortable in the background, mingling in with the popcorn note. It's something I was intrigued with, but never would have gotten a full bottle on a whim and I am very much glad to be able to have a bit of it, it's fun without being too in your face for daily wear, and brings a whimsical fair vibe to whatever you're doing.
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    The Mist was Spreading Home & Linen Spray

    Oh this is not great. This is one of my first experiences with the "bad" oudh, and spritzing this around the room presents a strange combo. Heavy ozone & a dose of heavy oudh, combined with maybe a touch of something else I can't quite identify turn this into straight up choking baby wipes on me. It's chemically, slightly rancid, and terribly strong. Zankoku_zen has the right idea here, DND or halloween, something dreadful coming through the mist that you don't want to stick around long enough to see. It's absolutely not my thing, but if you're into oudh, or enjoy trying interesting scents, this might be the atmo for you!
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    Cacao and Patchouli Root Hair Gloss

    Woah. I got this in a mini decant, so usually I give about 2-3 spritzes to equal a normal bottle spray. I misread my label, and used this as a room spray instead of a hair gloss. This stuff is STRONG. Like in a -oh god i might have just hotboxed the house- level. It's glorious, and oddly nostalgic. When I was a kid my brother had this stuffed moose that smelled of chocolate, and this is giving me a little bit of that, almost a weird warmed velvety vibe to an exceptionally dry chocolate, boarding on straight coco. This is a chewy patch, one I'd reserve for special occasions among special groups, or an evening out- the same category I'd put my bottle of Revenant Rhythm perfume. The patch only intensifies as it settles, and I have a feeling It would be even heavier in my hair. It's def something not meant for the casual wearer, and not something I'd classify as a daytime scent. It's teetering on the edge of being too strong for me, and I'd have to try it in a lighter dose, but something's telling me the teensy spray might be more than enough for my personal use, as RR already more than covers my heavy patch needs. If you love Patchouli, this is not to be missed, you will love this, hoard it, what have you. As for me, I'm more of a rounded patchouli sort of person, and that initial glorious phase of the dry cacao is quickly overtaken by the patch for me. I'll be keeping my decant for those occasional ren fair or night out when I need something to pack a punch for hours, but I think a bottle of this would quite literally last a lifetime for me. Update: It's like 2 am and I cracked a window, since a person I'm living with detests strong patchouli and something started SCREAMING outside. I don't know if it was a squirrel or a particularly nocturnal bird but that's your review from the animal kingdom!
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    Searching for the Perfect Vanilla?

    Oooo, spinning on graves might just be the trick if the grass isn't too heavy! And the other laces sound lovely as well, it's good to know that there are others in the family Augh, I remember considering this but being worried about the Hay! I have no idea how long the Lupers will be up, but if this is still available by the time I make my next lab order (I'm going through a bit of a testing phase right now), I might have to get a bottle, the reviews seem quite favourable!
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    The Anti-Saloon League

    I hate that this dosen't work on me! On paper this should work fantastically, it smells great in the bottle, but I think that cream does weird things on my skin. While it's not bad per se, it dominates over the rootbeer note, and takes on that powdery plastic note that others have mentioned in this thread. Since I was able to acquire a bottle with a fairly good fill amount, I've tested this a few times over the past year or so in different weathers and times to see if there's any time I can get it to work on me, and tragically it seems it and my skin are not meant to be. I'll hopefully find this a good home, because I think this could be amazing on the right skin!
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    Searching for the Perfect Vanilla?

    Apologies to necrobump this, but does anyone know of any vanillas that are similar in feel to Paper Phoenix, aside from the obvious AL and Dorian? I love the nature of Paper Phoenix, and would love to try more scents in a similar feeling
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    Frostbitten TKO

    I've never tried TKO, and my experience with the lab's snow notes are quite hit or miss. This is a lovely scent fresh on, and I see why TKO is so popular, but I've found that do tend to stray more on the herbal and more natural lavender side of the labs lavender notes than the syrupy sweet lavender found in so many of their sweeter scents. It's very reminiscent of the lavender from Lavender & Gingerbread, but there's nothing to ground this for me. The snow note, while lovely, is the powdery coconutish note that I believe is the same as Snow White. It's not my cup of tea, so it's been rehomed to a friend who'se fallen in love with it, but if you're a fan of Snow White, or TKO, this is absolutely for you.
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    Pink Cherry & Pink Pepper

    This is a weird one. It starts off with an intense blast of almond-cherry, which I'm a big fan of. It moves into a peppery stage, which while nice completely dominates the fragrance. It than faded down for another half an hour to almost nothing. Than my skin makes everything go south. It started with a sort of dryness to it, a sweet musty smell, the cherry combining with something unknown in the background. A few hours of strange dry sickly changes later this has gone full play-dough on me, in almost the exact same way that amber does. I have no idea if this has amber in it or if I'm having a strange reaction the the cherry note, as I know the labs pink pepper works on me, but this goes from such a realistic candied cherry almond to something that is a dry slightly salty flour mess on me. I'll be sending this off to a new home, for someone who'se skin lets this evolve in the true candy dream it is in the imp.
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    Miskatonic University’s Pumpkin Patch

    Sugary sweet pumpkin, and the glory of Miskatonic U. If you like the original Miskatonic U, than you'll love this! It's a nice version, like someone took the rattled teakwood of the library and tried to freshen it up with bundles of fall spices and a shot of pumpkin in their coffee. As for me it's a touch too similar to the original to warrant another bottle but it's a fun seasonal variant!
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    Alright alright alright. I'm here to join everyone else in agreeing that this is a mint party, on me it's almost pure peppermint with a sugary base. In fact it reminds me very much so of a certain scent from a brand very much like Grath & Corpse Forge, I'd say specifically some sort of knotted holiday treat? Anyhow, it's very that, christmas in a bottle of sorts, with the labs usual sugar note backing it up, I believe the same one used in Gobo and Gingerbread & Lavender sugar. Now I love apple scents, so right away this was a slight disappointment, but it's still fairly nice! Just not in my usual array, I wish it had something to ground the sugared mint a bit more, but if you love sugary mint, this is a great scent for you, that you can buy year round!
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    Ok, so I have no idea how to review this. This was a frimp, and I never would have tried it otherwise. Chaotic starts out as a men's old timey barbershop vibe on me. Than it quickly fades to a salty skin musk that's somehow still appealing? Than about half an hour or so after application I get a slightly floral red musk party, before it dies wayyy down on me. Or so I thought. I've been getting compliments on how good I smell ALL DAY. One of my friends walked in the room, walked over to me, and started talking about how good I smelled. I can barely smell anything unless it's pressed directly against my wrists, it's a pleasant whirl of sweetened musks, that seems to not contain black or arabian musks, two notes which usually stomp over everything else on me. But apparently to everyone else, this is a magical sexy wide appeal smell with decent throw? I might layer this with other smells, but just based on the compliments today I think this is going to end up to be an imp scraper.
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    Western Small Foot Bat Hair Gloss

    Come on a journey with me. The year is 1936. You're sitting in a restaurant waiting for your food. There are roses on the table. Your date comes, a beautiful starlet. She smells wonderful, so wonderful. You can't quite pick it out, but sweet and intoxicating, and not at all rosy, yet impossibly rosy. You sit there, she smells divine. It's a touch old fashioned, and just a wonderful cloud. You lean in to kiss her. You taste salt. You taste salt? Skin surely. Skin can be salty musk right? You break away, eyes open, and she's melting around your hands. She's soft and.... muted... and doughy. She's made of Play-Dough. You push back your chair to leave. It falls to mush play-dough. You stagger back, knocking over the roses, which flop limply, and collapse into play-dough. You try to run, but it's an ocean of play-dough, and you fall deep down under, to the play-depths bedough. I received Western Small Foot Bat as a lil 5ml decant as a frimp in a swap, and didn't think much of it. Amber NEVER works on me. Patchouli only sometimes works. Roses are heady, and drown out everything. It wasn't until months later I accidentally grabbed this and sprayed it on my sheets, and oh lord. It's DIVINE. Not bad at all, not even individual notes, but a blend making something that smells a little old-fashioned but absolutely lovely and indescribable. It's a shame that my hair and skin do this fun thing where Amber turns to baby powder or Play-Dough on me. This just smells salty in my hair, but honestly? I don't regret owning this, this is FANTASTIC as a linen spray, and I'll gladly use up the tester making my pillow smell like the sweet scent that I wish I could have.
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    Does anyone have any idea if the Crew Neck option tees are fitted?
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    Sherlock Holmes

    Alright, so this is not the best review, but I refuse to try this out again. Sherlock Holmes starts off surprisingly promising, oddly smelling like one of the greenhouses I went to as a kid. This burns off into a brown leather fairly fast, not the best note on me. It mixes with a clean slightly aftershavey scent. However this burns down to a bit of tobacco and oddly... honey? Granted I've never smelled rosin, but I swear this is honey. Hours later, this is honey, honey, honey, with an underlying whiff of tobacco. Tragically due to a chemical spill at work, I never got the long wear, but I don't think this is worth a retest, I know this isn't my scent.
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    Pomegranate IV

    UGH. I fricken love this! If I die. When I die. Toss whatever remains of this into my coffin, because this is one of those scents that was love at first sniff. In the bottle I get deep pomegranate and chocolate, like some outrageously expensive candy you can only dream of having the luxury of having a box full. There's also a bit of chewiness to it, possibly the tobacco. It's a rich deep chocolate, almost a bakers really, not the sickly sweet kind that some perfume takes on but something rich and full and intoxicating. On me it goes a bit odd for a few moments, the cognaic jumping out before being reigned back in. Chocolate and Pomegranate reign over the rest of the blend, lasting well past the 8 hour mark, a surprising win for putting up with a commute, summer heat, and grueling workdays. It's complex and chewy, and one of those scents I keep lifting my wrist to my nose throughout the day. The throw is also surprisingly good on me, it stays close but pleasantly strong, in a way that feels powerful but not overpowering. Tragically, I only have about a decant dregging in the bottle, so I think this will be saved for when I really need that extra vavavoom. It's sexy, it's mysterious, it's an absolute win. Now please, do excuse me while I go back to huffing the bottle.