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  1. clockworkcrypt

    Sweet Strawberry Gingerbread

    This is a gooey jammy strawberry on me, backed by gingerbread spice faintly in the background. I'm also not getting any mint, but there's some sweet vanilla backing, and its. quite nice, it's a touch artificial, but in a pleasant way!
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    The Drum Bridge and Yuhi Hill at Meguro

    This isn't anything I would have picked out for myself, but an imp crossed my path, so I figured I'd try it. It's all ti-leaf on me for the first hour or so, but it becomes more and more cherry blossom dominant as time progresses, with possibly hint of ylang ylang creeping in there. It's snowy and springy, but the cherry blossom and I are not meshing together as friends, it's not me, and it all seems to be going straight to my sinuses. I'm glad I got to try it as it passed through, as it confirmed some of my suspicions about these sort of springy scents, and I look forward to being able to pass it on to another home. If you like cherry blossom, this is a must for you!
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    Honey and Beeswax scents

    Unrelated, but when crashing with a friend a bit back I had the opportunity to test some stuff that didn't work for me on them and let me just say.... I see why y'all love honey now, it goes odd on my skin but on them? Pure bliss. Needless to say they got a few imps 😜
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    2019 version This is a lovely note, and reminds me of the snow note used in 2018's Knecht Repurget a lot. Fresh on it's sweet snow, more towards the minty side of things than the snow white side of things, but sweetened up, like someone poured the snow note from Cloister Graveyard over a bowl of something sweet and creamy. There's a blast of fir, similar to older versions of Knecht Ruperchet as well, which calms down and fades behind the snow after an hour or so. It's more of a snow scent than a tree one, but I'd rather see the woods through the trees. I'm also picking up a sweeter kick, which reads a little bit like almond to me, and a trace of the birch, but it's all under a lovely creamy snow note. It's absolutely a cousin to Knecht Repurget, and a sister scent to The Country Gets Wilder as We Go, but it reads a little softer and sweeter.
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    Peach Brandy

    I've had this for about a year now, and it's one of those rare scents I bought that I really just *have*. It needed another decant to make an order so I threw it into mine. It's a nice peach, but fermented, like a peach soaked in moonshine rather than a fresh peach off the vine. This immediately reads as boozy, but not necessarily brandy, or at least the cheap brandy I'm used to. Like zankoku said, this reads as an herbal moonshine, rather than a sweet brandy booze. After about an hour the booze burns off, but during that time it's very much like you've splashed a fancy drink on you, so beware if you're headed to a polite society function because you WILL smell like booze. After that it dries down into a soft, close to the skin peach scent, with a slight herbal underneath.
  6. This dosent help at all but I remember it being very similar to paper Phoenix on my skin, so much so at my 3 bottle collection at the time had me swap it away. It's probably not easier to get a hold of more of that either. I know Dorian is sort of a spiritual cousin to it as well.
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    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!