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    Yum = Leather, tobacco, wood, vetiver, amber, smoke, myrrh, musk. Yuk = Pine, black pepper, lemongrass, lemon, honey.

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    The Moon Goddess

    A golden shower. By that I mean.... yeah. Wet, it's... pee. Oh no. Animal pee cleaned with Pine Sol. How did this happen. Dry... still Pine Sol but it's mellowed somewhat. Astringent and green. Big green clean. Softening into a flowery air freshener type of smell. The dollar-store plastic-tub type of air freshener that I got from Ranger as well. I wanted to test the waters on Pine again after Ranger rolled a critical fail on me, and this is finally proving once and for all that pine just won't work. Eventually the pine recedes entirely and is replaced by a sweet soft hay, a nice veer from something that started out fairly awful on me. The agarwood reads as Oud but a much mellower version than, say, Urd. It quickly dries down into something much more flowery (a white flower note like gardenia), with the soft leather beneath it. The lemon might be what's continuing to pee on my leg here. I can read each note once I know what I'm looking for -- but combined into a single blend it reads as fairly standard-catalog women's perfume. The end result just isn't working for me at all. To the swaps with ye.
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    So this is Christmas... and what have you done. Wet, my Immediate impression was Overpowering Holiday Candle. Probably my least favorite scent, and here it is punchin' me in the face. It's all the scents on the label turned up to 11 but hardest on the spiced rum. Like the olfactory version of swigging a large glug of Captain Morgan and having some of it get stuck in your sinuses. Dry: Thankfully the chaos seems to calm down rather quickly. Still getting those powerful candle notes but they're receding from the blast they once were. Smoke and tobacco are coming to the fore, some of the leather. These notes always amp nicely on me and they're why I wanted to try this blend. There's a lil bit of the tangy sharpness (guessing that's chardonnay) but barely detectable on me. I'm liking it better now but there's still a burnt, cloying cinnamon-bun type sweetness floating everything else (guessing that's still the rum) that's throwing it into the Foodie category and it's going to keep me from really enjoying it. Fans of gourmands would probably love this though. Ground-in: This is a holiday party right before the hangover kicks in. Sweet cakes, too much booze, etc. I attend one each year that is this scent personified -- drunken debauchery followed by days of recovery. It's so much like it that I get some woozy nausea just from the association. I mean, kudos to Beth once again for nailing the concept. Once it's almost gone, I'm getting strong Renn Faire vibes, it's all glazed cinnamon bun and roasted chestnuts. Not bad, but not me. I would really like to nuzzle someone wearing this. But when it's on me I can't quite carry it. Confirmed when I tried to wash this off. The rum has claimed me and will not release. I am one with the rum. RIP.
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    The Lemniscate

    Wet, this is strongly medicinal; bitter and astringent (almost lemony) sharp wood. I too get pencil shavings. The cognac and tobacco are there but, unlike other blends where they shine (ie Black Rider) it's not quite curbing the blast of cedar, pepper, and frank. It is a well blended oil, since these notes are hard to pick apart, but it's very intense interplay since they're such different flavors. On the dry down it's almost all a slightly sweet black pepper. The effect on me is something akin to strong black licorice or anise. Unfortunately I'm not a fan of those notes (for me they elicit a foggy, nauseating, like not-quite-BO-but close, claustrophobic sweat smell) so this will have to go right to the swaps. I was mostly curious if BPAL's black pepper would convert me (thinking if anyone could do it..), but no. I think pepper just isn't a note that will work for me, and I suppose I may always associate it with Drakkar Noir. I will say this is the most interesting BPAL sample I've tried so far, unique in its own way. On the right person it would be memorable.
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    This was my first blind-bottle. The notes sounded right -- I am a fan of wood scents -- except I wasn't sure what labdanum was. Google said it's resin, so I figured this would probably still work for me. This went on super sweet, just like cola candy. Dry, the cola receded a bit, and got a bit creamier and drier, like desert-dry. A cola cotton candy tumbleweed. Later, the incense peeked in, but I was still throwing a lot of Vanilla Coke. Cedar was a no-show. It ended as powder, which is common for me. Swapped this one. It's pretty but too sweet for my liking.