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  1. deadlyves

    Vintage Snowman Blow Mold

    I get mostly spruce. Spruce tinted by other things, particularly the amber that rounds it out, but mostly spruce nonetheless. I don't get plastic, which is a good thing in my book.
  2. Very warm, hay is strongest when wet but calms down with dry down to let the tobacco flower come through and make it softer. There's a gentle cinnamon spice to this, not sharp though. Hay and spice always reads a bit like oatmeal cookie to me, but the tobacco flower moves it away from that direction. This is a really interesting blend! Its like hay and spice from Hay Moon but with a bit of tobacco flower of Zorya P.
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    Black Rose, Nutmeg, and Smoked Amber

    A spicy, warm, slightly sweet rose. Keeps shifting on if the amber or the rose is more forward, the nutmeg continuously providing some spice. The amber is giving it a rich body even when the rose is the most prominent.
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    The Hound and the White Milk Doe

    This is a really pleasant blend that I think successfully balances the duality of the concept. First, there is a milky white sweetness made up of the jasmine and coconut milk. The jasmine was more notable when I first put it on, but it blends equally with everything once it dries and isn't terribly strong. I like jasmine and don't amp it, though, so YMMV. The warmer notes come out more and more the longer the wear. It's a toasty dry sandalwood and cardamom, almost smoky. The sweet creaminess and floral touch are still present, though. I don't pick out the rosewater, and I've yet to learn how to identify labdanum. Liquidambar is new to me, so not sure how it is showing up either. Overall, this is another hit. I think it'll be a great pick for all year round.
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    An Autumn Stroll for a Pumpkin Man

    The only Weenie I blind bottled this year and it was a good choice. Its very autumn evening atmospheric, a bit dark and fairly dry. I don't get leaves out of it (bummer for me, but maybe a good thing for others), but the rum and tobacco from the smoke and a hint of pumpkin come through. At first, it was hard to pull the notes aside from the tobacco because its very well blended. The rum isn't super boozy, and the blend has a very slight sweetness. It feels like its in the same family as Everyday is Halloween or Morrocan Pumpkin but much less sweet than either of the two. I loved the concept for the nightmare novellas, and this blend lives up to what I hoped it would be!
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    Rest and Play

    This bounces between the wood and cinders on me. The smoke is slightly sweet. Together the two remind me of some church blends. I get a little bit of a musky fur, but not much. Its a very warm cozy scent appropriate for the painting and will probably be a great fit for the cooler months. Editing to add: no lemon here, which is a very good thing for me.
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    Lycanthrope for Your Life

    I get a rich, dark fig marshmallow with honey. I'd agree that it's not a floral honey. I also tend to amp honey, but don't have that problem with this one. I'm not picking up on much whiskey, but maybe a little bit of the cardamom. While I don't get much cream in terms of a scent note, this overall has a creamy feel to it as opposed to something chewy if that makes sense. This is a rich little decadent dessert.
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    Meadow Elves

    I have a similar experience as doomsday_disco, except the grassy strawberry phase doesn't get lost in the drydown for me. Meadow Elves feels to me like a cousin to Strawberry Moon - the strawberry is toned down significantly and florals are thrown in. I don't get the crab apples, at least not that I can identify. Its mostly a rich grassy floral with a touch of that strawberry. It's really gorgeous!
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    Black Wooden Goat

    I get mostly goats milk with a woodsy, spicy sweetness from the tobacco and oak. The tobacco comes out more as it dries, but it stays stronger on the creamy, slightly tangy goats milk for me throughout wear. Not quite as darkened as I expected, but still getting all the notes. Pretty straightforward, pretty dang cozy.
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    Murder Peel

    Okay I got a decant of this for the novelty but... holy cow... This is great!! In the bottle, its all banana, which is pretty standard for banana scents anyway. While wet, its this lovely, creamy, fruity smoothie but the frankincense and orange blossom bring it into the perfume range rather than foody. As it dries, the tobacco comes out more and warms it up, grounding it further. Its all there, its all balanced, its all wonderful. Highly recommend!
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    Equal parts vanilla, tobacco, and sandalwood. The vanilla is light, sheer, and creamy. The sandalwood and tobacco are fairly dry and warm it up. As it wears, it seems to rotate between which of the three is most forward. Very much what it claims to be and very satisfying. Low-medium throw. It was particularly nice on a rainy spring day today.
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    I'm Close

    In the bottle and wet on the skin, its all watermelon jolly rancher. It does cut down on the strong candy scent fairly quickly, quieter but still fruity candy. I think the closest thing I can compare it to is watermelon bubblegum? Its got a bit of a powdery sweetness (perfect for a candy heart!) and is definitely fruity, but sort of a non-descript fruity the way that candy can be. Comparing to the super bright smell in the bottle, it feels darker on the skin than I expected, a nice cool red with a powdery sugar coating. I got this for the novelty of the watermelon note thinking it'd be all jolly rancher, but it's much more wearable than I expected and rather pleasant! Definitely a fun one if you like either fruity or sugary scents.
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    Gentle Hands

    Warm, sweet, light mango rounded out and balanced with amber. While the mango is more forward in the bottle, both scents are pretty evenly blended into one on the skin. This is a bright yellowy orange, like warm sun on a 75 degree day. I don't get much throw. Also decided to test it next to Rice Milk and Mango which is brighter and cooler I think. Gentle Hands has almost a slight toastiness in comparison because of the amber. I have to say, I really like this! Its so so satisfying in its simplicity.
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    Testing from a decant received yesterday. In the bottle, its very strong on the tea, a similar tea to Dad Let Me Do Your Makeup. As soon as it hits the skin, it becomes much woodier and smokier but both are lightweight despite their prominence. As it wears, the tea comes back and balances with the smoky cedar to become surprisingly clean and light. Im not getting particularly strong Jasmine.
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    Merry Owls on Velocipedes and Tricycles

    A warm, cozy floral. Rose is noticeable but gentle at first and blends more with wear. I dont get a lot of snow in a way that I recognize from other blends, but there is a somewhat wintery vibe despite the coziness. It is oddly softly fuzzy, and a very good take on the art that inspired it. This is one of the first scents that feels gray to me, but a light gray with some warm pinkish undertones. I ended up ordering more based off the decant, its a lovely floral, light but cozy nonetheless.
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    I get cereal milk with a bit of very soft florals. Its sweet and rounded out by the cream but not too thick. I think I expected the amber, florals, and maybe the wheat from keeping it from going too foodie, but that's not the case for me. My partner also took one sniff and said "cereal!", its been hard to pick out much else. That being said, it's been sitting for a while and is less foodie than when I first got it, the peony (I think?) is coming out more. As someone who wouldnt go for something described as cereal milk, it is oddly pleasant especially as the floral starts to peek through. It feels very dreamy and feminine to me.
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    Burnt Sugar & Blackberry

    I agree with the sense of warm baked something here. A little jammy, the caramlization of the sugar makes me imagine some spices there, too. It starts a bit candied but that goes away and becomes sweet, warm, dark, jammy, almost spiced blackberry.
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    A lovely bouquet, most of which I dont recognize, with incense floating on the breeze. Something comes off sweettart sugary at first but that fades pretty early on. I also think there's some carnation in these flowers. The incense is soft and balanced with the rest of the blend. I love this combination. Really pleasant, joyful, and love the painting it is based on.
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    High School Hair

    Wet and in the bottle, there can be a bit of a grapey gummy scent that (thankfully for me) doesn't stick around on the skin. Sometimes, the wine note is a bit too fruity on me, but I love the way this plays with the musk and chestnut to make it warm and soft. It's a very smooth, dark red wine with clove adding a nice level of spice. I often have a really bad time with red musk, so I wasnt sure what direction the merlot musk would go. Whatever is going on here, it works for me so if youre not into red musk this may still work for you too. Its a gorgeous wine scent. If I didnt already have a lot of Mulled Wine and Wool Blanket left, I'd definitely go for more of this.
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    Summer Rain

    I usually try to stay away from more herbal lavender blends, but im continuously curious about lavender rain scents. This is lavender forward on me with the other notes defining the character of that lavender. Its herbal and lightly mineralic, but its not nearly as sharp or medicinal as some other herbal-leaning lavender blends. I dont get any coconut milk as such, but I think thats probably whats taking the edge off. It is my favorite rain scent so far, aquatic in a way that is reminiscent of the world after a warm rain though I wouldnt say it is a mimic of that smell. Very pleasant, clean, and soothing!
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    Mallow Flower, Honeysuckle, and Vanilla Bean

    When I first did a goblin sniff of this, it was ALL mallow flower and vanilla. A proper skin test is bringing out more honeysuckle, but it still starts off hidden behind some fluffy, white sweetness. I know it's mallow flower and not marshmallow, but the sweet vanilla thrown in does make me think of marshmallows a little bit. After a while, it balances out more between the three. The sweetness is toned down a little bit and it becomes more of a soft yellow as opposed to white floofs, it makes me imagine a gentle honeysuckle tea with vanilla cream. Definitely a springtime vibe. Haven't gotten a good sense of the throw yet, but when I did my first goblin test it had a surprising throw. I could smell the tiny dab on my arm through my sweater all night.
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    Final Girl

    Im in the same boat as katharina. Im getting vanilla, marshmallow, and the honey. Honey can sometimes be a bit too much for me, and its doing that here. Because of that and the tiny bit of currant showing up, it has a hint of red gummy candy on me that I dont love. The longer it sits, the more that fades which is nice. I wasn't getting much noticeable clove, but I put some more on and its there. Its making things a bit darker. This overall is a wonderful interpretation of the picture it's based on, always amazed at how BPAL can do that. I was really excited for this one, but I think my troubles with honey are getting in the way of loving this. There's still some potential for me, ageing might just do the trick.
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    Skeleton Hands

    Starts off strong on the hazelnut and bourbon cream, but the smell gets drier as it dries on the skin. The sandalwood and oak bark start to come out more and the nutty, creamy sweetness that it starts with fades to the back. Im not great at picking our frankincense or myrrh but i think im catching them rounding it out. Im not sure what the tattoo ink is meant to be, so not sure if or where thats showing up, nothing too dark sticking out. Overall its both creamy from the earlier notes and dusty from the woods, a light brown, warm, cozy scent. Its not too foodie on me. I love sandalwood blends so this is a favorite for me. I think folks who like Brown Jenkin or Partridges in the Snow would enjoy this one.
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    Dead Leaves And Horchata

    Not what I expected, but still rather good! I was hoping for a strong rice milk and cinnamon, but I can't say I would pick out rice milk here. At first, this smells strongly of the lemony sugar note similar to whats in the March 13 or Wellerman but with some dry spice. The dead leaves aren't as recognizable as past years, but I think they're bringing some of the brightness that is making it seem like that lemon sugar. That fades after a few minutes on the skin and it becomes more about the soft, dry cinnamon and some sort of creamy something, though still wouldn't pick it out as rice milk based on the few times I've tried it. What I assume are the leaves settle in at the base and still bring a gentle touch of brightness. This is a good blend for a sunnier fall day when the colors are vibrant and changing. It's light, not too sweet, and comfy.
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    Dead Leaves, Praline, and Sheer Vanilla

    I had hoped that this would be in a similar family as Dead Leaves, Marshmallow, Pistachio Cream. I wouldn't say it is, though. Initially, the vanilla (and possibly how it's playing with the pecan) was going plasticky on me. After a few days of sitting, its already less plastic so I'm hopeful that it will go away entirely soon enough. This is pretty dry, the vanilla is very thin so its not getting too creamy. I primarily get the nutty scent of the praline, but no brown sugar which I expected to be there. It's not as sweet as I expected, and lighter, too. I'm not getting dead leaves as I know it, so I'm not sure how that's playing together here, but it does seem similar to the DL in the horchata blend from this year. It might be adding to the dryness. This smells much nicer as it wafts around than it does when I sniff my wrist directly, which in the past has been a good sign that it will age well. I'm on the fence on this blend right now and very curious where it'll go from here. I think there's potential for it to become very pleasant!