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  1. birdieflyaway

    Fleece Skeleton Onesie

    I'm discovering I really love BPAL's cotton/laundry/fleece. This reminds me of Traditional Sheet Ghost, but cuddlier. It's lightly sweet, warm, floofy, definitely cozy. More of dryer sheet smell than soapy, which I like. I get smooth vanilla and what I think is lemon and there's another fruit I can't place, I want to say banana, but then I think no stupid, why would that be in there. But this smell feels yellow💛. The eyeliner though, I don't find that, maybe mine got washed out👁️ I'm a night bather and like scents like these for bedtime. Now I need a matching onesie!
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    Haunt 2021

    I'm so sorry to do this since it's not in stock, but I have to acknowledge the GD perfection of this. Agree - a masterpiece. It's atmospheric and sentimental, it feels like a spell has been cast on this oil. What a wonderful combination of faint smoke, lavender, leaf bits, and snake oil. Truly incredible, the season's delight.
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    High School Orientation Day Glamour

    I think 'sheer' has become an exclusion criteria for me, these never seem to work out. This is perfumey and very smooth 'white'. I don't know why I'm surprised after re-reading the description, this happens a lot and I'm like, well, it was described perfectly, what were you expecting?? I was intrigued by white clove, golden sandalwood and the black tea notes that I hoped would stand out, but it's too much gardenia for me. Although that said, the gardenia isn't like superstrength or anything. I think it's a really pretty scent, I just don't want it on me. It smells like I'd want a high-end boutique specializing in hats, shawls and silver trinkets to smell when I walked in. It does bring the glamour!
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    A Portrait

    Oh this one is fun, it is juicy sweet strawberry carnations! It also fades pretty fast for me too, which is sad because that wet phase is delicious. There's also like a rooty-honeyish thing happening (labdanum? Idk), and a very light menthol that comes out and I don't know where that's coming from. Hanging on to my decant to retest after some time.
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    Witches’ Kitchen

    This is really more lovely than I was expecting, I was thinking it would be more 'dark witchy' with the gunpowder, leather and brimstone - it's more cottage witch. But that's fine! It's quite herbal and eucalyptic, which is probably coming from one of these notes that I'm unfamiliar with. Tobacco is light, a wee hint. It's rested for 72hrs so I'll be experimenting with it again over time and will update if anything changes. I'll enjoy it.
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    Q&A: This is Halloween Swap! 2022

    1. Cellar Door just posted their Halloween goodies - I love their scents, soaps and candles - which of these might you fancy? https://cellardoorbathsupply.com/collections/halloween-fall-collection? Black No. 1!!! Also Eerie Ectoplasm, Basic Witch and October Road sound great, soap or candle. 2. If you'd like handmade knit items, are you good with soft wools or do you prefer acrylic only? Yes, would love wool! 3. Are there any items you'd love for fall/halloweenie? (Ie mittens, hat, fingerless mitts, cowl, legwarmers) Oooh fingerless mittens 4. Anyone fancying the new Paintbox Soapworks or Witch Baby Soap Halloween launches? Paintbox: Soaps - Guy Fawkes, Indian Summer, What the Moon Brings. No thanks to Witch Baby. 5. Would you be interested in an adult Halloween coloring book? I recently backed on kickstarter for one by a local gothic art market near me and it's due in during the swap period. No thank you, I have several! 6. What are some OCYL brands you've been wanting to dabble in? I only have eyes for BPAL! 7. I am working on making bath bombs. Would you be willing to try my creations? How about wax tarts? What type of scents do you favor? Sure to either! For scents, anything autumnal, but especially herbs, spices, dark berries, pumpkin. No candy type smells please. 8. What kinds of home smell good things do you like? (I.e. incense, candles, wax melts, felt scent balls, essential oils, linen spray) Incense sticks, candles, have not tried wax melts but willing. I'm good on linen sprays and EO. 9. My question for the fellow pumpkins would you like anything from the bath and bodyworks Halloween line? 🤔 Sure! Any of it, I like everything there, except please no more hand sans or pocketbac holders. 10. Do you have any interest in spooky squishmallows? No thank you. 11. And would you enjoy spooky stationary? I would. 12. I know a lot of us are witchy and have deeply held beliefs about the materials we use as part of our practice. If you're one of those individuals, are there certain herbs, crystals, etc that you do not want to receive? I can't think of anything I am against using exactly, but I am well stocked in this area. ALTHOUGH - I am trying to amass my own bone casting set and only have like 2 pieces so far, so anything for that would be amazing. 13. When you have a distinct preference for one holiday over another, What are some cross over items that actually work for both? 'Fall' to me includes anything Halloween, so I'm easy that way for crossover. I just don't get into leaves, gourds, corn, haybale stuffs. 14. One question (that is actually several questions) -- Local honey? Infused/flavored honey? Local infused/flavored honey with Southwest notes (jalapeno, other pepper, mesquite, acacia)? I love honey in tea so absolutely, but think I'll pass on pepper notes for tea purposes, not because I don't like spicy peppers. Mesquite or acacia perk my interest though. 15. Does anything from JiJi Knight spark your interest? https://jijiknight.com/ No thank you. 16. Any spooky/weenie DVDs you're missing and would like in your collection? NMBC? the Crow? An old Hammer film? Dark Shadows? The Omen? Sleepy Hallow?...? Yes actually! NMBC, Sleepy Hollow, Coraline, Paranorman, HP Deathly Hallows, any Addams Family 17. Shampoo and/or conditioner bars and if so, for what type of hair (dry, fine, oily, curly, normal)? Yes! I recently discovered these and love 'em. Normal hair. 18. I just got the email that the Ectogasm Halloween Collection is live. Does anything interest you? https://www.ectogasm.net/collections/halloween Spooky all year pin; Goodbye patch; Witchy washi tape. 19. On a scale from Paprika Is a Heatwave to Let Me Eat a Peck of Pickled Ghost Chiles, how spicy is too spicy, and how spicy is just right? My happy spicy places are Louisiana cuisine hot, Indian vindaloo hot, Jamaican jerk hot - definitely no ghost chiles or anything extreme. 20. I make lightweight hairfalls- would you be interested in some? Either to incorporate into a costume or just for your own year-round use? If so, name your colors and preferred length, and if you have any fiber allergies you want me to take note of! No, thank you. 21. Hello all, I have a question. I make things from old sweaters. If I were to make you a set of arm warmers/ fingerless mitts, what color(s) & style would you like? Options- Long or short? No arm warmers for me please, but for fingerless mitts I guess short? Solid - one fabric If a solid color, I'd request dark brown, black, or a jewel tone color. Stripes- bands of colors sewn together- like fun black & red, black & purple etc. I currently have some nice cashmeres. Fun! Yes to stripes! Black/white, Black/green, Orange/black, Orange/brown 22. Homemade canned and baked and concocted goodies? Any aversions? If I could make you some of my fudge, what would you prefer? No aversions really, but would prefer pickled or marinated things instead of preserves/jam type things. Sure to fudge! 23. Are you open to trying different indie perfume houses if I find a scent that I think you'd enjoy? No, only BPAL please. 24. I love making stickers!! If I could design you some stickers, what would you love to have? It could be halloween themed or not! My art style is a bit simplistic, cartoony, and cutesy, I usually draw fairies but last year I did a swap on reddit and made someone a bunch of halloween dog stickers lol. (Sidenote: They probably won't be waterproof, but they're glossy vinyl!) I don't know, I'd be fine with you surprising me. 25. I've got a bunch of small round labels perfect for bpal 5ml label lid art! Name your top 5-10 scents that you'd love to have lid art made for! Just as a fun little extra in your package if desired (Could also work for other companies with lids just like the BPAL bottles) So fun! Smut, Snake Skin, Third Charm, Alice, Brusque Violet, Blacklight Reactive Poster, Dead Leaves on Fire, Snake Smut, Books. 26. I'm going to Disneyworld in late September! I'll be going to all four parks and attending both the Not-So-Scary Halloween Bash and Epcot's Food and Wine Festival. Is there ANYTHING from Disney that you would like? Is there something you collect that perhaps you'd enjoy a Disney version of (tea, socks, enamel pins, plushies etc etc etc)??? An Alice in Wonderland pin would be appreciated (my youngest is named Alice 27. Would you like any decor from Say Target, Homewood, or William and Sonoma? I'm not against those places, so sure. I'm not super familiar with Homewood or W&S. 28. I am going to Dragon Con for the first time! Which of these BPALs do you want? https://us4.campaign-archive.com/?u=50266fc02a3b75767125e0ed2&id=9bf4d797e8 Wahhhh, I'm sorry to say that last year's Dragon Con peaches, my 1st BPAL peach experience, learned me that I do NOT very much like peach as a front note. But if they have anything else, like Lunacy stuff or things they're trying to get rid of then yes! 29. But, I am going to Dragon Con this weekend. Is there anything you would like? Lab wise or just general geekery I'm not familiar with what all they have there so I don't know! Maybe fairy wing earrings or something? A rad patch? No toys or action figure thangs. 30.Would you be interested in a bag like we sell in our etsy shop? https://twinklentwilight.etsy.com - if so, but you don't see fabric you like maybe link to some photos of fabric you like? - we can do small box bags or pencil / cosmetic / notions type bags too. or with a drawstring on top instead of a zipper. - you don't HAVE to use them just for knitting/crochet, you can use them for cross stitch or even not as project bags. Sure! I love your Harry Potter fabrics and the Wicked and Mystic fabric. I don't cross stitch/knit/crochet, but could find a use for one. 31.If you are a yarnie, are you interested in a ceramic yarn bowl? I have an extra Harry Potter (I know, I know) one from Lennymud that I bought before the whole JKR debacle and it didn't profit her in any form anyway. I believe it's Gryffindor themed. No thank you, not a yarnie. 32. If you are a yarnie, I'd love to gift some yarn from my stash so give me an idea of colors / weight / material / yardage you'd like. I'm not, I'm sorry! 33. Are you interested in trying some of our "thunder butter"? It's like tiger balm or icy hot, but with herbs, beeswax, cayenne or ghost pepper, menthol, wintergreen. cbd version or no? My husband might appreciate trying it, I can't think of any ailments I'd use it for. With or w/o CBD would be fine. 34. I need to inventory our canned goods but do you like things like peach jam, cardamom plum jam, peach butter, plum butter, pickles, applesauce with nothing added, applesauce with red hots, dried apples or pears, bread and butter pickles, dill pickles, blackberry jam, huckleberry jam, candied jalapenos? Yes to any kind of pickle thing and YESSSSS to candied jalapenos, I LOVE those. 35. Any interest in things from our garden like dried mint, catnip, lavender, rose petals, dill weed or dill seeds, sage, rue, mugwort, rosemary? No thank you, I'm good on herbs but how lovely! 36.How about alcoholic things like rose petal liqueur, lavender vanilla bean liqueur, various flavors of mead (chocolate orange, strawberry mango, whatever my son is making)? Yes to either liqueur or mead, how interesting! Except please no chocolate orange anything, I'm not a fan of that combination lol. 37. Pumpkin bread or zucchini bread? How about blueberry zucchini bread with a lemon glaze? Mouth watering. Absolutely, any of those, all of those. 38. I make specialty simple syrups. You can use them in teas or cocktails (and desserts). How do you feel about a Hibiscus simple syrup? I use 2 ounce bottles for these so its just a fun amount. I'd be interested to try it, yes. Would prefer one to be used in tea. 39. Format for tea? e.g. teabag vs loose I use both, but prefer bags right now. 40. Do you like spooky themed tights? If so, what are your measurements? Haha, yes for sure! Just not cartoony/bubbly print. But sadly I have no idea about exact measurements because it makes me upset to do it so I just don't do it lol. I'd buy XL if I were buying myself a pair in a store. 41. Pls post your book wishlist! OMG! My favorite question/command. I'll list a few on my mind lately that I'd love to read. I'll mention I'm totally fine with used books. 1. Elsewhere 2.We Have Always Lived in the Castle 3. And Then There Were None 4. Anatomy: A Love Story 5. Once There Were Wolves 6. On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship 7. Developing Mediumship (Gordon Smith) 8. Yours Cruelly, Elvira (her memoir) 9. Notes on an Execution 10. The Thirteenth Tale 42. Would you like to receive a 2D collage art piece? What overall vibe would you be into? (spooky, autumnal, whimsical, eerie, lovely, occult, bizarre, smutty etc.?) This was my question - but to answer I would like eerie, occultish, bizarre, funny, smutty 43. Do you like rocks/gemstone jewelry? Prefer polished/smooth rocks or raw/rough? Any favorite stones, rocks, colors that you'd like? Also my question - but to answer, I like raw unpolished rocks, favorites are labradorite, quartz, lapis lazuli, citrine, moonstone, malachite, amethyst. 44. Any interest in the August releases that got announced today? https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-tag/august-2022/ The ones that tickle my wishbone are Animals at the Bottom of the Sea, Forge of Vulcan, Charcoal, Champa Resin & Tobacco, Moon When the Cherries Turn Black and I'm cautiously interested in Butternut Squash, Patchouli and Green Fig. 45. Luvmilks seasonal goodies are out! What scents and formats appeal to you, my little pumpkin? Not familiar with Luvmilk and don't entirely understand the site, but am intrigued by the Dusting Powders! Pegasus, Werewolf, Baby Bat, Book Wyrm, Golden Market, Sun Drenched. 46. Would you like a Pyrex 4-cup Nightmare Before Christmas bowl with lid? (Can also get Starwars and various Disney ones.) Cute but no, thank you. 47. August Tea's fall sale starts tomorrow, 20% off everything on the site with code FALL20. Is there anything you would like to try, my Pumpkin? https://august.la/ These look lovely and I can never say no to beautiful teas even though I said I prefer bags earlier up there. Black tea flavors: Smoky Vanilla, Smoky Cardamom, Bourbon Sugar, Apple Fennel. Green Tea: Vanilla Cardamom 48. I've recently taken up embroidery, would you like a small (I embroider on 4" hoops) embroidered piece? What sort of design would you like? Something with a vintage Halloween feel, or something snarky! 49. Do you wear nail polish, and if so, would you like some? What colors or finishes? Not often, so I don't guess so. I could use a good shiny black, or dark green though. 50. I'm going to the farmer's market tomorrow, and there are lots of great vendors. Would you be interested in soap or chapstick or bath/body products? No to chapstick, but always love a good market soap, any flavor. 51. Would you be interested in a tumbler like these? If so, what theme would you like it to be? Glitter or no glitter? What color do you want the liquid to be or would you prefer the blood drip look? Sure, cute! YES glitter!!! The blood drip one is cool, too but I'd prefer a different saying if I got one like that. 52. How do you feel about ribbons? Is there anything in particular you are looking for if you'd want some? What about ribbon remnants? Colors/textures? I can't think of anything I need ribbons for! 53. Would you be interested in any skincare items? Anything you would not want? No thank you, I'm a bit particular and minimalistic on skincare items. 54. New question: Is anyone else interested in the latest Sphere & Sundry release? https://sphereandsundry.com/offerings/bpals-of-exalted-venus-ii/ Or other S&S offerings? Sure, I don't have and haven't tried anything from S&S. https://arcanacraves.com/ 55. Do you have any interest in trying my infused moonshine whiskey? I've been thinking of experimenting with autumn spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) and maybe a chocolate chai. I'm a little scared, but yes would be interested lol. Do you drink it straight or mix with something? 56. Any interest in spooky shape wax melts in your favorite candle scents? (What are your favorite candle scents?) I've never tried wax melts, but my sister-in-law bought me a burner thing that has been sitting in a cabinet for 3 years, so I guess I need to get on this train. In Fall I love smoky, warm, incense, cardamom, leather, nutmeg, patchouli scents for some favorites. 57. How about lotion bars? No thank you. 58. Bird and Blend tea just did their Autumn drop! Anything look good to you? https://www.birdandblendtea.us (Also, if you're not a pumpkin person, I invite you to check out the rest of their offerings, which are always exceptional!) Pumpkin chai, Campfires & Vampires! 59. Arcana Craves halloween drop! Anything catching your eye? https://arcanacraves.com/ No thank you from here. 60. I feel like with some of the witchy/seasonal stuff it might be helpful to know everyone's signs. If you're interested in that kind of thing, what's your sign? Libra sun with Taurus rising and Scorpio Moon! 61. Would you like anything from The Pickety Witch? (I'm going to the Vegas Oddities and Curiosities Expo next weekend, and she's vending there, so it may not matter if an item is in stock or not on the website!) https://www.thepicketywitch.com/ She has the cutest stuff. I really like the Hands of Arachne earrings, Sheet Ghost pin, Oracle Planchette pin, & Trick or Treat Goat pin. 62. Favorite bands/artists? Perhaps you'd be interested in a DIY patch to sew onto your jacket/pants/bag or maybe pins or a sticker or anything DIY-ish? Yes, perhaps! I have a virgin jean jacket that I want to embellish with varieties of pins and patches, so I welcome those. So for that purpose as far as bands go, I guess Type O Negative or Ozzy Osborne are the only ones I'd want on there because that was my first concert at 13. 63. so these nail polishes keep showing up on my instagram and they are kinda vampy--do you wear polish and do any of these float your boat? NOTE I have never worn Holo Taco stuff so cannot vouch for quality just the vibes are super witchy 🙂 https://www.holotaco.com/collections/dark-rainbow-collection I was going to say 'no thank you' to more nail polishes because I don't wear it a lot - but I HAD to go peek and guess what, I like all of those. 64. oooh I am reviewing my switch witch help answers from 2017 and was reminded of Lush--there used to be a big Lushie/BPALista crossover at one point. Is that still the case? If so dearest pumpkin are you a Lushie? Is there anything from Lush you are coveting? Their halloweenie stuff is out here: https://www.lushusa.com/halloween/?cgid=halloween&pmid=604&start=0&sz=28 I've never looked at Lush and see ya'll talking about it all the time, I feel like such a loser! So I browsed - what in hells bells is a shower jelly? Interested in that thing. I'd use any of this stuff except lip scrub. The bath bombs are super cute. I'd have to hide them from my girls! 65. Because clothing sizing is so notoriously random &&& my idea of cute may be entirely different from your cute... sock dreams? yea or nay? Anything in particular catch your eyes? No socks please, drowning in socks. 66. I have been buying soap from https://rockytopsoap.com for at least a decade as they are unscented and less likely to affect which perfume I pull out.... I realize they are not colored and swirly and as pretty but they tend to be super hydrating and luxurious. Do you have any interest in these? Sorry, no I like superscent soap! 67. Nocturne Alchemy just dropped their Halloween 2022 limited collection! I am popping in here to see if anything would strike the fancy of my pumpkin? 😁 https://nocturnealchemy.com/collections/limited-collection/products/new-halloween-2022-limited-collection No thankies. 68. Here's a question... there's sooooooo many on here about tea but for my fellow coffee gals... do you prefer whole bean or ground?? if there's a choice how do you like your coffee ground?? Ground please, like whatever's standard - medium I guess? I do love flavored coffees. 69. rAe you interested in any art supplies? If so, what kinds and colours? Hmm. Nothing is coming to mind immediately, but I always have little projects going on. I always need exacto knives, fine tip paintbrushes and metallic markers, I'm sorry if those are too boring though! 70. What are your fave smells for incense, and do you have a preference for format (cones, stick, loose without needing charcoal, loose that needs charcoal)? Sandalwood, copal and nag champa. No rose or jasmine. I have stuff for all including charcoal rounds, so any works! 71. Anything catch your eye from this super cool queer creepy-cute style UK artist? https://www.abprallen.co.uk/ I'd love to gift some of these to friends, but no, not for me thank you. 72. Pls say more about your book preferences if you haven't already! Esp. regarding fiction. I'm open to most any book recommended by people I like. I like memoirs, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, morbid science/medical non-fiction, book club lit, magical realism, metaphysical topics. I avoid chick lit, romance, brut war and aliens. Here's my goodreads if its helpful, but I intentionally leave out most of my metaphysical & witchy books here because I pathetically worry about what others think. But you know the real me, ha. https://www.goodreads.com/taramooremedlin 73. My dear pumpkin, are you right-handed or left-handed (in the context of most everyday tasks)? Left-handed. Curious about this question lol 74. Liliths have dropped, what are you eyeing? I'm not expecting anyone will be gifting Liliths due to the time frame, but I'll answer for insight purposes! A Portrait - I don't have any strawberry BPALs so am thinking this may be a good first, with the sweet patchouli and I need to see how I feel about carnations. Back in Recording Studio - I am so wanting to try and love this, but two things make me nervous: 1) Candlewax-love actual candlewax smell, will it be like that? I really haven't liked beeswax and that's what is popping into memory but this could be totally different 2) Honey Dust-this reminds me of Pumpkin Dust, which was AWFUL for me so I just don't know if it will work but I really want to try it. First Class Upgrade - atmospherically I think I would like this with the white leather, cotton and fancy sandalwood, but I'm hesitant it won't be an earthshattering addition, so will likely hold funds for something else. First Day of High School - the sentimentality is getting me on this one and I want it. But scentwise nothing is striking me as super-spectacular so will likely also just watch reviews. Haunt 2021 - will buy Hearts are not had - Intrigued and want to smell Philos, Adelphos - want to smell bc of that longass list of notes, but predict it is more leafy or flowery than I'd like for ownership Poolside - because BLUE MUSK, but dammit jasmine, and if it's aquatic it will probably go soapy or froggy. Read 10:42 - wavering between buying and waiting because I've never tried the blackberry note and I can't remember how I feel about ylang ylang. The rest sounds divine, don't see cade often! Spoopy Kid - also wavering. This is so hard. I don't usually dig candy sugary ones, but the 'summergoth' just kills me lol. 75.This is short notice, but: I am going to a medieval faire tomorrow, relatively small, and I've never been to this one before, so I don't know for certain what will be there. Do you like or collect anything that is commonly sold at that sort of event? I'm sorry I've answered this too late! I don't usually check forum on the weekends because I like to catch up on my desktop...at work...however I've never been to such, so I don't even know anyway! I'm sure there are things I would like. 76.Question, how do we feel about loose tea not in sealed packages? I have some flavors I think my pumpkin will enjoy but I'll have to decant from my large amounts into small bags or tins. Fair game or squicky? Dang, sorry to be a squicker, but yeah, I'd prefer tea bags or in a sealed package🙈 77. Is your BPAL wishlist still up to date? It is now, made a couple of updates!
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    Wild Nights – Wild Nights!

    This one has really surprised me, I'm getting a really strong cinnamon, which I avoid and must have missed. Or that's just how it's translating to me. Besides that, there's a sort of dank oily black musk vanilla swirling around with it. I don't know, I thought I was getting better at honing in to my wheelhouse notes that usually work out, but it's still fun to be surprised how scents can be so complicated. This was a decant imp that has rested for about a week.
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    Death Is Death

    This is pretty, but it is so, so light. I have to huff nose touching skin and search for where I put it on within minutes. It's definitely smoky sweet, reminds me of an old-fashioned (the cocktail) initially. Once dry, I smell the myrrh and I realllly like it...but sadly, to justify a bottle I'd need this scent to be stronger.
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    Pinched With Four Pumpkins

    This is a bigger scent than what I was expecting! Gooey pumpkin syrup, a little coffee and a lot of tobacco, but the tobacco is going more in the sour direction for me. This one isn't for me as it's too syrupy for my liking and I now know I don't love even a hint of coffee in my perfumes. I can see how some would love this though, I wouldn't be surprised if it's very popular.
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    Lavender Lightning

    Hell yes, exactly what it says! No tricks here. Except HOW does she do this. Not sure what else to say about it, it's fucking perfect if the description sounds up your alley.
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    Lilitu

    Oh, this is beautiful. Something about it hits me like a slap in the face of a memory I can't place, something from teenage times. This is the most 'perfume like' BPAL I've experienced and I'm loving it. It's soft, shadowy and feminine yet has an edge of badassery. There's something different about this lavender, it's sweeter and less astringent, so maybe that's where the florals are working. A little tea. Something smoky, hazy, but not thick. I can't pick out the leather or tobacco individually, but maybe that's where the feeling of confidence and edge I'm getting from this is coming from. So glad I picked this one.
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    Bald Cypress & Spanish Moss

    I think I am just in mad love with cypress right now. I am insane about the Blue Cypress & Haitian Vetiver duet, and now I'm also loveydovey on this one. It's rested for about a week. At first sniff on mail day I thought shit, this is going to be too mossy for me - but ALAS, tis' not. Just a wee bit of moss now, which suits me better. GD, I love this cypress note! And I love the gator label! Perfect for my Looziana soul, and they are just so kind & generous for donating to Ida relief.
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    'Tis Strange

    Come to mama. YES and YES. I get immediate big smoky incense, which I've been craving, and a lighter leather. The leather is kind of scorched, maybe? I'm not sure I can identify the stone here, but I'm thinking it's contributing to a sharpness in this that I like. It doesn't have that dusty tinge that sadly happens to me with a lot of incense blends. This one has been in my top 3 rotation this week and will be for a while ahead.
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    13 Nights of Halloween Q&A 2021

    Birdieflyaway’s 13 Nights of Halloween Q&A 2021 Would you be interested in a cross stitched Halloween ornament? Sure! Black cats, devils, or something funny would be awesome. 8/11/21 Are there any collage artists in the mix? I would LOVE to curate one of spooky autumn goodness if my person were to be interested! I am not a collage artist, but that sounds rad. Have you seen the Dragon con list? & would any of them appeal to you? **UPDATE here, I ended up ordering a half bottle of Fuzzy Peach Sweater and got decants of these other two from a decant circle** YASSS! Fuzzy Peach Sweater & A Mug of London Fog; Pomegranate, Spicy Geranium, Black Musk and Peach Pulp; Peach Brandy Snake Oil have all piqued my interest. I’m not requesting any fairying because I just spent too much on an order…but these all sound amazing. Which Harry Potter house are you? Gryffindor, but sometimes I sneak over to Slytherin if feeling rowdy. 8/12/21 Do you like any art from these two sellers? They are local artists and I will probably pick up some stuff for myself soon! https://www.etsy.com/shop/CaitlinMcCarthyArt – Wow! I love the Bury Me in Books bookmark and the prints I like most are Krampus, The Magician, Baba Yaga, Lydia, The Oracle, Coven, Trick or Treat https://www.etsy.com/shop/BatinYourBelfry – Definitely! I think I LOVE everything in this shop lol. I make beautiful and very lightweight yarn-and-ribbon hairfalls - would you like a set in the colors and length of your choice? If yes, name up to four colors and length in inches! Remember- this can be part of your Halloween costume! I don't really understand what this is, but am intrigued! I have 18in hair. Maybe black, burgundy, purple and ivory? Would you appreciate a skein of handspun yarn? If yes, what weight? What colors? How do you feel about beads? Any allergies to typical fibers? No thank you for yarn or beads. No allergies though. Do you like stickers? Patches? Buttons? I like all, but prefer patches because I'm swimming in stickers and I get such placement anxiety! Do you spend time in the outdoors? Yes when I can - in the garden, porch hangouts with friends, swimming, playing with my girls. Going for evening walks. Unless you meant outdoorsy, like naw I'm not an avid rock climber, hiker or anything. Do you enjoy cooking and/or baking? Sometimes. I like making cool yummy seasonal things with the girls like once or twice for the season. I just don’t like devoting so much time to cooking when my time is so split already. For myself I enjoy experimenting with juicing. The Paintbox Soapworks Weenie collection went live today! Would you like anything? No thank you. The Pickety Witch is taking pre-orders for their new Halloween pins (estimated ship date: early September). Have any caught your eye? Yes! The goat holding the pumpkin and the Serpent of Astrology are cool. Zeep's Spooky Collection drops some time next week. Here's the scent list. Would you like any wax melts, candles, whipped soaps, sugar whips (whipped soap/scrub hybrid), body butter sugar scrubs (moisturizing scrub), meringues (lotion), bath bombs, or bath rocks from Zeep? No thank you. I don’t use wax melts and I have so much bath stuff I need to use what I have! Does anyone here like vintage halloween? I LOVE IT SO MUCH. All of it, but especially vintage Halloween stuff with cats, witches on moons, and children. It seems like a lot of shops’ Halloween lines have items related to the same standard fandoms, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Beetlejuice, Addams Family, etc. Do any of those (or other ones) particularly resonate with you? I think some of the Beetlejuice stuff is kind of fun, like sandworms and the Book for the Recently Deceased stuff. And I’m probably safe in saying I’m a fan of anything with Lydia or Morticia. I used to really, really like TNBC much more, but the obscene amount of it everywhere has turned me off. I've never really cared for Hocus Pocus, personally I find those witches so annoying lol. How do you feel about atmospheric/novelty scents and novelty food items? Things like "new car candle" or "eyeball jawbreaker" or whatever. I’m here for that, all the time. If you like tea, how do you want it delivered? Loose? Bags? Tiny little messenger pigeons (subject to availability)? I’m getting low on bags, which I prefer at work, so yeah, bags. Yes, pigeon delivery preferred. Would you prefer to receive ONE HUGE (more expensive) GIFT and 12 inexpensive ones, a few more expensive, or all about the same price? I’d prefer a mix of low, med, higher priced things versus one large and 12 small or all the same. What are your fandoms, if any? Handmaids Tale. Queen’s Gambit. A Court of Thorns and Roses series (ACOTAR). Lonesome Dove. Do you collect things like tarot decks? If so do you have a wish list or a list of ones you already have? Would you like a silk tarot bag? I’ve only kept one deck (Rider Waite) for years, so I would love another to start resonating with. And if I had a new deck I would love a silk bag, but my 1 deck already has her bag that I won’t be replacing. Do you like rocks/crystals? What colors / kinds? Would you like them with holes drilled (either as a pendant - you'd need to stick a bale in, or a bead?) I do, and I super love if they’re wearable. I like clear/smoky quartz, labradorite, malachite and citrine most. No druzys or dyed rocks though please. I do also prefer rough stones over polished. My mom has an etsy store - she makes bags. Do you love anything from it? We can also do box bags, draw string bags, dice bags, etc. and if you want a different type of material or a different fabric pattern, I'm open to links to specific things. (yes, we have harry potter things. We bought most of it before JKR showed herself to be a twat since we buy lots of bolts at the same time - yes, we have a whole room stuffed full of fabric.) I like the Bones bag and fabric! Let's say you want something knitted. What are you most interested in? (hat, fingerless mitts, scarf, shawl, cowl, infinity scarf, shawlette, gnome, doily, coffee mug cozy, talisman bag, dice bag, soap sack, washcloth (I have a pattern with the leviathan cross for bpal), amigurumi / toy, bracelet, cuff, necklace, other?) (Can you link to a photo of what you envision or a pattern on ravelry? Or put it on pinterest or something if you have that.) Fingerless mittens or knitted bracelet would be lovely! * What colors would you prefer said knitted object in? Black, dark green, indigo, purple, dark orange? Something halloweeny looking * Stripes, gradient, semi solid, variegated? No preference! I just really hate chevrons, please no chevrons. * What type of yarn would you prefer? ("wool", BFL, merino, merino/silk, merino/silk/cashmere, merino/cashmere, just silk, just cashmere, tencel (non-animal, plant based), other? I also have non-dyed organic wool (mill spun) from our own sheep - finnsheep and shetland. The finnsheep is dark brown (sun bleached black sheep from Sarge and our two black ewes we can't tell apart so they're ewe 1 and ewe 2) or a lighter silvery beige (from freckles) and the shetland is white. (we just call her shetland. They're mom's sheep, she should have named them, lol.) Most of my stripy yarn is either merino or merino cashmere.) I am clueless and pay no attention to most fabric types beyond “ooh that’s soft, silky or rough”. I mean, all of those above sound incredibly lovely and I would appreciate having something like that with so much thought, meaning and expertise. You can check out some of my finished projects on Ravelry if you like (click on the project for more photos) (I'll have to make a list of which items are available because I knit a lot of things and then just put them in a cabinet and gift or sell them.) I don’t have an account here, sorry! Are you interested in receiving any of the following homemade / home dried / home canned goodies? (just erase the ones you don't want when you answer to make it easy?) (see list in this post under spoiler because long) Wow! These caught my eye for sure and sound lovely! Dried elderberries, homemade liqueurs/brandy, rose petal liqueur, whole plums w/spices, any bread (all of the ‘other’ sugars and flours sound fantastic, would love any of those for something different. Especially beet, coconut or date.) 8/16/21 How do you feel about oracle decks? I don’t have one, but I've been wanting one actually! Would you like witchy/ritual oils/sundries? Any limitations (e.g. deities you won't work with)? Oohlala yes. No limitations. Is there anything you would like to try from the UK specifically? (e.g. Lush exclusives) Tea; Shrimps & Bananas😜 I've never tried anything Lush, so maybe? Oh, and are you into astrology? Yes, I am! Libra with Taurus rising and Scorpio Moon. What size shoe do you wear (inc wide/narrow, etc)? Size 9, ol’ regular footfoots. Do you like/would you want to receive comic books? Any favorite genres or characters? No thank you. Would you like a palm stone, or anything else, from Haute Macabre? Ooohhh, yes I would. And yes on anything else!! I own nothing except HM BPAL’s, and always window-shop there. What's your favorite flower(s)? I cannot think of one flower I do not like. **Every time I come back to update questions I see this answer and it's annoying me, so Bird of Paradise. What's your favorite woodland creature? Owl. Do you prefer receiving a big box with all of your goodies, or is it okay if one or two things are shipped directly to you separately (with notice!!) for customs/shipping cost purposes (i.e. if there's something customs might not allow in from the States that can be shipped from within your country)? Whatever is easiest for my person! It’s no big deal if it’s not possible to all come in one box, though that's ideal. Would you like a fabric face mask? If so, do you prefer a dome shape or a pleated shape? Only if it is cool. I definitely do not need anymore ol’ regular pattern masks. Pleated please. I have a literal stockpile of skincare products. Can I interest you in cleanser, sheet masks, moisturizer, sample things etc etc.? Or a general pampering package? What is your skin type? No thank you. Anything from here? ChocolateStorybook on Etsy No thank you, I’m not real big on candy (except gummies, I will eat all your gummies). I have been enjoying the incense from here hand-dipped incense sticks | Hexennacht and here Hand-dipped incense sticks | Mr. Hex (mr-hex.com) Any thing interesting from either site? Yes, I would love some new-to-me incense. (Hexxennacht: All Souls Night, Head Shop, Rumrunner, Wormwood, Date Nights at Annapurna look AMAZING -but please not that buttered popcorn one lol). No thank you on the Mr. Hex smellsticks. Would you like some delicious coffee? If so, do you prefer whole bean or ground? If ground, what grind? Also, light or dark roast? Flavor preferences? Only if it is seasonal please (pecan, marshmallow, pumpkin, cinnamon, etc). I would need ground, any grind is fine. I like alllll roasts. I love trying unusual flavored coffees, like one time I tried a cardamom flavored coffee and it was incredible and I think about it all the time. I may be going to the Renaissance Fair this weekend (if not this weekend then soon and multiple times), any Ren Faire goodies you may like? Ahh! I’ve never been and have always wanted a friend to introduce me to Ren Faire life lol. So I don’t even know what to request, but yes, I’d love something. I always go to my town's local Farmer's Market and they have booths selling things like candles, Gourmet Pickles, Flavored Oils and Vinegars, dog treats (like bones and animal feet), honey, and bath products. Would you like any of these things? I do love market honeys. Do you have a preference for numbered packages for each night of the swap vs randomly selecting from unlabeled goodies? This is my first 13 Nights swap (only 2nd ever swap!) so I'm not sure-sure, but if I get to pick then I pick numbered for each night! If you didn't say much about your reading preferences in your survey but would be interested in receiving books, can you elaborate a bit? I love books so very much and prefer print. I'm especially interested right now in vintage/older books on folk magic, hoodoo, and divination. I'm also into dark medical non-fiction. However, if there's something you've read that you think is incredible and should be shared, I would totally love that too, coming from someone in this group! Used, written in, folded up, or new is fine with me. Are you interested in cocktails, be it recipes, infusion kits, tools, supplies, specialty bitters? Yes! I do like to keep my cocktails to 4 or less ingredients. I'm in a tequila, rum and whisky long phase. No to gin and vodka drinks. I don't really need any tools I can think of? Specialty bitters sound nice. I don't actually know what an infusion kit is, but sounds up my alley! Any significant other or other special person? Like if I wanted to send you specialty cocoa for a date night, would that be OK? I am making up the cocoa part, but you get my drift. I got a husband who would probably be happy about something like that, if you so desire. Is there something that you definitely prefer to not receive in any category (anything to avoid if you hadn't/forgotten to mention)? Will add if I think of anything Are there patterns/prints (more guidance than general Halloween/Autumn) you like for things or are you open to whatever I may find that speaks to me? Leaves/trees, pumpkin patch, woodland animals. I will probably love most things anyone from this community selects. I can only think to say that I''m not into "Grateful", "Thankful" or "Fall Blessings" styles unless it's satirical. But yes, I certainly do like trees, pumpkin patches and woodland animals! I would love to request folks to to put their wish list in this thread and link in their signature. I would love to decant from my oils if I have any my person is looking for! I wrote a wishlist there but don't know how to link mine, I'm so sorry! If anyone wants to tell me how I'll do it, forgive my technical dimness. If you happened to list some favorite fandoms earlier, would you also name your favorite character(s) from those fandoms? I like all characters from those mentioned above. Additionally though for halloweeny-figures, you can't go wrong with me on Lydia, Morticia, Wednesday, Babadook, Sally or the kids from ANBC, Rocky Horror Picture Show (I can't believe I forgot to mention this one!! Big Fan!!), The Craft, Nosferatu, Practical Magic. All characters in Handmaid's Tale, favorite from Lonesome Dove is Gus. Oh I forgot I mentioned ACOTAR - favorites are Rhysand and the Suriel 8/19/21 Do you have an Amazon link? Can you post it?? I'm embarrassed by some things on here, but fine lol. Amazon.com if you are a knitter/crocheter, are you over on Ravelry? If so, what’s your user name there?? I'm not, sorry! I make homemade fire ciders, would that be of interest? Non-alcoholic and they are quite fiery. (my question, so yes) Are you interested in getting other BPAL items besides perfumes, like hair gloss, bath oils or T-shirts? (my question, but yes to gloss and Tshirts, I have zero BPAL shirts, but no thank you to bath oil) 8/21/21 So partner, would you be interested in a Frankenbag done in Halloween prints? fucking yes! Y'all with furbabies... Are there any food allergies/sensitivities or quirks to know about? No. how do you feel about (ethically sourced) butterfly / moth art (in a jar or shadowbox). If ethically sourced, hell yes! I may have preemptively picked out 2 Halloween-themed mugs with cute matching spoons, before I knew who my match was going to be! So I leave it to you: Bat, or Cat? I love mugs, but reallllly don’t need any more because of space…but. Cat. 8/22/21 If you mentioned aversions to any common Halloween decor items (skeletons, witches, spiders, etc.), how encompassing is that? Specifically, is a "kid friendly" drawing of that same item on a piece of decor (like, a book cover or wrapping paper) still a preferred pass? No aversions here. But if I said anything related to this that I forgot about, kid friendly for that is fine. Would you be interested in receiving a never-used eyeshadow palette from Nororiously Morbid (gothy colors) and/or a never-used eyeshadow palette from Pretty Vulgar (romantic neutrals)? Yes to the Notoriously Morbid one, no thank you on the Pretty Vulgar palette. 8/23/21 I live in Japan. Are you interested in anything specifically Japanese I could get for you here (doesn't necessarily have to be Halloween themed)? For example, are you a fan of the anime Demon Slayer and want merch? Are you interested in trying some fun kit-kat flavors? Do you need a new set of pretty chopsticks? I'm not real big on candy and a kind pass on anime. Maybe chopsticks, but not sure I would use them much because with my wildlings I have to eat as fast as I can before somebody damn needs something. I do really love seaweed snacks and matcha flavored things though. there is an excellent chance teeturtle will have a sale in time for this swap: anything (particularly tshirts or socks) that appeal? Sizes? No thank you. Haus of Gloi Fall Part 1 drops soon, anything here you like? https://www.hausofgloi.com/blogs/blog/fall-lineup-2021 I'd enjoy any of the soaps or butter bombs (I assume these are bath bombs?) 8/24/21 Could you use a journal or sketchbook? I have plenty, so not at this time. Do you need BPAL storage? Imps? Bottles? No thank you, good on storage. Do you wear socks? What kind? No show, ankle, knee high, over the knee? Fibers? I do like a good fun over the knee sock. I don't need anymore other style socks though. No fiber preferences. Do you have a favorite candy(ies) [or prepacked individual snacks] that you wouldn't mind filling up your box as packing material? Or teas/coffee blends you'd enjoy? If you prefer none of this, that's fine too! I like all the mf gummies ever made, and sour gummies too. Gum, nuts are good. I like all teas, but in fall I move away from anything fruity and gravitate towards rooty, herbal, or calming ones. For coffee I like seasonal or unique flavors and any roast is good with me. I'm going down the Shore for a few days! Any treats you'd like from a cute beach town- salt water taffy? Fudge? Wrist fans? Tie-dye beach dress...? I'm a sucker for beach anklets and beach dresses, I am. Size L How do you feel about fancy marshmallows? No thank you. Though I've never had a fancy one...but I've just never really loved marshmallows. 8/25/21 We've asked about candy, but let's talk specifically about gummies. Do you like crazy shapes, sweet/sour? GD yes, all of that. Ok, so I did just remember there are some that have this like, white backing layer that I do not care for. I think it's the blue shark gummies and maybe some others. I super love sour gummies. Anything from these Etsy shops? Kodiak Sea Charms, I like all the hoop earrings Halloween Hill Studio, I like all their pumpkins, notably Enchanted Pumpkin & All Hallows Eve Grave Markings Oh shit yes, haha! "Yes today Satan" cracks me up and I freakin love the Black No.1 pin. I don't wear pentagrams, so no to all those. I like nearly everything else here. What about the Mutter Museum's gift shop? Why do I love the teeth magnets?? Any of the books are totally up my alley (except I've read Stiff and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks). I have Umlaut and the gnarly syringe pen. I grow mugwort and it's harvest season. Would you like dried leaves for bathing or tea? Or a bound bundle for smoke cleansing? (Its said to be excellent for divination or lucid dreaming, but do not use if pregnant.) its also a digestive bitter and tastes great on chicken. I'm so jealous, I'd love to grow my own mugwort! Yes, I'd use leaves for tea or for smoke cleansing. I'd use in a bath if leaves are bound in muslin or sachet. I grow loads of other herbs and I'm drying them now. Any favorites you might like? Mint, basil, oregano, chives, lemon balm or others? I'd use any of these except lemon balm unless you teach me what to do with it. I grew a huge load of onions and garlic. Any interest? Yes, would love either or both, would be great for my fire cider. Feathers? I have geese, ducks, peafowl, chickens and quail. So I collect their shed feathers and share them with people I like. No to chicken feathers, but I would definitely use the others. I would either use them in vases or they would be awesome to incorporate into certain crafting projects I work on. I grew a boatload of Green Shiso this year and plan to make a shiso pesto with it. Would you like some? (Nut wise it has pistachios). Wow, sure! I’ve never had shiso, I don’t think. I also plan to experiment with infusing it in vodka. I'm planning a plain shiso infusion and a shiso citrus infusion. If they turn out would you like some? Sure, either sounds interesting. 8/28/21 Would you be interested in this hand sanitizer dispenser/keychain that doubles as a light (its eyes light up when you press between its eyes!)? No thank you. If you're into tabletop games, what games do you already own, and/or what type are you interested in? Not really, I like playing chess and have a set, but that’s it. 8/29/21 DO YOU LIKE TRUE CRIME STORIES? For watching yes, for reading no. DO YOU LIKE SEASONAL MAGAZINES ON BAKING AND DECORATING? No thank you. If you are enthused by the idea of receiving coffee, do you want whole bean or ground? AND do you have flavors that you like (or definitely hate and never want again)? Ground please, I don’t have a grinder. I get excited about flavored coffees, especially interesting and odd ones. Maple Bacon, cardamom, cinnamon varieties, caramel, coconut, rum are some of my favorite coffee flavors I've tried. I don’t care for French vanilla, can’t really think of any others I dislike. 8/30/21 Would you be interested in some very size-inclusive tights? There are Halloween patterns, but also most colours under the sun, and are very comfy. I’d be interested in Halloween pattern/vibe pair, yes! What about indie chilli sauces/chutneys/jams? What type of chilli/spice level? No thanks, I find I don’t end up using such. In case anyone else shares a love for adorable tiny plushies, any interest in v soft and cute vegetable/fruit plushies? There are also small animals. I don’t desire plushies, but my girls would like them. The Polish Pickup/Indie Pickup is live for wishlisting, and will ship in time for this swap (this year). Anything strike your fancy? (It's not just nail polish...there's jewelry and bath scrubs and wax tarts and all manner of things. It's fun!) https://polishpickup.com/ No thank you. Anything here sound good to you? https://gryffonridge.com/ wow this site overwhelms me, maybe one of the curry blends, curry leaves, lime salt or maine sea salt. 8/31/21 Hayden Evens Art has released some new Halloween and Disney-themed prints and stickers. Do any spark your interest? Haha, yes I like Delia Deetz, Audrey II and The Birds. So would you hate or be into more miscreant Halloween vibe decor - like wholesome figurines repainted, creepy dolls, goats with horns, (fake) animal skeletons, things in jars? Is anything too dark, morbid, or recoil worthy? (my question) No to creepy dolls because they don't creep me out so they do nothing for me, No to extreme bloody gore only because my girls are still young and are big Hallow-weenies. I haven't found my 'too far' yet really, I don't think - like nothing with dead kids is the only thing I can think of that would make me recoil. do you use any sorts of semipermanent dyes or do anything fun/wild to your hair? are there any hair products you like? Ooh this is a fun question. I can't get too wild with all over color because of ma job, but I've played with streaks of all colors. I have medium brown hair so I have a hard time finding colors besides red or black that will actually take, but I haven't tried lots of dyes so there maybe one that works better. what about skincare? i am pretty into k beauty and am curious if others are interested in any aspects of this. I'm happy with my skin routine and don't need anything related to this. 9/1/21 Cellar Door Bath Supply Co.'s Halloween & Fall collection is out! Anything you might be interested in? Well dang, I think earlier I said I don't need anymore bath stuff, and like I don't really, but these are hard to say no to 😝 The most appealing ones are Black No.1, Haunted Woods, October Road, and Zombie repellant, I'd go for either the soap or candles in these! Regarding tea, what type of tea do you prefer? Black tea, green tea, herbal tea? Any type of tea you really don't enjoy? I do like most tea under the sun. I change my tea blends with the seasons so now I'm into dark, rooty, super herbal, black, or chais. I least like blueberry and ginger teas. Some top faves are mugwort, lemongrass, peppermint, yerba mate, chamomille, pine needle, white tea. I'm good with blends or single ingredient teas. 9/4/21 Are you interested in eco-friendly menstrual products? There are some beautiful gothic print reusable pads I'm looking at specifically. No thanks. 9/6/21 Bath and Body Works? I know this is a bit of a love em or hate em company, but I really love their foaming hand soaps and scented hand sanitizers and my kids like their body wash, so I'll be placing an order with the next good sale. Anything that catches your eye? I use their wallflowers all over my house so always love those (interested in the new Fairytale one, also Vampire Blood, Sweet Whiskey, Pumpkin Clove, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Leaves, Ghoul Friend). My girls and I love their foaming soaps too, so HW ones would be fun. Also super curious what that Bonfire Bash smells like. 9/14/21 I'm making homemade applesauce this weekend with apples I picked last weekend. I'm going to try my hand at canning for the first time (got my mom, the experienced canner, on speed dial lol) If I succeed would you like a jar? Sure!
  15. birdieflyaway

    Blue Cypress & Haitian Vetiver

    I'm back because I have to say I have become OBSESSED with this. It scratches some itch I didn't know I even had, I cravvvvve it! It's worked it's way into my top 5. This duet has made me inclined to pay them much more attention, honestly I kind of always run past them to get to the complex sweeties - well, spank my bottom, lesson learned!
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