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  1. LavenderCoffee

    Pandemic Vanitas

    This is so delightful! It starts with the fries and bread for me, then after it dries it's all cookie dough. A full meal of carbs I forgot I put some on and I kept catching whiffs of it and thinking "what smells so good?"
  2. LavenderCoffee

    Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry (Uso, Shidarezakura)

    This is stunning, and an impressive interpretation of the painting: light pink in the foreground and an inky dark background. The floral pink sings out through the early part of the drydown, and settles down thereafter. The darker colors of this scent like plum and woad stay closer to the skin. I don't wear a lot of floral, but I'm hanging onto my decant to spend some time with it.
  3. LavenderCoffee

    2003: Cotton Phoenix

    Just came here to say this smells like clean, sweet Snake Oil, but I think everyone already had that covered! I was never super into OG Snake Oil, and Snow White doesn't do anything for me either, but this combo with marshmallow and cotton musk seems to bring out the best in both.
  4. LavenderCoffee

    And Though They Are With You Yet They Belong Not To You

    This smells so bad on me, but I must be the only one! On the wand it smells perfectly lovely, but my skin chemistry makes this go musty and flat 😭 Gonna try it in the locket, but I'm much happier with You May House Their Bodies.
  5. LavenderCoffee

    Chocolate Babka

    Oooh chocolatey rye bread! It goes on more chocolate at first, then a light but distinct rye bread scent joins in. The almond is not loud at all, but brings a subtle sweetness. I like this more than I thought I would.
  6. LavenderCoffee

    Labdanum, Red Musk, Scorched Vanilla

    This is a very pretty and well behaved red musk for me, but the red musk does dominate on my skin. I get red musk with sweet cola incense. Not getting much scorch. The blend weirdly reminds me of a femme-leaning head shop / used record store type scent.
  7. LavenderCoffee

    A Wet Moon, Putney Road

    This is so familiar and comforting! I could swear I have smelled this before, maybe there is a similar scent in the general catalog? Actually we had a gas lamp post in the front yard growing up, maybe that is part of it! There is a warmth to this scent that isn't smoky or spicy - reminds me of Horses. I didn't get beeswax there and I'm not getting it here, but the amber is subtly sweet and well-balanced against the rain and moss. Really nice.
  8. LavenderCoffee

    Blackberry Moon 2022

    Seconded! There is a lot going on here and I love every bit of it. It's earthy, not too sweet, berry forward - kinda sparkly too, reminiscent of Purple Jelly Dildo. The amber and musk provide a nice complement to the purple-y berry/wine/fig combo. I'm not getting much green tea or bergamot, personally, although the green leaves were more pronounced in the wet phase and they may have been hiding some other notes.
  9. LavenderCoffee

    Noisy Goose Moon 2022

    In the bottle this smells like a delightfully silly but strong cocktail. The boozy rum and the banana don't last long. Frankincense flounces down into a poofy vanilla marshmallow bed with the sugarcane and these are the three notes that are sticking around. I don't particularly love marshmallow or frankincense on their own, but they go well together here. The poofy floofy marshmallow takes me in the direction of A Place of Seeing somehow, paired with sugary frank instead of sandalwood and floral.
  10. LavenderCoffee

    Strawberries, Red Musk, and May Rose

    Whew I love this blend, it's so joyful. Much more strawberry than the 2020 Dried Strawberries, Red Musk, and Bourbon Vanilla ménage, imo, and more like what I expected that one to smell like. This one lasts and lasts for me, where the other disappears.
  11. LavenderCoffee

    C. Auguste Dupin

    A dab'll do ya with this one. It's a wonderfully persistent but soft leather, well worn and warm, carrying the scent of its owner/wearer. This isn't nearly as "leather goods store" to my nose as something like You're A Daisy, but it is predominantly leather. Herbal lavender cologne pops out, then settles as the oil dries, perfect for a gentleman detective or anyone in search of a subtle leather/cologne vibe. Fresh lime wedge is certainly not happening here, but the cologne has a nice citrus slant. I just purchased the bottle this week, but I'm not sure how long it's been in stock waiting to be claimed, so it could possibly be aged? Anyway it's lovely and nicely balanced.
  12. LavenderCoffee

    Witches Lace 2022

    This is unapologetically bold when wet, and sweeter than I expected, but not in an unpleasant way. The bottle has only rested 24 hours, so it might need to settle longer, but it's been consistent during that time. The opium and cognac, along with whatever mephitic bits, hang out in the top range, while benzoin, amber and patch surround the tobacco base. It's decadent. There's almost a suggestion of banana here? Maduros? Idk. Nothing acrid or bitter, just richness and a swirl of pleasantly intoxicating fumes. I didn't get anything spicy or smoked at first, but after 20-30 minutes, the tobacco seems to have dried with the oil, and I definitely get a touch of spice and some smoke. It's soft and warm and resinous, and the fumes have decreased in strength but still seem to give everything a bit of shimmer - a diaphanous tobacco dream. It hangs out here through the hour mark, close to the skin. So much quieter than where it started, but so good! And *very* different from the previous Witches' Lace.
  13. LavenderCoffee

    Witches' Lace

    Let this one rest after travel for sure. Cedar in combination with some of the other notes will complain loudly about the trip. Even now after the better part of a month of rest, I could swear this has narcissus in it, but I like that note anyway. I think these must be swamp witches, in their sugary mossy lace among the cedars.
  14. LavenderCoffee

    Honeyed Weed, and Dandelions

    I was ready to full size this one too, but the delicious dankness wears off after 30 mins, and it becomes a lovely dandelion scent with lightly honeyed weed in the background. It's very pleasant but I would prefer to retain more of that initial hit. Recommended for those hesitant to try the weed note, and for dandelion enthusiasts.
  15. LavenderCoffee

    Chocolate Buttercream

    Freshly applied, this smells exactly like chocolate buttercream frosting. Agree with wolf_truffles, it's making me want to take a bite of myself. Creamy, sugary, vanilla-chocolately, crying out for a cupcake and sprinkles to go with it. Definitely not a chocolate ganache.