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Spell-soaked herbs and flowers, cold iron, broom twigs, bundles of moss and patchouli root, and moth dust.

 

I tried one of the prototypes of Baba Yaga a loooong time ago, and this final version is somewhat different. It's a morpher in the early going, passing through high sharp floral, to cinnamon, to department store perfume with a bit of spice, to a really stunning lush floral (orchid? lily?), and then finally settling on a faint, pretty floral with some oakmoss. It's pretty, but too faint on me and not really blowing me away.

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I get a nice base of patchouli, with a lot of herbs. Pretty sure I am getting a little oakmoss, as there is just teensy bit of an aquatic-y edge. There is a little bit of metal present, as well as a white floral that I think might be lily. It's green and dark but not heavy. A touch too earthy for my tastes though!

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Imp: happy sweet flowers and herbs
Wet on Me: still happy sweet flowers and herbs
Drying Down: getting the hay/twigs and moss notes now over the herbs and faint flowers.....
Dry: earthy herb-y hay and moss. Interesting and good but not in my scent wheel house. Trade Pile.

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Ermagherd, I tried this months ago and totally forgot to review it! Loved it, it was awesome and I felt like a cool witch crafting spells in a tiny cottage wearing this. The moth dust was a really interesting and predominant note. The scent was herbal with an earthy/woody grounding. The flowers came through with a subtle sweetness, I picture white chilly florals, not warm saturated ones. The cold iron note was noticeable as well. Yeah I wanted to go around singing "I put a spell on you" 😬 This variety of herbal, with a solid base of earth/wood and a hint of sweet floral, works better on me than straight up herbal, which isn't quite my style. This was beautiful and I quite enjoy it! 😝

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Something about this really does feel magical! The patch and whatever those herbs are blend into a lovely spicy swirl, like fruity cinnamon(?) and woods. There's also something like prunes or raisins--definitely a dried fruit, because it's not juicy and there's a touch of bitterness to it. Or maybe I'm misreading and it's a resin. There's some kind of flower in here that I'm thinking is night-blooming, too. It's velvety and subtle but very pretty; it feels like the witch version of a scatterbrained professor, starting five spells/potions at once, with all the ingredients mixing together into this scent. I love it!

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In the imp this is a sweet floral with something metallic. Very odd. Let's see how it is on the skin. I'm a big nerd for the Baba Yaga, she's one of my favorite characters from folklore.

 

Wet: PATCHOULI. Nooooo. In-your-face patchouli. Scents with odd notes like this one (stone, dust, etc.) sometimes work on me, but all I'm getting so far is faint florals, moss, and PATCHOULITOWN USA.

 

Dry: The drydown doesn't help much. The patchouli cools it a little, but the metallic notes and the 'dusty' herbal quality aren't doing it any favors. Ah well! It does get an appealing spiciness, which is nice, but the patchouli is just too much.

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It kind of smells like collecting herbs in the early spring. It's a little chilly, and a little earthy, but it's mostly just green. Maybe a little basil and mint, but there are a lot of other green herbs lending their scent. I just get those two for sure. There is an earthy patchouli base to this, but it keeps itself in check. The vegetation is what takes center stage on me. That being said it wouldn't be the first thing I reached for if I wanted a green scent, but it's nice in its own right.

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In the imp it smells like honeyed ginger, and other green herbs thrown in there. Bitter too, as if there's vetiver in there.

On my skin it goes to a slightly more woodsy-scent but the sharp scents fade almost instantly. A buttery herby soft scent, walking through ...barren woods in summer, if that makes any sense.
Very very faint on me, such a shame! I have to go really close on it to smell anything. :c

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I get cinnamon and soapy florals, not bad but not really my thing. Which is too bad because I love the history of this

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In the imp: The herbs and iron notes stand out to me the most, with the metallic twang of the iron being particularly sharp. Behind those notes, I can smell the moss, patchouli, and dust.

 

Wet: The iron and herbs are the strongest notes, but I am getting more moss on my skin than I did from the imp. Then, the scent becomes sweeter. It's this tropical, fruity sweetness I'm getting, mingling with the herbs, one of which has a spicy quality to it, and something effervescent.

 

Dry: Now I'm getting a lot of soft cinnamon backed by a soft floral and the spell-soaked herbs.

 

Verdict: Baba Yaga is a morpher! It was an interesting scent journey, but not something I could see myself reaching for.

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I guess I never reviewed this because I didn't think I'd enjoy it, but I actually do!

 

Warm, atmospheric, comforting, dusty but with a sweet floral glow from outdoor greenery and wildflowers.  Feels like standing inside an open doorstep looking out upon wild greenery and surrounds me like a warm hug. The familiar smell of a well-loved home in summertime. It makes me smile and look forward to warmer months.

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