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Ina Garten Davita

You Get What Anybody Gets-You Get a Lifetime

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An unimaginably ancient scent, older than time. The gentle, fluttering embrace of oblivion:

myrrh and blackened champaca blossom, attar of oudh, black amber, Casmir wood, and dried fig.

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Something old and known that lingers with us all. We try to deny it. Try to shy away from it until it comes. Yet the meeting is comforting and sweet. A needed release that comes with an embracive smile. 

 

Old and ancient woods waft into the foreground. Seems nearly primal and always present in a way. Like something we cannot remove ourselves from. Layered with this is an honored and sacred scent of myrrh and  black amber that gives a sense of reverence. The cumulation is something sincere and beautiful in a way that we all need. 

 

Wearing this scent is a potent and lasting fragrance. It holds a throw that is medium to long and give a pleasant wafting for any that are nearby. 

 

When it is first applied to the skin, it is somewhat jarring and surprising in a way; 40-60 minutes after the dry down, it takes on a sweeter and more subtly pleasant appeal. I will admit that at first I was not certain I would want to wear this fragrance often, yet after a weekend of wear I can confidently say: this scent is most definitely something I needed in my lifetime.

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Since this arrived I've been struggling to pick anything else to wear at all. It's old and dusty and endless and burrows right into my soul. When I try to separate the notes I end up with tears in my eyes because it is so damn beautiful. That doesn't help you know what it smells like  but if you get some and don't like it, sell it to me!

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In literally every other blend I've ever tried it in, myrrh overpowers everything else and turns to wet, fetid cardboard on my skin, no matter how lovely the other notes are. So when I saw myrrh was on the menu for this scent, I put it out of my mind. But then I visited my dear friend ReallyZeb and we had us a little meet-and-sniff (like we do) and she allowed me the great pleasure of sniffing (and yes, testing) this scent. 

It. Is. Beautiful. 

When the chance came round again for me to grab a bottle, I did with great haste, because I literally had not stopped thinking about it since I'd sniffed Zeb's bottle lo those many months ago. Normally I can pick out individual notes, but this scent is that rare thing, so well-blended that it simply is its own substance, not an amalgam of its components, only and forever itself.

I know it would be more hopeful to say "oh yes the _____ note is very strong and it mixes well with _____" but this is just not one of those times. 

This is something else entirely- get some and you will see. ❤️ 

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The moment I put this on I was completely blown away. It’s like nothing I’ve tried before in my years of sampling BPAL. 
 

It is old, and gentle (this oudh is soft and lovely and nothing like how it normally is to my nose), a little dusty but entirely beautiful.

 

Like Zeb and VC have mentioned it’s difficult to separate individual notes or even describe this one accurately.

 

I texted my bestie who got me into BPAL in 2009 and told her she had, HAD, to buy this. 
 

So so very happy to have a bottle to enjoy and I see myself hoarding it, because I’d be heart broken if it was discontinued unexpectedly.

 

I’m all rambles now, but please just try it. It’s not just a perfume but an experience. 

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You Get What Anybody Gets is a tragedy on me. It’s like the combo of a swimming pool and toilet cleaner :sick: I can’t even tell what notes are going so awful on me, but it lasts for at least an hour before chills out into a powdery champaca....

I wish my experience was like some of the previous reviewers, because it sounds amazing with their skin chem.

Dreams Shape the World, on the other hand, was a hit for me. They both had beautiful bottle art, and I’m thankful that I’ll be able to enjoy one. 
This decant will have to find a new home! 

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