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Dried Strawberries, Red Musk & Bourbon Vanilla

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I love this. If you enjoyed The Instructional Manual, you will enjoy this. Great waft and staying power. I was excited to see this and am glad to have a bottle.

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Here's my hot take:   In the bottle: I'm actually getting crushed fresh strawberries rather than dry. Very tight in the bottle. On, wet: Immediately springs to life in a burst of fresh and dried strawberry, with a hint of some kind of creamy wood note. Drydown: The red musk in this is more of a dry, sophisticated, powdery red musk as opposed to a *grunt grunt me make sexytime now on mammoth hide grunt* red musk. The overall effect is a dry, floral, strawberry incense/strawberry dusting powder thing.  Would be awesome layered with something else with red musk or other deep, dirty scent.

 

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Preconceived notions:

 

I've had bad luck with the Lab's strawberry scents.  Literally all of them I've tried with a noticeable strawberry scent have smelled like nothing but that bagged strawberry flavored gel that's used for making cheap pies.  They make me a little queasy (and sad because I want to love them).  But this says dried strawberries and I'm willing to give it a try, hoping it'll be different because I want to love this one.  Red musk is one of my favorite notes and vanilla is something it's hard to go wrong with.

 

First sniff:

 

Red musk.  Lots and lots of red musk.  I'm getting a bit of strawberry candy here, too, which isn't boding well. :nervous:

 

Wet on skin:

The strawberry candy almost immediately starts disappearing once it hits my skin (thank God) and is replaced with something very much like dried strawberries (not freeze-dried, dehydrated) with red musk.  I'm not sure I'm getting the vanilla from behind the other notes.

 

Dry down:

This is lovely!  In the end, it dries down to a very slightly powdery red musk and almost vanilla dust (if that's a thing) scent with a very faint breeze of dried strawberry that I probably wouldn't have picked up on if it wasn't right in the name.  It's there, but it blends so seamlessly with the red musk that it's not quite it's own entity anymore.

 

The final verdict:

Finally, a BPAL strawberry scent that really, truly works for me!  This is a very nice blend.  You can't really go wrong if you like the notes in this because they blend beautifully.

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this turned out nothing like what i expected, but isn't that so often the case?

 

the in-bottle and wet-on-skin changed so much, and so quickly that i barely had a chance to form an opinion of the wet-on-skin scent before it settled into what it stayed as.

 

Strawberry Money House from the 90s, or strawberry incense from the 80s.  i haven't had Strawberry Money House in ages, and haven't had strawberry incense in, oh, 20 years?

 

but that's what i get from this amazing little bottle.  not the sugary strawberry-preserves of Strawberry Moon, and nothing even remotely Smut-like or Scherezade-y.

 

but like.. Strawberry Shortcake, the teenage years. when she painted her walls dark red and wore Vamp nail polish. 

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Hold the presses, there's a strawberry perfume that is freaking delightful.

 

Prior to this trio, only Beating the Tatami (and, lightly, Party Tricks HG) really satisfied my hunger for a good strawberry. Dies Patribus was a very cute bits of dried strawberry in cereal and cold milk, but the strawberries weren't really the star. Almost every other scent with the note has come up lacking in some way.

 

Dried Strawberries, Red Musk, and Bourbon Vanilla straight up slaps. She is bawdy, gothy, vampy, the blood-red-lipstick-wearing big sister of more innocent days of strawberry perfume. Let us not deceive ourselves, she is a perfume. Nobody will think you've dribbled strawberry juice on your arms. But the red musk does exactly what it needs to do: give the strawberry something to latch onto and bloom within. a foundation of slutty-spicy-musky perfection that lets the summery aroma of the fruit waft. The vanilla does what it needs to do too - sweeten it all up - with a little extra complexity from the bourbon. The combination is utterly charming. She's grown-up, yet playful; sultry, yet breezy. I want to wear her all day long. It's THE summer perfume for me.

 

I feel like someone on the fence about strawberry, who has never had one work for them, should at least give this a try. I think if you hate red musk, this will probably not be a winner, but you probably already know that :P . But if you get along okay with red musk, and you're looking for Strawberry Holy Grail, this trio is a MUST! 

Edited by starbrow

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Musk strawberries and musky vanilla. This is a sultry fruity vanilla blend. It stars off as fruity summery and dries down to a musky vanilla. Medium to good throw, good wear length.

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Strawberries dipped in red musk. The red musk is not doing any favors on my skin. Should have known better and stayed away from it. Red musk, you you little trickster

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I'm iffy on strawberry as a note, but I do like red musk and bourbon vanilla, so I wanted to at least give this one a try. In the decant and upon application, it's intense, super sweet dried strawberries, strong enough that I'm not really picking up the other notes. It feels sort of childlike to me, probably because it reminds me of 90s-era strawberry scents from my teen years. Over time, the strawberry fades and I get a subtly sweet red musk and bourbon vanilla. I'm good with that post-drydown stage of the scent, but the strawberry is a little much for me.

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