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Baby’s First Ballista

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Oh I love this one! It’s a sweet, woody delight in the same vein of Antikythera Mechanism, but Ballista is a bit smoother to my nose. The oak wood is a gorgeous, warm, base to the rich vanilla bean and warm, sweet cookie notes. The woodiness and sweetness are perfectly complementary and balanced. 

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Surprisingly oak-forward!

 

Deep, rich oak -- an oak of antiquities -- set with a dish of vanilla beans. Perhaps for a spell. 

 

I'm barely catching any cookie. It's like a faint, sweet, fresh-baked fragrance drifting in from the kitchen, while you're studying at an oak desk. With a dish of vanilla beans beside you. The cookie scent grows as the blend develops, as though they've come out of the oven now.

 

Cozy, domestic, contenting.

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Warm sweet vanilla woods. Lovely.

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Vanilla sugar cookies and oak. This one is a foodie blend based on wood. Medium throw and wear length.

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Defintely smells closer to my memory of what the Antikythera Mechanism smelled like a long time ago without smelling sort of burnt like it has recently.  The Oak note is lovely and its sweet but not overly foody. I'm getting backups of this. 

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Well now, this is a gorgeous pretty beauty.  Smooth sweet vanilla, soft freshly baked cookies, and blond woods.  Wears a little closer to the skin.  I can tell it will be perfect for layering with some scents that I found too masculine/sharp/dark for my chemistry. 

 

Bottle.  

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Yep, I will echo what has already been said about this one. It's a gorgeous sweetened woods blend, but not foody. Certainly for fans of Antikythera, No Man Is an Island, Cocoa and Oak Bark, and also tobacco fans will probably love this. All of those rank high in my collection and this is no different. I agree, wears close to the skin, and also agree, backup probably a good idea. ❤️

 

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Baby's First Ballista is giving me strong Antikythera Mechanism vibes (only, it is much nicer than Antikythera is on me since there is no teak). It also makes me think of Arana and The Magician's Wand. It features a really strong oak note. I could have sworn there might have been some tobacco mingling with it, but perhaps that's just from associating it with the oak in Antikythera. The cookies aren't distinct on me, but it the oak is smoothed over by the vanilla bean. After several hours of wear, I get a slight root beerish quality to the oak. Not sure if my nose is drunk or if it is just my skin chemistry bringing that out, but I am here for it. :P 

 

The decant is a keeper, but I am thinking I may need a bottle of this before it goes away. :cthulhu: 

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This will be a perfect pandemic comfort scent! It's soooooo smooth and cozy, a not-too-sweet vanilla grounded by some soft woods. It's "airy" rather than dense, simple in the best possible way, and sits very close to the skin. I'll need to slather, and I'm ready to. I love it!

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Another gourmond for the win! Wet, I don't think "sugar cookies"; I wouldn't say this is "foody", though I do love BPAL's sugar cookie note. I'm reminded more both of AntiMech, as mentioned, (but much gentler), and Halos (without the fruit, but just as resonate). It's a soft, yet freshly cut woodiness that dries down warmly sweet. It just glows on the skin. I imagine it is exactly what one's hands might smell like after both eating sugar cookies and shooting off a ballista! Delightful, evocative, and oh, so wearable! 💘

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Wet this is very sweet on me, almost pure sugar cookie, with a bit of vanilla behind it. It's a very dry crumbly sugar cookie smell. Not like unpleasant dry cookie, but a pretty dry smell. Over time, I am getting a bit more of the wood here, but I'm not sure it's balancing out the sweetness enough for me. A solid choice for anyone who wants a delicious crumbly vanilla sugar cookie smell though. More time and the cookie does fade here a bit, though the lingering vanilla is fairly reminiscent of it, and it moves more solidly into a very sweet vanilla wood. I agree with everyone that it's reminiscent of Antikythera Mechanism, though this is definitely a lot sweeter, and it was too sweet for me.

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