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Lavender and White Chocolate Madeleines Winter

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Pulled from a stack of recipes I keep in a folder called “Things I Will Never Be Skilled Enough to Bake.”

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This is my favorite scent that I've tried from the Yule update, but I knew that it would be. Anyone that loves the Lilith lavender scents need this. It has that lavender accompanied by white chocolate and the lightly buttery, soft, sponge-like madeleine. It's so comforting, and it could be used as a daytime or nighttime lavender scent. If I had to compare it to previous scents, I'd say it's most like Carry Me or Lilith's Love Low (a Lilith creation that rarely ever pops up since the recipe was lost). It's daintier than Two Frames, because the cake note in that one is much stronger.

 

I doubt one bottle will be enough. :heart: 

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In the decant: White chocolate and buttery cookie first, with lavender coming in after. 

 

On my skin:

 

Wet, it's so very much buttery -- and just a touch almondy? -- cookie. As it dries, the white chocolate and lavender both come out, adding depth and complexity to the scent. It stays pretty true after that, slightly sharp lavender and sweet white chocolate over a buttery cookie base. 

 

As someone who is not the biggest fan of lavender or cookies as perfume notes, this is surprisingly nice. The combination of notes is really well balanced, so it's not overly sharp or sweet or cake-y in any one direction. Definitely, if the notes call to you, this is going to be a winner -- and even if you'd discounted it before, trying it out might pleasantly surprise you! 

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Upon opening the bottle, I was hit with the smell of Pepperidge Farm cookies. Nice, but not what I want to smell like. Luckily, it became much more defined and the chocolate and lavender lay right on top of each other. Very cozy, but I don't feel the need for a second bottle.

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This is so lovely. I wore this for bedtime last night and my husband said “Cookies? Is that cookies?”. The cookie note is prominent on my skin, a lovely buttery crisp. The white chocolate envelops the lavender so its soft and creamy. I agree similar to Carry Me as @doomsday_disco says above, but I do get MORE cookie here. Backup worthy! Good throw, but one that I can slather. I think from BPal this is my favorite gourmand lavender blend. I love that the lavender never overwhelms the blend, and that it stays a gourmand atmospheric throughout wear. 

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I really like this too.  There's a really short phase right at the beginning that worried me a little, kind of flat and...dusty or something.  But after about 20 or 30 minutes, it smooths out a lot and is just lovely. This part reminds me of TKO but sweeter and more gourmand.  This could be such a nice bedtime scent like the reviewer mentioned before me.  It's incredibly well balanced.

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This is an incredible, fruity lavender backed up by a warm, sweet cookie. Initially the two are very distinct scents, but they meld beautifully on the skin. The lavender calms down and the white chocolate comes out. It's not overly sweet or overly floral, just very gentle.

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Sweet-herbal lavender over a sugary butter cookie. Creamy white chocolate smooths the whole, helping everything blend. 

 

On the wand, and in the first few seconds on my skin, I also smell a little whiff of red-purple fruit jam, something like red currants, black currants, or blackberries. I wish that lingered on my skin longer, because it's quite pretty. Not what I expected.

 

Regardless, this is a sweet, kind, gentle blend. The lavender keeps it out of the zone of pure gourmand, but it's a close thing.

 

This could easily become a bottle.

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Started like toasty caramelized sugar bits of crispy cookie crumbs. Husband thought it smelled like butter rum life savers. The lavender came through for a minute as an herbal spa-like version, distinct and not sweet like TKO.

 

Now, maybe I'm not be the gourmand lover I thought I was. Or maybe it's the BPAL vanilla note or cookie vibe that doesn't work for me. But after half an hour or so, it turned more tangy sour burnt with a plasticky chemical aroma. Something about the caramelly sugar in this and other cookie scents turns into burnt plastic on me, and it's heartbreaking, because vanilla can be my absolute favorite scent. I had a similar experience with Waiting. It's probably just me, and I'm so bummed to be experiencing this as a pattern. Thankfully there are lots of other notes I'm finding work surprisingly well, so maybe it's a wash.

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Lavender and white chocolate fade into a very realistic madeline batter. After about an hour, it really smells strongly of madelines. And then it dries to a very faint madeline with lavender. Medium throw and wear length. Smells like a delicious cookie.

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This starts out smelling very similar to Two Frames---herbal lavender doused in creamy sugar---but the two dry down differently. Whereas Two Frames is mostly about the buttercream frosting, this scent is a bit more complex and dries down into a fluffy madeline cookie with a hint of vanilla extract. It's a pretty, delicate scent and doesn't have a ton of throw or longevity (at least not at this stage in its life), but it's definitely delicious and amazingly accurate. Yum!

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