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A departure from our usual 13 offerings! This year, my baby turned 13, so this perfume is dedicated to Lilith. My baby, may this year bring you joy, good health, and good fortune that lasts all your life and through all the lives you ever live. Thirteen of Lilith’s favorite scents, all rolled into one chaotic, exultant mess: lavender buds, blue cotton candy, buttered popcorn, squished carnations, vanilla ice cream, sun-ripe strawberries, chocolate chip cookies, warm milk, honey sticks, yellow cake, steamed rice, fresh bread, and puppies.

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I got my bottle today, so it hasn't rested very long but I couldn't resist a test. It's a morpher! Opens with a lovely candied fresh strawberry note (a strawberry dipped in hardened sugar syrup) and the cotton candy, with lavender to support the whole blend. After a while on the skin, I'm getting the honey and bread notes, a toasty note somewhere. And if I squint? Maaaaaybe a bit of corn chip for puppy feet. There's so much in here, it's one of the few blends with ten notes where I can smell each of them at some point. I just sniffed my wrist again and got the popcorn! It's such a cherry scent, needed after the rough day I've had. 

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I am also testing this today despite receiving it only a few days ago. So far I’ve got mainly a blast of “baked strawberry” if I had to put my finger on it. There’s something bread like in the mix, and delicious jam. In many ways this is what I always want the Sufganiyots to be. (If you like those, you need to try this!) I agree with the above that it’s a cheerful scent. I suspect it will only get better as it settles!

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This one is so much fun as it smells different every time I've tried it. The first day I had awful allergies and could only smell popcorn, but the next two times were much better. One time I got mostly blue cotton candy, strawberries, bread, and puppies. Another time it led off with chocolate chip cookies, cotton candy, and a little popcorn. I enjoy it though it's more foodie than I generally prefer. 

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Would it be easier to mention what I am getting or what I'm not getting? I think I'm actually getting every single note if I look for it. Chocolate chip cookies and strawberry are probably what I get the least of. If I was to summarize: milky dessert, lavender blue in color. Puppies in the bottle only. I like this one! I love milky liliths scents (aoede, melete, mneme) although this one is sweeter and has more of a pastry quality. Like a purple mille-feuille with a carnation on top. I could sniff this all day long!

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I expected this one to morph a lot more on me than it did, since it contains so many notes, but I'll retest this a few times to see if my experience remains the same or varies. At first, the strawberry is the strongest note, with just a smidge of chocolate chip cookie, but then the blue cotton candy shows up and becomes the dominant note on me, backed by a little strawberry. It's the same cotton candy from Thrills and Junk Food, which I love. During this phase, it kind of reminds me of Battle Fairy in Training with more of the blue cotton candy than the strawberry, and without the hint of mint. It remains like this for several hours, when the buttered popcorn joins in, along with the milk, and maybe a bit of rice? It ends up being a buttery, milky scent by the end of the day.

 

I love the blue cotton candy note in this, but I don't think I'd wear this over Thrills and Junk Food (why didn't you show up on me, lavender!?). I'm going to retest it a few times before it goes away before deciding if I need more or not, though. :) 

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This went to the same strawberry cereal-milk place that Dies Patribus and Buck Moon 2021 went; less cute than Dies, which was to die-for gourmand breakfast crunchies, but more cute than Buck Moon, which was spit-up strawberry baby cereal. Thirteen lands in a meh place for me, where it's kind of just...there? Leaning towards the dairy milk side of things, which isn't great on my skin, whereas Dies Patribus had some kind of magical milk-cream note situation that wasn't strictly dairy and thus didn't sour on the skin.

 

I don't really get anything else besides strawberry cereal-milk (of the dairy variety) from Thirteen LVB. For all the wild notes listed, this is a surprisingly one-note perfume to me. No full size for me.

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My first Thirteen scent, and wow I honestly don't know where to begin reviewing this. There's obviously a lot going on and this is a big morpher. It started off as a puppy fur scent, then it went to popcorn, vanilla ice cream cake with lots of icing, and lavender bread within the first few minutes of wear time. It's actually not as sweet as I expected, even with the abundance of foodie notes.

 

It eventually settled to a buttery bread, popcorn, and puppy combo. Which is still good, I am a huge popcorn fan, but I was anticipating more of the super sweet scents to stick around. In the bottle, I could smell just about every scent but the rice, carnations, and honey. But on the skin, I just got around half of the listed notes, and what did show up didn't stick around long enough for me.

 

I think I need to test this more to see if it changes. Resting might also help, because while I do like the smell, I would have rather had the strawberry cereal/cotton candy experience others have had based off of reviews.

 

It's a fun scent to try though. It reminds me of Lab Rat and Carnaval Rat with how much this shifts around. 

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