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Tonka bean, black amber resin, patchouli root, candlewax, lavender bud, driftwood, and honey dust.

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i figured this might be my favorite of this year's liliths, and so far i was spot on!  

 

initially, the main note i get is ambered driftwood... which registers to me as a gently dry, salty-ish wood with a perfumey amber tone.  just behind that is earthy patchouli, and a honey sweetness that reads as dry, not sticky.  as it warms up, it gets so smooth and sweet, with just a little vanilla (tonka? candlewax?) to smooth it out... everything is just so cohesive and nice!  something about the salt and honey dust (i think) makes this feel hella sexy, in a very sophisticated way.

 

i'm not an aquatics person, so the driftwood worried me a little before trying it, but it really is quite lovely. 

 

i never caught any lavender at all, which i am ok with. 

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Like MamaMoth above, this is my favourite of the Liliths I ordered!

 

In the bottle: Dark, sweet, slightly fuzzy, and "purple."

 

Wet on my skin: As this goes on, it's primarily that black amber and candlewax, with a little bit of aquatic saltiness and vanillic sweetness. Black amber is my favourite type of BPAL amber, so this is off to a good start!

 

Dry: This. Is. GORGEOUS. After having my order for a week now and wearing this blend a few times already, I'm considering a backup bottle, which is very, very rare for me. It's a little bit reminiscent, in the best sort of way, of an old Bath & Body Works favourite called Black Amethyst, which I wore through my college years (long before discovering BPAL). It's very well-blended on me, but the black amber, vanillic tonka-candlewax, and honey dust are easier to pick out than the other notes if I inhale deeply. The driftwood gives it a little bit of aquatic salt, but probably not enough to scare someone who dislikes aquatics, and the patchouli is a sweet patch that darkens everything and gives it a bit of earthy sweetness. I can't actually specifically pick out any lavender at all, but I'm sure it is doing something in this glorious purple cloud. Overall, this is a "more than the sum of its parts" perfume, and the vibe to it is sort of gritty-rocker-goth-chic, if that makes sense. I could imagine Joan Jett or Grace Jones wearing something like this. NICE. 

 

...now, how many bottles are left?

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This smells like Christmas to me. I know that fir/pine/evergreen are not notes that are listed but maybe it’s the black amber resin? I’m not sure but it definitely has that vibe to to it when first applied. The drydown is dry and a bit akin to being dusty and I’m a big fan of dusty scents. I think it needs to sit for a few days before I try it again but I really like it! 

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For some reason I keep erasing the honey dust note from this blend when I try to think of the notes, and I'm surprised every time I test it at how sweet it is! 😂

It's such a lovely blend tho, and it's definitely not overly sweet or foodie sweet - it's dryly sweet. Ambered driftwood is also a prominent note to my nose, but there's so much supporting it. Honey dust and lavender floating over the top, funky beeswax and patch sticking it all together. Very happy to have this.

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Even though this doesn't share a lot of the same notes, it reminds me of last year's Philopannyx, which I love. Recording Studio is well blended and I have a hard time picking out specific notes (even the patch!) but it certainly smells sweetly resinous, dark, heady, and somehow purple. I think it's the black amber (🖤) combined with the patch, lavender, and beeswax that my nose is really enjoying. I'm wary of honey dust but here I think it's just adding a touch of sweetness. Very nice. 

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This one ended up a bit disappointing, in comparison to my other Liliths. My fresh from the lab bottle was under-filled, already at the label, and I don't get any driftwood or candlewax. On me, this plays out as sharp lavender, sweet tonka and a perfumey amber.  I think this would have been lovely if I'd gotten the driftwood or candlewax note to anchor the sharper floral notes. Still going to enjoy it, but I'm not willing to take a risk ordering another bottle to see if I get a different result. I'll tuck it away and see what 6 months does to it.

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This starts off as an aquatic lavender on me with the lavender and salty driftwood strongest right out of the gate. It stays that way for a while, with the amber and patchouli gaining strength with wear and hanging out with the salty driftwood. I was beginning to wonder if any of the sweet notes would appear, but the candlewax did show up by the end of the day, adding a light, creamy sweetness to the driftwood, amber, and patchouli. Curiously enough, even though honey dust is generally my nemesis and tends to declare dominion over all other notes, it's really tame here, and seems to just adding a touch of dark, toffee-like sweetness behind the candlewax.

 

I also wanted to note that I, too, thought it smelled like Christmas for a bit, and I'm just like... where did that come from? But I'm not mad.

 

The decant is a keeper, but I'm not sure that I need more of this one (maybe if the lavender had stuck around...)

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Did someone toss a whole tree in the sea? It reminds me of 18-in-1's that feature images of stormy seas, renaming this Attack of the Christmas Kraken 🐙 I mean, tis the season.... 🌲 will revisit this scent at a later day, right now it's all I'm getting. Currently too icy, aquatic for me. 

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