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Carved Wooden Soda Shop

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this opens with a deliciously sharp, almost medicinal root beer note, and i love it!  very quickly though, it's gentled and folded into sweet vanilla cream. while it's undeniably yummy, it almost feels like it goes a little flat after that punchy, sassafrasy root beer beginning. 

 

the cedar is whisper quiet.  i can find it because i know to look for it... without the notes list, i'm not so sure i would.  

 

i was hoping for something stronger in the cedar and root beer department, and this is more about the vanilla ice cream. i like it, though.  i can see myself reaching for it in the evening when i want something sweet and comfortable. 

 

 

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This is really addictive to me. I've recently fallen hard for Tombstone, but this one is different enough that I'm glad to have both. The rootbeer is the dominant note at first, and it somehow smells fizzy and candied, with minty and anise-y edges. The vanilla ice cream smells melted to me, very smooth. It's a deep vanilla that makes the overall scent feel "round" or even hollow (if that makes any sense whatsoever). I only detect a hint of cedar, though I think it's offsetting some of the sweetness. This is still a very sweet scent though and heavy on the rootbeer. Compared to Tombstone, it's sweeter, more minty, and less woody. 

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I already have several scents in my root beer arsenal, but there was no way I was going to pass up getting this one.

 

Of course, the immediate question when seeing the list of notes is, "How similar will this be to Tombstone?" The answer? It's not similar at all despite their shared notes! Tombstone is very warm and rugged. It features a warm vanilla, and a bolder, warmer cedar note. But Carved Wooden Soda Shop is a cool root beer. It starts off like root beer barrel candies on me with a hint of cool mint (but not peppermint -- perhaps wintergreen?) and a slight effervescence. There is a bit of a dry aspect to the scent, too, that could be from the cedar (I remember the cedar in the Cedarwood and Smoked Vanilla duet was a dry one), but honestly, if you hadn't told me that there's cedar in this, I wouldn't have guessed it were in here, and I wouldn't have known to go looking for it. Over time, a cool vanilla joins in and swirls with the root beer, and it eventually becomes the dominant aspect of the skin after six hours of wear -- although the vanilla ice cream is nowhere near as strong as the root beer was and stays close to the skin. There's a hint of the root beer in there, but it is definitely more about the float by the end of the day.

 

As a lover of all things root beer, I'm really glad I grabbed a bottle of this one, and I can't wait to slather it on during the summer months. :cheers: 

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This one is fun. I am usually all about the dark, dank, scary, witchy blends and this one is just fun.

 

Bubbly root beer float at first, all sassafrass-y and vannillic. I get very little wood until drydown, when a dry, resiny cedar appears but stays close to the skin. It's warm, familiar, fun, and something that I would recommend to just about anyone who enjoys a good vanilla blend.

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