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  3. Wore one of the masks today, and it was so comfortable. The adjustability of the elastic makes such a big difference. I was able to size it exactly to my face, neither too tight nor too loose.
  4. I'd agree with this, the main difference being that AQ has a lemon topnote.
  5. tyvey

    Cupid's Cathedral

    screaming and crying and running in circles this is so good. Instant all time top five. I find stargazers overwhelming in person and sometimes they give me headaches. But thanks to these reviews I tried it and it is simply amazing. It’s a dream. It’s everything. It’s girly, professional, sophisticated, approachable, sweet, warm and yet cool at the same time somehow, both foody- it put frosting in my mind’s eye - and yet very credible (not frivolous like some simple commercial foody scents can be)... I wish to bathe in this. I have no business buying multiple bottles right now but got one for n
  6. luna65

    Soul Cakes

    Totally agree with Black Cat in terms of a comfort scent, to me this is in the tradition of things like Warm & Toasty and Z-Day - just warm sweet comforting goodness. It's sort of a more basic version of something like Scotchies: an out-of-the-oven oatmeal-y foodie; but not too sweet or spicy, just right.
  7. Only time will tell, but on me as well, very different than Odalisque. But it’s right there in the name, Odal-esque, meaning it’s like it, but different. The almond makes it very different for me as I tend to amp almond, but it works well here, unlike the OCCO Almond which went wonky on me. I’ve thought of Odalisque as having a similar vibe as OCCO White and Beth’s Blushing Milkmaid, this is it’s own thing. @halo0073I might be wrong since I used up all the sample you sent me, but maybe it’s a little like Alabaster Queen? I bought a FB unsniffed so currently working on the trial, I cannot w
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  9. Pine forest upon first sniff, and I'm fine with that. More and move over the years I've come to enjoy the scent of pine in fragrance. After a while I sense it starting to drift into oak and sage territory. Wood/herbal notes are always grounding for me, and so in that respect I feel the intent of this one - provoking a desire for reflection. From a fragrance perspective, that woody green aura makes for a really nice daytime scent for guys - and I can see ladies who like that kind of thing wanting to wear it too - but it has a fairly straightforward masculine vibe. You don't even have to th
  10. luna65

    Black Aggie

    This one is incredibly yummy and I can totally understand why it's an instantaneous fan favorite. The oatmeal stout is, in this scent, more of a gourmand note than an alky one (like it is in Bad Elf, for example) so to me this ends up smelling more like Gimme Money rather than a relative of something like Nip of Autumn. Spicy, sweet, kind of cake-y/bread-y with a cheery fruitness (like jlisa and Black Cat have pointed out) - it's sooooo goooood. Compulsively sniffable and total Fall coziness. DAT ELDERBERRY THO - the more it comes out in the drydown, loving it!
  11. luna65

    Friendly Ghost

    The benzoin is really nice in the long drydown, I agree.
  12. Beccah

    Friendly Ghost

    I picked up my sample blind, not referencing any notes, and put it on as I was running out the door for school drop off. The dry down on this one sooo good. I love benzoin resin incense but I like benzoin better in Friendly Ghost. I was a little confused when I first put it on because I did remember that Friendly Ghost was resin-y. Imagine my surprise at the lemon and strawberry beginning, on the way to the drop off line. I can still catch faint whiffs of the strawberry mixed with the benzoin. This is just so good. Verdict: on me it ends as strawberry tinged incense; full bottle worthy!
  13. It's taken a year, but now my man and myself are truly in love with Samhain. He's wore a little bit of the last of his trial a few days in a row, and it just got better and better. This will absolutely be in my next order. I suggest that anyone who's waiting for their 2020 Weenies to settle re-visit last year's now!
  14. I get the sugar bomb aspect of this...BUT, the balsam, I think, is reading really loud on my skin to where it adds an aspect which is odd on my skin. Either that or maybe the Autumnal notes but it's, like, right at the center of it all. And I am annoyed by that because I do want the candied apple part, I love candied apple scents, especially the ones Mara makes. I have so many of them: Curiosities, Betsy's Apple, Gravenstein, Candy Apple Cutie, Alyicia's Carnival, Totem: Raccoon...it's a thing with me, lol. Hopefully with aging this will meld and tone down and I'll be able to enjoy it more
  15. Admittedly, I sniffed every scent-and tried four of them 30 minutes after arrival. Since then, I have been a good girl and allowed the travel shock to subside. First out the gate for true testing is Bare Trap. It may be better than originally thought (which, is impossible, isn't it?). Somehow, the entire olfactory sensation is almost chewy, like a truly excellent nougat confection-NOT a cheap Milky Way-like Sees or Fannie May Candies. There's a softness, a sweetness, a smouldering spiciness, and such depth. Mara, you've created "The" self-assured woman. Brava!
  16. luna65

    Friendly Ghost

    This actually kind of reminds me of Canary Faery at first, it's like a soapy lemon. And I don't say that as a bad thing, that's just the impression I get. Some resins tend to read soapy on my skin, so I'm not surprised. After a time the lemon backs off and the strawberry comes to the fore. It's nice, I really like that combo even as the resins might be a little too soapy for my tastes. It really does have a happy vibe to it. ETA: in the long drydown this becomes wholly resinous but with a sweet aspect to it, which I think is probably the benzoin.
  17. Magnolia is the first impression. Floral, fruity, and really pretty. It's a nice spring scent. Sarong feels like when everything is blooming and the sun is shining, but it's not hot, yet. There's a lushness to it. The juiciness keeps it from being too floral or too coconutty. It fades to a very quiet, not quite powdery floral that's mostly magnolia and coconut with a little bit of sandalwood underneath. It fades really quickly on me, which is the only drawback.
  18. *scribbles furiously* ‘Note to self...’
  19. On me, at this point, it's all bay rum and woods. It makes me think of a '80s powerhouse kind of fragrance. Not any in particular, just that vibe. KAPOW! Totally manly, and suitable for every occasion, really - although it reads somewhat more professional and nighttime than casual. It's rather too much for me, I think because of the mahogany - which I like but sometimes my chemistry amps it to the heavens. Overall it dials down after about 20 minutes, it strikes me as pretty linear, but it softens in a little while. This is definitely a QG type of scent. and for anyone else w
  20. luna65

    Aqua Tofana

    This is really intriguing to me as a blend - it has an herbal characteristic but also a sort of "garden fresh" type of evocation. It's very bright and then the licorice gives it a bit of a Zing! The mint is like a cool breeze, but it's not too obvious. Even though conceptually this is for females I'd say anyone could wear this, if they're of a mind to. It's fresh and kind of spicy and interesting - you're not going to smell like everyone else if you wear this. So guys - I really do think you should give this a try if you're a fan of herbal or fresh scents. ETA: in the long dryd
  21. I plan to review it (because I review everything) but I wanted to wait to compare it to the original Odalisque.
  22. The combo of the pepper and the blueberry is really interesting because the tart and the spicy kind of morph into some other quality which I can't exactly name. But it's a really Fall-appropriate kind of vibe for sure. However, there is something in this which is triggering me (i.e. giving me that migraine-y feeling). On the face of it I don't know what is doing it, what would be doing it, maybe the musk? Sometimes musk can do that to me. It does remind me somewhat of Blue Smoke, which I did enjoy. I do think this is especially unisex, I don't get any appreciable sweetness from it.
  23. Where are all the reviews for this? It is such a masterpiece! (That’s okay though, don’t trouble yourselves to try it, I’ll just buy them all 😇.) I too, was surprised at how little it resembles the previous version, but, whereas for some odd reason, the 2017(??) variant smelled like Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille on me, this newest release starts out with a blast of almonds. I’d love it if the almond note would stick around longer, but it backs off, then the sandalwood becomes prominent. In time in all comes together in a sweet musky vanilla. It’s very well balanced. It definit
  24. going to let it rest for a few days - i dont get any fruit, nothing sweet does have a slight smoke
  25. Black Cat

    Black Aggie

    It's crazy because I'm not sure there's any overlap in ingredients but this reminds me so much of my beloved Prophetic Pie! It's got the same buttery bakery yumminess with a bright sparkle and it has the same mood lightening effect. I wasn't expecting to want a bottle, especially since I have so much that my standards for bottle buying are much higher. But other than Prophetic Pie, which I think I've almost finished by supply of, I have nothing else like this. So bottle ordered. I've already almost emptied the sample!
  26. The way I react to this - at least right now - is "Apparition, but make it pumpkin spice." It really does remind me a lot of Apparition, more than, say, S'more Than a Feeling. Primarily because it wears as soft and sheer as the other one does. But I do get that spicy campfire vibe just as much as the ghostly s'mores thing going on.
  27. This is a total sugar-bomb. It smells like sweet pumpkin s'mores. I'm getting a lot of marshmallow and vanilla, and some pumpkin and chocolate, but it's mostly just a well-blended sweet foody. I'm not getting any smoke or spices, but I'm sure they'll show up as the scent ages a bit.
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