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Antony, reviewed 10-01-07
A warrior's scent: the green hills and grasses of the battlefields, the resinous incense from the prayers to his Gods, and a touch of the musky leather of his armor. Ambergris and frankincense with sage, and basil.

Antony on me smells like sage and basil, with a hint of frankincense. On me, this is definitely more neutral than masculine. I love Antony, I just wish he were stronger.

3 out of 5 stars

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Caliban, reviewed 6-26-08
The scent of the salty seas, bittersweet wine, palm and tropical ferns.

Wet on my skin, Caliban is a salty aquatic note over the ferns and palm. It's neutral, but leaning close to masculine. Dry, the wine comes through, and it's more sweet than bitter, so it seems a little more feminine. I love this. It's a perfect summer scent.

4 out of 5 stars

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Helena, reviewed 6-23-07
Rose amber, calla lily, night-blooming jasmine, water lily, and white rose.

In the imp: Hello, tea rose! On my skin: It's like tea rose is the desperate, determined side of Helena and has beat all the rival notes back in persuit of my nose, its Demetrius. I'm hoping aging will make the other notes strong enough to fight back (c'mon, lilies!), otherwise Helena will have to go.

2 out of 5 stars

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Hermia, reviewed 6-20-07
Pink pepper, golden amber, honeysuckle, and passion flower.

Hermia's definitely a spicy floral, but on my skin, the spice is cinnamon instead of pink pepper and the floral is just passionflower, no honeysuckle. She started out very light initially (and I slathered), but she's gotten a little stronger now that it's been an hour. I really like the combination of cinnamon and passionflower, but I wish the passionflower was stronger. If Hermia weren't a MND scent, I pass her on but since she is, I'm willing to keep her around and see if she gets stronger with age.

3 out of 5 stars

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Katharina, reviewed 8-08-07
White musk with a trickle of bright, sharp apricot and orange blossom.

In the imp and wet on my skin, Katharina is all apricots. Dry, I can smell the white musk beneath it. I'm not getting orange blossom at all but I can't complain; Katharina is lovely.

3 out of 5 stars

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Lady MacBeth, reviewed 6-16-08
Sweet Bordeaux wine, blood red currant, thyme and wild berries.

On me, Lady MacBeth is currant and berries, very juicy. I don't seem to get the wine or thyme, but this is still a great summer scent.

3 out of 5 stars

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Lear, reviewed 7-29-08
A regal, commanding scent, but poignant. White cedarwood, blue sage and bay leaf.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, Lear is just cedar. By the time it dries, the cedar is gone, leaving behind the bay and sage, which are very strong. It's like sniffing a spice rack. Interesting, but not me.

2 out of 5 stars

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Lysander, reviewed 6-25-07
Lilac musk, tonka, wood violet, and urbane lime rind, with a Venus-kissed tangle of myrtle, blackberry leaf, and benzoin.

In the imp and wet on my skin, Lysander is very green and earthy. Dry, he turns into more of a vanilla scent. Lysander's very light, even barely there. I may have to let him age a little before I try him again.

3 out of 5 stars

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Oberon, reviewed 6-24-07
Orchid, white musk, and bergamot wafting over juniper berries, with a gentle touch of soft, earthy patchouli.

In the imp, Oberon is just juniper. Wet on my skin, the orchid and white musk come through and they play very well with the juniper. Whether or not Oberon is gender neutral or masculine probably depends on a person's taste and body chemistry. To me, it's neutral bordering on feminine. I love this scent! It's so fresh and different. I definitely need a bottle of this.

5 out of 5 stars!

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Othello, reviewed 8-30-07
Arabian musk with two roses and a bevy of Middle Eastern and Indian spices.

I wasn't sure how Othello would mix with my skin chemistry -- the spices had me convinced it would burn. Instead, it turned to floral soap. If I were looking for a floral soap scent, this would be great. Unfortunately, I'm not so I'll pass it on to someone else.

1 out of 5 stars

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Queen Gertrude, reviewed 4-15-08
Imperial violet softened by wisteria and chrysanthemum, but edged with the regal iciness of delphinium.

On me, Queen Gertrude is mostly violet with some wisteria. It's a deep violet, closer to Saturnalia than Faith. There isn't much throw -- I had to apply more than usual to get the level of throw I'm used to. Still, it's very pretty.

3 out of 5 stars

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Robin Goodfellow, reviewed 6-21-07
Dark musk, moss-covered wood, ragwort, heather, and sage.

In the imp, Robin Goodfellow smells strongly (but pleasantly) of wood and green plants. On my skin, I get the same, but with enough musk to balance out the blend. While Robin's not really my usual kind of scent (I prefer florals and food, mostly), I do like him and I'll put a bottle on my wishlist. This scent is definitely gender neutral.

5 out of 5 stars!

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Rosalind, reviewed 10-03-07
Dew-covered berries and fresh green grasses with a faint breath of spring flowers.

On me, Rosalind smells like a light citrus. Grapefruit, maybe. I do like her but she's not a favorite.

2 out of 5 stars

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Tamora, reviewed 5-13-08
Amber, heliotrope, golden sandalwood, peach blossom and vanilla bean.

I tried Tamora on without remembering what was in it except peach. I expected it to be more like Fae, but I didn't realize that Tamora had the blossom instead of the fruit. On my skin, all I can smell is the peach blossom. It's lighter than the fruit and definitely not as strong. Still, this is a pretty, delicate scent.

2 out of 5 stars

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Titania, reviewed 6-22-07
White grape, white peach, iced pear, musk rose, sweet pea, moonflower and snapdragon.

In the imp, Titania smells of the three fruits. Wet on my skin, I could smell the fruits and the flowers. They were all blended together, nothing really stood out. If a scent could be called bright and sparkly, Titania's it. As it dried, the fruits warmed up and deepened, especially the grape. Now, an hour after applying, Titania smells like fruit-flavored Pez candy, not that I'm complaining.

2 out of 5 stars

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Titus Andronicus, reviewed 10-19-07
Dark musk and black amber with frankincense, red sandalwood, neroli and bergamot.

It's hard to describe how Titus Andronicus smells on me. It's too light and powdery to really nail down the scent. I think I'm getting mostly neroli and bergamot. It's definitely not for me.

1 out of 5 stars

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