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Rappaccini's Garden

Rappaccini's Garden
Baneberry, reviewed 4-20-07
A poisonous fruit-bearing member of the buttercup family. The scent, like the plant, is dark green, herbal, and plump with bulging black fruit.

I don't get anything from Baneberry that smells dark green or herbal. What I do get is berries. My brain has settled on raspberry and blueberry. It's not too sweet or too strong. I like it, but I don't think I'll buy a bottle anytime soon.

4 out of 5 stars

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Belladonna, reviewed 3-07-08
A rich green and floral blend, earthy and haunting.

On me, Belladonna smells like pine and earth. It's not me, so I'll pass it on.

2 out of 5 stars

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Black Lily, reviewed 3-05-08
Breathtaking darkness, a vision of grace in shadow.

Black Lily is indeed a darkened lily scent. Initially, it was very faint, but now that it's dry it seems to be a little stronger. It's still a little weak for my taste, but I'm hoping age will help that.

3 out of 5 stars

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Black Lotus, reviewed 7-06-07
Black lotus flower, amber, myrrh and sandalwood.

In the imp, sweet floral and myrrh. Wet on my skin, all I get is bubblegum. Once it's dry, the other notes start to come through, but bubblegum is definitely the strongest. I'll keep this imp for a while to see if it ages well, otherwise I'll pass it on.

1 out of 5 stars

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Black Rose, reviewed 4-18-07
A blend of roses, with a touch of amber and musk.

In the imp and wet on my skin: Dirt with a hint of roses. Dry: The dirt smell goes away, thank goodness. Another Destroying Angel I don't need. I'm not very familiar with amber or musk, but there's something besides the rose. I think the musk might be stronger than the amber. They seem to be playing nice with the rose, however. It's a nice scent, but it's not really me.

2 out of 5 stars

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Blood Lotus, reviewed 7-12-07
Lush, velvet-red blooms born from the blood shed in the eternal battle between Set and Horus the Avenger.

Wet on my skin, Blood Lotus wavers between bubblegum and a sweet floral. Surprisingly, I like that -- I'd definitely eat something that tastes like wet Blood Lotus smells. Dry, it's light and powdery. I'll age this and see if it improves.

1 out of 5 stars

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Blood Rose, reviewed 5-12-08
Sensual, robust, and silken: voluptuous red rose bursting with lascivious red wine and sultry dragon’s blood resin.

On me, Blood Rose is a very red rose with a slightly sour tinge. It's a lot like Persephone (my #1 favorite), but with only the sourness, not the actual pomegranate note. I don't get any dragon's blood at all. I'll give this another shot, but right now it doesn't look like a keeper.

2 out of 5 stars

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Cobra Lily, reviewed 5-31-07
Sharp, heady and viciously carnivorous.

On me, Cobra Lily is slightly spicy, honeyed lilies with a hint of orange. I love it, even though it's fading fast. I may have to get another imp of this and find a way of making it last.

3 out of 5 stars

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Destroying Angel, reviewed 3-30-07
Papery white notes evoke the grace of this fungi, grounded by thin, crisp soil.

One whiff of Destroying Angel and I'm reminded of the time I tried to press a bunch of rose petals. It didn't work -- they ended up decomposing instead. Destroying Angel is the scent of plantlife slowly going back to the soil. I can smell a hint of floral, as if dead roses were still clinging to the very last of their scent. The floral note seems to get stronger as the oil dries. There seems to be hardly any throw -- I have to hold my wrists right up to my nose to smell anything at all. All things considered, I don't think I'll be buying a bottle of this anytime soon, but it's a pleasant enough scent, so it'll probably end up in the "nice to have" section of my wishlist.

2 out of 5 stars

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Dian's Bud, reviewed 8-06-07
Be as thou wast wont to be;
See as thou wast wont to see:
Dian's bud o'er Cupid's flower
Hath such force and blessed power.


On me, Dian's Bud is a green, innocent floral. I can't figure out which flower, but it smells like only one as opposed to a bouquet. I like it but I don't think I'll get a bottle anytime soon.

3 out of 5 stars

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Hairy Toad Lily, reviewed 3-04-08
Spotty, hairy, purple, sweet!

In the imp and wet on my skin, Hairy Toad Lily is a sweet, purple scent. Like grapes, but not juicy. Drying, a green note starts to show. Dry, the purple and green notes are even. This is very pretty, and something I'd recommend to people who don't usually like florals.

4 out of 5 stars

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Love-In-Idleness, reviewed 7-01-07
Yet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell:
It fell upon a little western flower,
Before, milk-white, now purple with love's wound,
And maidens call it love-in-idleness


I understand that the name Love-In-Idleness refers to the pansy, but this smells like an assorted bouquet of just-picked flowers. It's a very yellow and green scent. On me, it's almost a dead ringer for Poisson d'Avril, which I love. I'll definitely put a bottle of this on my wishlist.

4 out of 5 stars

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Love-Lies-Bleeding, reviewed 4-10-07
The velvet flower. A lush, thick, luxuriant bloom, bold and red.

On me, Love-Lies-Bleeding is a heady mix of dark chocolate and roses, with a hint of strawberries. I think it would be perfect to wear to a romantic dinner. It's competing with Persephone for my favorite.

5 out of 5 stars!

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Slobbering Pine, reviewed 6-27-08
Dewy, wet, whiplike and sticky.

In the imp, Slobbering Pine is pine and something else I can't identify. Wet on my skin, it starts off being pine with an aquatic men's cologne, then quickly turns to Irish Spring. I should've expected that, really. Dry, it calms down to a muted aquatic pine. It's a little too masculine on me, but except for the soapy stage, I like it. It's just not something I'd wear every day.

3 out of 5 stars

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Strangler Fig, reviewed 5-09-07
Rooty, woody, with deep green tones.

Strangler Fig smells like sitting on the ground in the middle of a fig tree orchard -- wood, leaf litter, and a touch of fig. I think this one's definitely gender neutral. It's nice but it's not me. After wearing this for a few hours, I now like Strangler Fig very much!

4 out of 5 stars

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Voodoo Lily, reviewed 3-06-08
A breathtakingly exotic, wild, and grossly erotic spicy gold, purple-black, and burgundy lily.

On me, Voodoo Lily is a spicy, foody, green scent. It's interesting but not me, so I'll pass this on.

2 out of 5 stars

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Yew Trees, reviewed 7-21-07
Piercingly sweet berries over evergreen boughs, deepened by the tree’s sacred wood.

Wet on my skin, Yew Trees smelled like wood with a little bit of evergreen beneath it. Once it dried, it somehow morphed into plumeria. I'll give this one another try sometime, but if I get the same result, off it goes.

2 out of 5 stars