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HALLOWEENIES
All Saints, reviewed 11-02-10
Monastic frankincense and myrrh, Damascus rose, Russian gardenia, cassia, and lily of the valley wafting on a chill Autumn wind.

On me, All Saints is lily, rose, and resin. It's very pretty and stronger than I thought it'd be.

3 out of 5 stars

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All Souls, reviewed 9-15-07
An incense blend that invokes the higher qualities of mercy and compassion, mingled with the soft, sugared currant scent of offertory soul cakes.

First on, All Souls is intense. Incense and currant cake, strong and demanding to be noticed. Dry, it mellows and softens. I like this, but I don't think I'll need another bottle this year.

3 out of 5 stars

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Bite Me, reviewed 11-20-09
Croquembouche with almond silk and a drizzle of caramel.

In the bottle, I can smell almonds and what I assume is the croquembouche. On my skin, the caramel starts to overpower the other two, but wow, this smells good enough to eat.

4 out of 5 stars

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Blue Pumpkin Floss, reviewed 10-22-10
Puffy clouds of pumpkin candyfloss with a trickle of blackberry juice.

In the bottle, Blue Pumpkin Floss is just pumpkin. On my skin, it's pumpkin and cinnamon with a hint of blackberry. It's good but I was hoping the blackberry would be stronger. Maybe age will bring it out.

3 out of 5 stars

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Bonfire Night, reviewed 9-20-07
Beer, woodsmoke, tar, and treacle.

Wet on my skin, Bonfire Night is woodsmoke over beer. Drying, the treacle is replacing the beer. Now it's moving into the woodsmoke's territory too. I like it after the initial wet stage but I won't get another bottle of this.

3 out of 5 stars

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Devil's Night, reviewed 11-04-11
This is the scent of autumn night, fires in the distance, with a touch of boozy swoon, playful sugar and thuggish musk.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, Devil's Night is the scent of an autumn night and a bonfire. Drying, they're replaced by booze and sugar. No musk to speak of. This is good and I bet it'll age beautifully.

3 out of 5 stars

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Dia de los Muertos, reviewed 9-18-07
This is a Mexican paean to La Huesuda: dry, crackling leaves, the incense smoke of altars honoring Death and the Dead, funeral bouquets, the candies, chocolates, foods and tobacco of the ofrenda, amaranth, sweet cactus blossom and desert cereus.

On me, Dia de los Muertos '07 smelled like floral with a little bit of incense. I was on the fence about keeping it when it started to burn. So, off it goes.

0 out of 5 stars

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La Calavera Catrina, reviewed 10-24-11
Autumn leaves, wild roses, bourbon vanilla, dry chamomile, and a bouquet of bright chrysanthemums and Mexican marigolds.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, La Calavera Catrina is chamomile, mums, and marigolds. Drying, the leaves come through. This is definitely a cousin of October and November. I like it, but I'd love it if the bourbon vanilla and roses came through.

3 out of 5 stars

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Le Revenant, reviewed 11-03-11
A shroud of gardenia, narcissus, and sandalwood with ambrette seed, white cognac, muguet, davana, and white musk.

In the bottle, Le Revenant is all narcissus. Wet on my skin, it's narcissus and a little bit of white musk in the background. It's pretty, but not what I was after.

2 out of 5 stars

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Nothing Gold Can Stay, reviewed 11-14-10
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Dewy green leaves colored by Moroccan amber, ginseng, and rooibos.


Nothing Gold Can Stay was inspired by a poem I frequently quote this time of year, so I was so excited to see the perfume. All I get is the dewy green leaves, but it's so true-to-life that I just love it.

4 out of 5 stars

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October, reviewed 9-21-07
Dry, cold autumn wind. A rustle of red leaves, a touch of smoke and sap in the air.

On me, October is mostly leaves and cool air, with a hint of smoke. It's neutral bordering on masculine. I love it and I'd recommend it to anyone.

5 out of 5 stars!

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Pomona, reviewed 11-24-09
Azaroles, nuts, and apple blossoms with red apple pulp, mulberry, blackberry, and pomegranate juice.

In the bottle, Pomona is mostly nuts. On my skin, it's apple, berries, pomegranate, and nuts. It's making me hungry, but I love it.

5 out of 5 stars!

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Pumpkin Princess, reviwed 11-16-11
Bright, sweet pumpkin with vanilla fluff, guava, chocolate-dusted white amber, tiare, red currant, raw honey, and meringue.

In the bottle, Pumpkin Princess is pumpkin, meringue, and guava. Wet on my skin, it's mostly guava. As much as I adore the label (Lilith is so cute!), this isn't for me.

2 out of 5 stars

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Sonnet D'Automne, reviewed 11-17-11
Tenebrous Love: a shivering white musk with vanilla-infused white cocoa, amber incense, and dead, dry leaves.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, Sonnet D'Automne is just leaves. It's a sister of October and November.

Drying, I think the white musk, vanilla, and amber are starting to show through the leaves. No white cocoa. This is good.

3 out of 5 stars

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Suck It, reviewed 11-23-09
Sexy and suckable: black cherry brandy.

In the bottle and on my skin, it's strongly black cherry. There's a hint of booze as it starts to dry. This is gorgeous and I only wish I had more than one bottle.

5 out of 5 stars!

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Sugar Skull, reviewed 9-26-07
A blend of five sugars, lightly dusted with candied fruits.

On me, Sugar Skull '07 smelled like warm brown sugar. Unfortunately, it started to burn so I had to wash it off. I'll pass this on to someone with less sensitive skin.

0 out of 5 stars

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Theme in Yellow, reviewed 11-12-13
Ghost songs and love to the harvest moon: fresh pumpkins warmed by candlelight and aglow with Halloween joy.

I love the BPAL pumpkin blends, so I had to get this. In the bottle and wet on my skin, it's lovely straight-up pumpkin. As it dries, there's a light note that must be the candlelight. This is perfect.

4 out of 5 stars


AN EVENING IN HADES
Askalaphos, reviewed 11-07-11
The daimon that tends the orchards of the Underworld: pomegranate, wonder-flowers, asphodel, and black soil.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, Askalaphos is more or less identical to Destroying Angel -- I'm getting decaying plant matter instead of soil. Drying, juicy pomegranate comes through over the decaying plants. So on me, Askalaphos is basically Destroying Angel + Fruit of Paradise. Since I have an imp of the former and a bottle of the latter, I'm wondering if I really need this.

ETA: It's been about an hour since I put Askalaphos on and now the pomegranate is stronger than the decaying plants. I like this much better now but I'm still hoping the flowers will show with age.

3 out of 5 stars

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Regina Erebi, reviewed 11-11-11
The Queen of Hell: pomegranate, spear mint, black mulberry, and myrrh.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, Regina Erebi is pomegranate and mulberry. Drying, mint starts to show. This is lovely.

3 out of 5 stars

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The Nymphae Avernales, reviewed 11-14-11
The nymphs of the Underworld: pomegranate, lilac musk, red rose, red sandalwood, honey, and frankincense.

In the bottle, The Nymphae Avernales is lilac with maybe some pomegranate way in the back. Wet on my skin, I'm getting lilac, sandalwood, and frankincense. The frankincense is strong with this one. Drying, dry pomegranate starts to come through. This is lovely.

3 out of 5 stars


HAUNTED HOUSE
The Atrocious Attic, reviewed 10-27-07
A shadowy shrine filled with forgotten toys, broken dolls. The altar: a collapsing trunk distended by a rotted wedding gown. The air of the room is dusty, laced with the scent of a child's perfume and the remnants of a dried, crumbling bridal bouquet: tea rose, violet, white sandalwood, French lavender, and Calla lily.

I was so excited when The Atrocious Attic came out since it seems to be inspired by the "bride in the trunk" urban legend. On me, all I get is tea rose and violet. The violet was stronger of the two when it was wet and the tea rose was a bit soapy around the edges. Dry, the tea rose is stronger and no longer soapy. I like this one a lot but I won't need another bottle.

3 out of 5 stars

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The Chilling Cellar, reviewed 10-28-07
Wine just turning to vinegar, crumbling mortar, red clay, and the coppery tang of old blood.

Wet on me, The Chilling Cellar starts off as what I think is wine and clay. Drying, it smells like bubblegum. Dry, I get the vinegary wine. It's nice but it's not for me.

2 out of 5 stars

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The Forbidding Foyer, reviewed 11-09-07
The faint scent of brimstone, ghostly breath laced with cognac, neglected mahogany panels, and rot.

The Forbidding Foyer on me smells like mahogany and a little bit of cognac. It's nice but it's not really me. I'm hoping age will improve it.

3 out of 5 stars

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The Ghastly Garden, reviewed 11-12-07
Overgrown oleander, marshy water hemlock, the sugared nectar of carnivorous blooms, putrefying wet greenery, oozing sap, crushed rosary peas, withered climbing roses, and nightshade berries.

On me, The Ghastly Garden is very green and leafy. It's nice but not what I was expecting. I'll age it and see if it improves.

3 out of 5 stars

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The Lurid Library, reviewed 11-13-07
The incense-tinged scent of forbidden tomes and the musk-laden remnants of infernal servants.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, The Lurid Library is books and musk, almost cologne. I love it, so of course that phase only lasts ten minutes. Then it turns to patchouli and a hint of musk. I'll age this and see if I can get the initial phase to last longer.

2 out of 5 stars

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The Perilous Parlor, reviewed 11-14-07
Soft white pear and sweet vanilla.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, The Perilous Parlor is pear and sunblock. Then it became pear and vanilla. Then just pear. Finally, it started to irritate my skin so I had to wash it off. Someone else can enjoy this one.

0 out of 5 stars

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The Twisted Oak Tree, reviewed 11-15-07
Blackened, rotted oak wood blanketed in moss and choked by a cloak of grasping ivy.

On me, The Twisted Oak Tree is green plants over burned wood. I didn't like it at first but it has grown on me. It's not something I'll wear often, but it'll be good for when summer is just turning to fall.

3 out of 5 stars


PUMPKIN PATCH '07
Pumpkin I, reviewed 9-22-07
Pumpkin with pear, white wine grapes, and jasmine-laced tea.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, Pumpkin I smells like pumpkin over jasmine tea with a hint of pear. Unfortunately, it started to burn, so this Pumpkin is not for me.

0 out of 5 stars

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Pumpkin II, reviewed 9-23-07
Pumpkin with tobacco, champa flower, carnation, and tonka.

On me, Pumpkin II smelled like pumpkin and tobacco. Unfortunately, it started to burn so I had to wash it off. I'm sure someone else will love it.

0 out of 5 stars

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Pumpkin III, reviewed 9-24-07
Pumpkin with white chocolate, caramel, pomegranate, and cream.

On me, Pumpkin III is pumpkin and warm white chocolate. It's delicious. It did burn while it was wet but I waited it out and was duly rewarded. I'm not getting any pomegranate at all, so that's a little disappointing, but I still love this.

4 out of 5 stars

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Pumpkin IV, reviewed 9-25-07
Pumpkin with cactus blossom, sage, and sweetgrass.

On me, all I could get from Pumpkin IV was pumpkin. It started to burn before anything else came through so I had to wash it off. I'm sure someone else will appreciate it.

0 out of 5 stars

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Pumpkin V, reviewed 9-25-07
Pumpkin with benzoin, bourbon vanilla, lemon peel, neroli, blood orange, and red ginger.

On me, Pumpkin V smells like pumpkin and orange. It's really good but it irritated my skin so I had to wash it off. I may use it as a room scent.

0 out of 5 stars

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A Murder of Crows, reviewed 9-25-07
Sleek iris and verbena, grey amber, benzoin, davana, and glossy herbs.

On me, A Murder of Crows smells like lemon-scented baby powder. It's a nice, clean scent but not what I was expecting. I'll keep it, though. BTW, the crows on the label are cute.

2 out of 5 stars


PUMPKIN PATCH '09
Pumpkin V, reviewed 11-27-09
Pumpkin, chocolate, coffee bean, vanilla bean, and hazelnut.

On me, Pumpkin V is heavy on the pumpkin (I'm starting to think I amp pumpkin), then hazelnut, then coffee bean, and a hint of chocolate. This is good and I get the feeling it'll age into something gorgeous.

4 out of 5 stars