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Thirteen

April '07 (Purple Label), reviewed 5-03-07
A base of cocoa absolute and white chocolate with thirteen baneful and beneficial bits: cardamom, fig meat, grains of paradise, rice flower, chamomile, sandalwood, catnip, clove, and a bundle of five blessed blossoms and herbs.

I could smell dark chocolate before I even opened the bottle. Once opened, I could see the cocoa had separated, so I rolled it several times. Even then, the oil wasn't fully blended, but I was determined to try it anyway. I dipped the end of a cotton swab in and when I pulled it out, it looked like I had dipped it in chocolate syrup. This oil is like thin chocolate syrup. I had to dab the oil on with one swab then spread it around with another so I didn't look like I had spilled Hershey's on myself. But the smell... A dark chocolate base with clove, catnip, and other herbs. I find it very comforting. Those not into foody scents should probably avoid this one.

4 out of 5 stars

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July '07 (Pink Label), reviewed 7-27-07
A base of cocoa absolute and white chocolate with thirteen baneful and beneficial bits including vanilla bean, white ginger, orchid, golden peach, massoia bark, clove, honey, and starfruit.

I was lucky with April's 13, but this time my luck ran out. In the bottle and wet on my skin, this 13 is chocolate and fruit, just heavenly. But before it was even dry, the clove bit me, so I had to wash it off.

0 out of 5 stars

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June '08 (Green Label), reviewed 6-30-08
There are thirteen lucky and unlucky components, including white chocolate, dark chocolate, apple blossom, honeysuckle, frankincense, allspice, nutmeg, black tea, tonka, and sandalwood.

In the bottle, this 13 is all chocolate. Wet on my skin, it's chocolate, apple, and spices. Basically, chocolate and spiced apple cider. As it dries, the apple slowly pushes the chocolate into the background. This is very nice, though not what I was expecting.

3 out of 5 stars

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February '09 (Navy Label), reviewed 3-13-09
Tonka, allspice, star anise, Jamaican and African gingers, devil’s shoestring, lucky hand root, and thyme.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, it's dark chocolate, brown sugar, and ginger. Dry, it's ginger, nutmeg, and brown sugar. I smell like fresh-baked gingerbread. Hopefully, age will bring out the chocolate.

3 out of 5 stars

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March '09 (Deep Red Label), reviewed 11-20-09
Bittersweet dark cocoa is surrounded here by 13 complex aspects, including exotic musks, caraway, allspice, aloes wood, lucky hand, Irish moss, and bamboo. Beneath it all is a glowing core of glistening cherry.

On me, this is dark chocolate, musk, what I think is the bamboo, and cherry. It's not my favorite 13, but it's really good.

3 out of 5 stars

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April '12 (Yellow Label), reviewed 5-02-12
This 13 is contains thirteen flowers of good luck swirled in white chocolate and a touch of honey: white carnation, stephanotis, blood-flower, yellow rose, eggplant flower, tiare, chamomile blossom, champaca flower, pink heather, wild orchid, pink peony, sweet basil flower, and Bells of Ireland.

In the bottle, I smell white chocolate and maybe floral. Wet on my skin, it's white chocolate, orchid, and a greenish floral. This is perfect for spring.

4 out of 5 stars