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51, reviewed 6-05-08
Luminescent, glowing, and otherworldly: green mandarin, neroli, honeydew, white amber, guava, freesia, white and green musks hovering over desert scrub, smashed wood, and the dry, biting scent of night air over the Groom Lake salt flats.

On me, 51 has a top note of salt, a middle note of citrus, and a base note of light musk. This is a light, neutral scent that is ideal for summer. I'm so in love with this and I want a bottle ASAP!

5 out of 5 stars!

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Athens, reviewed 8-11-08
Voluptuous myrrh, golden honey, red wine, and sweet flowers.

In the imp and on my skin, Athens is honey single note. It even has the consistency of thin honey. This one's definitely not staying.

2 out of 5 stars

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Bayou, reviewed 11-18-08
Spanish moss, evergreen and cypress with watery blue-green notes and an eddy of hothouse flowers and swamp blooms.

On me, Bayou is the blue-green aquatic notes and what I guess are the swamp blooms. It's nice but not exactly what I was expecting.

3 out of 5 stars

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Cairo, reviewed 6-28-07
The essence of holy Kyphi, beloved incense of the Egyptian Gods.

On my skin, Cairo started out as sweet, sugary, pink bubblegum and now smells like that and lemon Pledge. I'll give it one more try because I really love the city.

2 out of 5 stars

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Eden, reviewed 7-14-08
Fig leaf, fig fruit, honeyed almond milk, toasted coconut and sandalwood.

On me, Eden is just honeyed almond milk (accent on the almond) and toasted coconut. I'll age it and see if the fig comes out.

2 out of 5 stars

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Florence, reviewed 10-10-07
Elegant iris, bright berries, gilded amber and velvety spices.

I don't think my skin chemistry likes Florence very much right now -- I'm getting nuts and that's about it. I'll keep it for now and try it again sometime.

2 out of 5 stars

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The Hanging Gardens, reviewed 8-22-10
Date palm, ebony, fir, pomegranate, plum, two pears, quince, fig, and grapevine with plumeria, three gardenias and dry rose.

In the imp and on my skin, The Hanging Gardens is just grape and citrus, and very light. It's okay but not me

2 out of 5 stars

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Havana, reviewed 9-17-08
Date palm, dried tobacco, snakeroot, and leather.

On me, Havana is very green date palm over tobacco and leather. This is a lot nicer than I thought it would be.

3 out of 5 stars

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Hollywood Babylon, reviewed 6-09-08
The essence of innocence shattered: glittering Egyptian amber and heliotrope, infused with the sweetness of strawberry and vanilla - dragged into debauch by lusty red musk and a dribble of black cherry.

In the imp, Hollywood Babylon is mostly strawberry. It smells almost exactly like Maenad. Wet on my skin, it's strawberry, vanilla, and cherry, in that order. This is really good. This is what I expected Beaver Moon '07 to smell like. Dry, it's just strawberry and once again smells like Maenad. I'll keep it for now and see if it ages into something more distinctive.

3 out of 5 stars

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Kathmandu, reviewed 8-14-08
Saffron, blessed sandalwood, Himalayan cedar and the miraculous lotus of the Buddha with chiuri bark and Nepalese spices.

On me, Kathmandu is mint, spice, and wood, like a really fancy toothpaste. Definitely not me.

2 out of 5 stars

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Kyoto, reviewed 8-03-07
A gentle, soothing blend of cherry blossom, white sandalwood and star anise.

In the imp and on my skin, I smelled cherries and wood. Kyoto smells a lot like The Red Queen. Unfortunately, it started to burn so I had to wash it off. I'll stick with The Red Queen.

0 out of 5 stars

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London, reviewed 6-05-07
Venerable Victorian Tea Rose, twisted, blackened and emboldened with wickedness.

London on me starts out smelling like a pale pink tea rose then it slowly turns dark red. It's like a Victorian lady who goes to high tea in the afternoon dressed in a pale pink, ruffled dress with a high collar then attends a high society ball in the evening dressed in garnets and shoulder-baring red silk. I like it, but I think it would smell better on me layered with something else.

3 out of 5 stars

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Madrid, reviewed 3-11-08
Bold red wine, mimosa, and a trickle of clove.

On me, Madrid is spicy wine (which was very nice) but then the clove started to burn. Someone else can have this.

0 out of 5 stars

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Morocco, reviewed 3-12-08
Arabian spices wind through a blend of warm musk, carnation, red sandalwood and cassia.

Maybe it's my nose (or my chemistry), but I'd swear there's vanilla in Morocco. On me, it's spice and vanilla. I love it and I only wish it were stronger.

4 out of 5 stars

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Moscow, reviewed 8-22-07
A rich, bold blend of imperial rose, carnation, lush jasmine, lily of the valley, dark musk, amber, bergamot and gilded tangerine.

On me, Moscow is just florals and musk, with none of the florals really standing out. It's a pretty blend, but I expected something a bit more from it. I'll keep it around, though.

2 out of 5 stars

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Paris, reviewed 8-21-07
Lavender, softly underscored by lotus and spice.

All I get from Paris is lotus, and once again my skin chemistry has morphed that into bubblegum. So instead of "sophisticated city," I get "ditzy heiress." Off it goes.

1 out of 5 stars

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Port Royal, reviewed 6-14-07
Spiced rum and ship’s wood mixed with the body-warmed trace of a prostitute’s perfume and a hint of salty sea air on the dry-down.

Port Royal is definitely not one I would've bought myself, so I'm grateful to the Lab for this frimp. In the imp and wet on my skin, I could smell the woods. There was a single whiff of nuts, but sun-warmed cedar is what came through the strongest. Now that it's drying, the rum's spices (though not the rum itself) is coming through. I'm fairly certain there's cinnamon in this, but not enough to irritate my skin. There was also a whiff of vanilla, which I guess is the perfume. I'm not getting any sea air, but I'm not complaining -- Port Royal is gorgeous without it. I think it's a gender neutral scent. I definitely need a bottle of this!

5 out of 5 stars!

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Rome, reviewed 3-16-08
Cypress, juniper, chamomile and rose.

Wet on my skin, Rome is tea rose and juniper. Absolutely lovely. Unfortunately, the juniper soon vanished. Drying, Rome's tea rose and a hint of chamomile. Dry, it's just tea rose. I don't need another tea rose sn, but I'm going to age this and see if it improves.

2 out of 5 stars

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Santo Domingo, reviewed 10-06-08
An exotic, sultry blend of tobacco leaf, bay rum and heady Caribbean blossoms.

I don't get any flowers from Santo Domingo, just rum and tobacco leaf. Still, this is nice.

3 out of 5 stars

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Silk Road, reviewed 6-20-08
A panoply of cultural treasures, spanning the herbs, flowers, oils and balms of the Romans, the Byzantines, the Mediterranean, the Levant, Northern China, Eastern Europe, Iran, the Bulgar-Kypchak, Mesopotamia, the Crimean Peninsula, Anatolia, Antioch, and North Africa.

On me, Silk Road is cinnamon, tea, herbs, maybe a little musk, and what I think is patchouli. It's interesting but not me. Unfortunately, the cinnamon started to burn so I had to wash it off. Someone else can enjoy this.

0 out of 5 stars

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Sri Lanka, reviewed 9-14-07
Indian sandalwood and cedar, and the dry incense smoke of olibanum, gum mastic, patchouli and myrrh.

In the imp and wet on my skin, Sri Lanka is patchouli single note. Dry, cedar comes through as well, but I'm not getting the other notes. It's nice and I'll be sure to always have an imp around.

3 out of 5 stars

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Tintagel, reviewed 1-25-08
Spicy mulled wine flowing through the musky heat, warm leather and bright clash of armor, the damp branches of Cornish hawthorn, blackthorn, juniper, English elm and bayberry, and the magical tingle of dragon's blood resin.

On me, Tintagel is spiced wine with a hint of dragon's blood (plumeria on me), very nice. Unfortunately, it started to burn so I had to wash it off. Someone else can enjoy this.

0 out of 5 stars

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Uruk, reviewed 8-24-07
Thick bitter almond and heady night-blooming jasmine with saffron, cinnamon leaf, red patchouli, river lilies, bergamot, fig leaf and the sacred incense of Inanna.

At first, all I could get from Uruk was almond and what I think was patchouli. Just as it started to get interesting, my skin turned red so I had to wash it off. Still, it might make a nice room scent.

0 out of 5 stars

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Versailles, reviewed 10-13-07
Gilded red and gold citrus with amber, ruby roses, jasmine and orris.

Versailles started out smelling like sugared violets (hello, Faith!) and had it stayed that way, I would've been in love. Unfortunately, it turned to violet-scented babypowder. Dry, the rose started to come through, but it turned to floral soap. Goodbye, Versailles.

1 out of 5 stars


The Phantom Islands
Cockaigne, reviewed 5-14-08
The Land of Plenty, also called Luilekkerland -- the Lazy, Luscious Land: milk and honey, sweet cakes and wine.

On me, Cockaigne is just honey single note. My skin loves honey like you wouldn't believe, but it amps it to a point that's almost unbearable to me. I'll have to pass this one on.

2 out of 5 stars

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Jezirat Al Tennyn, reviewed 12-01-07
The Dragon’s Isle: smoke and fire, earth and wind. The rage of the elements blasting over a primordial paradise.

On me, Jezirat Al Tennyn is a green and earthy men's cologne. It's nice (and would be gorgeous on a man) but it's not me.

2 out of 5 stars

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Lyonesse, reviewed 10-06-07
Golden vanilla and gilded musk, stargazer lily, white sandalwood, grey amber, elemi, orris root, ambergris and sea moss.

On me, Lyonesse is warm vanilla sugar. It starts out really strong then gets lighter as it dries. I like this a lot and I'll consider a bottle.

4 out of 5 stars