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Limited Editions and Trading Post

Limited Editions
Single Notes
Devil's Trumpet, reviewed 7-15-13
Showy, invasive, and highly poisonous, the Devil’s Trumpet possesses a strange beauty that is both seductive and quietly menacing. Their fruit is spiked, their seeds are black, their stems are bruise-purple, and their leaves are toothy and uneven. The Devil’s Trumpet’s grand, glorious blossoms open wide at night, releasing an enchanting and delicately intoxicating perfume.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, Devil's Trumpet is a very green and purple scent. It's a deep, unique floral, perfect for Spring and Summer.

4 out of 5 stars

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Evening Stock, reviewed 7-16-13
By day, these tiny blossoms of white, pink, and purple appear withered, fragile, and weedy, but as evening approaches, they reveal their true magnificence: their petals open, and a rich, melodic perfume fills the night air.

Stock is a lovely, light flower and Evening Stock is pure, unadulterated loveliness. Wearing this is like wearing a stock corsage all day, and you don't have to worry about it wilting.

5 out of 5 stars!


Other Limited Editions
Beltane 2008, reviewed 5-06-08
Mugwort, French rose, Lily of the Valley, broom, frankincense, myrrh, benzoin, foxglove, woodruff, rowan wood, ivy, sandalwood, spring mint, thyme, iris, copal, and night blooming jasmine.

On me, Beltane '08 is ivy with a hint of floral. It's a very green scent. I think this one needs another try before I decide.

2 out of 5 stars

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Capricorn 2007, reviewed 12-22-07
Cardinal earth: the essence of control.
Solomon's Seal, pine, amaranth, ambrette, cypress, wild tobacco, and hemp.


I'm a Capricorn so I'm thrilled that Capricorn 2007 works so well on me. Wet on my skin, it's strongly pine and something herbal, a very outdoors scent. Dry, the pine seems to have backed off a bit while the cypress comes through more. I love this and I only wish I had more than just one bottle.

5 out of 5 stars!

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Earth Rat, reviewed 4-21-08
A new year's blessing! Peony, China's national flower, with bamboo for flexibility, plum blossom for perseverance, courage, and hope, tangerine for wealth, lychee for strong family relationships and peace in the home, orange for happiness, pine resin for constancy, golden kumquat and quince for prosperity, narcissus and King mandarin for good fortune, coconut for longevity, and candied melon for good health, with a splash of blazing red of dragon's blood... to help you scare away the rampaging Nian.

On me, Earth Rat is candied melon and plum blossom. Very sweet and fruity. It's definitely a cousin to Yemaya. I think it's a keeper.

3 out of 5 stars

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The Gibbous Moon, reviewed 7-16-07
Moonflower, Madonna lily, orris, white ginger, cucumber, hyacinth, and Irish moss.

The best way I can describe The Gibbous Moon is "moonlit garden." It's light and floral, and there's a hint of cucumber. The Gibbous Moon and The Sportive Sun are the opposite sides of the same coin. They're very different, yet they both embody summer. It does compare to this year's Blue Moon -- it's definitely less complex, but just as lovely.

3 out of 5 stars

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Hanami, reviewed 3-22-08
Sakura, ume blossoms, and wisteria.

I'll be honest -- I wouldn't know wisteria or ume blossoms if someone waved them in my face, but I do know cherry blossoms. Hanami is strong on cherry blossoms. There's something else here, which I can only assume is the other two flowers. This is gorgeous and I only wish it were stronger on me.

4 out of 5 stars

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Hexennacht '08, reviewed 5-05-08
This perfume is the scent of the witches' revel: German fir and forest herbs, incense and bonfire smoke, infernal flora, glowing amber, and the wet, glimmering scent of skin warmed by dance.

Wet on my skin, Hexennacht '08 is pine and a hint of herbs. Dry, it's just pine, but a lighter pine than the Yule pine blends. This is perfect for spring and summer.

3 out of 5 stars

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Midnight Kiss, reviewed 11-01-07
Eternal desire, unquenchable passion: red musk, cocoa absolute, Nepalese amber, red sandalwood, aged patchouli, nicotiana, and blood wine.

Wet on me, Midnight Kiss is cocoa, sandalwood, and patchouli. Drying, the cocoa fades away and is replaced by wine. I was hoping to love Midnight Kiss. I like it but I'm not over the moon.

3 out of 5 stars

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Monster Bait: Tokyo Stomp, reviewed 5-04-07
A sweet and crisp vanilla mint!

While I love the way Tokyo Stomp smells in the bottle (just like Yankee Candle's Jack Frost or, as one of the forumites said, a minty sugar cookie), unfortunately my skin had a very bad reaction to the peppermint -- redness and burning are not good. I don't think aging will help, so I'll pass it on.

0 out of 5 stars

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#occupywallst, reviewed 11-01-11
Rock the protester cliché! This is a filthy friggin' patchouli, dark, deep, rooty, and strangely sexy, with cocoa absolute, tobacco absolute, and bourbon vanilla.

In the bottle, #occupywallst is straight patchouli. Wet on my skin, the tobacco and cocoa are beneath the patchouli. Drying, I think maybe the bourbon vanilla is starting to come through. If I was fond of patchouli, this would be my ideal scent. I can see where a patchouli fan would like #ows, it's strong and deep. It's just not me.

2 out of 5 stars

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Parentalia, reviewed 4-22-08
Cypress, rose, violet, frankincense, ambrette, marjoram, and Lebanese cedar.

In the bottle, Parentalia is just incense resin. Wet on my skin, there's this strange sour note I can't identify. Dry, it's all resin with maybe a little cypress. Someone else can have this.

2 out of 5 stars

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Penumbra, reviewed 8-04-08
Rich purple musk, moonflower, red sandalwood, black amber, oakmoss, copal, lavender, neroli, tobacco, and pomegranate.

On me, Penumbra is lavender, neroli, pomegranate, and moonflower with a little musk. This is very sexy and a new favorite.

4 out of 5 stars

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Poisson d'Avril, reviewed 4-17-07
Innocence spiked with a little bit of foolishness: Lenten rose, crested iris, Virginia bluebell, primrose, moss phlox, blue crocus, daffodil, and dewy tulip with a touch of sugar blossom and honey.

("Poisson d'Avril" is French for "April Fish," which is what they say instead of "April Fool.")

Poisson d'Avril is the scent of a Spring bouquet. I smelled rose when I first applied it but now I smell all the flowers except the rose, not that I'm complaining. I can't smell the honey at all, but that's good since it would have made it too sweet. This would be the perfect pick-me-up scent for a rainy day or a cold and snowy day in the dead of winter when you're anxious for Spring.

5 out of 5 stars!

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Privilege, reviewed 7-14-07
Armoise, tuberose, white citrus, rose absolute, oakmoss, tiare, tuberose, vanilla, linden, and lemon tree blossom.

I don't think there's much I can say about Privilege that hasn't already been said. In the bottle and wet on my skin, it does smell like a debutante rubbed all of the fashion magazine perfume samples she could find all over her vast amount of exposed skin. Then, she kept doing it every five minutes. Dry on my skin, it does smell like she decided to add the samples of men's cologne. In short, Privilege is heady and over-the-top florals, citrus, and aquatics. It's definitely not me, but I'll keep it and wear it when the occasion arises.

3 out of 5 stars

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The Sportive Sun, reviewed 7-15-07
Heliotrope, amber, almond flower, frangipani, cedar, and calamus.

I can't pick out individual notes in Sportive Sun, but on me it smells like floral, incense, and musk. This is very much the early summer sun -- warm and relaxed, but not overwhelming. It's not a typical me scent, but I like it and I think I'll use it often before summer's gone.

5 out of 5 stars!

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Vampire Tears, reviewed 11-16-07
Regret born from ceaseless longing: wisteria, white grapefruit, neroli, green tea, jasmine, white ginger, honeysuckle, iris, and tonka.

On me, Vampire Tears is just citrus over green tea. It's nice but not what I was hoping for. I'll age it and see if it improves.

3 out of 5 stars


Trading Post Exclusive Scents
Crypt Queen, reviewed 9-28-07
As sweet as death, as deep as the grave: pomegranate, raspberry, gardenia, plum, and rose with patchouli, black pepper, rose musk, and a hint of blood accord.

On me, Crypt Queen is dried moss and a hint of floral. She's a cousin of Allison Gross. I'll keep her (and her cute little coffin) and I hope aging will bring out more notes.

3 out of 5 stars


Trick or Treat Inquisition 2007
Egg'd Mailbox (Trick), reviewed 10-30-07
Fresh egg, just starting to warm nicely in the sun!

On me, Egg'd Mailbox is spicy eggnog over warm metal. I like this a lot, more than I thought I would.

4 out of 5 stars

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Sugar-Slathered Candied Apple (Treat), reviewed 10-29-07
Sugar-Slathered Candied Apple -- With a dollop of caramel!

In the bottle, Sugar-Slathered Candied Apple is sugar and caramel. Wet on me, it's a green apple with a sugar base. Dry, the apple and sugar are about even. I love this stuff! It's so yummy.

5 out of 5 stars!


Trick or Treat Inquisition 2010
Marshmallow Pumpkin (Treat), reviewed 10-27-10
Marshmallow goo and pumpkin pulp!

In the bottle, Marshmallow Pumpkin is all pumpkin and spice. On my skin, it's a base of pumpkin and spice with a topnote of marshmallow. I was expecting more sugar, but this is good.

4 out of 5 stars


Four Seasons Inquisition 2008
L'Autunno, reviewed 7-28-08
Hawthorn, fig, myrrh, carnation, toasted almond, red and green apple, patchouli, wood smoke, and Indian musk.

On me, L'Autunno is apple potpourri, not what I was expecting but still really good. After a while it starts to burn, so I'll use this as a room scent instead.

2 out of 5 stars

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L'Inverno, reviewed 7-28-08
White musk, winter plum, pine wood, benzoin, orchid, and stargazer lily.

On me, L'Inverno is pine, plum, and flowers. It's gorgeous and a new favorite, but I'll save it for when winter comes.

4 out of 5 stars