Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2nd Day of Christmas -- Sarawen Perfume Art Review + Giveaway


Sarawen is an absolutely lovely shop full of perfumes-- but not just any perfumes, my dear! GEEKY perfumes!

As she says in her shop's description: "Unique perfume oils inspired by all things Literary, Magical, Historical, Gothic, and Geeky!"

Sara names each unique blend after characters and places that will make a bibliophile die of happiness. There are scents inspired by Sherlock Holmes, The Lord of the Rings, Greek mythology, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Peter Pan, traditional fairytales like Snow White, Harry Potter, Jane Eyre, and many, many more!

She's even got some Christmas-y perfumes up for a limited time.

The best part is that these perfumes are not only hand-blended, geeky, original, and beautifully scented, but they are affordable, too! Her perfumes are vegan, too(I know a few people who would be really excited to hear this).

A few months ago, I placed an order for several tiny perfumes samples and won a few more in a giveaway shortly thereafter (the first giveaway I'd ever won!). I am thoroughly impressed and thought I'd share a review of Sara's work before telling you more about the giveaway!


The package arrived all the way from Canada-- I'll admit that I was a little excited to see French on the package. I think that international packages are so much fun (even though they cost more... I always love mailing my jewelry internationally because then, even thought I can't travel there, something I've made is being enjoyed in another country!).


The packaging was so pretty that I just had to snap some pictures!


Here's my lovely haul! I simply couldn't pick, so I asked for random samples being sure to include at least one of the Elf inspired scents.

The samples came in miniature glass vials, which are cute (who doesn't love small things?) but I do have to be careful to store them upright because I had one leak a couple of drops when I left it on its side for a couple of days accidentally.



It's also a bit difficult to pop off the cap without risking the contents getting shaken out. Of course, it's just samples (there are very nice containers for regular sizes), but I was excited to see Sara post on facebook that she has new bottles for samples.

(image via)


Now, I have to admit that I am not a perfume connoisseur. I've always used my mother's, or just some body spray. But now I'm in love with picking out perfumes to put on each day. Scents are very difficult to describe, but I shall do my best!

This is probably my favorite of them all:

ELF OF THE GOLDEN WOOD
Fresh, lively lemon blossoms blended with the soft, yet woodsy note of vetiver, with a hint of underlying musk. Strolling through the Golden Wood, the scent of honeyed bread wafts by, perfuming the pure air with its sweetness.
This is a Lord of the Rings fragrance inspired by the character of Haldir! This is a balanced unisex blend, perfect for all elven lads and lasses.



I don't know what kind of magic
perfume-making skills Sara has, but she somehow bottled up the smell of the summer woods in my backyard.


Seriously. It's a sweet scent at first (almost like the musk of blossoming honeysuckle bushes, but not as flowery) but underneath it is a faint crispy tang, like honey lemon tea or Pink Lady apples.

I may be the only one crazy enough to think this... but it's a mix of peridot green and midsummer-sun yellow. (Tell me I'm not crazy for sometimes comparing random things to colors).


Elf Princess -- Lavandar and Rose

This one is lovely and a runner-up for favorite scent! It's a girly, floral scent but also a little bit tangy and wild.

And it's inspired by Luthien and Arwen!!!!







Logical Deduction is probably my least favorite, but that doesn't mean I dislike it! It's a unisex scent, but to me it seems very masculine. It definitely has a hint of tobacco lurking in there, which is why I think I don't like it as much even though there is a richer, sophisticated smell above the tobacco. The sense of smell is closely related to memory, I've been told, and the tobacco make me think of the weird texture in the air at my grandparents' house back before Papa stopped smoking.


Elven Prince is another one of my favorites, even though it's supposed to be for guys! It's a fresh and earthly scent, almost like freshly mown grass. Definitely a lot of lemon! (I just love citrus smells).
This one is really hard to describe because I just keep thinking about a really lovely lemon yellow and can't think of words. It just smells yummy yellow, okay peeps???



I seriously can't think of anything but that this reminds me very strongly of my grandma's perfume. It's not the same, but so similar... Very violet-y. I like.

According to the description it is inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
Elf King is a very nice scent, a little like "Golden Wood" and "Elf Prince"-- an earthy scent. It reminds me of the woods at dusk. Although I can tell it is not as girly I still wear it because I love it. ^_^

Lionheart is one that I enjoy but don't wear much because, like Logical Deduction, it's definitely a more masculine scent. It's a lurking smells that I can't explain, a bit like honey or incense.

(The description says spice and sandalwood!)



Elf QueenGUYS! This is an elixir of petrichor!
For those of you who aren't Doctor Who geeks, "petrichor" is the word for "the smell of dust after rain."

This is an almost fierce, earthy smell that literally smells like our neighbor's hayfield on those gloriously gloomy, purple-gray days of contant rain.

It is "powerful yet sweet" with "notes of vanilla cream, honey, jasmine, and patchouli."

I love the quote that is in the description for this listing:


"... and they were grave and beautiful. They were clad wholly in white; and the hair of the Lady was of deep gold ... but no sign of age was upon them, unless it were in the depths of their eyes; for these were keen as lances in the starlight, and yet profound, the wells of deep memory." ~ The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien 
The Baker's Boy is a really cool perfume inspired by Peeta from The Hunger Games. It's sweet in a fruity way, and after that initial impression, it smells a lot like cake or pancakes! The foodie in me is happy. :)


Lol, how's that for a very long post? Can you tell I was having fun attempting to describe smells? And yet after all this you're bound to not be able to imagine the scents very well at all. 

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Sarawen is giving away a 3-piece Middle Earth Sampler Set to one lucky reader of my blog!


You'll get to choose from:
~ Misty Journeys ~ Elf of the Golden Wood ~ Elf King ~ Elf Princess ~ Elf Queen ~ Elven Prince

How cool is that? Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway! Happy 2nd Day of Christmas and many thanks to Sarawen for joining in the festivities!

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103 comments:

  1. I have the elven princess perfume and I love it! The elf queen one also sounds lovely!

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  2. Oohh, looks amazing! Fantasy inspired perfumes!!!!

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  3. What a choice! Probably elven princess or queen - or maybe the golden wood one... not into traditional scents much; my favorites would be unique ones. :)

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  4. Oh my word, how exciting, I LOVE perfume!

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  5. Oh this looks lovely!!! Hmmm I suddenly want to try fallen angel...it just sound like it would smell awesome...

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  6. Ooh! Magical perfumes! How can I pick just one? I like the sound of Girl on Fire and Ambrosia.

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  7. Fallen Angel sounds really interesting, but I'm in love with all of them! I love the whole concept of creating scents inspired by favorite tales!

    vamcd89@gmail.com

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  8. Geeky perfume! This is a marvelous idea. I love reading the descriptions for all her different scents! :)

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  9. Oh, and her Artemis perfume looks delicious. :)

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  10. Without being able to smell the perfumes, i'd say ELF PRINCESS Perfume Oil 10ml - Lavender & Rose - Lord of the Rings inspired would be my favourite, the name just appeals to me!

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  11. Also without being able to smell them, I'd guess A Stark Winter, or Artemis... :)

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  12. Oooh... so hard to pick one... I think the Elf Queen one sounds amazing, though The Baker's Boy sounds like it smells really good too... :D

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  13. I'd like to try the Elf of the Golden Wood.

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  14. Oh.My.Goodness. This is just too wonderful! How am I supposed to choose??? Elf of the Golden Wood sounds wonderful, since I love honeysuckle and outdoors-y smells, but Elf Queen sounds lovely too!

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  15. It was very creative and impressive invasion. Nice.
    legalherbalonline

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  16. My favorite must be the elf princess lavender and rose one!

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  17. I've been stalking her blog for probably a year now, but have yet to purchase any perfumes--partially because I'm broke, but partially because I just can't decide which one I want! I think I most want to try the Middle Earth ones, but just reading the description of almost all of them makes my heart pitter-patter with nerdy happiness. And oh my goodness, petrichor! I was leaning towards Elf Princess, but maybe I'll have to upgrade that to Queen.

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  18. The Harry Potter names sound so creative. I am so happy that there is a perfume store out there that does book themed perfumes. It is perfect for all Geeks out there. :)

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  19. What an amazing idea! So much creativity and awesomeness :D
    My fav is "scandal in London".

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/98193179/scandal-in-london-victorian-perfume-oil

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  20. I wish I could smell all of them. However, from the descriptions, I think that the Eye of Ra is my favorite.

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  21. I'd like to try to the Misty Journeys one...it sounds interesting!

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  22. I would LOVE to try "Elf Queen" and "Athena" especially, as they sound like they describe my personality - so I think my favourite item for sale would be the Perfume set of 2 with 55% of proceedings going to Animals Asia.

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  23. I love her Girl on Fire! Also fond of Misty Journeys.
    hearpere @ yahoo dot com

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  24. Elf Queen and Misty Journeys both look fantastic!

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  25. I found Sarawen through Fragrantica and have the Supernatural sample set; they are fantastic. Thank you for the chance to sample more of her work.

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  26. So hard to tell without smelling them, but probably Elf Queen.

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  27. i like BEER N BUTTER Perfume Oil - Harry Potter inspired

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  28. My favorite is Elf of the Golden Wood because it is your favorite. Hahah. Thank you :)

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  29. I would love to try the ELF PRINCESS Perfume Oil.

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  30. 'elf' princess sounds lovely! i love rose and lavender :)

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  31. Ohh, I love the sounds of the Absinthe Noir. It just sounds like a lovely blend of fragrances.

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  32. Oohhh!

    My favorite item to try would be this one ELF PRINCESS Perfume Oil 10ml - Lavender & Rose - Lord of the Rings inspired!

    It sounds wonderful!

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  33. I think this perfume sounds nice:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/69728577/vanilla-vamp-perfume-oil-sample

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  34. I think I'd love A STARK WINTER Game of Thrones inspired Perfume Oil - Leather, Cedarwood, Benzoin

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  35. I like http://www.etsy.com/listing/98193179/scandal-in-london-victorian-perfume-oil

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  36. I'd like to try to the Misty Journeys one.

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  37. Cool! I love the LOGICAL DEDUCTION Perfume Oil Sample - Sherlock Holmes inspired
    <3

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  38. I'd heart to try Elven Prince and Cleopatra ^^

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  39. MINA Vampire Perfume Oil sounds fantastic!!

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  40. MINA must be amazing...

    Gloria-Joanna, yana_ven@yahoo.gr

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  41. cute shop! i love this-

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/81805329/potion-master-perfume-oil-harry-potter


    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  42. Wayyy too hard to decide!! I love the Middle Earth and Game of Thrones ones!!!!! Would love to win so I can smell them!!!! =D
    Faved your shop!

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  43. How adorable these names!! I like Cake or Death...yummy.

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  44. The Vanilla Vamp sounds like it would smell really good.

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  45. I would like Georgina Victorina Perfume Oil sounds good!

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  46. Cant wait try this one http://www.etsy.com/listing/72386546/ravish-burlesque-perfume-oil-raspberry

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  47. I think the Game of Thrones ones sound awesome. Especially A Stark Winter

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  48. like the sound of the Lionheart Oil and the Mayfair Solid perfume!
    Elle

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  49. Even though GIRL ON FIRE is pretty hot now, there's nothing like the classic CLEOPATRA.
    the_outsider01AThotmailDOTcom

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  50. It's so hard to choose but I'd probably pick "A STARK WINTER".

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  51. Would absolutely LOVE to try this one- http://www.etsy.com/listing/106414809/the-rose-knight-dragon-age-alistair

    Thanks :)

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  52. I would like the shapeshift perfume oil.

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  53. ELF PRINCESS Perfume Oil must be amazing.

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  54. i would love to try ambrosia! it sounds delectable! :) thanks for the giveaway!!
    puddle_of_light at yahoo dot com

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  55. ATHENA Perfume Oil definitely sounds like something I'd like to try!

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  56. My favourite is Beer N' Butter!!

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  57. I like the Mayfair solid perfume.

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  58. I like the Blood and Fire perfume. I am a huge Game of Thrones fan and the perfume sounds right up my alley!

    chelseawoodring at hotmail dot com

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  59. Oh. My. Freaking. Goodness! There are so many yummy flavors! (i mean scents!) The two Hunger Games ones stand out to me as well as the Yuletide at Baker's Street, but so many other ones sounded lovely as well! Like Artemis (which is the Greek alternate for my name).
    Wonderful!
    ladyofnarnia(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. I would like to try the Ravish Burlesque Perfume: http://www.etsy.com/listing/72386546/ravish-burlesque-perfume-oil-raspberry

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  61. Would love to try Blood & Fire
    Thanks for the cool giveaway!!

    Sharon
    lunrei@yahoo.com

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  62. Queen of the Seas sounds great!

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  63. The Elf Queen sounds awesome. I love anything with patchouli in it.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

    Suzanne Gregg on Rafflecopter.

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  64. I liked the Queen of the Seas Dragon Age Perfume Oil.

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  65. The Queen of the Seas perfume sounds nice

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  66. I would love to try http://www.etsy.com/listing/119252956/dragon-age-inspired-perfume-oil-sampler
    (crochet addictcfs)

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  67. i love these : http://www.etsy.com/listing/72382241/mari-victorian-perfume-oil-black-tea

    Thankyou for this lovely giveaway! ^^
    hana_clay@yahoo.com

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  68. I would love to try the EMPRESS Gothic Perfume Oil - Rose & Spice!

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  69. Thanks for the giveaway! I favorited VICTORIA ROSE Perfume Oil - Sweet Wine & Roses.

    Etsy name: Monica Calangian
    monica dot calangian at gmail dot com

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  70. I can't pick just one!lol.These are my favorites.
    ELF PRINCESS Lord of the Rings inspired Perfume Oil - Lavender & Rose
    FALLEN ANGEL Perfume Oil - Supernatural inspired
    MISTY JOURNEYS Perfume Oil - inspired by The Hobbit
    BLOOD AND FIRE Game of Thrones inspired Perfume Oil - Dragonsblood, Blood Orange, Cassia
    MARI Victorian Perfume Oil - Black Tea & Jasmine

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  71. I like the GEORGINA Victorian Perfume Oil - Peaches & Mint Tea!

    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  72. Misty Journey's would be my favorite!

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  73. The bakers boy sounds like my scent :) ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

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  74. They all sound interesting. I would like to smell the Empress first.

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  75. I would love to try the MINA Vampire Perfume Oil - inspired by Dracula

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  76. Like the 3 oil sample
    Thanks
    Kendraco22@yahoo.com

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  77. I love what I think ELF QUEEN Perfume Oil Lord of the Rings inspired - Vanilla & Jasmine Patchouli would smell like!

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  78. Elf Princess sounds really nice and Misty Journeys as well!

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  79. CLEOPATRA Perfume Oil
    rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

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  80. I loved the RAVISH Burlesque Perfume Oil - Raspberry & Chocolate Incense

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  81. I like BEER N BUTTER Harry Potter inspired Perfume

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  82. Scandal in London sounds awesome!!

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
    ashummz05(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  83. I love all the fantasy inspired perfumes! The Game of Thrones ones look really wonderful--I'd like to try the Blood and Fire scent!

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  84. The Dragon Age set! Particularly Morrigan's! :D +15 Approval

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  85. http://www.etsy.com/listing/84933503/yuletide-at-baker-st-perfume-oil

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  86. http://www.etsy.com/listing/81803965/beer-n-butter-perfume-oil-harry-potter

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  87. The elf princess perfume sounds lovely!

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  88. I love the TEA WITH WATSON Perfume Oil - Sherlock Holmes inspired. A close second is Logical Deduction. I'm a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes!

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  89. I like the Lady Nightingale perfume oil.

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  90. love the idea! CAKE OR DEATH Perfume Oil Sample - ButterCream Cake & Amber looks delish!

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  91. love the thief of hearts one.

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  92. I would love to try the Misty Journey's perfume

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  93. This one could be very interesting: http://www.etsy.com/listing/116155652/mayfair-solid-perfume-chocolate-honey

    gloriatea at hotmail dot com

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  95. I would like to try the "Elf of the Golden Wood" perfume!

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

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  96. My favourite is, and aways has been, Vampire Princess. I just ADORE it!

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  97. I would like to try Elf Of The Golden Wood Perfume Oil.

    Elaine Rosser
    emrosser@shaw.ca

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  98. These are so EPIC!

    Soooo want to try the; BLOOD AND FIRE Game of Thrones inspired Perfume Oil - Dragonsblood, Blood Orange, Cassia.

    Got to love me some GoT. <3

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