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The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is being tested today.

BPAL describes it as such: After these things, surveying the entrances of the north, above the mountains, I perceived seven mountains replete with pure nard, odoriferous trees, cinnamon and papyrus.

From there I passed on above the summits of those mountains to some distance eastwards, and went over the Erythraean sea. And when I was advanced far beyond it, I passed along above the angel Zateel, and arrived at the garden of righteousness.

In this garden I beheld, among other trees, some which were numerous and large, and which flourished there.

Their fragrance was agreeable and powerful, and their appearance both varied and elegant. The tree of knowledge also was there, of which if any one eats, he becomes endowed with great wisdom.

It was like a species of the tamarind tree, bearing fruit which

resembled grapes extremely fine; and its fragrance extended to a considerable distance.

I exclaimed, How beautiful is this tree, and how delightful is its appearance!

Then holy Raphael, an angel who was with me, answered and said, This is the tree of knowledge, of which your ancient father and your aged mother ate, who were before you; and who, obtaining knowledge, their eyes being opened, and knowing themselves to be naked, were expelled from the garden.

Whiffs of cinnamon bark, almond, and spikenard surround a perfect fruit, whose scent is akin to a tamarind, with the grace of a fine grape, as warm and rich as a fresh fig, glistening red like pomegranate seeds, and as crisp as an apple.

In the bottle: Has that sort of nice, pleasant, overly floral scent. Definitely smell the apple and pomegranate.

Initial use: Sort of smells like a Pier 1 store. It's that weird incense-y, figgy smell that I'm pretty sure they all have. Kind like all the candles' scents at once.

Fifteen minutes: Still kind of a jumble of scents. The cinnamon and spikenard are very strong, but there's not too much of the grape, apple, or tamarind. It's a very warm scent. Very warm. Like, that sort of cinnamon-Christmas warm scent.

Drydown: I can't smell the rest of this without getting a headache. It's pleasant enough, but it's like being in a candle store for more than half an hour.

Verdict: SWAP. It's pleasant enough, but definitely doesn't mesh with my skin chemistry.

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