You’ll see these aren’t all samples. I did splurge on a 5ml of Victoria & Albert because it was part of their Limited Edition Creepy Couples Collection and I was worried it would sell out before I could try it. It hasn’t, but it’s gotten some rave reviews on the FB page. Valhalla Soap Co. has this to say about the scent:
It was love at first sight for these cousins. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were nearly inseparable during their 17 years together. After Albert’s untimely death at only age 42, Queen Victoria went into mourning, wearing black from head to toe for the remainder of her life. During those remaining 4 decades she employed a personal medium to hold regular seances so that she could speak to and remain close to the departed Albert, the one and only love of her life.
Delicate and green. Pure, unadulterated English violet. Creamy coconut milk spiked with fresh coriander and infused with warm tonka bean, musk and sandalwood. No suntan lotion, no buttery bakery notes to muck things up. This is one of the most beautiful blends we’ve ever done. We are totally smitten with it and think you will be too.
So, it has violet, tonka, musk, and sandalwood … some of my favorite notes! Only thing making me hesitate is the coconut milk. Not a big coconut fan, and I don’t cook much with coriander because I don’t like the smell. However, I trust perfumers to know what they’re doing in the mixing department! In the bottle it’s straight up coconut. But I’m not giving up! I put it on and most of the coconut smell dissipates almost immediately and I’m left with just the suggestion of it. Delicate and green is a very apt description for this scent. The violets are not overpowering, but sit atop the musk and sandalwood while the tonka bean gives that brown fuzzy feeling I enjoy out of that note. The longer this sits the more it smooths out into this creamy, dreamy, and fuzzy scent. Very pretty!
Alter Smoke boasts notes of ancient amber and precious myrrh entangled with hints of relaxing spikenard and spicy clove leaf, rise from a base of sweet vanilla, earthy patchouli, exotic sandalwood and sultry musk. In the vial it is soft, sweet, with a slight wood smell. On my skin this bursts with beautiful myrrh and vanilla tinted amber. There is no burning smell, there is no spice, there is no off-putting incense blasting away … it is just peaceful, content, glorious, and personal. Meditative is a good description for this scent. I could close my eyes, inhale, and be at peace with everything.
Next I have a sample of 540 Doors whose notes are green florals and mosses, woodsy fir and balsam, spruce, teakwood and fresh cut cedar mingle with a rich, earthy base of amber, musk, patchouli and mysore sandalwood. I feel like I’m a broken record with the notes on the scents I choose, but I swear, they may look similar but they are not at all. 540 Doors is green and fresh in the vial. On my skin the moss, balsam, and spruce come to the fore with hints of cedar and sandalwood. There seems to be a touch of fresh turned and moist earth. The amber shines through here and there while the musk and patchouli lend a nice base to this. Another wonderful blend! I love how fresh and green this smells.
To round out this batch of scents is Crone Magick whose notes consist of a deep, dark yet gorgeous blend of frankincense, myrrh, amber and sandalwood. Seems almost simple compared to the last two blends but I’m willing to bet it’s anything but simple. In the vial it is sharp and almost acrid. There is something coming across as vaguely burnt citrus, as though a orange was tossed on a dying embers of a forgotten fire. This blend feels languid, acerbic, and unchanging. It is dark, indeed, yet it mellows slowly as it dries. The sharp barbs of scent slowly smooth out to something more pleasant to the palate. I get the feeling of needing to just … leave it alone, yet I can’t stop sniffing. Something is pulling me back in even when I want to walk away. How odd. After a few hours I’ve noticed this is one of those scents that is better when appreciated from afar – meaning I don’t like the scent up close and personal when I put my nose close to the spot on my skin, but as I move my arm around and the scent comes to me, I find myself enjoying it immensely. Some scents are like that, and Crone Magick happens to be one of them.