Sucreabeille is a new, to me, company that I’ve heard some wonderful things about so of course I just had to give them a try! Not only to they boast a rather prolific scent list themselves, they are also known for some really well done designer duplicates, so I’ve heard.
First up is Oud Wood – which oddly I can’t find in their Scent List – though a quick googling shows it’s a Tom Ford scent so this might be a dupe that was either discontinued or my searching skills are just horrible today (just as an aside – I’ve never smelled any Tom Ford scents). In the vial this is a soft, slightly sweet wood scent. On my skin I get something almost citrus-y, like a mix between a lemon or a not-quite-ripe orange. As it dries more of the smooth oudh scent comes out. It’s a light brown scent, not strong, not overwhelming, more serene and calming. It just is. This stays fairly light, even after a few hours wear and doesn’t have much throw to it. It’s a close skin scent but beautiful nonetheless.
Frankincense & Myrrh is a common theme in my preferred scents, if you haven’t noticed. Sucreabeille lists notes of frankincense & myrrh,deep, smoky, & rich, warmed with amber & vanilla. Hmm, another hint of citrus. I wonder if it’s something in their carrier oil. On my skin I get a strong sense of lemon peel. It takes a while but the lemon peel begins to fade away and I am left with a smoky frank and myrrh combo with just a hint of vanilla. This has a heavy feel to it but I can’t seem to shake the lemon peel. A quick google is telling me that frankincense can smell like lemon – huh I’ve never really gotten that association before. Could be because there isn’t a lot to the blend and so the frankincense is able to do it’s thing and not be hindered by anything else. It takes a few hours, but the lemon association goes away and I’m left with the hint of burning frank and myrrh with a touch of golden amber and just a bit of vanilla.
Champanilla sounds like a party animal eh? It’s notes are nag champa, softened with vanilla bean pods & musk. Nag Champa is like a roller coaster scent for me – it has it’s highs and lows depending on how prominent it is in the blend. I prefer my nag champa to be less of a key player and more of a supporting actor (because nag champa is totally a dude ya know). In the vial it’s all vanilla and musk, beautiful and almost foody with a touch of a crystalline aspect to it. On my skin the nag champa is soft, like a pillow that is supporting the vanilla and musk. Every now and then it gets something close to an animalic quality to it, but then it backs down and starts heading towards gourmand. See? Roller Coaster of emotions over here! I don’t know whether to drown myself in it or wash it off. Now I’m getting something akin to a freshly cleaned dog warming in the sun – that soft, warm, and almost golden feeling that you only get from a dog’s natural clean scent. It reminds me of the dog my Dad had when I was younger – a beautiful black chow, lab, and German shepherd mix. Abby was the best dog ever and so loyal and sweet. It reminds me of her. Eventually this looses that animal quality and settles into a very prominent vanilla with a hint of musk and nag champa. The throw on this is decent for how soft it is. It’s still wafting around me a few hours later.
Mourning Wood (again, I’m really a 12 year old boy *snicker*) with notes of Amber, Madagascar vanilla, rich musk, sandalwood, & oud wood. In the vial I get a nice golden amber with a touch of musk and some sandalwood. On my skin it almost disappears for a moment but as my skin warms it I can smell it more with each sniff. The vanilla is almost floral in nature and the musk seems golden and almost skin-like in nature. The oudh and sandalwood are a nice golden wood base to the scent. Overall this is a close skin scent that is golden and slightly sweet. It’s a delicious (not in a food way) blend that just brings to mind relaxing on a hammock with the sun shining and the birds chirping while the sun filters through the trees.
Last we have Corpse Bride with notes of black roses, white amber, damp earth, vanilla, tonka bean, & musk. Oh this one is beautiful. I love black roses! The amber and roses come together for a truly beautiful scent – it’s heady, slightly sweet, and just a touch powdery. I’m not getting much damp earth, which is a bummer, though I do get some vanilla and the fuzzy tonka. This is beautiful and almost haunting.
I purchased their dry-oil sample set – unfortunately, either due to my own lack of hydration or other skin chemistry related issues, or their formulations, none of the scents lasted longer than 2 hours – except for Champanilla which is still faintly discernible after about 4 hours. I cannot say how the longevity of their other products will compare.