I’ve got more samples from Alkemia to review! So far I’ve been super impressed with all their scents, even the ones that don’t work on me.
Gaea symbolizes Earth and Mother – so perfect for Mother’s Day (May 8th if you’ve forgotten!) and it has notes of sun-warmed loam, decaying leaves, moss, lichen, & wet stones. First sniff in the vial is all earth and dampness. On my skin however I get the sun-speckled loam, the decaying leaves of the forest floor, damp scent that is exclusive to forests, and I also get stone! Who knew stones had a scent? The moss and lichen add to the overall greenness and dampness of the blend. This is a beautiful earthy scent – different from Hexennacht and entirely it’s own, but if you enjoy the earthiness of that blend, you’ll probably dig this one too!
Bohème is described on the site as an intoxicatingly free-spirited unisex blend of earthy patchouli and blood-red roses. Erotically radiant. In the vial I get earthy red roses – just big ‘ole bunches of them. On my skin is much of the same. I’ve had a rather rocky history with roses – it’s taken nearly 8 years of my perfume wearing to actually wear them. Initially on my skin the roses almost scream but that settles rather quickly. It is a very earthy patchouli – almost dirt-like (apparently I had a theme) with roses, deep and sultry, bringing up the top. This has a rather large throw on me and I can smell this without really putting my nose to the skin at all.
So maybe there were two theme’s running through my scent choices that I was completely unaware of. Next is Vanille Patchouli with a scent described as purest vanilla seduced and despoiled by wild, dirty patchouli. Another simplistic yet well done blend. This isn’t like any patchouli I’ve tried from Alkemia yet (amazing how that happens). No, this is that dirty nitty-gritty patchouli that gets described as “hippy shop” or “head shop”. But with it is this absolutely sweet, almost floral, and beautiful vanilla. It cuts through the grit and smooths it out. Again, another blend done best when done simply.
New Orleans Love Spell sounds like it’s in for a good time! It’s notes include a lascivious blend of night-flowering New Orleans jasmine and fiery spices igniting a base of red sandalwood and skin musk. Ooh, the vial has this nice soft spice scent about it. On my skin I get the jasmine and sandalwood under that beautiful spicy scent! I get something like cassia or cinnamon, but it’s more than just that – there’s other scents (most likely florals and a pepper) that round out that spicy note and make it complex. This is a warm and sexy blend, one that would need to be used sparingly as it has a beautiful throw and a little goes a long way. As time went on this definitely put a spell on me. I couldn’t stop sniffing that spot and kept catching beautiful whiffs of it floating around me.
Desiderata looks like a wonderful spring to summer transition scent with notes of fresh honeysuckle blooming under a rising full moon, ivy vines, dew dampened grass, riverbed clay, old barnwood, and earthy vetivert root. In the vial is a beautiful green scent – like crushes leaves or grass. On my skin I actually get a moon-like scent – white and crystalline. Oh wow, this is like sitting next to a babbling creek bed looking up at the full moon and checking out the Milky Way. Somehow this is calming, soothing, and almost meditative.