More lovely samples from Alkemia! I’m really enjoying exploring their catalog. There’s so many to choose from. I’m getting curious about their pheromone blends too, but that’s for another day.
Who doesn’t enjoy vanilla? (I know there are some out there that don’t, and don’t worry, the rest of us don’t really hold it against you … much.) L’Encens à la Vanille has notes of madagascar vanilla, golden amber, and resinous incense swirled together with a selection of beautifully aged incense woods and a dusting of aphrodisiac Silk Road spices. It is also suggested to layer this with Smoke & Mirrors (which I have!) so I’ll do that as well wen I get to Smoke & Mirrors. In the vial it’s this beautiful incensy-vanilla scent. On my skin it just amplifies that while adding a touch of spices. This is gorgeous! Sweet, slinky, sexy … just beautiful … wow. This reminds me of sand and sun and a spice market. Exotic is a good descriptor.
Smoke & Mirrors is of course next. It has notes of a smokey blend of burning wood, Madagascar Vanilla, and Tonka. Simple, but I’m sure glorious. In the vial it’s a softly burning wood scent, but not that acrid burning scent. On my skin it’s smokey, slightly sweet, and just a touch fuzzy. Don’t let the idea of smoke and burning wood turn you away – this is not an active and wild fire … instead this is just a smoldering scent. It’s like those charcoal burners used to just smolder pieces of fragrant wood and release their scent into the air. Under that is a touch of sweet and smooth vanilla with a hint of that fuzzy tonka.
I get it now why they suggest layering L’Encens à la Vanille with Smoke & Mirrors. Together is it the perfect outdoor spice market next to a textile and goods market at the height of the day. Soft, sweet, and sexy these are, and together it just amplifies it. Oh yeah, I need these two.
Amour Conjure with notes that include an erotic, exotic blend of amber aged with Bourbon vanilla pods, Ceylon cinnamon infused flirtatious aldehydes, Bulgarian roses, rose geranium and vetivert roots, copper distilled patchouli, and a scattering of incense resins. The Bulgarian rose is front and foremost in this blend on initial application. The cinnamon is very, very slight, yet the bourbon vanilla is boozy. There’s a touch of incense with a bit of vetiver. There’s a lot going on, and it swirls and twists around itself. Unfortunately my chemistry isn’t enjoying this and it’s really trying to give me a headache.
Lettre d’Amour because who doesn’t enjoy a good love letter? It’s notes include a billet–doux of night blooming Star Jasmine, Neroli blossoms, white roses, aged parchment paper, white amber, and perfumed ink. Jasmine and white amber are most apparent in the vial and on my skin it is much of the same. It takes a minute but the neroli comes out with a hint of an almost powdery rose. The paper is soft and spritzed with perfume and the ink is deep and fragrant. This is soft and gentle, innocent yet not at the same time. Beautiful and luxurious.
Finally we have Miel de Sauvage et Tabac who has a note list of sweet, spicy pipe tobacco flecked with wild honey, freshly crushed honeycomb, the pollen of forest blossoms, and smoked black amber. In the vial this is all honeyed tobacco! On my skin the tobacco is still prominent. There’s a good dollop of honey with just a touch of honeycomb. The amber is dark and dusky. The tobacco smells like it’s still drying and is chewy and malleable to the touch. Tobacco and honey lovers (and this is a honey I can wear that doesn’t go all weird on me!) would enjoy this one! This perfume is thick and gloriously golden.