I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m so very excited for fall and all the scents that come with it. I’ve already rearranged my bottle collection so that my “fall” scents are most accessible. Add to that everyone is starting to release their fall/autumn/halloween collections and you have me sitting here like a kid in a candy store!
Just the other day I received my Deep Midnight fall collection sample sets in the mail and I’ve been itching to try them. I may have cheated and not reached in my box-o-samples, but I still blindly chose from these … so that counts right?
Prairie Gothic is from their Haunted Inn‘s collection.
Prairie Gothic – Absinthe, Anise, Amber, Soft Patchouli, Tumbleweed, Wet Concrete, and of course a healthy dose of mysterious spring water, along with a little touch of the Spirit Accord.
I think this is the first time I’ve been truly perplexed by the initial vial sniff. It at once smelled familiar but also there is absolutely no way I can pick out what I’m smelling other than … petrichor. So maybe it is the water and concrete? That was a very unique sniff.
On my skin I get a large dose of anise. It actually reminds me of my Chinese Five Spice I use when cooking. Under that I get a splash of almost bitter absinthe and then the petrichor. I get the sense of warm concrete cooled by a recent rain. There’s almost something a touch desolate about this blend.
Honestly, had I been able to choose what went into this pack, I would not have picked Prairie Gothic because it’s so far removed from any of my typical (though rather large) range of scents. And yet I can’t stop sniffing.
About 20 minutes into the dry down and it’s verging on soap. A very clean, very beautiful smelling soap.
Now about an hour into it and it’s still rather soapy on my skin but the scent that wafts up is … different. It’s warm, wet, and haunting. This is so weird. It’s like fog but warmer? I know that doesn’t make sense.
Two hours in and its starting to fade. The anise has gone, as has the absinthe. I’m left with a light amber and watery scent with a touch of what, I assume, is the Spirit Accord. Hopefully I run across her Spirit Accord in other blends as it is something quite beautiful.