30 Scents in 30 Days – Blackburn’s Parlor by Solstice Scents

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Solstice Scents.  With most anticipated Fall release out the door, many, like me, are receiving their much awaited packages.  There were many things I wanted that I passed on in favor of others, but one thing I couldn’t pass up was Blackburn’s Parlor.  Just the image alone was enough to make me salivate and I’ve been to enough old time ice cream parlor’s to know the scent well.

Also, don’t be alarmed if you visit the site and find you cannot purchase anything – they are on vacation and will be back November 1st at 6pm EST.  If you simply cannot wait until then, by all means check out The Rhinestone Housewife (psst – internationals.  TRH can ship EDP’s internationally!).

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Blackburn’s ParlorVanilla Waffle Bowl, Vanilla & Chocolate Ice Creams, Banana, Caramel, Whipped Cream

I’m not even going to lie – I am a little nervous about this scent.  Really all I want from it is vanilla waffle bowl, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and a touch of caramel.  We’ll see what my skin decides to do with the chocolate and banana.

In the vial I get a blast of chocolate a la Black Forest – that rich and decadent dark chocolate note with a bit of a cake-like aspect to it.  On my skin that chocolate calms right down and now an almost smoky caramel scent comes out.  Oddly enough, I’m getting next to no banana.  Maybe there’s a little hint of it in there somewhere, but I can’t pull it apart from any thing else.  Eventually that smokiness from the caramel recedes and I start getting a sweet waffle cone type scent – slightly softened from the melting ice cream.  And it’s not even headed to the dry down stage yet!

Into the dry down I now get that bakery scent from the vanilla waffle cones.  This is much warmer than you would expect from something with “ice cream” in the name.  However, I find the scent on my skin to be all but gone.  Which would be sad except for the fact that it is still wafting around me beautifully despite that fact.  I catch whiffs of soft vanilla and toasty waffle cones, a hint of smooth and creamy caramel, with a lovely dollop of whipped cream and a touch of chocolate.

I really like it!  Except now I’m hungry. Also … I have an EDP to test too!!!

 

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 20 – Sticky Fingers by Universal Voodoo

Sometimes, when making grabby hands at shiny things you forget what shiny things are already in your pocket.  Like, I’d totally forgotten I’d ordered from Universal Voodoo!  Shame on me!

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Apparently fate decided I needed to be reminded and pulled Sticky Fingers out of the proverbial hat.  Which is apropos today as I’ve cleaned more stick finger prints off glass today than I have all month.

Sticky FingersVanilla Cream, Marshmallow, Cotton Candy, Caramel

In the vial there is this gorgeous caramel scent.  It’s buttery, smooth, milky, and just a touch smoky.  It’s that melt in your mouth caramel that some people can’t get enough of.  It reminds me of Werther’s Original – but if it were soft instead of hard.

On my skin this smokiness comes to the forefront and it’s an almost sickly sweet smoke – like sugar on the verge of burning.  There’s something almost tobaccoish about it too – like chewy unlit tobacco.  As it dries it has this huge throw to it and the tobacco + about-to-burn-sugar.

I’m going to stop right here because it is quite obvious to me that something in this blend is not agreeing with me, with my skin, or with my nose.  The scent in the vial was very, very promising, but it’s not going to work for me, unfortunately.

Not upset though!  I love finding new things, and sometimes finding out that my skin be crazy is part of it.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 19 – Soothsayer by Spectral Spirits

For a few months I’d been watching Spectral Spirits prepare to open shop and the moment Daisy announced it on the Indie Perfume Lovers Facebook Page, I had to place an order.  The shipping was super fast and packaging was adorable.  I love the cracked porcelain doll face and the stripes used in the logo.  It all adds to the atmosphere of the company.

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Today Soothsayer was pulled from the sample bucket to get a run.  I will say, the one thing I dislike is the wax seal.  These were easier to remove than Conjure Oils’ seal, but still a mess to clean up.

SoothsayerRitual Smoke, Aromatic Spices, Nag Champa, Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense, Labdanum, Black Patchouli, Black Amber, Musk

In the vial is this soft and almost fizzy frankincense scent with just a touch of labdanum.  It smells soft and floating – yet it truly blossoms on the skin.  Wet on my skin and I’m already in love with this scent.

This is dark, smoky (but not in your face about it), incense heavy, and almost a touch sweet.  Totally, completely, and utterly up my alley.  It’s like this was made for me (it wasn’t, but man it feels like ME so much).  You get a touch of everything and it’s all so lovely together.  At first it’s all about this incensy smoky scent with a touch of something peppery or spicy.  Under that you get this incredibly smooth nag champa, the likes of which I’ve only smelled once before.  Nag Champa can sometimes be too hippy for me -but this is quite lovley.  The dragon’s blood is softly sweet with a touch of spice to it.  It’s not the floral dragon’s blood that you sometimes get, this is resinous and almost has a carnation-like spice to it.  And that frankincense and labdanum is to die for.  They are almost narcotic in their scent and make me swoon just sniffing them.  The patchouli, amber, and musk seem to be melded together in that you get like a rubbing of a sooty dark amber along your skin.  It’s deep and slightly woody with a rounded softness to it.

If you can’t tell, I’m slightly in love with this scent.  I’m a bit bummed the smoke and spices don’t last longer.  They burn off it seems as the scent dries on my skin.

The throw on this is wonderful.  I get soft sweet incense wafts as I move around.  The longevity is okay at about 3 hours before I need to reapply.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 18 -Autumn People by Apothescary Scents

New company!  New scents!  New experiences!

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Apothescary Scents came on my radar from the Indie Makeup and More page on Reddit.  I ordered a sampler pack and it was shipped fast and packaged nicely.  Very impressed.  These have been sitting for almost two weeks now so they’ve had their rest from their travels and then some.

Autumn Peoplethe perfect October night with a heady blend of blood orange, wood smoke, fallen leaves, oakmoss, and more.

In the vial this is sharp, almost acidic, and very pine-sap-like.  This is not for the faint of heart.  This is raw, dirty, and gritty.  This is vegetal and desiccated leaves on a forest floor with pine sap and oakmoss, a hint of orange and just a faint touch of smoke off in the distance.

As this dries, so does the “wet and dew covered” type of over all scent that this seems to have.  The throw is decent, not too strong (except right in the beginning), and floats around you giving the impression that you are actually nestled into the deep of a forest.  It actually reminds me of walking through some of the less traveled trails here in North Carolina … it’s just missing that red clay scent that permeates (and stains) everything.

Dry this is beautiful.  The smoke comes out more and that fresh wood tossed on a fire scent before the log actually catches.  You also get a lot of that oakmoss and dried crunchy leaf scent.

If you’re looking for a raw forest scent, this is it.  I admit, I’m in love with this one.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 17 – Possets The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Today is the 1st Annual Celebration of Life for Fabienne Christianson of Possets.  Already so many mourn her passing, but let us not be sad, but instead be joyous that she was able to share her vision, humor, kindness, and creations with us for but a seemingly brief period.

I chose for today’s scent – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.  It was the first bottle purchase I ever made from Possets and it is what made me want to seek out more and explore the various aspects and scents that Fabienne had created.

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Surely I’m not the only one who procrastinated, who said “next order” or what have you … and while we may regret that procrastination now, don’t dwell on the lost, but seek out what you have and enjoy it.  Enjoy every last drop of it and know that it was created with joy and with love and meant to be loved by you.

The Arrival of the Queen of ShebaMysore sandalwood, suede, frankincense, patchouli, 4 vanillas. This blend is tough and tender at the same time, like the queen herself. This one makes vanilla turn tricks as an oriental ingredient and all of the fabulous elements get along so well. It’s an instant sex classic.

Please keep in mind, the scent I’m describing is from my aged bottle that was purchased back in July of 2015 and so it does not reflect a newer (or even older perhaps) blend.

In the bottle it is vanillas.  As the description says, there are four of them, though I’m not sure I can pick them all apart.  I definitely get a buttery vanilla and I get a dry vanilla and I’m sure the other two are somewhere in between.

On my skin this is still those vanillas, but more melded together so they are less able to be distinguished.  The suede is fantastic in this blend as it brings this soft and almost fuzzy appeal to it making it cozy like a favorite blanket.  The patchouli isn’t overwhelming, in fact I have a hard time picking it out when it’s wet at all.  Though as it dries it comes out as a brown and woody patchouli.  The sandalwood adds this softly golden wooden scent to the blend and the frankincense just a touch of resin to kind of glue it all together.

There is not a lot of morphing from this scent from wet > drydown >dry phase – it stays fairly true to itself and only gets deeper, more refined, and more cozy as it dries.  The throw is decent – not overwhelming and just enough to get lovely hints of it as you move.

I remember when this scent was fresh it was just a tad too sharp, just a bit too rough around the edges.  Then, as I let it sit, let it age away in a cool dark place, it became so much more.  And then I promptly ordered another one to set back.  I find I like to wear this blend to bed as it comforts me as I sleep and is still there to greet me in the morning.  My pillow has taken on this sort of vanilla/suede scent along with another vanilla/leather scent I wear to bed so that I am in olfactory heaven when I sleep.

The wear time on this is impressive lasting as I said above well through the night and into the next day.

This feels like Possets to me, Queen of Sheba, soft and comforting in its embrace.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 16 – Possets The Great Psychiatrist of Babylon

Continuing the celebration of Fabienne’s life – which will culminate tomorrow the 15th of October which will be a grand celebration – I chose The Great Psychiatrist of Babylon.  Honestly, it gives me the giggles whenever I read the name and thing about what that would have been like.  Could you imagine?

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The Great Psychiatrist of BabylonBack in the day, before a formal id, ego, and super-ego early psychiatrists roamed the land looking for loonies upon whom they could practice their trade. Babylon was a veritable hot bed of psychiatric investigation, and practiced by the female inhabitants of the city. The hypnotic base of the finest Bourbon vanilla shot through with incense smoke and the auxiliary smoke from “punk” fire, caramel, incense, and a small shot of whiskey on the side (for medicinal purposes only). There, now don’t you feel better?

Just imagine all the juicy gossip they were privy to!  Gossip is my guilty pleasure – not spreading, starting, or repeating – but I’ll admit I like hearing it second or third hand.

I had a lot of running around to do this morning (new glasses yay!) so I swiped this on and got ready.  Then, upon sniffing it on my skin, immediately slathered in it before I walked out the door.  It was so good!  Instantly I regretted never getting a bottle.

You get the vanilla and a gooey, smooth, and buttery caramel scent, but it’s juxtaposed with this incense.  It’s not like burning incense, though the notes state “smoke” I didn’t get any of that.  More it seemed like the scent was residual of years of burning incense so just the scent of it permeated everything around it.  This is really just a sweet incense when you get right down to it and one of my favorites.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t get much whiskey, if any, from this blend, which is just fine.  Whiskey haven’t got along since my 21st birthday.  So … I have bad scent memories with it, needless to say.

About 4 hours later and I get just a sweet incense type scent, though it’s all but gone from my skin.  I wish this lasted longer as I just love it!  Though I suppose I should be happy that I get a nice wafting scent every now and then from my pulse points.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 15 – Possets Cygnus the Swan

I can’t even begin to tell you just how many times I looked at this scent on Possets website.  It came up time and time again searching for scents and I really should’ve listened to Fabienne’s words (they’re right there on the site) and just sprung for a bottle.  But I didn’t, however she was kind enough to send me a sample, and so I will at last get to try the scent that so haunted me on the website.

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Cygnus the SwanCygnus (the Swan) is a very very very very sexy blend of the scent of real vanilla, rose, golden musk, sugar concentrate (do not eat this), an accord which smells a lot like fondant, and a pink musk which I have not used before. Very strong and very long lasting. Very. It is gorgeous, and I would say an instant classic.

In the vial I get a very dry vanilla with a hint of something ambery or golden, and a touch of something verging on bitter (the fondant I’d suppose – I’m not always good with wearing almond).  Oh my skin it’s very much the same except the vanilla goes from dry to slightly buttery and sticky.  I have this jar of vanilla bean seeds I use for baking and they are sticky – it reminds me of this – super concentrated true to life vanilla.

The rose is pink, or maybe combined with the rose musk it’s super pink.  Almost too pink, overwhelming pink.  Pink everywhere!  (And I know about pink – I have two young girls.)  Pink is a smell, let me just tell you.  It’s bright and cheerful and bouncy.  Like Pinkie Pie from My Little Ponies (remember, two girls).

Thankfully the super-duper-pink-power-hour really only lasts while wet.  As it dries down the musk part of the scent comes out and tones it down, though the rose is still fairly prominent in it’s pinkness.  It’s reminding me of this toothpaste I bought my daughter one time.  I can’t remember what the name of it was but this is eerily similar – and of course she loved it and I have no idea what it was.  Don’t cringe at the toothpaste reference, it’s not as bad as it sounds!

Fabienne stating this is very strong is not an overstatement in the least.  It has a great throw and I have to only wave my wrist in my nose’s (possessive nose, not plural) general direction to get a good waft of the scent.  It’s very pretty, delicate actually, and quite musky – but not anything like an animalic musk, but a sweet and soft, almost powdery musk.  You still get some of that sticky sweet vanilla with a dollop of that sugar that’s almost like marshmallows.

To be quite honest, if it had stayed in the super pink mode, I wouldn’t have liked it.  But this dry down, this is glorious and has me sniffing for more.  Which is weird because this is just such a girly scent and that’s not usually my modus operandi.  I would say my daughters would love it, but one is a patchouli head and the other likes black musks so … who knows.

Such a unique scent!  I’m enthralled.

 

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 14 – Possets Gingerbread Whorehouse

Continuing my celebration of Fabienne’s life, I chose Gingerbread Whorehouse.  It is the perfect example of her tongue-in-cheek scent names, in my opinion, and one that has been suggested to so many over the years, myself included.

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Gingerbread WhorehouseThis is European Gingerbread given an American Cajun jolt with the spices: ginger, black pepper (!), clove, cinnamon, coriander, and a kiss of pink pepper.

In the vial I get a lot (and I mean a lot – have you ever made gingerbread cookies?) of molassass.  It’s thick, sweet but verging on bitter, and dark.  On my skin I very much get a warm gingerbread cookie scent.  Simple, warm, inviting, and delicious.  There’s very little sweetness in this blend.

The peppers and the coriander give this a whole other dimension and I think is what is keeping this from going full out foodie on my skin.  I’m not amping any one scent, rather they seem to be melded quite seamlessly.

As this dries, I can’t say that it really morphs at all.  It stays very true to the wet stage, maybe it warms up a tad more, but beyond that it is the perfect ginger bread cookie.  I have to confess, around this time of year I start stalking Panera Bread for their Gingerbread Muffins.  They are the perfect moist little muffins of gingery perfection and this is what it reminds me of as well.  I know, I know, I said it’s not foodie and it’s not … but it is … but it’s not.  Simple, right?

There is a little bit of a throw to this scent, but mostly it stays close to the skin.  Every now and then I get a hint of something almost buttery in there.

I will give it this – 6 hours later and I still get the softest hint of gingerbread with a vanilla base.  It’s still this soft, warm, and cozy little scent that occasionally wafts up to me.  It lasted through a hand washing or two also.

This would be one, should I ever get the chance, that I would love to upgrade to a full size bottle.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 13 – Possets Gelato: Vaniglia

As I’m sure many of you know a great mind, a wonderful human, and a perfumer of immense skill was lost earlier this month.  Fabienne Christiansen of Possets was a kind and gentle soul who was always a joy to communicate with.  Her tongue-in-cheek scent names never failed to bring a smile to my face.  I only wish I had discovered her world sooner.

Please, join me and countless others at the Indie Perfume Lovers facebook group in a Celebration of Life from now until October 15th in honor of dear Fabienne.  May she live on in our hearts and memories.

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Today I chose Gelato: Vaniglia – mostly because Fabienne chose it for me when I went in search of vanilla’s after having fell in love with Queen of Sheba.  I’d purchased a vanilla pack and explained I wanted to explore it all and she sent more than I’d ordered with a note on why she chose the extras.  It was sweet, touching, and a perfect example of the type of human she was.

In the vial this is that buttery vanilla, almost like a cake batter.  Such a bakery-type smell, but not?  There’s also something spicy like a cinnamon and nutmeg in there.  (I’m actually going about this blind – no notes until the end.)  Now that it’s dry, it’s like the cake/bread has been baked and is still warm from the oven.

This never leaves that comforting and warm stage,  I always feel as though it is surrounding me in comfort.  It gives a little bit of a throw and maybe it gives more than I’m realizing because I’m constantly feeling as though I’m comforted.  And slightly hungry.

It almost smells deep into the dry down that there’s something nutty in there, almost like an almond extract.  Maybe even something woody.  Hours and hours go by and this is still a buttery, sweet, and warm vanilla.  I will admit, this was very gourmand to me and on a few occasions it made my stomach growl.

Fabienne listed the description as: It is possible to have vanilla as a top, middle, and bottom note. I just did it. It is just a halo of vanilla as I have tasted it among the best of gelatos. Mmmmm. Vanilla was never so concentrated and so pure.

This really could explain why I was drooling over the ice cream at the store earlier.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 12 – Alkemia’s Ishq

So I approached today’s scent a little differently in that … I slathered and ran out the door.  I had to.  Errands don’t run themselves (yet).  While running my errands, I made mental notes of how this particular scent

Today I grabbed Alkemia‘s Ishq which was created to help TapRoots music by being a perk of donating.

Ishqdark oud, opium infused tobacco, smoked black amber, Arabian ambergris, a rare animalistic dark musk, and heavy bakhour incense.

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There is no doubt at all when smelling this that it has that super funky oudh, or that it’s musk is dark.  You get a real funky scent coming from the wet stages – it’s animalic, dark, and just plain weird, to be quite honest.

The throw, while wet and drying, was kind of intense.  I found the scent followed me everywhere, which was very interesting because I got to smell it while it shifted and morphed and settled into this warm, golden, and kind of funky scent.

I’ll be honest, that funky animalistic scent never really went away.  It stayed, though it never really got to be too much.  Nothing about this scent was ever really too much – it was just skirting the edge of too funky, too animal-like, too musky, but it never crossed that line.  Instead it toed it and left me rather enjoying the overall scent and it’s phases.

A few hours later, when all my errands had been accomplished, the scent only wafted lazily, barely having the energy to make itself known.  On my skin it was musky, a touch golden from the oudh, and slightly narcotic from the opium.  And then, for as loud as it started, it just … faded away.

I really enjoyed experiencing this blend.  You can feel the thickness of the blend, like molasses (not the oil, just the scent perception).  Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s something I could wear very often, but this sample will most definitely be kept around when I need an extra oomph of oudh.