30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 26 – Alkemia – As Dark Things are Meant to be Loved

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!  Hopefully Santa brought everyone what they wished for.  And if not, well, get it yourself, you deserve it!  (Totally what I am telling myself.)

To ring in the New Year, I’ve pulled out Alkemia’s As Dark Things are Meant to be Loved.  It’s been sitting for a little over three months in a cool dark spot to get its groove on.  And groove it did.

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As Dark Things are Meant to be LovedLapsang souchong tea, dark Russian leather, aloeswood, smoked black amber, aged dark patchouli, tonka, Amazonian breuzinho, Moroccan bhakoor, labdanum, temple incense, caramelized opium, black coffee, black coconut, and tabac leaf.

I remember when I got this it was funky, and not in a good way.  The leather was sharp, the tea over powering, and the patchouli was screaming in the background like a banshee.  All in all, it was not a good first impression.  But, there were so many notes that just called to me that I had to give it a chance.  So I tucked it away, safe and sound, and just now pulled it back out.

This blend has completely blossomed.  It has changed and settled and smoothed out into this gorgeous smoky, incensy goodness that just begs to be worn and worn proudly.  Now I love it and it has turned into something different than I thought it would be, but loved nonetheless.

As this goes on wet, the leather screeches just a bit but almost immediately backs down.  The lapsang souchong tea is strong in the wet stage but slowly makes its way to the background as the blend dries.  There is a heavy dollop of smoke that weaves its way through this blend.  It’s strong at first before it dissipates – though it never truly leaves.

Once it begins to dry down, the scent stays strong and has a heavy throw to it.  The patchouli is heavy as is the opium and the incense.  They get their turn in the limelight before calming down and becoming one with everything else.  The leather is dark, well loved and well oiled, and slick but not that shiny black leather that can be sharp and overwhelming – this is soft and pliable and heavily scented with the oil used to care for it.

Now that it is dry and has sat for a bit most of the individual notes are nearly indecipherable from each other.  What I am left with is a gorgeous incense blend that swirls around me and makes me feel strong and confident.  It makes me think of inner peace and outer strength.  The throw is still good, though not as strong as the dry down phase.

I’m so glad I kept this.  It is something I want to bring out again and again to experience.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 25 – Solstice Scents Gehenna EDP

For those that know me, it’s no surprise I’m a huge fan of Solstice Scents and especially their EDP’s.  It’s also no surprise I love red musk.  So of course Gehenna was an absolute need to have!

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Unfortunately, I never smelled Gehenna prior to last years reformulation, so I cannot offer comparisons to any previous incarnations of this scent.

GehennaRed Musk, Dragon’s Blood Resin, Burning Wood, Somalian Myrrh, Egyptian Musk

On initial spray this is a healthy dose of a dry, almost fruity red musk.  It explodes and then almost immediately settles.  Like the way a flame is huge just as its lit, then settles into itself.  The dragon’s blood resin is only slightly spicy, but it has an amber-like quality to it – but instead of golden, it’s fiery red.

As this melds into my shirt I get a hint of burning wood.  But it’s not like an active fire, more of a soft smoldering off in the distance.  It’s not intrusive and not really smoky at all.  Just this lovely fragrant incense-type scent.  And around that is a beautiful myrrh – sweet but not in a vanilla or sugary type way – more of just a natural sweetness that some woods have.  And rounding it all out is a beautiful skin-close musk that is just barely detectable.

The wear time on this scent is amazing and every time I move I get a hint of it.  It’s not obtrusive and it sits in the background giving just this subtle hint of itself as you go about your day.

For me, it’s a very meditative scent.  It inspires introspection which is typically what gets my creative juices flowing.

I have the oil as well and there is very little difference between the two.  I think with the oil I get a little bit more of the red musk and dragon’s blood resin, but not enough to overwhelm.  As always, the EDP just seems to be so much more.  Though I love putting the oil and EDP on together.  They last throughout the day with no real need for reapplication.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Hyde + Alchemy – Day 24 – 019

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I had to try more of Hyde + Alchemy.  Their formula is so strong – stronger than EDP’s, and a little is going so far.

This time I grabbed a vial labeled 019.  It has notes of lavender, iris, vanilla, saffron, musk mallow seed, amber, and Brazilian vetiver.

In the vial this is that familiar herbal lavender that so many people love and for some reason my body (namely my head) hates.  Unfortunately this lavender is no different in that it gives me a headache, slowly but surely.  With that lovely herbal lavender, however, is a beautiful sweetness – maybe from the iris and vanilla.

Wet on my skin the iris just blooms into this super pretty and soft floral note that is supported by the lavender sitting softly and almost green in the back while a sweet musk scent and golden amber float around.

Dry on my skin it is heavily floral, but not overwhelmingly so.  There is only a hint of the lavender and the headache that was previously threatening is easing up.  The musk from that mallow seed is gorgeous and soft, almost fluffy, almost like tonka.  The vetiver isn’t strong, nor overpowering, but it gives a beautiful brown earthiness to the whole blend.

Overall this blend is extremely comforting, soft, and cozy.  The throw on this is really good – I get a soft vanilla floral with a hint of musk and that glowing amber.  I’m really starting to fall for this company and their scents.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 23 – Hyde+Alchemy 012

Life, illnesses (running rampant through the whole family), and holiday’s kept me away.  Also going through my whole stash to get rid of things (check Indie Perfume Lovers FB group in a few days) and just slim stuff down because I quite literally ran out of room.

But, I’m here!  I’m back!  I smell good!  And hopefully you do too.

New company I was turned on to over at bpal.org forum.  Those ladies/gentlemen/lizard-people are hell on wallets – more so than any place else.  But it’s okay, because I love them.

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Hyde + Alchemy!  Slick, sleek, modern, and minimalistic are all great descriptors for their website – but not for their scents as I am finding out.  Well the modern part fits.  This is more of a niche brand?  I don’t know, don’t care really.  The people there are awesome, the discovery kit is cool, and I’m looking forward to exploring!

From the bag I grabbed 012 – lavender, saffron, coffee blossom, tonka bean, vanilla, and amber.

Coffee blossom?  Like, who knew that was a thing?!  But I don’t like coffee.  So … we’ll see how this goes eh?

In the vial I get something that’s coffee but not, but coffee with a floral twist and a touch of sharp lavender.  It’s interesting, different yet a little off-putting because flower coffee isn’t something you really think of.

Wet on my skin though I get that familiar bitter coffee scent I dislike so much.  (Blasphemy yadda yadda I know, I know.)  Then around that I get that lovely fuzzy tonka scent that’s warm and comforting.  Under that is a warm and golden amber.

The drydown keeps it bitter, a touch sharp, but it has this undercurrent of sweetness that’s likely the vanilla and amber.  I don’t really get any saffron that I can tell.  Usually saffron goes weird on me and totally kills a blend for me, but so far I’m not getting that.

The throw on this scent is better than the skin scent.  That doesn’t happen very often.  Usually it’s kind of a what you smell is what you get – only rarely have I had this happen where the skin scent is enough to make me cringe but the throw has me searching it out.  Such a juxtaposition!  The throw isn’t powerful though, it’s very soft and flowing.  This blend is so different from anything I would ever chose for myself and it’s piqued my curiosity for sure.