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.
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.