30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 27 – Hyde + Alchemy – 013

I’m slowly but surely making my way through the massive Discovery Kit from Hyde + Alchemy.  Today I pulled from the pouch 013.

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013ylang ylang, jasmine, orchid, gardenia, vanilla, olibnaum, patchouli, amber, sandalwood

The liquid has a slightly purple tint (on the site it’s much more noticeable) and it was the first one when browsing their site that caught my eye so I’m super excited to try it!

Without even opening the vial I can smell the florals as they wheedle their way out, intent on being sniffed.  Good thing?  Bad thing?  Guess I’ll find out!

Jasmine! Gardenia!  Ylang ylang!  The orchid is just sitting back like “‘sup?” knowing it’s awesome without all the yelling, jumping, and screaming “me! me! me!”.  Thankfully that initial period is short lived.  Like it took me longer to write that then the actual phase lasted.  Which is cool.

Now it’s like this funky floral incense.  Funky in a good way.  Funky like that dress you want that is kind of like a hippy-type dress but modernized and you know you could rock the hell out of it but you’re like kind of afraid to go for it on the off chance that your family just doesn’t get it.  Yeah, that kind of funky.  That cool funky, laid back funky, the kind of funky you like having around even though you might not pull it out all the time, but it is great for those moments when its down-right needed.

The vanilla is strong in this.  Stronger than other vanilla’s I’ve smelled when supported and surrounded by this many other strong scents.  There’s also something a touch spicy in here – one of the florals with that edge to it.

Small bit of a soap phase going on here.  Gardenia’s can sometimes go soapy on me so I’m thinking that is the culprit.  Going to walk away and do something else and let this meld with my skin and settle for a bit.

… 5 hours later …

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To say this became something wholly different than it was initially would be an understatement.  Oh. My. Gosh.  This became a super sexy, slinky, black cocktail dress and f–k me shoes of a scent.  Little red lipstick smeared on a napkin with your number as you tuck it into a hot guys back pocket of a scent.

What I’m saying is … it’s sexy.  Ahem.

On my skin it’s warm and a touch spicy.  Reminds me of those classic gems Shalimar and Opium.  The florals are soft and skin close.  The muskiness of the Olibnaum and patchouli sneek out and rope you in further.  The vanilla is there but intertwined with the amber so that it’s a golden sweetness.

Seriously an addicting scent.  BRB going to slather!

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.

30 Scents in 30 days – Day 22 – Arcana Last Judgement

Forgive me for being slack in updating!  I got busy, then got sick, then got busy again.  Then I worry it has been so long does it matter anymore?  And the answer is of course it matters!

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So today, as I go through my stash, I pulled out Arcana’s Last Judgement (which is unfortunately not longer available) and will spout the wonderfulness of this blend that I’ve not worn since I bought it last year.

Last JudgementHoly resins of frankincense and myrrh with smudgy, tobacco-laced vanilla, amber, and labdanum absolute.

In the bottle I get the most heady waft of frank and myrrh with a healthy dose of labdanum.  Now you might be thinking this is similar to Holy Terror (an unsettling, austere blend of burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh, and dusty beeswax candles) and it is … but not really.  It’s got the same resinous frankincense and myrrh, but that’s really where the similarities end.

With Last Judgement you get this narcotic feeling that makes me want to roll my eyes in the back of my head and just sniff this all day long.  I honestly cannot express just how much I love this scent.  You get that golden bit of amber, slightly powdery and slightly sweet.  And then the touch of the tobacco with the vanilla which adds another layer of sweetness on it.

However, with all this seeming sweetness, it is still extremely resinous and quite flowing.  The throw on this is decent – not too much, not too little – and I get the loveliest wafts of incense around me as I wear it.

This blend is one where a little goes a long way.  I’m typically a slatherer, but not with this blend.  This one I can dab on pulse points and be done for most of the day.  The longevity is also wonderful and I typically get anywhere from 6 to 8 hours or more depending on other factors.

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.