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.
As Dark Things are Meant to be Loved – Lapsang 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.