Arcana – The Righteous Uterus

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The name, the label art, the cause … it’s all wonderful!  For the unawares, The Righteous Uterus is part of Arcana’s bid to help Planned Parenthood40% of proceeds from this scent are automatically transferred from each sale to Planned Parenthood.  Julia, bless her hedonistic heart, is very transparent in how much has been sent thus far.  Curious?  Visit her company’s Facebook page or the fan page.

Like I said, the cause is wonderful.  Even if the notes are not “your thing”, this is another way to donate to a worthy cause.

But that label art!  And the notes!  And the name!  It’s the complete package really.

The Righteous Uterus – A power blend of fresh ginger root, bergamot peel, black vanilla, spruce branches, balsam of Peru, and sparkling water rests on a base of unbreakable sandalwood and corporeal amber.

In the bottle this is a huge, freshly peeled blast of ginger root.  I’ve peeled and grated enough and I enjoy that scent (mostly because I enjoy the food I’m cooking it in as well).  And on the skin that fresh ginger root is there, it’s strong and flowing.  It’s so strong that it’s overtaking everything else at the moment.

As this dries down I get that citrus-y bergamot peel and something that is reminding me of Arcana’s “fir jam” which might be the spruce branches (maybe a bit of the balsam as well) coming through.  Eventually I get that dark, caramel-y vanilla scent and it pulls the sandalwood and amber with it as it makes its way through the brighter notes.

It takes a while, but fear not, the ginger and bergamot falls to the back of the line and lets the other notes come to the fore.  The throw is not as large as it was when wet, but it’s still nice and I get a waft of it whenever I move my hand.

I really like this.  It wasn’t anything like I thought it would be.  I’d seen it compared to ginger ale, and I don’t like ginger ale.  I don’t think it’s like ginger ale.

Once this has had time to settle it is a gorgeous, soft scent with an edge.  It has that feel that is quintessentially Arcana.  Soft, slightly sweet, with a brightness that lifts you up and a base to keep you grounded.

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 – 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 – Day 6 – Conjure Oils Bastet

First, let me apologize for skipping a few days there.  Life got busy … and fun.  Love museums!

So last week I got in more samples from Conjure Oils.  Their TAT is really long compared to some other companies, but really, I’m beginning to think it’s worth it.

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From the hat (really, it’s a box, but that doesn’t sound as cool) I pulled Bastet.  Her notes consist of Egyptian red musk, catnip and warm amber.  Yes – catnip.  Kind of thankful I no longer have any cats because that could get awkward.

In the vial I get something green and nearly minty – which must be the catnip.  I must be part cat because it smells amazing!

On my skin this warms up nicely – still with that hint of green mintiness – but it’s not like peppermint or spearmint or anything like that.  It’s a unique mint.  Around that is this golden and very warm amber.  It’s not powdery at all, but soft and comforting.  And under all of that is this glorious musk rounding it all out and the redness of it gives it a sensual lilt.

Normally, I’m not a mint person.  It’s typically too sharp and feels like it’s boring into my nasal cavity.  But this catnip … it’s different.  Softer, almost sweet.  And that mint ‘edge’ doesn’t really last that long.

Nooo!  This is turning soapy!  That gives me the sads.  Oh, okay, that was weird.  That soapy stage lasted all of like a minute before it went back to that gloriously soft and comforting scent.

The throw on this blend is nice.  It’s soft, not overpowering, but you still get a sense of it without having to hunt around.  So far the longevity is promising, clocking in at over an hour and it’s not faded a bit.

A few hours later and the catnip is mostly gone and I’m left with a slightly powdery amber, golden and warm, and a touch of red musk that clings to the skin.  It’s a beautiful scent, calming and almost serene now.

 

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 5 – Deep Midnight’s Prairie Gothic

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m so very excited for fall and all the scents that come with it.  I’ve already rearranged my bottle collection so that my “fall” scents are most accessible.  Add to that everyone is starting to release their fall/autumn/halloween collections and you have me sitting here like a kid in a candy store!

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Just the other day I received my Deep Midnight fall collection sample sets in the mail and I’ve been itching to try them.  I may have cheated and not reached in my box-o-samples, but I still blindly chose from these … so that counts right?

Prairie Gothic is from their Haunted Inn‘s collection.

Prairie GothicAbsinthe, Anise, Amber, Soft Patchouli, Tumbleweed, Wet Concrete, and of course a healthy dose of mysterious spring water, along with a little touch of the Spirit Accord.

I think this is the first time I’ve been truly perplexed by the initial vial sniff.  It at once smelled familiar but also there is absolutely no way I can pick out what I’m smelling other than … petrichor.  So maybe it is the water and concrete?  That was a very unique sniff.

On my skin I get a large dose of anise.  It actually reminds me of my Chinese Five Spice I use when cooking.  Under that I get a splash of almost bitter absinthe and then the petrichor.  I get the sense of warm concrete cooled by a recent rain.  There’s almost something a touch desolate about this blend.

Honestly, had I been able to choose what went into this pack, I would not have picked Prairie Gothic because it’s so far removed from any of my typical (though rather large) range of scents.  And yet I can’t stop sniffing.

About 20 minutes into the dry down and it’s verging on soap.  A very clean, very beautiful smelling soap.

Now about an hour into it and it’s still rather soapy on my skin but the scent that wafts up is … different.  It’s warm, wet, and haunting.  This is so weird.  It’s like fog but warmer?  I know that doesn’t make sense.

Two hours in and its starting to fade.  The anise has gone, as has the absinthe.  I’m left with a light amber and watery scent with a touch of what, I assume, is the Spirit Accord.  Hopefully I run across her Spirit Accord in other blends as it is something quite beautiful.

Sweet Potion Perfumes – General Catalog Reviews

As a daughter site to Siberie Perfumes (quite literally), Sweet Potion Perfumes speaks more to the gourmand lovers and young (at heart).  The theme is adorable and the scents are girly and very uplifting.  Fun and playful!

There are no real names to the blends, just numbers, which makes it easier in my opinion to remember which one you love the most.

Sorry to bring this follow-up post so late!  I had company staying at my house and they are, unfortunately, extremely sensitive to scent and so out of respect I didn’t wear anything/review anything while they were here.

 

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#1 – Bubble Gum, Sugared Berries, Banana Soufflé, Juicy Apples

In the bottle this reminds me strongly of Bazooka bubble gum!  It’s a powdery sweetness and very reminiscent of childhood.  On my skin I still get a very heavy bubble gum scent (maybe you put two in your mouth!) and a bit of those berries.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m enjoying the touch of sweet banana I get from this!

As it dries down I get more of the apple note complete with the skin.  A lot of sugar is coming out.  Gobs of sugar.  Loads and loads of sugar.  Did I mention sugar?  Because … ya know, there’s sugar in this.

Once completely dry this becomes quite a beautiful scent.  It’s sweet with a hint of something spicy, like cinnamon or nutmeg with an almost musky apple rounding it out.  It’s amazing how this went from super sugar gum to the end result of a sophisticated and only slightly gourmand scent.

The throw on this is slight and it tends to stay close to the skin.  The longevity was good at about 2-3hours.  After that all I get is a slightly pink sugar smell, which is still very pretty.

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#2 – Marshmallow, Milk Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Vanilla Bean

In the bottle I get a very light vanilla and chocolate scent.  On my skin however it becomes a super syrupy cherry scent – like the inside of a cherry cordial.  Really, I dislike the taste/smell of actual cherry cordials – and this is an extremely accurate representation of that.

I’m not getting much marshmallow.  This is almost too candy-like for me.  It’s really not my type of scent.

It drys to a boozy vanilla bean scent with just bare hints of cherry and chocolate.

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#4 – Pumpkin Pie, Caramel, Gingerbread, Amber, and Vanilla Bean

Quickly sniffing the bottle this is pure pumpkin pie spices with an emphasis on nutmeg.  I love a good nutmeg.  On my skin I get a slight tingling sensation – nothing major, but I’m very confident about the exact spot the oil is sitting.  Might be from cinnamon, so those with sensitives be wary.

I’m getting a good throw from this right out of the gate with a sweet pie scent and something that reads as gingerbread crust to my nose.  On the drydown this also begins smelling a bit dry, perhaps from the amber adding a touch of powdery-ness to the overall blend.

In the end this becomes an almost edible pumpkin pie scent, though the dryness from the amber continues to make itself present.  This is also heavily spiced.

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#5 – Jasmine, Gardenia, Pink Roses, Vanilla Bean, Baby Powder

In the bottle this is full on baby powder … backed by a bit of Jasmine.  Not bad, but as someone who only just recently put the baby powder away, it’s a smell you don’t soon forget.

On my skin I get even more baby powder.  This is a very pink and very floral blend, yet still lends itself to feeling soft.

The throw on this is slightly overwhelming, like I’m inhaling over scented baby powder.  May be for some people, but I’ve spilled enough baby powder in the last 6 years that I don’t feel the need to wear it any time soon.  But maybe there’s someone out there that would enjoy just this kind of scent!

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#6 – Cotton Candy, Sugared Berries, Marshmallow, Vanilla Bean

First sniff in the bottle I’m greeted with a very, very boozy vanilla with a bit of squishy, sweet marshmallow.  On my skin it almost immediately becomes super soft and almost imperceptible.

Once it dries I still only get just a vague sense of sweetness from the application spot.  I ended up putting on a bit more to see if it helps – perhaps it’s one that likes to be slathered.

More definitely helped!  Now I’m getting red, red berries with a dollop of almost tooth-achingly sweet cotton candy.  The throw isn’t very large, and it never looses that candy-like sweetness.  It’s a very red berry candy scent.

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#7 – Vanilla Cupcakes, Butter Cream Frosting, Lemon Zest, Sugar Sprinkles

In the bottle this smells almost exactly like a lemon sugar cake – something like blueberry lemon cake without the blueberries.  On my skin this seems to be almost a Lemon Cream single note – which isn’t bad for those that love lemon!

As this dries I get more of that vanilla cake scent with lemon and a touch of something almost creamy.  I don’t seem to really get a true butter cream scent, but more something in the background.

This has a decent throw and dries completely down to a sort of lemon cake/cookie cross.  It has a nice touch of sweetness without over doing it and it hints at something almost nutty in the background.

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So – if you’ve liked anything I’ve reviewed here and the previous post – you’ll get a chance to win one of these 5ml bottles!  Keep an eye out on my blog for more details!

Siberie Perfumes – General Catalog Reviews

Those samples I reviewed earlier were not the only things to make their way to me from the lovely ladies over at Siberie Perfumes.  They were also kind enough to send me a few 5ml’s (their regular bottle sizes are 15ml!).

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Cordelia – Blended with the aroma of crisp cucumbers, juicy honeydew melon, marine notes of ocean air & fresh green tea.

In the bottle I get a nice crisp green scent with a hint of something watery and a little musky.  On my skin the ocean air is strong, as though it is the morning after a storm.  The cucumbers are lending a nice green scent while the honeydew is juicy and sweet.  I’m finding that the tea is there, but not prominent.

I swear I’m getting something musky and I’m wondering if there’s not something of an ambergris-type note – or grey amber being used for the ocean scent.  There’s also something almost cottony in here, soft and fuzzy.

After about 20 minutes this has become soft and flowing, yet still freshly green and slightly watery.  It has a decent throw to it in that I can smell it if I move my wrist around.  This blend leans unisex with an undercurrent of a masculine feel.  I’m about 2 hours in and I still get wafts and it still smells wonderful on my skin.

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Sang Des Dragons – Deeply seductive notes of pure aged dragon’s blood resin, sandalwood, gardenia & orris ( violet note) with teases of cassia ( light warm cinnamon note), woodsmoke, bourbon vanilla & earthy patchouli. A dark fragrance that is hauntingly beautiful.

In the bottle I get the loveliest deepest dragon’s blood note with this softly spicy underground.  This is deep, red, and resinous.

On my skin this only deepens.  I’m stuck huffing at my wrist and I get an almost hippy-shop type smell.  Not in a bad way either, this is beautiful and deep.  The dragon’s blood is the spicier version, not the more floral, which is just perfect for this blend.

I love how resinous this is!  The sandalwood is fresh and just harvested while the gardenia is doing it’s heady gardenia thing.  The cassia is not as light as the note list says, at least not on me, but it is by no means overwhelming (so maybe that is light!).  You can definitely smell the woodsmoke in this but it’s off in the distance and not at all in your face.  There’s a touch of vanilla – just a touch and that earthy patchouli is deep and brown and grounding.

Confession – after 15 minutes of having this on, I slathered.  Flat out had to have more.  The throw is beautiful, the longevity went for about 4 hours until I went on a long walk then it exploded and disappeared within 15 minutes of 100 degree weather.  Which is fine, I didn’t want to have it blasting because it is a warm scent on its own.

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Cake & Eat It – Dreamy notes of vanilla birthday cake frosted with rich buttercream icing, french coconut macaroons, a pinch of orchid & a soft warm base of white musk.

Who doesn’t want to have their cake and eat it too?  In the bottle I get a very musky vanilla scent with just a hint of cake.  On my skin it’s very much a single note white musk.  It takes a few minutes, but finally the cake and frosting comes out with just a hint of coconut-y macaroons.

The scent wafting up to me is more orchid and musk with a hint of buttercream icing and it’s not nearly as gourmand as I thought it would be.  I’m finding it to be quite soft and comforting with a dollop of sweetness.

Throw-wise, this is fairly decent – not strong, but I do get whiffs of it here and there.  I’m really enjoying this one more than I’d expected to.  I do love a good orchid.

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Ma Contessa – Sultry, sweet and spicy this decadent elixir has notes of the most delicious aged bourbon vanilla, caramelized marshmallows with a piquant swirl of dark clove, cardamom & cinnamon. The soft dry down eludes femininity with a caress of golden amber & sensuous Australian sandalwood.

In the bottle I get a lot of caramelized marshmallow, a good helping of clove, and fragrant sandalwood.  On my skin, however, most of the sweet notes are gone almost immediately and what is left is just a very slightly caramel sweetness that gives a nice undercurrent to the clove, cardamom, and sandalwood.

Admittedly, I’m not really a fan of cardamom, even in cooking.  It’s not bad, just not really my thing.  I also dislike cilantro.  And olives.  That being said this is somewhat spicy and has a very good throw to it and wafts up of its own accord – no hand-waving needed here!

I’d really love more vanilla and amber in this blend, personally, but with the cardamom it’s probably not something I would reach for anyway.

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Candice – Blended with the sweet temptation of juicy dewberries, fluffy pink cotton candy, whipped marshmallows &  pink sugar captured in a soft base of white musk & a tease of French vanilla.

Berries and cotton candy on a base of white and ethereal musk in the bottle.  On my skin the berries become very juicy, almost fresh squeezed into a delightful drink.

You would think with the cotton candy, marshmallows, and pink sugar this would be tooth-achingly sweet but it’s not!  Somehow that white musk tempers it and keeps it from becoming just too much to handle.  I adore this sugar scent as well.  It’s mixed with the cotton candy, as thought it was dusted in pink sugar.

As this dries I’m finding to to be more a lighter skin scent.  It does not have much of a throw, though I do not need to press my nose to skin in order to get a sniff either.

The french vanilla is a tad boozy, making the berries seem to lean to an almost wine-like scent but without the bitterness you can sometimes get with wine.  This perfume is very feminine, slightly girly even, and just super sweet.

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I really am becoming quite smitten with Siberie Perfumes!

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Siberie Perfumes – Samples

I am stoked to bring you a new (to me) perfume house – Siberie Perfumes!  This company has been on my radar for a while, but I hadn’t yet taken the plunge into purchasing from this company due to … who knows why really.  Probably something shiny caught my attention.  However, the lovely owner was kind enough to send me some stuff to sample!  These were not purchased by me.  I cheated and had a sneak sniff at some of the bottles (yes!  bottles!) I’ll be reviewing later this week.  Let me just say, I’m even more excited!

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Odette – Enchanting notes of sweet wildflower honey & delicate honeysuckle flowers hugged in a sensual & soft base of tranquil fresh fallen rain & jasmine sambac.

You can see from the picture that these are not the “typical” 1ml sample vials you see most places.  This is a larger 2ml vial with a smaller neck area but a long enough wand that you can reach all that precious liquid!  It is a little harder to open than the 1ml’s or the larger necked 2ml’s.

In the vial this actually smells like it has vanilla in it – so much so I had to triple check the notes.  I think it might be a combo of the rain and the wildflower honey.  On my skin this is actually creamy in a way – more like raw honey.  The jasmine is heady and fragrant as is that golden honeysuckle.  The rain is adding a touch of a dewy-like freshness to the blend.

The throw on this is not overpowering, but I imagine were I to walk outside in this 100 degree + 90% humidity we have it would become too much.  I think this would be the perfect pre-spring scent – when you can’t wait for spring to come and you just want that golden sunshine to reflect off of anything other than the snow-turned-grey.  (You can take the girl out of Winter, but you can’t take the Winter out of the girl … or something like that.)

I can’t lie … I’m kind of in love with this scent.  There’s something about it that just makes me think of new beginnings and fresh starts and sometimes you need to inhale the thought to solidify it in your mind.  (Laugh now, but you’ll be thinking about it seriously later.)

After a while I still get a good sweet and golden throw from this, but the scent isn’t prominent on my skin.  That’s kind of neat!  Sometimes I don’t really want to go around constantly lifting my wrist to my nose.  I’ve gotten more than my fair share of odd looks from doing that.

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Serena – A bewitching blend of woodsy & earthy bohemian patchouli with notes of decadent chocolate & a sensuous warm amber base.

In the vial this is super patchouli and chocolate.  Lots of chocolate.  Melty, gooey, milk chocolate that never quite comes off your hands no matter how much you lick them.  I mean wash them.  I would never lick my hands free of chocolate.  Yeah, never.

The patchouli is gritty and very earthy, as the notes mention.  It takes a while, but the chocolate is starting to smooth out into a memory instead of covering you.  After about 010 minutes I can finally smell the amber, warm and golden under the patchouli and bits of chocolate still clinging to my skin.

You wouldn’t know it, but this is not actually a blend I like.  Not because it’s not good, but because it’s just not my jam.  I don’t enjoy wearing chocolate I can’t eat.

However, if you enjoy patchouli, chocolate, and amber – definitely give this a try!  It has a good throw, not overwhelming but I get more chocolate scent from the throw than from what’s on my skin.

So while the first half hour isn’t really my thing, it’s now kind of really intriguing.  It’s more woody than it was at first and the chocolate is almost all gone.  There’s something verging on the edge of being spicy.  Another decent throw as well.

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Emmeline – fresh notes of green tea, Moroccan mint, romantic petals of white orchid and freesia all balanced by fruity notes of juicy pear and apple.

I had to make an emergency run to the store (we needed more supplies to make carnitas, obviously) and I put this on just before leaving about an hour ago.

In the beginning this was all tea and somewhat sharp mint with the lovely orchid and freesia but none of that apple or pear.  After about 5 of so minutes (long enough in the heat to convince my daughter she should climb into her seat and then further convince her its in her best interest to buckle up and stay buckled) the apple came out.  I’m not sure if the pear was so entwined in the apple, or if I missed it.

For a while this was wafting up nicely, juicy and sweet, softly floral with just a hint of greenness from the tea and mint … and then it disappeared.  I get a faint memory of pear when I sniff the spot, but other than that it’s just gone.

Now it could’ve had something to do with it being crazy hot and humid out, but that’s what it is here and I need my scents to last through those conditions sometimes.  Maybe I’ll set it back and try it when it’s cooler – late fall or early spring.

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Angelica – Night blooming violets,wild orchids, southern magnolias, hyacinth & oriental jasmine hugged with sweet vanilla & wildflower honey. It finishes off in a sexy base of rum, sandalwood, myrrh & labdanum resins.

In the vial this is vanilla and violets – soft and fluttering and sweet.  On my skin the flowers bloom and there is a creaminess to the whole blend.

Admittedly, this was nearly overwhelming for about … 2 minutes.  After that, it really morphed and became an almost sultry scent.  It is very alluring.  The labdanum is fog-like, lending a hazy blanket over everything.  The myrrh and sandalwood with that touch of rum is very grounding.

Nearly 20 minutes later most of the florals are more in the distance, though they waft through every now and then, and I am left with a sweet, woody, and gossamer scent.  It’s dark, not like a white fluffy scent, but more like incense smoke, dark and twisting.

There’s not too much throw on this, but I do get lovely wafts as I move my arm around