Nocturne Alchemy recently released it’s NAValloween in July along with more Dinosaur blends! I received my bottles over a week ago and they’ve had plenty of time to relax from their travels.
Werewolf –Tahitian Spiced Vanilla, aged Apple cider, Wood notes of Cedar, Pine, Oak, Redwood and Teak, Leather accord and Oudh extract.
Pure spice in the bottle, but as it hits my skin I get a hint of apple cider. I get a familiar tingle on my skin from cinnamon, so though it’s not listed it (or something else that can irritate skin) is in this blend. There’s something that is reading as “cardboard cookie” on my skin and I’m not entirely sure what it could be. Teak maybe? Oak? I’m sure it’s one of the wood notes. This blend is heavy, lots of deep notes in it. I’m not particularly enjoying the wet/drydown phase of this blend. It’s … too much. All the notes seem to be screaming for attention at once.
It’s now twenty minutes later and I still feel slightly overwhelmed by this blend. I absolutely adore the spiced vanilla + apple cider combo and kind of wish it had been left at that with maybe just one wood. I get absolutely no leather from this blend, and I adore NAVA’s leathers.
Overall I think this blend needs more time to age, but I’m not sure if that will intensify the wood notes or smooth them out. I do hope they smooth out as that would be lovely. I can smell the potential for a glorious blend in there, but I think it’s too fresh to really do itself justice.
There it is … about 30 min – 45 min into the drydown and I am greeted with a glorious cozy scent that makes me want to snuggle with myself. It has become sweet, slightly spiced, and just downright fuzzy. You get a sense of something animalistic in there and I’m finally getting that comforting soft and supple leather, which is wonderful. I know my knee-jerk reaction was to scrub it, but I’m glad I gave this a chance to keep going. Hopefully with some age to it that screaming phase will go away and I can enjoy the blend as I believe it was meant to be enjoyed.
Hours later and each time I put my chin in my hand I get a whiff of this and it’s almost eye-rolling gorgeous. Such a transformation from wet-stage to complete dry down. Is the wet stage worth wading through? Maybe. I’ll see what a little age does and hopefully it’ll make it all worthwhile.
Mummy –English Bergamot and Earl Grey Tea, Redwood Absolute, Amber Resin, Papyrus extract, ICON: Leviathan Amber-Oudh, Australian Black Tea leaf, Pear essence, SL Crimson absolute and Baltic Teak.
In the bottle I get a lovely bergamot tea scent with a touch of amber. On my skin is much of the same but with a hint of spiciness from that bergamot. The amber from both the resin and the Leviathan Oudh is gorgeous and deeply orange with a hint of that familiar powdery amber. The pear isn’t apparent, though it’s likely adding just a touch of sweetness to the blend. The crimson is musky and deeply red and as it dries the papyrus begins to come out and give an almost brittle feel.
I was honestly expecting something a bit more … dusty, moldering, and old. Instead what I’m getting is more along the lines of their Egyptology release. I get the impression of prim and proper Englishmen sitting around a recently opened crypt sipping tea and being fanned in an attempt to beat the harsh Egyptian heat. Eventually that image fades and it begins to give an impression that I was hoping for – the inside of a crypt, objects, smells, and things that had not been touched or viewed for hundreds of years.
You do get a sense of something old and possibly ancient. Something a bit mysterious.
There is a good amount of throw to this blend and I can smell it wafting up to my nose which is nice. Also, the longevity on this is pretty awesome. Hitting 2+ hours and no sign of slowing. Bonus points for lasting through a hand washing.
Velociraptor – Resinous Amber Accord, Limestone Amber, Black Musk Absolute, Black Amber and a drop of aged viscous Velociraptor Kashmir red musk.
NAVA makes my absolute favorite scent – Kashmir red musk. If I could only smell like one thing for the rest of my life, Kashmir would be it.
With that being said, I get a lovely whiff of my beloved Kashmir out of the bottle. On my skin that Kashmir mixes with the deeper and darker black musk. This is not a light blend, it is shaded, veiled, and shadowy. With this much musk it seems to be going a bit on the powdery side. It’s a fuzzy powder, if that makes any kind of sense.
The ambers are there giving a resinous undertone, but this blend seems to be all about those musks.
It is recommended to “hatch” your dino’s with another NAVA blend. I won’t be doing that right now as I want to get a feel for the blend on its own, but I’m already plotting a bit of Tibetian Crystalline to go along with this. I think the Nag Champa + Vanilla would go a long way to giving this some depth and cutting some of the powdery feel from the blend.
I like that despite this being heavy, the throw isn’t overwhelming. It is a soft, gentle throw and as I move my hand I can smell it. The longer it dries the more gentle it becomes.
Protoceratops – Resinous Amber Accord, Limestone Amber, Crystalline, Kobalt, Crystal Absolute, Vanilla Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream Accord, Vanilla Caramel, Bastet Amber and Egyptian Sugar accord.
This is the outlier of the bunch and completely different from any of the blends I’ve tried today.
In the bottle I get a creamy vanilla scent that isn’t quite gourmand, but you can tell it wants to push over that edge. On my skin I get this beautiful sugar accord. It’s almost like putting a sugar cube in your mouth. I also get the Crystalline, Kobalt and Crystal vanilla wafting around in there. (I have smelled/owned each of those and believe it or not there are differences between the three, though sometimes subtle. I prefer Crystalline typically and it’s in most of my favorite blends.)
Now, I’m sure ya’ll can guess how amazing this smells, but truly it is gorgeous. It’s creamy, sweet, with a hint of resin and this sugary note that rounds it all out.
If you are into NAVA and you haven’t had an opportunity yet to try Bastet Amber (while listed as a note, it is actually found here as a blend all its own) you really should. This blend is different from anything else I’ve ever experienced before. Some people get absolutely no scent from it, some get some vague soapish scent (that’s me) and others are slightly put-off by it. But you’re not supposed to actually smell the spot you placed it on. You are supposed to apply it and forget it and let this blend do it’s thing, which is to waft up and greet you. It’s a softly sweet and resinous amber, simple yet beautiful, and in this blend you get that. I could see layering this with more Bastet Amber to enhance that effect or perhaps a bit of another Vanilla. Or, if you’re lucky and got a sample of Bastet’s Ice Cream accord, maybe a touch of that.
The throw on this is soft, but it has its moments.
Overall, I found that once Werewolf sat it was definitely worth waiting for, and having it waft around with Mummy is something quite wonderful.
While on my other hand, the dino’s are opposites and I prefer each for what they are separately.