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 16 – Possets The Great Psychiatrist of Babylon

Continuing the celebration of Fabienne’s life – which will culminate tomorrow the 15th of October which will be a grand celebration – I chose The Great Psychiatrist of Babylon.  Honestly, it gives me the giggles whenever I read the name and thing about what that would have been like.  Could you imagine?

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The Great Psychiatrist of BabylonBack in the day, before a formal id, ego, and super-ego early psychiatrists roamed the land looking for loonies upon whom they could practice their trade. Babylon was a veritable hot bed of psychiatric investigation, and practiced by the female inhabitants of the city. The hypnotic base of the finest Bourbon vanilla shot through with incense smoke and the auxiliary smoke from “punk” fire, caramel, incense, and a small shot of whiskey on the side (for medicinal purposes only). There, now don’t you feel better?

Just imagine all the juicy gossip they were privy to!  Gossip is my guilty pleasure – not spreading, starting, or repeating – but I’ll admit I like hearing it second or third hand.

I had a lot of running around to do this morning (new glasses yay!) so I swiped this on and got ready.  Then, upon sniffing it on my skin, immediately slathered in it before I walked out the door.  It was so good!  Instantly I regretted never getting a bottle.

You get the vanilla and a gooey, smooth, and buttery caramel scent, but it’s juxtaposed with this incense.  It’s not like burning incense, though the notes state “smoke” I didn’t get any of that.  More it seemed like the scent was residual of years of burning incense so just the scent of it permeated everything around it.  This is really just a sweet incense when you get right down to it and one of my favorites.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t get much whiskey, if any, from this blend, which is just fine.  Whiskey haven’t got along since my 21st birthday.  So … I have bad scent memories with it, needless to say.

About 4 hours later and I get just a sweet incense type scent, though it’s all but gone from my skin.  I wish this lasted longer as I just love it!  Though I suppose I should be happy that I get a nice wafting scent every now and then from my pulse points.

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!

Alkemia Perfumes – General Catalog Samples

More goodies from Alkemia Perfumes!  This is the last of the samples I currently have, though make no mistake, I’ll be getting more just as soon as I get over this small issue of moving states.  Always something hindering the perfume buying.

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De La Forêt contains notes of dry amber, golden musk, orris root, tonka, bergamot, rosewood, oud, sandalwood, paper, oakmoss, birch tar, and vetivert.  Oooh a paper note!  In the vial I get a nice amber and musk scent rounded out with lots of beautiful and fragrant woods.  On my skin this is so golden and soft.  The tonka is that beautiful brown fuzzy scent with a hint of the floral bergamot.  Some people have issues with orris root and/or vetiver … I am so happy I’m not one of those people (though it did take a few years for me to fully appreciate vetiver).  The birch tar gives this an almost sticky like feeling … you know when you get tree sap on your hand and it just never. goes. away.  In this case this is a good thing.  Oh wow, I get the paper too.  It’s soft, freshly pressed and almost papyrus like.  It’s homemade paper which was lovingly made by hand, not the college ruled paper from the store.   The oakmoss is soft and slightly green.  Overall I’m in love with this blend.  It’s perfect for a beautiful soft forest-like scent.  I could totally see this representing someone in the middle of a forest of tall trees looking up and soaking up the filtered sunlight.

Caveau des Innocents is all about the underground Parisian nightlife with notes of Tabac, dark coffee, piquant cloves, rum soaked pears, candied citron, dark caramel, and star anise bathed in intoxicating swirls of opoponax, labdanum, hashish, benzoin resinoid, vanilla incense, and guaiac wood.  In the vial this was mostly candied citron and a touch of vanilla incense.  Very soft and subdued – not at all what I was expecting.  On my skin this is still soft, but it’s got that slinky feel, as though softly traveling just above the skin.  There is almost a masculine quality about the blend, but it’s unisex too in a way.  No one note is really jumping out.  It’s all so very well blended and very intoxicating.  As this dries and warms on my skin it becomes almost overtly sexy – there’s no come hither finger wave but more of a grab them by their shirt and yank them to you.  Carnal is a good word to describe this scent.

Fumé Oud à la Vanille boasts notes of crushed tonka beans, woodsmoked amber, and bourbon vanilla aged with oud wood.  The woodsmoke is prominent both in the vial and on my skin.  There’s that wonderfully fuzzy tonka again and the oud is very fragrant.  Overall this isn’t heavy vanilla, but it’s not a bad woodsmoke scent either.  I would love it if the vanilla had come out more.  This is very masculine in my opinion, woody, a little smoky (not enough to overwhelm) and slightly resinous.

Aphrodesia will round out this set with notes of deep eastern spices warmed with creamy vanilla and a few drops of golden frankincense.  I have to confess I put this on yesterday when I was craving vanilla scents and fell completely and utterly in love with this.  In the vial there are these beautiful warm spices from an eastern market.  On my skin the frankincense comes out and you can smell those fragrant large resins being slowly and expertly burned in an incense burner.  Their fragrant cloud wafts up to caress your skin and that vanilla with those spices just makes for this intoxicating scent.  Sweet, a little spicy, and that lovely incense wafting in and out.  This is a very unisex blend – not overtly one scent or another, but all the scents melding in together.  It stays close to the skin and makes it a very personal scent.  Oh man, I still can’t stop huffing.  This is what I wanted another scent from another brand to smell like but it just never did for me.  Beautiful!

Valhalla Soap Co. – Botanical Cream and Scent Samples Part 1

This is a two part review (because I can only test so much at one time before it overwhelms or I can no longer distinguish scents).  Today I am reviewing from a lovely little company out in the Pacific Northwest United States called Valhalla Soap Company.  If you’ve an itch to be a Viking, if only for a day, this is who you need to see.  Check out the Clan on their Facebook page as well!  The owners, Donna and Matt, are extremely active, friendly, and helpful.

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That little 2oz jar in the middle is their Botanical Face & Body Cream scented in Valkyrie (notes: peach brandy, pralines, brown sugar, amber, vanilla musk, violet, and black currant).  I have to admit – this is by far my favorite lotion!  Especially for my face!  As I’ve gotten older, my face has gone from oily to dry, but it doesn’t actually stay one or the other – it varies day to day.  This Botanical Face & Body Cream has done wonders to help keep my face smooth and soft to the touch.  The cream itself is rather stiff compared to all their other body butters and lotions, but I like that.  And a little goes a long, long way.  I’ve had this little jar since the end of February.

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I have missed days using it, but only because I only use it on the days my face is dried out.  As you can see, there’s still a lot left in this little jar.  And, with the Botanical Face & Body Cream, it’s only lightly scented – that then allows for some wonderful layering options.  This does have cocoa butter in it, so you get that slight scent from it, but it isn’t strong.

Valkyrie itself isn’t foodie as the notes would have you think.  This scent is beautifully soft and golden.  The vanilla and amber are prominent while the peach brandy gives it a golden slightly boozy feel.  The black currant adds a touch of bitter to balance out the sweet in here and all together it makes for a rather hauntingly beautiful scent.  I do hope that Donna and Matt will be able to find a way to keep this scent around as it is currently endangered.  As this dries and melds with your skin chemistry this scent warms up and the gold darkens with the brown sugar (I love the smell of brown sugar).  Still never even ventures into foodie territory, and I used the Botanical Face & Body Cream on my hands.  The cream is providing a nice base for the scent to sit on.

Vanilla Luxe is up next.  I purchased a wax tart of this as well, but haven’t had a chance to melt it yet.  I love that I can find so many things in one place.  The notes for this blend are as follows: Smokey notes of vanilla-tobacco, aged oak barrels filled with bourbon, bulging trade sacks of rare frankincense, spicy pepper and tangy bergamot. Grass baskets spilling over with Bulgarian roses and ylang ylang. This is all buttery vanilla in the vial!  Then, as I put it on my skin it … disappears?  What?!  No!!  Do I have a scent blind spot when it comes to this combo?  Did my skin eat it?  So weird.  Normally I do well with all those notes.  I’m putting more on, maybe a dab won’t do ya.  Ahhhh … there it is.  It’s still very soft but I’m getting a bit of the vanilla and some rose.  It’s still way lighter than I would expect with all those notes in it.  Found the bourbon, but still no frankincense (one of my favorite notes), bergamot, or ylang ylang.  I’m going to blame my chemistry on this one.

I’ve been dying to try Floki’s Fetish!  I am a bad Viking and have not seen the show, however.  Shame on me!  Floki’s Fetish comprises of deep forests and pungent oakmoss covered earth call the boat builder. While exotic spices, vanilla, incense, sandalwood and amber whisper to his spirit and his yearning to discover and conquer new lands.  In the vial I get a nice green oakmoss and crumbling dirt.  On my skin this is masculine, woodsy, and empowering.  I can totally see this as a commanding scent.  The spices and incense are a bit much more than I like to wear, but it is still an evocative scent for sure.

So many wonderful things have been said about Hedonistic!  It boasts notes of hints of warm amber, moody incense, and light notes of smooth, and sweet patchouli.  I’d actually bought a wax melt in this too and got to melt it before putting my house on the market and having to stop using wax melts (SAD!).  It was one of those scents that you think will be one thing, then it turns out its something else, something better, and you’re chasing the scent all over the house trying to figure it out.  Took me hours to realize it was the Hedonistic in my wax tart melter that was making that luscious and beautiful scent.  While I haven’t turned on the melter in over a month, I can still get whiffs of the wax when I pass by.

The oil, now that’s a glorious thing too.  In the vial I’d swear that it had a big juicy orange in it.  Perhaps it is the sweet patchouli giving off that citrus vibe.  This is a warm, beautiful scent and the oil matches perfectly the scent from the wax melt and I couldn’t be happier!  It’s a magical little blend that just brings a smile to my face.  Not only is the oil golden in color, but it also gives off that glowing golden vibe when you wear it.  The incense is soft and unobtrusive and the amber is just hanging out.  That patchouli is the star of this blend (a patch I can wear that is also in the forefront of a blend?! Awesome!).  This isn’t your hippie’s patchouli – so if you have that “bad” association with it, you should try this and maybe it’ll turn you around on the patchouli hate wagon.  I totally need this in the Botanical Face & Body Cream!

Rune Caster will round out this batch of reviews for Valhalla Soap Co.  It’s notes include sweet notes of cotton candy and caramel drizzled over heady florals of rose, jasmine, sweet heliotrope and geranium with resinous juniper and amber on a heavy base of vanilla, sandalwood and patchouli.  Seems like a lot going on in here … but so many loved notes I have to try it!  In the vial this is a perplexing blend of sandalwood and cotton candy – but it smells divine!  On my skin that cotton candy note wafts out and it is just so realistic, like I’m at a fair smelling the cotton candy as it’s being made.  Eventually that drifts off and the florals begin their dance to the forefront, like you’re walking away from the cotton candy booth to a beautiful planted garden.  The rose, jasmine, heliotrope, and geranium all waft around you in a sweet breeze of vanilla and cotton candy.  For me the amber is there just adding a golden glow over everything, like the sun.  Patchouli is not really noticeable, but the sandalwood drifts in and out of the blend.  With juniper, I always get a sort of well loved antique scent association with it, and I get it here.  Like the booths at the fair are well loved and maintained so they have lasted for many generations.  I am blown away by this scent, I can’t believe it.  I need Rune Caster in every format!

Arcana Soaps – Spring and Other Sundries

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Julia over at Arcana was kind enough to run a little sale where, if you purchased 3 or more scents from the Ebay page, you got a free 5ml of Vanilla Craves Spring!  Couldn’t pass that up, ya know.  Oh, and not shown is the backup bottle of Phoebus I got.  That’s one sexy blend right there.

First up, lets try the bottle that was so generously gifted, Vanilla Craves Spring.  It’s notes include: two gourmand vanillas, young honeysuckle, pink bubblegum, white amber, a hint of galbanum, and a single drop of sweet mint. Now, let me preface this review by stating I’m emphatically NOT a “foodie” or gourmand scent person.  I don’t enjoy smelling like food.  However, my skin seems to have a rather arbitrary line as to what crosses that “foodie” edge for me.  Sometimes I get surprised.  Vanilla Craves Terror was a surprise considering all the reviews I’d seen saying it leaned gourmand because it didn’t for me.

In the bottle Vanilla Craves Spring is all vanilla – beautiful, rich, and buttery.  It doesn’t hit that food edge … yet.  On my skin the galbanum comes out with a touch (and I do mean a touch – I wouldn’t have placed it if I didn’t know the notes) of the sweet mint and together they seem to reign in the overly foodie aspect of the vanilla.  The bubblegum is almost non-existent, which I think I saw on another review the same thing.  The honeysuckle is that beautiful and bright yellow scent that you associate with the onset of spring.  This blend is innocent to the extreme!  I can just see my daughter out playing in our yard, ice cream cone in hand, as she runs her hands over the honeysuckle.  Pure, unadulterated innocence tucked into a little 5ml brown apothecary bottle.  This … This scent just makes me happy, plain and simple.

(As an aside – I take hours if not days to write reviews sometimes so as to not go “nose-blind” to scents.  That being said, it’s now about 4 hours since I put on VCS and I’m like a little addicted I think.  I keep huffing the small spot and sighing happily.  I want to slather, but Yurt is on the other hand … I’ll likely wash Yurt off before too long and cuddle into some comforting Vanilla Craves Spring!  It taunts me with glorious whiffs as I move my hand.)

Next up we have Yurt – which, admittedly, is fun to say.  (Go on, say it out loud – you know you want to!).  Yurt’s notes consist of: glowing dragonsblood resin and cedarwood with hemlock, fir needle, juniper, and bonfire smoke.  Wowee – this is so different from the a fore mentioned VCS – where VCS is light and happy, Yurt is dark green, shadowed and maybe just a bit fierce. In the bottle this is all fir needle.  On my skin the bonfire smoke alights and the night is now glowing with the fierceness of fire.  There is a spiciness to this blend (dragonsblood maybe?  some companies are spicy, some are floral – this is my first foray into Arcana’s dragonsblood) and the wood is scorched (but not in a bad way? is there a good scorching?) the juniper gives the feeling of being in a coniferous forest.  The hemlock is bitter but it doesn’t overwhelm the blend like it can sometimes do.  Yurt is fire.  Yurt is forest.  Yurt is … the complete opposite of Vanilla Craves Spring.  Yurt is becoming slightly overwhelming.  Yurt is fun to say, but don’t use too much – a little goes a very, very long way.

Necklace Made of Tears  isn’t one of the spring scents, but the frankincense tears called my name.  Its notes consist of: Sticky spun sugar with frankincense tears, peach nectar, violets, lacrima water, and cardamom.  I have no idea what lacrima water is … and a google search turned up only one description from Scent for Thought that describes it as saline and slightly metallic.  I guess we’ll see what it does.  In the bottle it is water, peach and violets.  On my skin this lets the sugar and violets come out.  Normally I don’t “smell” a metallic note, instead I feel it or taste it on my tongue – and I’m getting that sensation.  The frankincense tears give a nice resinous base to this and the peach nectar has a juicy quality that almost makes my mouth water.  With each sniff I go back and forth on whether or not I like it.  One sniff gives an aquatic feel, and I typically don’t go for aquatic scents.  On the next sniff I get the frankincense tears, the violets, and a nice comforting sweetness which I adore.  Such a morpher!

And bringing up the end is Two Finger Ballet.  I’m really a 12 year old boy at heart and snort-laughed at the name.  The notes for this blend include: A delicate blend of French vanilla creme, white amber, sugared vanilla beans, caramel, and the smallest dab of opium.  Have I mentioned before I love opium?  And all that vanilla?  And amber?  Well, I do.

Just like with Vanilla Craves Spring, Two Finger Ballet smells like a rich, buttery vanilla in the bottle.  On my skin it smooths out and looses some of that buttery scent and the creme makes it more languid.  The opium adds to that sweet and languid feel.  Two Finger Ballet verges on being foodie, but doesn’t cross that line for me.  The caramel isn’t apparent, but seems to be adding a slightly smoky quality.  Oh man, this is an addicting scent as well.  I can see why it is so popular!