Continuing my celebration of Fabienne’s life, I chose Gingerbread Whorehouse. It is the perfect example of her tongue-in-cheek scent names, in my opinion, and one that has been suggested to so many over the years, myself included.
Gingerbread Whorehouse – This is European Gingerbread given an American Cajun jolt with the spices: ginger, black pepper (!), clove, cinnamon, coriander, and a kiss of pink pepper.
In the vial I get a lot (and I mean a lot – have you ever made gingerbread cookies?) of molassass. It’s thick, sweet but verging on bitter, and dark. On my skin I very much get a warm gingerbread cookie scent. Simple, warm, inviting, and delicious. There’s very little sweetness in this blend.
The peppers and the coriander give this a whole other dimension and I think is what is keeping this from going full out foodie on my skin. I’m not amping any one scent, rather they seem to be melded quite seamlessly.
As this dries, I can’t say that it really morphs at all. It stays very true to the wet stage, maybe it warms up a tad more, but beyond that it is the perfect ginger bread cookie. I have to confess, around this time of year I start stalking Panera Bread for their Gingerbread Muffins. They are the perfect moist little muffins of gingery perfection and this is what it reminds me of as well. I know, I know, I said it’s not foodie and it’s not … but it is … but it’s not. Simple, right?
There is a little bit of a throw to this scent, but mostly it stays close to the skin. Every now and then I get a hint of something almost buttery in there.
I will give it this – 6 hours later and I still get the softest hint of gingerbread with a vanilla base. It’s still this soft, warm, and cozy little scent that occasionally wafts up to me. It lasted through a hand washing or two also.
This would be one, should I ever get the chance, that I would love to upgrade to a full size bottle.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I really am becoming quite smitten with Siberie Perfumes!
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I ran across mention of Love Potion Perfumes in a forum for another company and even there, they seemed to have some die-hard fans. So, of course, I had to try it out! I have to confess I’ve been sitting on these samples for a few months now, though I had tested one shortly after it had arrived and loved it. With perfume, I seem to have a problem keeping attention on something and end up chasing shiny things instead of focusing on what I have. Shame on me!
As you can see, these come in the 2ml sizes and I was given two 1ml’s free with my order! They appear to be like single notes, so that’s cool.
And if you want, for added oomph to your magical blend, you can add pheromones to, I believe, any blend.
Cocked & Loaded – A manly-man earthy sexy violet heart crafted of violet fragrance oil and violet leaf absolute then rounded out with balsamic amber, powdery oakmoss and two types of smooth golden sandalwood.
Love Potions not only lists the notes, but lists any magical, healing, or historical meanings for the notes used. Which is kind of cool. In the vial this smells like violets, but a version that has a soapy quality to it. On my skin most of the soapiness goes away and I’m left with just … violets. I’m really not getting anything else out of it at the moment. Even after letting it dry down the violets are strong but I do get a hint of something like sandalwood and a touch of amber. No oakmoss, no earthiness, just mostly florals. Nearly a half hour later I finally get some greenness from the oakmoss. This is a close to the skin scent with very little throw.
Love Potion: RED – Vanilla, Amber, Patchouli, Cinnamon, Dark Sugars, Woods, Resins.
In the vial I get a nice bit of resin and wood. On my skin I get a hint of cinnamon, but nothing overwhelming and it seems to be sitting close to the patchouli. I get a little bit of a tingly sensation on my skin where I applied, but no burning or anything harsh like that. This reminds me of walking into those kitschy country stores, but more refined. I kind of like that smell, a mixture of cinnamon, wood, and vanilla. The sugar has an almost molasses feel to it, which is comforting. This to me isn’t an overtly sexy blend, but more of a comforting kitchen blend. It smells like home, and love, and baking. Again, this is a scent that stays very close to the skin. I would love to have this in an oil warmer in my home (and that may be exactly what I do).
Always a Lady – A soft bouquet featuring five types of roses, scattered with dewy droplets of sweet strawberry, mango, raspberry and tangerine, all resting upon a base of oak and chypre.
In the vial this is super fruity! Lots of mango and tangerine with a hint of strawberry. On my skin that fruit is vying with the roses and it’s causing quite the ruckus on my skin. Eventually they work it out and it becomes a huge bouquet of roses. You can smell the dew and greenness with a hint of the oak. The only prominent fruit now is tangerine and strawberry, the rest sort of hang and add either sweetness or depth to the blend. The chypre comes and goes as you sniff. The throw on this blend is much more than the others, but still nothing that would overwhelm. It’s strong against the skin than it is when it wafts up to you.
Feed the Flowers – The beautiful melancholy of a funereal mood…a hint of smoke in the air, dried dusty flowers and the freshly-turned earth of an open grave…a bouquet of deep dark roses, geranium and stargazer lily mingled with earth, dry leaves and a drop of hay and dusted with mysterious resinous notes of myrrh, sandalwood, storax and benzoin. Finished with woodsmoke, powdery musk and a final kiss of white and powdered sugars.
This was the blend I had tried when they’d first arrived and I remember it being beautiful, earthy, and reminded me a lot of Samhain and all things Autumn.
In the vial I get a scent that is reminiscent of decaying leaves. On my skin that scent is still there, but on top of it is smoke and crackling twigs under foot. The dried flowers are hauntingly beautiful and hay graces the floor. This scent reminds me of an old, forgotten house in the woods whose bouquet on the table is long forgotten and the lace drapes are moth eaten and molding. Perhaps it was the home of a maiden waiting for her love to return from a war – but he never did and so she waited until they could be together again. It’s a melancholic scent and I love it. Another close to the skin scent. Really wish this one had some throw to it. Maybe I should put this one in an oil burner too.
Autumn Rain – Dry leaves and wet woods form the heart of our forest, with dewy notes of fern and fresh cut stems, and autumnal accents of apple and hay blended with the ambiance of earth and smoky frankincense.
In the vial this is a deep aquatic with a hint of apple. On my skin it is much of the same with an added touch of greenness. Beautiful petrichor scent with the leaves and forest floor. The apples are green and slightly bitter, the hay which was warmed by the sun is getting wet and is super fragrant. Once dried the frankincense comes out and wafts around this blend and gives it another dimension. Somehow this blend is dark, as though the rain has come on the heels of dusk. Unlike Feed the Flowers, this blend has a bit of a throw to it and wafts beautifully around.
The two free samples are Sugared Geranium and Sugared Bonfire.
Sugared Geranium is a deep and heady floral in the vial but it relaxes on my skin and becomes soft and pink with just a hint of sweetness.
Sugared Bonfire has an almost cotton candy like scent in the vial, but on my skin the wood and smokiness comes out and mixes with the sugar and creates the oddest combination of sweet woodsmoke, or cotton candy flavored in woodsmoke. It’s not bad, and not off putting really, just very different.
I love that I can either select my free sample(s) or have it selected for me from Deep Midnight Perfumes. I, not being super familiar with the catalog, let Cat over there select my samples for me! So far I’ve been super impressed with this company!
Dome of Stars sounds fascinating as someone who loves looking up at the night sky. Its notes include Sandalwood, orris root, lavender, myrrh, amber, soft evergreen, and light nuances of cinnamon and citron. Bonus this was inspired by Elrond! In the vial this is softly green and fragrant woods with just a light hint of lavender. On my skin you can almost smell the moonlit night. The evergreens are not overpowering but they lend a grand stillness to the scent – things come and go, but evergreens seem eternal. The cinnamon and citron, like the notes describe, are not prominent, but I can smell where they are adding their little touches to the blend. The sandalwood, orris, and myrrh mix together to give this a lovely bed of wood for the scent to lay upon while the lavender and amber seem to float around. This is simply stunning, unisex leaning feminine, and would be a perfect (for me) scent to wear at night. There is a bit of a throw to this, not a big one mind you but enough of one that I can smell it coming up to greet me.
Black Wings – and now for something completely different –Black leather, decayed black roses, dark aged patchouli, guggal incense, dark woods, and musk. I’m very picky about my leather notes. As of right now there are only two companies that make a leather note I like and can wear. In the vial this is straight up dirty hippy patchouli (I mean that in the best possible way!). On my skin this is super dark yet almost floaty. I’m not actually getting that sharp almost acidic scent from the black leather (sometimes it comes across as that pleather – fake leather – grossness) so that’s a bonus. But this is very dark, very dirty, very hippy-like. So if you’re into that sort of thing, then this is right up your alley! There is no sweetness to this scent – it’s dark and it wants you to know.
Ishtar Gate has notes of deep rose, oud, myrrh, lotus blossoms, and frankincense combine with other sacred attars and subtle spices. In the vial this is a deeply red rose scent, full in bloom and heady. On my skin this rose then mixes with lotus to enhance the sweetness and add a touch of dewiness to the rose. The oud, myrrh, and frankincense give a nice woody base, as though you are smelling the plant as a whole and not just the flower itself. This has a really good through and is a strong feminine scent (not strong like overpowering, but strong as in a emotionally/personality strong). Overall this is a beautiful heady perfume that takes full advantage of the largest, deepest, reddest rose around and highlights everything about it that makes it a rose.
Aloysius will round out these scents with notes of decadent old wood, rum, rich dark leather, and soft touches of sugar, citrus and mint. Another leather blend! Just initial sniff from the vial and my mind was filled with visions of Captain Jack Sparrow and musings about why the rum is gone. My husband is a lover of spiced rum so I know the smell very well. It’s in here and this very much smells like barrels and barrels in a wooden storage barn attached to their holdings by leather straps, each one filled with rum (though the rum note itself isn’t prominent, but it’s there and noticeable). This is a super masculine blend and I’m on my way to wanting to sing sea shantys! The citrus and mint are in there and I can detect them and they do so much to uplift this blend and really make it stand out without allowing all the other notes to overpower one another. Yeah, this is totally what Jack Sparrow would smell like (after a bath, mind you).
Found this gorgeous perfumer on Etsy and heard some great things about them from Indie Perfume Lovers facebook group. Deep Midnight Perfumes has a ton of sample options either singly or by collection. I got sample packs of Steampunk Girls and Wicked Girls along with a free sample per collection set and one for being a new customer! You can either choose your own, or let them choose. I wanted to be surprised so I let them choose!
First up is Seven Veils whose notes include madagascar vanilla, velvety orchids, white florals, the softest musk, sweet golden amber, spices and exotic resins. In the vial I get orchids and a touch of those spices and resins! On my skin this is so smooth. The vanilla is beautiful and full, the musk is gentle, and the amber is glorious. There is something exotic (oh yeah, resins) about this blend – gentle and sweet, alluring and mysterious, and just almost purple in feel. I could see myself wearing this to bed, or on a sexy night out (yes, it works for both). Despite how soft this scent is it does have a really good throw on it. I keep getting beautiful whiffs of purple orchids and gentle musk with sweet vanilla. This has some excellent lasting power to it, really amazing.
King Cake is described as: Based on the traditional and scrumptious Mardi Gras King Cake, which is made with a yeasty bread and Danish type dough, braided and filled with cinnamon and sometimes various fruits jams or nuts and then topped with sugary or cream cheese frosting. I am almost ashamed to admit that I have never had a King Cake – but I’m not big into Mardi Gras either, so it shouldn’t be too surprising. That being said this is CAKE and cream cheese frosting in the vial. There’s a touch of cinnamon, a bit of a nutty quality, and something almost bready. It’s this weird cake/bread mix. Like a dense cake. The more it sits the more the cinnamon comes out. Unfortunately this kicks my gourmand button and I can’t stomach much more. But cake lovers will definitely enjoy this!
Selene by Night has notes of black orchids, deep dark exotic woods, enigmatic cypress, dragon’s blood and the faintest kiss of spice. Cypress is prominent in the vial as well as on my skin. However as it touches my skin the woods and spice come out. The orchids give a hot-house feel to the blend. This is inky blackness, expansive and almost oppressive, yet stunning. The dragon’s blood is commanding and rich. This has a great throw, excellent longevity. This might need a touch of aging because the dragon’s blood tries to go to soap with my chemistry.
Vixen Venom entices with its notes of a blend of rich amber, sweet musk, the sweetest vanilla, and a dash of patchouli for that extra bite! This is a lovely patchouli vanilla in the vial. On my skin that amber and musk come out. Man I can’t believe the awesome. This is seductive, tantalizing, and down right sexy. The amber is darkly golden while the vanilla is sweet, but not foodie and with the barest touch of patchouli this blend just out does itself.
Next up is Ladies of London whose notes are sensual florals highlighted with lily of the Valley, spicy indulgent opium, a bowlful of the deepest sensual red berries, and caresses of frankincense and patchouli for added mystery. In the vial this is all red berries and opium. On my skin it is much of the same though it takes on a bit of a fizzy feeling, as though there is champagne in the blend. The flowers are strong, the opium wafting, and the berries mashed into a delightful drink. The frankincense and patchouli are more of the incense type instead of a resin and it’s like they are being burnt on opposite sides of the room and making their way towards you. These ladies of London may look innocent at first, however, they are anything but.
I decided to go on and combine these reviews instead of doing it in two parts. So this is Clockwork Cutie! YAY! Its notes are fresh wild berries, concord grapes on the vine, a whisper of dark flowers from a secret Victorian garden, and a soft vanilla accord. In the vial I get a beautiful juicy blast of berries and grapes, and that stays true on my skin, however there are now flowers wafting around. It’s a very sweet blend, very juicy and fun! The flowers are doing a good job at keeping the fruit from going too crazy and now as it dries the vanilla is coming out. Oh wow, once this dries completely it’s a beautiful floral and fruit blend – fun and fancy free, yet somehow there’s a sophistication to this perfume!
Flights of Fancy gives way to notes of mahogany wood, amber, lavender, brown sugar, oak, with faint and fresh background notes of peach and pear. In the vial this is wood and sugar – sweet and warm. There is a bit of lavender and it’s not making me cringe with pain! The peach and pear are juicy but they are under everything else. The woods are beautiful, golden, and fragrant. I really like how wonderful this is – it’s like floaty and flowing – beautifully constructed and makes me want to close my eyes and inhale deeply. Also, I’m so trilled to find another company whose lavender doesn’t make my sinus scream in pain! The brown sugar is only adding a hint of sweetness and that beautiful touch of darkness from molasses.
Agent of Chaos! Sounds like a good book eh? No book, but it has notes that include an exotic Chypre accord, rich leather, bergamot, lemon, sweet sugars, cardamon and clove, followed up with softer backgrounds notes of mahogany, oakmoss, and a faint touch of jasmine. In the vial it’s all sweet spices, like a good foodie fall scent. On my skin it still has that association, but the leather and chypre pull it back from that foodie edge. The clove is not overpowering at all, actually none of the spices are overpowering. This is really well blended, dark and mysterious! Perfect for an Agent of Chaos! I’m really digging this blend! It’s leaning a touch masculine but there’s enough jasmine to keep it on the feminine side. Actually this reminds me a lot of what I think Zoë from Firefly would smell like (which is who I named my youngest after). Oh man, any association Firefly means I need it!
Rounding this out is Chocolate Earth, one of the freebie’s, and it has notes of Dark Chocolate, Plump Fresh Raspberries, Dark Five Year Aged Patchouli, and a touch of Sweet Cream. So … I typically dislike chocolate and cocoa scents – they just don’t sit well with me and that is a personal preference and nothing against any perfumer that uses chocolate in their blends because there are plenty of other people who crave it. To each their own. In the vial it is dark chocolate and patchouli – a bit different to be sure. On my skin I … am not sure what I’m smelling. I know there’s a patchouli but that’s about all I can smell. It takes 5-10 minutes but eventually I get raspberries, soft and juicy, with a touch of cream. There’s no discernible chocolate to my nose. I double checked the vial to make sure there wasn’t any cocoa or something sitting and I needed to roll it and there’s nothing. Maybe the chocolate and patchouli are so well intertwined that I just can’t pull it apart. This is like leaning against a fragrant tree while eating raspberries and cream.
Here we are back for more wonderful Deconstructing Eden sample reviews! This is the batch that has some of the Valentine scents now discontinued for now. If you missed the previous review thread – here is Part 1.
Stung, from the Valentine release, boasted notes of three types of honey, beeswax absolute, sweet amber, green pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg. Oh wow. Amber is what presents itself first to me. With all the pepper and cinnamon you’d be thinking SPICE, but it’s not overpowering at all. The honey is sweet and the beeswax a little smoky. As this dries the spiciness does amplify, but it never crosses the too much mark. This is very well blended and I’m sorry I missed out on a bigger bottle of it. Maybe next year! I’d love to have a bottle of this!
Another from the Valentine release is Song of Solomon whose notes consist of Rich myrrh essential oil, tolu balsam, aged honey, incense, cedar wood, sandalwood, wine, vanilla, and coconut milk. I hate to say this … it starts out as a public bathroom scent. A clean one, but … yeah. It might be that I traveled recently and stopped in a lot of rest area’s along the highway and I just can’t shake that smell yet. Other than that, like I said, it smells clean. I can’t really pick one thing or another out unfortunately, so I may put this to the side and come back to it with a clearer nose. I get honey and wine. It’s a very beautiful scent, I just can’t shake the association I have with it.
Silver Moon is a general collection scent and its notes are listed as moonflower, white amber, musk, jasmine, white ginger, feral, silver moon. Her listing says it was a custom blend for a dear friend who allowed Toni to sell it. Huh, there’s almost a peach or apricot quality at first sniff. Oh … that’s the ginger. There is something animalic about this blend. Brings to mind the phrase “pale moon light”. It is soft and glittering white with a hint of a bite to it. That ginger is very prominent in the blend. Different and intriguing, I like it.
Little lost Alice in Wonderland whose notes are candied lemon peel that mellows into violet and rose with vanilla rounding out the entire blend will bring this scent adventure to a close … for now. Mmm … violet candies! The lemon isn’t strong at all, like I feared it would be. Instead it is soft and understated but gives a nice brightness to the blend. Vanilla, violet, and a touch of rose are the stars in this blend. So sweet it’s making my teeth ache though! This leans on the foodie side to me, oddly enough and unfortunately it makes my stomach queasy. Think this might be one for the lovers of all things gourmand. Annnnnd it’s making me sneeze so much. =( Can’t have ’em all I suppose.