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 …
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!
I think I was on the IndieMakeupandMore subreddit when I saw someone mention The Porcelain Tub. And since it was new to me, I had to get a sample pack. As with all my samples, they kind of get tossed into a cool dark spot to relax after their travels and it is from this box I pulled My Magnolia.
My Magnolia – Lime, Magnolia, Gardenia, Vanilla, Sandalwood
In the vial I get a sweet gardenia scent backed by a touch of bright and citrus-y lime and a touch of vanilla. It smells clean, fresh, and vibrant. As soon as it touches my skin that sandalwood comes out and warms up immediately. It gives a soft golden and slightly woody feel to the overall blend.
The magnolia’s are in full bloom, heady but not in your face about it. Normally gardenia likes to scream on my skin, but here it seems to be tempered by either the vanilla or the sandalwood (as they both are wrapped around the gardenia). And over all of this you get a perky and zesty lime scent.
This blend reminds me of spring heading to summer with the sun high in the skin and golden. There are blooms everywhere and the sky is scented with each breath.
I’m finding this to be soft and very much a skin scent. There is little to no throw on this, but maybe that’s the allure? Something like that, I’m sure because even without sniffing I can perfectly bring up the scent memory of this blend and it matches exactly when I smell the spot.
For some reason I am finding this scent to be almost familiar, but I’m quite certain I have nothing in my current collection like it. Either way, familiar or not, this blend makes me smile. Unfortunately, I’m not finding the scent to be very long lasting.
If the other blends are as gorgeous as this one is, I may forgive the longevity or even use them in oil warmers.
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.
#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.
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.
#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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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Yipee my Deconstructing Eden Spring scents are here! I just love the beautiful blue of Jardin Botanique and I’m so excited to try all the scents.
Sun in Splendor describes today perfectly! Beautiful and sunny. This has notes of dark amber, agarwood CO2, calendula blooms, a drop of honey, clover, rich wood and bergamot. Oh wow this is a beautiful and bright scent! The agarwood and amber are deep and fragrant giving the most golden of glows to the blend. Honey keeps it sweet nad the clover gives it a nice greenness. There’s a touch of floral in the blend that doesn’t overwhelm but gives it that lovely out door feeling. It’s crisp, clean, golden and gleaming – just a perfect blend for that perfect Spring day.
Dans Le Jardin has notes of freshly turned earth, hyacinths, tulips, lily of the valley, tender green leaves, ivy, unripe strawberries and the very first buds of lavender not yet bloomed. Oh nice – this is a fresh blast of beautiful moist earth with a lovely dew covered greenness surrounding it. The florals are new and soft, just starting to release their scent. This scent is the perfect scent for Spring and that week or two where you are planting your garden at the beginning of the season (which in Ohio is just after Mother’s Day) and you get the lovely scents of the earth and plants. You can really feel the sun and the earth and the life flowing around you.
June Jardin is next and it boasts notes of Gardenia, Orange blossoms, white wisteria, osmanthus, muguet and moonflower. This blend opens with a blast of muget and orange blossoms. There’s something almost spicy about this and the moonflower gives a beautiful sweet and dewy scent. After it’s sat for a while the florals float and shift in the breeze. It remains with a touch of spice and heady florals.
Le Verger has notes that include old growth trees, a field of clover, peaches, pears, nectarines, citrus blossoms, ripe apples, apple blossoms, unripe figs and fig leaves. Oh wow this is fruity and juicy! There’s just a hint of greenness to cut through the fruit so it isn’t too overwhelming. I love the way this makes me think of picnics with fruit salads! Also, there’s a touch of wood from those old growth trees. Very pretty, sweet, and uplifting!
Jardin Botanique is the one with the pretty blue liquid! It’s notes include Blue Cypress, blue yarrow, lavender maillette, juniper berries, petit grain, bergamot and clary sage, rosewood and just a bit of peppermint. This is peppermint! That fresh, sweet, and minty candy that is usually found during Christmas time! After that initial blast of peppermint I get that nice blue cypress and some juniper with a touch of sage. After the initial blast of peppermint it calms down and gives you the feeling of a deep conifer forest at the height of spring rains.
Legare has notes of mahogany, magnolias, spanish moss, gardenias, iced black tea, petit grain, and warm breezes from the ocean. Oooh more mahogany! I really enjoy it in Jaqueline. I immediately get a blast of sea salt from the ocean. The magnolia’s are heady and the spanish moss hangs from the trees like a soft and soothing blanket. Black tea waits for you on the porch while the breeze flows. This is deep and beautiful.
I have been hording several Deconstructing Eden samples and I am finally able to do some testing! Opening them up, as they are wrapped in plastic, was wonderful as each new scent peeked its way out. A few are from the now gone Valentine’s Day release. I apologize for being late on those and will endeavor in the future to give reviews prior to the scents end date.
I adore Deconstructing Eden. Their silage and longevity is beyond what you normally expect from an EDP. The scents are wonderful and you get only a bare hint of any alcohol – it’s all about the beauty in the bottle. Their Type O Negative inspired scents are what drew me to them, and Burnt Flowers Fallen is what kept me coming back.
Besotted is first in the line up and its notes are spun pink candy floss, vanilla, pink grapefruit, sweet amber, black and red currants, honey drenched figs, a trace of tuberose, apricot, guava and apples. This note list just sounds like preteen puppy love! The pink grapefruit is in the forefront at first with figs and a touch of sweet amber backs it up. This is pink to the max but isn’t overwhelmingly sweet. The apricot and apples are soft as are the currants, but they lend some much needed non-pinkness to the blend. This is that heart flutter when you lock eyes with that cute boy in the hall who you swear doesn’t know your name and you feel like you could at once fly and melt into the floor. It’s your first stolen kiss at once too short and not short enough. It’s all the things that you love, even briefly. As this dries, it’s almost like growing up and that puppy love phase becomes a sweet memory.
Next up is Halo with its notes of moonlight, sea water, lilacs, wisteria, honeysuckle and moonflower. This opens with a touch of salty sea water and moonflower. I adore moonflower for its slightly watery and white scent. It’s soft, inviting, and alluring all at once. As this dries the honeysuckle comes out and the lilacs join the party. It’s a soft moonlit floral bouquet with soft white and purple flowers with just a hint of the golden honeysuckle. Very pretty, genteel, and glowing. This one ended up being a hit with my two daughters!
Éros, much like the god, is fiery in color with notes of deep, dark amber, gardenia, lily of the valley, velvet red roses, cinnamon and Egyptian jasmine. Normally I shy away from blends with cinnamon in them because other companies tend to burn my nose with it. However, Toni’s Cinnamon Girl (which I got to complete my Type O Negative scent set) showed me that her cinnamon is not to be feared and even being the center of a blend doesn’t mean it has to overwhelm.
However, Éros starts out as … dill pickle?! That’s … well … different. Oh good, that only lasted 30 seconds. Second sniff gives some dark amber, almost black with gardenia and cinnamon coming up right behind it. This is an exotic blend. The Egyptian jasmine is soft and fleeting and the roses seem to be clinging to the cinnamon. It’s not bakers cinnamon either – it’s … this is like walking into a greenhouse that specializes in exotic and hard to grow flowers. I’ve been in a greenhouse that smells exactly like this, but for the life of me I can’t remember where. In those situations every scent seems amplified yet it meshes so well together. To me this leans slightly masculine but not so much that I wouldn’t/couldn’t wear it and pull it off – though I tend to enjoy more masculine leaning scents. I can’t get over this scent association I have with it – it’s so evocative.
In keeping with the love fest going on, next I have a sample of Adore with notes of violets, citrus, jasmine, ylang ylang, lily of the valley, magnolia, tuberose, lotus, iris, bourbon vanilla, white musk and rose. Hmm, this is super soft, almost too soft to detect. There is definitely some tuberose and bright citrus. Ooh there’s the jasmine and iris. The vanilla is almost non-existent – but bourbon vanilla is usually too soft for me to pick up. I’m getting something of a “soap” quality. Nice soap, mind you, but soap just the same. Overall this is a nice blend, but too soft for my tastes.
Jacqueline leaked a little into the cap but that allowed an early glimpse at her scent. The notes include base notes of a clean skin musk and mahogany, dry amber accord and heart and top notes of sambac jasmine and jasmine officianale. It isn’t often DE lists base, heart, and top notes for her blends. Not sure if this is a new thing or an old thing. I kind of like guessing myself. Oh man this was love at first sniff when opening and now that I’ve a spritz of it I love it even more. It’s soft and woody with lovely bursts of jasmine. Simple, sweet, and utterly perfect. Jacqueline will be a large bottle purchase for sure. I just want to wrap myself in it.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Deconstructing Eden reviews!
I purchased a set of 6 samples from Alkemia Perfume about a week ago. They shipped quickly and I’ve let them sit for a day to rest after their journey. This is my first time purchasing from this perfumery and I’m excited to try something completely new to me!
First up is Midnight Garden whose notes consist of: A lunar intoxication of night-flowering white flowers – tuberose (flower of dangerous pleasures), lily (flower of majestic beauty), honeysuckle (flower of binding love), gardenia (flower of secret passions) and moonflower (flower that inspires dreams of love). This opens with a lovely lush blast of soft and sweet flowers. However, this isn’t an “in your face” blast, this is a gentle breeze bringing you the scent with a hint of fresh and clean dew. You can smell each flower individually if you go “hunting” for them, yet they meld seamlessly together at times as well. I can totally see myself sitting on a concrete bench in a beautiful garden at night and letting the warm summer breeze flit around me while inhaling the intoxicating scent around me. I’m not normally a floral person, but this has most of my favorite floral notes all in one … and it works! The longer it sits, the more you can smell the greenery around the flowers to. It’s a very true-to-life scent in my opinion.
Now, for something completely different … Autumn. (Notes include: Sun warmed fallen leaves, golden amber, light wool warmed with skin musk.) You can smell the sun as it beats down on the Earth in this blend! How neat! The wool has a freshly cleaned scent as though you are hanging your laundry out to dry on one of the last warm nights of the year. The leaves are golden, dew covered and newly fallen. This is a skin scent as it stays close. It is clean smelling, warm, and reminds me very much of that first warm but breezy day when you decide it might just be time to bring out your winter clothes and get them ready.
I ordered Deadly Nightshade because it has most of my favorite notes in it, such as: deep purple violets, dark leather, patchouli, black amber, and a narcotic swirl of opium. In the vial it’s all leather and violets which makes for a rather unique scent. The leather is black and sleek. Once on my skin, it does this weird meld that isn’t gelling totally. It’s like walking into the leather store at the mall – slapped in the face with leather, and not in the good way. This may need a bit more time to itself to figure out what it wants to do. I will set this aside for a week and check on it again later then update this if anything has changed.
Madam X is up next and she touts a note list of: An homage to unsettling, eccentric, irresistable beauty – bergamot, mandarin, dark violet, Italian iris, black orchid, Japanese incense, orris root, sueded musk, white sandalwood, Tahitian vanilla, and pale patchouli. In the vial I get a pleasant Oriental vibe from the oil. On my skin it goes on close and I’m finding it hard to pick up anything, but what I do get is soft, purple in color, and sweet. This is a scent that stays close to the skin. The bergamot and mandarin seem to burn off quite quickly and the patchouli is so, so soft. Mostly I get violet, orchid and a touch of vanilla. Almost everything else gets lost. This might be another blend that needs a bit of time and age to come into its own.
Sol Invictus is a specially aged blend of fine frankincenses drenched with a slightly woody, luminously golden trio of ambers. I adore resins and sometimes they are done best when done simply. And this is one of those times. This starts off with a glorious whiff of golden amber. The frankincense comes up and gives it a beautiful resinous boost. This is simple, beautiful, golden, and perfect.
Finally I have a vial of Vamp whose notes include: a darkly erotic blend of opium, labdanum, Tonka, balsam, sueded leather, and black musk. This is a dusky scent, shadowed yet soft. The opium and labdanum give it a gossamer feel while the tonka, leather and musk keep it grounded. It’s that scent that hides in the shadows and comes out when you least expect it. I find I’m drawn to sniffing the spot I put it more than I thought I would be. The scent has snuck up and laid it’s spell on me in the best possible way!