Another review for the lovely shop Deep Midnight Perfumes! This time I am reviewing the Game of Thrones Inspired set of samples. I have to preface this by saying I’ve only read 2 of the books and watched the first episode of the show. In my defense, I have small children and some things are not appropriate for their eyes to see and their ears to hear. I do, however, hear regular updates from my husband who has both read the books and watched the show, so I have some idea of these concepts.
Raven Boy was inspired by Bran Stark and has notes of Oakmoss, earthy musk, tobacco leaf, sage, dark vanilla sugar, amber, aged oak and background florals notes of iris and damask rose. Ooh, this is deep and dark, beautifully done. On my skin the dark vanilla sugar and the aged oak have melded into one. The sage is not very noticeable – I only get a hint here and there. Tobacco leaf and oakmoss and that beautiful earthy musk is giving this a greenish-brown feel. The iris and damask rose are not prominent and only serve to lift a little and give a hint of sweetness that’s been rounded out. This is dark, like a dream where the edges are fuzzy and the only thing in sharp relief is what you have your inner eye turned upon. This blend is unisex, but with a slight masculine lean. Overall the scent stays close to the skin, like a dream fog.
Little Dove is a olfactory representation of Sansa Stark with notes of linden blossoms, lilac, and lily, are mixed with delicious arctic berries, and nuances of violet, apple, and soft, creamy musk then wrapped up in sweet green notes of willow and bamboo. You don’t see bamboo too often in notes but it’s one I love and I am drawn to it when I find it. Doesn’t always work out, but it’s fun in the mean time! In the vial you get that wet and green bamboo, some of the apple, and a lot of floral. On my skin this is softly sweet, slightly green, and a touch dewy. There is something that keeps wanting to go a bit “sex” on my skin. Ahh, it’s mellowed in the last 5 minutes. The arctic berries have a touch of frost on them, but are otherwise red and juicy. This is a beautiful fragile yet fragrant scent – soft, beguiling, sweet, and innocent.
Faceless Girl is inspired by Arya Stark with notes of cedarwood, black amber, lavender, cassis, olive leaf, cassia bark, and patchouli are softened up with notes of tonka bean, sandalwood, ylang ylang, rose otto and violet. In the vial this is a deep dark lavender with some gorgeous patchouli. On my skin the cedarwood and cassis/cassia bark come out with a touch of sandalwood and ylang ylang. The rose otto is fighting for attention but that calms down after a bit thankfully. There is a definite oriental vibe about this blend with a hint of something reminding me of a darker fougère. The notes are so well blended now that I’m having a hard time picking them out. Overall I get a very shadowed vibe, strong yet feminine, only slightly floral and this is reminding more of early Arya when she was still being forced into being proper and feminine and her life hadn’t been touched by so much death.
Snow Wolf is meant as a representation of Jon Snow with notes of Cedarwood, leather, rosemary, dark woods, black amber, and a touch of cool, frosty mint. In the vial this is leather and mint. On my skin I still get some of that cool and crisp peppermint, but it isn’t strong or overpowering. It takes a little bit but the woods come out with a hint of leather. I’m not really getting any rosemary. This is masculine and almost gritty in feel. I know there’s no steel or metal in the blend, but the combination of the mint and the leather is giving off that feeling. You can almost feel the heavy leather on your back keeping you warm in the bitter cold.
Stormborn has the pleasure of being inspired by Daenerys Targaryen (yes I copy/pasted because I would’ve butchered the spelling) whose notes include Dragons blood, oud wood, patchouli, jasmine, desert earth, cardamom, and moss. The dragon’s blood is very strong and is unlike any dragon’s blood from any company I’ve ever tried before. Instead of being either floral, or super spicy floral, this is a soft and gentle floral with just a touch of spice, which could actually be coming from the cardamom. You get the jasmine and the oudh. The patchouli is mixing with the desert earth to give a golden yet dry feel to the blend. Overall this is powerful and comanding – more unisex than feminine, and keeps trying to tip to something kind of boozy.