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.
I am stoked to bring you a new (to me) perfume house – Siberie Perfumes! This company has been on my radar for a while, but I hadn’t yet taken the plunge into purchasing from this company due to … who knows why really. Probably something shiny caught my attention. However, the lovely owner was kind enough to send me some stuff to sample! These were not purchased by me. I cheated and had a sneak sniff at some of the bottles (yes! bottles!) I’ll be reviewing later this week. Let me just say, I’m even more excited!
Odette – Enchanting notes of sweet wildflower honey & delicate honeysuckle flowers hugged in a sensual & soft base of tranquil fresh fallen rain & jasmine sambac.
You can see from the picture that these are not the “typical” 1ml sample vials you see most places. This is a larger 2ml vial with a smaller neck area but a long enough wand that you can reach all that precious liquid! It is a little harder to open than the 1ml’s or the larger necked 2ml’s.
In the vial this actually smells like it has vanilla in it – so much so I had to triple check the notes. I think it might be a combo of the rain and the wildflower honey. On my skin this is actually creamy in a way – more like raw honey. The jasmine is heady and fragrant as is that golden honeysuckle. The rain is adding a touch of a dewy-like freshness to the blend.
The throw on this is not overpowering, but I imagine were I to walk outside in this 100 degree + 90% humidity we have it would become too much. I think this would be the perfect pre-spring scent – when you can’t wait for spring to come and you just want that golden sunshine to reflect off of anything other than the snow-turned-grey. (You can take the girl out of Winter, but you can’t take the Winter out of the girl … or something like that.)
I can’t lie … I’m kind of in love with this scent. There’s something about it that just makes me think of new beginnings and fresh starts and sometimes you need to inhale the thought to solidify it in your mind. (Laugh now, but you’ll be thinking about it seriously later.)
After a while I still get a good sweet and golden throw from this, but the scent isn’t prominent on my skin. That’s kind of neat! Sometimes I don’t really want to go around constantly lifting my wrist to my nose. I’ve gotten more than my fair share of odd looks from doing that.
Serena – A bewitching blend of woodsy & earthy bohemian patchouli with notes of decadent chocolate & a sensuous warm amber base.
In the vial this is super patchouli and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. Melty, gooey, milk chocolate that never quite comes off your hands no matter how much you lick them. I mean wash them. I would never lick my hands free of chocolate. Yeah, never.
The patchouli is gritty and very earthy, as the notes mention. It takes a while, but the chocolate is starting to smooth out into a memory instead of covering you. After about 010 minutes I can finally smell the amber, warm and golden under the patchouli and bits of chocolate still clinging to my skin.
You wouldn’t know it, but this is not actually a blend I like. Not because it’s not good, but because it’s just not my jam. I don’t enjoy wearing chocolate I can’t eat.
However, if you enjoy patchouli, chocolate, and amber – definitely give this a try! It has a good throw, not overwhelming but I get more chocolate scent from the throw than from what’s on my skin.
So while the first half hour isn’t really my thing, it’s now kind of really intriguing. It’s more woody than it was at first and the chocolate is almost all gone. There’s something verging on the edge of being spicy. Another decent throw as well.
Emmeline – fresh notes of green tea, Moroccan mint, romantic petals of white orchid and freesia all balanced by fruity notes of juicy pear and apple.
I had to make an emergency run to the store (we needed more supplies to make carnitas, obviously) and I put this on just before leaving about an hour ago.
In the beginning this was all tea and somewhat sharp mint with the lovely orchid and freesia but none of that apple or pear. After about 5 of so minutes (long enough in the heat to convince my daughter she should climb into her seat and then further convince her its in her best interest to buckle up and stay buckled) the apple came out. I’m not sure if the pear was so entwined in the apple, or if I missed it.
For a while this was wafting up nicely, juicy and sweet, softly floral with just a hint of greenness from the tea and mint … and then it disappeared. I get a faint memory of pear when I sniff the spot, but other than that it’s just gone.
Now it could’ve had something to do with it being crazy hot and humid out, but that’s what it is here and I need my scents to last through those conditions sometimes. Maybe I’ll set it back and try it when it’s cooler – late fall or early spring.
Angelica – Night blooming violets,wild orchids, southern magnolias, hyacinth & oriental jasmine hugged with sweet vanilla & wildflower honey. It finishes off in a sexy base of rum, sandalwood, myrrh & labdanum resins.
In the vial this is vanilla and violets – soft and fluttering and sweet. On my skin the flowers bloom and there is a creaminess to the whole blend.
Admittedly, this was nearly overwhelming for about … 2 minutes. After that, it really morphed and became an almost sultry scent. It is very alluring. The labdanum is fog-like, lending a hazy blanket over everything. The myrrh and sandalwood with that touch of rum is very grounding.
Nearly 20 minutes later most of the florals are more in the distance, though they waft through every now and then, and I am left with a sweet, woody, and gossamer scent. It’s dark, not like a white fluffy scent, but more like incense smoke, dark and twisting.
There’s not too much throw on this, but I do get lovely wafts as I move my arm around
I have somehow (yeah, like it happened on accident) amassed quite the collection of Cocoa Pink drams! I’ve been letting them sit in a cool dark box for a while and I decided now would be the perfect time while I have my mini-no-buy period to explore all. the. things. in my rather large, and rather full samples box.
Bendel Vanilla Bean (type) begins this round of Cocoa Pink madness! I believe the (type) refers to this scent being a dupe for a mainstream brand. The notes for this blend are listed as aromatic vanilla bean sensually blended with warm patchouli and sweet jasmine. In the vial is it this soft floral-like patchouli. On my skin, however, the jasmine comes to the front with support of a beautiful vanilla bean scent. It’s not that bakery vanilla, but a subtle, softly sweet, and almost ethereal vanilla scent. The patchouli is, as promised, warm and golden in feel. This is not a dirty, gritty patchouli – instead this is smooth, light in feel, and has an almost orange-y citrus like edge to it. As this melds with my skin chemistry this is becoming an antique-like scent. Something aged, beautiful, and precious. Almost luxuriously antique. I’m kind of in love with this scent something fierce. After a few hours it’s just so soft and comforting.
Exotic Fig has notes of ripe fig, white tea, bamboo, olive leaves, lemon, peppermint leaf, violet, thyme, champaca and vetiver. In the dram I get that beautiful watery bamboo note with a touch of violet. On my skin there is now a touch of that white tea, soft and soothing. Not really getting much of the other notes. It takes a few minutes but that bright lemon comes out. This is soft, sweet, bright and uplifting. However I am getting no fig, no peppermint, no champaca or vetiver, and just the barest hints of thyme (I love the smell freshly crushed from the garden). Not quite what I was expecting out of this blend but it’s very beautiful in its own right and seems like it would pair very well with their other scent, Country Picnic. After about a half hour I start getting some of that golden champaca and earthy vetiver. The scent deepens overall. It verges on being almost too perfume-y (funny when talking about perfume, eh?) but that bamboo and white tea seem to keep it from tipping over the department store feeling. The fig has finally come out as well and is sweet and juicy. This would be good for lotion or a hair/body spray.
Black Orchid & Vanilla lists its notes as exotic orchids with hints of fresh floral greens mingled with a sweet vanilla base. In the vial it is this softly sweet orchid, but on my skin it just blooms! I love orchids. I love how they look, how they smell, and just everything about them … and this scent just highlights all that beatiful-ness. The vanilla is sweet, almost candy-like which gives the orchids a candied feel. Yet there’s just this barest hint of greenery to keep this from being too sickly sweet. And that gorgeous musky orchid scent permeates everything and it’s just everything I could want from an orchid scent, yet so different than other orchid scents I own. I think I need to own this in everything Cocoa Pink makes! I feel so pretty wearing this!
Zombie fans, here’s your scent: Zombie Apocalypse with notes of dark empty musk infected with lashes of black vanilla, petitgrain essential oil, magnolia flowers, jasmine sambac with the empty remains of vanilla sandalwood. This smells … abandoned, deserted, and almost moldering. Very eerie, slightly woody, and beginning to be overtaken by nature. This is post war when most of the zombie’s have died off for whatever reason and there are only pockets of humans left and the rest of the world has been left to its own devices. It started off a little rotted – or rather on the verge of rotting … but over time it has grown on me and now I can’t stop sniffing it!
Finally I have a suggestive little dram called Come Hither with notes of intoxicating vanillas with a hint of myrrh. Sounds like my kind of scent! In the vial this is a very buttery vanilla, despite the site saying this is not a gourmand scent. As it warms and dries on my skin that buttery aspect smooths out and that sweet, yet woody myrrh comes out tempering what could’ve gone into foodie territory. This is a beautiful, golden, soft and sweet vanilla with a touch of myrrh giving it a beautiful bit of darkness. I was craving vanillas exactly like this last week (and still am to some extent) so this is a need for sure! Perfect way to round out this set of reviews, on a sweet note.
On average I noticed I get roughly 2-4 hours worth of wear out of these scents. That might be a turn off to some, but, as someone who sometimes has scent commitment issues, this kind of works out perfectly for me.
Sixteen92 is doing something awesome where they are releasing scents for Friday the 13th’s. And each consecutive Friday the 13th all previous releases will be available. Heliophobia is the first one which is the fear of sunlight. Unfortunately (?) 2016 has seen it’s last Friday the 13th and the next one won’t be until January 2017.
In the vial this reminds me of the house from Doctor Who’s Blink. On my skin it is much of the same. An old house long ago taken back by the vegetation and wilderness around it.
This picture perfectly encapsulates the feeling of this blend.
The magnolia is heady and blooming, white and fresh and clean yet somehow melancholy as only magnolia can be. There is so much greenness to this scent, but it’s not like fresh cut grass or anything quite so in-your-face, instead it is calm, unassuming, but you know it’s there from the first breath. The wallpaper is on the verge of crumbling under your fingertips as you run your hand across it. Both the wallpaper and the wood have seen many years of neglect and abuse at the hands of nature and so mold and other fungi have taken hold and add to the overall moldering scent that permeates the blend. It’s not offensive, but it adds to the atmospheric nature of this blend.
You can almost feel the shade and shadows creeping around this blend, as though it is purposefully hiding the light. This is creepy, but only if you’ve been to places like this, where you can feel the history in the house and it almost speaks to you.
It takes about an hour, but it becomes a super masculine blend and it is reminding me of some cologne that I can’t quite remember. But whatever it is, I love it!
Overall this is the perfect blend for those who enjoy old, possibly haunted, buildings, green scents, or atmospheric scents.
There are times in your life when you’re the only one of your friends with a car, high school is close to being over, and you just need that one perfect mix tape to blast. The windows are rolled down, the sun is shinning, and you’re just driving with no particular destination. Maybe you’re singing along, maybe you’re thumping the steering wheel, maybe you’re just letting it flow over you as you contemplate the life, much like the road, in front of you.
This new collection by Sixteen92 – without even sniffing it – is nostalgia in a pretty box for me. Lots of good and bad things happened during the time this is reminding me of – but I’ve survived and now I get to look back on it with rose-tinted glasses and a heavy dollop of knowledge and just shake my head at my younger self.
Bells For Her (sweet basil, dandelion, star jasmine, green vines, mandarin, ozone, green tea, crushed mint) is a song by Tori Amos that came out in 1994. Here’s a link to the YouTube video I listened to while reviewing this scent. In the vial this is green, both in color and in scent. On my skin this is almost bitter sweet, like the song. Basil is prominent – I loved my herb garden and the smell I would get on my hands when I would pick what I needed for dinner. The dandelion is yellow and glowing while the jasmine is fragrant and sweet drifting on the summer wind. Mint isn’t very noticeable other than to give a slight cool breeze-like feeling to the scent. The mandarin adds a touch of sweetness and rounds out with the green tea, as though the two are mixed like a cool drink. The ozone is simply the wind and the sky and the sun all combining to add their unique scent to the mix. This is the height of summer when you are awkward – not quite a teenager – yet you’re almost too old to go out and simply enjoy yourself in your back yard. Closing your eyes, walking aimlessly, headphones on and cares brushed off, this is like walking to walk. Walking to get away. Walking to find yourself. The route nor the destination mean much, just the journey itself is what you crave.
Bruise Violet (red lipstick accord, dusting powder, white iris, violet leaf, damascus & bulgarian rose, red grapefruit zest) is a song by Babes in Toyland, released in 1992. This is the video I listened to while reviewing this scent. In the vial this is powder and lipstick. On my skin the iris and rose come blasting out ready to rock. This is like getting your first bit of makeup and playing dress-up in front of your mirror with adult clothes. After a while all the scents of the make up, the perfume your Mom let you take (or maybe you snuck) and those high heels that your friend let you borrow … it all mixes together while you blast your music. Got the house to yourself because the siblings had a soccer game and you convinced your ‘rents to let you stay home alone. This is a scent for red lipstick and stuffing your training bra with socks – ya know, just to see. Man this scent stays strong – like you sprayed too much of your Mom’s favorite perfume and you just know she will find out because there’s no amount of scrubbing in the next 10 minutes that’s going to take that scent away.
Shadowboxer (jasmine fleur, may rose, blond sandalwood, mango flower, praline) is a song by Fiona Apple which was released in 1996. Fiona Apple was a guilty pleasure of mine since I was into the grunge/goth scene in high school and she was so very not grunge or goth. This is the video I listened to while reviewing. In the vial it’s all sandalwood and praline – strong and almost overpowering. On my skin the jasmine comes out. I’m not entirely sure what mango flower smells like but there is something almost tropical about this scent. This is floaty and flowing – moving and changing and shifting with each scent. The praline isn’t nutty, at least not that I can tell – and my skin tends to do weird things to almond scents, so maybe it’s only almond and not all nuts. It is very hard to describe this scent it’s at once dark and bright. After a while the sandalwood takes the lead, the flowers sit back and relax, and the praline just adds a touch of sweetness. This is a beautiful scent and one I hope they release in EDP format.
New Radio (vanilla milkshake accord, maraschino cherry, pink lemonade, grass clippings, waffle cone) is by Bikini Kill released in 1993. The video I listened to while reviewing can be found here. In the vial this is all vanilla milkshake. Oh wow, this scent is like the first time your Mom let you go to a festival with your friends. No parents, no rules, all fun! You ate yourself silly, spent all your money and had so little to show for it but you had a freakin’ blast! The waffle cone is soft from the vanilla ice cream while the cherry is eaten first. The pink lemonade is such a contrast to the vanilla but it just makes it that much better. Somehow this blend is not foodie at all, despite all the notes and even my description mentioning food over and over again. This is just the aftermath of a summer festival spent with your friends.
Doll Parts (rhubarb, white cake, white peach, cassis, osmanthus, ginger flower) by Hole was released in 1994 and is such an iconic song from my teenage years. Here is the link to the YouTube video I listened to while reviewing. I am, doll eyes, doll mouth, doll legs. This is all peach in the vial while on my skin the cake, cassis, and ginger come out to smooth that out. This is so different. Juicy, fruity, almost like bubble gum this scent is almost innocent to an extreme. I want to take Doll Parts and New Radio and rub them all over. This keeps from going too innocent, or rather, it backs that innocent bus up a bit and realizes it’s supposed to be heading in a different direction. Another one that just gets better as it sits. The bubble gum association never completely goes away, but it’s more like a memory.
Finally, to round out this mix tape, we have Rid of Me (magnolia, sambac jasmine, ylang, white pepper, grapefruit blossom, ambrette, satin musk, oudh) by PJ Harvey which was released in 1993. This is the video I watched while reviewing this scent. PJ Harvey was my best friend’s favorite singer. I only ever listened to PJ Harvey while I was at her house so it has a strong association to her. In the vial I get a bit of pepper, some of the oudh and a touch of musk. On my skin the musk comes out more as does the magnolia. The ylang and the jasmine give this a heady and southern feel to the blend. The oudh (love oudh) is a wonderful woody and sweet base to this scent. There’s almost an incense quality to the blend. It’s light flowing skin scent that quietly sneaks up on you to steal your heart.
This is a wonderful collection and I’m so glad I was able to get samples and try them out! They should be released on Sixteen92’s site soon! Now to decide what I can’t live without …
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 just had to go and get some more samples from Sixteen92‘s general catalog after having such a good experience with their Spring Collection. There has been discussion on their Facebook Page about discontinuing a few scents and making room for others, possibly A Thousand Times More Fair from their Spring Collection as well as three others. Two of the scents I’m reviewing (The Awakening and La Llorona) are on the chopping block! Eek! Discontinuations are expected and understandable, but they are still sad. I always get this knee jerk reaction of OMG I NEED IT (even if I’ve never liked the scent before) because what if it gets better with age and then it’s all gone and you can’t find it anywhere because everyone else knew it was awesome and then you missed it and can never have the awesome again and …. *deep breath* Yeah, so, I got those two specifically to see if I truly want them or if I’m just having discontinuation anxiety.
The Awakening has notes of: Ocean air, dark water, damp mosses, gulf mud, saltwater taffy. Now normally I’m not one for ocean types as it usually means ambergris and I’m not a fan of ambergris. However, I really enjoyed Storm of Fortunes which has ambergirs so I decided to give this a try. Plus it’s on the chopping block (eek!) and I’m going to the beach on vacation soon and I like “water” scents to wear when I’m at the actual water.
In the vial it is mostly the dark water, a bit of mud, and moss. As soon as it hits my skin the water deepens even more and the ocean air starts blowing. There’s a small hint of sweet saltwater taffy. The mosses are wet from a recent storm and the mud has been churned by the waves. This morphs and moves through phases as it dries, letting each note come to the fore like the coming and going of the ocean waves. There’s also something cold in here. Not physically cold, but it smells cold. This is a very interesting blend, but a bit more salty than I care for.
Paper Moon is a Premium perfume and contains: Soft vanilla musk, benzoin, oakmoss, trailing ivy, peach blossom, rose. Paper Moon isn’t awe inspiring in the vial and is mostly benzoin. On my skin it blooms though. The rose and benzoin are initially the strongest notes. The vanilla musk is at the base, soft and light and barely there while the ivy and peach blossoms weave through the rose and benzoin. This is a soft skin scent with very light silage (throw). Pretty, but I like things with a little more oomph to them. It does end up having a paper-like quality to the scent which is neat. Eventually the benzoin calms down, the oakmoss comes out and all the other notes blend and play nicely together.
This is growing on me the more I wear it. Soft, slightly sweet, with a nice green base and a hint of flowers.
La Llarona (the other one on the chopping block) consists of: Bulgarian and Egyptian rose absolute, pink and white pepper, pink grapefruit, wisteria, cashmere wood, pale amber. At first this is all wood, soft and brown with a hint of pink grapefruit and a whisper of wisteria. This was one I put on right when I got it a few days ago and fell in love. Which is sad because it’s going away so I’ll have to jump on a bottle of it! This is not only a golden blend in the vial, but also on my skin. The rose is soft and velvety, the pepper adds just the barest touch of spice while the grapefruit burns off as it dries. Now the wisteria is coming out stronger with that beautiful base of wood and amber. Truly a warm blend that just makes me think of snuggling up and being cozy.
Southern Gothic has notes of: Mandarin Orange, Apple, Coconut Pulp, Southern Magnolia, Jasmine Sambac, Balsam, White Sandalwood. In the vial I get all the high notes: orange, apple, magnolia, and jasmine. I’m a sucker for jasmine sambac. On my skin the mandarin orange comes and goes fairly quickly leaving behind just a golden bright sweetness in its wake. The coconut pulp comes out and gives a creamy almost tropical feel without going completely tropical. It’s a nice balance. The sandalwood and balsam are the base on which everything settles on. This blend reminds me of Georgia, sitting out on my Mom’s porch when she lived down there. It’s a languid, sweet, and comforting blend meant for porch sitting and tea drinking.
And last, but not least, Wicked with its notes of: Three vanillas, dark aged patchouli, almond buttercream. In the vial this just SCREAMS almond buttercream. Unfortunately that intensifies on my skin. Normally my skin chemistry turns almond into this sour mash smell and unfortunately it’s doing the same thing, only now it’s surrounded by moldy buttercream and off smelling vanilla. I’m not even getting any patchouli as my own chemistry is amping that almond. (Because I wanted to point out chemistry, I did not wash this off as fast as I’d intended and now …) Now, after a while the patchouli has come out and the almond, while still this weird mash thing, isn’t screaming at me. It’s a bit on the foodie side and not my cup of tea, but others may enjoy it.
Not sure if this needs said or not, but my experiences may or may not be what you would experience in a blend. If you notice with Wicked I mention my own skin chemistry. Everyone is different. Hormones, hydration, medications, diet, and even the water in your house and the lotion you use can effect how a scent smells on your skin. Please bear that in mind and take all reviews with a grain of salt (or a sniff of perfume …).
A Thousand Times More Fair (notes – Honeysuckle nectar, magnolia blossom, passion flower, white peach skin, ripe plum, bright vanilla bean, delicate musk): This opens with bright yellow florals that immediately begin floating down to the other scents. Peach and plum are most noticeable and are super juicy. The musk lends a nice base. This is sweet, soft, bright, and makes me think about running through fields in a forest. Very pretty and delicate and super reminiscent of spring. The throw is light to moderate, but so far the longevity is nice.
Merely a Madness (notes – White sandalwood, clover honey (vegan), sweet orange, rosewater, blond patchouli, cedar heart): The woods – sandalwood, patchouli, and cedar – give this a very earthy yet homey feel to the blend. The clover honey is adding a touch of sweetness while the orange brightens it all up. This blend has a rather large throw – definitely one where a little goes a long way. The longer it settles the more the notes blend and intertwine so it just lends this golden almost homey attic feel. I could totally see getting this in their lotion then layering one of the other lighter scents in the oil on top. This is a nice base scent – like a foundation.
The Primrose Path (notes – Soaked earth, lichen, ancient oak roots, grass, water lily, heavy stone, a tangled garland of faded spring blooms): What I would expect from a cobblestone path leading up to a bubbling brook. Clean, green, and refreshing. The earth is loose and moist, the oak old and knobbly while the grass bends under your feet. There are little blue and white flowers popping up from around the lichen covered stone you sit on as you take a drink of the brook’s fresh sparkling water. All of that is represented in this scent. It’s trans-formative, soft and sweet, and just a delightful scent so perfect for heralding the end of spring.
Storm of Fortunes (notes – Star jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose absolute, hyacinth, ambergris, Mysore sandalwood): What’s Spring without a few storms? You can smell the floral notes as they give a nice overall sweetness to the blend. It is a “grey” scent, possibly due to the ambergris as it gives just a hint of salt to the greyness. The sandalwood is the perfect woody base for this scent.
Blanket of the Dark (notes – Narcissus absolute, two jasmines, yellow champaca blossom, coffee bean, bergamot, oakmoss, benzoin): I normally don’t do coffee blends, so upon initial sniff of this I was completely thrown off guard and couldn’t place what I was smelling. Somehow I am reminded of fresh hay in a clean barn (no fecal smell from animals, just the wood, the hay, and the natural muskiness of such a place). It is brown, almost smells like some of the “hay” is desiccated and forgotten in a corner. This is just pure clean barn smelling to me, I can’t explain it any other way. Very interesting and kind of cool. If you’re into that kind of thing.
Overall I’m quite impressed with the scents and would love to check out more of their catalog!