30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 20 – Sticky Fingers by Universal Voodoo

Sometimes, when making grabby hands at shiny things you forget what shiny things are already in your pocket.  Like, I’d totally forgotten I’d ordered from Universal Voodoo!  Shame on me!

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Apparently fate decided I needed to be reminded and pulled Sticky Fingers out of the proverbial hat.  Which is apropos today as I’ve cleaned more stick finger prints off glass today than I have all month.

Sticky FingersVanilla Cream, Marshmallow, Cotton Candy, Caramel

In the vial there is this gorgeous caramel scent.  It’s buttery, smooth, milky, and just a touch smoky.  It’s that melt in your mouth caramel that some people can’t get enough of.  It reminds me of Werther’s Original – but if it were soft instead of hard.

On my skin this smokiness comes to the forefront and it’s an almost sickly sweet smoke – like sugar on the verge of burning.  There’s something almost tobaccoish about it too – like chewy unlit tobacco.  As it dries it has this huge throw to it and the tobacco + about-to-burn-sugar.

I’m going to stop right here because it is quite obvious to me that something in this blend is not agreeing with me, with my skin, or with my nose.  The scent in the vial was very, very promising, but it’s not going to work for me, unfortunately.

Not upset though!  I love finding new things, and sometimes finding out that my skin be crazy is part of it.

Sweet Potion Perfumes – General Catalog Reviews

As a daughter site to Siberie Perfumes (quite literally), Sweet Potion Perfumes speaks more to the gourmand lovers and young (at heart).  The theme is adorable and the scents are girly and very uplifting.  Fun and playful!

There are no real names to the blends, just numbers, which makes it easier in my opinion to remember which one you love the most.

Sorry to bring this follow-up post so late!  I had company staying at my house and they are, unfortunately, extremely sensitive to scent and so out of respect I didn’t wear anything/review anything while they were here.

 

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#1 – Bubble Gum, Sugared Berries, Banana Soufflé, Juicy Apples

In the bottle this reminds me strongly of Bazooka bubble gum!  It’s a powdery sweetness and very reminiscent of childhood.  On my skin I still get a very heavy bubble gum scent (maybe you put two in your mouth!) and a bit of those berries.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m enjoying the touch of sweet banana I get from this!

As it dries down I get more of the apple note complete with the skin.  A lot of sugar is coming out.  Gobs of sugar.  Loads and loads of sugar.  Did I mention sugar?  Because … ya know, there’s sugar in this.

Once completely dry this becomes quite a beautiful scent.  It’s sweet with a hint of something spicy, like cinnamon or nutmeg with an almost musky apple rounding it out.  It’s amazing how this went from super sugar gum to the end result of a sophisticated and only slightly gourmand scent.

The throw on this is slight and it tends to stay close to the skin.  The longevity was good at about 2-3hours.  After that all I get is a slightly pink sugar smell, which is still very pretty.

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#2 – Marshmallow, Milk Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Vanilla Bean

In the bottle I get a very light vanilla and chocolate scent.  On my skin however it becomes a super syrupy cherry scent – like the inside of a cherry cordial.  Really, I dislike the taste/smell of actual cherry cordials – and this is an extremely accurate representation of that.

I’m not getting much marshmallow.  This is almost too candy-like for me.  It’s really not my type of scent.

It drys to a boozy vanilla bean scent with just bare hints of cherry and chocolate.

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#4 – Pumpkin Pie, Caramel, Gingerbread, Amber, and Vanilla Bean

Quickly sniffing the bottle this is pure pumpkin pie spices with an emphasis on nutmeg.  I love a good nutmeg.  On my skin I get a slight tingling sensation – nothing major, but I’m very confident about the exact spot the oil is sitting.  Might be from cinnamon, so those with sensitives be wary.

I’m getting a good throw from this right out of the gate with a sweet pie scent and something that reads as gingerbread crust to my nose.  On the drydown this also begins smelling a bit dry, perhaps from the amber adding a touch of powdery-ness to the overall blend.

In the end this becomes an almost edible pumpkin pie scent, though the dryness from the amber continues to make itself present.  This is also heavily spiced.

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#5 – Jasmine, Gardenia, Pink Roses, Vanilla Bean, Baby Powder

In the bottle this is full on baby powder … backed by a bit of Jasmine.  Not bad, but as someone who only just recently put the baby powder away, it’s a smell you don’t soon forget.

On my skin I get even more baby powder.  This is a very pink and very floral blend, yet still lends itself to feeling soft.

The throw on this is slightly overwhelming, like I’m inhaling over scented baby powder.  May be for some people, but I’ve spilled enough baby powder in the last 6 years that I don’t feel the need to wear it any time soon.  But maybe there’s someone out there that would enjoy just this kind of scent!

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#6 – Cotton Candy, Sugared Berries, Marshmallow, Vanilla Bean

First sniff in the bottle I’m greeted with a very, very boozy vanilla with a bit of squishy, sweet marshmallow.  On my skin it almost immediately becomes super soft and almost imperceptible.

Once it dries I still only get just a vague sense of sweetness from the application spot.  I ended up putting on a bit more to see if it helps – perhaps it’s one that likes to be slathered.

More definitely helped!  Now I’m getting red, red berries with a dollop of almost tooth-achingly sweet cotton candy.  The throw isn’t very large, and it never looses that candy-like sweetness.  It’s a very red berry candy scent.

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#7 – Vanilla Cupcakes, Butter Cream Frosting, Lemon Zest, Sugar Sprinkles

In the bottle this smells almost exactly like a lemon sugar cake – something like blueberry lemon cake without the blueberries.  On my skin this seems to be almost a Lemon Cream single note – which isn’t bad for those that love lemon!

As this dries I get more of that vanilla cake scent with lemon and a touch of something almost creamy.  I don’t seem to really get a true butter cream scent, but more something in the background.

This has a decent throw and dries completely down to a sort of lemon cake/cookie cross.  It has a nice touch of sweetness without over doing it and it hints at something almost nutty in the background.

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So – if you’ve liked anything I’ve reviewed here and the previous post – you’ll get a chance to win one of these 5ml bottles!  Keep an eye out on my blog for more details!

Siberie Perfumes – General Catalog Reviews

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!).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I really am becoming quite smitten with Siberie Perfumes!

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Twisted Wonderland Perfumery – NEW

I am thrilled and delighted to get to sample some of Twisted Wonderland Perfumery’s items.  This company is brand spankin’ new but my goodness do they have a ton of charm!  The lovely owner, Rae, was kind enough to send me some samples that arrived just as the store had it’s grand opening!

(For full disclosure, I did not purchase these items.  The owner asked if bloggers were interested in testing/reviewing and I raised my hand.  Though, I’d planned on making a sample order anyway when they opened.)

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How gorgeous are the labels?!  I’m a huge Alice in Wonderland fan so this just makes my heart happy.

First I’m going to start with the lip scrub on the left.  I selected Cabernet Cotton Candy.  And let me tell you … it’s cotton candy!  I only have one complaint, and it’s not even about the product … I had to cut the beautiful label to open it!  I know it’s purely an aesthetic thing, but it made me sad to do it – especially since the inside had a seal over it.  The lip scrub seems a touch liquidy – but it’s freakin’ hot here in NC and to be fair, I have like ZERO experience with lip scrubs so it could just be how it is.  But, my lips need exfoliating after so much sun so this is a win-win!

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So you can see the process before, during, and after. (Sorry for the weird quality – my bathroom has horrible lighting.)  I have to admit, it was weird.  Not like bad weird but one of those “man I hope my husband doesn’t walk in on me and I have to explain why I have sugar on my lips” weird.  It tasted good, had more of a grape-like cotton candy flavor than any type of Cabernet (though to be fair I’ve not had Cabernet wine in a long, long time).  It was sweet, cleaning up was easy, and it left a touch of a waxy feel behind, but my lips are soft!  Mission accomplished I think!  It took off some of the chapped feeling from my lips as well.

Of course the lip scrub must be followed up with a lip balm, right?  For this I chose Green Apple Peach.  Smells only slightly like green apples.  The formula is softer than other lip balms I’ve tried and it almost melts on your lips.  It’s not really waxy and it’s very soft and smooth.  Just a hint of sweetness when I lick my lips, but the scent is not overpowering which I consider a good thing.  I always hate it when I put on lip balm or gloss and it’s scented like crazy and it’s the only thing I can smell because it’s under my nose.  I’m a chapstick girl, so this lip balm will be used frequently and with pleasure!  There is no tinting to the lip balm, which I like as well.

And now onto the Eau de Parfum’s!  I have to confess, I’m kind of an Indie EDP junkie.  I absolutely adore spritzing myself daily and have been known to change shirts just so I can wear a different EDP.

Man, talk about nostalgia … Stay Puft EDP – I’m sure you can guess the notes, but here they are just in case:  A whole lotta’ marshmallow! A combination of fresh marshmallow, marshmallow fluff, two vanillas, & a dab of patchouli.

What did you DO Ray?

*swallows*  It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

In the vial it’s a whole lotta marshmallow goodness.  Not the puft kind, though, oddly enough.  This is more the jar of marshmallow goo that, if you’re lucky, your mom let you lick after she was done making fudge.  (I was lucky!)  On my skin, however, this comes down to earth with a lovely patchouli.  It’s brown and kind of musky and a whole lotta earthy.  It does a lot to help tamp down the sweetness the blend could overwhelm with otherwise.  The vanilla’s are almost floral?  There’s something flowery in here, but it’s just gorgeous.  Sweet with a touch of earthy patchouli.  After a bit I get that powdery marshmallow and it adds another dimension to the blend.  The longer this sits the more I get the brown earthiness from the patch and the sweetness backs down just a bit more.

This company is like a ride down to nostalgia town.  Necronomicon is up next with it’s notes of: A unique combination of book pages, leather, pipe tobacco, and a waft of blackberry bordeaux.

This is my BOOMstick!

I get a huge waft of blackberry bordeaux when I open the vial.  On my skin it starts out much the same.  It’s a gorgeous and light scent, which you wouldn’t think from the notes.  However, as it sits it mellows and this leathery scent comes out.  It’s a nice well worn leather – kind of a mix between supple brown and shiny black.  This is the first time I’ve smelled a leather quite like this.  Don’t know if it’s because of the blackberry bordeaux or what, but it’s very nice.  I’m not getting anything papery or papyrus like, but I do get a small hint of pipe tobacco.  Not fresh, more like the scent has ingrained itself into the book. While I may not really enjoy the scent sniffing directly on my skin, what is wafting up to be is just deliciously gorgeous!  It’s a sweet blackberry wine with almost no tartness, a hint of an almost cherry pipe tobacco, soft glistening leather, and now I’m getting something bookish.  I’m in love with this scent, I have to say.  I think I need this sooner rather than later.  It’s so unique!  Such good throw also.  And remember … Shop Smart, shop S-Mart. *wink*

The last EDP sample I have is White Rabbit, which seemed fitting, with notes of: The scent of fresh green grass, sweet wild strawberries, and a hint of leather to ground it all out. In the vial this smells a bit medicinal – that faux syrup they give kids hoping they’ll swallow it without too much protest.  Thankfully, on my skin, that medicinal scent is completely gone and I’m left with a sweet strawberry scent with just a hint of green grass.  The leather note is the same from Necronomicon and becoming a fast favorite of mine.  Once this dries it actually reminds me of Necronomicon – that same sweet leather scent.  I would’ve liked more of that grass note or something furry/musky to distinguish it more from Necronomicon.  Pleasant, but it doesn’t grab at me.

Now we are on to the perfume oils and in keeping with the Wonderland theme, I will be trying Absolutely Alice with notes of: A delightful sweet & fruity blend of fresh peaches, wild raspberries, and wafts of tooth-achingly sweet pink cotton candy.  In the vial I get a lovely sniff of freshly cut peaches ready to be eaten.  It’s actually so realistic it’s making my mouth water!  At the moment this is just a fresh peach single note, and honestly if it stayed like that I don’t know that I would mind!  But it doesn’t and eventually I get a touch of red and juicy raspberries.  There’s a sweet note around the fruit, but it’s not the overwhelming cotton candy that was in the lip scrub.  This is more subdued.  Overall I think I’m in love with this one as well.  It’s realistically fruity!  I might have to go to the store and buy some fruit.

Deadite will round out the reviews with notes of: Seemingly sweet blackberry with a sinister twist of patchouli, black pepper, and vanilla.  Groovy.  In the vial it’s blackberry and pepper – very odd indeed.  On my skin it wants to be a blackberry, but other things (namely the pepper and patchouli) are holding it back.  Which in turn is giving it an almost artificial scent to it which isn’t really sitting very well with me.  And after the realistic peaches in Absolutely Alice I was expecting more realistic blackberries.  The patchouli is the same soft and earthy one that’s in Stay Puft.  Eventually the vanilla comes out and adds more sweetness.  I think I would dig this one without the blackberry – it’s just not my cuppa tea.

Overall I’m quite impressed with this new company!  I definitely want Necronomicon and Absolutely Alice.  Possibly Stay Puft as well.  I will absolutely be trying more of their catalog!

 

 

Cocoa Pink Samples

I’m back from my adventures in moving!!  It was an epic journey, but we made it!  Almost all settled in now, and I’m confident that the perfumes have had adequate time to rest from their hot and bumpy car ride.

Along with getting a new house, I have new scenery to take photo’s with.  So, please bear with me as I experiment with photo set ups and by all means, if you find/see one you really like, let me know!

Now, onto the perfumes!  Cocoa Pink still has my attention and I’m super curious to try more of their catalog.  Just as a side note, none of these samples came after the move.  I’ve had these for a month or more so they have not only rested but aged a little as well.

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April Sun Showers seems appropriate for as much as it’s rained since we got here last Wednesday.  We were initially greeted by a severe thunderstorm complete with hail.  Not only that, but it seems to have rained at least once a day/night since then.  New places, new experiences!  Now, April Sun Showers has notes of purple Adonis Tulips, prickly pear cactus, morning dew, ripe kiwifruit, white peach extract swimming in steeped matcha tea.  In the vial is a greenish wet scent with a hint of slightly sweet fruits.  On my skin the florals bloom and this is very heady and almost overwhelming at times.  After just a few minutes this settles into a beautifully soft and slightly sweet aquatic.  There is a greeness to this scent, but it not overdone.  Peach sits lightly on top, lending that juicy sweetness without being too assertive.  Overall this is gorgeous, soft, and aquatic without a hint of that saltiness you sometimes get with some aquatics.  I might have to wear this on rainy days to see if it’ll go well into my rotation.

Watermelon Kiwi Pops sounds like a delicious summer treat with notes of luscious watermelon and Kiwi juices frozen into yummy popsicles.  In the dram I get an overly sweet almost acidic scent.  Watermelon is hard to synthesize, if you look at foods/sweets that try to do it it’s always overdone, too much, and just not right compared to the real thing.  Unfortunately, that is the same vibe I am getting here.  I love watermelon, but it’s scent is so very hard to capture.  There is a hint of it in there, but mostly it’s making my nose and head hurt to smell it.  It could be part of the “frozen” aspect that is knocking it off kilter, but either way, I can’t seem to wear this one.  Hopefully it works for someone!

Sunkissed Clouds sounds heavenly with notes of blood orange and Satsuma juice raining atop fluffy marshmallow clouds.  In the dram I get that beautiful fragrant blood orange with the satsuma juice.  On my skin it is much of the same, very citrus-y with that gorgeous and sweet marshmallow adding a bit of sweetness to cut the acidity of the citrus.  This is a simple blend, but it is bright and happy, just makes you want to smile.

Next up is Autumn Splendor because my daughter insisted I try it.  Who could say no?  It’s notes consist of the gorgeous fragrance of bright red autumn leaves swirling around sweet white birch trees, whispers of golden sage, warm amber, rosewood and a drop of honey.  In the dram I get an almost apple-like scent, crisp, red, and soft.  On my skin it is still there, but it is flanked by a beautiful amber, golden and sunny and a touch of wine.  This is a gorgeous blend meant for warm days and cool nights.  The honey is clean and just a touch sweet.  Nothing in this blend overwhelms and it is perfectly blended.  Definitely a scent I want to get to wear and probably in a lotion as well.

Spring Fever will round out this set of reviews with its notes of hummingbird tulip, newly sprouted grass, white moondance rose petals, purple hyacinth, bergamot, juicy red apple and white oak.  In the dram this is fresh and dewy grass, green and lush.  On my skin the florals bloom with tulips, roses, and a touch of hyacinth.  The apple is fresh and just barely ripe.  This is a very green scent and reminiscent of new growth, new beginnings, and new adventures.  Thankfully the green notes don’t overwhelm, like they can sometimes do and instead just give everything a nice base to work from.  As it dries the oak comes out as the first leaves begin to bloom on its branches.  Perfectly depicted!

Arcana Soaps – Flowers & Stars Samples

So excited for more Arcana scents!  Julia’s been doing some wonderful things over there lately, so if you’re curious, check out the Arcana Addicts facebook page to get sneak peeks at some exciting things!  Once again, these decants were courtesy of the wonderful Ajevie!  Now, on to the real reason you’re here …

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Adhara has notes that include, Vanilla cream, tangerine, clementine, Nagami peel, black coconut, and a touch of sweet violet.  In the vial this is super citus-y and almost creamsicle-like!  On my skin this is a lot of citrus peel with a dark coconut meat.  The violet and vanilla cream add some much needed sweetness to the blend.  I’m trying to wrap my head around this scent as it’s so completely different from anything I normally go for (that was actually on purpose for this group) that I can’t seem to pull together the right words to describe this.  Eventually the sharp acidic peel-like scent smooths out and I get more of the creaminess from the coconut and vanilla with a touch of that purple violet.  The citrus takes a chill pill and calms down and starts playing nicely with everyone.  This is a bright and sweet scent, yellow-ish orange in feel and scent (and apparently oil now that I look at it).  Unfortunately this is fading rather fast on my skin, though that could be an issue of the heat today rather than the blend itself.

Oh man, 10 minutes later and that faded feeling goes away and I get the full force of the beautiful creamy citrusy scent!  It’s like an orange dreamsicle, but only if it took on a more tropical vibe.  The coconut has come out more, but not overwhelmingly so.  This has turned out absolutely beautiful and this girl who used to be iffy on citrus notes before has been converted to a citrus lover!

Belatrix is up next touting notes of Sweet, jammy fir absolute with 3 honeys, honeysuckle, tiny strawberries, and blood orange.  Jammy fir sounds like my kind of jam!  Oh man this smells like heaven in the vial!  On my skin that jammy fir certainly is sweet with those honeys and bright honeysuckle.  The strawberries are tart and the blood orange is deep and red.  Man, I kind of thought I would like this – I did not expect to love it!  This does lean a tad masculine but can teeter on that unisex border.  And if you amp anything other than the fir, then it would likely be leaning feminine.  But, lucky me, I amp conifer scents!  Oh wow, I just keep huffing!  This is just full of sweet woods, beautifully fragrant and unmistakably addicting.  I need this in my life.

Betelgeuse boasts notes of Atlas cedarwood and blood cedar with smoldering oudh, osmanthus, brown musk, bacon, and vetiver.  Bacon?  Yes, bacon.  Crispy fried bacon.  No, it’s not super prominent, but it’s in there mixing with the brown musk and the vetiver.  You bet it’s odd too.  I think my chemistry is amping the brown musk as it’s almost overwhelming right now.  Ya’ll, I want to keep this on and review it but I can’t.  I just … I can’t.  I do hope someone finds this and loves it.  It’s unique and different, salty and brown to the extreme, but just too much for this girl to handle.

Electra is up next to relieve my palate of the aforementioned bacon with its notes of Pink carnation petal ice cream, Mexican bakery vanilla, eggnog, sweet cinnamon, and nutmeg.  In the vial this is all vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg – almost holiday-like.  On my skin it’s much of the same, except now I get that pink carnation petal ice cream (who knew?!) coming out and it’s delicious!  There’s even a hint of “coolness” to it to really give it that ice cream feel.  This is soft, pink, and frilly.  The holiday-likeness goes away after a while and instead everything seems to be in support of that unique pink carnation petal ice cream (I may need to find some).  For some reason this is just bringing memories of Jem and the Holograms to mind.  Rockin’!

Miaplacidus may be hard to say, but it’s notes of Sea air, spring water, cucumber, juniper, hyacinth, lavender, China musk, and 1 drop of hyssop aren’t.  In the vial this is very watery and lavendery (that’s totally a word, okay?).  On my skin the sea air thankfully isn’t coming across as super salty (like the bacon was … wtf bacon … yes I’m still hung up on it), and the cucumber is giving a nice refreshing and clean aspect.  The juniper is soft, but the lavender isn’t, at least not on me.  On me it is almost screaming along with the china musk.  Very odd.  It’s almost as though everything in the blend is vying for attention at once.  Okay, it took a few minutes but the screaming and fighting stopped (listens better than my kids) and now it’s soft and watery and flowing.  This blend becomes gentle and beautiful despite the beginning oddness.  Very pretty, clear blue in color and feel.

Mira is taking me out of my comfort zone again with notes of Tiare blossoms dipped in milk chocolate with coconut, sugared rum, French cocoa absolute, marshmallows, and white chocolate.  So rum and I don’t get a long every since my husband decided that while I was pregnant with my first to get me to eat Häagen Dazs Rum Raisin Ice Cream and that begun my decent into morning sickness – or every time I smelled rum sickness.  There are definite bits of cocoa in the vial so if you do get this, remember to shake gently or roll gently before applying to get it to mix in with the rest of the blend.  This is pure chocolate in the vial.  That creamy and rich milk chocolate that the rest of the world swears isn’t actually chocolate but us American’s just don’t care – we’re addicted to it.  (Unless you’re not, in which case … SHAME ON YOU!  Kidding.)  On my skin it’s chocolate and rum and chocolate and some cocoa.  And it’s way too overwhelming.  I can’t – it’s too much for me.  Some chocolate wearing lover is going to go gaga for this blend, I know it, but that person is not me.

Sirius rounds these scents out with its notes of Bright white grapefruit, golden amber, linden flowers, tart red currant, cassis, and pomegranate.  Lots of favorite notes in here!  I almost bought Sirius blindly without testing, but I wanted to try them all so here we are. In the vial this is bright grapefruit, tart and tangy and super juicy.  On my skin that stays very true but now the linden flowers come out with a touch of cassis.  The pomegranate is red as are the currants, but the grapefruit is making them really work to be smelled.  I think I amp citrus notes in the beginning so I’ll stop sniffing it for a few minutes and see what it does when it settles.  Hmm, even after a few minutes the grapefruit is still super strong and almost over powering the blend.  It takes about 30 minutes but eventually the grapefruit stops overwhelming the blend and the rest gets to showcase themselves.  I enjoy the bit of spiciness cassis brings to the group.  This is only slightly sweet, completely juicy and tart, and a hint of spice.

And thus concludes the Arcana Flowers & Stars collection reviews.  Hope it was helpful!

Possets Perfumapalooza – Part 1

I have a huge pile of Possets samples that I’ve purchased straight from Possets, or from Ajevie, and some I acquired via freebies from purchases or swaps from other members of the Indie Perfume community.  It is their time to shine!

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Zombie is one of the blends I hear so much about!  It’s always described as marshmallow oudh – what’s not to love about that?!  The “official” notes are listed as: toasted marshmallow and oude, a bit of burnt stick, and the unmistakable fragrance of the crisp autumn air.  (There are many different spellings for oudh, oud, oude, and I’m sure there’s more.)  In the vial I get a bit of oudh and a touch of that crisp autumn air.  On my skin it just … wow, it’s so unique!  It’s marshmallow all right, that ooey gooey melted marshmallow that you only get from a stick and a fire.  There’s no burning smell, just this lush woody scent topped with marshmallow.  I get the hype!  It’s very soft overall, however, the longer this sits the more the marshmallow fades to just a hint of sweetness and you’re left with this smooth and fragrant oudh.

I have to admit this next one I’ve tested already as I’ve been eyeing it fiercely for months and I’m happy it made the permanent collection!  That scent is Min-Min (Ghost Lights) and it boasts notes of Sandalwoods, three of them, combined with the rich enticing scent of leather, a strong and classic patchouli. In the vial it’s almost all leather (it’s a cross between new shiny leather and that soft, well-worn leather I prefer).  As it dries the sandalwood comes as does the patchouli.  It’s a warm patchouli, almost golden in its scent.  Despite the notes in this not typically being seen as ethereal, somehow it is just that – floating and ethereal, yet grounded.  As this sits on my skin longer the leather goes from the forefront to somewhere in the back where it just gives hints as to its existence in the blend.  Very beautiful and almost haunting blend.

Jeanne duVal is part of the Femme Fatales 2016 collection with notes of 5 ambers (two golden, one dry, one sweet, and one which is what I call Black Amber), add to that African Musk, a drop of aged sweet patchouli, a nice swath of labdanum, a large part of a very very dry and somewhat woody Bourbon vanilla, a bit of sandalwood, and just the right amount of Haitian vetiver.  I get a nice sweet blast of bourbon vanilla in the vial and … chocolate?  On my skin the vetiver takes over and for some reason there is something reminding me of chocolate.  Or rather, more of a cocoa than a sweet milk chocolate.  The ambers begin to make their appearance which pushes that weird cocoa note further away.  I wonder if one of the ambers is a grey amber because I get just a hint of saltiness.  The bourbon vanilla begins it’s ascent to the top with some of the sandalwood.  I’m not getting a hint of labdanum which usually gives me a floaty feeling in a blend.  This is a very grounded scent … but something is still giving me wafts of cocoa!  So weird!  If it weren’t for the cocoa I think I would really like it!  Huh, it took a while, but the cocoa scent finally went away and now the labdanum has come out with it’s floaty essence.

The Mistress of Power will round out Part 1 of this review with notes of an incense and musk scent, a great oriental. Black, grey, and golden musks at the base, a good part of aged patchouli (which has gone from a thin light yellow to a thick dark brown over the years in the curing cabinet) there is absolutely nothing coy about this blend. Backdrop of a non foody and more brandy-like chocolate liquor, a small amount of clove, all finished off with an ambergris-like musk for a shadow-like staying power.  The scent in the vial is boozy, but that goes away almost as soon as it touches my skin.  Wow the patchouli is strong in this one with a good bit of a golden scent to it.  The incense is strong, but not overwhelming.  This is a resinous and incense blend, not for the faint of heart.  It is commanding and powerful making itself known.  There is a bit of subtle shifting between the notes as they vie for power and dominance.  It takes a while, but eventually they settle into a golden resin and incense blend with just a hint of sweetness.  This actually reminds me of the Lotus Spa I went to on the Outer Banks!  Such a lovely and relaxing place.  But that’s quite the dichotomy isn’t it?

Arcana Soaps – Phoebus

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Phoebus is another beautiful creation from Arcana Soaps.

It’s notes are listed as:

Smoked vanilla, sweet resins, red musk, marshmallow, and fiery woodsmoke.

I adore blends with red musk in them and with my current track record with Arcana, I figured this was a sure win.

Wet this is a strong red musk (yay!) with a smoky undertone and a hint of sweetness.  As this dries the notes begin to meld and the red musk tones it down a bit to allow the resins, vanilla and woodsmoke to come out and do their thing.  The woodsmoke isn’t quite as in your face as you would think – more like it is way in the background.  Also the wood is fragrant and beautiful smelling.  The marshmallow gives a bit of a fluffy feel and a hint of that powder you find on the outside of marshmallows.  It doesn’t overwhelm the blend and adds just the right amount of sweetness to combat the woodsmoke and smoked vanilla.

It reminds me of Holy Terror (another wonderful blend by Arcana) – but just a bit different.  Perhaps it is the resins and vanilla that put it in the same vein.  They are not the same, but in that same type of scent family.

The throw on this is low to moderate but it wafts around as I move my hand and I get gentle little blasts of red musk sweetness.