30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 19 – Soothsayer by Spectral Spirits

For a few months I’d been watching Spectral Spirits prepare to open shop and the moment Daisy announced it on the Indie Perfume Lovers Facebook Page, I had to place an order.  The shipping was super fast and packaging was adorable.  I love the cracked porcelain doll face and the stripes used in the logo.  It all adds to the atmosphere of the company.

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Today Soothsayer was pulled from the sample bucket to get a run.  I will say, the one thing I dislike is the wax seal.  These were easier to remove than Conjure Oils’ seal, but still a mess to clean up.

SoothsayerRitual Smoke, Aromatic Spices, Nag Champa, Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense, Labdanum, Black Patchouli, Black Amber, Musk

In the vial is this soft and almost fizzy frankincense scent with just a touch of labdanum.  It smells soft and floating – yet it truly blossoms on the skin.  Wet on my skin and I’m already in love with this scent.

This is dark, smoky (but not in your face about it), incense heavy, and almost a touch sweet.  Totally, completely, and utterly up my alley.  It’s like this was made for me (it wasn’t, but man it feels like ME so much).  You get a touch of everything and it’s all so lovely together.  At first it’s all about this incensy smoky scent with a touch of something peppery or spicy.  Under that you get this incredibly smooth nag champa, the likes of which I’ve only smelled once before.  Nag Champa can sometimes be too hippy for me -but this is quite lovley.  The dragon’s blood is softly sweet with a touch of spice to it.  It’s not the floral dragon’s blood that you sometimes get, this is resinous and almost has a carnation-like spice to it.  And that frankincense and labdanum is to die for.  They are almost narcotic in their scent and make me swoon just sniffing them.  The patchouli, amber, and musk seem to be melded together in that you get like a rubbing of a sooty dark amber along your skin.  It’s deep and slightly woody with a rounded softness to it.

If you can’t tell, I’m slightly in love with this scent.  I’m a bit bummed the smoke and spices don’t last longer.  They burn off it seems as the scent dries on my skin.

The throw on this is wonderful.  I get soft sweet incense wafts as I move around.  The longevity is okay at about 3 hours before I need to reapply.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 8 – Madame Scodioli’s Oracle EDP

Not sure how many times I’ve mentioned it, but really I’m a sucker for a good EDP. Sometimes you just need to spray and go without having to worry about it.  I also really enjoy them for layering or adding depth or lightening heavy blends.  It’s so versatile.

Honestly, I’ve been eyeing Madame Scodioli’s for quite some time.  Something about their branding just pulls at me and there were several times I almost ordered a large bottle of Cloven blind.  But I didn’t.  I was good and got a few samples.  Today I’ve pulled from the box, Oracle with notes of fig, spices, and musk.

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Keep in mind this is an Eau de Parfume, which means it is in perfumers alcohol and not an oil base.  So, it’s not suprisping that the first sniff has a bit of an alchol edge to it.  Under that is this almost juicy fresh fig scent.

On my skin, it immediately burns off the alcohol and I get a gorgeous throw of soft spices, warm musk, and that juicy fig.  I don’t even have to put my wrist to my nose to smell it, just sit here and wait for it to waft up to me.

At first this is a very bright scent, and not really what I was expecting.  Typically I prefer my scents to be a bit heavier and less effervescent.

It takes a while, about 30 minutes or so, but that bright and almost bubbly scent calms down and relaxes a bit.  Now it’s a sun warmed fig with a hint of spices and a touch of warm musk.  I still get some throw to it, and smell it as I move, but it’s not as strong a throw as it was when I first applied the scent.

This scent is … timeless.  Not old, not new, it just is.  It’s appealing, understated yet different enough to be unique.

Unfortunately I was making homemade pita bread today and washed off the scent.  Twice.  So … I don’t have a longevity report for this one, but I think it’s safe to say, it’s good.  I had it on for almost 2 hours before I started making bread, then again for another two hours while I was letting it rise.  Neither time did I feel the scent was in danger of drifting away.

Sixteen92 – Halloween 2016 Samples

Sixteen92‘s subscription, The Circle, has got to be the best thing since … sample packs!  I love this little bit of “sneak peek” I, and others, get!

I also got the Fall samples in this pack, but I’ve been itching for Halloween scents so I’m doing the Halloween reviews first.

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The Bell Witch with sweet cider barrels, orchard wood, blond tobacco leaf, cave and forest moss, glowing pumpkin, dry leaves, and turned earth is up first and I don’t think I can properly convey just how excited I am to try these scents.  I think this is the first time where every description pulls at me.

In the vial I get a definite spiced apple scent, likely from the cider barrels.  On my skin this just blossoms and opens up and without even sniffing my skin I can smell the soft flesh of the pumpkin, dry leaves crunching under foot, a hint of tobacco, and the soft velveteen texture of the moss.

What I’m saying is this baby has some throw on it and I’m in love.  You get it all in here, every nuanced aspect of this blend is perfectly represented and comes together to form the most accurate representation of a crisp fall day that I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling.

This blend seems to lean a little masculine as it dries, giving it a cologne type feel to it, likely from the earth and moss, but it’s not something that will deter me from wearing it.  I want to bathe in this scent.

With the amount of throw on this blend, I do find it somewhat overwhelming to sniff directly on my skin and I much prefer the scent I get as it wafts as opposed to the spicier version on my skin.  After about an hour the scent against the skin isn’t so overwhelming and is just as gorgeous as the scent that wafts up to me still.

You would think after a few hours I’d have nothing to add to this, but alas, that is not true.  Not only is this scent still giving a decent throw, and still beautiful, it seems that now I’m getting more apple, as though a glass of cider was poured and they cut up a fresh apple to mix into it.  Magic.  Pure and simple.

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Borley Rectory has notes of Italian Bergamot, cocao pod, smoked black tea, decayed woods, faded parchment, shadowy musk.

In the vial I get musk and bergamot with a strong helping of black tea.  This is another blend that, quite literally, blossoms on the skin immediately.  The bergamot is beautiful, and it’s a note that is becoming a fast favorite of mine and I’ve been seeking it out lately.  The tea has somewhat backed down to a half drunk cup instead of a full blown pot.  The parchment is well worn, touched and used, and has oil from skin along the edges.

That shadowy musk though, that is what makes this blend.  I don’t get much cocao pod, or if I do it’s blended and so light that I can’t pick it out.  However, that musk is almost sinister and it combines with the smokiness of the black tea and the heat of woods that this is just a dark and almost foreboding scent.

I did notice there are flecks of cocao in the vial, so I’m sure that’s in there, but I can’t pick it out, which is fine.  Also this is leaning masculine as well, but I still love it.

There is a throw to this, though not as prominent as The Bell Witch was, but it still wafts up gently.  It’s longevity is really awesome as well.

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The Island of the Dolls contains notes of Mexican vanilla, dry bergamot, somber rose, dark chocolate, black plum, dense woods, and porcelain musk.  If you’ve ever seen a documentary on this place, it’s super creepy.

There is a deep chocolate scent in the vial as well as on my skin.  At first that’s about all I can smell (which is why I don’t wear chocolate – it overwhelms everything else on me).  After a few minutes I get some of that slightly spicy dry bergamot.  I’ve concluded dry is not how I like my bergamot.  The rose is also coming across as being a dried rose instead of fresh.

I’m having a hard time smelling around the chocolate.  Thankfully after letting it sit for about 20 minutes or so, most of the chocolate scent is gone.  Now I am getting a sense of that dark plum and some deep dark woods.  The porcelain musk is soft and powdery.

Unfortunately, this one does not have a good throw on me and I have to really sniff the spot to get a good sense of the blend.  It is nice once dried, again leaning masculine, but I don’t think its for me, especially because of the chocolate.  That’s just not my thing.

Man, after about an hour I adore the scent I’m getting from this.  I just wish I didn’t have that issue with the chocolate!  Because what’s left is woodsy and slightly sweet, soft and almost alluring.

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Myrtles Plantation‘s notes consist of oleander leaf and bloom, labdanum, white sage, fig leaf, blood orange, and suede musk.

This seems to be the brightest of the bunch with blood orange taking the lead in the vial with a touch of oleander.  On my skin the suede musk immediately asserts itself and lays out as a soft smooth base, brown and almost fuzzy.  You really get a hint of greenness from the fig leaf, and the sage is very apparent.  The blood orange is now, almost completely gone or pushed out of the way by the other scents.

There is something almost bitter in this blend.  I’m afraid sage has taken another blend from under me.  My skin reacts poorly to sage.  Which makes me sad because I love labdanum and wanted so much to like this blend!

Well into the dry down the sage is no longer bitter, thankfully, and the labdanum gets to come out and do it’s narcotic dance.  This is soft and more brown than green, and very close to the skin.

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Lastly we have Waverly Hills whose notes are listed as dense fern, frost, wild moss, raw honey & propolis vegan, black labdanum, overgrown vines, late blooming Southern florals, and spectral musk.

In the vial the ferns feel crushed and give off that unique green scent and its almost overpowering.  On my skin that sharp greenness is still there, but the other notes are attempting to temper it.

After about 10 minutes the sharpness of the fern has subsided and I’m left with this unmistakable garden – soft florals and sweet greens with a hint of that labdanum and a touch of honey.  That spectral musk acts like fog, and the frost helps to enhance that feeling.  This is early pre-dawn in a slightly overgrown garden when the fog has rolled in and created this gorgeous, slightly spooky, scene.

The throw on this isn’t huge, but I do get it wafting up to me on occasion.  Being even more Southern than Kentucky, I really appreciate and understand the late blooming florals.  They are showcased here beautifully.  (I still have a magnolia tree in my backyard that throws out a new bloom about once a week.)

I get a very ethreal feel about this blend, and I think this, minus the sharp fern scent, would be best as an EDP.

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For me, personally, The Bell Witch and Borley Rectory have stolen my Halloween loving heart!  Both of these I could slather in every format offered and still want more.

Love Potion Perfumes – Sample Reviews

I ran across mention of Love Potion Perfumes in a forum for another company and even there, they seemed to have some die-hard fans.  So, of course, I had to try it out!  I have to confess I’ve been sitting on these samples for a few months now, though I had tested one shortly after it had arrived and loved it.  With perfume, I seem to have a problem keeping attention on something and end up chasing shiny things instead of focusing on what I have.  Shame on me!

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As you can see, these come in the 2ml sizes and I was given two 1ml’s free with my order!  They appear to be like single notes, so that’s cool.

And if you want, for added oomph to your magical blend, you can add pheromones to, I believe, any blend.

Cocked & LoadedA manly-man earthy sexy violet heart crafted of violet fragrance oil and violet leaf absolute then rounded out with balsamic amber, powdery oakmoss and two types of smooth golden sandalwood.

Love Potions not only lists the notes, but lists any magical, healing, or historical meanings for the notes used.  Which is kind of cool.  In the vial this smells like violets, but a version that has a soapy quality to it.  On my skin most of the soapiness goes away and I’m left with just … violets.  I’m really not getting anything else out of it at the moment.  Even after letting it dry down the violets are strong but I do get a hint of something like sandalwood and a touch of amber.  No oakmoss, no earthiness, just mostly florals.  Nearly a half hour later I finally get some greenness from the oakmoss.  This is a close to the skin scent with very little throw.


Love Potion: REDVanilla, Amber, Patchouli, Cinnamon, Dark Sugars, Woods, Resins.

In the vial I get a nice bit of resin and wood.  On my skin I get a hint of cinnamon, but nothing overwhelming and it seems to be sitting close to the patchouli.  I get a little bit of a tingly sensation on my skin where I applied, but no burning or anything harsh like that.  This reminds me of walking into those kitschy country stores, but more refined.  I kind of like that smell, a mixture of cinnamon, wood, and vanilla.  The sugar has an almost molasses feel to it, which is comforting.  This to me isn’t an overtly sexy blend, but more of a comforting kitchen blend.  It smells like home, and love, and baking.  Again, this is a scent that stays very close to the skin.  I would love to have this in an oil warmer in my home (and that may be exactly what I do).


Always a LadyA soft bouquet featuring five types of roses, scattered with dewy droplets of sweet strawberry, mango, raspberry and tangerine, all resting upon a base of oak and chypre.

In the vial this is super fruity!  Lots of mango and tangerine with a hint of strawberry.  On my skin that fruit is vying with the roses and it’s causing quite the ruckus on my skin.  Eventually they work it out and it becomes a huge bouquet of roses.  You can smell the dew and greenness with a hint of the oak.  The only prominent fruit now is tangerine and strawberry, the rest sort of hang and add either sweetness or depth to the blend.  The chypre comes and goes as you sniff.  The throw on this blend is much more than the others, but still nothing that would overwhelm.  It’s strong against the skin than it is when it wafts up to you.


Feed the FlowersThe beautiful melancholy of a funereal mood…a hint of smoke in the air, dried dusty flowers and the freshly-turned earth of an open grave…a bouquet of deep dark roses, geranium and stargazer lily mingled with earth, dry leaves and a drop of hay and dusted with mysterious resinous notes of myrrh, sandalwood, storax and benzoin. Finished with woodsmoke, powdery musk and a final kiss of white and powdered sugars.

This was the blend I had tried when they’d first arrived and I remember it being beautiful, earthy, and reminded me a lot of Samhain and all things Autumn.

In the vial I get a scent that is reminiscent of decaying leaves.  On my skin that scent is still there, but on top of it is smoke and crackling twigs under foot.  The dried flowers are hauntingly beautiful and hay graces the floor.  This scent reminds me of an old, forgotten house in the woods whose bouquet on the table is long forgotten and the lace drapes are moth eaten and molding.  Perhaps it was the home of a maiden waiting for her love to return from a war – but he never did and so she waited until they could be together again.  It’s a melancholic scent and I love it.  Another close to the skin scent.  Really wish this one had some throw to it.  Maybe I should put this one in an oil burner too.


Autumn RainDry leaves and wet woods form the heart of our forest, with dewy notes of fern and fresh cut stems, and autumnal accents of apple and hay blended with the ambiance of earth and smoky frankincense.

In the vial this is a deep aquatic with a hint of apple.  On my skin it is much of the same with an added touch of greenness.  Beautiful petrichor scent with the leaves and forest floor.  The apples are green and slightly bitter, the hay which was warmed by the sun is getting wet and is super fragrant.  Once dried the frankincense comes out and wafts around this blend and gives it another dimension.  Somehow this blend is dark, as though the rain has come on the heels of dusk.  Unlike Feed the Flowers, this blend has a bit of a throw to it and wafts beautifully around.


The two free samples are Sugared Geranium and Sugared Bonfire.

Sugared Geranium is a deep and heady floral in the vial but it relaxes on my skin and becomes soft and pink with just a hint of sweetness.

Sugared Bonfire has an almost cotton candy like scent in the vial, but on my skin the wood and smokiness comes out and mixes with the sugar and creates the oddest combination of sweet woodsmoke, or cotton candy flavored in woodsmoke.  It’s not bad, and not off putting really, just very different.

 

Sugar & Spite and everything smelly!

Bringing a new house to everyone, and one that has bowled me over with not only their scent catalog, but their customer service as well as their over the top and on point packaging!  Sugar & Spite everyone – get on and enjoy the ride! (Not paid advertising, I just really dig everything about this perfume house.)

Bonus they are having a sale from now until Saturday July 9th.  Check out their Facebook page for sale details.  Because of the sale, this is going to be a rather quick and dirty review of 11 different scents.

These scents have been in my possession for almost 3 weeks now and I could already tell taking them out of their packaging that they’d rested and even gotten a little aging while they sat in a cool dark box.

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Let’s kick this off with the rollerball.  10ml of delicious Apple Sugar goodness. (Delicious, juicy apples and a heaping spoonful of pure sugar. Wonderfully sweet, yet somehow all grown up.)  I have to admit I’ve worn this quite frequently since receiving it and it was also part of my moving scents that stayed with me in my purse for comfort and use while my world was briefly turned upside down.  It is a beautiful crisp, freshly peeled, apple scent with just this smooth sugar scent that comes very close, initially, to making you feel like you have just put a spoonful of table sugar in your mouth.  Somehow while wet this manages to be an extremely accurate representation of apples and sugar, separate but preparing to come together in a most wonderful way.  As this dries the two scents come together and the tartness of the apple tempers the sweetness of the sugar so that it doesn’t become overly sweet.  This is gourmand, but not?  So hard to describe the dry down.  It’s almost like walking through an apple orchard with a bag of sugar and freshly cut apples.  This works in the heat and I’m going to bet this will work in the fall as well.  I am already planning on some body spray, body wash, and lotion in this scent.  The longevity of this blend has varied wildly but I think that’s more to do with my activities and just the extreme stress I was putting my body under and not necessarily to do with the scent itself.

Three Shades of White (Every fine vanilla in my arsenal, smoky white musk, white amber, grounded with a tiny bit of patchouli, bourbon and oak leaves.) smells of patchouli in the vial and on my skin.  It’s not quite a smooth patchouli, but it’s not that gritty and dirty patchouli either.  It’s a happy medium, brownish in scent to me.  The oak marries with the patchouli and as it tries the vanillas begin to come out.  After this has sat on the skin it ends up being this beautiful smoky, vanilla, and patchouli blend.  Overall it’s soft, slightly sweet, and a touch woody.

Strangefellow isn’t all that strange (tonka, amber, musk and pepper, with a sugar cookie base) … well, actually, it smells like vanilla popcorn in the vial, but it quickly smooths out into this beautiful amber, tonka, musk blend with a hint of sugar cookie.  The pepper gives just a hint of spice, but nothing overwhelming.  The tonka is soft and brown, the cookie leans a bit gourmand, but the amber and musk keep it from falling over that edge.  This is a sweet blend, unisex, and very beautiful.

Dionysus, the god of wine (Mahogany, amber, sandalwood, and barely perceptible red wine.) deserves attention sometimes.  Oh wow, in the vial the mahogany is deep, rich, and red.  On my skin it is dark and decadent, smooth and red and just luxurious!  Totally brings to mind much lounging with a glass of wine in hand.  It’s blended very well and the sandalwood is more of a fresh-off-the-tree scent rather than that of the smoother more aged sandalwood.  The amber just enhances the overall smoothness of the blend.

Tell it to the Moon sounds like a nice chill song to relax with and look up at the moon. (Precious woods, cashmere vanilla, resin, spice, and a swirl of bright mandarin.)  In the vial I get mandarin and I’ll be damned if cashmere wasn’t the most apt description for that vanilla.  On my skin the woods come out more with a touch of spice (generic melody of spices, but nothing I can pick out with absolute certainty).  But man, that cashmere vanilla is where it’s at, let me tell you.  If tonka is fuzzy brown, this is a fuzzy cream or taupe.  And on top of it all is that beautiful mandarin.  The woods sit to the back with the resins and it really is all about that vanilla and mandarin!

The Whispering Woods don’t talk behind your back (Crunchy leaves, damp soil, Incense smoke, a bitter snap of clove, and caramelized brown sugar), they speak sweet nothings into your ear.  In the vial I get that smoky incense which is just about all I can smell, even on my skin.  It’s a beautiful smoky scent.  Ah, it takes a moment but the leaves come out with a touch of soil.  After a bit the clove comes out but it’s just barely a hint.  Enough to get a whiff and know what it is, but not enough to overwhelm the blend.

Mothman (Black and green teas, clove, black orchid) is not your average superhero!  But that’s to be expected because it’s a perfume and not a person at all.  So there’s that.  Tea and clove come out in the vial as well as on my skin.  It’s reminding me a lot of walking into Teavana.  I’m not a tea person, like at all, which is kind of funny considering I moved to the south.  But this is making me wrinkle my nose as the orchid, clove, and teas aren’t meshing very well on my skin.  YMMV – so try it if you’re curious!

Barnum and Bailey?  No, just Barnum (Curiously sweet and dark. Tobacco leaf, a trio of rich musks, new mown hay, and a drizzle of creamy vanilla bourbon.) but half a circus can still be a good time … right?  Hay, musk, a touch of tobacco, and just a drop of bourbon.  So rich and decadent.  Masculine, don’t get me wrong, but I love that.  Oh wow, I could melt into this.  This is fairly straightforward on me which is just fine.  The vanilla comes out, but it’s that soft barely there vanilla that adds more creaminess to a blend than actual sweetness.

Meadow(s) are for enjoying (Fields of green, green grass, and a hint of sweet soil.).  And so is perfume.  Win-win!  In the vial this is just grass.  Super green, crunched underfoot so it releases it’s scent, with just a hint of soil underneath.  This is like taking a handful of dew covered grass and rubbing your face in it.  Not to say the perfume is overwhelming, it’s just … GRASS when you sniff it.  And hey, some people like that.  So here ya go … this grass’ for you!

Grim Bastard is not one to be trifled with (vanilla, sandalwood, black patchouli and leather).  But I don’t listen so well.  Shh.  In the vial I get leather.  It’s that mix between shiny black and well worn brown.  On my skin however, it morphs to that beautiful worn brown leather that I love so much.  The patchouli isn’t super prominent but blends with the sandalwood to give an overall woody feel to the blend.  The vanilla is there but hidden, just barely lending itself to the blend.  Very masculine, very leathery.

Leopold not to be undone (A sweet blend of vanilla bean, amber, musk, and white pepper.) is here to sweep others off their feet.  In the vial I get all the lovely notes and they translate almost seamlessly to my skin.  The vanilla lays overtop, lending it’s sweetness to the entirety of the blend while the musk and amber provide a golden base and the pepper adds just a touch of spiciness to the blend.  Very beautiful and another I would consider getting in body spray, wash, and lotion!

I think overall there were only two blends I would not consider purchasing full bottles of, and only because they’re not really my thing.  Hopefully this helps those on the fence about some blends.  Now, off to get some new smellies with their wonderful sale!

 

 

Deep Midnight Perfumes – General Catalog Samples

I love that I can either select my free sample(s) or have it selected for me from Deep Midnight Perfumes.  I, not being super familiar with the catalog, let Cat over there select my samples for me!  So far I’ve been super impressed with this company!

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Dome of Stars sounds fascinating as someone who loves looking up at the night sky.  Its notes include Sandalwood, orris root, lavender, myrrh, amber, soft evergreen, and light nuances of cinnamon and citron.  Bonus this was inspired by Elrond!  In the vial this is softly green and fragrant woods with just a light hint of lavender.  On my skin you can almost smell the moonlit night.  The evergreens are not overpowering but they lend a grand stillness to the scent – things come and go, but evergreens seem eternal.  The cinnamon and citron, like the notes describe, are not prominent, but I can smell where they are adding their little touches to the blend.  The sandalwood, orris, and myrrh mix together to give this a lovely bed of wood for the scent to lay upon while the lavender and amber seem to float around.  This is simply stunning, unisex leaning feminine, and would be a perfect (for me) scent to wear at night.  There is a bit of a throw to this, not a big one mind you but enough of one that I can smell it coming up to greet me.

Black Wings  – and now for something completely different –Black leather, decayed black roses, dark aged patchouli, guggal incense, dark woods, and musk.  I’m very picky about my leather notes.  As of right now there are only two companies that make a leather note I like and can wear.  In the vial this is straight up dirty hippy patchouli (I mean that in the best possible way!).  On my skin this is super dark yet almost floaty.  I’m not actually getting that sharp almost acidic scent from the black leather (sometimes it comes across as that pleather – fake leather – grossness) so that’s a bonus.  But this is very dark, very dirty, very hippy-like.  So if you’re into that sort of thing, then this is right up your alley!  There is no sweetness to this scent – it’s dark and it wants you to know.

Ishtar Gate has notes of deep rose, oud, myrrh, lotus blossoms, and frankincense combine with other sacred attars and subtle spices. In the vial this is a deeply red rose scent, full in bloom and heady.  On my skin this rose then mixes with lotus to enhance the sweetness and add a touch of dewiness to the rose.  The oud, myrrh, and frankincense give a nice woody base, as though you are smelling the plant as a whole and not just the flower itself.  This has a really good through and is a strong feminine scent (not strong like overpowering, but strong as in a emotionally/personality strong).  Overall this is a beautiful heady perfume that takes full advantage of the largest, deepest, reddest rose around and highlights everything about it that makes it a rose.

Aloysius will round out these scents with notes of decadent old wood, rum, rich dark leather, and soft touches of sugar, citrus and mint.  Another leather blend!  Just initial sniff from the vial and my mind was filled with visions of Captain Jack Sparrow and musings about why the rum is gone.  My husband is a lover of spiced rum so I know the smell very well.  It’s in here and this very much smells like barrels and barrels in a wooden storage barn attached to their holdings by leather straps, each one filled with rum (though the rum note itself isn’t prominent, but it’s there and noticeable).    This is a super masculine blend and I’m on my way to wanting to sing sea shantys!  The citrus and mint are in there and I can detect them and they do so much to uplift this blend and really make it stand out without allowing all the other notes to overpower one another.  Yeah, this is totally what Jack Sparrow would smell like (after a bath, mind you).

Cocoa Pink – Scent Reviews Part 1

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.

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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.

 

Possets Perfumapalooza – Part 5

Rounding out the last of my Possets Perfumapalooza posts is a trio of scents that I’m excited to try.  (Not that I haven’t been excited this whole time, but, you know, semantics.)  If you missed the previous parts they are here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

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Eve begins the end of my journey with whose description is a heavy oriental, resplendent with musks, earthy sweetnesses, lingering and sexy as only that first lady could have been.  In the vial it is woody and slightly resinous with a touch of incense – deep and earthy almost.  On my skin there’s a touch of vetiver with an almost animalistic musk (castoreum blend?).  This is the earth and dirt and the sun beating down beautifully on a naked body.  I keep getting an animal-like association – though I suppose that is somewhat appropriate.  It’s dark and musky with a hint of animal and a touch of earth with only the barest bit of sweetness.

Ouija is next with notes of calming cedar and rosewood, black vanilla, fat vanilla, and a touch of rose to give it a sweet side, black silk scent, and a touch of coriander.  Oooh, in the vial I get a nice whiff of rosewood and cedar.  On my skin those are still apparent, though muted, and the vanilla and that intriguing black silk scent takes the forefront.  This is flowing and haunting blend with bits of rose rising and flowing through all the notes.  Black but almost gossamer in feel.  It’s not a skin scent and is making itself known.  Very nice!  This is just throwing itself all over the place!  I kind of like that.

Rounding out this wonderful ride through some of Possets catalog is Wings of an Angel with notes of hawthorn, white musk, a touch of ethereal mintiness, gorgeous regal vanilla Bourbon.  In the vial is hawthorn and vanilla, and while those notes persist through applying to skin, they seem to warm up.  The mint is soft and sweet, perhaps because of the vanilla bourbon.  This is gentle, comforting and soft.  Sweetly gorgeous and almost hauntingly beautiful.  I could see myself wearing this to bed and drifting off to the soft fluttering of wings of an angel.

This has been a blast!  So many bottle wants out of these 5 parts!  I’ll get to those and hopefully have some more samples to test out!

Possets Perfumaplooza – Part 4

Here we are back again with more Possets loveliness!  If you missed the previous parts here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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Dangerous Oil will open this group of scents with notes of 6 musks from blackest black up through a rare and gorgeous in itself purple/blue musk hybrid. A good jolt of labdenum and an edge of cognac. The heart note is an entire chypre made only for this project and used for no other.  In the vial I get that purple/blue musk and it’s so different and wonderful – you can actually smell the colors.  On my skin the chypre comes out and a touch of the cognac with that lovely floaty labdanum.  I’ve just recently (within the last year) fallen in love with chypre’s.  This blend is not dark, but definitely not light – it’s shadowy.  This floats around and the musks blend so well and the chypre is gorgeous.  I’d expected this to be almost in-your-face strong, but it’s not, it’s almost a skin scent that occasionally wafts up to you.

Next up we have lil-ole’ Betsy with notes of very deep bass notes of patchouli, labdenum, vetiver, and oud   All the spices of Arabia, Africa, and the Orient blended together with a huge shot of the sweetest and most high keyed musk.  Lots of labdanum!  Not that I mind.  In the vial it is all patchouli and vetiver – so much so as to be overwhelming when sniffing.  On my skin those calm down a touch and the spices come out.  This blend when wet morphs as it settles and I get hints and blasts of each note.  The musk is giving a slight bit of sweetness which is tempering the vetiver and patchouli from screaming.  This blend is dark and sultry – very seductive and not shy at all.

Queen of the Night is described by Fabienne as a deeply perfumy blend with a deeply foody core. It is dry and then again there is a dry sweetness to it. In the vial I get a bit of citrus and a flower that goes soapy – though there’s about three that do that to me, I don’t think it’s dragon’s blood but one of the others.  On my skin that soapy scent stays.  I don’t get food at all – not even a little bit.  This is all floral sweetness, soft and gentle.  As it dries the soapy scent floats away and I’m left with clean and gentle floral perfume with just a hint of sweetness.  The citrus was only in the vial apparently.  This is just a beautiful clean scent.

Finally a scent close to my own home in Ohio – Over-the-Rhine!  It is described as spicy, warm, unisex, resinous, oriental.  I’ve been meaning to get this blend since I saw it over a year ago on their website.  However, I have this thing where I get distracted by shiny things.  It happens, okay?  Anyway, in the vial I get a beautiful spicy resinous scent – like spices and frankincense tears.  On my skin there is a touch of wood, maybe oudh, it’s warm and comforting – there is something almost smoky in the quality of it, but not a burning smell.  This feels very classic and high class – as though it would be worn by anyone.  It almost smells … familiar.  Not like it smells like something I know, just that the scent combination has that familiarity to it – just like “oh yeah, I totally know you” even if you don’t.  I am not describing it very well.  So wonderful!  I, of course, must get this – because Ohio won’t be my home much longer.

Sucreabeille Samples

Sucreabeille is a new, to me, company that I’ve heard some wonderful things about so of course I just had to give them a try!  Not only to they boast a rather prolific scent list themselves, they are also known for some really well done designer duplicates, so I’ve heard.

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First up is Oud Wood – which oddly I can’t find in their Scent List – though a quick googling shows it’s a Tom Ford scent so this might be a dupe that was either discontinued or my searching skills are just horrible today (just as an aside – I’ve never smelled any Tom Ford scents).  In the vial this is a soft, slightly sweet wood scent.  On my skin I get something almost citrus-y, like a mix between a lemon or a not-quite-ripe orange.  As it dries more of the smooth oudh scent comes out.  It’s a light brown scent, not strong, not overwhelming, more serene and calming.  It just is.  This stays fairly light, even after a few hours wear and doesn’t have much throw to it.  It’s a close skin scent but beautiful nonetheless.

Frankincense & Myrrh is a common theme in my preferred scents, if you haven’t noticed.  Sucreabeille lists notes of frankincense & myrrh,deep, smoky, & rich, warmed with amber & vanilla.  Hmm, another hint of citrus.  I wonder if it’s something in their carrier oil.  On my skin I get a strong sense of lemon peel.  It takes a while but the lemon peel begins to fade away and I am left with a smoky frank and myrrh combo with just a hint of vanilla.  This has a heavy feel to it but I can’t seem to shake the lemon peel.  A quick google is telling me that frankincense can smell like lemon – huh I’ve never really gotten that association before.  Could be because there isn’t a lot to the blend and so the frankincense is able to do it’s thing and not be hindered by anything else.  It takes a few hours, but the lemon association goes away and I’m left with the hint of burning frank and myrrh with a touch of golden amber and just a bit of vanilla.

Champanilla sounds like a party animal eh?  It’s notes are nag champa, softened with vanilla bean pods & musk.  Nag Champa is like a roller coaster scent for me – it has it’s highs and lows depending on how prominent it is in the blend.  I prefer my nag champa to be less of a key player and more of a supporting actor (because nag champa is totally a dude ya know).  In the vial it’s all vanilla and musk, beautiful and almost foody with a touch of a crystalline aspect to it.  On my skin the nag champa is soft, like a pillow that is supporting the vanilla and musk.  Every now and then it gets something close to an animalic quality to it, but then it backs down and starts heading towards gourmand.  See?  Roller Coaster of emotions over here!  I don’t know whether to drown myself in it or wash it off.  Now I’m getting something akin to a freshly cleaned dog warming in the sun – that soft, warm, and almost golden feeling that you only get from a dog’s natural clean scent.  It reminds me of the dog my Dad had when I was younger – a beautiful black chow, lab, and German shepherd mix.  Abby was the best dog ever and so loyal and sweet.  It reminds me of her.  Eventually this looses that animal quality and settles into a very prominent vanilla with a hint of musk and nag champa.  The throw on this is decent for how soft it is.  It’s still wafting around me a few hours later.

Mourning Wood (again, I’m really a 12 year old boy *snicker*) with notes of Amber, Madagascar vanilla, rich musk, sandalwood, & oud wood.  In the vial I get a nice golden amber with a touch of musk and some sandalwood.  On my skin it almost disappears for a moment but as my skin warms it I can smell it more with each sniff.  The vanilla is almost floral in nature and the musk seems golden and almost skin-like in nature.  The oudh and sandalwood are a nice golden wood base to the scent.  Overall this is a close skin scent that is golden and slightly sweet.  It’s a delicious (not in a food way) blend that just brings to mind relaxing on a hammock with the sun shining and the birds chirping while the sun filters through the trees.

Last we have Corpse Bride with notes of black roses, white amber, damp earth, vanilla, tonka bean, & musk.  Oh this one is beautiful.  I love black roses!  The amber and roses come together for a truly beautiful scent – it’s heady, slightly sweet, and just a touch powdery.  I’m not getting much damp earth, which is a bummer, though I do get some vanilla and the fuzzy tonka.  This is beautiful and almost haunting.

I purchased their dry-oil sample set – unfortunately, either due to my own lack of hydration or other skin chemistry related issues, or their formulations, none of the scents lasted longer than 2 hours – except for Champanilla which is still faintly discernible after about 4 hours.  I cannot say how the longevity of their other products will compare.