Hyde + Alchemy – 020

I received my full size bottle of 013 (the purple one) the other day and I’m in love.  I can’t explain how it’s different than oil AND alcohol based perfumes, but it is.  I could smell it morphing throughout the day and my temperature rose and fell.  It was crazy.

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So, of course, I have to try more!  Nabbed 020 out of the pile I still have from the discovery set.

020 – orange blossom, peony, iris, tonka bean, patchouli, vanilla

Sounds simple, right?  We will see!

In the vial I get something that seems like a very traditional feminine perfume.  Soft, floral, floaty.  Nice, but like I said, traditional.  Something not unique.

On my skin this reminds me so, so much of something I tried on at Sephora one time when I was looking for a scent that was more main stream.  I want to say something from Tom Ford but don’t quote me on that.  It’s almost like Tom Ford’s Black Orchid mixed with Lancome’s La Vie est Belle.

That comparison doesn’t last long though.  Literally by the time I got back with my bottle of La Vie est Belle (to spell it right) the scent had morphed.  Now the fuzziness of the tonka bean is making its way through the scent.  That fuzzy part doesn’t last long either.

Not even going to lie, this is amazing so far.  It’s really like the best of two or three of my favorite mainstream perfumes kind of mashed into one.  Take Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, mix with a touch of Yves St. Laurent’s Black Opium, and toss a healthy splash of Lancome’s La Vie est Belle on top and you have #020 by Hyde + Alchemy.  It’s really an intoxicating scent.

I could sit here all day and describe the different phases this goes through on my skin, but I’ll save you from that.  Instead, let me just say that while this may have a traditional vibe to it, it’s still amazing and a good deal cheaper than buying all three of the aforementioned perfumes and layering them.

020 is so bright, so fun, so full of life but it has that deep mysterious edge that has me hooked.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 27 – Hyde + Alchemy – 013

I’m slowly but surely making my way through the massive Discovery Kit from Hyde + Alchemy.  Today I pulled from the pouch 013.

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013ylang ylang, jasmine, orchid, gardenia, vanilla, olibnaum, patchouli, amber, sandalwood

The liquid has a slightly purple tint (on the site it’s much more noticeable) and it was the first one when browsing their site that caught my eye so I’m super excited to try it!

Without even opening the vial I can smell the florals as they wheedle their way out, intent on being sniffed.  Good thing?  Bad thing?  Guess I’ll find out!

Jasmine! Gardenia!  Ylang ylang!  The orchid is just sitting back like “‘sup?” knowing it’s awesome without all the yelling, jumping, and screaming “me! me! me!”.  Thankfully that initial period is short lived.  Like it took me longer to write that then the actual phase lasted.  Which is cool.

Now it’s like this funky floral incense.  Funky in a good way.  Funky like that dress you want that is kind of like a hippy-type dress but modernized and you know you could rock the hell out of it but you’re like kind of afraid to go for it on the off chance that your family just doesn’t get it.  Yeah, that kind of funky.  That cool funky, laid back funky, the kind of funky you like having around even though you might not pull it out all the time, but it is great for those moments when its down-right needed.

The vanilla is strong in this.  Stronger than other vanilla’s I’ve smelled when supported and surrounded by this many other strong scents.  There’s also something a touch spicy in here – one of the florals with that edge to it.

Small bit of a soap phase going on here.  Gardenia’s can sometimes go soapy on me so I’m thinking that is the culprit.  Going to walk away and do something else and let this meld with my skin and settle for a bit.

… 5 hours later …

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To say this became something wholly different than it was initially would be an understatement.  Oh. My. Gosh.  This became a super sexy, slinky, black cocktail dress and f–k me shoes of a scent.  Little red lipstick smeared on a napkin with your number as you tuck it into a hot guys back pocket of a scent.

What I’m saying is … it’s sexy.  Ahem.

On my skin it’s warm and a touch spicy.  Reminds me of those classic gems Shalimar and Opium.  The florals are soft and skin close.  The muskiness of the Olibnaum and patchouli sneek out and rope you in further.  The vanilla is there but intertwined with the amber so that it’s a golden sweetness.

Seriously an addicting scent.  BRB going to slather!

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 17 – Possets The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Today is the 1st Annual Celebration of Life for Fabienne Christianson of Possets.  Already so many mourn her passing, but let us not be sad, but instead be joyous that she was able to share her vision, humor, kindness, and creations with us for but a seemingly brief period.

I chose for today’s scent – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.  It was the first bottle purchase I ever made from Possets and it is what made me want to seek out more and explore the various aspects and scents that Fabienne had created.

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Surely I’m not the only one who procrastinated, who said “next order” or what have you … and while we may regret that procrastination now, don’t dwell on the lost, but seek out what you have and enjoy it.  Enjoy every last drop of it and know that it was created with joy and with love and meant to be loved by you.

The Arrival of the Queen of ShebaMysore sandalwood, suede, frankincense, patchouli, 4 vanillas. This blend is tough and tender at the same time, like the queen herself. This one makes vanilla turn tricks as an oriental ingredient and all of the fabulous elements get along so well. It’s an instant sex classic.

Please keep in mind, the scent I’m describing is from my aged bottle that was purchased back in July of 2015 and so it does not reflect a newer (or even older perhaps) blend.

In the bottle it is vanillas.  As the description says, there are four of them, though I’m not sure I can pick them all apart.  I definitely get a buttery vanilla and I get a dry vanilla and I’m sure the other two are somewhere in between.

On my skin this is still those vanillas, but more melded together so they are less able to be distinguished.  The suede is fantastic in this blend as it brings this soft and almost fuzzy appeal to it making it cozy like a favorite blanket.  The patchouli isn’t overwhelming, in fact I have a hard time picking it out when it’s wet at all.  Though as it dries it comes out as a brown and woody patchouli.  The sandalwood adds this softly golden wooden scent to the blend and the frankincense just a touch of resin to kind of glue it all together.

There is not a lot of morphing from this scent from wet > drydown >dry phase – it stays fairly true to itself and only gets deeper, more refined, and more cozy as it dries.  The throw is decent – not overwhelming and just enough to get lovely hints of it as you move.

I remember when this scent was fresh it was just a tad too sharp, just a bit too rough around the edges.  Then, as I let it sit, let it age away in a cool dark place, it became so much more.  And then I promptly ordered another one to set back.  I find I like to wear this blend to bed as it comforts me as I sleep and is still there to greet me in the morning.  My pillow has taken on this sort of vanilla/suede scent along with another vanilla/leather scent I wear to bed so that I am in olfactory heaven when I sleep.

The wear time on this is impressive lasting as I said above well through the night and into the next day.

This feels like Possets to me, Queen of Sheba, soft and comforting in its embrace.

30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 5 – Deep Midnight’s Prairie Gothic

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m so very excited for fall and all the scents that come with it.  I’ve already rearranged my bottle collection so that my “fall” scents are most accessible.  Add to that everyone is starting to release their fall/autumn/halloween collections and you have me sitting here like a kid in a candy store!

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Just the other day I received my Deep Midnight fall collection sample sets in the mail and I’ve been itching to try them.  I may have cheated and not reached in my box-o-samples, but I still blindly chose from these … so that counts right?

Prairie Gothic is from their Haunted Inn‘s collection.

Prairie GothicAbsinthe, Anise, Amber, Soft Patchouli, Tumbleweed, Wet Concrete, and of course a healthy dose of mysterious spring water, along with a little touch of the Spirit Accord.

I think this is the first time I’ve been truly perplexed by the initial vial sniff.  It at once smelled familiar but also there is absolutely no way I can pick out what I’m smelling other than … petrichor.  So maybe it is the water and concrete?  That was a very unique sniff.

On my skin I get a large dose of anise.  It actually reminds me of my Chinese Five Spice I use when cooking.  Under that I get a splash of almost bitter absinthe and then the petrichor.  I get the sense of warm concrete cooled by a recent rain.  There’s almost something a touch desolate about this blend.

Honestly, had I been able to choose what went into this pack, I would not have picked Prairie Gothic because it’s so far removed from any of my typical (though rather large) range of scents.  And yet I can’t stop sniffing.

About 20 minutes into the dry down and it’s verging on soap.  A very clean, very beautiful smelling soap.

Now about an hour into it and it’s still rather soapy on my skin but the scent that wafts up is … different.  It’s warm, wet, and haunting.  This is so weird.  It’s like fog but warmer?  I know that doesn’t make sense.

Two hours in and its starting to fade.  The anise has gone, as has the absinthe.  I’m left with a light amber and watery scent with a touch of what, I assume, is the Spirit Accord.  Hopefully I run across her Spirit Accord in other blends as it is something quite beautiful.

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!

Keep an eye out on my blog for a Siberie and Sweet Potion Perfume giveaway in the coming weeks!  Click the Follow button on the side bar to get e-mail notifications of posts!

Siberie Perfumes – Samples

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Sixteen92 – Fall 2016 Samples

As if a Halloween release tease isn’t enough, I also bring Sixteen92‘s Fall release samples!

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I think everyone remembers the witch trials, especially if you read The Crucible in school.  Some delved in deeper, I’m sure.  Unfortunately growing up Catholic, this sort of thing was highly glossed over.  I think I have a new personal goal to learn more about the witch trials.

Starting with Bridget Bishop (link to wikipedia) I’ve learned she was the first person to be executed for being a witch.  Her perfume notes are – Night-blooming flowers, belladonna, bergamot peel, resinous oudh, nutmeg, ambroxan, and scarlet musk.

This is one of the premium fragrances.  In the vial this is all heady florals, still warm from the heat of the day.  On my skin I get a little funkiness from the oudh before it smooths out.  There is a hint of bitter greenness from the belladonna and the bergamot adds its touch of spiciness.  I’m not really getting any nutmeg.

Looking up ambroxan I found out it is a synthetic representation of ambergris which explains that sort of salty aquatic feel I’m getting.

The throw on this is gorgeous and the florals are deep and heady, almost like hot-house florals in their intensity.  This blend is not shy.  It is strong, almost commanding, and not for the faint of heart.

Unfortunately, about 30 min into the drydown I ended up having a sneezing fit and had to wash it off and take a few minutes to sniff some coffee and reset myself – which is disappointing because I was really, really liking this blend.

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Cotton Mather is a rather well known figure from the Salem Witch Trials.  He was a very vocal supporter of the trials as well as an author of numerous publications regarding the trials, demons, witches, and the like.  His perfume contains notes of blackened patchouli, woodland mosses, sweet herbs, dried helichrysum, woodsmoke, lamplight, ink, ash, and flame.

Fire and brimstone would not be a wholly inaccurate way to describe this scent.  There is a lot of smoke and charred woods in the vial.  On my skin the patchouli is dirty, sooty and dark while the woodsmoke and ash cling to everything while a fire burns in the distance.  This is not a soft nor gentle scent.

It feels dangerously dark, yet almost alluring.  I find myself catching hints of smoke and fire and following it down to sniff at my wrist.  The moss is dark and ashy.  To be fair, there is the feeling of a fine layer of ash over the whole scent.  You catch a bit of the oil burning for the lamplight, yet it mixes in with the flame as well.  There is a touch of a hay-like scent as well, as though there are stables not far away.

This blend leans heavily masculine and I believe it has more throw than it’s showing me.  I have a feeling others would get a sense of it and maybe even steer clear without really understanding why.

So about an hour or so later and I was right about the throw.  It’s now wafting about as strong as a … (don’t hate me) Hollister store.  Not the same scent!  Just the strength!  This is actually extremely wearable.  The wet stage is a touch overwhelming, but dry this is really quite something.  Very much in the cologne territory, but not horribly so.  It reminds me of something that I can’t quite put my finger on.  And it’s turning out to be another one that I can’t stop smelling.

After about 2 hours the scent on my skin is fading, but the throw isn’t!  Well, kind of.  It’s no longer at Hollister-strength (really, please don’t hate me).

While after oh … 6 hours or so the throw isn’t much there, I still get nice whiffs when I wave the spot towards my nose.  Also, the scent is still very much there on my skin, though much faded.

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Mercy Lewis became caught up in the hysteria that began surrounding the witch trials.  Not only was she accused of being a witch, but she had accused others as well.  Her perfume notes are heliotrope, honeyed tea, rosehips, sugared almond, creamy sandalwood, and milky vanilla.

In the vial I get an unmistakable creamy, almost an almond cookie dough type scent and it’s really quite delicious.  On my skin this is all about that smooth and creamy sandalwood supported with a soft and delicate vanilla.  I get a touch of the almond, almost more like a marzipan than a whole almond.  The rosehips and heliotrope are gorgeous and silky soft.

Overall this is a very … naive scent.  It is innocence and ignorance and just trying to survive.

For as light as this scent is, I do get a faint throw from the florals.  They are pinkish white and the tea is more tasted than smelled.  I truly adore this scent for how utterly girlish it is.

After a few hours this has become a sweetly soft honey with a small hint of tea.  It’s now a very close skin scent, clean and very nice.

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Sarah Good was found guilty of witchcraft, likely erroneously, because two young girls pointed fingers at her.  Her perfume notes are charred maple leaves, black pitch, fresh-baked bread, dried black tea leaves, sweet orange, and chimney smoke.

The first thing I smell out of the vial is bread and strong black tea.  On my skin the charred maple leaves overtake and I get a strong sense of burning bread and ashes.  The black pitch is pine-like and very thick tar while the orange attempts to add something bright into the mix.

Another blend with another good throw, I’m gobsmacked, truly, by how many of these lately have a good throw.  This blend leans unisex, and thankfully, like Cotton Mather, the “smoke” aspect isn’t overwhelming and floats off to the distance as it dries.

I am yet again drawn to the spot on my wrist to huff happily.  This is a very woodsy almost cabin-like scent.  Very gorgeous and soft.

Three hours after, I still get a sense of bread and something verging on being a spice, perhaps the dried black tea leaves.  It’s not a yeasty bread at all, very nice and soft.

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Tituba, who was accused along with Sarah Good, was a slave and was also the first to confess to witchcraft.  Her perfume contains hawthorn, gingerbread biscuits, tobacco leaf, burning resins, rye, sweet woods, and beeswax candles.

In the vial I get a strong tobacco scent along with a creamy beeswax.  On my skin the beeswax is sweetened somehow, perhaps by the woods, and the resins are sticky and not yet burning.  I don’t get much rye or gingerbread from this, though the hawthorn is there, it is adding a touch of greenness.

This blend is sweet and homey – as though you are standing in someone’s kitchen that they love, care for, and enjoy thoroughly.  I really get a sense of love, and home, and all things that make you feel as though you are in a warm embrace.  If Tituba truly was a witch, I do not believe she was evil.

While this blend doesn’t have a huge throw, it is beautiful and long lasting on my skin.

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I think the fall release, more so than the Halloween release, will doom me.  I believe the only one I haven’t fallen fore is Bridget Bishop, and that’s only because I couldn’t stop sneezing.

And if you, like others, are wondering when these lovely’s will be released, there is a time table!  Per Claire:

“The season of RELEASE ALL THE THINGS” has begun!

Just posting a quick overview of all of the upcoming releases, since there’s a lot to keep track of:

AUGUST:

Bath & Body (whipped soaps, scrubs) will launch very soon — expect an email from us in the next day or two with details and official release date. Soon, very soon.

Fall will happen at the very end of August this year, instead of early September. If you’re a Circle member expect your pre-sale access link to land in your inboxes within the next 2 weeks.

Fall/Winter bath & body will launch with the fall collection (which means Toasted Marshmallow is returning along with some other favorites and new offerings)

SEPTEMBER:

Fall part 2 will launch with the Halloween collection in late September this year. Last year Halloween ran Oct 1-31 but we are pushing everything up by just a bit this year, due to the busy season. We will also have a Halloween mini bath & body collection like last year.

OCTOBER:

Fall LE time! Details TBA, it’s a secret 😉

And that should take us through the winter release and into Black Friday

Conjure Oils – Starman + GC Reviews

If you are anything like me, looking at Conjure Oils‘ website makes your head spin (and maybe strains the eyes a bit).  But I powered through (and even got a few decants of Starman from Ajevie), and found a set of samples I wanted to try.  I’ve always heard great things about Conjure Oils so I’ve been quite curious for a while.

My only complaint, so far, is the wax.  I’ve already broken a nail trying to get enough off to be able to open the vial.  Rocking the top seems to help, but then I noticed there’s oil under the wax so I’m worried that it will leak now that the wax is off.

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Starting with the Starman scents, which were a tribute to the late and beautiful David Bowie, I have Anisocoria.  That is the medical term for the condition of his eye which was permanently dilated.  It’s notes are listed as Dried tobacco, willow, Parma violet, Egyptian Sandalwood, aged oak, blood cedar, marionberry and persimmon.

In the vial I get a lovely soft violet with a hint of oak and something watery.  On my skin the tobacco comes out and is brown yet slightly brittle.  The sandalwood is freshly harvested and still alive, yet fragrant enough to give off scent.  I get a bit of sweetness from the marionberry and persimmon, but nothing overwhelming and it does well to enhance the blend rather than detract.

This dries into a very soft floral scent with a touch of berry-like sweetness.  The oak, cedar, and sandalwood give a fragrant base for the sweet florals to rest upon.  I get a very feminine feel from this blend, but not old-lady type feminine, more a modern feminine with an edge of something … different.  I really like it much more than I thought I would when I first put it on.  It’s developed into a beautiful fragrance and while the throw isn’t huge, I do get the occasional hint waft up to me.

Longevity wise, this particular blend is wonderful.  I’m going on about 3 hours now and it’s showing no signs of fading.

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The other Starman scent I chose is China Girl with notes of: Obsessions and moodiness are balanced by night blooming jasmine tea, China musk, notes of rain beating loud as thunder, yuzu, hinoki, rose geranium, clary sage, osmanthus and tender bamboo leaves with Neptune influenced gem and flower essences of Labradorite and Grass Widow.

I may or may not have China Girl and Major Tom memorized. And shame on you if you don’t!  (Kidding)

Jasmine is a loved note of mine, and somehow with the tea it’s just beautiful.  I also get a touch of bamboo and rain from the vial.  On my skin the China musk is very apparent, though soft and slightly powdery.  There is no mistaking this for anything other than a deeply Oriental perfume, soft, floral, and flowing.  While still slightly wet the throw on this blend is crazy.  It is not a shy blend for sure.

Unfortunately, as this has dried it has become something of a soapy scent.  Not a bad one, rather a very nice Oriental floral type soap scent that I wouldn’t mind having in my guest bathroom (or even my own).  But it’s not particularly something I like wearing on my skin.  Also, the throw is massive and it’s a tad overwhelming.

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Samia is part of the Conjure Caravan and contains notes of: playful and flirty lilac and sassy dianthus bask in the sensual glow of golden sandalwood, white opium and amber.

This is the vial that began leaking as soon as I removed some of the wax and honestly, the scent that transferred to my fingers is awesome and I want to put some on.  The vials for the general collection (I guess that’s what it is, hard to tell) are about 1.5 ml’s but only filled about 1ml.

Sniffing the vial I get this intoxicating scent of opium, amber, and sandalwood.  No wonder I was drawn to this blend!  I love opium.  On my skin I get those gorgeous florals as they float and flutter around the base.  This isn’t a dark blend, far from it.  It’s light and gossamer.

I could really see myself using this as a sleep blend.  It has that drowsy quality to it and almost smells like something out of a dream.  I’m kind of sad though, that the longevity on this one is somewhat lacking.  Though, for a sleep blend I suppose having it only last a few hours is okay.

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Venomenon, which is fun to say, contains notes of: Sugared Victorian tea rose, candied violet petals and sweet pink strawberry tea with cream obscure a dark heart of subtle red peppercorn and blackest amber.

It appears I bought these while I was on a violet kick. In the vial I get creamy violets with a hint of something darker, likely the black amber.

The violets are soft, powdery, and not really candied to me.  I’m not getting any strawberry really, but a bit of a sweet cream with tea.  The peppercorn is adding just a touch of spiciness while the amber gives a sense of a darker tea and has a hint of resin in it.

This blend doesn’t particularly call to me as I seem to be over my violet stage, but I can’t deny it’s beautiful and soft.  Definately Victorian in feel and extremely feminine.  It almost feels … chaste, if that feeling can be brought out in a scent.  The throw on this is very good and wafts up around me nicely.

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Guardian Angel proves I have some foresight!  It’s notes are: Thirteen vanillas, butter cream, angel food cake and layers of heavenly coconut cream – and that is what I’ve been craving lately (though minus coconut but we’ll see how that goes).

CAKE!  Glorious, sweet, and slightly spongy cake!  You CAN have your cake with 0 calories!  This is a gorgeous spongy angel food cake heavy on vanilla with a dollop of sugary cream that in no way gives me that coconut I so dislike (and so dislikes me).  There’s nothing here to detract – no spices, no berries, no flowers.  This is straight up midnight feasting guiltily on as much cake as you can grab before someone wakes up and hears you.  Only there’s no real need to worry see.  They can search that kitchen top to bottom and not find that cake they swear you had because it’s perfume!

I only have one real complaint … I wish there was more throw to this.  I know, it’s vanilla and cake and making that have a throw can be hard, but a girl can wish, right?  Luckily the longevity is nice.  I got about 4 hours before I felt the need to slather on some more.

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The Dark Mother sounds perfectly dashing with notes of: white narcissus, black orchid, aged neroli, Indian patchouli, red roses, the darkest of sandalwoods and the blood of the heart of an innocent, er, I mean bloodroot.

In the vial I get the most glorious of dark woods, likely the patchouli, sandalwood, and perhaps bloodroot.  I love narcissus for the almost narcotic quality it adds.  The orchid is dark and lovely, soft and velvety while adding it’s beautiful fragrance.  I get roses, and they are heady and full in bloom, but they don’t overwhelm the other florals in the blend like they sometimes can do.  Neroli is hugged against that narcissus and giving it a little bit of a kick.

This isn’t quite that dirty and gritty patchouli, but it sure isn’t a softie either.  This patch is dark, yet smooth, sleek, and refined.  It does a lot to enhance and add to the dark sandalwood.  There’s almost a smoky quality to the blend, but it’s not smoky at all.

You get a true sense of something dark yet beautiful with this blend.  The throw is fairly good, but isn’t overwhelming – it floats like a feather on the wind to tickle your nose instead of punching you in it like some roses can do to me.

Every now and then I find a blend that draws my wrist to my nose and I find myself almost unconsciously huffing.  This blend has done that.  I can’t stop smelling it!

The longevity on this blend is to die for as well.  Working on about 3 hours now and it’s still softly wafting about.  It’s smoothed out a lot but not lost any of what I love about it.

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Wolf Moon (February) is said to be A fragrance fit for the young love of Lupercalia – Ethiopian frankincense, violet, bay laurel and a soft heart of Indian sandalwood.

Wolf Moon in the vial is, to put it bluntly, simply overwhelming and hit me with a blast of violet and bay laurel.  Enough so that I jerked back and almost dropped the vial!  Oops!  Maybe that’ll teach me not to take a smaller test sniff first.

On my skin this is mostly violets with a touch of bay laurel.  I’m not getting any sandalwood or frankincense.  Unfortunately it seems this blend is not going to give anything other than violets and bay laurel.  I would’ve loved some resins or smokiness from the frankincense and that smooth wood from sandalwood and I think it would’ve helped the blend, but it’s just not working on my skin for some reason.

Win some, lose some.

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The Shadowy Shawl has some intriguing notes: sweet patchouli, amber incense, ginger musk, moonflowers and black sandalwood.

In the vial I was greeted with the soft gossamer sweetness of moonflowers with a backdrop of dusky sandalwood.  On my skin the patchouli comes out and combines with the resinous amber.  There’s a definite ginger undertone, but nothing strong, just enough to give it a bit of oomph.

This blend is quite enjoyable, almost cozy, and makes me smile to myself.  There is a definite sweetness about it without there being anything sugary or vanilla-like.  I love how smooth the patchouli is.  Shadowy Shawl is an apt name for this blend.

There is not much of a throw to this as it stays fairly close to the skin.  It’s very dusky and comforting and the longer it wears the more I sniff it and find another aspect I enjoy.

I think this blend is all about that unique ginger musk!  It’s very different.  The longevity is on par with most of the other blends so far, though it has a very low throw.

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Rounding out this set of reviews I have The Befuddling Fan with notes of: white opium, ginger lily, Eastern temple sandalwood and a gentle haze of violet fog.

Just looking at the notes I wonder how this will relate to Samia.  Another blend that is heavy violets in the vial.

Wet on my skin it is still heavily violets and I’m not getting any of that beautiful opium, lily, or sandalwood.  Even after this has dried on my skin I’m not getting anything other than the violets.

Even as this dried down and I wore it for a few hours I, sadly, did not get anything other than those violets.  Mind you, they were nice violets – soft, velvety, and slightly powdery – but it was not the full spectrum of the perfume.

Overall I’m enjoying Conjure Oils and I look forward to exploring more of the catalog in the future!  I definitely plan on getting  at least a bottle of The Dark Mother, if not Guardian Angel and Samia as well.  And of course, no order is complete without a few samples to ride along!

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.

 

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!