Man that’s a lot of S’s in that title. Say it 10 times fast!
Anyway, what we have today are scents from Nocturne Alchemy/VApothecary. or NAVA for short. They are a wonderful company with lovely owners who enjoy all things Egypt … and cookies.
So I may have already sniffed and purchased full size bottles of Evening Star and Mysteries of Udolpho (which came with cute scarab beads and the sample of Seth’s Super Secret Scent) because I had a mini-freak out that the scents were coming down today. They aren’t, but that didn’t stop me from ordering them! Decants were purchased via Ajevie, again. She’s awesome!
Evening Star is first up, since you know I already bought one, with notes of Crushed Jasmine and Crushed Violet, Egyptian Rose de Mai Absolute, Nutmeg, California Redwood, Raw Papaya Seed, Arabian Cedarwood, Bastet’s White Amber, Champagne Musk and Chrysanthemum star petals. In the vial it’s all jasmine and violet with a touch of rose. On my skin, however, the scents blossom. The redwood and cedarwood give this blend a nice grounding place to layer on top of. The nutmeg is almost undetectable but I believe it is what is giving a “warm” glow to this. Bastet’s (one of the perfumers at NAVA) White Amber gives a feeling of the sky to me – it’s ethereal and floating. The champagne musk is soft and almost fuzzy in feel. Overall this is a soft, sweet, and flowing blend that makes me think of laying in the grass looking up at the night sky.
The Mysteries of Udolpho is next and this one blew me away with its notes of Venice Violet infused Bergamot Tea, Castle Oakmoss, White Amber, Vanilla Crystal Musk and a drop of Italian Galbanum Incense accord. So, so, so good. Warm and spicy with a hint of sweetness. Normally I don’t compare or mention a scent smelling like one from a different perfumery because I don’t think its fair to the perfume house I’m currently reviewing. However, what this smells like is a discontinued scent from another house that will not be brought back. It’s not an exact match (I did test my samples side by side), but it’s similar enough in feel that those that missed out (like me) on the other scent might be able to find something similar and possibly a new perfumery at the same time! Win-Win right? Enough already, I’m talking about Black Phoenix’s Fruminous Bandersnatch – so if you missed it and are hording your little stash, like me, get this – it’s awesome. Udolpho is, as the name indicates, mysterious. I honestly can’t go through and pick out the notes because if I hadn’t seen the note list I would’ve sworn there was carnation, amber, and maybe galbanum. Oakmoss? Bergamot tea? Violet? I can’t find those it’s so well blended. This is warm and cozy and just amazing. After a few hours this is a soft amber and vanilla scent with just a whisper of spice.
Pharaoh Anniversary is not part of the Spring Collection, but is instead part of the Studio Limited Collection, which has a chance to stick around a bit longer and even, sometimes, be re-stocked. It’s notes are comprised of Water Lily, Heliotrope, Mimosa, Bergamot, Alexandrian Sea Salt, Amber and Musk. Anniversary blend brings the smokiness of NAVA ICONIC Arabian Oudh, NAVA Amber Resin Absolute, Frankincense Pure and White Myrrh of Aswan grown especially for our perfume company. Oh wow, this is gorgeous! The water lily, heliotrope, and mimosa give this such a fragrant opening, soft and flowing. And ICONIC!! (No longer available notes are: Our Rose and Jasmine Oudh, more notably Rose Oudh. NAVA Oudh blend with Egyptian and Arabian White, Pink and Blood Rose Petals, Spanish Jasmine Grandiflorum, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute and Indian Jasmine Sambac. The Jasmine is a stabilizer for the rose and both botanica are the heart of this Oudh.) NAVA does Oudh like no one else does Oudh. This blend is at once flowing and resinous and truly a work of art. I can smell the Nile, the floral gardens in the palace, the sand under my feet and the sun on my face. It smells like a celebration on my skin. The salt is barely there as to be non-existent. Well, I know what’s going in my next order! Mmm the longer this sits the more the ICONIC Oudh comes out.
Next is A Room With A View from the Spring Collection and it boasts notes of Florentine Frangipani, Essence of Florentine Violet, Italian White Musk, Plumeria Cream, Santalum, Italian Bergamot Tea Light Essence and Italian Cyprus infused Balsam wood. In the vile it’s all violet and plumeria cream (in the best way!) and on my skin the fragipani and white musk come out. It takes a minute but the santalum begins to warm up with a hint of cyprus and a soft touch of balsam. The bergamot tea is giving it just the barest of hints of spice. It always blows me away with how delicate and gentle some of these scents are when NAVA also does super good heavy incense and resin blends. This is gorgeous. It’s like an open window to the most lush of floral gardens.
Last, but most certainly not least, is Seth’s Super Secret Scent – Very Vanilla Crystalline Angel Cake! No notes listed for this as it’s Seth’s own secret blend. Sometimes he makes enough for full size bottles, sometimes just little teaser samples go out. Typically these secret scents are sent out with update orders that were placed within a few days of a new update going live on the site. Sometimes they are sent out until gone. Just remember, I’m not a gourmand lover, and Seth is known for his gourmands. In the vile I get a super buttery blast of vanilla cake. On my skin it almost disappears! I can barely get a hint of something resembling cake. There’s a slight buttery vanilla note, but it’s so soft. Boo! It might be that I’ve gone nose-blind to it after the two stronger scents. I’ll try again later and edit if it changes!