Wednesday, September 16, 2020

My second Alkemia Perfumes order

Earlier this year I showed you my first order from Alkemia Perfumes. I have now gotten my second order from them, cause I just can't get enough! If you haven't already, go check out my first post on them for more information, I don't wanna repeat myself here.

I got myself a fullsize of my favorite from my last order; Come To Me, as well as another sample set. I asked them for samples of perfumes they'd recommend based on my love for Come To Me, so I got two extra samples for free (it seems they do that with every order)! Let me review all the samples for you.

Paris 1905. Caveau des Innocents is the underworld hub of urban Parisian nightlife. Its clients a volatile melange of licentiousness and corruption - ladies of the night, a magistrate and his mistress, gangsters ("les Apaches"), farmers, philosophers, free-living writers, a foreign prince and a young duke. The promise of erotic debauchery and elegant iniquity beckons...

Tabac, dark coffee, piquant cloves, rum soaked pears, candied citron, dark caramel, and star anise bathed in intoxicating swirls of opoponax, labdanum, hashish, benzoin resinoid, vanilla incense, and guaiac wood.

"And coming where the crossroads separate
And down each vista glories and wonders wait,
Crowning each path with pinnacles so fair
You know not which to choose, and hesitate --
Oh, go to Paris." - Alan Seeger

This really fits the scenic description. It smells heavenly! Once you open the bottle, all the smells swirl together. I can pick up most of the ingredients right away. My skin picks up the sweeter and warmer notes at first, then it mellows down to a warm smokiness, and keeps getting smokier. When I mean smokey by the way, it's the things mentioned towards the end of the description (NOT BBQ or whiskey like Simen thought I was talking about). It stays on for an entire day, at least on me. I really like this, I just keep smelling my wrists. Possibly a new favorite I could get a fullsize of?

An enigmatic yet compelling blend of seductive eastern spices, aged patchouli, and sandalwood. Frankincense, nag champa, and dragons blood deepen the mystery.

"Only mystery allows us to live, only mystery." - Frederico Garcia Lorca

I love that painting. My first impression is that it smells like the home of an eastern witch. When I open the bottle, I mostly get the latter scents described. When I put it on me, for the first few seconds it was still that fresh ''colder'' scent that I just smelled, then transforms into a warmer scent similar to my first impression again. It's pretty exotic and witchy. It's a nice smell, but I don't feel it suits me. This would be great as a ''room spray'' though! I actually put some on my Bastet plushie and kept sniffing it, hahah.

Voluptuous, midnight-black roses blended with precious black Arabian oud and black Indonesian musk.

"Darkling I listen; and for many a time 
I have been half in love with easeful Death, 
Call'd him soft names in many a musèd rhyme,
To take into the air my quiet breath;     
Now more than ever seems it rich to die,               
To cease upon the midnight with no pain,             
While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad
In such an ecstasy!" -- John Keats

When the bottle is closed, I like the smell, but when I open it.. I don't like it. I'm not big on the smell of roses, but this was even worse, hahah. To me it smelled like fertilizer at first! (insert that Outkast song here lol) I put it on just one wrist, cause I doubted I would like it. It smelled a little better after a minute, but the rose smell was still there. I couldn't smell the oud or musk, the rose was too strong. I gave it an hour and tried to wash it off, but failed. Not for me! If you really like rose, this could be for you.

Lapsang souchong tea, aloeswood, smoked black amber, aged dark patchouli, tonka, Amazonian breuzinho, Moroccan bhakoor, labdanum, temple incense, caramelized opium, black coffee, black coconut, soft Russian leather, and tabac leaf.

"I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. I love you as the plant that never blooms but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers; thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance, risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body." - Pablo Neruda

What a long name, haha! The closed bottle smells pleasant, when I open it it's a little overwhelming with all the smells. The coffee hits me first, not quite sure what else I'm smelling. I'm not very familiar with some of the ingredients. The coffee faded after about 15-20 minutes, and whatever I smelled ''behind'' that stands out more, I just don't know what it is. After 30 minutes I think I can pick up the caramelized opium. 15 minutes after that I think I get a touch of tonka. So I don't get the scents ''in order'' as in the other perfumes, it's kind of all over the place. There's a lot in here, from dark, earthy and musky to sweetness and incense. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. If you think the ingredients sound interesting, definitely give it a shot! 

In the 1920s, a new woman was created. Unlike her Victorian sisters, she smoked, drank, danced, drove, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up, and (horrors!) went to petting parties. She was giddy, independent, and in charge of her sexuality. She was a flapper. This perfume is an homage to the steamier side of the Roaring Twenties - a darkly erotic blend of opium, labdanum, Tonka, balsam, sueded leather, and black musk.

It's the 20s again, and this description of a woman fits me! I also love the name, that's what attracted me first. In the closed bottle I really like the smell, when I open and apply it, it smells more.. floral, almost? I assume that's the opium. I also noticed the oil as a dark amber color. After a few minutes I think I pick up the labdanum, and then the tonka. The leather comes fairly quickly too, but it's not too strong, there's still some sweetness there. Ok scratch that, the sweetness goes away (It later came back). When the bottle was closed it smelled much sweeter, and I liked that, but it turned very different on me. Also I wouldn't say this is just for women. If you are a man and you think this sounds interesting, I think you should definitely give it a go, cause I don't think it smells very feminine, at least on me. I realize how important it is to actually test perfumes on you before you decide it's for you, cause it changes so much after that initial impression, and with your body chemistry.

Candied angelica, chrysanthemums, white flowering Nardo, clove flowers, jasmine-scented rice pudding, blonde caramel, infused with golden amber.

"Unknown! how I wish you lay, Alone in my silken tent to-night While I charmed the pain away. I would lay you down on the Royal bed, I would bathe your wounds with wine, And setting your feet against my head Dream you were lover of mine. My Crown is heavy upon my hair, The Jewels weigh on my breast, All I would leave, with delight, to share Your pale and passionate rest!" -- Adela Florence Cory Nicolson

This is one of the free samples I got, based on my love for Come To Me. My first impression is that it's a pleasant and sweet smell, but doesn't smell very strong. It does remind me of Come To Me, they have jasmine and amber (but not the same) in common, and this has candied angelica and caramel instead to give it that candy-sweet scent. So this was a really good recommendation based on that! I never would have guessed it myself, and probably skipped this on the site. I'd say this is a milder, less sweet version. So if you've tried Come To Me and thought it was a little too much, you might like this better. I'll keep this in mind for whenever I run out of Come To Me.

An opulence of cashmere sensuously perfumed with rare Japanese boudoir incenses, luxurious caramel pralines, vanilla orchids, bergamot, orris root, candied lemon peel, and a splash of champagne.

"I sit down to give you an undeniable proof of my considering your desires as indispensable orders. Ungracious then as the task may be, I shall recall to view those scandalous stages of my life, out of which I emerg'd, at length, to the enjoyment of every blessing in the power of love, health, and fortune to bestow; whilst yet in the flower of youth, and not too late to employ the leisure afforded me by great ease and affluence, to cultivate an understanding, naturally not a despicable one, and which had, even amidst the whirl of loose pleasures I had been tost in, exerted more observation on the characters and manners of the world than what is common to those of my unhappy profession, who looking on all thought or reflection as their capital enemy, keep it at as great a distance as they can, or destroy it without mercy." - Fanny Hill by J. Cleland, 1748

What hits me first is the candied lemon peel, bergamot and I assume the incense. It's very nice. It's fairly light, flowery and got a bit of an asian vibe to it. Like with some of the other perfumes, I find it smells sweeter in the bottle, but on me it doesn't. I guess my skin just sucks up sweet scents! I do still like it, but I don't think it suits me that well.

Our little perfume shelf!

So this time around I got a bunch of ''dark'' scents. They're all so different! I've learned more about what I like or don't like. I hope this has been useful for you! I mainly decided to do this for myself, I found it nice to have notes about all the different perfumes, now that I own 14(!) different samples. I think it's also amazing how much the scents change between arriving and ''settling'', so remember to wait around 48 hours after you take them inside before you actually test them out properly.

I found out that the scents I like are part of the Sensual Seductions sample set that contains Salome, Come To Me, Silken Tent, The Libertine, Evil Temptress and Memoirs Of A Woman Of Pleasure. So if it sounds like you like the same scents I do, I'd give that sample set a try!

I forgot to mention that I also got a dropper top. They're sold separately (for 50 cents), apparently because of leakage during transport. Definitely recommend getting one, so you don't pour too much out of the bottle. When you put it in, you turn the bottle upside-down and only a drop or two will come out.

Don't be surprised if I do another post like this in like 6 months, cause I am addicted! It's really exciting to discover and learn different scents, especially as cool as these are! You know I recommend this company, especially if you've drooled over BPAL but thought their perfumes and / or shipping was too expensive.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Punk Rave & Lip Service Haul!

I usually don't buy ''brand'' clothing, mainly cause I tend to be pretty cheap, but I also struggle with finding clothes that fit my tiny frame. Today I'll show you my first hauls from two brands that have a reputation of having pretty small clothes; Punk Rave and Lip Service. Shipping from Punk Rave was free, and was delivered with DHL. With Lip Service it was about $20 with USPS, and both packages came within a week of ordering, which is crazy fast, especially in these times!

I feel completely in love with this romantic top when I saw it. I love off-the-shoulder tops, it has such a lovely shape, sleeves like that are cool, and it has nice details. The smallest size was close to my measurements, and as you can see, it fits me really well! I wore it yesterday and wearing it right now. Now that the weather is getting colder, I definitely need more longsleeves in my life, even though this one isn't made out of very thick material. Still counts, I'm getting there!

Oh, almost forgot. The top comes with this cute detachable brooch! I need to remember to take it off before I wash the top. Now, onto something completely different!

Excuse my shiny butt LOL

This top is so unique! I've never seen anything like it. Different chains, O-rings, that ''sharkbite'' hem, and both off-the-shoulder and regular strap. There's so much going on, but it's still not too much! When I got it, I noticed that the collar was 40 cm, which is a little over 10 cm too big for my neck. So I just cut off 5 cm on each side and sewed it back together, and now it fits perfectly! So just be aware of that if you wanna get it, whether you are smaller or bigger than that. It's such a shame that it's cold now! I can definitely see myself wearing this at events in the summer (*stares longingly into space*).

Here's a detail I didn't even notice on the site! The chains in the front have these little.. skulls? aliens? babies? on them. Super cool! By the way, the hardware on the top isn't super heavy, so it doesn't weigh down on your neck or anything.

This is a top I've been eyeing for a while. It's cheap, simple and flattering. I was worried that the straps would be too long for me, but it JUST works fine without revealing too much. The length is alright, going down to about the end of my ribs.

My big splurge: these PVC leggings. My trouble with leggings is that I never fill them out. The smallest size they have has a 23'' waist, so I decided to give it a shot, even though I knew they would be a little long on me. If I stand straight, they will scrunch up, but whenever I sit and such, I'll get that nice tight look. The quality of these are great, all the other (cheap) PVC I have are nothing in comparison. I've also ordered some handmade latex pieces, so I think it's time I got myself a kit to take care of fabrics like that. So if you are eyeing these, I definitely recommend getting them! They do stretch, even though it feels hard to get into them at first. As the site recommends, oiling them is a good idea, so you don't make farting noises all the time, and your legs don't stick together.

I threw in a face mask with my order. They're not really much of a thing here in Norway, but why not. First off, it's too big for my face, so I had to tie knots in the elastic bands to make it fit (it makes my ears stick out weirdly lol). Secondly, it's very thin, I think it's only one layer (it's recommended that cloth masks have three layers). I can't blow out a candle while wearing it, but something to keep in mind.

And then there's this dress! I have a similar dress that I LOVE, and this was on sale, soo.. why not. I love that it has adjustable straps, cause that's often a problem I struggle with. The fit is alright, but it's VERY A-shaped, so you don't really get that definition of the waist, just slightly in the chest like a babydoll. I tried it with a petticoat, but the one I have was too big for it as it's meant for 50's style dresses. It looks alright on it's own though. It's a very simple dress, as is the fabric, it's thin and kind of stiff. I don't think it's worth the full price, but on sale.. maybe.

One last thing! Have to show you the best shirt ever! You might know that I am OBSESSED with What We Do In The Shadows, both the movie and show. I saw this t-shirt design in a Facebook group, and just HAD to get it. Click here for adult size t-shirts (scroll down for other products) - I'm wearing a youth size small, cause I'm tiny. Shame that the children's sizes have a smaller print than the adult ones, but that seems to be common with TeePublic shirts.

Alright, that was it! Hope you enjoyed a rare ''brand'' haul from me. I'm happy with them and had so much fun taking all the photos yesterday. Thank you to Punk Rave for providing me with a gift card! PS: Lip Service is having a labor day weekend sale, so if you see this post early, you might make it!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Painted Goth Jacket

If you've followed me or been in the same online hangouts as I have during lockdown, you'll know and probably have seen pictures of the jacket I've been working on since the start of May. I saw a regular store here had this jacket earlier this year, and waited for it to come on sale before I snagged it. I really wanted to try to paint, something I have never done before. I'll just show you the finished product at once, then you can see the before and during!


Got the Lebanon Hanover pin for free when I ordered all their CDs during Bandcamp Friday :D
Sadgoth, Obscura Undead and Love Goth Hate Racism, all gotten during WGT last year.
Lip Service pin also free when I ordered from them (I'll post a clothing haul soon).
Spontis 2019 and 2020 buttons (see my last post for this year's Spontis magazine issue!)
Oh, and spikes from Ebay (took like 2 months to arrive). The leather hole puncher wouldn't cut through, so I seriously poked and poked with a leather needle until I could get the screws through.

This is from when I had finished painting the back, so before spikes, Modpodge etc.

And here's the before! It's a cool jacket (with ACTUAL pockets), but it's even cooler now!

The very first painting I did.
I used a ruler and chalk, before doing 2-3 coats of acrylic paint, later coated with Modpodge.
But I also did a bunch of the designs completely freehand.

Thought this little cemetery ended up so cute!
Since June I have been wearing the jacket, and noticed after a couple of months that the paint started to crack. So I got some outdoor Modpodge to seal it. I fixed up some parts, but kept some of the cracks.

This Drab Majesty design was a bitch, let me tell you. I used a ruler for some of it.

I am a perfectionist, so I think the band logos aren't perfect, but they did turn out pretty well still!

I'll throw in some photos of me wearing it from the past months!
It's not completely finished in any of these, I'll take more photos next time I do myself up!

Hope you enjoyed!
Maybe you get inspired to paint a jacket as well?
Would love to hear your thoughts on my newbie job!
I'll be back soon showing you some clothes I've ordered recently.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Spontis Magazine 2020


Hello hello! I know it's been a while, but obviously, not a lot has been happening the past months. I've done some DJ streams as well as watching them and the wedding planning is still going. 2 months left today! There was no WGT or other festivals or concerts this year, but a few days ago I got something that helps; the Spontis magazine! Spontis is a German blog about the goth scene, and every year they have a meetup at WGT (you may have seen the big pike circle photos) where they hand out a physical magazine as well as other goodies. This year the button is corona-themed obviously, and there's even ''WGT'' wristbands! Oh, and I have also contributed to this year's issue myself! Let's take a peek inside.

Since there was no WGT or meetup, people sent in their own photos!

Oh how I miss it...

When I turned to this page, I went WOW! I didn't know how my article or photos would look in the magazine, and it looks amazing! I was asked to write about the scene here in Norway, about my hometown Bergen, black metal and other things.

My favorite places in Bergen, photos from my favorite cemetery!

How I got into the scene, events and so on.

My (FMPUS!) friend Michelle also wrote an article for the magazine!

Goth horoscope! These are also published on the Spontis site monthly, I believe.

This year's issue is a whopping 48 pages! I'm gonna have a great time reading it, and it will probably take a while, since I'm not fluent in German. Spontis helps me learn more and maintain it, which I guess is needed this year since I won't be in Germany again until hopefully next WGT.
If you want an issue for yourself (they might not be sold out yet), you can order one here. It's completely free within Germany, but if you live outside of Germany, they just ask you to cover the postage costs.

Spontis is a great blog that contributes to the scene, you also get to see how the german scene used to be back in the day. Thank you to Robert and Sabrina, and everyone else who helped make this happen!
Can't wait to see you again next year.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Phantoms by Mikey Bean Review

It took me more than 3 months to finish this! The world went to shit, and I didn't feel like reading at all, so it's been sitting on my living room table and been used to prop my DJ controller up, hahaha.

It's quite the monster of a book, it's huge! Over 600 A4 pages. Each page has two columns, and it's written kind of in an interview style. There are little pictures sprinkled throughout, mostly of flyers, but they don't take up much of the book, really. The chapters are kind of split into bands, so it goes a little back and forth, but I think it was a much better choice following a couple of bands, the people and scene around them than going chronologically.

I absolutely love reading bands tell crazy stories from back in the day, so I immediately knew I'd like this book. I'm not very knowledgeable on deathrock, so this was a really cool insight into the history and what the scene was like. I learned about new bands, musicians other people in the scene back then.

I don't really have much to say specifically, it's kind of hard to recall all the thoughts I've had about it since it has taken me so long, but yeah, I found it really interesting to read people's stories and see pictures. If you're a fan of deathrock and want to learn about how that scene was back in the day, I definitely recommend it. Just be aware that it will probably take a long time to read it! It's the perfect coffee table book, you could flip through it and read any chapter you want at any time.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Alkemia Perfumes Haul & Review

Someone on Gothy Discord recommended Alkemia Perfumes, and I checked them out immediately. They really remind me of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, which I've longed for for years, but it's just too expensive (particularly the shipping, $30+ for the cheapest option). Alkemia's shipping was less than half of that, so I decided to try them out! I selected five perfumes that intrigued me, and built my own sample set.

I got two extra samples, so I will review those too! The back of one of the cards says ''Your perfume has traveled some distance to be with you and like many travelers, it might need up to 48 hours to rest in a room temperature enviroment to return to its best.'' The package had been lying in our mailbox for about a day and a half, (and it's still pretty cold here), but I of course smelled them all immediately, and they were heavenly! When it was closer to 48 hours since they were brought inside, I smelled them again, and I couldn't believe how much better they smelled! Some of them changed a lot.

Let me just state that I have an incredibly strong sense of smell / sensitive nose, and I'm not knowledgeable on perfume and what scents I like. Nobody's experience with the same smells will be the same, and of course your natural body scent will change how it smells. So my experiences and opinions of these perfumes could be drastically different to yours.
Below are the photos that go with each perfume as well as their descriptions, and of course my thoughts on each one! Click each perfume name to go to its product page.

An homage to unsettling, eccentric, irresistible beauty - bergamot, mandarin, dark violet, Italian iris, black orchid, Japanese incense, orris root, sueded musk, white sandalwood, Tahitian vanilla, and pale patchouli.

"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in its proportion." - Francis Bacon

Madame X was John Singer Sargent’s most infamous painting. When it debuted at the Paris Salon of 1884, the public was horrified and called it a scandalously immoral image. The model was Virginie Gautreau, a New Orleans ex-pat who was notorious throughout Paris for her elegant demeanor and unusual looks which she accentuated by dusting her skin with a special pale purple powder. Her nose too long by accepted standards and her forehead considered too high, yet the total effect of her eccentric beauty was irresistibly seductive. Gentlemen were captivated. Society mavens sneered. Artists begged to be allowed to paint her portrait or sculpt her in marble. An American art student named Edward Simmons wrote of being “thrilled by every movement of her body."

My thoughts: My first impression is that this smells like a high-class lady. I don't think I can pick up an individual scent, it all blends nicely together. To me the smell stayed the same for hours, but it got fainter. When it had almost gone completely away, I thought I could smell the vanilla, maybe one of the other base notes. In conclusion: A very feminine perfume, kinda exotic. I imagine this going well with that fancy feel I get when wearing more victorian outfits.

Come to Me Oil is a hoodoo conjure recipe of botanical and mineral elements designed to attract the attention and romantic interests of someone you want to bring closer to you. Some people use Come to Me oil to invite the universe to attract a new (unknown) lover or to help reinvigorate a relationship that's gone a little stale. There are many variations of Come to Me oil. Ours is designed for people who identify as female to attract either male or female lovers.

Some Come to Me recipes are very utilitarian but we like ours disguised as a sweet and sultry perfume with an erotic edge so our recipe includes candied rose petals, star jasmine, peach blossom, cardamon infused figs, pink pepper, orris root, Mexican vanilla, tonka bean, cashmeran, white amber, sugar musk, and white patchouli infused with botanical pheromones, lodestone, Jezebel root, and other specialty ingredients.

"Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove, That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields. And we will sit upon the Rocks, Seeing the Shepherds feed their flocks, By shallow Rivers to whose falls Melodious birds sing Madrigals." - Christopher Marlowe

My thoughts: Mmm, this smells like candy! Very fresh, kinda sharp, potent, but not too strong. I couldn't stop smelling my wrists, so it works on me, haha! I think this could definitely attract someone, it's heavenly and sweet. I noticed that it changed on me pretty quickly, I like it on me more than smelling the bottle. I felt like it gave off waves of itself, so I'd be careful with reapplying, cause it lingers. Also Simen agrees with me on it! Success.

A bewitchingly spellbinding olfactory enchantment. Whispers of smoked frankincense and benzoin float across a tapestry of finely tanned Moroccan leather, Mayan vanilla, and black tonka. Like the ancient practice of wishing on the first star of evening, tonka is said to help one fulfill one's desires if you whisper your intention aloud as you apply it.

My thoughts: Exotic and enchanting, like a (magic) market in the Middle East or something. It really smells like old leather when exposed to air. I'm not a big fan of the leather smell. The vanilla and tonka showed up after maybe 30-40 minutes. After a couple of hours I thought I could smell the frankincense. It's not very strong, but when you smell it, it's a very.. ''full'' smell, I want to say. ''Warm'' too. I think this one could be suitable for men since it's not so sweet. Simen tried it, and it smelled better on him after a couple of hours, and even later the vanilla really came out!

A historical recipe from the 1700's court of Versailles created by a mistress to delight a king. A paradox of the decadent and the divine - erotically dark cacao and uplifting French lavender blended with piquant black cardamon pods, a splash of tea with lemon peel, and an elegant flirtation of grapefruit blossom and vanilla musk.

“Madame de Pompadour excelled at an art which the majority of human beings thoroughly despise because it is unprofitable and ephemeral: the art of living.” ― Nancy Mitford, Madame de Pompadour Mistress of King Louis XV

Madame de Pompadour was a patron of the arts, science and literature. Her wit and intelligence were as seductive as her beauty and she is considered one of the three most powerful women of the 18th century, along with Catherine the Great of Russia (Catherine II) and Maria Theresa of Austria. Mme de Pompadour was known for creating the unique and the beautiful... the pompadour hairstyle is named for her, as are marquise diamonds, and it was whispered that the shape of the bowls of champagne glasses were created from the shape of her breasts.

My thoughts: In the bottle it smells quite sharp and is very strong, and I smell the cocoa ''high up''. On me it really smells like an old-timey perfume! It's really similar to something I think I smelled as a kid. Slightly sweet and fresh, I don't notice the cocoa on me. My mother-in-law smelled it on me and agreed on the "old-timey" smell, and said I'm "too young" to wear it, haha. I agree though! 

“But there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely - or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. ” ― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

A naughty philtre of carnations, dianthus, absinthe, green patchouli, and bay rum. On 20 February 1892, Oscar Wilde asked one of the actors to wear a green carnation boutonniere for the first performance of his play Lady Windermere’s Fan. Wilde's friends were also invited to wear green carnations. Although he professed the green carnation meant "nothing whatever," it invoked many subversive themes - Irish nationalism, an homage to "La Fée Verte" also known as absinthe, and possibly the unnaturally colored carnation was Wilde’s way of making fun of a conservative society that viewed homosexuality as 'unnatural.'

My thoughts: Ok, while I picked this out myself, I'm still surprised about this! I couldn't pick up anything specific in the bottle, but once I applied it to myself I instantly smelled it. My first impression was ''green'' - in a good way, cause usually that wouldn't be something I like. Slightly flowery, but also fresh, I smell the absinthe and patchouli. I wanna say that I can smell leather, so I think this could be suitable for men. It's not strong at all, I think.
On Simen, once I put it on him it smelled like a plant store. It seems to be much stronger on him, and I think I like it better on him. So I'm probably right in this working for men! But no matter who you are, if you think this one is interesting, give it a try.

A curious wandering into forested mystery - dark heirloom roses, arctic roseroot, Alaskan cypress, juniper berries, Sitka spruce, balsam pine needles, bracken ferns, green cedar tips, and luminous green amber.

“I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.”― Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Art: Pompeii roses in a fresco from the domus of the Golden Bracelet in Pompeii, mid–1st century C.E.

My thoughts: Warm, sweet.. forest. Usually I'm not a fan of most ''green'' smells (including flowers), but this one isn't bad. My skin invokes more of the forest smell, but after maybe 10 minutes I smell the rose. It makes it smell.. old? Like a fairytale? Or just fabric softener, haha. It's a fresh smell, it's just that it smells like it's an ancient recipe or something like that.
Simen tried it cause he likes forest smells, and IMMEDIATELY when he got it on, the forest smell just hit me in the face. WAY too much for me, but he owns a foresty perfume that is much stronger than this, so he doesn't think it's strong. After 10 minutes or so on him the forest faded and the rose showed up too. He describes it as ''a field at the edge of a forest''. I'd say this is pretty unisex.

A beguilingly spicy, delightfully sexy blend of Madagascar and Tahitian vanillas and Tonka nestled in with a warm melange of ancient Ottoman trade spices (cardamon, ginger, and Grains of Paradise) reknowned for 'heating up' affairs of the heart and inspiring desire.

My thoughts: Very vanilla! When you open it, you get some of the spices. It reminds me of IKEA scented candles, haha. On me the vanilla is strong, Simen smells more spices on him. It's not very strong, but it lasts for hours.

I love the sample box, great presentation there, and the bottles look good too. The bottles are secure (might be hard to open), but you do risk some spillage when you open them because they're corked and full. I think they're a pretty good size. While they seem tiny, these perfumes can be pretty strong, so these bottles are more than enough to figure out if you like them or not.

It's quite difficult to shop for perfumes without smelling them, that's why I went for samples. If you are familiar with what scents you like, but can't decide which perfumes you want (or don't want to go through everything they have) you can also order a custom made sample set! They have themed sample sets too.
In addition to samples they have the classic 5 ml amber bottle, 4 ml rollerball and 1 oz spray. If the perfume you're looking at says ''extrait'', that's regular perfume strength, if it has an option for ''ultime'', those are extra strong for those who need that. They even have alcohol free options too!
For US customers they are now selling sanitizing sprays, unscented or choose one of the two scents. There are different packages as well.

Their website is really neatly organized, so it's easy to find something you like. Gorgeous artwork that goes with every perfume, and descriptions that really lure you in. I love that they add some history to them.
Price wise I think they're pretty decent. I think the samples are pretty affordable, the regular sizes are decently priced and the 1 oz / 30 ml is at a normal price or even cheaper than other perfumes. They also have a special limited offer on 3 rollerball or amber bottles (3 extraits for $45, 3 ultimes for $60) right now, I don't know how long that will last. So what are you waiting for? Go check them out now! I will definitely shop with them again.
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