Yup, another one. It hasn't even been a year since my first order, and about 6 months since my second. You can totally say I'm addicted. I've loved doing reviews on these, so I learn more about scents and also have a written record of my thoughts of each one. I have so many samples now! I got a full size of Caveau Des Innocents since that was my favorite out of the last sample pack I got, and also an ultime version of Silken Tent, a sample they gave me last time based on my first favorite Come To Me. I can try to do a comparison of the regular extrait and ultime versions. Then I put together a sample pack, and as usual got two free samples. Since I ordered for more than $50, I also got a free full size of their February Love & Luck Alchemy. Now let's get smelling!
Before I even open the bottle I get a hint of the exotic East - when I open it, it just explodes with scent! It's very clean and citrusy, I definitely get the magnolia and orange right away, maybe some of the mysore sandalwood and vetiver.
Once I put it on me it mellows down. It's still got that very clean smell, like you've just laid down on fresh sheets after a shower on a hot summer's day (and the window is open, so you can smell the foliage). I am wondering if there's a laundry detergent in The Philippines that smells kind of like this, cause I feel like I'm taken there when I smell this. I should get my mother and sister to smell this!
After about 10 minutes it gets smokier (like incense) and more citrusy. After that it dances around, giving off different waves of scents. I keep obsessively smelling my wrists! It lasts for hours too. Unfortunately I don't think it suits me. Like Arcanum I love the smell, just not on my body. I would rather smell this around me, if that makes sense.
Okay, it starts off smoky before I open the bottle - when I do, vanilla jumps out at me! Once applied on my skin it goes smoky again - I can definitely smell the burning wood at once (and that's not because I'm sitting in front of a fireplace!). It really does kinda alternate between the smells. THIS IS SORCERY. It does fade, but still lasts for hours. Don't think the smoky woody smell is for me, but Simen liked it! But he wasn't a fan of the ''candy'' smell, haha.
Very mysterious. It's warm, I want to say buttery, there is some sweetness lurking behind it too (amber? vanilla?). It's really difficult to pick up anything specific! I think it blends with my skin very well. This is a good one if you don't want a strong smelling perfume, that blends more with your natural scent. The strength is like when you've worn a perfume for hours already, so it's faint, but still noticeable when you put your nose into it. Shame I'm alone right now as I'm testing it, I'm curious if it's more noticeable by others, since they can smell your natural scent.
"Your skin like dawn
I was really intrigued by this, so had to try it out! It doesn't smell that much when I open the bottle. On me it smells very clean, kinda soapy or powdery. It actually smells kinda vintage? Like a scent your grandparents might have worn (but not in a bad way!), whether it's a perfume, powder, soap.. I put it on Simen, and on him it smells.. darker? Does that even make sense? But still very similar, and he agrees that it smells vintage. I don't think it's ''NSFW'' or sexy or anything. Maybe on Simen, but I'm kinda biased there, haha! It smells nice and isn't very strong, so there's no reason to be afraid of wearing it. Also, this lasted at least 12 hours on me, so it's very long lasting! Not even Sadzi came close to lasting that long.
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” - Anaïs Nin
This is one of the free samples I got. When I open the bottle I smell ALL THE GREENS, but it's not the greens I'm used to here in Norway. I think I can smell cypress and bergamot first. On myself, it smells very warm, but the plants give it a freshness. Since I'm not so familiar with these plants, it's hard to pick out the different ones. But it smells really natural! The concept of this perfume is really cool, and it really fits - I can totally picture being somewhere more remote in the US.
I'd say this perfume leans more towards the masculine, or just to whoever likes to smell like greens. I don't, and usually Simen does, but even though he said it was nice in the bottle and on me, he wouldn't wear it. He prefers more of a forest smell, he thought this smelled floral. So I guess it really depends on what your smell perception is like!
A hedonistic adventure of late night coffee liqueur, white rum, and a splash of creme de bergamot; Black Forest raspberries dipped in salted caramel; and Arabian rosewater infused with vetiver root tumbling wantonly together into a seductive bed of vanilla musk and golden amber.
"Be wild and crazy and drunk with Love, if you are too careful, LOVE will not find you." - Rumi
This was the other free sample I got, and I've been really excited to try it, cause it sounds wonderful! I definitely am attracted to ''darker'' scents. The closed bottle smells like caramel and coffee - I guess kinda like a sweet coffee cocktail. The coffee is much stronger when I open it, and I get more vanilla and caramel. On my skin I get a mellower coffee scent, and it smells warmer. The coffee scent stays, and I don't really get the other scents that I smelled earlier - there's barely a sweetness to it. I wanna say it reminds me of As Dark Things Are Meant To Be Loved a little bit, though that one is more.. smoky, this is sweeter. I am also reminded of Caveau Des Innocents, but that one is MUCH sweeter than this, which is why I love it. If the sweeter notes of this showed up on me, I would have loved this, but alas! Pretty disappointed in that. Damn you, skin!