Friday, September 10, 2021

Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman Review

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World
by Matthew Goodman

This has been sitting on my want to read list since I started using Goodreads. By the time I finally got it, I don't remember if I knew this was non-fiction! I have heard of Nellie Bly and knew she was a journalist, but don't think I knew any more than that. Never heard of Elizabeth Bisland, but now that I've finished, that's no wonder.

This book is incredibly well-written and researched. It has a narrative style, so it was very exciting to feel like you were right there along the journey. It's a dense book, but don't be discouraged!

I learned a lot by reading this. From Nellie and Elizabeth's lives and how culture was around the world at the time, to facts about the statue of liberty and that live cattle was brought on to ocean liners to be served as food!

It was also interesting to see how not only their journeys around the world paralleled, but also their lives - they're even buried very close to each other! I actually didn't know who won the race, but I have to admit I rooted for Nellie, as I found the parts about her journey and she herself more interesting.

At the back of the book you also have extensive notes (the author didn't take any liberties in narrating this, everything is based on fact), selected bibliography (which is still a lot), illustration credits, an index, interview with the author and discussion questions.

Definitely recommend this, these two remarkable women deserve to be remembered!

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix Review

“Men don’t have to pay attention the way we do. Men die because they make mistakes.
Women? We die because we’re female.”

I read this with the Book Lovers Club on Discord.

I thought this was a pretty cool concept. Women are often victims, in the real world and in fiction, but in slashers, there is often The Final Girl. In this book we meet six women who survived massacres that we readers will recognize as Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Scream, Nightmare On Elm Street and Silent Night, Deadly Night. But here those things happened, and THEN they got movie franchises! Years later, life is still hard for these final girls, and they have had a support group for years. But the nightmare isn't over yet..

It was a little hard for me to keep track of who was who. Not only the final girls, but other characters too. They're not very deep, this book is inspired by slasher movies after all. Lots of action, and you sit there screaming at the stupid things they do. I liked the references to classic movies and other cultural stuff though. There are also funny bits! I did find the thing with the plant really weird throughout the book. The little extras between each chapter were pretty neat.

There were some points I lost interest a bit, but I'm not that much of a fan of slasher horrors. Overall I did enjoy it, and I can definitely see myself re-reading this at some point.

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix Review

“Being a teenager isn’t a number,” Maryellen said. “It’s the age when you stop liking them.”
“You don’t like the girls?” Patricia asked. “No one likes their children,” Maryellen said.
“We love them to death, but we don’t like them.”

“He thinks we’re what we look like on the outside: nice Southern ladies.
Let me tell you something…there’s nothing nice about Southern ladies.”

I read this with my book club on Gothy Discord.

I can't believe I was hesitant to read this book when I first heard of it. It's incredible. It's funny. It's shocking. It's disgusting. It's terrifying. It will take you on an emotional rollercoaster!

Who the vampire is was obvious to me from the get-go. He is incredibly creepy, the way he just sneaks in to everyone's lives, charms the husbands and the children.. leaving the housewives, but at first only Patricia (and her senile mother-in-law) to be suspicious of him.

Around the midway point is where the steep ride towards the big climax begins. It's really well written horror! Grady Hendrix did a great job with the story arc, providing comedic relief, but also portraying vampires again as disgusting monsters who are also charming. I got so anxious and horrified at several points throughout. This is not a book for the squeamish! But the badass housewives come together to use each of their strengths and resources to save the day. Picture Desperate Housewives fighting Dracula! You don't fuck with housewives when it comes to their children.

There are also some cool extras in the back! Definitely pick this up - if you dare...

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

History of goth footwear for Underground England's 40th anniversary!

For their 40th anniversary, I am working with Underground England to bring you a history of goth and other alternative subculture footwear! Super excited about that. The past couple of years I've really been getting into winklepickers, or pikes as they're usually known in the goth scene. They've made a big comeback now, cause when I got into goth, huge platforms was what you'd usually see. Goth fashion is really no different from ''mainstream'' fashion, trends come and go, and get revived a couple of decades later. Right now for example ''mall goth'' fashion is apparently coming back among teenagers! So let's take a look back on how goth footwear has evolved in the past 40 years or so.

The goth subculture emerged in the late '70s and early '80s. A lot of the style was inspired by the fashion at the time, and of course punk fashion. The goths carried over the punk DIY ethic, as goth too is a working class subculture. They took whatever they could find, usually thrifting clothing and making it into their own style.

Footwear though, is a little trickier. Not everyone can make their own shoes! Combat boots (often gotten from military surplus stores) and other working class boots like Dr. Martens were a common choice early on in several alternative subcultures, and still are. Yet that wasn't quite what the goths wanted.

Enter winklepickers / pikes. They are reminiscent of shoes from the far past, like the medieval crakows / poulaines or even victorian boots. Both time periods that would inspire goth fashion later on. The '80s winklepickers evolved from the '60s Chelsea / Beatle boots. Underground, John Fluevog and Bogey's were among the sellers. They come in many different styles, lace-up or zipper, different heights and heels, often with buckles (the coolest ones being bats and skulls, of course). They were used by several subcultures in many countries, here in Scandinavia they were known as "mosquito chasers"! Pikes have become one of the most popular boot styles among goths, but the later resurgence of platforms or other big stompy boots knocked them out for a while, at least with the younger generation.

Creepers have also been relatively popular among goths, but are maybe more used by other subcultures. They have a long history, from post-WWII, to later being adopted by teddy boys, rockers, punks, goths, new wavers, psychobillies and more. Robert Smith of The Cure has been known to use them, which probably contributed to goths wearing them. I have seen lots of videos and photos online from the 80s where people called themselves Cureheads (and not goths), and adopted his style, which is still very iconic among goths today!

Coming into the 90s, brands like New Rock, Pennangalan, Steelground and T.U.K. were popular. Shoes were getting weirder, bolder and bigger. This is when you started seeing platform boots being adapted by goths. Goth fashion was evolving. The big hair of the 80s disappeared, many sported long and flat middle-parted hair. The clothing got more romantic, drawing inspiration from historical fashion - fittingly vampires had a big boom then, so it was of course embraced by the goths. But you also had industrial starting to merge with goth. The rivetheads brought shiny clothing and big boots to the table. The two subcultures are still very intertwined today, even people within the scene(s) can have trouble telling them apart.

This carried on into the new millennium. Now rave was thrown into the mix, creating cybergoth. The platforms got even bigger. Neon colors were used to contrast the black, and technology was an influence. This was also around the time ''mall goth'' became a thing, mainly influenced by metal music. Tripp pants, Demonia boots, Lip Service (since 1985), Cyberdog, Hot Topic.. Goths and other alternative people now had even easier access to cool clothing. 

The 2010's saw several revivals. I saw creepers come back pretty early on, maybe together with the rise of the ''pastel goth'' and ''nu goth'' fashions. Big heels and platforms were still popular though. Victorian and other historically inspired fashions were also pretty big. Musically we had both the deathrock and post-punk revivals the years before, which also influenced fashion. Pikes came back big time, with brands such as Gothic Shoe Company, Goth Pikes, Strangecvlt, Poison Shoes and Bats 80s Shoes popping up to try and satisfy the demand.

Goth fashion today is incredibly diverse. From your casual jeans, t-shirt and combat boots, to trad goth and deathrock, but also non-music inspired styles like victorian goth, rivethead, cybergoth, pastel goth and nu goth. Whether we like it or not, things change and evolve, but trends also come back about every 20 years or so. Goth is now over 40 years strong, so it's no surprise to see that the fashion has changed so much, but also brought back older fashions. The music has been amazing throughout all of it too! It's been really fun being along the ride, and it will be interesting to see what the future brings.

Now let's hear from Underground themselves about their history on creating footwear for goths and other alternative subcultures for the past 40 years!

Check out their website to learn more about them and their history, there are lots of articles about subcultures and music, and of course their store which features more than just shoes! They also have a Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channel.

Hope you enjoyed this article! All photos except this last one have been provided by Underground. In my own photo you can see all the pikes my husband and I own, my newest ones are the red ones from Underground, but I got them second hand, thanks to my ''fairy pikemother'' Jez! Thanks to her three of my four pairs are second hand. You can buy a custom made pair of them here. I think I need to get Underground to create the only thing I feel I'm missing; purple leather (NOT suede or velvet) pikes!

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Alienist by Caleb Carr Review

My best friend recommended me the show a couple of years back, and I loved it. Wanted to check out the book too, and when it was picked in the Book Lovers Club on Discord, I finally got around to it!

This book is up all my alleys. It's dark, set in victorian times, a murder mystery and investigation.. I immediately loved it, and got Sherlock Holmes vibes from the writing style. It's like it could have been a victorian novel, but it is modernized just enough; you've got diverse characters, with more progressive views, but we are still shown how things usually were back then. The Isaacson brothers provided a nice comedic relief to all the brutalness.

I love how we get a historical architectural tour of New York, the detailed description of their investigation (which uses methods that were very modern at the time, that are completely normal today), how politics is blended in, and other historical details sprinkled in throughout.

I thought the chapters were pretty much perfectly set up, they all seemed to be timed well. I guess I noticed because I've read a bunch of books lately where the chapters are super short for no reason, or just to create cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. I loved the writing, but I can see that it could be wordy for some people. The ending was good, I was worried it would feel a little rushed when I noticed how few pages were left, but it didn't feel that way to me. I do wonder how the ending sets up the next book. I've already seen season 2 of the show, but I of course want to read the second book. I think I'll wait a little until my memory of the show has faded. By the time I read this, I had forgotten most plot details from the first season. Think I'll give that a re-watch now! I also see that there's a third book coming up next year, so definitely wanna snap that one up too! Hopefully that'll give us a third season of the show as well.

Oh, and let me show you my outfit inspired by Sara Howard! She's such a badass, I love her. Fun fact; Both me and Dakota Fanning who plays her in the show were born the year this book came out!

Monday, May 24, 2021

All the big announcements!

Hello! I've got lots of exciting things to tell you, so let's get right into it!

I managed to get new hair just in time for World Goth Day! I debuted it during my set on the big WGD stream. I went to a goth friend who's a hairdresser apprentice, who also cut my hair last time, before my wedding! Since then it's grown A LOT, so it was possible to cut it into what I've been wanting. There's still some bits that need to grow, but we'll get there soon! She convinced me to get the ear tail, something I didn't think would suit me! I absolutely love the color placement she did. I did the actual purpleing at home. At first I used Lunar Tides Orchid Purple, but that somehow turned lavender?! So I mixed a lot of Lunar Tides Nightshade into it, which gave me the PERFECT shade, I am absolutely loving it. Super cool how I can bring the purple more into focus when teasing it, when it's down it's a little more hidden.

Glasses chain, nose chain, earrings and necklace all by my friend Ayame Designs! Her shop is closed right now because she had surgery, so follow her on Facebook and Instagram to be notified when she's back and peruse her wares! Would be awesome if you could welcome her back with an order.

In other exciting news; Our wedding was just featured in Offbeat Bride! As part of asian and pacific islander heritage month, and also highlighted my autism and how the pandemic actually made things easier for me. And of course, the whole goth thing, haha! They previously featured our proposal story. I love them so much, been following the site for years, and it was such a good resource during the planning.

May 27th last year I had my very first DJ stream on Twitch. So on Wednesday I will celebrate my first anniversary! Would love to have you there and party with me. Click here for the Facebook event and here to follow me on Twitch! Geisterwelt is also having their first Twitch anniversary on Saturday, which is also Marlen's 15th anniversary as a DJ!

And last, but not least, I am starting a new project together with FatherEldritch (Twitch, r/goth, Gothy Discord) and CadaverKelly (Youtube, website): Gothy Roundtable! It'll be a casual talkshow where we talk about goth stuff, to be streamed on FatherEldritch's Twitch channel, and then uploaded on CadaverKelly's Youtube channel. Our first episode will go live on Sunday, at 18:00 CET / noon EDT, so come join us! Click here to RSVP to the FB event.

Lots of exciting things happening right now, as you can see! I don't really update much here anymore, especially about personal stuff. Other than Twitch streaming (which I don't feel like posting about here every time, follow me on Facebook to know when I stream) there's not really much happening. I read a lot, that's pretty much it! I can't wait until we can have events again. I've been sad about not being in Leipzig for WGT right now, but the WGD stream was a nice consolation. My social life right now pretty much only consist of Twitch and Discord, which is fine, but even my autistic ass wants to get back out there again! I don't know how I'll cope another year without events. How about you, how have you been holding up? Tell me in the comments what you've been up to, no matter how big or small! Hopefully I'll see you around on the interwebz soon, if not here! You know where to find me.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Salad Daze by Wayne Hussey Review


Wayne Hussey fangirl for life here! Finally read this book at the start of the year (but forgot to publish this), and I absolutely loved it. I was extremely delighted to find out when I started it that Hussey had made playlists for every chapter! Listening to music is essential when reading a book about music. I was about to put on some The Mission of course, but didn't mind at all that my background music already had been picked out for me. The playlists consist of popular or relevant songs at the time the chapter takes place, or just music he mentions. It really adds to the reading and transforms it into a whole experience. For a fast reader like me the playlists ended up being too long, so I usually took breaks from reading to finish the playlist before moving on.

The book follows Wayne Hussey even before he was born as Jerry Wayne Lovelock in Bristol in 1958. His childhood and early years are described very in detail, which I didn't mind at all, but I imagine some would want to cut to the chase and get to the exciting stuff. Eventually we get to when Wayne is a young adult, a music lover, fledgling guitarist and wants to be a rockstar. He joins a number of bands and tells us about the scene back in the day. It isn't until closer to the end he joins The Sisters Of Mercy and we get to read how that was - many of us fans have heard a lot about how Eldritch behaves, but I have been waiting for a first-hand review like this (I really want Patricia Morrison to write a book!). The book ends just as Hussey and Craig Adams leave the band and want to start their own band. I can't wait for the next book about The Mission!

There are many great parts in this book. Random short sidenotes about crazy stuff that happened which I found hilarious. To me those are the best things about musician's biographies. Like apparently he has had sex on a trampoline in Gary Numan's garden?! Oh yes, he has written a foreword, as has Iggy Pop. There are also the typical glossy inserts of photographs, which I loved (several photos of Hussey without shades!) - especially that they didn't cut off the last page mid-sentence.

This is definitely a must-read if you're a fan. If you're only looking to read about Sisters, it's up to you if it's worth it, that part is somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the book. While the book ends just as The Mission is about to begin, if you're a fan of them, it's still worth the read. He does mention things here and there that would happen later. Besides, then you have something to do while waiting for the next book!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Anniversary trip to Voss

We've just had out 5th anniversary as a couple, and thought it was worth celebrating. I've also been really starved for travel lately, so we decided to spend a night at a hotel. I found a romantic package deal at Fleischer's Hotel at Voss, a two hour drive away. So we went for it! Here is what waited for us when we arrived.

Can't believe they did this, what is this, Disney?! LOL

We were actually put in the best room they had, the king suite - where the king has actually stayed! Past royalty has also stayed here. It's a beautiful hotel built in the 1800s, so I instantly fell in love with it. Just look at the exterior, it's amazing!

Voss(evangen) is a small village that is very popular for skiing and other sports. It's about an hour by train from Bergen, and the train station is actually behind the hotel! There is even a part of the hotel that is connected to the station, which is newer. The hotel also has a motel that are more apartment style on the other side.

Across the road from the hotel

Voss church, or Vangskyrkja, from the 1200s

Some of you might be familiar with Voss water.
It's actually not from there! But the water there still tastes good, haha.

Pumpkin soup and the best focaccia I've ever had

Tenderloin with potatoes au gratin and pepper sauce

Chocolate fondant, ice cream and strawberries

The three-course meal shown above was included in our package, and we got to sit in the beautiful dining room all alone - only one more couple came later. There were very few guests, and that evening there was only one staff member that we could see, doing the reception, serving and bartending. He provided amazing service, and even put on rock music for us! Never thought I'd hear Metallica among other things in a fancy dining room like that, haha.

King Haakon VII and Queen Maud

Found a chair in my size!

Our room had a jacuzzi! So of course we had to test it out.

Lovely big windows in the breakfast dining room. Sadly there was fog!
I was surprised that hot dishes were cooked to order! But it makes sense.
The photo on the wall is of Magdalene Fleischer, wife of the founder.
She is said to haunt the hotel, specifically room 407.

Can I just say that I love the women's outfits in that photo?

Found a big graveyard!

Some beautiful artisanal chocolates I had to try at a local café!

It was really nice for both of us to get away, even just for a day two hours away. We got to spend quality one-on-one time together, and it brought us closer together. It's so easy to fall into that.. everyday domestic life, you just do what you do, and not so much special. Even though we've spent a year inside all the time, we haven't really had special date night evenings, at least not like this! We're just used to being comfortable with each other, and not having to spend every moment together at home (we're both introverts, after all). I still think it's important to date each other when you're in a longtime relationship, so I wanna try to continue to do it! I also definitely want to go back to Fleischer's sometime.

Oh, I almost forgot. I got my friend who does goth caricatures under Gotikatur to draw one of my favorite wedding photos as a surprise for Simen! Look how cool!

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Alkemia Haul & Review The Third

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!

In 1891, after a wintery Paris evening discussing the legend of Salome, Oscar Wilde locked himself in his room with a blank notebook and began writing his legendary play Salomé. A few hours later, with much of the text already written, he went out to a nearby café and, needing inspiration, asked the leader of the orchestra to play some music which might evoke "a woman dancing in her bare feet in the blood of a man she has craved for and slain."

If the notes of this lost melody were perfume... A seductively inspiring arrangement to pique the lustful imagination. An overture of not so innocent magnolia underscored with a sly caress of Queen of the Night, a fulsomeness of nubile black grapes and plums, skin musk bathed in spilled cognac, and ruthless twist of bitter orange, blended with an ancient Arabian love philtre of crushed vanilla and tonka bean, mysore sandalwood, vetiver, cedar, and red oud.

Contains a proprietary elixir of botanical pheromones designed to enhance female sex appeal.

Art: Dance of the Seven Veils by Gaston Bussière, 1925

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.

An elusive, smokey blend of burning wood, Madagascar Vanilla, and Tonka. We find this one to be elementally simple, but unusually mercurial and highly responsive to different skin chemistries… the vanilla and the smoke dance with each other almost continuously… sometimes the foreground is smoky, then sweet, then returns with sweetly smoky, then smoky.

Smoke & Mirrors makes a fabulous layering scent that adds intriguing and mysterious elements to other perfumes... works particularly well for toning down any perfumes that are too sweet, deepening and gloriously complicating resin and incense based scents, and softening chypres and any 'sharp' woody scents.

Art: Fumée d’Ambre Gris by John Singer Sargent, 1880

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.

Skin-glow. A 'your skin but better' enchantment to create a sensual olfactory radiance. Softly alluring as candlelight. Luminae works in unique alchemy with feminine skin chemistry to create a fragrance that glows with creamy luminescence.

"It is not so much light that falls over the world.... as brightness, pouring itself out of you, as if you were burning inside. Under your skin the moon is alive." - Pablo Neruda

Art: Spirit by George Roux, 1885

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.

An energetic brightness of mandarin orange, tangelo citrus, tart key limes, calamondin, pommello, bergamot, and fig tea infused in sparking lemongrass musk.

"You have breathed new life into me I have become your sunshine and also your shadow." -- Rumi

Art: After the Deluge (The Forty-First Day) by George Frederick Watts, c.1885–92

Oh my god, citrus explosion! It really smells like your typical cleaning product, hand soap or whatever that has a strong citrus scent. Which isn't a bad thing, I love citrus. But I can definitely see that this could be too strong for someone else. So if you love the smell after you've cleaned the floor or whatever, this is for you! I think this would be a good smell for being outdoors in summer or warm spring.

A libidinous yet delicate vintage style musk blend for all genders. Suggestively alluring with a flirtatious wink of naughty.

"Your skin like dawn
Mine like musk
One paints the beginning of a certain end.
The other, the end of a sure beginning."
- Charles Baudelaire

Art: Anticipation by Hans Zatzka, c. early 20th century

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.

Roadtrip around the U.S. in a bottle. A botanical peregrination of Saw Palmetto Palm leaves and Southern cypress from the Southeast bayous; New mown hay, Lemon basil, Wild bergamot tea from the Great Plains; Linden blossom and Acadian pine from the Northeast; Night flowering desert flowers from the Southwest; and Spicebush and Incense cedar from the West and Northwest coast.

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” - Anaïs Nin

Art: Gas by Edward Hopper, 1940

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!

February Love & Luck Alchemy

February Love and Luck Alchemy: An auspicious Lunar New Year alchemy of candied lotus root, sweet ginger, dried apricots, jackfruit, Madagascar vanilla beans, sugarcane, jasmine tea, and fortune cookies. 

Once I open this, I kind of recoil a little, hahah. It's very strong, and I think it's the ginger and maybe the jackfruit that is very sharp, kinda ''ripping / tearing through the nose'' as we say in Norwegian. I can smell all the sweeter scents too. It reminds me of Asia.
On the skin it's luckily weaker despite the too generous application because of no dropper. Simen could still smell it across our long living room though! We're both not quite sure what we think, but we're leaning towards not liking it. I guess it's like walking through a market in Asia, and the different smells kinda overwhelm you. It does get sweeter though, after a while I think I'm getting apricot, vanilla and jasmine. So I like it better once those top notes go away, but I still don't love it. It fades surprisingly quickly too, after a few hours, it was pretty much gone. Revisiting this hours later again, and there is something faint still there, could that be the fortune cookies? Cause I don't think they smell that much, and this is so faint, but still different than my skin, so maybe? I need to see what my mom and sister thinks of this, and hope they like it!

So, a quick note on the Silken Tent Extrait VS Ultime. I didn't think there would be much of a difference, when I opened the Ultime bottle it smelled like I remembered the Extrait sample did, but when I had a friend over and opened both, we smelled the Ultime first and then the Extrait, the difference was actually quite striking! The Ultime is obviously more intense, but it also smelled better overall. I love it so much! I don't remember how long the Extrait lasts, but this lasted maybe around 8 hours until I could barely smell it anymore. I should have done a side by side skin test, but I gave the sample to my friend, to see if she still ends up liking it. She did! Recommending her to get the Ultime if she wants a full size - and we can order together anyway. I realized after I got this order that I forgot to buy dropper tops! They make it SO much easier to apply, since you only need a teensy amount.

That's it for this time! I didn't find a scent I loved so much that I wanted a full size, but that's okay. I've expanded my horizons and learned more! It's gentler on my wallet too, haha. I am still considering getting a full size of Madam X though, which I got in my first order, cause I keep going back to it. By the way, since last they've added reviews to their website, so I've copied all my previous ones onto each corresponding product page on their site, and will be doing the same for these, so you'll find my reviews on there too. Hope you've enjoyed my ramblings, maybe you've found a perfume to try? 
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