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I don't think I've reviewed any ZOMG Smells here yet. They're a fun little company--I think there's just the two of them--with a habit of coming up with silly, non-pretentious names for their blends. Their copy is pretty much the polar opposite of BPAL's and is a lot of fun to read. Their prices are right too--$12 for 5ml of the general catalog scents.

Anyway, I have quite the backlog of general catalog scents built up, so these are all things you can get at any time from them.

Four From ZOMG Smells )
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Long time no see, Perfume Reviews!

I've got just a couple, but I wanted to actually post them while you could still buy the scents I'm reviewing. They're part of Blooddrop's Holiday 2010 line and will be available until "late December/early January or as supplies remain."

An Orange in Your Slipper and Rosy Cheeks )
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Okay, how could I not order from a seller called The Morbid the Merrier?

Her samples are fairly inexpensive, as are her perfumes themselves, so I grabbed a handful and she even tossed in a freebie. That's actually fairly common, even if you're just buying samples; I got two free sample vials with my NA order too. Her packaging is very pretty--my samples were wrapped in gold tissue tied off with purple ribbons--and her turnaround is excellent.

Sadly, I'm not liking much of the product.

I'm even wordy when I don't like the product. )
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Rising from my death sick bed to post a perfume review or two.

So Nocturne Alchemy has introduced a new general catalog line called Royal Amber. It wasn't easy to order samples when I really wanted to just order them all in 5ml bottles. Okay, well not all of them, just five of six.

get a load of these descriptions )

Review

Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:38 pm
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Nocturne Alchemy -- Amber 23 (forum exclusive) -- Amber perfection to celebrate NA's first anniversary! 23 different types of Amber oils and resins.

I bought this from [personal profile] telesilla; it didn't work for her -- she got an aquatic note from it -- but it's definitely working for me. It's gone from spicy to ever-so-slightly sweet, and it has a nice depth - in short, I *love* this scent.

In the bottle: very heavy amber scent, but not powdery like some amber can be
Wet, on skin: spicy and full, almost what I'd describe as a reddish-scent
Dry: sweet and light, with a heavy sensual undertone
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Lush -- I never know if Lush counts as an indie etailer or not, but most people seem to think they are and they've got that air of indie chic about them, so....

Honey I Washed the Kids soap -- Sweet honey heaven cleanses and moisturizes sensitive skin. This is one of their best sellers and I have to say, it's really nice. The honey scent is really lovely and not at all fake. Like all Lush products, it's really scent saturated and strong; it lingered on my skin after I was out of the shower. That isn't necessarily a problem as long as I'm planning on wearing perfume that doesn't clash. It's a nice enough soap, although I didn't find it all that moisturizing.

Karma solid perfume Karma is Lush's signature scent--Spicy orange and patchouli keep you in harmony with your surroundings. Here's the thing; I like patchouli. It's a fantastic base note and, as long as the perfumer is using good quality, aged patchouli in moderation, it doesn't smell like dirty hippies. Lush? Isn't using it in moderation. At all. Karma smells like dirt and oranges. Not just that hit of earthiness/dirtiness/decay/overripness that some of the great perfumes have (Shalimar, for example), no, it smells like freaking sweaty, icky, dirt. I didn't even try it on, I was that turned off by it. At some point, I should actually use just a little to see if it does something different on my skin, but right now, I can't imagine why this is so popular.
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It looks like Serpentine Hair has gone the way of so many etailers--while their site is still up and you can still order, they no longer seem to be actually producing a product. My irritation with that situation is the subject of a rant that I'd rather not do at this point, so, mooooving right along....

I tried the Bert's Bees Rosemary and Mint shampoo bar, but while I really liked the minty scent, it left my hair really really dry. One of the things I liked about Serpentine was not having to use conditioner. Not only did that mean fewer chemicals in my hair, but it also meant less time in the shower, which is a good thing when you live in a state that's in the middle of a serious drought.

I thought about trying Lush, but their shampoo bars seem to have SLS in them and, yeah, not so much. However, [personal profile] darkrose/[livejournal.com profile] darkrosetiger uses several Oyin Handmade products and while I was kind of worried that their stuff might leave my hair too oily, I keep forgetting that, like my skin, my hair has dried out a fair amount as I've gotten older. So I tried a little hair care product cultural appropriation and it worked out well for me. Um, seeing as the Oyin people say that their products are for anyone who wants to use them, that's a joke, okay?

Oyin's Poo Bar, Shine and Define and Greg Juice. )
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I'm trying to work my way through my rather large backlog, and managed to do three reviews today. :)

Arcana and Attar Bazaar )
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Wiggle -- Speakeasy Vanilla -- This fragrance opens up with a bright, intoxicating bourbon vanilla scent then mellows into a softer, creamy vanilla. To balance the sweetness, Wiggle added sultry amber and smokey frankincense. On the very bottom is a delicately floral white musk, and if you're very sharp you may catch the tiny hint of bay rum lurking in the mix.

Mostly what I get is a nice soft vanilla that doesn't turn into rubber on me the way some vanillas do. There's a hint of amber, just a touch and not enough to go powdery, and a little touch of the frankincense. I don't get musk or bay rum at all. It's a nice perfume, not particularly complex, and not at all foody. I like it quite a bit and at $7.99 for a 5ml roller-ball bottle, it's a steal. It's available at both Scent Addict and The Soap Box Company, but it's popular and tends to sell out quickly.

I've also got a bar of their soap in the same scent. It's a goatsmilk/shea butter/glycerin mix that's really smooth and rich--seriously, if I still shaved my legs, I'd use this. The scent is mostly vanilla with a little amber and it's not real strong; it doesn't linger much afterwards. It's available from The Soap Box Company.
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I was involved in a Conjure Oils group order and so here are my impressions of four from the Apothecary line.

Chai Spice Tea, Iranian Pomegranate, Dragon's Blood & Golden Amber )
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Nocturne Alchemy's Eternal Cairo -- Egyptian Amber, Egyptian Red Amber, White Amber and Egyptian Musk.

Kind of a light, musky amber that really doesn't grab me as much as I expected. It's a lighter version of Eternal Egypt and makes me think that the slightly aquatic note I smelled in Eternal Egypt was the Egyptian musk.

Eternal Cairo is one of the NA's Eternals and is a General Catalog scent available here.

Blooddrop's Purr (Summer '08 LE)-- Sandalwood, cognac, black currant and fig.

Most of what I get at first is a sort of dark, fruity scent; the black current and fig combo is a good one. I also smell something that's oddly like brown sugar, which is unexpected but kind of nice. I don't get any of the cognac scent, but after about five minutes, I am getting a nice undernote of sandalwood. It eventually settles into a lovely, darkly sweet (but not overly sweet) scent. I really like it, but while this was a Summer LE, it's almost too rich for a warm day; I'll be more likly to wear it in the evening or in Fall/Winter.

There are three bottles left at the Blooddrop Etsy Store.
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I'm posting these reviews because Astrid of Blooddrop has ten bottles of "Madame Claire de Lune Cidre Doux au Poire" up at her Etsy shop as well as 4 bottles of "The (un)Poisoned Tea Cup." Get them if you can, both scents are awesome.

on to the reviews )
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Speaking of Violette Market Vintage blends: have a couple of reviews. With bonus Nocturne Alchemy reviews. :) I got kind of chatty here. Um...oops?

Vosages & Snow Baby along with RA's Ambre Vanille, Hathor's Egyptian Vanilla Tea, Eternal Egypt and Ozymandias )
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The last of my Haunt reviews.
Gloaming -- the time of day when the quickly darkening landscape meets with a glowing, ember sky. vanilla, dark patchouli, amber, mandarin orange and red clove.
It smells very candy-like as it goes on; it's all orange and vanilla with a faint hint of amber. I don't get any clove at all and only a very very faint earthy note that is the patchouli. After a little while, maybe five minutes, I get a slight spicy note that's the clove finally showing up and the orange is fading a little so it's not quite so much like candy. Then the patchouli amps up a little, although it's not a dirty hippie patchouli at all, and it all evens out some. This is the most complex of the Haunt scents I've tried and I'm kind of regretting that I didn't order a bottle of it, because I really like where it finally goes. Not all scent names end up working for me, but Gloaming does make me think of sunset and the slow onset of twilight.
Batik -- smoky beeswax & resin darkened honey.
This is an oddly perfumey honey; there's a hint of a floral/soapy scent in with the waxy smell of the beeswax. It's almost like I rubbed a honey scented candle on my arm. I'm not 100% thrilled with it; I think I like Possets' honey scent better. I keep sniffing at my arm trying to decide if I like it or not, which usually isn't that good a sign. About maybe 20 minutes it and it's a little smokier and I'm liking it a little more. I still kind of wish I'd bought a bottle of Gloaming instead of the bottle of Batik, though.

Again, Scent Addicts is the place to go for these.
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I ended up with both a decant of the perfume oil and a good sized sample of the soap as well.

Empire -- Precious vanilla and glimmering amber, entwined with long-forgotten incense.


At first the perfume is a pretty straightforward sweet amber with a faint vanilla note, nice but nothing spectacular. And then, about five/ten minutes in, the incense notes kicked in and it got smokier and more interesting. I'm guessing myrrh and sandalwood and maybe frankincense, but I'm bad at guessing notes when they're not listed. After the incense kicks in, there's no real morphing or changing. Since my skin not only amps up amber, but clings to it, it's sticking around for the long haul too.

While not as subtle, the soap is pretty heavily scented, so if that's not your thing, you might want to avoid it. It's lovely soap, nice and rich and creamy without being too drying. The scent, while heavy, doesn't linger; I could barely smell it on me once I got out of the shower.

You can get the perfume at Scent Addicts but finding the soap is a little trickier. They list it at The Soap Box Company although they're out of it at the moment. It's also listed as being available in late May at the Haunt Etsy site.
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I'd never heard of Haunt until I ran across a decant circle over on LJ's Evil enablers. Several of the scents caught my eye but the one I really wanted was filled already. Fortunately (or not if I'm looking at the budget side of things) the person running the circle was able to send me just enough of a sample for me to utterly fall in love.

Roma -- Descendants of a thousand year old warrior class from India, the Roma are the nomadic people known as “gypsies” in popular culture. Cardamom, Cardamom Absolute, Blood Orange and Mandarin


This is a very simple, very lovely scent. The blood orange and the mandarin are nice and crisp and the cardamom adds a lovely, warm, spicy note. There's no real morph, what I smell when I put it on is what I get when I sniff it a half hour later. It's got surprising staying power for a) an oil and b) citrus, which usually fades pretty fast on me. It's serious love here; while I wouldn't class this as "foody" I still want to either chew on my own arm or find blood orange/cardamom candies somewhere.

The owner of Haunt is taking her Etsy shop down (except for the occasional seasonal LEs) as of June 11 and she doesn't have any Roma products listed except in skin gloss. However, you can get a 5ml bottle of the perfume oil for $11 at Scent Addict

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