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Absinthe: Let the heady spirit of the Green Fairy whisper in your ear. Scented with aromatic herbs, sweet anise and a touch of pure Artemisia Absinthium. Imminent moral collapse not included.
In vial: Green licorice!
Wet on skin: Yep, it smells like Pernod. Green and metallic and licorice.
Dry on skin: Smells like absinthe.
Verdict: Meh, it smells like every other absinthe perfume I’ve ever smelled.
Burlesque: The sweet, smoky decadence of a bawdy dance hall, with bold amber, spicy chocolate and the warm wood of a well-traveled stage. Turn your daily grind into a bump and grind.
In bottle: Wood and patchouli.
Wet on skin: This is a very earthy and woodsy oil, it’s got a bit of a smoke and just a hint of chocolate peeking out.
Dry on skin: Sex in a bottle! It’s a very rich and decant and the chocolate is not a cheap candy type chocolate it’s more like deep dark baking chocolate.
Verdict: I am so very glad that I got a bottle of this…I think it’s going to age beautifully!
Danced To Pieces: The spirit of Grimms’ Twelve Dancing Princesses. Blushing candy sweetness and an angelic tangle of strawberry, raspberry, red currant, pink grapefruit, and white sugar weave a spell above a flagrantly destructive, self-indulgent base of dark peppery musk, resinous amber, heady cognac, opiate-laced cassis cordial, and the faint remains of a silver leaf.
In vial: Dark fruit!
Wet on skin: Dark fruit, wine and maybe something like a freshly bruised green leaf.
Dry on skin: It smells like really sweet wine to me.
Verdict: Not sure if it’s a keeper but I’ll definitely let it settle down and try again!
Frilly Underpinnings: Pink, white, and black pepper lace delicately through sweet cream, bourbon vanilla, caramel amber, white musk, two sugars, spice, and everything nice.
In vial: Hmmm…a little aquatic and peppery.
Wet on skin: Oooh, there’s some pepper! A little bit of the bourbon vanilla and caramel is coming out.
Dry on skin: Oh, this has softened into something really soft and sexy and pretty. You can smell the sugars and caramel and bourbon vanilla.
Verdict: I think I shall cherish my sample and it will get better with age!
Frivolous Aside: A silly, sexy little blend which flirts shamelessly, teases everyone at the party, and flashes the top of its garter on the balcony. Bubbly champagne cocktails, vanilla frosting, deep pink musk, sugar cubes, toasty coconut, and a soft compress for your head the next morning.
In bottle: Pink girly champagne.
Wet on skin: It definitely smells pink! It smells like all things pink, candy, sugar….you get the idea.
Dry on skin: It’s perfectly lovely and soft and pink.
Verdict: It’s right up my alley but not a top 10 by any means. This will be a great layering note for something that needs a bit of sweetening up.
Frozen Heart: The essence of a snow queen’s glacial affections. An enchanted concoction of spiky black pepper, cold peppermint, icy watermelon, pale vanilla and pearl musk. Beware of glittering women in sleighs who promise you the world.
In bottle: It smells pink!
Wet on skin: Oh, there’s the watermelon! I’m not sure how, but this oil does smell cold.
Dry on skin: This is a really icy and pretty and girly scent. It’s very sweet yet chilly smelling at the same time.
Verdict: This will be perfect for a hot summer day!
Morphine: The softening of hard remembrances and the inexorable embrace of warm oblivion. Cocoa absolute, vanilla oleoresin, sticky marshmallow syrup, a trickle of aged patchouli, and a delicate shot of smoked vetiver.
In bottle: Cocoa and patchouli.
Wet on skin: Dry wood and patchouli. After a little bit the cocoa starts to come out.
Dry on skin: Everything softens a bit and the vetiver is peeking in. It’s not bad and it’s very faint and soft.
Verdict: I already know I like this but I think it needs time to settle and age. It’s only going to get better!
Persephone’s Flowers: As one of the most over-scheduled divine beings, Persephone had to juggle roles as daughter, wife, icon of spring, cheerless Queen of Hades and spokesmodel for pomegranate seeds. In her scent, the musky tartness of pomegranate rubs itself all over innocent lily of the valley while black anise hangs back discreetly.
In bottle: Ewwww…..not a floral I’m liking.
Wet on skin: Yuck. It smells like cheap soap. Very artificial floral….green soap.
Dry on skin: I’m guessing it’s the pomegranate that I’m not liking. That mixed with the musk and lily of the valley is headache inducing for me. The anise comes out at the end but it’s not enough to save this for me.
Verdict: Definitely not for me.