VApothecary Reviews (& day 15!)

Le Macabre: Haunted White Cedarwood, Fresh Soil from within a grave, Raw Blue Vetiver, Blood Ripe Pomegranate, and Crimson Musk.

In vile: It smells like a really deep and fruity wood.

Wet on skin: I can definitely pick out the wood and pomegranate. After just a minute or so the crimson musk makes an appearance.

Dry on skin: I’m not sure what raw blue vetiver smells like but if it’s what I’m picking up now then I like it! It does somehow smell ‘blue’ in that it’s got a bit of an icy vibe to it. I never really get the soil note.

Verdict: I really like this. It’s a really nicely blended combination of wood, pomegranate and red musk.


Parlour:  Aged Vanilla Oak, Cedar, Teak and Sandalwood Essential Oils, Caramel Wax and Vanilla Velvet.

In vile: Soft wood and amber.

Wet on skin: Woodsy without being masculine and a little bit of wax.

Dry on skin: It’s soft like a lightly powdery amber (I think that’s the caramel wax) and now I can pick up the vanilla velvet. I don’t know what vanilla velvet is but I like it! The caramel here is not buttery at all….it’s divine!

Verdict: This was a surprising hit for me. It’s always nice to find a pretty scent with a wood note that’s too masculine. This will age beautifully!


Polichenelle:  Warm Woody Clove Smoke, Vanilla Bean & Marshmallow Extract, Indian Kewda Attar Incense, Amber & White Musk.

In vile: Incense.

Wet on skin: The incense is the first thing I notice then it softens a bit and I can pick up the musks but mostly the white musk.

Dry on skin: As it dries I can start to pick up on the clove smoke and right at the end the vanilla bean and marshmallow come out.

Verdict: I really like this blend. I swear I’m picking up a very light and pretty floral? Whatever it is, it works really well on me.


Apparition:  Vanilla Sugar Crystal, Cedar Essential, Cardamom Extract Essential, White Vetiver Powder.

In vile: I think it’s the white vetiver that I’m smelling with just the tiniest hint of vanilla.

Wet on skin: Spicy and white smelling….it almost smells like ground pepper to me. The cedar is starting to come out and it’s got a little bit of lemon Pledge thing happening.

Dry on skin: As it settles the cardamom is pretty strong with the cedar and white vetiver not far behind. It takes a while before the vanilla sugar show up but once it does it softens this oil quite a bit. Thankfully once it dries the lemon Pledge thing goes away and it smells more like lemon sugar.

Verdict: I like this but I’d like to age it a little and see what happens. I have a feeling it will mellow and richen up quite a bit.

Published by Hottie McNaughty

Hottie was a local burlesque performer and producer in the Seattle area. She now spends her day rallying for pet health insurance and here evenings running The Rhinestone Housewife.

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