I recently branched out into a new perfume oil company for me, Moxie Nouveau-artisan perfumery. I’ve gotten pretty good at guessing what might work for me so I got down with one bottle and a bunch of samples. I picked up a sale bottle of Carol Of The Bells and samples of Barefoot, Beachsand, Boardwalk, Coquette, Dirty Little Secret, Flaunt It, Moxie, Night Owl, No Tanlines, Red Lipstick, Tomboy and received freebie samples of Ladybug and Little Dove.
Barefoot–a true skin blend of sweet amber, skin musk, and a rich patchouli CO2, with pale amyris, and wreathed with dogwood blossoms.
In bottle: Smells like hot sand!
Wet on skin: It’s all sweet amber and something lightly floral at first….maybe the amyris or dogwood blossom? As it settles down I get a lot of the skin musk. This combined with the amber definitely gives it the ‘sandy’ vibe.
Dry on skin: This has dried down to a soft and sweet amber scent. At this point I don’t get any patchouli or florals.
Verdict: If you like amber but not with a heavy touch then you will like this. It’s settled into a pretty generic amber on me so I don’t think I need a bottle.
In bottle: Spicy and firey.
Wet on skin: The agarwood is right up from with the patchouli and sandalwood hovering in the background. The dry earth and amber bring up the back with maybe just a touch of the sea salt in the very background.
Dry on skin: The woods and amber have combined to create a bit of a waxy vibe. Combined with the sea salt and cardamom it’s dry, hot and waxy smelling at the same time. Weird!
Verdict: Hmmm….I’m not sure about this one. It’s got kind of a strange waxy/plasticy note in the background that I’m not sure if I like. I’m going to let it age for a little while and try it again.
Boardwalk–The tourist’s experience is sea salt and weathered wood, with the open ocean on one side, and the cotton candy shop on the other.
In bottle: Salt water taffy!
Wet on skin: Ooh, this is all candy and salt…..two of my favorite things! Oh man, the ocean water has made an appearance and mixed with the candy it’s amazing. I swear I can actually smell the sea spray (without the nasty low tide!).
Dry on skin: Whoa. This smells exactly like it’s described. Like I’m standing on a boardwalk and the wind is blowing the sea spray over to the salt water taffy stand.
Verdict: A truly unique perfume that would be an amazing hot weather scent. An aquatic that I like!
Carol Of The Bells–This scent is serene, dark blue sky and sparkly stars and silver bells, sweet and cold night air. Vetiver, applied with a very light hand, serves to deepen the blue musk and ebony base. A bit of moss and sweet fennel, paired with winter plum, lilac, and fig complete the Christmas fantasy.
In bottle: Mostly musk, sweet and light.
Wet on skin: At first it’s all lilac and green….that must be the moss. As it settles down, I get the blue musk and just a bit of the sweet fennel.
Dry on skin: Now I’m pick up the winter plum and very light vetiver. It’s soft with the fig softly wafting around in the background and the ebony base grounding the whole thing.
Verdict: I will freely admit that I bought this soley because of Mr. Mackey singing the song on South Park. It makes me giggle every time. This is a really beautiful oil and I was a little worried about the lilac but it hasn’t gone weird on me at all. This oil is frozen yet deep and dark smelling without being heavy or masculine. Gorgeous!
Coquette– Satiny French vanilla cream, pink cotton candy, and a mischievous touch of pink pepper. But this flirtatious little perfume has a mean streak and her darker side comes out with black pepper, black vetiver, and the lightest touch of red chili pepper.
In bottle: Ooh….peppery!
Wet on skin: Black and chili pepper are right at the front and in your face. The pink pepper and sweetness of the cotton candy start making an appearance and softening the whole blend.
Dry on skin: The peppers and the sweets are blended perfectly in this oil. The lightest bit of vetiver and chili pepper keep this from being cloying or too girlish.
Verdict: Bottle worthy for sure!
Dirty Little Secret–Vanilla, cream, and vanilla musk can’t hide the rumor of clove, the dirty sexiness of sweet patchouli, or the warm, smoky embrace of copal.
In bottle: Spicy!
Wet on skin: Patchouli is the first thing I notice with a little bit of the smoky copal and maybe just a hint of something spicy….most likely the clove.
Dry on skin: As it dries down I can pick up the vanilla cream and maybe just a hint of vanilla musk? The smoky copal is grounding everything at this point.
Verdict: This is a nice, sexy vanilla blend without being too foodie or little girlish. Gorgeous and I think it’s only going to get better with age!
Flaunt It–This is sultry bordering on erotic. Provocative sugar musk plumped with cognac, sweet fennel, sweet myrrh, and the blatant sexuality of orange blossom. You know what they say, if you’ve got it….
In bottle: Spicy and musky.
Wet on skin: Whooo…this is all sweet myrrh and cognac at first.
Dry on skin: The sweet fennel is the fist thing I pick up with sugar musk wafting around in the background. I think I can just pick up a hint of the orange blossom.
Verdict: Gorgeous! It’s a very evocative and sultry scent….perfect for a tryst on a humid night.
Ladybug–a playful and earthy blend of white patchouli, red musk, strawberry and rhubarb, a hint of green leaves, and daisies.
In bottle: Generic and perfumy.
Wet on skin: Ugh, I’m getting a white floral and it’s sharp and rather off putting.
Dry on skin: Yuck, this was sour and terrible on me, I had to wash it off.
Verdict: Typically anything with green or floral doesn’t work for me so it’s no surprise I hated it.
Little Dove–created to celebrate my daughter’s first birthday. Pretty and innocent without being babyish or floral. A powdery base of oakmoss and agarwood, with the kiss of clean skin, creamy vanilla, the sparkle of heliotrope and sweetpea, and a drop or two of thyme.
In bottle: Perfumy.
Wet on skin: A soft spicy…..maybe the agarwood and thyme? After that the oakmoss and powder make an appearance. I’m not a huge fan of powdery scents so we’ll see what happens.
Dry on skin: It turns to straight powder on me.
Verdict: Off to swaps.
Night Owl–Happiest in the black of night. Black musk, black vanilla, a hint of smoke, and a dark violet. Incredibly smooth and velvety, only a bit sweet. This is what black velvet would smell like.
In bottle: A little bit like Paydoh.
Wet on skin: Black musk and smoke are at the front. This is followed up by something slightly almondy to me….I wonder if that’s the dark violet?
Dry on skin: Well, this does go a little Ben Gay right in the middle but I kind of like it? I think it’s the black musk and the smoke together that gives it a little of this vibe.
Verdict: I like it and it does really and truly smell like what I imagine black velvet would smell like.
No Tanlines–Sun worshipers know that the best tans come from the sun, and summer smells like skin kissed by equal parts sun and coconut, lounging on a warm cotton towel, with the cool hints of green grass and dandelions in the background.
In bottle: Green grass.
Wet on skin: Very green and a little perfumy at first. I get the fresh laundry smell of the cotton towel as well as the green grass.
Dry on skin: As it’s dried I still get that laundry and green smell but the coconut has made a brief appearance and it’s definitely of the suntan lotion variety.
Verdict: I’m generally not a fan of ‘green’ anything in my perfume oil and unfortunately this isn’t an exception. Off to swaps!
Red Lipstick– A bit of ambrette seed, sweet amber, beeswax, and myrrh, rounded out with nutmeg, stained with pomegranate and mulberry juice.
In bottle: Like juicy candy or gum.
Wet on skin: Hmmm…it smells a bit of liquor with a bit of wax tossed in. Then something spicy and slightly red starts appearing.
Dry on skin: This has dried down to a very fruity and spicy scent. I can definitely pick up the mulberry juice and nutmeg.
Verdict: It’s a little craft store Christmas section for me but it would be lovely oil burner scent.
In bottle: Tonka bean and bourbon!
Wet on skin: Wood and tonka bean are at the forefront with just a bit of the black pepper wafting around. Soon the vanilla bean swoops in with the vanilla musk and honey.
Dry on skin: Oh the honey has come out and really pulled all these notes together. With the woods and the vanillas and black pepper it’s just gorgeous.
Verdict: LOVE it and will be ordering a bottle.