Well Smell Bent has put out another really chic limited edition collection. I do so enjoy a sanely sized LE collection so I really appreciate this collections well curated petite size. I ordered the full sample set which is $18 including shipping and had my order in about a week. I have reviewed for you, the entirety of the Holiday Happening collection!
Lady Dreidel–hiba and sandalwood spun with vanilla, chocolate gelt, orris and soft musk.
In bottle: Sandalwood and sugar.
Wet on skin: The sandalwood is right up front with the chocolate following closely behind. The soft musk makes a strong appearance a couple of minutes in.
Dry on skin: Upon dry down this smells likes a room with really good expensive incense after someone has had sex in it. (did you just read that? Yep. I must be feeling saucy today)
Verdict: This is a bottle must have for me.
Dead Of Winter–anise liquor, vanilla, heliotrope, cedar and zombie musk. smellies …. arrrrhhgggggg
In bottle: Slightly spicy black jelly beans.
Wet on skin: It smells ‘cold’ and black licoricey. I can definitely pick out the heliotrope but the vanilla really grounds it and gives it a creamy vibe.
Dry on skin: This scent is almost…….velvety smelling. What does velvet smell like? This! Plush and rich and it’s got a dark and cool edge to it. I can definitely smell the anise but it’s softened by the vanilla and what I think is the zombie musk.
Verdict: Anise/licorice lovers rejoice! I love this and it will be bottle purchase for me.
Bolshe Vixen–hazelnuts roasted with vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg and creamy woods.
In bottle: Cocoa and soft spice.
Wet on skin: Hmmm…a little bit of all the notes! I get nuts, some luminous cocoa and soft wood.
Dry on skin: This smells like rich, real cocoa and tasty spices have been stored in a wood box. It’s soft and luxurious though. This would be equally amazing on a boy or girl.
Verdict: Um, yet another bottle buy for me!
Ice Station Zebra–howling arctic winds, cracking ice, frozen earth, and crisp evergreen buried under a drift of snowy musk.
In bottle: Mint and evergreen.
Wet on skin: Brisk and green right up front. The two mixed together definitely gives it a frozen and icy feel. And a little like menthol or Ben Gay! (which I kind of like)
Dry on skin: Everything has softened considerably but it’s still very brisk and wintery smelling. I get the icy, cold and evergreen feel for sure.
Verdict: I would love to smell this on a boy. It’s a bit brisk for me all on it’s own, but it would be really nice layered over a sweet candy scent.
Winter Love–vintage red patchouli mellowed out with incense, tonka, blood cedar, vetiver and sandalwood.
In bottle: Hippy dippy patchouli! (this oil is very thick!)
Wet on skin: Oh yeah, calling all hippies! I get patchouli right up in your face with blood cedar and vetiver lurking off to the side.
Dry on skin: The patchouli is still ‘right there’ and this is a very in your face head shop type of patchouli. With the incense and sandalwood it’s earthy and very grounded.
Verdict: Straight up hippie, head shop but done in an expensive and thoughtful way. Patchouli lovers take note!
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