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Solstice Scents Fall LE EDP’s Available At The Rhinestone Housewife

Hello Hotties!

We are so happy to have the new Solstice Scents EDP releases at The Rhinestone Housewife.  If you have not tried any of these lovely EDP‘s, you are really messing out, as they are gorgeous! These will be available while supplies last.

ASTRAL TEMPLE  – Amber, Ginger, Orange, Clove, Patchouli, Vetiver, Frankincense.

Astral Temple EDP
Astral Temple EDP

BLACKBURN’S PARLOR – Vanilla Waffle Bowl, Vanilla & Chocolate Ice Creams, Sliced Bananas Smothered In Caramel Sauce & Topped With Whipped Cream.

Blackburn's Parlour
Blackburn’s Parlour

FOXCROFT – Decaying Leaves, Rich Black Soil, Dry Leaves, Fall Air, Woods, Chimney Smoke.

Foxcroft EDP
Foxcroft EDP

GEHENNA – Red Musk, Dragon’s Blood Resin, Amber, Burning Wood, Somalian Myrrh, Egyptian Musk, Oud.

Gehenna EDP
Gehenna EDP

JACK & THE DEVIL – Pumpkin, Amber, Spices, Vanilla, Aged Patchouli & Oakmoss.

Jack & The Devil EDP
Jack & The Devil EDP

OWL CREEK ALEWORKS – Sticky English Toffee Pudding, Blackburn’s Parlor Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel, Toasted Coconut & Hazelnut, Sugared Pumpkin Cream Stout.

Owl Creek Aleworks EDP
Owl Creek Aleworks EDP

RIVERSIDE HAYRIDE – Moist Dirt, White Carnations, Fallen Leaves, Bare Branches, Hay & a Hint of Pressed Apples Carried on the Breeze from Corvin’s Apple Orchard.

Riverside Hayride EDP
Riverside Hayride EDP

RUNESTONE – Natural Earthy Forest Blend With Aged Patchouli, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Cedar, Violet Leaf, Dirt, Leaves, Cypress, Spruce.

Runestone EDP
Runestone EDP

SCRYING SMOKE – Natural and Meditative Melting Frankincense Resin, Frankincense Smoke, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Cedar, Petigrain, Vetiver, Labdanum & much more.

Scrying Smoke EDP
Scrying Smoke EDP

WITCH’S COTTAGE – Warm Baked Goods, Dried Herbs, Sweet Annie, Soft Woods & Fragrant Hearth Smoke.

Witch's Cottage EDP
Witch’s Cottage EDP



Change To Future Arcana New Collection Releases

Hello! How is everyone doing this morning? It’s beautiful here in the lovely Pacific Northwest and I hope to get out and enjoy it later today. I wanted to take a moment and give you an update on future Arcana restocks. I have gotten some feedback that people were disappointed in the speedy sell out of this latest Arcana release and you know what? I totally and completely 100% agree with you.

Dash-one of the reasons I need Carpet Afterlife in my world!

The reception of this release took me (and Julia) completely by surprise. When I first opened The Rhinestone Housewife, I used to buy 3-5 bottles of each scent and those would hang around forever. lol  Needless to say that is no longer the case and I’m the first to admit that I was unprepared to deal with that sort of demand. I made the largest stock order I’d ever made in the history of The Rhinestone Housewife and assumed that would be plenty. Twenty to thirty bottles of each scent? No problem, I thought! Well you guys took that stock and ran away with it. I’m honored and delighted to see Arcana doing so well but it also created some irritation from customers that had difficulty getting what they wanted. And I wanted to say, that I hear you. We’ll be making some changes with the soon to be released summer collection.

The first change that we’re going to make it limiting the decant circle order. I hate to do this, and fully support what Angi does 100%. The way I look at it is the decant circles are there so that people can test out the scents before buying a whole bottle. Well what happened is that once the initial orders were in, there were no bottles left to buy. It sort of defeats the purpose, right? So moving forward the decant circle orders will be limited to 10 bottles of each scent with no add on bottles allowed. I know this is going to be disappointing to some of you but it’s the logical choice moving forward.

The second change we’re going to make is doubling (again) the amount of each scent that we order to stock The Rhinestone Housewife. I’m *hoping* this will be enough to to satisfy the growing demand for the lovely oils that Julia at Arcana bestows upon us. If demand for these collections continue to grow, I am happy to grow our orders with that demand.   I’ve learned a lot this past year and I hope you stick with us for the long haul because every day I learn something new and valuable.

This last six months The Rhinestone Housewife has seen exponential growth and admittedly we’ve had some growing pains. What do you guys think? I always welcome feedback and practice an ‘open door’ policy when it comes to suggestions and customer service.   I also wanted to take a moment and thank every each and one of you for allowing me to do what I love to do.  Without out all of you we wouldn’t be her.  So, thank you.


Pictures of cute puppies and booze because….well, cute puppies and booze!

Arcana 2015 Meow Collection Reviews

Hello hotties!   The long awaited Arcana Meow collection has landed at The Rhinestone Housewife and we are pleased to bring you reviews.

The Meow Collection
Scents inspired by the art of female masturbation

Fanning the Fur:  Almond, vetiver, luxuriant amber resin, coconut milk, peru balsam, and whiskey.

In bottle:  Almond and coconut.

Wet on skin:  The almond and vetiver are right up front and it’s amazing.  As it settles the amber resin and whiskey are wafting around in a cloud of perfection.

Dry on skin:  The vetiver and coconut are the stars and the amber resin and peru balsam are the perfect support.   The whiskey is a naughty party goer, knocking at the back door wanting in.  Let whiskey in because it’s perfect.

Verdict: Well, what a gorgeous and feminine vetiver blend this is. Deep, sultry and succulent. I have a feeling this will age well.   If you like Villainess Mudslide, then you will love this and I have worn them layered together and I’ve gotten several compliments.

Fanning The Fur
Fanning The Fur

Fluffing the Bunny:  Madagascar vanilla, Tahitian vanilla, apricot, white musk, skin musk, and a tiny tickle of mint.

In bottle:  Vanilla and soft mint.

Wet on skin:  The vanillas are right up front with soft mint a perfect compliment.  The white musk and apricot saunter in and it’s a beautiful soft pairing.  Lovely.

Dry on skin:  It’s a sensuous cloud of vanillas, musk and mint.  The mint is soft and pretty, not too sharp and the apricot adds just the right hint of fruitiness.

Verdict:  Beautiful.  Soft, pretty and it’s no wonder this has been the best seller of this collection.  It’s exactly what it sounds like.

Fluffing The Bunny
Fluffing The Bunny

Jabberwocking:  Fresh gingerroot with ginger grass, strawberry, satsuma, raspberry, ruby grapefruit, apricot, chai, and green musk.

In bottle:  Grapefruit and strawberry.

Wet on skin:  The first thing I pick up is the ruby grapefruit and gingerroot.  The satsuma is juicy and ripe smelling and is really nice with the ginger grass.

Dry on skin:  The citrus are the stars of this blend and it’s definitely the first thing you notice.  This is tempered perfectly with the ginger and green musk while the chair and apricot are soft and subtle in the background.

Verdict: This blend isn’t getting the love it needs.  It’s beautiful, succulent, lush and so pretty.  If you like fruity and bright blends, this is for you!  (I snagged a bottle for myself as well.)


Paddling the Pink Canoe:  Dragonsblood, vintage patchouli, citron, pink salt, pink musk, and amber.

In bottle:  Dragonsblood and pink musk.

Wet on skin:  Wow, the pink salt is the first thing I notice with the citron close behind.  The dragonsblood and pink salt are really nice together, it’s not something I have experienced before.

Dry on skin:  As this blend dries down the pink musk really blossoms.   The pink salt intensifies a bit here and it’s superb with the patchouli.

Verdict:  If you like pink, girly and bright scents, then this is for you!   It’s girly without being too precious or cloying and I think the dragonblood and patchouli are responsible for that.   Typically dragonsblood doesn’t work for me but I LOVE this blend and highly recommend it.  I grabbed a bottle for myself.

Paddling The Pink Canoe
Paddling The Pink Canoe

Twirling the Pearl:  Rich, golden honey, marshmallow, lavender milk, soft musk, and a tiny hint of green galbanum.

In bottle:  Lavender milk.

Wet on skin: There’s a soft honey right up front and it’s swirling around with the lavender milk.  This is a really soft lavender, more of a lavender marshmallow.

Dry on skin:  The green galbanum has really blossomed and it’s softly supported by the musk and honey.   The lavender milk and soft musk together with the hint of green really give this blend a ‘pearl’ vibe.

Verdict:  Really pretty.  It’s fresh and girly and clean smelling….refreshing!

Twirling The Pearl
Twirling The Pearl

Two Finger Ballet:  A delicate blend of French vanilla creme, white amber, sugared vanilla beans, caramel, and the smallest dab of opium.

In bottle:  Vanilla creme.

Wet on skin:  The sugared vanilla beans are intoxicating and they are dancing around with the caramel.   The vanilla creme and white amber are perfect to add to this combination.

Dry on skin:  Warm and inviting the vanillas and caramel have wrapped me in a cloud of amazeballs.   The slight touch of opium is perfection here…not really noticeable but just enough to ground the blend a bit.

Verdict:   If you’re a fan of vanilla, foody or gourmand scents then pick this up!  Now, right now.    And don’t worry, we only have one bottle left but more will be stocked.  😉  This is the best selling blend of this collection.

Two Finger Ballet
Two Finger Ballet

Arcana 2014 Hallowe’en Collection Live At The Rhinestone Housewife

Omg, omg, omg…it’s here and it’s marvelous!  The long awaited Arcana Hallowe’en collection has swooped into and landed at The Rhinestone Housewife.  This is a really interesting and unique Halloween assortment.   It’s propped up on a back bone of autumn and Halloween favorites like apples and pumpkins but they are presented in new ways with deliciously cute labels.  These are available while supplies last only so grab them while you can!


The Doom & Gloom Duo

Doom:  A brutal mix of black amber, black musk, labdanum resin, incense, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa absolute, and woodsmoke snaking through old trees.

Gloom:  Black opium drifting down shadowy alleys, green musk, rain, sea water, petitgrain, and a particularly gloomy shot of grapefruit.

The Ravenous Collection

Apples Crave Cake:  A Rhinestone Housewife Exclusive! Fresh, crisp red apples blended with our yellow cake layering note.

Apples Crave Flora:  A fresh blend of Fuji apple, tropical Tiare blossm, tuberose, bergamot, orange flower, and a touch of vintage patchouli.

Apples Crave Frills:  Our Frilly Underpinnings blend with sweet, crisp pippins.

Apples Crave Orchards:  Dry apple cider with French hay absolute, a touch of heartwood, and a hint of rain.

Apples Crave Peaches:  Green apple hard candy with sugared peaches.

Apples Crave Resins:  Citron-laced cider with dragonsblood resin, warm myrrh, and smoky frankincense.

Apples Crave Tea:  Smoky black tea leaf, golden musk, cardamom, and baked winesaps.

Apples Crave Vanilla:  Wild apples and green apples with delicate vanilla, sensual musk, and white amber.

Pumpkins Crave Bacon:  Sugar pumpkin with maple, nutmeg, and smoky bacon accord.

Pumpkins Crave Cappuccino:  Super roasted coffee bean EO, vanilla milk, pumpkin, and rum with shots of blackberry and black raspberry syrup.

Pumpkins Crave Honey:  Spiced calabaza and beeswax candles smothered in acacia honey, buckwheat honey, and mead.

Pumpkins Crave Resins:  Gilded amber, black amber, 10 year old labdanum absolute, black tea, and boozy golden gourd.

Pumpkins Crave Terror:  Our Holy Terror blend with glowing pumpkin and a small dash of pie spices.

Pumpkins Crave Treats:  Rum-laced caramel, cane sugar, pumpkin custard, and delicate, vanilla-infused marshmallows.

Pumpkins Crave Viola:  Purple violets, lemongrass, Oregon lavender, coconut milk, and gently spiced pumpkin flesh.

New for this year:

Soul Eater:  Voracious beings appear in the dark tales of many cultures. From Haitian zombis and the teyollocuani of the pre-Columbian Pipil to ancient Egypt’s Ammit the Devourer and Hansel and Gretel’s hungry witch, they play upon human fears of being possessed, devoured, and destroyed. Rich tobacco, delicious caramel, fir needle, black spruce, peru balsam, and sandalwood.

A new addition to the Gorgon Collection:

Sthenno:  The eldest of the three terrible Gorgons, Sthenno was also the fiercest and most dangerous. Rich amber resin, whiskey, tobacco, coconut meat, and white musk.

We also have Medusa and our exclusive, Euryale so you can collect them all!


Arcana Queens Of Snow and Air Available at The Rhinestone Housewife

The gorgeous new collection from Arcana, Queens Of Snow and Air is now available at The Rhinestone Housewife.   This collection is based upon and obscure fairy tale by the brothers Grimm.

The Queens of Snow and Air Perfume Collection

The elements of a dark, obscure tale from the Brothers Grimm, presented in the order in which they appear. In 5 ml amber glass bottles and are $18.

 Little Lully:  Our heroine. Innocent, gentle, rosy-cheeked. Tender new blossoms of lily of the valley and honeysuckle are kissed with coconut milk, copaiba balsam, and butter CO2 extract.

Small Cottage in a Clearing:  The cozy scent of milky coffee with white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and a faint undercurrent of dangerous black musk.

 The Old Forest:  Smoky resins with Bourbon vanilla bean, wild honey, dragonsblood, dark musk, kush, a hint of fir needle, and a drop of antique vetiver.

 Gehern the Troll:  He lives high in the mountains in his frozen cave. Fresh gingerroot, warm gingerbread, nectarine, bergamot, sweet orange.

 7 Apples Grow in Ice:  Honeyed winesaps and green apples with pearl musk, skin musk, white pepper, and a tiny hint of frozen grapefruit.

Astrid the Cold:  The mystical, enigmatic queen of air. Neroli, chilled vodka, rich amber, oak moss, coconut husks, lavender.

 Sigrid the Wise:  The beautiful, merciful queen of snow. Labdanum absolute, smoky frankincense, myrrh, and glorious, golden vanilla.

 Necklace Made of Tears:  Poor Lully. Sticky spun sugar with frankincense tears, peach nectar, violets, lacrima water, and cardamom.

 The Sighing Bridge:  Dark, sweet pipe tobacco with 3 precious ambers.

 Snowflake Palace:  At last. White tea leaves, white amber, silvery soft musk, and a swirl of wood smoke.


We also have some returning favorites that will be in the shop for a hot minute so get them while you can!


Arctic Bear:  Cave in to shivery pleasures with this festively icy blend straight from the North Pole. A playful mix of aromatic Northern bayberry, frosted Siberian fir needle oil and the dry freshness of snowy woods. Hail the Great Arctic Bear!

 Black Maria:  Abandoned remedies, emptied tobacco tins, and the intangible essence of impending trouble. Ginger syrup, apothecary honey, golden Cavendish, vanilla, tonka, and Dutch caraway.


“I have met with women whom I really think would like to be married to a poem, and to be given away by a novel.” —John Keats
Lavender, warm milk, rich vanilla, white heather, yuzu, petitgrain, and a smattering of sunflowers.

Comfort 2013:  The sugarcoated balm of holiday solace. Bright pomegranate and fluffy snow lift the soul while splashes of citrus, tonka, and rum warm the heart.

 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.

 La Befana:  Notes of ripe apricot, Sicilian blood orange, dark chocolate, smoked vanilla, and toasted biscotti combine to evoke la Befana, the Christmas witch of Italy who slides down chimneys to leave sweets for very good children and lumps of coal for the very bad.

 Old Year’s Night:  And in with the new. Black coconut, fresh ginger, champagne, vanilla, massoia bark, skin musk, peru balsam, sugarcane, ecru musk, and the merest whiffs of icy bergamot and frozen pear.

Pax Mundi : A prayerful ode to world peace. Smoky frankincense, bay laurel, myrtle pepper, peach nectar, myrrh, balsam of peru, Atlas cedar wood, and gentle copaiba.

Snug:  The scent of staying in to watch the snow fall: dark honey amber, marshmallow, and the glow of beeswax candles.

Solstice Sugar: Rejoice in the return of the sweet sun-child throughout all the jolly festivals of the Winter Solstice. The scent of warmest celebrations and Yuletide feasts with notes of toasty almonds, apple cakes, baking spices, and honeyed mead.

Tinderbox:  The essence of a baroque case filled with tempered firesteel, flint, and linen charcloth: resinous black amber, woodsmoke, sweet mallow root, frankincense, cubeb, and sandalwood.

 The Ulda: The elusive fairy folk of the Nordic Sapmi region are said to live underneath the Earth and travel in reindeer-drawn sleighs tinkling with silver bells. With white almond, resinous Baltic amber, crisp bayberry, warm cardamom, and pink pepper.

 Winter Malaise:  Sigh. A carb-laden base of syrupy sweet mango and thick, rich vanilla is prodded with cinnamon, clove, black anise, and iron-distilled patchouli. Perfect for that date with your light box.

Winter Mirth:  The scent of favorite scarves, gleeful snow days, and a lighthearted whirl of holiday parties: green coconut, baked pumpkin, nutmeg, red patchouli, and brightest lemongrass.

 Professor T.S. Goodfellow’s Winter Correctives:  Professor T.S. Goodfellow’s now-obscure scientific preparations originated in the 1930’s in the workshop of a small midwest university. Often found wild-eyed at all hours in front of his bubbling beakers with an illegible stack of notes at his side, Goodfellow was called everything from mad scientist to astounding, unprecedented genius. Here are a few of the formulae he devised specifically to alleviate winter’s dark days. May they blast and soothe your doldrums and bring you whatever you seek.

Laughter:  Giggly raspberry with sparks of pink and black pepper, and what Goodfellow himself described as “a gay tangle of euphoric herbs” which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

Ooomph:  For those late afternoons when eyelids begin to inexorably droop. Coffee, coffee, more coffee, cream, and a brew of stimulative herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

Prosperity:  It’s always good to keep one’s coffers filled. Golden pumpkin, lime, amber, almond, a pinch of cardamom, and a pastiche of herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

 Tranquility:  A palliative mix of apricot, peach, cream, sweet clove, and a union of calming herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

Arcana Great Expectations Collection Now Available!

Hotties, I am so excited to let you know that the greatly anticipated new LE collection from Arcana is now available at The Rhinestone Housewife!      At this point the Great Expectations collection is limited edition and is available while supplies last.

Young Rantipole:  Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorn or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day. The scent of foolish new money and bad choices belying a loyal heart beneath. Sour cherry, black musk, brown musk, cocoa absolute, and kush.


Magwitch:  Hold your noise! cried a terrible voice, as a man started up from among the graves at the side of the church porch. Keep still, you little devil, or I’ll cut your throat! Rich pipe tobacco, sea water, tobacco flowers, and black roses.

Miss Havisham:  So she sat, corpse-like, as we played at cards; the frillings and trimmings on her bridal dress, looking like earthy paper. Withered gardenias with star jasmine, chamomile, ivory musk, and pearl musk.


Am I pretty?
Yes, I think you are very pretty.
Am I insulting?
Not so much as you were last time, said I.

Quietly stunning ambre blanc and vanilla bean with a kiss of cognac.


Love Her, Love Her, Love Her:  If she tears your heart to pieces — and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper — love her, love her, love her! An inexorable enchantment of 3 honeys in a base of rich, smoky resins.

A Pale Young Gentleman:  Come and fight, said the pale young gentleman. What could I do but follow him? Violets, amber, coconut husks, frankincense, and white peach.


Gargery’s Forge:  It was not because I was faithful, but because Joe was faithful, that I never ran away and went for a soldier or a sailor. Glowing red amber and boozy musk with incense, iron, salt, and smoke.


Pumblechook: We shook hands for the hundredth time at least, and he ordered a carter out of my way with the greatest indignation. An overblown, buffoonish, Pumblechookian mix of oats, wheat, brown sugar, cinnamon, black pepper, apricot, bitter cacao, and a drop of blackseed oil.


Walworth Castle:  I think it was the smallest house I ever saw; with the queerest gothic windows (by far the greater part of them sham) and a gothic door, almost too small to get in at. The warm, masculine, homey scent of sweet bayberry, chestnut honey, goat milk, treacle, coffee bean, and clove.


Clara:  She really was a most charming girl, and might have passed for a captive fairy, whom that truculent Ogre, Old Barley, had pressed into his service. Vanilla-infused sugar cookies and tea with tiny hints of banana, apricot, and lavender.


What Larks!  Dear old Pip, old chap, said Joe, you and me was ever friends. And when you’re well enough to go out for a ride — what larks! A happy blend of English strawberries and salted milk caramels strewn across polished wood.


Rhinestone Housewife Arcana Exclusives Reveiws-Genteel and Vulgar

I am so excited to share these with you!  Julia spent months working on them and we’ve finally got them ready for you in the shop.  Genteel and Vulgar-celebrating the dichotomy that is the housewife.   I’ll admit that I’m a mix of the two and I do enjoy wearing one blend on one arm and the other on the other arm.

Genteel is the well-bred housewife who pens perfect thank you notes and always matches her carpet to her drapes.   Aniseed, 2 vanillas, dry amber, sugar, and cashmere musk with wisps of fine sandalwood and cedarwood.

In bottle-Soft aniseed and amber.

Wet on skin-The aniseed is stronger but but it’s tempered by the sugar and vanillas.  It’s quite soft and not at all a sharp or green.  It’s almost velvety and creamy. Lush.

Dry on skin- The woods have really amped up and I can pick out the cedarwood and sandalwood.  I think it’s the cashmere musk that’s making everything so velvety.  I like it.  This isn’t a licoricey aniseed at all.  There’s no black jelly beans here.

Verdict-This blend is both sexy and lady like and it’s perfectly captured it’s name.   I’ve been reaching for this almost daily since I got it.




Vulgar is the tatted up housewife who swears like a sailor and plays punk rock at all times “so the kids will be smart.”  Dirty cherry with dark chocolate, vanilla-infused marshmallow, honey, pepper, patchouli, and a hint of smoky bacon.

In bottle-Cherry and pepper.

Wet on skin-Cherry and pepper marshmallow is what I get right at first.   It’s ever so slightly medicinal right now as it starts to dry down but I don’t find it off putting at all…more sharp.

Dry on skin-The cherry settles down but the vanilla and chocolate amp a bit.  It’s a deep dark and not sweet chocolate.   The honey and patchouli dance around for a bit and then….believe it or not, you get just a bit of smoked bacon.  With whatever magic Julia uses, this actually smells hot and sexy.

Verdict-I can already tell that this is going to age really well.  It’s a thick oil and you have to mix it to get the dark sludgy stuff rolling around in there.  That’s the good stuff.  Bawdy and brass I love this oil.  Fuck ya.



Smell Bent Holiday Happening Reviews

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 Dreidelhiba 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 Winteranise 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 Vixenhazelnuts 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 Zebrahowling 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 Lovevintage 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!


If you are interested in any of these oils, you can check them out here:


Nocturne Alchemy Reviews

Nokturne: Blue Topaz Kobalt:  What is Blue Topaz? It was requested within the Pyramid that a Blue Musk be offered as a Nokturne. We have been searching all over the world for the perfect single note of Blue Topaz and we found a few but none stood up to the Nokturne name until one day it had occurred to me the Blue Musk, that became a new nameBlue Topaz, needed a little something special within it. So we began pouring, ever so slowly, Kobalt (Vanilla Orchid) into Blue Topaz and what was created was a beautiful symmetry of sensual scent. Why Blue Topaz? One day when testing this with Jacek, I looked down at the white gold ring I wear with a blue topaz on it and Jacek said, “yes, that would be a nice name for it”. Both masculine and feminine and perfect for a Nokturne Duality. Bastet and I have worn this and both of us talked about the sense of harmony and tranquility and how this perfume lifts the spirit, body and mind. Will there be a future Blue Topaz single note? Possibly…but until then…Kobalt is the perfect note for this new Nokturne Duality!

In bottle: Spicy vanilla flower

Wet on skin:  A bit of a floral creaminess has emerged.   Hmmm….something has gone *slightly* mothball on me…..it’s the spiciness mingling with something.

Dry on skin:   Ok, the mothball has given way to a more creamy floral.  It really smells like carnation to me which I really like but it rarely works with my chemistry.

Verdict:  After this dries down it’s really pretty on me and I’m glad I got a bottle.


Karkade Summer Hessonite: Hibiscus Leaf of Aswan, Sugar Resin, Aged Nokturne:Hessonite (Alexandrian Patchouli, organic), with Egyptian and Indian Black Tea.

In bottle: Woodsy!  Definitely some patchouli.

Wet on skin:
The patchouli softens a little bit and the tea comes to the front.  As it settles I can pick up on the sugar resin and definitely the hibiscus leaf.

Dry on skin:  Once it’s dried down there’s a wonderful spiciness that comes out.  But it’s not a craft store kind of spice…..more like a spicy sugar and I think it’s the sugar resin.  What ever it is, it’s wonderful!   I imagine a patchouli scented toasted sugar cube.

Verdict:  I’ve never been overly fond of tea scents but the Karkade scents have been wonderful so far.  This is a wonderful sexy and sophisticated patchouli scent for the patch lovers out there!



Haunted Ambre Lab:  This is a preview Halloweenie scent!   Yay!   Nokturne:Hessonite, Rock Rose Resin, White Patchouli, Black Ginger, White Cardamom, Gold sap of Frankincense, Wood of Myrrh, Indian Cypriol, Black Cedar, Nutmeg, Black Peppercorn and N3 Musk.

In bottle:  Woodsy and slightly masculine.

Wet on skin:  Very woody and I can definitely pick up the musk and patchouli.   It’s pretty strong at this point and just a little on the sharp side.

Dry on skin:  So the woody component has settled down and the cardamom has come out along with the black peppercorn.   As it dries down something has added a really gorgeous creaminess that I’m totally digging.   The rock rose resin is just lingering very softly in the background.

Verdict:  Super duper gorgeous and I’m really glad I bought a bottle of this. If this is an example of what Halloween is to bring then I’m excited!


ZOMG Smells Reviews

I hadn’t tried ZOMG yet so I decided to try their sample pack and the shipping was exceedingly fast.  Everything was well packed with no leaks.

Ice Cream Soda Root Beet Float:  From childhood love to fully-grown treat: root beer floats are classic and tasty! We have hand-blended our Root Beer Ice Cream Soda fragrance from fond memories of sweet sarsaparilla fizz and hand-dipped vanilla ice cream.

In vial:  Super fizzy cream soda.

Wet on skin:  Sarsaparilla and a bit of fizzy cream.  As is dries, the sarsaparilla fades a bit and the creamy vanilla comes out.

Dry on skin:  It’s got a little bit of the weird fake ‘cola’ smell that all the oils I’ve tried has but it’s not bad at all.

Verdict:  It’s a pretty straight up root beer scent.  If you like creamy sarsaparilla I say go for it!



Love Durian:  Durians: the King of Fruits. They taste like heaven, but smell like hell–we’ve reversed that. 🙂 This is the scent of a ripe, joyous durian with all the onion gravy and rancid sweatsock taken right out! Quite possibly the sweetest scent ever made.   Banana, pineapple, strawberry, gooey brown sugar, and the tiniest bit of sticky coconut. A little bit of an inside joke there.

In vial:  Sweet!

Wet on skin:  Plasticy sweetness.  It smells like the old roller ball lip glosses from when I was little.  This very fruity and sweet.   I think it’s the gooey brown sugar that’s off putting at this point.

Dry on skin: Ok, now the plastic/overly sweet part has faded, it’s got a nice spicy quality to it.

Verdict:  I like it!  It’s a nice and has an  uncomplicated sweet quality to it.



Sugar Dragon:  A pillager of patisseries and chaser of confectionaries, the sugar dragon collects cherry vanilla, candied almond and clove into a dragon’s hoard of sweetness, then curls protectively around them in a coil of red musk, incense and a hint of smoke.

In vial:  Cherry cinnamon cough syrup.

Wet on skin:  A blast of cough syrup, followed by a touch of cinnamon and clove.     There is a bit of smoke lurking in the background but it’s soft and not at all sharp.

Dry on skin:  As it dries the red musk comes to the front with candy and clove hovering at the edges.

Verdict:  This is a pretty straight forward red musk blend.   I like the addition of the candy clove vibe.



Sparkle Receptors:  This scent is specifically designed to tickle the sparkle receptors in your brain in a way that we hope will improve your mood if you need it and sustain your good spirits if you started out sparkly. Strawberry gum, bright citruses, warm happy amber, the light floral tease of red currant, sparkle, and fizz.

In vial:  Sparkly and fizzy.

Wet on skin:  Super citrus, but it’s bright and juicy smelling.  Lots of sparkle and fizz with maybe just a bit of the red currant?

Dry on skin:  Oh man, this dries down really nice.   Normally I *want* to like fizzy scents but they just don’t work for me.  This one is really bright and fresh with out smelling too much like candy.  I think the tad bit of amber in there really helps!

Verdict:  A surprise hit for me, I wasn’t expecting to like this one and I might have to pick up a bottle!



Pink Seven:  Sweet, utterly girly and floral, Pink Seven is (rather appropriately) made of seven pink things: Pink Lady apple accord, pink lemonade, pink grapefruit, pink geranium, pink cotton candy, fresh strawberry, and red currant for a little extra blush.

In vial:  Apple with a bit of grapefruit.

Wet on skin:  Yum bright apple and geranium.    The ‘pinks’ are starting to make an appearance, but I’m not getting any of the cotton candy for strawberry.

Dry on skin:  The currant and geranium are the dominating notes which makes me a bit sad because I really loved the apple.  Sadly the candies never appeared.

Verdict:  A little too bright and fruity for me.



Candied Head:  A scent specifically formulated for the days when choosing between smelling like a sweetshop and smelling like a headshop is simply impossible. Holly has this problem a lot. Sugared, cakey, amber-licious and incensey.

In vial:  Sweetly spicy.

Wet on skin:  Head shop!   Well, a good smelling head shop that also sells candy.  🙂

Dry on skin:  There’s definitely an amber cake vibe going on here.  It’s just a *bit* off putting with the gas station incense note added in.

Verdict:  Ultimately I ended up not liking this.   It reminds me of Karma by Lush and it smells a bit like flea dip to me.



Wait Until Evening:

With due respect to K.C. and the Sunshine Band, who were clearly operating from a solid base of knowledge, the procedure as stated for getting down is not in line with modern laboratory science. We humbly suggest a few minor edits to the procedural manual, in order to eliminate the ambiguity that may cause less-observant researchers to get down improperly. These are as follows:

1. Do a little dance

2. Make a little love

3. Wait until evening 

4. Get down

We look forward to the board’s adoption of this new language. The study of funk is too important to be disrupted by slapdash procedures.

(a scent meant to occupy that scientifically crucial space between making a little love and getting down. A dark, funky, musky blend of patchouli, myrrh, red ginger, spikenard and blackstrap molasses.)

In vial:  Patchouli and a touch of molasses.

Wet on skin:  OH yum, dirty patchouli and myrrh with a touch of molasses.   I don’t know what spikenard smells like, so maybe a bit of that, too?

Dry on skin:  It’s deepened into kind of a dusty resin thing that I’m digging.  It does smell dirty and funky but only in the best way possible.   The ginger is just the right kick.

Verdict:  My favorite out of the whole batch….I’ll definitely be purchasing a bottle.


Nocturne Alchemy Reviews Part 1 (& day 1!)

I ordered an embarrassingly large amount of perfume with this last update as they all sounded so good!   There were some that I just knew I would regret if I passed on them.    I figured I would break the review posts up three to four reviews per post.  Hope this works for you guys.  I also included photos of the bottles as some folks had requested that.    Enjoy and on to the reviews!

Karkade Summer:Santalum LE-Hibiscus Leaf of Aswan, Sugar Resin, charmingly Aged Nokturne:Santalum (Aromatic Egyptian Sandalwood of the Aswan area) with Egyptian and Indian Black Tea.

Karkade Summer: Santalum

In bottle: Hibiscus leaf…..very green.

Wet on Skin:  I’m getting a slightly spicy black tea with a hint of sandalwood.

Dry on skin:  As it dries down the tea actually gets a bit stronger but the entire oils mellows and softens with the sugar resin.

Verdict: I like this a lot more than I thought I would!   It’s really sexy and I’m super glad I got a bottle as I think age will only make it better!



Bastet’s Somnolent Summer-Aged Sapphire, Egyptian Sugar Crystals, a drop of soft Apricot Essence Incense, a few drops of Sweet Black Pepper and Vanilla-Amber Incense.

Bastet’s Somnolent Summer LE

In bottle: Powdery and sweet.

Wet on skin: Right at first it smells just a little bit like cola or maybe sassafrass? I think that’s the sugar and black pepper together.

Dry on skin: Wow….this is super sexy! If Dr. Pepper has a risque aunt who always got a little too tipsy at the holiday parties, I image this is what she’d smell like.

Verdict: Oh. Em. Gee. I love it. It’s soooooo gorgeous.



Sphinx X LE-Sphinx is getting the X treatment of beautiful Vanilla Love Crystalline, Kobalt, Crystal and French Vanilla blended into the Permanent Collection scent (PC version available in the Egypt & Her Wonders section): Amber, Milk Chocolate, Sweet Milk, Egyptian Coffee, Nutmeg, Vanilla Bean, Gingerbread, Dark Chocolate, White Amber, Anise and Poppy.

Sphinx X LE
In bottle:Chocolate!Wet on skin:Hmmmm…this is an interesting combination of cocoa and anise. I’m definitely liking this so far.Dry on skin:As it dries down it softens and yet deepens at the same time. I definitely pick up some black tea and hot chocolate? Yeah, it ends up smelling like expensive hot chocolate and yet also like a really pretty perfume.Verdict: As I haven’t tried the CG Sphinx I had no idea what to expect from this. I really like this, it’s a perfectly blended perfume oil…..you know all the different notes are in there, but they just really become one in this blend.

And thus concludes the last post of my 90 day challenge.   I actually did really well  up until the last week or so.  Yay for me!

Knows Perfume

So I had the delightful experience of checking out a new perfume boutique in West Seattle called Knows Perfume which specializes in uncommon scents.   A group of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab fans were invited to a meet n sniff there yesterday.    It was a good turn out and Christian the owner of the shop was as gracious as can be.

We took over her place, sniffed and oohed and ahhed and generally were in good smelling heaven!    She was super knowledgeable about what would work on certain people and helped me find about 4 or 5 traditional perfumes that I loved, she even sent me home with generous samples.  I bought a bottle of  9 from Le Cherche Midi.  She also had a wonderful selection of candles, scrubs and other amazing things.   I urge you to check out this new local business!

Knows Perfume

4536 California Ave

Seattle, WA  98106