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Arcana Stars + Flowers Reviews

Hotties!  Here they are, reviews of the Stars + Flowers collection.

Arcana Stars + Flowers
Arcana Stars + Flowers

Adhara: The maidens. Vanilla cream, tangerine, clementine, Nagami peel, black coconut, and a touch of sweet violet.

In bottle: Bright citrus!

Wet on skin: The vanilla cream blended with the tangerine and clementine are so pretty together.  The sweet violet is soft and cheeky in the background.

Dry on skin: The vanilla is definitely foody and creamy and with the citrus notes it’s quite creamsickle-y but the dark coconut and violet are the perfect balance to the bright gourmands.

Verdict: Bright, effervescent and bubbly.  If you love citrus and vanilla, you’ll love this!

Bellatrix: The lady warrior. Sweet, jammy fir absolute with 3 honeys, honeysuckle, tiny strawberries, and blood orange.

In bottle: Fresh honeysuckle.

Wet on skin: Fresh pine needles and honeysuckle…it’s kind of a genius combination.

Dry on skin:  The honeysuckle really warms up and as the fir mellows.  The strawberries are fresh and very precious with a generous drizzle of honey.

Verdict:  The honey is pretty soft in this blend and it’s all honeysuckle on me.
Betelgeuse: Orion’s hand. Atlas cedarwood and blood cedar with smoldering oudh, osmanthus, brown musk, bacon, and vetiver.

In bottle: Smoke and all smoke!

Wet on skin: This a a serious oil.  Heavy, smokey and musky.

Dry on skin: I can’t really distinguish the notes in this, but it’s all incense, smoke, wood and musk with a healthy dose of vetiver.

Verdict: Don’t worry, you won’t smell like bacon!  But if you’re into the heavy, smokey and incense blends then you most certainly need this.

Electra: The lost Pleiad. Pink carnation petal ice cream, Mexican bakery vanilla, eggnog, sweet cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In bottle: Frothy pink.

Wet on skin: Mmm, carnation and eggnog are swirled together, tasty and creamy   Plop a scoop of cinnamon ice cream on top and it’s spicy, sweet and lush.

Dry on skin: The spiciness of the carnation really ramps up and it’s a great balance with the sweet notes.

Verdict: This is so pretty.  Carnation is one of my favorite flowers and if you’re a carnation lover then you should pick this up.

Miaplacidus: Gentle waters. Sea air, spring water, cucumber, juniper, hyacinth, lavender, China musk, and 1 drop of hyssop.

In bottle: Fresh aquatic.

Wet on skin: The juniper is right up front, with a splash of very soft cucumber water.  The hyacinth and hyssop petals are gently swirling around with a fresh spritz of spring air.

Dry on skin: Bright hyacinth and salty sea are lovely with light cucumber and exotic musk.   Lavender and juniper are perfect to balance this out.

Verdict: A fresh, aquatic blend with an sophisticated twist of heady florals.

Mira: The amazing. Tiare blossoms dipped in milk chocolate with coconut, sugared rum, French cocoa absolute, marshmallows, and white chocolate.

In bottle: Sugary chocolate accord – dark in color.

Wet on skin: Rich milk chocolate and coconut drizzled in rum marshmallows.

Dry on skin: The white chocolate and marshmallows are rich and luscious.  The tiare blooms and scent swirls around with the sugared rum and cocoas.

Verdict: A rich gourmand dream with an unexpected white floral that is perfection.

Sirius: The brilliant. Bright white grapefruit, golden amber, linden flowers, tart red currant, cassis, and pomegranate.

In bottle: Bright citrus.

Wet on skin: Oh man, this is ALL bright citrus – right up in your face, bracing and proud.

Dry on skin:  The citrus and cassis are stuck in a swirly embrace of juicy, bright cloudiness, with a flash of linden flower and a healthy dose of pomegranate.

Verdict: A lively and energetic blend, this would be perfect for those hot summer days.

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.)

Jabberwocking
Jabberwocking

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 2015 Honey And Venom Collection Reviews

Finally!  At last!   They are here!  Reviews!   Can you tell I’m excited?    Well, you guys have been waiting long enough so here they are……dun dun dun….the reviews.  This Arcana collection will be available at The Rhinestone Housewife while supplies last!

The Honey and Venom Collection

And in a chair of state was there beside,
With shiny wings, all plumed, except his face,
There saw I sitting the blind god Cupid,
With bow in hand, that bent full ready was;
And by him hung three arrows in a case,
Of which the heads were ground full sharp and right,
Of metals various fashioned fair and bright.

And with the first, that headed was with gold,
He softly smites, and that has easy cure;
The second was of silver, manifold
Worse than the first, and harder to endure;
The third, of steel, is shot without a cure;
And on his yellow locks, so long and sheen
A chaplet had he, all of leaves so green.

Cupid the Archer: Gold:  Bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa absolute, spiced rum, 10 year aged cruelty-free beeswax absolute, and a pinch of blood orange.

In bottle:  Dark chocolate and light orange.

Wet on skin:  Wonderful rich chocolate and just a hind of the blood orange.  As it blooms the beeswax starts buzzing around and the blood orange is gloriously hovering in the background.

Dry on skin:  Ugh, this is a beautiful blend of beeswax and chocolate.  The chocolate isn’t cloy or sweet but deep and rich and it’s perfectly paired with just the barest hints of blood orange.    The rum is the perfect base for this pairing.

Verdict:  If you love bittersweet chocolate and blood orange, don’t pass this up.

Cupid The Archer: Gold
Cupid The Archer: Gold

Cupid the Archer: Silver:  Petitgrain, sweet coconut, Omani frankincense, tiare petals, and silvery narcissus.

In bottle:  Petitegrain and tiare.

Wet on skin:  The petitegrain is front and center and the tiare petals and swirling around with the narcissus.   As the oil blooms on the skin the frankincense shows up and is the perfect note to ground the florals.

Dry on skin:  As it dries down the florals blend beautifully with the frankincense, creating a beautiful cloud of perfume around me.  The sweet coconut gives it a much need slight hint of sweetness.

Verdict:  Great for those that love florals or tropical blends.   It reminds me of being in Hawaii and smelling all the fresh flowers in the air.

Cupid The Archer: Silver
Cupid The Archer: Silver

Cupid the Archer: Steel:  An abundance of violets, true Egyptian jasmine grandiflorum, and hints of white musk, stephanotis, tuberose, dark opium, German chamomile, and forget-me-nots.

In bottle:  Florals and white musk.

Wet on skin:  The violets are right up front and they are glorious!  As this blend settles down the white musk makes an appearance but it’s soft and pretty.   The chamomile is a much needed note to soften this blend and makes sure the florals aren’t cloying.

Dry on skin:  Violets, violets and more violets!   The violets are definitely the star of this blend.  The jasmine is very soft is the tuberose.   The opium and chamomile are perfect to add an earthy touch to this floral wonderland.

Verdict:   If you’ve read my reviews before then you know that florals can be tricky for me.   That said, I LOVE this oil.  It’s sultry, rich and sexy and it smells expensive, I can’t stop huffing my arm.   *Note:  if you are interested in this blend, pick it up now.  It’s comprised with a component that it difficult to obtain and the ten bottles that we got in are all that we will get. (Unless this is HUGELY popular and we can see what we can do to get more.)

Cupid The Archer: Steel
Cupid The Archer: Steel

Honey and Venom:  Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus.  An ode to the abundant sweetness and bitterness of love. Honey amber, black amber, smoky oudh, black vanilla, and kyphi.

In bottle:  Honey and kyphi.

Wet on skin:  The kyphi is right up front with the smoky oudh not far behind.  The black amber saunters in after about five minutes and it’s dark and naughty.

Dry on skin:  The ambers and the kyphi and playfully wafting around with the oudh close by.  The black vanilla is a party crasher that shows up right at the end.

Verdict:  If you like dark, smoky or incensy blends then this is for you!

Honey And Venom
Honey And Venom

Arcana Cocktails For Charity Collection Reviews

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Beautiful birthday flowers from Mr. McNaughty!



Hello hotties!   Well the Arcana New Year’s Eve: Cocktails for Charity & Travelers have arrived at The Rhinestone Housewife and are selling fast so if you want something, pick it up now.  This collection is near and dear to Julia and the proceeds are going to a great cause, a family that is currently living in their car.   I’m not sure about all of you, but I’ve had some pretty lean times, especially when I was younger.   At one point I was also sleeping in my car but luckily for me I had some really wonderful resources to pull from and I wasn’t in that situation for very long.  I fully support Julia in this philanthropic endeavor and it makes me enjoy working with her even more.  It’s crazy to think that just one abrupt change in circumstances can mean the difference between having a home or being homeless.    I’d love to really blow the doors off this collection and sell a ton of it in a great show of support form our lovely indie community.

I have included reviews since I just couldn’t wait!

Bee’s Knees:  Peach nectar, eggnog, whipped cream, and sweet rum.

In bottle-Peaches and cream.

Wet on skin-There’s a lovely creamy peach that is the first thing I notice, like peach flavored whipped cream.  The peach really ripens up and is supported by the eggnog and rum.   The rum really blossoms and it’s sweet and succulent, not sharp or harshly spicy.

Dry on skin-Yum spicy, warm, creamy and boozy peach.   This scent is snuggly and cuddly and just all around warm and fuzzy feeling….just like a real peach!

Verdict-If you like peach, pick this up!  You’ll be so sad if you miss out.  I can’t stop huffing myself.

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Cat’s Whiskers:  Only for true sybarites. Rich eggnog, dark rum, a suggestion of waffles, a hint of smoky bacon, and 1 tiny drop of sparkling mint.

In bottle-Minty!

Wet on skin-The dark rum is knocking on the front door, wanting to come in.   Trailing behind the rum is the eggnog and just a hint of mint wafting around the edges.   As it starts to dry down the waffles show up and yes…..yes, there’s just a tiny whiff of bacon.

Dry on skin-This has dried down to a lovely, rich rum filled eggnog. Somehow the smoky bacon, waffles and mint give it a deeply spicy vibe that I’m really digging.

Verdict-Ok, I know this sounds like a totally kooky scent.   Bacon, waffles and mint?  What the what?   Well, it works.  It’s deep, rich, warm, festive and comfy all at the same time.  I love this.

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Dollface:  Pink champagne with guava, pomegranate, Mexican bakery vanilla, and a splash of juniper.

In bottle-Guava sparkling wine.

Wet on skin-The juniper and guava are the first notes I notice.  The juniper quickly settles down and the champagne takes over.  There is a very light and sweet vanilla note that pops up, it’s almost ‘sparkly* if that makes sense.

Dry on skin-The champagne stays the star (which only seems legit, right?) and is supported perfectly by buoyant  guava and pomegranate.  The juniper is still slinking around in the background and it’s perfect for the effervescent champagne.

Verdict-Are you looking for a bright, bubbly and festive scent for New Years eve?  Well, this is it!  It’s the bubbly party girl of the collection.

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Giggle Water:  Champagne infused with tropical white blossoms, citron, mango, sweet skin musk, and green galbanum.

In bottle-Citrus musk.

Wet on skin-Green galbanum all the way, bright and right up in your face.   The citron and white florals and pretty prominent and give this scent a very fresh feeling.

Dry on skin-As it dries down the musk makes it’s appearance.  It’s very soft and close, with the galbanum and bubbly blossoms still in the forefront.

Verdict-If you enjoy green herbal, white florals and bright cheerful scents then this is for you.   Ladylike, classy and still fun.P1160502

Sitting Pretty:  Sugared rum poured slowly over warm, sensual vanilla musk.

In bottle-Smells like a boozy sugar cookie.

Wet on skin-It’s definitely sweet, the rum and vanilla musk are perfect together.  The rum is not sharp or boozy here, it’s quite soft and redolent.

Dry on skin-This stays pretty true to form, it’s like if you made a rum and vanilla flavored sugar cookie and you’re sniffing the dough.

Verdict-The vanilla musk adds a beautiful touch and keeps this from being too straight up gourmand or foodie.   It’s a lovely warm and sensual perfume.   Two thumbs up form me.

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Travelers:  A deep, dark blend of labdanum resin, worn leather, Mysore sandalwood, smoked resins of frankincense and myrrh, red dragonsblood, kush, and a hint of zazz.

In bottle-It’s like every single head shop I’ve ever walked into!

Wet on skin-Whoa, nelly!  It’s all leather, resins and kush.   As it settles the leather deepens and richens up a bit and the resins mellow a bit.   The sandalwood has finally made it to the party and really tones things down.

Dry on skin-The sandalwood has sort of slid into the front and it’s really beautiful.   All the other notes blend together to being you the penultimate hippy scent.

Verdict-It’s the super mega ultra lightning hippie scent.   If that’s your thing,  you need this and I have a feeling it will age beautifully.

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Arcana Grotesquerie Reviews

Hello hotties!   Today I bring to you a review post a year in the making.  I know, I know….it’s al ittle late for Hallowe’en reviews but in the honor of A Christmas Carol I’m trying to bring you reviews of collections past.   I feel like this Arcana collection didn’t get as much love as it should have at The Rhinestone Housewife and we still have stock available so I’m encouraging you to pick any up that sound good to you as once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!

Bean Sidhe-The red-eyed Irish fairy who wails of death’s approach. A delicate blend of dark vanilla and sugared milk is spiked with woodsmoke, pale apple, porter, and glowing red musk.

In bottle:  Vanilla and apple.

Wet on skin:  Warm and yummy vanilla milk with a touch of red musk.  There is a very faint wisp of woodsmoke and just a bit of porter.

Dry on skin:  The sugared milk and dark vanilla are super tasty together.   The red musk and softened up and the smoke and porter add just a touch of edge so that the whole isn’t too cloying.

Verdict:  Delicious!  It’s a soft, warm and snuggly scent.

Bean Sidhe
Bean Sidhe

Bright Pink Giant SlugsAren’t you glad to live in a world where these exist? Guava, caramel, pink musk, smoke, damp wood, turbinado sugar, slug musk, and honey.

In bottle: Pink sugar.

Wet on skin: There is just the briefest whiff of delicate wood smoke all wrapped around the caramel and pink musk.   I don’t know what slug musk is but I assume that’s the earthy musk that is grounding all the sweets.

Dry on skin:  This is a touch scent to describe.   I’m getting the sugar first and foremost but it’s not a sickly sweet kind of sugar, it’s like taking a big whiff of a bag of Sugar In The Raw.  The smoke, damp wood and musk are VERY lights but add a nice depth to the blend.

Verdict:  I really like this oil.  It’s hard to describe but it’s rich and sweet and I think would smell equally nice on a boy or girl.

Bright Pink Giant Slugs
Bright Pink Giant Slugs




Croque-Mitaine-A terrifying French bogeyman who waits under the bed, ready to grab any child who refuses to sleep. Chocolate absolute, gooey marshmallow, vanilla bean, peru balsam, and a hint of clove bud.

In bottle:  Chocolate marshmallow

Wet on skin:  At first this blend is all a swirl of marshmallow, chocolate and vanilla.  As it softens down the clove and basalm come out and really take the foodie edge off.

Dry on skin:  So imagine that a marshmallow had been stored in a yummy smelling wood box and lightly dusted with dark chocolate powder and then swirled in light clove smoke and this is what you’ve got.

Verdict:  Wow, this was a surprise hit for me.   Foodie, but not too foodie and would be equally snuggly on a boy or girl.

Croque-Mitaine
Croque-Mitaine

Euryale-The second eldest Gorgon, Euryale was famous for her sharp fangs and piercing shriek. Ripe pomegranate and black cherry with hints of ginger, vanilla, and cardamom.

In bottle:  Dark cherry and pomegranate.

Wet on skin:  This is all pomegranate right at first drizzled in black cherry and ginger.  The cardamom is just a slight whisper in the background, telling you secrets of delicious things to come.

Dry on skin:  This is shriek of pomegranate and cherry, amplified by the ginger.  I don’t think there is red ginger but if there was this would be it.   It’s a sexy song of fruit and sensual spice.

Verdict:  This is one of my favorite blends, a top ten for me.   If you love cherry, pick this up while you can!

Euryale
Euryale

Gigelorum-The smallest Scottish beastie in existence. Cider, winesap apples, myrrh, oakmoss, black pepper, citron, and patchouli.

In bottle:  Apple cider dusted with black pepper.

Wet on skin:  The black pepper is the star here with the myrrh and oakmoss supporting the apples.  The myrrh really amps up and with the citron gives it a nice punch.

Dry on skin:  As this dries down the fruity aspect of the apples and cider slowly fades to the background and the oakmoss and myrrh really blossom and the black pepper gives it a nice edge.

Verdict:  This would a glorious on a boy!   Sexy, fresh and slightly beastly in the best way possible.

Gigelorum
Gigelorum

Glashtin-This Manx water horse nicely offers rides, then drags his victims under the waves forever. Astringent black tea, oats, ginger, sea water, and bee pollen.

In bottle:  Bracing tea,

Wet on skin:  Tea and sea water right out of the gate!  The bee pollen is a beautiful compliment to the tea and water and kind of wraps them in a warm cloud.

Dry on skin:  The ginger has made an appearance and it’s the star here.  All wrapped up in tea and softened with the oats this has turned into a nice, snuggly scent.

Verdict:  I really enjoy this.  It’s a rich and snuggly scent which is interesting as it has a bit of an aquatic edge to it.

Glashtin
Glashtin

Kijimuna-A zingy scent for the mischievous prankster wood sprites of Okinawa. Grapefruit, yuzu fruit, rice milk, rice wine, massoia bark, lemongrass, and banyan.

In bottle:  A creamy fruit popsicle.

Wet on skin: Yuzu fruit, bright and sparkling with the rice milk and grapefruit.  As the fruit settles in the massoia bark and banyan add a nice depth and keep it from being too bright or fruity.

Dry on skin:  The lemongrass has made an appearance here and it’s glorious.  It’s a perfect compliment for the sparkly fruits and exotic milk and  rice wine.

Verdict:  A very surprise hit for me! Soft, sexy, grown up and refreshing.

Kijimuna
Kijimuna

Lechuza– Recite the Hail Mary backwards in Spanish to escape from the shape-shifting witch bird of Mexico. Bergamot, sweet orange, kumquat, bitter cacao, frankincense, tobacco, black pepper, and black tea.

In bottle:  Bergamot and black pepper…all the way!

Wet on skin:  Uplifting bergamot welcomes you in and the bitter cacoa takes your coat and offers you a seat.  As you settle in you smell sweet orange tea all spiced up with black pepper.

Dry on skin:  The bitter cacao blends beautifully with the bergamot and sweet orange with just a hint of kumquat.   All swirled up in black tea and just a dash of the peppers and spices, this is a gorgeous, rich scent.

Verdict:  Wow, what a stunner!  Sexy, warm, rich, grown up.   I love this shape-shifting bird witch of Mexico!

Lechuza
Lechuza

Medusa-Beautiful, horrifying Medusa could turn anyone to stone with a glance. Hot cinnamon and spiced lime with dirty musk and sugar.

In bottle:  Cinnamon and lime!

Wet on skin:  Hot and scorching cinnamon all the way at first with a bright burst of spicy lime.  The musk and sugar and hiding in the shadows, lurking about the edges.

Dry on skin:  This blend dries down to all hot cinnamon and is gorgeously supported by the lime, dirty musk and sugar.  No craft store cinnamon or spice here!

Verdict:  If you like cinnamon then you’ll LOVE this.  This is one of those blends that I always get compliments on when I wear it.

Medusa
Medusa

Skookum-The Chinook version of Bigfoot. A Northwest blend of fir needle oil, juniper, hemlock, rain, tiny wildflowers, strawberries, and a pinch of cool earth.

In bottle:  Fir needle oil all the way!

Wet on skin:  Woodsy, evergreen, fir needles, hemlocks and earth.  Like walking through a forest of evergreens in the Pacific Northwest.  Just a hint of rain and wildflowers peek out as it settles in.

Dry on skin:  The evergreens remain the star of this oil, and they are PERFECTLY supported by the ever so soft wildflowers and grounded by the pinch of earth.

Verdict: A gorgeous evergreen blend that doesn’t suffer at all by the ‘Pine-Sol effect’.  You know what I’m talking about but this oil will be perfect for those that love fresh, green, earthy or outdoorsy scents.    Like when you have a fresh Christmas tree in your abode and every morning you wake up and and enjoy the smell.

Skookum
Skookum

Stink Ape-Why is Florida’s version of Sasquatch called the Stink Ape despite smelling like warm sugar cookies, vanilla pods, ruby grapefruit, pink pepper, fruity osmanthus blossoms, cedarwood, bergamot, and cardamom? Because of a classic smear campaign by jealous rivals.

In bottle: Citrus sugar cookies!

Wet on skin: Stink Ape is all red grapefruit and bergamot.  It’s refreshing and bright and quite lovely.  The cardamom is just a whisper in the background and adds a nice soft spiciness that is much needed.

Dry on skin:  Osmanthus blossoms have, well…..blossomed and are mingling quite nicely with the vanilla pods and bergamot.   The cedarwood and pink pepper give it a nice base to really let the citrus shine.

Verdict:  The name does NOT fit this oil.  It’s beautiful and while it might stink, the the words of my nephew, “It stinks good.”

Stink Ape
Stink Ape

Strigoi-Unwelcome even in Hell, these Romanian super vampires are disproportionately likely to be redheads. Black rose petals and violets with dragonsblood resin and kush.

In bottle:  Deep, dark blossoms.

Wet on skin:  This is ALL black rose and violets at first.  While the florals are the star, the dragonsblood and kush and softly wafting behind the scenes, waiting to pounce.

Dry on skin:  The rose and violet have blossomed in the heat of night and distracted you from the dragonsblood resin and kush and there’s nothing for it, you’re a goner.

Verdict:  This scent perfectly embodies it’s name.   Dark florals and deadly resins.   You better watch out.

Strigoi
Strigoi

Suvannamaccha-The essence of a Thai mermaid: golden jasmine, coconut, pearl musk, skin musk, and a drop of hyssop.

In bottle:  Jasmine and musk.

Wet on skin:  Pearl musk and skin musk gently dance around a base of golden jasmine.  The jasmine is very soft and quite light and once the coconut makes an appearance really blossoms.

Dry on skin:  A very beachy coconut is right up front and grabbing your attention.  The jasmine is quite retiring now and the musks have really blossomed again.

Verdict:  A warm, beachy scent of all coconut, soft jasmine and gorgeous musks.

Suvannamaccha
Suvannamaccha

Arcana Small Cottage In A Clearing

Arcana’s Queens Of Snow And Air collection has been a huge hit at The Rhinestone Housewife!  Today we are reviewing Small Cottage In A Clearing.

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.

In bottle:  Cinnamon coffee!

Wet on skin:  Milky cinnamon coffee at first.   As it settles down the spice come out to play, and the cinnamon is gorgeous….not craft storish at all.  It’s a deep, rich spicy and I think the milk helps to soften and richen it up.

Dry on skin:  This is so comforting and pretty.  It’s like being wrapped in a warm blanket of fuzzy coffee and warm inviting spices.   Just at the very edges you catch a whiff of the black musk.

Verdict:  Warm, rich, comforting and lovely.  The perfect cold weather scent to keep you feeling hot!

Arcana Small Cottage In A Clearing
Arcana Small Cottage In A Clearing

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.

http://www.therhinestonehousewife.com/products/product-detail.php?iid=328

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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.

http://www.therhinestonehousewife.com/products/product-detail.php?iid=329

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Geek Chic Les Femmes Tragiques Reviews

Recently I had an opportunity to review Geek Chic’s latest fragrance collection, Les Femmes Tragiques.  These are presented in a sold scent form, in a traditional slim line lipstick or gloss tube and they are perfect for toting around in your purse.   They are labeled as a net weight of .07 oz and these were to sent to me for my consideration.

Pithos Of Curiosity-Sure, curiosity killed the proverbial cat… but long before that was coined, curiosity unleashed evil and destruction on humanity. Pandora, the first human woman in Greek mythology, just wanted to know what the jar (pithos, in Greek) contained. It was hardly fair… Zeus gave it to her under strict orders never to open it. What did he think was going to happen? Why give it to her at all? Oh, of course. Sigh, Zeus.

Pithos of Curiosity is a rich and mysterious blend of smoky, yet sweet aged vanilla beans and ooey-gooey toasted marshmallow, swimming in a pool of decadent and herbal absinthe.

Top notes: Rich, Herby Absinthe
Middle notes: Smokey Vanilla Bean
Base notes: Roasty-Toasty Marshmallow

This is my absolute favorite out of the whole bunch.  I don’t get absinthe but I do get a lovely burst of citrus back up by spices wafting around.  Have you ever made one of those clove spiked oranges?   It’s like that.  A gorgeous warm and spicy blend with a blast of herby citurs.

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Benevolent Destroyer-Kali seems to be one complicated goddess. We’re not going to make fools out of ourselves trying to understand and describe the whole backstory because it’s almost guaranteed we’d get many things wrong. Here’s an example. According to some legends, Kali is one of 10 or more incarnations of Parvati, who is an aspect of the “Great Goddess” Mahadevi. She appears in a time of need to destroy evil and protect creation but doesn’t always stop her rampage on her own. In a handful of the stories where Kali shows up, she is only pacified by her husband, Shiva, who sacrifices himself to calm her. And that’s just the tip of iceberg. Loving and maternal, fierce and bloodthirsty, but these days more often just misunderstood, Kali’s stories are some of the most dire.

Benevolent Destroyer is a clean and exotic mix of temple offerings; garlands of fresh orange blossoms, bowls of crushed melon and fruit, on a bed of fresh cut rose blossoms and sweet dried cannabis, all fit for a goddess.

Top notes: Fresh Orange Blossoms
Middle notes: Crushed Melon
Base notes: Cannabis, Rose and Amber

As I wear this, I imagine I’m walking into a temple and upon the alter are food offerings of fresh fruit and floral decorations of orange blossoms and roses.   The rose is very soft and nicely tempered by the small bit of sweet dried cannabis.   This is a perfect summer time scent of contemplation and perhaps a bit of mayhem.

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Queen Of Shades-Persephone’s story can be read perhaps as a cautionary tale about taking pomegranate seeds from strangers. Especially when that stranger is Hades and kind of has a thing for you. Next thing you know you’re trapped in the underworld every winter. I guess the better lesson to learn from Persephone is: hide better from Hades.

Queen of Shades is a lush mixture of juicy jewels of pomegranate and sweet pearls of acai berry on a bed of sweet, fresh cut roses, just opening their blossoms. Queen of Shades is a dark yet sweet floral fit for a queen.

Top notes: Tiny Jewels of Pomegranate
Middle notes: Fresh, Juicy Acai Berry
Base notes: Fresh-Cut Roses

Right at first I get a bit of spicy rose and I think it’s the rose combined with the pomegranate.   It’s a very lush scent and if you like rose, then you need this!  It’s very ladylike without being a bit heavy or old fashioned.

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Mortar & Pestle-Baba Yaga seems to really need some “public relations” help. She’s one of the most well known figures from Slavic Folklore, and as is typical in legends, there is some confusion on if meeting her is a good thing. In some stories, she’s a predator of lost children in the forest; a hideous old woman. In others, she aids those who come across her in the forest, or imparts her aged wisdom to wandering travelers. Only one thing is relatively certain… no one really seems to know if you’ll meet the carnivorous “Iron Tooth” or the benevolent “Forest Mother.” If she really is just a benevolent samaritan, she’s certainly gotten some bad press.

Mortar & Pestle is a robust melange of freshly ground spices with an emphasis on fresh ginger, sprinkled over a hot caramel apple baklava, drizzled with creamy white icing. While it is a foody scent, it’s not overtly “baked goods” as the ginger adds an earthy and spicy overall note to the perfume, making it less sweet.

Top notes: Fresh Ginger & Spices
Middle notes: Rich Caramel Apple Baklava
Base notes: Creamy Icing Drizzle

Sweet, foody caramel apple is the first thing I pick up.   This is followed by a softly creamy note and backed up by something that smells a bit like butter cream icing.   I love this and it’s the most foody out of all the blends.  It’s like a warm hug by old Iron Tooth herself!

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Stone Gaze-As always pride cometh before the fall. Once upon a time Medusa was the fairest in the land and wasn’t afraid to let you know it. So full of herself she challenged the goddess Athena’s beauty to her face…and that was the last time Medusa’s face was looked upon without turning them to stone.

Stone Gaze is a cold, crisp blend of leafy eucalyptus and fresh spearmint. Soft wafts of cool sea air drift through stone ruins where only the bold leave offerings of heliotrope blooms, over-ripe pears, and crushed honeydew melons.

Top notes: Crisp Eucalyptus
Middle notes: Sea Air and Heliotrope
Base notes: Sweet Green Fruits

At first sniff this is a clean and cold scent.   I definitely pick up the floral aspect and I’m assuming that’s the heliotrope.  The combination of the floral, fruit and mint gives this a soft and slightly musky feeling.  Like pear musk, if pears had musk.   This would be a perfect hot weather scent.

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Original Sin-You had one job to do, Eve! Ok, not really. Being the first woman ever and living in utopia came with plenty of responsibility, chief among them being birthing the entire human race. Then there was this thing with an evil snake and forbidden fruit and then it’s all farming, painful childbirth, and a persistent battle with evil for all of eternity. But c’mon, to be fair why was that tree even there in the first place and why are humans so curious?

Original Sin is a sweet and feminine mix of ripe and juicy red apples nestled in fragrant sweet pea blossoms and fresh pruned english ivy. Original Sin is both a green and sweet scent, mixing nicely together to make neither the green notes or the sweet notes too overpowering.

Top notes: Red Delicious Apples
Middle notes: Bouquet of Sweet Pea
Base notes: Fresh-Pruned English Ivy

Bright, juicy red apple….hanging there just ripe for the picking!  I love a great apple scent and this one is beautiful.   There is a light and fresh floral note that hovers just behind the apple and a bit of a green note that peeks in and out.   This is beautiful and if I had been Eve I would have picked that damned apple too!

If any of these sound good to you,  check them out here:

http://www.geekchiccosmetics.com/les-femmes-tragiques.html

The Rhinestone Housewife Blooddrop Exclusives Reviews

Hello hotties!    Well I’m finally getting around to reviewing the exclusive perfume oils from Blooddrop for The Rhinestone Housewife.   I was so thrilled to be able to try them all, I love them!

Amethyst-A lush purple blend with scintillating highlights; wine notes, black cherry, sugared blackberries, tender violet, breathy heliotrope.
In bottle:  Wine and a breathy floral.
Wet on skin:  It’s a green floral right at first, then the wine note comes out and softly wafts with the black cherry.
Dry on skin:  As it dries down the sugared blackberry comes out.  It starts to blend seamlessly with the wine and and florals.   The floral is very soft and just hides quietly in the background, adding just a *touch* of femininity.
Verdict:  I love this!  Normally florals don’t work on me but this blend is just perfect and quite lovely without smelling of wine or straight up flowers.
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Garnet-This lustrous, cranberry red stone’s blend is bright and enchanting; red mandarin, chrysanthemum, raspberry, rose, rooibos tea leaf, a wee touch of cassia, and adorable lychee.
In bottle:  Cranberry and red!
Wet on skin:  I get a definite red vibe with herbal tea leaf.  As it settles a bit fruits come out and dance a bit with the lychee.
Dry on skin:  This dries down to a sexy fruit/floral scent.   The rose is quite soft and blended perfectly with the fruits and tea leaf.
Verdict:  Surprisingly I love this!  It’s very rare that a rose blend works for me but this rose is so perfectly blended it smells fantastic on me.
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Jade-Blended to imitate a silky, smooth, palest of green nearing white; white amber, matcha powder, vanilla, sandalwood, cyclamen, fern, and green tea.
In bottle:  Fern and a pale soft amber.
Wet on skin:  Bone white amber with a fresh green note….I’m assuming that’s the fern.  The sandalwood makes an appearance and it’s just gorgeous with the pale amber and vanilla.
Dry on skin:  The vanilla and sandalwood are right up front, followed closely by the vanilla and fern.    As it dries down the green tea and matcha powder waft ever so softly around, creating a mesmerizing blend of wafting deliciousness.
Verdict:  Oh my how I love this.   Normally I’m not a fan of green scents but Astrid has outdone herself with this one.   Drop dead sexy.
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Moonstone-A cool, lunar, dreamy, luminous blend for this goddess stone; white tea, apple meat, moonflower, blue agave, wintergreen, jasmine, and white ginger.
In bottle:  Slightly soft and minty apple.
Wet on skin:  A soft wintergreen is the first thing I notice with the blue agave.   The apple meat and moonflower show up shortly and swirl around with the mints and white ginger.
Dry on skin:    The tea and apple are gorgeous together with the mints and white ginger.    I don’t get any of the jasmine but the agave and moonflower give it a nice grounded feeling.
Verdict: This blend definitely evokes a lunar vibe.   It’s cool and soft without being bracing.

Wild Hybrid Valentine LE Reviews

I had the opportunity to review the new LE Valentine’s Day collection from Wild Hybrid, a lovely company from New Zealand.

 

Courtier’s TeaRaspberry jam and clotted cream, genteel perfumes and black tea.

In bottle: Jam and a very softly floral perfume.

Wet on skin: I can smell the jam and clotted cream, it’s quite soft and pretty.  Right away there’s a burst of bright tea but goes away quickly.

Dry on skin:  This is quite pretty.  There’s a slight ‘cold’ edge to it and added with the sweetness of the jam and silkiness of the clotted cream it’s lovely.   There’s just an edge from the black tea that dirties it up a little bit.

 

Verdict:  I actually liked this quite a bit more than I thought I would.   It’s soft and pretty but grown up and not a bit little girlish.

 

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Eve’s Apple-Apple darkened with lusty vetiver and wily myrrh, wild heather, pink musk and tomato leaf.

In bottle:  Green and apply.

Wet on skin:  Like a dark and poisonous apple with a bit of something…….minty?  I think it’s the tomato leaf.

Dry on skin:  As it’s dried down, there’s a really fierce punch of the vetiver and a bit of the heather.    Smoothing all this out is the myrrh and it’s just sexy.

Verdict:  I love a great apple scent and this one is lovely.   It’s an intersting blend and I think it’s a nice take on an apple scent for people that maybe don’t normally like them.

 

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La Petite Mort-A floral honey musk.

In bottle:  Honey!

Wet on skin:  Right as first is a big blast of honey….almost a powdery honey with a bit of musk.

Dry on skin:  This has settled into a very soft staright up honey musk.

Verdict:  Do you like honey?  Do you like musk?  Then buy this!   It’s a rare honey scent that I can wear.

 

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Lover’s Walk-A moonlit beach walk.  Beach daisies, peony, spiced peach, cassia, honey, blue musk, citrus peel, petitgrain, golden resins and vanilla.

In bottle:  Floral.

 Wet on skin:  I can pick up a bunch of the florals but mostly daisy with a bit of the honey and perhaps citrus peel.

 Dry on skin:  As it dries down the florals settle to the back and I really pick up the golden resins and vanilla.   These work really well to soften and ground all the bright floral notes.

Verdict:  I like it and I didn’t think I would.   Typically a blend with any type of white floral doesn’t work for me.

 

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Rose Of Cairo-Three roses, five vanillas, leather, ylang ylang and Egyptian musk.

 In bottle: Whew, all leather!

Wet on skin:  Rose with leather all over the place.

Dry on skin:  I tend to amp florals so I don’t get any of the vanillas or musk.   It’s a sharp slap of leather laying on a bed of roses.

Verdict:  If you like leather and roses then you should love this blend!

 

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Temptation of Guinevere-Sugared ripe strawberries, saffron, frankincense and a drop of clove.  Note that the saffron may cause discolouration of skin and clothes.

In bottle:  Soft strawberry.

Wet on skin:  Right up front is strawberry with a soft blast of frankincense.  This is followed closely by just a touch of saffron.

Dry on skin:  As it’s dried down I pick up a bit of the clove wafting around the sugared strawberry.

Verdict:  This is a sweet yet deep blend of very sugary strawberry but grounded by the spicier notes.  I like it!

 

Should any of these scent pique your interest you can purchase them directly from Wild Hybrid:

http://www.wild-hybrid.co.nz/

OR, you can pick up any of these scents at http://www.therhinestonehousewife.com starting February 1st!

Entire Arcana General Catalog of Perfume Oils Review!

Yes Hotties, it the Arcana review post of DOOM!   I have gone through and reviewed the current general catalog of oils.    Of course, different note work on different people so if you have a different experience with a particular oil, feel free to leave a comment.  It helps readers trying to decide which oils to sample. Stay tuned for an add on post reviewing the Philtres.

Arcana Reviews

AbsintheLet 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.

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Alec d’Urberville:  – The profligate essence of an aristocratic libertine. Amber resin, charred Madagascar vanilla, French cognac, clove, sandalwood, and dark musk.

In bottle:  Resinous and sandalwoody.

Wet on skin:  Clove and spice with some resin wafting around. As it settles I get a big shiff of the French cognac.   Lovely!

Dry on skin:  This has dried down to a nice clove scent.  It’s mostly clove on me with the vanilla and sandalwood floating around behind it.   The amber resin and cognac give it a smokey and earthy vibe.

Verdict:  I really like this and it’s super sexy on boys!

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Ambrosia:  – Recipes for ambrosia, the magical food which bestowed eternal youth on the Greek gods, have long been lost. However, we have it on the best authority that this melding of fragrant honey, peaches, lemons, custard and coconut is divinely close.

In bottle:  Soft creamy lemon.

Wet on skin:  A blast of beautiful lemon merangue pie right at first.   As it settles I pick up a whiff buttery crust and peaches.

Dry on skin:  As usual, I’ve amped the lemon quite a bit.  It’s mostly lemon on me and there’s something underneath that’s not quite working on my skin chemistry.  I’m not sure what it is but it’s givng a powdery note.

Verdict:  While it didn’t work for me this was gorgeous on my friend.  It’s a warm lemon scent….like a hug from a lemon pastry square.

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Avalon– A harmonious blend of fresh apples, green herbs, and wildflowers, in homage to the ancient Celtic version of the gloriously sweet hereafter: a happy land of apple orchards and perpetual soft summer days.

In bottle:  Leaves and apples!

Wet on skin:  Apples and herbs are right up front.   It reminds me of a cripst and clean fresh morning rain.

Dry on skin:  This has settled into a softly green and herbal floral scent.  It reminds me of a green shampoo that I used to use as a kid.  The apple is pretty much gone for me.

Verdict:  This will be gorgeous on someone who likes a floral and green scent.

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BurlesqueThe 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!

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Danced To PiecesThe 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!

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Devilish- Shaking off vanilla’s unfair reputation for namby pambyness, this infernally dark and smoky fragrance comes complete with licks of fire and sulfurous wafts of brimstone. The devil really does have all the best scents.

In bottle:  Delicious bourbon vanilla!

Wet on skin:  Leather is the first thing I pick up with perhaps a bit of black pepper?

Dry on skin:  The brimstone and smoky fire definitely keep this from being  a boring or girly foodie scent.

Verdict:   This is a deeply sexy and dark vanilla scent.  Good for those that don’t want too girly or foodie.   Equally good for a boy or girl.

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Filthy Viking-Between the sea voyages and the pillaging, it must have been difficult for Odin’s henchmen to stay fresh. Too bad they didn’t have this ferocious blend of scents from the Viking world: bracing Norwegian juniper, frigid Icelandic mint and the hardy wood of a longship.

In bottle:  Very evergreen and juniper.

Wet on skin:  Evergreen and mint goodness.   The greens settle down and the wood makes an appearance.

Dry on skin:  As it’s settled down this is slightly remeniscent of Irish Spring soap, which I love!  It’s a very lush evergreen scent with a slight hint of wood and mint.

Verdict:  This scent really blossoms on a boy or someone who likes pine and wood scents.

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Frilly UnderpinningsPink, 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!

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Frivolous AsideA 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.

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Frozen HeartThe 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!

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Fugue– To know that one doesnt know is best. Lao Tzu

An amnesiac haze of dark clove, spiced amber, sugary milk, white musk, nutmeg, and a drop of aged patchouli.

 In bottle:  Spicy and rich.

Wet on skin:  The clove is righ tup front with the nutmeg close behind.  As it settles down you can really pick out the sugary milk.

Dry on skin:  As it dries down, the sultriness of this blend realy comes out. The white musk and amber blend together into a sexy pair that dance around the softness of the sugary milk.

Verdict:  This blend has just the perfect balance of spice, musk and sweet.   And I can tell it’s only going to get better with age.

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Ganesh- Ganesh Perfume Oil: Honor the generous and happy spirit of Sri Ganesha and he will bless you greatly. A large, joyous snoutful of coconut cake is snugly wrapped in honey, vanilla, Indonesian clove, green coconut, and a warm blend of spices.

In bottle:  Fruity and spicy.

Wet on skin:  Honey first and foremost.  Like sniffing straight out of a honey bear bottle.  But not normal honey, like a wild flower organic honey.

Dry on skin:  It’s like if someone was eating really fancy expensive honey and smoking clove cigarettes but without the smoke.

Verdict:  Yay, it’s a honey scent that I can wear!   This is spicy, sexy honey.

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Herne– Horned trickster, lord of the forest, god of the wild hunt. Cassia cinnamon, Atlas cedarwood, fir needle oil, and a whiff of Herne’s holy oak tree.

In bottle:  Super spicy cinnamon.

Wet on skin:  Super cinnamon and something very evergreeny smelling, like juniper.  It most be the fir needle and cedarwood.

Dry on skin:  The cinnamon is still right up front but the woods and fir needle seem to really temper it.

Verdict:  This is a strong scent with a lot of sillage.  I think it would be equally sexy on a boy or a girl and I think a bit of aging will richen this oil up quite a bit.

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Last Hours Of Empires– “…all that gamut of intensified colors, correspondent to Autumn and the setting of the sun, to over-ripe fruit and the last hours of empires.” –Theophile Gautier on Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal   A rich blend of precious oils, evocative of regret and resplendence, featuring highest quality Omani frankincense, true Indian sandalwood, delicate top notes of bergamot and tangerine, and the smallest wisp of black patchouli.

 In bottle:  Bergamot and herbal, but with slight spice.

Wet on skin:  It’s very green and citrusy right at first.   The frankincense makes an appearance right away with the tangerine spiraling around it.

Dry on skin:    It’s definitely a farnkincense blend with herb and citrus in the background.   It’s very clean and freash smelling but not aquatic.

Verdict:  I like this and it would be perfect for something that like a clean and fresh, slightly proper but spicy scent.  Like a proper Victorian gentleman would wear.

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 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!

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Murder Ballad Blues– In the tradition of murder ballads, the essence of an old-time jailhouse lament (on fiddle): wild Appalachian blackberries and sugared mountain violets with hints of dark earth and guilty secrets. Enriched with coconut milk, sweet almond oil & blackberry seeds. No mice were harmed in the making of this soap.

In bottle:  Sugared berries.

Wet on skin:  Vanilla and berries with just a bit of violet peeking in.   As it settles the coconut milk shows up and mingles with the almond oil.

Dry on skin:  Yum.  This is like a fruity musk…I think that’s the dark earth.   The almond oil really grounds this and keeps it from being too sweet.    The coconut milk is very soft and just hovers in the background.

Verdict:  This is so delictable and ymmu smelling.  It’s fruity but in no way little girlish.   Bottle worthy!

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Mutiny– Tyrants be damned! The scent of discontent, broken ranks and open rebellion on the sea. Indonesian patchouli combines with black pepper, dark wood and a smoky haze of gunpowder.

 In bottle:  Wood and man.  Heh.

Wet on skin:  The pepper and wood are what I pick out right at first.   The pepper eases back and the wood comes out front after a couple of minutes with a generous dose of gunpowder.

Dry on skin:  Oooh, this is leather and wood and a quick flash of gunpowder.   Manly and adventurous!

Verdict:  This is a scent for plundering and ravaging…..here ye be warned.

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Namaka– Mighty Hawaiian sea goddess Namaka-o-Kahai’i rules ocean currents, tidal waves, and thundering waterfalls. Coconut, vanilla bean, rice milk, golden amber, watermelon, banana leaf, aged patchouli, and lemongrass.

 In bottle:  Sweet and sugary.

Wet on skin:  There’s a very soft and pretty vanilla bean at first closely followed by the amber and banana leaf.

Dry on skin:  This is a lovely soft pretty scent.  First I smell the rice milk and golden amber but they are a blanket on the banana leaf and watermelon.   The lemongrass and patchouli and very light and just barely peeking out of the background.

Verdict:  Gorgeous, sexy, soft and alluring.  You need it!  Finally, a Hawaii inspired scent that I can wear.

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 Puppy Kisses– The essence of pink sandpapery tongues, silky ears, and sleepy little sighs. A batter of rich cream, soft coconut milk, rice syrup, copaiba balsam, massoia bark and milky pearl musk is gently licked with sweet peppermint, sugared bayberry, and the tiniest smooches of Oregon lavender and Dalmatian sage.

 In bottle:  Soft lavender and cream.

Wet on skin:  A very soft creamy lavender is right up front followed closely by rich cream and peppermint.   As it dries I pick up the softest whiff of sage and sugery bayberry.

Dry on skin:  This is a very creamy sage blend….I don’t hink I’ve ever expericed it before.  I can also pick up on just a bit of the sweet mind.

Verdict:   Gorgeous!  This is a unique blend that I’m betting you don’t already have.

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Queen Crossbones– The adventurous scents of a pirate queen’s far-flung travels: creamy Egyptian musk, wild honey, sweet coconut and exotic resins.

In bottle:  Honey and soft musk.

Wet on skin:  There’s a sharp burst of wild honey right at first.  I definitely pick up the resin, it’s pretty strong.  There’s something very powdery floating around in the background…I think it’s the honey.

Dry on skin:  Once this dries down all the sharpness and powders settle down and what’s left is a sweet honey and resin scent with just a bit of musk and sweet coconut.

Verdict:  Man, I love this!  Sexy and soft and sultry.   Quite the compliment to Mutiny.

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 Quim– The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. Lao Tzu

Lush French cognac, deepest chocolate, banana creme, and succulent orange entwine over a base of sensual ambrette musk.

 In bottle:  Sexy creamsicle.

Wet on skin:  Dark chocolate and orange are right there with the briefest whiff of ambrette musk wafting around.

Dry on skin:  I have no other way to describe this other than it smells like a sexy creamsicle ovulating.

Verdict:  Currently my number two perfume oil.  I’m wearing it all the time.

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Romani Princess– Passionate, seductive and regal, with an unsettling mastery over strange divinations. Dark garnet grapes, burnt sugar, fir needle oil, iron-distilled patchouli, river water, and our hand-extracted dragon’s blood.

In bottle:  Aquatic grapes.

Wet on skin:  Wine right at first with the burnt sugar and just a bit of patchouli.    At this point I’m not picking up the water or fir or any dragon’s blood.

Dry on skin:  This is really pretty and sexy.   It’s a soft and rich wine scent sweetened with the sugar.  There’s just a *touch* of water and patchouli in the back and I don’t really get any dragon’s blood at all.

Verdict:  Quite possibly the only blend I’ve ever tried with dragon’s blood that actually works for me!  I bet it will get better with some age as well.

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Swashbuckler– Proof that you can be the scourge of the high seas and still breeze into port smelling divine. Concocted from West Indies bay rum and a dark blend of spices.

In bottle:  Spicy and masculine.

Wet on skin: Super spicy and I can’t really pick out individual notes but I think something citrusy?

Dry on skin:  This is nice.  It’s a pretty straight forward spicy scent but the rum and mysterious citurs grounds it nicely.

Verdict:  Like a nice cold spicy rum adult beverage on a muggy day.  Perfect.

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Sturm and Drang– The scent of intense revolutionaries, fevered dreams, violent longings, and general hyperbolic mayhem. Big bold candy grapes face off with an ecstatic blend of apricot, caramel, sugary coffee, three rich ambers, and a pinch of dark patchouli.

In bottle:  Candy and apricot.

Wet on skin:  Candy and caramel with just a bit of sweet coffee.

Dry on skin:  As it dries down the coffee gets a little stronger and the patchouli makes an appearance.  As they blend with the grape candy and apricot it achieves a slightly musky vibe.

Verdict:  This is a really interesting blend.  It’s soft and warm and musky in the best and fruitiest way possible.

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Tess– A pure woman, faithfully presented. Rustic violets, fresh cream, amber, vanilla bean, and soft, milky musk.

In bottle:  Creamy soft floral.

Wet on skin:  The violet and milky musk smell a bit…….like BO?  Lol  Fortunately that phaze is quick and this settles into a sweetly feminine floral.   But NOT a rose or high pitched floral.

Dry on skin:  Very creamy and rather floraly.  On me, this smells a bit like Skin So Soft.   Florals frequently do that on me.

Verdict:  Not for me but it would be gorgeous on someone who can flaunt the florals!

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The Huntress– She is the goddess known by many names: Diana, Artemis, Artume, Frau Wode, and Nicevenn, yet her unbound spirit is eternal. Sweet clove, black pepper, aromatic mint, blood orange, and a whiff of her sacred oak groves.

In bottle:  Clove and pepper.

Wet on skin:  Right off it’s peppery clove with a shot of the mint.

Dry on skin:  As it’s dried down the citrus of the blood orange and the mint take the front with the spicy in the background.   Reminiscent of clove and mint gum!

Verdict:  I’m not sure. I think I like it but it might be better on Mr. McNaughty.

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The Sweet Trade– This laid-back tropical tangle celebrates the less black-hearted side of piracy. With heady notes of caramel, honey, orange blossoms, rich coconut cream and dark Indonesian patchouli.

In bottle:  Woody and resinous.

Wet on skin:  There is something really woody…it’s the coconut cream and orange blossoms together, I think.  There’s a heavy sweet scent wafting underneath and I think that’s the caramel and honey.

Dry on skin:  This ends up drying down to a sweetly spicy floral and then….poof!  It’s gone.

Verdict:   It’s a sweet and pretty oil, slightly cloying but softened by a subtle spice.   Too bad it disappeared on me!

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Vampire’s Garden– For vampires and other dark souls addicted to topsoil, the sweetly herbaceous scent of freshly turned earth, blood oranges and staked tomato vines under a midnight sky.

 In bottle:  Grassy and green.

Wet on skin:  Very much like sharp tomato vine.  Herbaceous to the hilt with a bit of dankness from the soil.

Dry on skin:  Muksy and dark and green.  This really does smell like tomotoes under the light of a full moon.

Verdict:  Typically tomoto, green and herby scents don’t work on me and this is no exception.  It’s a great blend, but more suited for someone who loves those notes!

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Velvet Underpinnings– Our popular Frilly Underpinnings blend made even more seductive by the addition of chocolate: pink, white, and black pepper lace delicately through rich chocolate, sweet cream, bourbon vanilla, caramel amber, white musk, two sugars, spice, and everything nice.

 

In bottle:  Sugared pepper.

Wet on skin:  Sweet and slightly cloying sugar scent tempered by black pepper.   As the sugar settles down I pick up the caramel amber (maybe a little toffyish?) and creamy bourbon vanilla.

Dry on skin:  This dried down to a creamy sweet and slightly spicy scent thanks to the pepper blend.

Verdict:  I love it!  It’s very ‘pink’ smelling but the peppers keep it from being too girly or precious.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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

http://smellbent.com/happening.html

Conjure Oils Wu Xing Reviews

I finally got my grubby little hands on samples of the Conjure Oils Wu Xing collection.

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Yellow DragonAged vanilla resin, ginger infused red patchouli, seductively sweet Medjool dates and exotic Silk Road spices.

In bottle:  Soft and spicy.

Wet on skin: Right at first I get a blast of ginger red patchouli.   The vanilla resin and silk spices are very quietly lingering in the background.

Dry on skin:  The ginger has disappeared and the vanilla resin has amped and taken it’s place.   The lushness of the dates is a nice counterpoint.

Verdict:   Very nice although most likely not bottle worthy for me.   I’m betting it will age well.

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Azure DragonMirabelle plum, coconut husk, lemon honey, cedar wood, aged amber resin, sandalwood musk, crushed moss and tonka bean.

In bottle:  I swear I smell a juicy peach.

Wet on skin:  Hmmm…I get something sharp right off the bat.  Maybe it’s the moss and wood together?

Dry on skin:  This has an almost masculine vibe to it.   I think I’ve amped the woods and amber resin.   The coconut  is softly adding to the blend and softening it.

Verdict:  I can’t make my mind up about this blend.  I think I’m going to put it away and try it again in a month or so.

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Vermillion Bird-Apricot nectar, honeysuckle blossoms, vanilla musk, creamy white amber, heliotrope, basmati rice and a drop of sweet clove.

In bottle:  Vaugely floral.

Wet on skin:  Honeysuckle is right up top with the heliotrope and white amber revolving around.

Dry on skin:  This is a very pretty floral.  It’s mostly honeysuckle and heliotrope but I can definitely pick up some of the vanilla musk and clove.  I don’t get much of the basmati rice or apricot.

Verdict:  A gorgeous floral if that’s what you like.

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White TigerBlack tea, crushed violet petals, peach sugar, red sandalwood, aged amber resin, cured tobacco, soft suede and threadbare linen.

In bottle: Peachy and floral.

Wet on skin:  At first it’s all peach and tea.   Then the amber resin and suede emerge and add a nice deep grounding note to the blend.

Dry on skin:  Dried down violet and tobacco waft out to add a bit of richness.   I don’t really get much of the red sandalwood but maybe as it ages?

Verdict:   This is a very pretty blend and probably my favorite of the bunch.  It’s soft and feminine without being too girly.

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Black TortoisePomegranate fruit, blood musk, black vanilla orchid, dark patchouli, sugared amber, black currant and deep myrrh.

In bottle:  Musky.

Wet on skin:  Pomegranate is up front with the myrrh and musk whirling around.

Dry on skin:  The pomegranate is still at the front of this blend but there’s also a very light dusting of patchouli mixed in.    The myrrh is peeking out in the background.

Verdict:   Very pretty!  It’s most definitely a darker and heavier blend but the addition of the pomegranate fruit keeps it from being too incensy.

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If any of these sound good, you can find them here:

http://www.conjureoils.com/main.htm

Moxie Nouveau Reviews

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.

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Barefoota 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.

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BeachsandReminiscent of the hot scent of sand. Agarwood, dry amber, Egyptian musk, patchouli, dry earth, sandalwood, sea salt, and cardamom.

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.

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BoardwalkThe 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!

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Carol Of The BellsThis 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!

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CoquetteSatiny 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!

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Dirty Little SecretVanilla, 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!

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Flaunt ItThis 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.

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Ladybuga 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.

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Little Dovecreated 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.

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MoxieHoneyed figs and cream, chocolate amber, and a rosy heart, over a base of vanilla, benzoin, and soft woods, with a bracing dash of clove. Moxie’s Signature Fragrance!
In bottle:  Strong and masculine.
Wet on skin:  This is really rosy and manly at the same time?   lol
Dry on skin:   This is all rose on me sadly and rose just doesn’t work.   This would be great for someone who can wear rose and wants something a little darker.
Verdict:  Off to swaps!
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Night OwlHappiest 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.

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No TanlinesSun 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!

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Red LipstickA 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.

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TomboyNot one for a girly perfume, this scent has a wild side. Dark, exotic woods, tonka bean, bourbon and black pepper with the softness of vanilla bean, vanilla musk, and honey.

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.

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If you like the sound of any of these, you should check them out here:  http://www.moxienouveau.com/default.html

Violette Market Diablo Canyon 2012 Reviews

I received my Violette Market order including two bottles from the Diablo Canyon 2012 LE.    I think I chose well because so far I’ve liked them both upon bottle sniffing.

Chocolate Mallow Pumpkins:  Dark chocolate, cocoa absolute, plump pumpkin, gooey vanilla marshmallow and golden amber dust.

In bottle:  It smells a little bit like chocolate liqueur.

Wet on skin:  I definitely get the various chocolates and cocoa as well as the marshmallow.  The vanilla appears and it’s rich and heavy and a little toasty.

Dry on skin:  As it’s dried down it smells like very expensive dark hot chocolate with vanilla marshmalllows melted on top and a dusting of amber.

Verdict:  Hey, what do you know it’s the first pumpkin scent that has worked for me!  I’ve always been so bummed because most pumpkin scents are loaded with spice and I end up smelling like a craft store.

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Pink Fire Pumpkin:  Hard to transport and even more difficult to catch, but no need for candles! Extinguishes itself naturally at sunrise on the morning of November 1st. Pumpkin flesh, pink carnation, and a pinch of clove dust.

In bottle:   Carnation, slightly shampoo like.

Wet on skin:  Ummm, spicy warm floral.  Like a super spice carnation up very close.  So spicy that it’s a little almost menthol smelling.   I guess that’s the ‘fire’!

Dry on skin:  This has settled down into a really grown up and firey floral blend.   I pick up on all three of the listed noted but they are blended together quite beautifully.

Verdict:  Yay, another pumpkin scent I can wear!