Sunday, March 27, 2016

NAVA "Unboxing"


So I got my Nocturne Alchemy update order on Friday from the last release! I was pretty excited. Lots of goodies in here. I thought I'd post an unboxing. Kind of fun! This showed up in a small flat rate box, by the way. All of my pretties are packed into that pink bubble wrap. Sometimes, for special releases like NAlloween, they'll come in fun decorative bags!



And I only took one picture of the other side. Sigh. Of course this is blurry! This beautifully designed sticker is on the other side, sealing up the pink bubble wrap.


All of my babies out of the bubble wrap, and there's a little special pack off to the side. GOODIES!


Unrolled the little goodie pack and there's a special skarab of oil and an Egyptian scarab bead. SQUEE. I love these little guys. I ordered three recently, and they're in each of my boxes, watching over my babies while I'm gone. Or, at least that's what I tell them their job is. (I'm so silly. I actually did say that.) So this one I've decided to call Monde, which is French for world. I don't know, it fit for the moment.


Ooookay! So left to right, we have Dream Bottles: Blue Egypt, A Dream Within A Dream, Tibetan Crystalline, Ophelia, Hylas and the Nymphs, Enigma, Anticipation, Under the Moon, Adele, and Pandora.  The skarab is Seth's Secret Very Vanilla Crystalline Angel Food Cake.
Dream Bottle: Blue Egypt and Adele I bought and asked them to hold for me until I did my update order, as obviously those are gone from the site, and Anticipation is a backup. Of all of these, I've tried Blue Egypt, Ophelia, and Enigma. The rest are blind buys, and highly successful ones! I fell victim to sniffing them after they'd had about 12 hours to sit. Sigh. I could't hold off any longer. There were a lot of instances of eye rolls to the back of the head in ecstasy. I immediately decided I was going to need more backups. Hah.


So above is a photo of what your perfume oils come wrapped in, and sealed with tape. I save mine so I can recycle them for shipping out packages of swaps or sales in the Marketplace. They come in handy!
And after I got all of this done, I went to put away the new oils, and discovered I have a problem. I'm going to need another box! So yesterday evening I went out and found a beautiful box. This one is a bit deeper than my other one, so I may be able to stand Kadmium Amber up in it.


Yeah, pretty full. I got my new smaller labels in this week so that'll be a project I need to work on when I have time. They fit perfectly on the lid!
By the way, if you'd like to get yourself an Egyptian scarab bead, you can find them here. When browsing the site, from the home page, you would click on Nocturne Alchemy, and then Bazaar.
What did you get from the update? What's your favorite? Myself, I'm not sure I can choose.
Happy Easter, folks.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Pretty Serious Cosmetics "Unboxing"




So...I'm a slacker of epic proportions. Even though Pretty Serious Cosmetics has been open four years (HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN SERIOUSLY WHAT EVEN IS TIME), I have never. Ever. Ordered from Kaz yet. I finally managed to get around to that two months ago, I snapped up a bunch of her nail care items when they were on sale and am currently testing them all out so I can do a proper review.
Post Apocalyptic Princess released not too much after this, and I dived right in head first. I actually received my order in two parts, but more on that and epic customer service - because everything about this is epic, I say!  - but neglected to photograph the first box opening, so as a first kind of nail related blog post on this blog, I figured I'd do a box opening. Plus, my nails are epically bad. For real though they are, hence the nail care testing. I'm almost at the point where I could swatch again. I had such the series of bad breaks. I was living in nubbinsville for about three months. Ugh.
Anyway. So the first picture, at the top of the page, are the business/postcards that come with your orders. I'll be collecting these. So cute! I absolutely love the PS girl, Daphne. The graphics are so well done, I even love the font she chose. But I have always liked the vintage brush script fonts.
Next up, pretties in a box:


Breathless, Wicked Wasteland, Toxic Tiara, Eye of Copernicus (!!!), and An Uzi For Daddy. All wrapped up in pretty tissue paper for the ride.


I absolutely love the boxes and am storing mine in the boxes. Kaz had an incident with the boxes getting to her in time for the release, so she gave us the option to wait for the Post Apocalyptic Princess boxes, or have our new release polishes in the original boxes so they could be shipped right off. I chose to wait.
So here they all are together:


Shyeah! Nice. And Daphne shows up on the sides of the boxes like so:


I ended up with Liquid Leprechan, Eye of Copernicus, Breathless, Forbidden Zone, Wicked Wasteland, An Uzi From Daddy, Toxic Tiara, and Princess Plutonium. Dang. I meant to grab Bump-Dee-Bump! How did I miss that? Ah well, a perfect excuse for another order, right?
So my experience with ordering from Pretty Serious was pretty amazing. Epic, that's right, that was the word of the day. First of all, Kaz thought she had enough polish stocked for her release, and she was absolutely shocked to discover we cleaned her out pretty quickly. She's said that every release keeps getting bigger and bigger - this makes me ridiculously happy for her. Because of this, and the box incident, she announced she was going to honor release pricing since she didn't want anyone to miss out. She kept everyone updated about the situation regarding the boxes right as it was happening. As a first time customer, regardless if I knew her outside of this or not, it's impressive and wins customer loyalty when an owner is so generous of spirit, not to mention the clarity that she showed us with the box incident and the options she gave us.
Pretty Serious is based in Australia, but Kaz has a US stockist, so you don't have to pay for international shipping.
Am I impressed? You bet. It's the big details, and the small ones too, like the beautiful boxes and the postcards you can collect, The polishes themselves are beautiful and often very unique. I am glad I hopped on this little train of happy.
Who else has ordered from Pretty Serious? Did you have an amazing experience? I was also able to email and add on a few extra goodies! It was well worth it.
You can shop Pretty Serious here, or by clicking the graphic in the sidebar. I have to get my graphics to open links in a new window. I was a bit lazy about writing the code. Anyway. I'm falling asleep at my computer, it's been a very long day. Take care folks!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nocturne Alchemy Cecilia



Cecilia came out right when I was getting into NAVA for the first time and had discovered decants. I knew nothing of decanting circles at all, and so Laura, who runs the previously mentioned Salixnoir livejournal, very kindly helped me figure out what everything was. Hah. I'm so clueless sometimes. Cecilia was from one of my very first decant rounds. I used my precious vial a few times, dithered around trying to decide whether I needed a full size. Actually this story has happened to me several times, I apparently am not good at living and learning. While I was dithering, she left the site. Well. Of course that was when I decided I needed a bottle. Enigma, coming home to me shortly, went the same way. Well, I was able to nab a partial from Laura's leftover list a few months back. As you can see in the second photo, my partial was down to bare bones and I was starting to panic when the Resurgence showed up last month and Cecilia was among them. Hah. I didn't waste any time putting that bottle in my cart!
So the notes for Cecilia are as follows:
Hungarian Pine Needle E/O, Fresh Summer Rain accord, Blood Crimson (richer Crimson), Dragon's Blood essence and Bastet's Amber with a kiss of Crystalline.
So, an aquatic. I actually have heard quite a few folks say they don't like aquatics, but I generally do. There are a few I haven't, but for the most part it falls in line with the fresh, clean category and I like fresh and clean scents. However...this is a very unusual aquatic, yeah? Pine needle and dragon's blood. How's that going to work?
Fantastic, I tell you. In the bottle, I'm getting pine and rain. Seriously, it does smell like rain. Wow. How do they DO that? It's completely and totally reminiscent of rain and it's beautiful with the pine. I keep sniffing, but that's really all I get from the bottle. Onto the skin it goes. Hah.
Wet on the skin, I catch a bit of the amber and very slightly in the background some red musk and dragon's blood. Just a slight whiff though, still primarily rain and it's well mingled with the pine. I want to talk for a minute about NAVA and wood. I got hooked early on by snagging a bottle of SL Diamond from a destash and I wasn't sure what to expect. It's SO beautiful. I need to do a full review of it, but briefly I will just tell you that it's not what you think - this doesn't smell like pencil shavings. So I knew to keep an open mind with the pine. It's very evocative for me, I get the sweet scent of pine wood and a bit of the needles and sap even, so the whole package, and so lovely. The pine and rain are already well melded in the bottle and they continue to do the same on drydown, so you've got a wet, rainy day near a forest. The amber is moving along now, adding more to the mixture, and it's a very clean amber like you get in Eternal Egypt.
Full drydown and this is mind blowingly evocative for me. This takes me right back to my childhood growing up in Maine.The dragon's blood has shown up along with the amber and red musk, and the vanilla in the background just kind of mellows everything out. How. Stunning.   My mother was a bit of a hippie and she used to wear a blend with dragon's blood. We used to go to the beach so often, rain or shine. I'm on the beach in Maine, pine trees at the back of us, we're facing the ocean. It's foggy and rainy. Mom smells like her hippie self and despite the rain it's a beautiful day, there's so much to see, there are little tide pools with critters for me to look at, I'm collecting stones and sea glass and seashells...I'm home. I live in Florida these days, but Maine is still very much home to me, and this just brings me right there. It's comforting and in a way bittersweet because it creates a wave of homesickness.
So. Whew, that was a bit long winded but I'm pretty passionate about Cecilia. Even if you think you don't like aquatics, I think she'd be worth a try - it's not typical in any way.
And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that this makes me think of the Simon and Garfunkel song, if that doesn't age me even more. But seriously! I know it wasn't named for that - as a matter of fact, it was named after the Waterhouse painting. Hah.
Up next, I'm going to do my little journey into the world of indie. I've had some requests, so I need to get it done.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Nocturne Alchemy Anticipation


Oh my. I missed out on Anticipation the first time it came around.  I was surely not going to do it again!  When it popped up in the Resurgences and I read the raves, I knew it was for me.  One of our beloved Tent moderators, Erica,  said it was a "fruit-chouli". Well twist my arm! NAVA lists the notes as:

African Musk-infused-Patchouli, Caramelized Cedar, Blue Musk, Black Fig, Sandalwood Absolute, Blue Egyptian Sugar, French Vanilla, Tallulah Musk (VA accord) and Apricot Skin Musk.

Okay. So when you open the bottle and take a sniff, you get a hit of musky patchouli. Um, yum. Yes please! This is so smooth smelling, not a dirty patchouli. As a matter of fact, let me back up and wax poetic about NAVA's patchouli for a minute. I think it's the best patchouli I have ever smelled and I am kind of a fiend for it. It's one of my favorite notes. It's so clean, delightful. I actually have a bottle of SL Hessonite and for a little while I was intimidated by the thought of it, but I have long since gotten past that and wear it regularly layered with other oils. It's such a delight. I'm still sniffing here, and I'm getting hints of wood - the cedar and sandalwood. Even though this has notes that maybe could go in the direction of foodie - their French Vanilla was kind of foodie for me, and there's sugar along with the carmelization of the cedar. I think that bit just makes the wood a little sweeter. I get a bit of fruit too here but nothing is standing out and I love their fig, so I can usually spot it. Hmm. Time for the skin!
This blend is a bit thin. I am a fan of slathering it, so it's okay with me that it comes out slightly faster than some of the other blends, but it's something to note. Wet on the skin I am not getting any fruit yet, but the musks and patchouli are dominating everything and I'm okay with that. Hah. I do love my musks and patchouli, obviously.
Okay, on drydown we've got that nice fruit I caught in the bottle coming through. The sugar is making it a bit sweet, which is nice with the woods that are peeping out too. Fully dry, this flops into the most delightful musky fruit patchouli - the individual notes are all melded together and what heaven is this? 
This lasts all day on me. All. Day. Long. It's following me everywhere and I'm obsessed. I nabbed a second bottle because I knew this needed to stay in my life, and I've already gotten below the shoulder on my first bottle. Made me panic a little bit, I don't mind saying it out loud. 
Oh! I got a ton of compliments on this when I was out and about. I was surprised actually, I think it got more compliments than Kashmir, and usually nothing beats Kashmir in that department. 
This is going to be perfect in the summer too, I think. I'm so glad I was able to get it. Definitely one of my favorites. 
(By the way, this was accidentally published while I was trying to work out my newly installed Blogger app on my phone, so it was obviously incomplete. I have NO idea why it won't let me revert to draft, or why none of my editing options are there. I'll have to do further research with this before I try to play with another post. Sorry folks!)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Nocturne Alchemy Ember Vanilla



I can't get my ish together, I swear. I've been meaning to post a review for DAYS but I have so much going on lately I'm behind! Haha. Anyway, I had a request recently, a couple of days back, to do a review of NAVA's Studio Limited (SL, for future reference - I should make a glossary page) Ember Vanilla, so let's jump right into that.
This is one of their most recent Studio Limited releases, and instantly it became a classic. I haven't run across a single person saying, this is not for me. I haven't seen anyone selling theirs, for that matter! That's usually pretty indicative of a fantastic perfume, y'know? I waited a while before I purchased mine. The notes had me worried this might be foodie.
Here are the notes from NAVA's description: 
A haunting Vanilla cream with accents of caramel and a sweet kiss of brown sugar, in which we mean, the vanilla is underneath teasing and sweetening the woods of exotic Indian Sandalwood, American Cedar, California Redwood and the haunting decadence of our ICON Egyptian Oudh as part of this blend. A vision of smoked vanilla but only by using the finest of NAVA SL ingredients. Can be layered with more of any of our SL Sandalwood perfumes, more SL Vanilla, SL Diamond or SL Amethyst. A log fire with vanilla accented in the smoldering wood.
 At first I thought, oh boy. Caramel and brown sugar. Sigh. I love them, but they really don't love my skin, and foodies generally don't work for me. I should know better by now!  NAVA are magicians, and what you see isn't always what you get. I read many reviews and nobody seemed to get a foodie vibe from this. I asked a dear friend of mine her opinion and her response? NIKI JUST GET IT. So. I took the plunge needless to say, because she convinced me it was a must have!
Right out of the gate, in the bottle, you get a bit of a sweet, carmelized vanilla. Scary for me. But then on further sniffing (huffing like a madwoman, read) the smoke comes out to play. Oh boy. This is AMAZING. GET ON MAH SKIN.
Wet on the skin it's much the same as you get from the bottle sniff. So, I back off, give it some time to settle. Whoooaaa. Holy bats. This is sexy. You may remember from my introduction to NAVA post that my guy hates vanillas. Hates with a passion. Says they stink. This, when it's dry, I find him nuzzling my neck. It's so good! Smoky. Rich. The vanilla has a hint of carmelization, but it's in no way foodie. This is sexy, grown up. The drydown brings out the woods in it more, and they are all melding into something crazy good. This is the magic of NAVA. It's like on drydown their blends kind of flop onto a perfumed pillow of delight. It's very different from OP Pakhet but for me? They're sisters. They are not a typical vanilla. The smoke, the wood in this definitely pairs with the more woody Pakhet, although she's got that base of incense behind her. Also, Ember Vanilla is great straight out of the gate. You don't have to let it age to have it completely become glorious - it's glorious already. However, I've had mine a couple of months, and I can tell you it keeps getting better. It's also delightful layered - try pairing it with Kashmir, for instance. I can't word enough for that description, but my Gods, is that amazing. They're both so rich and interesting alone, but paired they are a killer combination that garners quite a bit of compliments when you step out into the world.
How's the staying power, you might ask? I've worn this without showering at night, and the next day I'm still getting wafts of it when I get up. This one is strong with the force, I tell you. Hah.
So in conclusion? You should just go ahead and throw your money at Ember Vanilla, I promise, you won't be disappointed.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Nocturne Alchemy Spring 2016 Limited Collection




The new Nocturne Alchemy Spring Limited collection is now live! I've posted the new video below as well - I actually really enjoy watching the videos and the music is always so enchanting. So, what's catching your eye? I'm over here flailing. This is an absolutely astounding update. There are literally SO MANY of these I want to try, I can't narrow things down! Decants will be my friend. What are y'all looking at? I know that Tibetan Crystalline is coming home with me immediately. Other than that, from the Resurgences, I feel like I need A Dream Within A Dream and Under the Moon immediately, the new Art of Love: Love and Egyptology: 1922 seem like must haves for me, and I ... AHH I DON'T KNOW I WANT EVERYTHING SYNDROME. Hah!
So, here's the video, enjoy...love and light, folks! I haven't words. The NAVA crew have outdone themselves.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

NAVA for Newbies


I was recently asked to do a little write up, an introduction to NAVA if you will. I was incredibly flattered, and incredibly nervous. But it kickstarted me to start working on this blog, as I've been meaning to do for quite some time now. This was originally a piece for a Facebook group and has been adapted a bit for a broader audience.
I want to preface this by saying I am NOT an expert in any way, shape or form. My nose has developed quite a lot over the last year, but I still use fantastic, lovely, amazing, delightful as adjectives. Haha! I can pick out quite a few things though. And I'm also not a NAVA expert. I'm just a fan and an enthusiast. Also, if anyone would like to jump in, via the comments, please by all means - I would value contributions.
Also, let me first extend anyone an invitation to join the NAVA Tent: https://www.facebook.com/groups/736914953065807/
And there is a Marketplace as well: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1622364791318661/
You can now also follow NAVA on instagram: @nocturnealchemy
So almost a year ago, I started playing with my indie bath and body again. It had been quite a while, so I was a little out of the loop, but I remember following the original Facebook account and I never did get my feet wet, as I really wasn't sure where to start and I didn't know there was a forum at the time! Sadface. I did a little looking here on Facebook, and discovered the Tent. I quietly joined, browsed posts for a while, and just followed along. I had some small idea based on postings and perusing the site what I might like, but I knew I needed input. I worked up the nerve and finally asked for some help. Samantha and Erica, two lovely, lovely women who moderate the Tent, jumped right in, and graciously offered me advice, along with several other kind people. I never looked back. I started small, with a skarab sample set and two bottles: The Daydream and Myrrh Ombre. The Daydream has actually been brought back as an LC again!
So, let's start with a little terminology, basic but maybe helpful, from a recent post in the Tent by Seth, one of the NAVA crew members. Here's the other thing: they're pretty active in the Tent also! Being able to interact with such a popular perfume house's crew? Pretty fun and informative, I'll tell you what!
NAVA: What our customers call us - it is the combination of Nocturne Alchemy & VApothecary
NAVAlchemy : when one blends NAVA with NAVA on the skin and the NAVA Alchemy of scent occurs
Skarab: Nocturne Alchemy samples
Vile: VApothecary samples
PC: Permanent Collection
LC: Limited Collection
SL: Studio Limited
Okay! So almost every month, there is a new Limited Collection, or LC. As a matter of fact this month is a tad behind, and we are all super excited, as Friday is the new release! I can't wait to see what will pop up with this one. The LCs usually stay up around two months, giving you a bit of time to get decants in if you like to decide what you want, or to decide exactly how much of your paycheck you should just go ahead and sign over. LOL.
Studio Limited collection is a special set of perfume oils. These are limited in quantity. When they sell out, they are gone for good - but they have more of these in stock than they do the LC perfumes. Some SLs have been around quite a while and some have been out of stock and are brought back in. When I first started I got a sample of Crystalline SL and wanted to buy it but had to wait a few months, and then they were able to bring it back.
Tied in with the SL line - the link is at the very top of that section, is the Osirian Purnima, or we've been calling them the OP line for short. These are INCENSE PERFUMES, y'all. And these are high quality ingredients. All of the OP line start with the OP base and then other ingredients are added - for instance, OP Pakhet is Samar Oudh, smoke, and vanilla. Mmmmm. I think I have seven of these and they are each distinct and amazing. I cannot rave enough about them. I should mention, a word of advice if you are interested in trying these - let them rest. Let them rest at least a week when you get them before you even crack them open, as they take a little more time to recover than most other perfume oils do from travelling. And then, when you've let them rest, and you've tried them out a bit - this is even harder I know! - put them AWAY. Let them age a bit. They really benefit from aging, they kind of start to blossom into their own right. This was a big lesson I had to learn, as I actually had this experience with a PC perfume oil as well.
So, PC is the permanent collection. This is a very extensive range! Florals. Ambers. Vapothecary's Gothic toned perfumes. I have a pretty large PC wishlist and try to add at least one or two of these to my orders, which seem to coincide with the LC releases. I'll get say 3 or 4 that I determine I can't live without on the LC and buy one or two off my PC wishlist. At least, that's my goal to try to narrow that wishlist down! It's hard. There are so many lovely perfumes and in going through my decants/skarabs/viles I come across more and more I have to have.
What made me such a fangirl? Here's the thing. I'd tried amber before. IT NEVER WORKED ON ME. Turned to baby powder. Like, ew. So I thought, well that's one note I'll never be able to wear. Can I tell you a little secret? If you have though the same thing, please let NAVA work their alchemy on you. You will be surprised and amazed and you will hear this story in the tent over and over again. Notes people say NEVER work on them, they have found NAVA somehow manages to change for them. I have my very first ever full bottle of a lavender blend, Dead Can Sleep. I can't wear lavender. I don't even DO florals, come on. I'm a hippie child. But here I am, huffing my wrist. Granted I grabbed the LC version with the addition of oudh, but I like their dirt and patchouli so it only sealed the deal. I own florals. Blue Lotus is amaaaazing. Hah, who would have ever thought? I am all about dark, gothic, moody, hippie stuff too like patchouli and nag champa. And here I am with florals. It's not just their magical alchemy with scents either. It's the attention to detail, the high quality ingredients, the work that they put into each blend and the LOVE they put into each blend - it's obvious. The community in the Tent - I can go there after having a bad day and feel instantly better, instantly at home. The fact that the creators spend time with us in the Tent, when they are able obviously. They're generous with their knowledge and their spirits. It shows.
NAVA are kind of "famous" for their vanillas. With good reason - they have a rather extensive vanilla offering for every kind of taste. My guy, he HATES vanilla. His only explanation is that "they stink". However, I find I can wear Kobalt Dark, Ember Vanilla, and OP Pakhet and he actually LIKES them on me. I wish he liked more. I wear Crystalline at work, but that's okay, he likes the stuff most guys usually don't like so I can't complain too much - patchouli, red musk, OUDH - my man is a nut for some oudh! Anyway, digressing. You guys knew this post would be a book right?
So yeah, they're famous for their vanillas, and actually also their amber blends. Seriously, they make some amazing ambers, and such a variety that the PC actually has a whole section devoted to just ambers.
They SHOULD be famous for their patchouli and red musk. They make some of the cleanest, most amazing patchouli I've ever smelled. I should own stock in Hessonite, the SL patchouli note. Also, Kashmir is probably my most complimented perfume, hands down. Oh, and sandalwood, they are wizards with sandalwood also. Santal Ombre is seriously backup bottle worthy. Drooool.
Oh my goodness. I wish it were still around, but they did a very limited run of a special oudh collection, the ICONIC collection. I got an empty from a friend recently and my guy literally grabbed it out of my hands, took a huff, his eyes rolled back in his head and he said THAT IS THE BEST SMELLING PERFUME YOU HAVE. I wish I were kidding. I could have cried. I have to hunt it down, obviously!  So, I adore the smell of their oudh. It's something else. I got two bottles of the very limited Horus Haven 2 because OUDH and VANILLA - I mean geez, it must be magical right? And it was. Unfh. I can smell oudh following me all day. You can get a few blends with oudh right now, and don't have to wait for a limited release though! A few of the OP line have oudh, like Pakhet, and if you like florals, Carnation Santalum Gold. Also Dragon: Helios has oudh! Currently in the LC collection, go nab a bottle of Overseer, it's honey oudh and apparently amazing.
Some of my favorite readily available blends are: Eternal Egypt - clean, bright amber and one of their most popular fragrances. Let it age if at first it doesn't suit you, it's delightful with about a month on it! Bastet Halloween 2016 in the VA section. Spicy, yet clean, yet incense-y somehow. It's magic and it seriously calms me when I'm having anxiety attacks. Black Crow - patchouliiiii. Mmm. Sekhmet Amber - patchouli and amberrrr. Yum. SLs - Kashmir, Hessonite, Ember Vanilla, the Ombres, Kobalt Dark, Santalum, Crystalline... the OPs - oh hey, get them all. Just kidding. My absolute favorites are Baba, Tawaret, Hathor, Thoth, and Pakhet.
A little hint if you are feeling overwhelmed looking at the website: First of all, everyone is happy to help in the Tent with recommendations. Secondly, if you're looking for particular notes, the search bar is actually very helpful! Things on my immediate radar: Egyptian Peach Blossom, Ember from the SL line, Mists of Arcacia. OH. I do love NAVA dragon's blood. I've forgotten to mention it but it is lovely, spicy, warm. Should go hand in hand with Kashmir.
Also, if you want to try the LCs, but you're not sure if you're ready to commit to full sized bottles, you can go the route of decants.  Angie Towne runs the Facebook group Ajevie, and she also has a web store. Similarly, Laura Wierzbicki runs Salixnoir on Livejournal and also runs the NAVA Circles group on Facebook.  A great way to give the new scents a try. Plus, you can pick up great deals often in the Marketplace.
I wanted to make mention of another fun (in my opinion!) thing - with every update, NAVA creates a preview video. I like to sit down with a cup of coffee, flip my computer on, and view the video in full screen with the volume up to set the atmosphere, and enjoy my first view of the new collection. I get so excited, and the images and music used are always absolutely beautiful.
Edited to add: I neglected to mention a huge labor of love, the NAVA Wiki. Here, you can find scent notes for NAVA's perfume oils dating back to the very beginning, as well as many reviews. You can even add reviews yourself! (I've been sorely slacking on this as I often feel like I can't "word" enough aaand I'm forgetful!)
Whew. I don't know if this helps. I surely hope so!
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