Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Nocturne Alchemy Summer Tea Service

So only having four hours of sleep the last several nights finally caught up with me! I was up at 5 AM and when I got home at 7:30, I fell right back asleep. I really was trying to get this posted early! Duh. Haha, so I am apologizing again today!
Along with the Summer Tea collection, NAVA offered up a beautiful Tea Service to layer with your tea perfumes. There are five Tea Service, and I have three of them today to talk about!
Sweet Santalum Milk is something I recently acquired and fell madly in love with. Notes are: Simply a Sweet Milk accord caramelized (nuances of caramel corn) blended with true Sandalwood (Santalum) oil. In the bottle, this is sweet and light, a bit milky. Another sniff and I can catch a little bit of woody sandalwood. Wet, I'm experiencing much the same. This is a bit caramel-y, yes. A light sweet delicious milk, tempered by the beauty that is sandalwood. Once this is dry, the sandalwood makes more of an appearance, it balances this perfume out so it doesn't ever become too sweet. It doesn't feel foodie despite the fact that there's that caramelization. I have tried this with Luxor Lemon and Green Tea Crimson and love it with both of them. Coconut Milk is one I hope to snag a backup of, I've used quite a bit of the bottle already as I love it so much. The notes are: Coconut Milk and Coconut Water blended with a soft undertone of Egyptian Musk to enhance the smoothness of the milk. In the bottle this is pretty much straightforward coconut milk. I get a bit of the musk but it's very light at this point. Wet on my skin the musk is a bit more prominent. The coconut milk/water is still the major star though. Dry, this is the most delightfully milky coconut. There's a touch of almost perfume, which is not a good description, but that's the musk, and it kind of reigns in the milkyness. This is such a pretty, straightforward blend - I like to wear it alone also.
The last one I have for you is Sugarcube. Notes are: A delightful sugar accord with breaths of vanilla bean that is beautiful for sweetening your NAVA Summer Tea Perfumes. Like adding a perfumed sugarcube to your tea perfume. Again, you see these Tea Service notes are really straightforward. In the bottle, I get basically sugar water. You know, sweet but not too sweet. Just a lightly sugary blend. Wet on my skin, I'm getting the lightest bit of vanilla, but it's very much in the background and it's mostly sugar. I don't know how but it feels like the vanilla softens the feel of the sugar. Dry, this is the perfect single note sugar. It smells just how a sugarcube on your tongue tastes. Not too sweet. Really beautiful. I like this one alone too, but I love it with White Tea Vanille and Luxor Lemon. Really, it goes with all three of my Teas.
So these Tea Service blends are very simple, almost single notes. Absolutely lovely and perfect for pairing with the Summer Teas. If you missed my review of the three Summer Teas here's the link.

Nocturne Alchemy Summer Tea Collection

Late, so late. I know. I was supposed to post this the other day, but then the holiday happened (Memorial Day, which is actually like a 3 day weekend for us here in America), and then I expected to get home before the update today, but fate had other plans. Sooo it's 11:30 at night and I shall try to get this done without falling asleep on my keyboard. Fingers crossed aye? Hah! I do apologize.
So last year, NAVA released the most delightful collection, the Summer Tea collection, and it also included the sub-collection Tea Service. There were seven Teas, and five Tea Service perfumes. I have three of each, and I hope my review will help a little - can I just say, buy everything because it's amazing? No? Okay! Well, here we go. (Kidding, only not, it really is amazing.)
I'll start with the three main collection scents. Green Tea Crimson notes are:  Hints of Fresh Green Tea leaves infused with Lemon Zest and tempered with the soothing effects of Crimson Red Egyptian Musk. In the bottle I'm getting something fresh, tart. Slightly citrus but not overpowering. Ooo. Wet on my skin, yes. Fresh green tea, the lemon in the background but not overpowering, just adding a bit of zing. The red musk is there but it's not the key note, it's supporting, so it's soft. Dry, okay can I just go ahead and tell you this is my favorite, hands down? It's so bright and fresh, it has a bit of tartness from the lemon, but that makes it pretty perfect. It's very obviously green tea and it never becomes about the musk, but the musk saves it from being too tart, this is sooo well balanced. I actually like wearing this alone at times, but I often pair it with Sugarcube even though any of the other Tea Service blends would go well with this. Absolutely AMAZING.
Luxor Lemon was a bottle I blind bought, I actually initially picked up decants for all of these except Luxor Lemon - and I'm not really sure why I skipped it, but I remedied that when I did my bottle order, and I am glad I did! Notes are: An afternoon Earl Grey with a side of lemon, this one would benefit from a side of vanilla-honey. Italian lemon peel and Bergamot EO are infused into the tea giving it a citrus bite that is both cured and beautifully soothing with a drop of Sweet Santalum Milk or any of the Summer Tea Service. In the bottle, this is pretty much straight oooo LEMON. Hah. Tart, yellow lemon. I'm not getting any tea yet. Wet on my skin, we now have lemony Earl Grey. Yum!!  Okay, now that this has dried down, it settles into, well, stunning! The lemon and the Earl Grey are perfectly balanced. The bergamot is just adding to the citrus. It's bright and summery. If you like honey, I think it would do well with Vanilla Honey. I don't have this, so I usually pair it with Coconut Milk, but I recently acquired Sweet Santalum Milk and I like that even better - although as with Green Tea Crimson, I think any of the Tea Service would compliment this - Sugarcube is definitely a lovely addition.  So my last Tea is White Tea Vanilla. I think this one is pretty popular, judging from what I saw in the Tent last year! Notes are: Beautiful, ethereal, and crisp White tea enhanced with limestone amber resin, undertones of Crystalline and Kobalt vanilla and fresh mallow root to sweeten naturally. In the bottle - crisp white tea, vanilla, and something very fresh. Wet on my skin, amber! Ooo amber and white tea. The vanillas are not overpowering, they are supporting . This is so crisp and fresh. Dry, this is a delight. It remains crisp and fresh, with soft, floaty vanilla. And this is interesting, it almost feels like there's a soft white musk in here, although it's not listed. Maybe it's just the culmination of all the notes dried to perfection, you know how sometimes at the end of the drydown phase with NAVA a perfume will just kind of stop swirling and flop into perfection? I think it could just be that. This is actually quite yummy, I kind of want to drink it. I often wear this one alone, but a dab of Coconut Milk is pretty delicious with this.
Okay, I literally just woke up on my keyboard. I think I will post this as a two-parter and review the Tea Service in the morning for you lovely folks!
I will just go ahead and say, I love my resins, my dark and hippy scents, but this collection is absolutely perfect when I want a bit of fresh, bright scent in the hot Florida summer. I used these quite frequently last summer and they really garnered a lot of compliments - and my guy was pretty appreciative of them as well! So thank you for being patient with me, and as soon as I get home tomorrow morning I will post the second part. Here's the link to the Tea Service review!

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