Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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!