Tuesday, December 18, 2018

NAliday 2018 Resurgence Impressions!


Hey, y'all. This is just a super quick impressions post about the Resurgence that I have from previous years - it's getting close to when Nocturne Alchemy takes their vacation, and I hope this may help you make some decisions if you want to place a last minute order. Bonus review of one of my favorites that is sold out, Victorian Candy Cane Crystalline, just in case anyone hunts it down in the secondary market and would like a little help. 

Fig & Amber:  French Fig, Green Fig, Amber Resin, Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Coconut Milk, Cedar and Black Pepper *natural occurring resin may be present, this perfume will become more beautiful with aging.
I actually picked this one up in a swap in the spring with a friend of mine, and I thought it was really pretty, but hadn't touched it for months. When it started getting cool, I pulled it back out and was surprised by how beautifully it had developed - which makes me wonder if this is one of those scents that does better in certain weather, I believe Seth mentioned that to me at one point! At any rate, initially this reminded me a bit of a Holiday LC I have and love, Holiday Egyptian Gold Fig. I thought they were kind of sibling scents, but when I revisited it, Fig & Amber has done such a change, I think the only thing that makes me think of HEGF is the fact that the fig in this almost has a green feel to it, too. Usually with figs, I find them to come across as brown, almost dense and chewy, maybe kind of...spicy? In the way that fig can be spicy, I hope that makes sense. This, though, is more of a green, fruity, fresh fig. If you have ever experienced their figs, and like them - I would encourage you to grab this. It's definitely different enough from every fig blend I have (I'm obsessed, okay? Hah!) to warrant keeping the bottle of this. It's cozy, but sophisticated enough to wear out. It feels like a lovely cold weather, festive scent. I love the resins in this, and the slight hint of pepper. It's extremely well blended, I can't pick up too many individual notes, but I get the grounding that makes a lovely contrast to the bright freshness of the fig. If you haven't experienced their fig, again I encourage you to pick this one up - it's a good way to try it out, as this is a beautiful blend. 

Bastet's Potion Studio: potion n. 23 - Lily of the Valley, Italian Bergamot, Lemon zest, Skin Musk, Bastet’s Gold Amber, Ravensara and a drop of Ylang Ylang and Japanese Yuzu.
I cannot believe this hasn't sold out! If you loved Bastet's Potion Studio: Sleep Elixir, then you're going to adore this one as well. This was a sleeper hit for me, so I wanted to especially encourage you to consider it. I got this as a birthday present from one of my very best friends, and at first I was a little uncertain about it, but it needed a little time to recover from traveling last year, it was SO cold over the winter and it was pretty shocked!  So I put it away, and honestly kind of forgot about it. I pulled it out about a month and a half later and huffed at the bottle, and thought oh, there's a little familiarity there - and my mind turned to Sleep Elixir. Now, they're not the same, but if you missed that one and were really yearning for it, I think you would love this. It's elegant, and sexy. White, gauzy. You know how Kashmir is sort of bold, sassy and sexy? This is the opposite, this is flirting under lowered eyelids, a tilt of the lips, this wraps around you softly but before you know it you're in trouble. Hah! I hope that's not too over the top, but that's what it makes me think of. This blend is different from SE in that it's not at all herbal, but still has the floaty white florals. The musk lingers over long drydown, and it has surprisingly a long lasting life, where SE tends to disappear on me after a few hours. And don't be afraid of the musk, it's more along the lines of Egyptian Musk, rather than the red musk of Kashmir. Just...get it! 

California Redwood Crystal Musk:  California Redwood Oil Absolute, Vanilla Musk (Crystal from the Studio Limited), Crystalline Absolute, White Pear Skin and Bastet's Amber underneath.
This is one of my favorites, I wear this year round. I fell hard for this the first time it was released. If you like Diamond from the SLs, you'll like this too. The juicy, fresh wood that almost feels like fruit is present here, but it adds a vanilla musk to it that is just so enticing. I always catch whiffs of this hours after I put it on and smile, it definitely cheers me up. I don't really pick up on the pear, so it must be a supporting note, adding to the juicy, sort of fruity aspect of the redwood. I love both Crystal and Crystalline, but I think this is the first time I've had a blend with both of them together, and they play well together. I honestly feel like this one is seriously underrated, and I can't believe it doesn't sell out every single time they release it. 

Orange & Vanilla Sandalwood:  Orange Essential Oil, Orange Zest, Blood Orange, Vanilla Bean Whole, Australian Vanilla Bean Flecks, Vanilla Cream, Australian Sandalwood, Santalum and White Santalum (Sandalwoods from the Studio Limited) and a drop of Crimson Red Musk.
Man, I was disappointed when I couldn't wear Pomander Spice from the previous year. I mean, I could, but it disappeared from my skin within ten minutes. And oh, I loved it! It was so festive. I could slather it like crazy and it just ghosted on me. So I tried aging my decant - nope. Still no luck. Well, then they came out with Orange & Vanilla Sandalwood the year after. I took a deep breath and just jumped. Blind bottled it, hoping this time this one would work. YAY IT DOES! It's bright, and fresh and fun with the zesty orange. So realistic. The creaminess of the vanilla comes in, and with the musk and sandalwood, it's become my yearly tradition to wear this for Christmas. It's not at all creamsicle, if you're worried about that. The sandalwoods and musk keep it from straying, and provide a nice balance. However, if you ARE looking for that, this layers so, so well with Bastet's Ice Cream Accord. It's quite a yummy pairing in the summer! Surprisingly, the citrus lasts for quite a while, and there's a hint of it even towards the end of the wear time, although by then it's predominately vanilla, wood and musk. Lasts a good while, too. 

Bastet's Ice Cream: Cherry Crème*: Bavarian Black Cherry, Sandalwood, Nag Champa incense Essence, Vanilla Crystalline Cream, Butter accord, Caramel Accord, French Vanilla Bean Absolute, Vanilla Milk accord, Vanilla Orchid, Crystalline Absolute and Vanilla Sugar.  *Originally given out as a Holiday sample-present and called Bastet’s Nag Champa Cherry Crème but renamed from a customer poll to ‘BIC: Cherry Crème’ A Dark Cherry (no Nag Champa) Ice Cream is coming soon at a future update.
Bastet gave out a sample called Nag Champa Cherry Creme one year, and mentioned that it would probably never be made into a full bottle perfume. It was a huge fan favorite and so many of us yearned to see it again. I for one was hoarding my sample because I was absolutely gaga for it. Well, last year BIC: Cherry Creme made an appearance, and I noticed the notes included nag champa. Whaaaat? Of course, I had to ask, and they verified it was a reformulation of the sample Bastet had made! Well, this is divine. If you are familiar with NA's expert touch with nag champa, you will not be surprised that nag champa and cherry could be so beautiful. The cherry is bright and tart and yummy, not at all cough syrup. The ice cream base is so creamy and delicious, and I absolutely love it, even though I'm not much of a foodie fan, I'm pretty obsessed with her Ice Creams. I haven't been able to get nearly as many as I want, but I should try to be reasonable! The nag champa is a wonderful contrast to the sweetness of the ice cream. Total delight. Do NOT miss this.

Victorian Candy Cane Crystalline: Red and white striped candy cane created with the essence of pure Peppermint bark, Vanilla Cream, Vanilla Dust, a touch of Strawberry seed and a heavy hand of SL Crystalline Vanilla Absolute. *12.9.18
Well, this fan favorite sold out. Honestly I'm so happy they brought it back so other people could experience it! I wanted to get a backup, but I didn't get my order in time, and that's okay, I'm happy to have one at all, honestly. 
This is the quintessential candy cane I've been wanting ever since I fell into collecting indies. I'd tried several, but they were always too bitter and didn't do well on my skin. I wanted it to be more creamy! Well, this, ughhhhhh IT'S SO GOOD. There's a sugary peppermint aspect, absolutely wrapped up in creamy vanilla. The strawberry seed isn't noticeable at all, but adds a lovely subtle sweetness. It's just exactly the right balance, not too bitter so all you get is the harshness of the mint, and not too sweet or overwhelmingly vanilla. Seriously I know I gush over this all over the place, but this is the perfect Christmas Eve scent, and if you happen to come across it in the secondary market and you wanted it, better snatch it up quick, fast and in a hurry!
Okay, I hope that helps y'all with your last minute orders! I know it was a little rushed, so if you have any questions or need clarification, please let me know. And happy holidays! 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

NAliday 2018 Impressions!


Hello, fren. It's been a quiet year here at Zombiiesque, I've been hit with a bunch of life stuff, so I've mostly been maintaining the LC Archive and that's IT. But....it's the NAliday season. I'm making cookies today, and I got my order in at the beginning of the week. They've had a little time to rest and recover (both Copals had some pretty rough mail shock!), so I wanted to give you some quick impressions. As a bonus, Crystal was included as a gift this round, and although I've been loving it for over a year now, I'll include my thoughts on that as well.
Let's dive right in, shall we? 

Eternal Egypt Gold – White Amber, Egyptian Musk, Bastet Amber, Sandalwood Absolute, Lily of the Valley, SL Crimson Absolute, NA Kyphi, Guaiac wood, Lavender, Mandarin, aged Moonstone (Studio Limited) and Eternal Ankh Vanilla Husk and fleck.
Y'ALL. Okay, I've had trouble with Eternal Ankh sitting right on my skin, so I didn't jump on the Eternal Ankh Colors train, but I've been head over heels for Eternal Egypt and all of its variations right from the beginning. It's a desert island scent for me. When I saw they had done an Eternal Egypt Color, I WAS NO MORE GOOD. I knew it was going to come home with me. Looking over the notes, it had to be a sort of white floral version. Wellll, I usually hate florals, but Bastet has slowly been winning me over and since I haven't tried a single Eternal Egypt I haven't liked, bring it on!  
I will say that this is probably really going to be incredible after a little aging. Eternal Egypt Decade took a full 6 months before it reached its zenith, honestly, and it's so good I could cry. I bought my 10ml of original Eternal Egypt this year, and it definitely needed a few months before it had that exact smell I was so nuts for. It's hard to describe, but you can definitely tell that it's going to be amazing, but it's not quite there yet. 
So when I got Eternal Egypt Gold, I knew it was going to take time, but I couldn't help myself, and I've worn it like three times already. I'm telling you what, if you don't usually like florals, THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND. It smells expensive. It smells sophisticated. It smells like you know down deep something is incredibly sexy, but in the most hidden way...you just KNOW it's there, buried under a pretty smile, this is secretly smoldering with passion. Okay, I'm going a little far with my descriptives, but I think this is one that's flying under the radar when I can't believe it's not sold out.
It's super hard to pick out individual notes already. I don't get the kyphi, and I absolutely love kyphi. Maybe if I huff and huff at my wrist, it's there...but this is NA at the top of their game, it's like you flopped down into a fluffy white couch on the floor and you cannot tear yourself away, you're mesmerized, and you're happy to stay that way. You can smell everything all at once, you know it's there...but it's incredibly well blended, and instead you're presented with such a complete product, you can't help but be spellbound.
I SAID I WASN'T GOING TO DO THAT. Seriously, Niki, shut up and get on with it, already.
Hah. The florals are soft, white, pretty, just hanging out at the edge of that fabulous sandy fresh amber that Eternal Egypt is so famous for. It's elevating and already tranquil, stunning scent to another level. Someone said it reminded them of an expensive mainstream perfume, but yet not. I can understand that - but I'm going to say this. This is what those pretentious, expensive main stream perfumes WANT TO BE BUT THEY CANNOT GET THERE. Pffft. You wish, sister. Okay, I think that's all I've got. But I want y'all to know, this needs to be revisited after a few months, because it's going to change, it's going to develop into something even better than it already is. 
Oh! And I noticed, some folks are thinking this is a version of Eternal Ankh - it's most definitely Eternal Egypt. 

Vanilla Copal - Peruvian Copal EO, Copal Resin, Crystalline Absolute, Kobalt Absolute, NA Studio Snow Musk (sweet wood-infused musk), Vanilla Bean extract 12.13.18
Okay, so this just sold out today! I had a strong suspicion it would, I'm glad I snatched a bottle up before it got gone.
Okay, this one and its sister took significantly longer to recover from traveling across the country. It was hard for me to sit on my hands and wait, because I was looking forward to the copals - it's my favorite note. I definitely get a couple of different copals here - one is sweeter, and the other's smoky. Both are delightfully resinous, and snake gorgeously around the vanillas. I'm getting the sweetness of the Snow Musk - this is reminding me of Cemetary Musk, but a little chillier? Mama likes! Man. If you just got this, and you think it smells funky, I beg you - PLEASE DON'T GIVE UP ON IT. Give it a few days, like 4 or 5, and then try it again. It went from funky to absolutely mesmerizing. This feels...cozy. Like wood crackling in a fireplace, sitting wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket and reading while snow is falling outside of your window. The snow creates that quiet, spellbinding atmosphere....hang on, I just read a piece that describes that the other day. Okay, here it is! Anyway, it feels like that - it takes you out of the absolute frenetic energy of the season, it allows you to take a deep breath, and just calm down. What a gift this perfume is. So lovely. I wish I had been able to get a couple bottles of this. What a lovely meld of vanilla, resinous amber, and musk! Don't sleep on this, if you see it in the Marketplace, you might want to snatch a bottle up.  I am SO glad I don't have seller's regret on this, hah! But I've been through that with more than one perfume, and I knew it just needed a little time and it would be magical.

Sandalwood Copal – Venezuelan Copal EO, Copal Resin, Sandalwood, Tibetan Sandalwood (future SL), SL Crystal Absolute, Skin Musk, SL N8 Musk and Crimson Musk Absolute
Oh, my goodness. I think that, if possible, I might like this even more than Vanilla Copal! Hummmmm. This is....this is evening, whereas Vanilla Copal is afternoon. This is an evening of quiet and contentment, a mug of tea, the weather is cold, but you've got someone to keep you company and just have some time together to enjoy the season. Yeahhhh. So this has got a few musks, and I can actually pick out the Crimson and Skin Musk....I love NA's musks. They're all somewhat sexy, and I think that's why I'm even more in love with Sandalwood. The two copals, and two sandalwoods, are well blended here, but I can actually smell both and they're really so good together. I love woods, resins, and musks, so this is TOTALLY in my wheelhouse. I might require a backup. This needed aging too, but I actually knew a few days before Vanilla that this was going to blow me away. There's a cleanness in this that keeps this from being too deep in resin territory, and the Crystal is just a whisper here. Do you need both of these? YES. They're quite different, despite the commonality of copal. Unequivocably, yes. Both of them give a lovely sense of contentment and an oasis of peace in a busy, stressful season.

Crystal: Harvested in Egypt with Egyptian Black Vanilla pods, flecks extracted and blended into a beautiful and smooth White Musk. For this perfume, it is about precise binding and timing and we hope you enjoy it as it is one of our customer-favorite single notes.
I've had Crystal for probably about a year. To me, this is slightly chewier vanilla that Crystalline? Crystalline on me is lighter, more airy, a sort of floaty, transparent, gauzy vanilla. My favorite straight up vanilla, but Crystal has grown on me too. It's got more...texture and weight than Crystalline. There's nothing I've worn it with that it hasn't enhanced. It's more of a musky type, not foodie at all. My favorite pairings though are usually with patchouli, particularly Patchouli Ombre and Labyrinth. It's absolutely lovely on its own, and lasts quite a bit longer than Crystalline, which kind of fades after a while and needs to be reapplied, even when it's aged. Not that I'm complaining, I'm happy to slather it on, hah! Also, Crystal has a lot more throw - it's not shy. I've gotten quite a few compliments when wearing it! Especially when I pair it with patchouli, or musks. One of my favorite musks to wear with it is Egyptian Musk. *swoon*

Okay, fren. I promise to try and come back sooner this time, but I am still active in the Tent on Facebook, and of course the LC Archives. I hope you have a lovely holiday season. What NAliday scents did you treat yourself to, or are you still trying to decide what you've got to have?
I will try to get back and write up some of the Resurgence scents that I have, along with that incredible bottle of Christopher that you see in the photo.

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