Thursday, July 23, 2020

Nocturne Alchemy Musk Haven: Three Musks



Hey y'all! Back so soon, hard to fathom I know! There was a request in the House of NA Tent on Facebook for some thoughts on the musks in the new SL section, Musk Haven. Well, relatively new, and so far very popular amongst the fans in the Tent. I have three: Amber Musk, Vanilla Musk, and Sandalwood Musk - and I love them all. Shooooo, my Musk Haven wishlist alone is a bit daunting!  So anyway, I thought I would go ahead and do a little writeup, since I was testing them. I want to make brief mention of the bottles: These are a bit larger than the normal bottles, they're 6ml instead of 5, and they have a beautiful domed gold lid. So appealing, and the labels are just gorgeous! A quick mention, I emailed Freja today - I swear their customer service is second to none. My first two Musks did not have inserts, but they are included in every Musk now. If you want to get an insert - reducer cap for your Musk, you can ordinarily order them from the SL Bazaar section, but it is the only section that is not yet up on the website, as those items are still in California. Thanks to Freja for the information - she says to tell you all she LOVES the Musk Haven! 💗  It is also on the Nocturne Alchemy business page on Facebook, as part of an informational note from Thoth: Everything else will be stocked except the SL Bazaar, as those items are still in California, but they’ll arrive here by Halloween update.
From the Musk Haven section, on the NA website:
Bastet's Musk is a fresh, clean and light skin musk, intimately sensual. This fine perfume was created by Bastet herself, using methods similar to the creative process of Bastet's Amber. Bastet’s Musk is a magnetic skin musk made from a soft white floral blend of Tuberose, Mallow, Angelica, Musk Flower, and White Lily all balanced exquisitely through Enfleurage methods of oil extraction. Each perfume in the Bastet’s Musk line is meticulously blended from only the most beautiful imported materials sourced all around the world.
Amber Musk - Amber accord from Patchouli, Myrrh, Rockwood, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Frankincense, aged eNVie saphir, and soft white floral blend of Tuberose, Mallow, Angelica, Musk Flower, and White Lily all blended beautifully into Bastet's Musk base. This was my first selection - I saw the words eNVie Saphir and I knew I was toast. Anything that has Saphir draws me like a magpie to something shiny. I fell so hard for that from my very first huff, it's totally intoxicating and I really need to do a full review of the variations I have....note to self.  So on me, this is such a lovely, warm, golden amber and musk blend. Saphir is like liquid gold. Thanks to the base of Bastet's Musk, that's balanced with a delicately beautiful light, gauzy, floral weaving in and out. I never get much but a whiff of the other notes in the background on my skin if I really huff at my wrists. They play a supporting role as Saphir and Bastet's Musk curl around you in a beautiful, fluffy cloud. So, if you have Saphir, do you need Amber Musk? Well, I'm certainly happy to have both. See, I find myself craving Saphir, but for me it feels like more of an evening scent. I mean, I wear it whenever I please of course, but if you are perhaps looking for something a little lighter - Amber Musk might be just the ticket. If Saphir is a little black dress and your sexy heels for date night, Amber Musk is a floaty white sundress with sandals for a summer lunch date. Feel me? Hah!
Sandalwood Musk - Egyptian and Indian Sandalwood, Sandalwood chips, Australian Sandalwood, Heartwood, and soft white floral blend of Tuberose, Mallow, Angelica, Musk Flower, and White Lily all blended beautifully into Bastet's Musk base. OOOOOF this is such a favorite of mine. I need to update the NA Mood Lifting Scents post to include this, because it's a snuggly warm hug of sandalwood and musk. So incredibly beautiful. This perfume just makes me happy from the moment I open it. I immediately get a fine incense sandalwood, golden and humming. As it melds to my skin, the light, white Bastet's Musk base joins it and they blend as if they were made for each other. I get a slight creaminess from the mallow in this one, I don't really notice the delicate florals much in these musks - but that mallow makes a little appearance as I'm huffing at my wrists, and I am thinking it's what really marries the sandalwood and musk so flawlessly.  I'm in heaven. If you are at all a fan of sandalwoods, hooo this is a sandalwood lover's dream. It's so...I can almost SEE the light golden chips, and this is nudging it's way into my top five sandalwoods from NA. Sandalwood Musk is a delight.
Vanilla Musk Bastet's Ice Cream accord made from fresh and dried *Madagascar Vanilla beans, Vanilla Crystalline Cream, Butter accord, Caramel Accord, French Vanilla Bean Absolute, Vanilla Milk accord, Vanilla Orchid, Crystalline Absolute, Vanilla Sugar, Mallow Root extract and soft white floral blend of Tuberose, Mallow, Angelica, Musk Flower, and White Lily all blended beautifully into Bastet's Musk base. *Madagascar Vanilla beans have been beautifully aged for two years specifically for this blend. I think Vanilla Musk is the musk I can smell the base of Bastet's Musk the most in! On me Bastet's Musk translates as a close skin scent, almost a feeling of a white linen. The florals are so delicate and creamy, and this is compounded by the previously mentioned mallow note - which really melds with the vanilla part of Vanilla Musk, because oooo that Bastet's Ice Cream Original is just so delicious. BIC original to me smells like walking into a little ice cream parlour. I get the scent of the cone, as well as the rich vanilla ice cream. Vanilla Musk is a lovely, seamless marriage of velvety vanilla and gossamer, delicate musk.
And as you all know, I adore layering. So you know I have experimented with these! I am happy to report that they are, as all of my other Studio Limited perfumes, wonderful layered. I've layered Vanilla Musk with Hessonite (Patchouli), Apricot Sugar, Protoceratops, Camarasaurus. Sandalwood Musk is fantastic with Pteranodon, Cryolophosaurus, Santalum White, Santal Ombre, Black Frankincense - really the sky's the limit - Sandalwood Copal would be beautiful, and I really should try Egyptian Peach Blossom! Amber Musk, oh that one is a joy to layer as well. Ambre Ombre, Egyptian Musk, Diamond, Crimson, Amber Beetle....I haven't tried it with something fruity yet but thinking about it intrigues me. I want to make a brief mention of aging. If you've read any of my blog, you know I'm a big fan of how well aging Nocturne Alchemy's perfumes only enhances their beauty. The three Musks I have are no exception to this, they have really just continually grown more and more exquisite over the time I have had them. This is the magic of Nocturne Alchemy, isn't it?
Do you have any of the new Musk Haven musks? What are your favorites? Which are you wanting to try? There are three new musks in the Musk Haven with the reopening, Freesia, Tuberose, and White Lotus. I adore their lotus notes! I'm also lusting after Tobacco Musk, Patchouli Musk, Rice Milk Musk, and thanks to my friend Suki, Heliotrope Musk. Well, and so many more.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Nocturne Alchemy Titanosaurus and Pachycephalosaurus


Long time no write, eh? Didn't even get around to finishing my favorites from 2019, but to be fair, we got sick here and then everything went a bit wonky! So I'm back today because I realized I hadn't written about my two Dinos I got from last summer's Limited Collection by NA, Titanosaurus and Pachycephalosaurus. I call her Pachy for short, so that's what you'll see in the rest of the post. I couldn't believe I actually found a Pachy in the store for this little photoshoot!
So let's just jump to it.
Titanosaurus - Resinous Amber Accord, Limestone Amber, Cinder Vanilla (releasing in the Fall SL Originals a Studio smoked wood and vanilla bean perfume elixir), Nag Champa essence, Smoke accord, Australian Sandalwood, Tibetan Crystalline. This is just the perfect smoky vanilla. Honestly I have worn this alone many times, I love the combination of smooth sandalwood and bright amber with the Cinder Vanilla! There's a little tang at the back, it almost feels like a spice? but not. I feel like it is probably the only hint I really get of the two nag champa components on my skin when I wear it alone. It's just beautifully rich and a little sexy. So intriguing. I am hoping I can go back in and grab a backup of it, along with a backup of Eternal Egypt Summer and possibly Pachy, but there were other bottles on my list that I missed last year, so I concentrated on those first. The smoke is not acrid in this, rather it's smooth and wraps itself beautifully around the rest of the components. At first it almost has a bit of a campfire smoke at first - in the most beautiful way, of course, but then everything sort of melds together and it just adds the perfect warm smoked wood to this. By the way, from what I can tell from Titanosaurus, Cinder Vanilla is vastly different from their Ember Vanilla. Both are lovely, but if you were worried about that you could safely have both without remotely thinking they were dupes. Okay, so if you have read my other reviews of the Prehistoria perfumes I have, you will know that these beauties really shine when they are layered, or "hatched" with other perfumes. (Dinosaurs are hatched from eggs, y'dig?) So here are a few different layering options: If you want to play up the sandalwood, I have worn this with Pteranodon, Halloween 2020 (WOW), Santalum, and Santal Ombre (WOW). All of these are lovely choices. I have also paired it with other Dinos - Dimetrodon, Pachy, Protoceratops. I wore it with Camarasaurus one day and that was a stunner!  To play up the nag champa, I paired it with Tibetan Crystalline, and that was heady and a stunner. I will definitely be doing that again. Also wore it with Mummy Tomb Incense and it was like they were made for each other. You might try it with one of the Nag Champa Seahorses, I'm thinking all three would work but definitely the original and the sandalwood one - and that note that was teasing me at the back of the blend when I wore Titanosaurus alone? It wasn't spicy, it was incense-y. Definitely pulled out more of the nag champa! Also any vanillas - Bastet's Ice Cream Original, Ember Vanilla (WOW), Crystal, Crystalline, Crystalline Dark was really good too! I found Titanosaurus to be very versatile and paired well with absolutely everything I tried it with. Stuff I haven't done but really want to try: Pumpkin Number 29, with the nag champa, Sweet Santalum Milk, Egyptian Temple Oudh, Sandalwood Copal, Sandalwood Musk.
Pachycephalosaurus - Resinous Amber Accord, Limestone Amber, Bastet’s Ice Cream Accord, Crystalline Resin, Pink Pepper, Blue Sugar. Shoooo, I love Pachy so much. It's lovely to wear alone, and I've done that many times, but it's such an easy Dino to layer!  The vanillas are so warm and melty, but this is reeled in from being really foodie because of the ambers and that pepper. Hoooo the pepper. It gives it this little kick that turns Pachy into straight up sexy! It's just so...appealing. I find myself huffing my wrist with this one frequently. The sugar adds just a little...crunchy sweetness, nothing over the top but very appealing. I wanted to see how this could be played up a bit, so I paired it with Sugarcube and I highly recommend it. I think that Pachy is a vanilla blend that could appeal to foodies and non-foodies alike, and because of the infinite layering possibilities, it has a universal appeal. I have paired it with Music to play up that pepper a bit, and that was really one of my favorites. It works seamlessly with vanillas like Ember Vanilla, Bastet's Ice Cream Original, Protoceratops, Crystal, Spooktacular, Vanilla Musk. Try it with Polichenelle, Witch Fog, Eternal Egypt, Pumpkin Number 12 - the list is truly endless. Vanilla Copal, Holiday Egyptian Vanilla and Sandalwood, Phantasm Kiss, Copal Oudh...Hessonite (now known as Patchouli) is another stunner. I want to try it with Kashmir and Crimson, Crystalline/Santalum Deux, Hallowcats, Love of Bastet Pink Vanille, OP Pakhet - truly, I could try it with everything.
So yeah, y'all. I highly recommend not sleeping on either one of these if they remotely appeal to you. If you have them, what are your favorite layering combinations?
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