Friday, October 16, 2020

Nocturne Alchemy Las Vegas Vampires


Good afternoon, y'all! So, one of the subcollections of this NAlloween collection is called Las Vegas Vampires. I initially ordered Blue VV, and I loved it instantly. I had been looking at the Purple VV, so when it popped up in the House of NA Marketplace, I figured it was a sign and snatched it up right away.

I'll start off with Blue VV. Notes are: Black Patchouli, White Amber, Benzoin, Kashmir Absolute and sweet Musk. This one starts off with BANG. Definitely not for the faint of heart! But I love these kinds of scents, so I'm definitely feeling it. The dark patchouli is the first thing that I notice, followed by their deep red musk, Kashmir. When it dries down, the white amber and benzoin, along with the sweet musk, balance out the heavier notes. Long into drydown, they all meld together into a wondrous cloud of a darkly sexy perfume. I can totally see a vampire wearing this - perhaps Akasha, Queen of the Damned? The patchouli is definitely the star, with the beautiful musks pretty close behind. I am obsessing over this.

The notes for Purple VV are: White Patchouli, eNVie saphir, Kashmir Absolute, Bastet Amber, Oak Moss, Sweet Wood and dead roses. This one starts out with a beautiful deep rose and Kashmir, the sexy dark red musk. As it dries down, the wood and oakmoss come in, just absolutely gorgeous, and the perfect backdrop against this deep red scent. I'm not getting much of the white patchouli, so it must be a supporting note. The first rose I ever tried from NA was called Kiskah Kashmir (Aged Kashmir Red Musk, Bittersweet Cacao, Kiskah Incense Smoke, N3 Musk, Black Incense, a drop of blood from a Black Pungent Rose and Sugar Vapours), and I got a decant of it, because it's pretty unusual for me to ever get perfumes with rose to work out well on my skin. It turned out that I loved Kiskah Kashmir, but I missed the opportunity to get a full bottle, so I have been hoarding my decant for years. This is, of course, not a dupe, but it definitely reminds me of it - the dark red musk and roses. I'm thinking about layering this with a sugar, maybe Sugarcube or Sugar Llama, to see how it plays with it! As I head into long drydown, the gorgeousness that is Saphir - amber and musk - comes along and just wraps this up into the most darkly sexy, elegant, dangerous femme fatale scent. I'm in love with this. This is Morticia Addams in a bottle!

Both of these beauties are quite potent, and definitely last for quite a while for me. I'm so glad I took a chance on Purple VV, I was a little worried about the rose note but it's done just right for me to be able to wear it. And look at the labels, I adore them so much! Did you pick up one of the Vegas Vampires?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Nocturne Alchemy Mrs. Scarlett Red


Last year, Nocturne Alchemy completed their 31 Pumpkin Library, and hinted that there were more Libraries to come! So when the NAlloween release came out, I think everyone was excited to see the new 31 Bat Library. There are five Bats in this first release, and the one I honed in on immediately was Mrs. Scarlett Bat.

Notes are: Vetiver, Aged Black Patchouli, Kashmir Red Musk Sugar, Kashmir Absolute, Incense, Sweet Frankincense, Sweet Myrrh, Amber, Labdanum and Pink Sugar. Okay, see? Kashmir - their iconic deep red musk - and incense, and yummy resinous notes? Come to mama. As expected, I loved this straight away, and it's only going to keep getting better. This is definitely a resin party on your skin, it's so darkly sexy and just right in my wheelhouse. I love Kashmir, it's quite possibly one of my favorite perfumes and I love it in blends, too - I have skipped a few recently so when I saw this, I knew I was going to get it right away. 

This is pretty well blended. It's hard to pick out individual notes, but I am doing some huffing and definitely get my beloved deep red musk, and the gorgeously sweet myrrh, frankincense, and that eye rolling sugar note I love so much. Not getting a lot of the patchouli as I huff, but there's definitely an undercurrent of the most beautiful incense. If you are nervous of vetiver, it doesn't really stand out among the other notes. I get that signature freshness of their amber if I keep huffing, and a bit of the labdanum, another one of the notes I love that they do.

This would be a great date night perfume. Me, I'll wear it whenever, of course, but it's wonderfully dark, sexy, and inviting. A total stunner, and definitely worth of its namesake, Mrs. Scarlett Red! 

I have ordered Mister Price as part of my second order, so I'll have two of these Bats. Did you pick up any of them? Do you love them? I'm entranced, I swear.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Nocturne Alchemy Sugar Llama

Good afternoon, y'all! Yesterday was a jam packed busy Sunday, so I wound up skipping out on getting this posted, but I'm back with a mini-review of Nocturne Alchemy's Sugar Llama, from the Sugar Animals sub-collection. These were all created to be stand alone perfumes, as well as layering perfumes, for anything you might want to add a sugar note to. I had initially bypassed Sugar Llama but when I started thinking about the layering possibilities it wound up being the first Sugar Animal I purchased!

Notes are:  Sugar, Rice Milk, Bastet’s Ice Cream, Crystalline, Bourbon Vanille, Tonka Bean, Black Vanilla and French Vanilla. So yeah, this one is pretty straightforward. I've worn this a few times as a stand alone perfume, and it's lovely - a soft, slightly milky vanilla with a nice, crusty sugar aspect. I just adore NA's sugar notes. It's amazing how I can sniff my wrist and get the impression that there's a crunchiness to the sugar! To me, this is like if two of my favorite Summer Tea Service scents were blended together - Sugarcube, my all time favorite, and Rice Milk, which isn't far behind. I don't get much of the Bastet's Ice Cream, just a slight warmth, I think, but I do sense the Bourbon Vanille, although it's not prominent on me. There's just the slightest kick of milky vanilla liquor here. It's a pretty light, sparkly, clear vanilla and sugar scent that leaves a milky sort of soft musk over the long drydown. Sugar Llama is the softest perfume in my order, but that's okay - as I mentioned earlier, I bought it because I just knew it would have endless layering possibilities. One of the first things I tried was layering it with other Tea Service scents - Sugarcube, Rice Milk, and Apricot Sugar, and it just amplifies those beautifully. I've done a lot of layering experiments with this, and it literally goes well with everything I have tried. Today I'm wearing it with Santalum and Hessonite (now called Patchouli). It's so cozy! Here are some others I've tried: Torosaurus, Raguel, Myrrh Ombré, Bastet's Amber Dark Wood, Burning Jack Ascended, Le Macabre, Vanilla Copal. Really, with this the sky is the limit! 

So I'm definitely going back for the other two Sugar Animals I was looking at, Sugar Penguin and Sugar Owl. Have y'all picked up any of these? Tried layering them?

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Nocturne Alchemy Imsety Dark and Qebehsenuef Dark


Hello again! Two for the price of one today, because I got busy yesterday and these two belong to the same sub-collection. These two absolutely gorgeous bottles are from the Canopic Dark sub-collection of the new Nocturne Alchemy NAlloween release. I initially ordered just Qebehsenuef Dark, but I was looking at Imsety Dark and as much as I loved Qeb (don't hate me) Dark, I found Imsety Dark on the Marketplace and snatched it up! 

So let's start with Imsety Dark. Notes are: Nevada Desert Sweetgrass, Nevada Desert Sage, Oakmoss, Black Myrrh, Amber, Lavender, Grapefruit, Black Cardamom, Black Vanilla essence, Atlas Cedar and Creamed Lemon wood accord. Oh my Gods y'all, this is GORGEOUS. Of course the sage and sweetgrass are the prominent notes, and they just blend seamlessly with NA's beautiful oakmoss note. The woods are so well done, I do get a faint tang of lemon with the wood accord and cedar. I cannot wait to see how good this gets with age. Right now I'm not getting a lot of the cardamom, I think it's more of a background note. I do get a bit of zing from the grapefruit initially, but it's reeled in pretty quickly by the other notes. The vanilla adds just a lovely smoothness, the perfect accent to the other notes. The lavender isn't prominent either, it's definitely there, but about on the level of the grapefruit, and it's the herbal type. Truly, an unusual and very appealing blend. I'm so glad I snagged it!

Now, Qebehsenuef Dark. Notes are: California White Sage, Labdanum Absolute, Benzoin, Smudging Sage extract, Grapefruit Zest and Sage smoke. I had been longing for something to take the sting out of my rapidly emptying bottle of Protection (Sandalwood Gold, Sandalwood White, Egyptian Sandalwood-Amber, Rosewood Incense, California White Desert Sage and Crystal Vanilla Absolute). Now, obviously it's not a carbon copy of Protection, but I could easily see layering one of my absolute favorite Dinos with this - Pteranodon - and I bet it would be fantastic. As a matter of fact, I'm going to do that and report on my results! But for now, let's just go over how it smells as a stand alone scent. I get an initial burst of that white sage, and it smells as if I have a bundle of sage under my nose. Absolutely perfect. It's quickly followed by the grapefruit, which is, as with Imsety Dark, a nice zingy burst initially - and it melds so surprisingly beautifully with the sage notes here. The labdanum and benzoin anchor this blend from being solely a sage party, and it's just perfect here. So appealing! It's definitely reminding me of Protection, not identical of course, but there's a sacred, protective feel I get when I'm wearing it, and I have been drawn to wear this a LOT since it came. It's just what I had hoped for, and very much needed. There's a definite feeling of comfort when I wear this. Okay, now what happened when I added some Pteranodon to this? It. Is. FANTASTIC. I highly recommend it! The sandalwood and amber just meld so perfectly and warmly with the herbal tone of Qebehsenuef Dark, it was like they were made for each other. Utter perfection.

Okay, that's it for today's mini-reviews! Did you get any of the Canopic Darks? Tomorrow I will tackle a few more for y'all. Have a wonderful Saturday afternoon!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Nocturne Alchemy The Owl Catching Spells


Hi, y'all! Happy October! I am...struggling with spoons, lately. "The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get."  Yeah, that's me! So I decided to start out by posting individual mini-reviews of the awesome haul I made from Nocturne Alchemy's NAlloween release. Which is...gargantuan! And stupendous!
So the first of these is The Owl Catching Spells, which is from a fall collection created by eNVie Parfum. Honestly I'm going back for the other two tomorrow, hah!
Notes are: Nag Champa Incense, Tangerine Skin, Hollyberry, Ginger extract, Resin of Frankincense and Copal and eNVie saphir. I know what you're thinking. You've got so many nag champa perfumes in your collection, right? Yeah, me too. I love 'em. I have to tell myself I don't need more, and I almost did that here - whew, dodged a bullet not skipping this! I'm so in love with it. It opens with a burst of fresh citrus and the ginger, a little zingy. The holly berry is slightly tangy. It settles down into this beautifully bright perfume, not necessarily a describer I'd use for a scent with nag champa, but that's what's happening here. The frankincense, a note I am becoming absolutely obsessed with, and copal - well, you already know how much I adore copal - add the most beautiful grounding here as it settles and dries down. I would say this is not one of my strongest perfumes in terms of sillage, it's about medium, it's not as powerful as Kashmir, but it's not light, either. Once this heads into long drydown, I find myself struggling to pick out notes - it's very well blended. It does remain bright, but I think the resins are rounding it out - and of course the addition of eNVie Saphir, an absolutely luscious amber musk, is definitely noticeable, and this for sure lasts a long time on my skin. The Owl Catching Spells definitely weaves an intriguing, hypnotic spell - my fiance has commented on it several times. Far into drydown, I'm left with golden haze of copal and Saphir, with a good undercurrent of woody frankincense. This is definitely unique in my collection, and I am totally in love with it.
I'll be settling down to post a few more reviews over the rest of this week, from my first NAlloween order, and I'm currently debating on my second one, I need to shave a few choices down but it's so hard, this was such a spectacular release.

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