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.