Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Mouse Circus

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BPAL Mouse Circus

A toodle oodle of pink cotton candy noses, vanilla spun sugar fur, scattered kernels of popcorn, and a touch of polished golden wood.

I’ve always loved carnival and circus themed things, and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect carnival/circus scent for a while now. Most of those kinds of fragrances are too sweet for me. However, I heard that this one is a good balance of sweet and not-sweet, so I had to give it a try. I will also be wearing this scent for Halloween, as it matches my costume (2017 version of Pennywise the Dancing Clown.) You can buy this on BPAL’s website for $26 US for 5mL.

In the bottle: Mostly cotton candy and spun sugar with some popcorn. Thankfully, it’s not overly sweet.

On the skin: The popcorn and cotton candy switch; the popcorn becomes the main note and the cotton candy becomes secondary. It’s a perfect mix of sweet and salty. I feel like the polished wood is the base that prevents any of the notes from going too sweet or too salty. It’s also a very realistic popcorn note, but the scent as a whole is surprisingly wearable! I think I’ve finally found my perfect circus/carnival scent!

TL;DR: Popcorn with cotton candy and spun sugar. The perfect circus scent! 5/5.

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Arcana: Pirouette

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Arcana Pirouette

Two Finger Ballet, Twirling the Pearl ,deep labdanum, satiny sandalwood, and sugary French lavender absolute.

Arcana is one of my favorite perfume houses, and they recently released their Halloween collection. This scent was not a part of that, but is instead a collaboration with a customer who suggested it and drew the label. It combines two of Arcana’s most beloved scents: Two Finger Ballet and Twirling the Pearl, both of which I have tried and liked. This scent is chock full of notes that I love, so I knew I had to try it. The name is also a bit sentimental, since I’ve danced since the age of 4. This scent will be restocked at Pretty Indulgent, Arcana’s ebay store, and Nui Cobalt Designs and it will cost $20 US for 5mL.

In the bottle: Oooooh this is lovely. It’s mostly Two Finger Ballet, but it’s got that gorgeous Arcana lavender underneath it, plus some honey and then galbanum. The galbanum adds a green scent that cuts the sweetness just enough so that it doesn’t really read as gourmand.

On the skin: The Two Finger Ballet retreats, and the labdanum, sandalwood, galbanum, and lavender come forward. Honey and caramel can be detected as the base. Once it fully dries, the Two Finger Ballet takes the spotlight again, but the labdanum, lavender, and honey are still prominent, with the galbanum in the back adding the tiniest touch of green. It’s sexy but in a very understated, delicate way, like the way a cream lace dress can be sexy. This scent is a serious morpher, but its so unique and stunning.

TL;DR: Two Finger Ballet with labdanum, lavender, and galbanum. Morphs a lot, but is absolutely beautiful. 6/5.

Nocturne Alchemy: Pyramid Vanille 1

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NAVA Pyramid Vanille 1

Kobalt, Crystalline, Crystal, and Moonstone.

As you may have noticed, I adore vanilla perfumes and I hoard them like I’m an actual dragon. Nocturne Alchemy is known for their vanilla perfumes, so its about time that I tried some. Pyramid Vanille 1 is a very popular one with great reviews, therefore I tried it first. You can purchase this on the NAVA website for $27 US for 5mL.

In the bottle: I’ve smelled this before, and the reason I have smelled this before is because it’s pretty much identical to the vanilla in Adele. It’s a light, fluffy, beautiful vanilla.

On the skin: It doesn’t change much from the bottle. It’s still that beautiful vanilla that I know and love. However, because Adele is pretty much this scent + peach, I don’t think I can justify having both. I’ll probably sell this one then, since I really love the peach note in Adele.

TL;DR: Beautiful fluffy, light vanilla. Identical to the vanilla in Adele. 5/5.

Nocturne Alchemy: Spooktacular

NAVA Spooktacular

Vanilla Essence, Mallow Root, Whispers of Sugar and UnEarthly Spooktacular Vanilla Bean pods, and Bastet’s Ice Cream Accord.

*Spooky Scary Skeletons plays in the distance*

It’s September, which means that Halloween is fast approaching! This scent is from NAVA’s Goblin collection, which are scents that evoke everyone’s favorite fall holiday. While I myself did not purchase any, a friend sent me a decant because this scent has been absolutely raved about. 2mL samples are $10 US, 5mL for $20 US, and 10mL for $38 US, all on the NAVA website.

In the bottle: Mmmm, buttery gourmand vanilla! It reminds me a lot of BPTP Boo hair gloss. It reminds me of a frosted vanilla cupcake.

On the skin: Oh no. For some reason, I’m getting that burnt linen smell that I hated in Antique Lace. That makes no sense, since there is no linen note in Spooktacular. The burnt note isn’t as strong as it is in Antique Lace, but its enough that I don’t want to wear the scent any more. I like smoky scents, but this smell is sickly sweet and acrid. I’m so disappointed!

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Spoopy.

TL;DR: An extra sweet version of Antique Lace, complete with the gross “Miss Havisham on fire” note. Very disappointing. 2.5/5.

Updates and Upcoming Reviews!

Hello!

As some of you know, I live in Florida, and we were just hit by Hurricane Irma. I am very lucky in that my family and I are fine, and our house sustained little damage. However, because there is still some clean-up and work to be done, postings will be sporadic at best this week.

In the mean time, here are a list of some upcoming reviews to look forward to once the mail starts back up again!

  • BPAL Mouse Circus
  • NAVA Pyramid Vanille 1
  • NAVA Pyramid Vanille 2
  • NAVA Spooktacular
  • NAVA Vampire Vanilla Bat
  • Solstice Scents Sycamore Chai

 

XOXO,

The Scenturion

Arcana: Peaches Crave Trance

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Arcana Peaches Crave Trance

Peach creme and honeyed red musk

In the last few years, Arcana has become extremely popular, partially due to their Craves collections, which consist of fruits (strawberry, peach, apple, pumpkin) mixed with other components. While many of the scents in these lines didn’t really appeal to me, this one did, since it has peach, honey, and musk. This scent was not a favorite of the Peaches Crave line making it hard to find, but I managed to snag a bottle.

In the bottle: Syrupy peach and something dark and sexy; that’ll be the red musk. Very promising start.

On the skin: Hell yeah. The peach becomes more of a honeyed peach, and the red musk becomes slightly more prominent that that peach note. What I love about this is it’s simplicity; this has three notes, but it’s executed in exactly the right way. This is just dripping with sensuality and sex appeal; it’s a real grown-up fruit scent.

TL;DR: Honeyed peaches and rich red musk. Sexy as hell. 6/7.

Possets: Jurogumo

Possets Jurogumo

 A powerful vanilla musk the likes of the one used in Dance With Me (VERY seductive yet subtle and cloud-like), and rich cardamom, and finally the nectar of peaches squeezed in the summer sun and concentrated to make a sugary peach liquor.

My reasoning for wanting to try this one is simple: it’s got peach, vanilla, and cardamom to jazz it up. The name was another selling point for me. It refers to a “jorogumo” ( 絡新婦), which is a demon from Japanese folklore that can take the form of a beautiful woman, or a giant spider. This scent was part of the Halloween 2015, so it is no longer available.

In the bottle: Mmmm, I’m getting peach cake with spices and a touch of boozy vanilla. So far, so good.

On the skin: This is really yummy. The peaches are very much candied peaches instead of fresh peaches, but it works with the spicy gourmand vibe. The cardamom adds the right amount of kick to cut the sweetness without being overpowering. The vanilla definintly gets softer on the skin, but it’s still present.

“Jorōgumo” from the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō by Toriyama Sekien.

TL;DR: Candied peach cake spiced with cardamom and drizzled with a little vanilla. A solid gourmand. 4/5.