Shaking off vanilla’s unfair reputation for namby pambyness, this infernally dark and smoky fragrance comes complete with licks of fire and sulfurous wafts of brimstone.
At long last, this scent has returned! This GC Arcana favorite was out of stock for quite a while as a result of difficulties obtaining one of the scent components. I’ve been meaning to try this guy for a while now, because I love vanilla and I love smoky scents.
In the bottle: I’m getting vanilla frosting and campfire smoke. It’s rather soft, which is surprising.
On the skin: The smoke definitely becomes more prominent on the skin than it is in the bottle. I’m also detecting something kind of spicy…ginger maybe? That could possibly be the brimstone though. Overall, I’m getting a layer of smoke with vanilla and a touch of spice. As for how it compares to Alkemia Smoke and Mirrors: Devilish has a softer smoke note, and its much sweeter because of the vanilla. Smoke and Mirrors, on the other hand, is pure campfire smoke with very little vanilla and a realistic, subtly acridity. They’re similar scents for sure, but they have their differences.
TL;DR: Smoke with vanilla frosting and a hint of ginger. Yummy and interesting. 4/5.