Hexennacht: Witchboard

Witchboard

Dark patchouli, amber, cardamom, vanilla.

I’ll try basically any scent that has patchouli and vanilla in it, since it’s a favorite combination of mine. I love a good witchy scent too, and this one seemed to fit the bill.

In the bottle: A vanilla cardamom blend with this deep patch undercurrent. There’s a slight powderiness, I think from the amber. It’s very rich and almost foodie. I like it.

On the skin: It’s now much more patch forward, with just a hint of cardamom. It almost reminds me of cigarettes and that’s not a good thing. I wish I got more vanilla!

TL;DR: Patchouli and cigarettes. 1/5.

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Hexennacht: Moloko Plus

Moloko Plus

Steamed milk, sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, and rice milk, infused with lavender simple syrup, coconut crème, and green cardamom poddiwods.

Milk and cream scents can be really tricky because they have a tendency to go spoiled or rotten on a lot of people. But I really wanted to try this anyway, because I feel like a good milk/cream scent could be stunning. Plus, A Clockwork Orange is one of my favorite books, so I partially bought it for that reason.

In the bottle: Oooooh this smells like the creamiest cup of coconut chai! It’s so warm and comforting.

On the skin: Thankfully, it stays the same on the skin as it does in the bottle; maybe a touch less sweet. But it definitely doesn’t go sour or curdled like other milk/cream notes. Not much throw however. I could see this being a great sleep scent.

TL;DR: Creamy coconut and vanilla with a hint of cozy spices. 5/5. 

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Cave of Treasures

BPAL Cave of Treasures

Sweet amber and golden honey, cream accord, blue lilac, and a drop of cardamom.

I’m not a huge floral person, but I’ve discovered that I really enjoy the smell of lilacs. They’re a big part of one of my favorite scents ever, Jareth, and a friend was kind enough to decant a little bit for me to try. Since this was a BPAL 2017 Lupercalia scent, it is no longer available.

In the bottle: Florals and spices. This actually reminds me of a commercial “oriental floral” type of scent.

On the skin: This scent definitely becomes more nuanced on the skin. The lilacs become more distinct, and I can also smell the cardamom. It’s a delicate cardamom however, not very powerful, but enough to add some spicy dimension. There’s a creamy smoothness to this as well that I think pairs really well with the lilac. I like this!

TL;DR: Lilacs with a soft undercurrent of creamy spices. Very feminine. 3.5/5.

 

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.

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

Black Phoenix Trading Post: Hair Gloss Reviews Pt.2

BPTP Hair Glosses Pt.2

When it comes to BPTP hair glosses, there is a very wide variety of scents. Because of that, I like getting little 5mL decants of a bunch of them so I can test them out. All of these hair gloss decants (except So Below) are from the lovely ladies at Crown and Tulip decants!  I highly recommend them for all your decant needs. They’re really great people, and they’re super professional as well.

Now, on to the hair glosses!

So Below (Haute Macabre collection)

Amber and black copal with black coconut, Sumatran red patchouli, green cardamom pod, and golden musk.

I love this one. It’s a really different take on patchouli; it’s not the dark kind you would expect, it’s much lighter. I get mostly that patch note alongside the coconut, cardamom, and amber. It’s dirty and sexy, but also very tropical.

Sugar Plum Fairy 

Sugar plums, vanilla-infused sugar, tiare, amber musk, apricot peel, and a light dusting of cacao. 

Oh boy, this is sweet. Like really sweet. I primarily smell sugared plums and apricots with a touch of chocolate. I love gourmands, but this is too sweet for me. It’s very candy-like and a bit cloying. If you gravitate towards super sweet/candy scents, you’ll love this.

Mischief (Carnival Diabolique collection)

Blood-spattered cotton candy.

Spun sugar and cinnamon! I’m not getting any actual cotton candy, but I don’t mind that. I find this to be surprisingly autumnal. I would love this, but it unfortunately vanishes from my hair within minutes of application.

Who’s Nibbling at My House? (Carnival Diabolique collection)

Caramel apples, cardamom cakes, hazelnut cream, and butterscotch.

Gourmand heaven. It’s all caramel and butterscotch with a little spice from the cardamom. It’s so warm and gooey and perfect for fall. It actually smells like a richer version of Owl Creek Aleworks.