Arcana: Molly Malone

Arcana Molly Malone

Cotton candy, sea spray, green sugarcane, salt, pink musk, sweet bergamot, lily of the valley, black pepper, vanilla, patchouli, and the merest hint of aged vetiver.

Looking at the notes, this is not my kind of scent at all. But I heard several people raving about it and my curiosity got the better of me, so I just had to try it out to see why people were fussing over it.

In the bottle: ???? This is so weird. I’m getting cotton candy, but also sea spray and lily and something else green. I don’t know what to make of this.
On the skin: The notes that smelled on the bottle are magnified on the skin. The cotton candy is not really that sweet or sugary, which is interesting, and I have come to the conclusion that the lily and vetiver are creating that green smell. It’s unlike anything I have smelled before. I can see why people enjoy this, but it’s so not my thing. I’ll destash it.

TL;DR: Aquatic yet green cotton candy with salt, lily, and vetiver. Weird as heck. 3/5.

 

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Nocturne Alchemy: Halcyon Bat

NAVA Halcyon Bat

Vanilla Bean, Crystalline, Kobalt, NA Black Patchouli Absolute, Cotton Candy, Sugar, Cream Soda, Bastet’s Amber, drop of Bastet’s Ice Cream (Original) and Bergamot EO.

Followers of my blog know that I am lover of patchouli. If used correctly, it can make a scent insanely sexy and alluring. Several of my friends love this perfume, which they have described as a sugared patchouli blend. I was unsure, since I was worried about it being too sweet, but I decided to finally try it and see what the hype was about.

In the bottle: Yup, that’s a lot of patch. I’m definitely getting some sugar there though, and I like the balance between the two.

On the skin: Oh holy crap. If you thought the patch was strong in the bottle, that’s nothing compared to how strong it is on the skin. It completely drowns out the rest of the notes; I can’t smell them at all. The patch is so prominent and so powerful that its overwhelming, and that’s coming from someone who loves patchouli scents. It’s also gone into full “dirty hippie” territory. I feel like the patchouli just broke into my house to scream at me. I’m scrubbing this off.

TL;DR: The world’s most pungent, aggressive patchouli and that’s it. Nope nope nope. 1/5.

Solstice Scents: Foxcroft Fairgrounds

Solstice Scents Foxcroft Fairgrounds

Cotton Candy, Cream Soda, Vanilla Taffy, Gridling’s Funnel Cakes, Powdered Sugar, Crisp Fall Air, Woodsmoke & a Tendril of Incense

For those of you who regularly read my posts, you know that I don’t have a great relationship with incense. That being said, I’m also a total sucker for any kind of carnival/circus kind of perfume. Foxcroft Fairgrounds has been on my to-try list for a while, but I’ve always been hesitant due to the incense. A friend recently sent me a sample, allowing me to finally try it. You can buy this scent on the Solstice Scents website for $16 US for a 5mL rollerball.

In the bottle: Strong cotton candy with some funnel cake. Not really a surprise considering how gourmand the notes are.

On the skin: While the gourmand notes are still there, they take a back seat to this wonderful smokiness that I think is the incense! I actually really like it; its sweet and spicy without being headshoppy! It also prevents the blend from becoming too foodie. Overall, it really does remind me of a carnival in the middle of fall, with all of the warm-toned leaves falling and being whisked away by the crisp air. On a more personal level, it reminds me of how the renaissance faire smells, which is something near and dear to my heart.

TL;DR: Sweet and spicy with a lovely smokiness. Smells like the renaissance faire. 5/5.

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.

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. 

 

Alkemia: County Fair

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Alkemia County Fair

Pink cotton candy, hot kettle corn, freshly fried dough, candied apples, and saltwater taffy

I’m a sucker for all things carnival/circus/fair related and I’m a gourmand girl, so this perfume seemed promising. It was also highly recommended by several other bloggers. I really enjoyed Alkemia’s Calliope, which is another carnival-esque scent, but that one just disappeared on me. Hopefully this one will last longer. I believe that this one is a summer seasonal scent for Alkemia, so it is only available during certain times of year.

In the bottle: It starts out very, very sweet; it reminds me of Cocoa Pink’s Heavenly Basbousa (in the bottle) in that its super sugary. Seeing the notes, that’s not surprising since you have cotton candy, taffy, candied apples and funnel cake. It smells like it’s gonna rot your teeth off.

On the skin: The cloying sweetness does mellow out a little bit and the kettle corn finally comes in to say hello. The kettle corn is really lovely here because it adds some much needed salt to an overly sweet scent. I’m not really getting any apples at all; it’s mostly taffy, kettle corn and fried funnel cake. I also find it to be quite similar to Calliope, but more true to life “fair” and less feminine. This is a little stronger as well, but not by much.

TL;DR: Kettle corn, funnel cake and taffy. Not very strong. 3.5/5.

Alkemia: Calliope

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Calliope

A beguiling divertissement of piquant clementine, orange blossoms, white orchid, sugared currants, tonka, and vanilla musk whirled with flirtatious teases of billowy cotton candy floss and kisses of saltwater taffy.

I wanted Calliope for two reasons: 1) I loved the name since I love all things carnival and circus and 2) it seemed different from the kind of scents I normally gravitate towards. I generally gravitate towards darker, sexier scents and something light and semi-floral is not my wheelhouse. You can buy it from Alkemia’s Etsy store. It’s $12 US for a 5mL full size. You can also buy it as part of an Alkemia sample set, where it will be 1mL

In the bottle: Cotton candy and vanilla. This is very sweet, almost too much so. I think I detect a hint of citrus in there as well from the clementine.

On the skin: I was worried that this was going to be overly sweet, but it’s not in the slightest once applied. It’s an elegant sweet, not ridiculously sugary, thanks to the orange blossoms and orchid. It’s like a more mature, complex version of that Pink Sugar scent that was really popular. The saltwater taffy gives it more depth and adds a smell that reminds me of funnel cake. It’s a perfect summer scent: flirty, fun and bright. However, this is extremely light and it fades within 30 minutes on me, which is very disappointing. I’ll probably destash this one.

TL;DR: Cotton candy, taffy and orange blossom. Vanishes on my skin. 2/5