Alkemia Honeycakes for the Harvest Moon
Freshly baked honeycakes, autumn beeswax, gleanings from ripened grainfields, and newly harvested fruits lightly spiced with nutmeg, ginger, and golden cloves.
As you may know, I love honey scents, but they can be kind of finicky on the skin. Thankfully, a friend sent me a sample so I could test it out. This scent is currently unavailable.
In the bottle: It’s beautifully sweet honey cakes. It reminds me a lot of Sharing the Cake HG!
On the skin: This no longer smells like Sharing the Cake HG at all; it’s less sweet and more true to actual honey rather than honey cakes. I’m getting quite a bit of nutmeg too which I like! It adds a nice spice note to the blend. I also like how this scent isn’t a very heavy gourmand; there’s a kind of lightness to it that prevents it from being overly foodie. Overall, I like it. I don’t think I’ll buy a full size of it, but I’m happy to have my sample.
TL;DR: Sweet, gently spiced honey cakes. Not overly gourmand. 3.5/5.
EDIT: I’m sorry to say that my opinion of this scent has completely changed. I’ve discovered that applying this to my skin results in a bizarre celery smell after a few hours and I really don’t like it. Into the destash pile it goes!
Black fig, black & red tea leaves, ginger root, coconut milk and papyrus.
Moirai is another member of the Sixteen92 Summer 2017 collection, and the name refers to the Fates of Greek myth, who weave, measure, and cut the thread of every human’s life. The notes sounded quite unusual, so I had to check it out. You can find this scent on Sixteen92’s website for $4.65 for 2mL, $14 for 6mL, and $20 for 10mL.
In the bottle: Mostly papyrus with a hint of tea. Very crisp. I think I like it? It’s just so different from anything else I’ve tried.
On the skin: The papyrus and tea soften and the fig, ginger, and coconut take center stage. The fig and coconut are creamy, while the ginger adds a spicy little kick. It’s sweet, but not gourmand thanks to the grounding papyrus. It’s a very mysterious scent and alluring scent. However, it does wear very close to the skin, so its rather light. All in all, I’m a big fan of it.
TL;DR: Fig, coconut milk, and a kick of ginger grounded by papyrus. Mysterious and a little sexy. 5/5.
Solstice Scents Smokewood Apiary
Smoked Honey, Creamed Honey, Beeswax, Amber, Wooden Frames, Ginger & Vanilla
Solstice Scents is a brand that I have not delved into too much, so when I had the opportunity to get a sample bundle in a swap, I jumped at the chance. This particular scent is well-loved by fans of honey, which means it is right up my alley. You can find this scent on the Solstice Scents website for $16 for a full size (5mL) or as part of a sample pack.
In the bottle: A lot of smoke and a little honey. That sounds good in theory, but I’m getting barbecue sauce from this.
On the skin: The ginger comes roaring in, and it creates a very sharp mixture with the honey. That, combined with the smoke, creates a very interesting combination. There is also some kind of underlying bitterness to it, as well as a prominent wood note. I’m not really a fan of this and I have other honey scents that I like more.
TL;DR: Smokey honey with ginger and wood. Somewhat barbecue-y. 3/5.
BPAL Laughter of Loki
Serpentine green musk with fiery red ginger, sweet basil, alder leaf, white patchouli, cistus, and mistletoe.
CAUTION: WORDINESS AHOY
Ever since I began looking into indie perfumes, this one has always been on the top of my wish list. Laughter of Loki is from the 2014 Ragnarok collection, which was limited edition. It’s highly coveted and it has been permanently sold out for years, with bottles going for up to $100 on ebay. Luckily, I was offered a decant of it by a lovely user on the BPAL forum.
I’ve always loved reading about mythology, especially Norse mythology, and Loki was always my favorite. When I saw this, I knew I needed to find it. The notes are also super interesting and unusual, especially red ginger, basil, and mistletoe. Hell, I didn’t even know that you could put mistletoe in perfume! So, did this perfume live up to all the hype that I built up for it?
As mentioned before, this scent is sold out and it doesn’t look like it will come back, so you would have to find someone who is selling a bottle.
In the bottle: Very green. I think I’m getting the alder leaf and mistletoe here.
On the skin: Now we’re talking! It’s less green now, and the musk has come forward alongside the patchouli. The green notes are still there but they’ve moved to the back. There’s a tiny kick of the ginger and basil in there to surprise you. “Serpentine” in the description fits it well. It’s very sexy and there’s something distinctly warm about it. It fits Loki perfectly. It really is a scent that needs to be accompanied by a sly, curled smile and a twinkle of mischief in the eye.
TL;DR: Sexy musk, patchouli and greenery with a bite of ginger and basil. Very Loki. 5/5.