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.
Winchester Mystery House
Vanilla, fireplace embers, aged cedarwood, dark patchouli, sandalwood, amber, gingersnap cookies, clove.
Sarah Winchester, the widowed wife of the heir to the Winchester Rifle Company, built a house out in California after she lost her husband and child. This house had dozens of rooms, fake staircases, and doors that lead to no where. Sarah believed that if she kept building in a confusing fashion, then the ghosts of those killed by Winchester rifles would not haunt and kill her. Everything I just said is true: you can visit the now-famous Winchester Mystery House today. I’ve never been, but I really want to go. This scent has most of my favorite notes in it, so I had to try it.
In the bottle: Oooh this is good. It’s like smoky gingersnap cookies with a dusty woody background.
On the skin: I’m getting smoky patch and gingersnap cookies. Its very warm and there is definitely some spicy clove in there too. I like that. And then…it morphs. It becomes very cedarwood heavy and dusty. It now reminds me a lot of Solstice Scents Manor, which I didn’t like. Ugh, this was so good in the bottle!
TL;DR: Smoky gingerbread and patch that gets devoured by dusty cedarwood. 2/5.
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.
Sweetened earl grey tea, steamed milk, vanilla syrup.
I love a good tea scent, but I have yet to come across a fragrance that really smells like a good cup of tea. This scent seemed like it would fit the bill in that regard.
In the bottle: This is totally a creamy tea blend with vanilla. The black tea isn’t too prominent right now, but I’ll see what it does when I skin test it.
On the skin: Oh Jesus tap dancing Christ, what happened?? It’s completely astringent now and it legitimately smells like sour rubber. You know that movie called “Rubber” that’s about a sentient tire that kills people? This is what it would smell like.
TL;DR: Sour, rubber death. NOPE/5. Destash
Lavender wands, cowrie shells, coconut husks, tonka beans, black amber, hyssop, spikenard, tea leaves.
Hexennacht is a new brand that has exploded onto the indie scene. It is the sister company to Sucreabeille, and it specializes in the brand’s original blends while Sucreabeille creates dupes of mainstream scents. Over the next few days, I’m going to be reviewing the five scents I got.I ordered a sample pack, which is very reasonable: five, 3mL drams for $20 in either oil or alcohol format. This scent sounded interesting, and I love lavender.
In the bottle: Very faint in the bottle; I’m just getting faint lavender and something else right now. Hopefully it gets better on the skin.
On the skin: This definitely gets stronger on the skin. It’s still a fairly light scent. It’s mostly lavender and some kind of tea, but with this almost sweet/herbal undertone. As it dries, it gets sweeter, and sort of fuzzy. I like this. It’s very unique.
TL;DR: Fuzzy sweet lavender and tonka with a touch of herbs. 4/5.