Deconstructing Eden: Lucrezia Borgia

Deconstructing Eden Lucrezia Borgia

Clementine, red mandarin, Italian lemon, ambergris, vanilla, patchouli and orange blossom on a resinous bed of labdanum.

I decided to live real dangerously and blind buy a large size of this scent. The notes are not things that normally catch my eye, and I’ve never dealt with ambergris before. Why did I buy it then? The name. I’m planning to get my PhD in early modern/Renaissance Italian history, and Lucrezia is one of my favorite historical figures.

Now, since I have found that alcohol based scents don’t change as much from bottle to skin, I’ll just include my overall thoughts.

My thoughts: GOOD LORD THIS IS SEXY. It opens with a blast of sweet and tart citrus followed by a spicy, dark undercurrent. I’m getting a really glorious musk note too, which might be the ambergris. I remember seeing a review that described this as a “sexy creamsicle” scent, and I can totally see that comparison. The vanilla is there, but it’s not an innocent, foody vanilla at all. This is real grown-up scent, seductive, beautiful, and dangerous. I’m definitely glad I got a larger size. It also has insane wear length; I can smell it on jewelry from a month ago.

TL;DR: Citrus with a rich, earthy base and a hint of sweetness. Crazy sexy. 7/5.

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Deconstructing Eden: Aine

Deconstructing Eden Aine

Sunflowers, bergamot, orris, melons, peaches, pink grapefruit, jasmine, honey, lilies, sweet lemon, sandalwood, and palo santo wood.

I’ve been into alcohol-based perfume sprays lately, since I’ve been so busy. I love a good fruity floral, so this seemed like a safe choice. The jasmine worried me a little, but I figured that all of the other notes would cover it up.

Now, since I have found that alcohol based scents don’t change as much from bottle to skin, I’ll just include my overall thoughts.

My thoughts: This is a very bright, clean fruity scent that isn’t too sweet. I can definitely detect the peach and melon, as well as some honey. The florals pair really well, and I thankfully don’t smell any jasmine. I get mostly palo santo, sweet lemon, and lily along with the fruit. This is a very summery, youthful scent. I like it, but I don’t think I’ll get a larger size.

TL;DR: A nicely balanced fruity floral. 3.5/5.

Cocoa Pink: Heavenly Basbousa

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Cocoa Pink Heavenly Basbousa

Almond cake, creamy condensed milk, whipped cream, vanilla extract, strawberry syrup, whispers of sugared lemon and rosewater made with velvety crimson rose petals.

Rose is a weird note for me. While I love the smell of real roses, I find that the rose smell in a lot of perfumes is very artificial and headache inducing. This perfume has rose in it, but it also has a ton of yummy sounding gourmand notes, so I decided to give it a shot. You can buy it on Cocoa Pink’s website for $12.55 US and you get 10mL of perfume.

In the bottle: This is easily the most edible smelling perfume I have ever experienced. It smells so much like strawberry shortcake that it legitimately made my mouth water. Strawberry is the main note here, along with the vanilla, fluffy cake, and whipped cream. Very rich and very sweet. It is the olfactory equivalent of this picture.

On the skin: This one is a morpher. Once applied, the rosewater comes out and it’s very natural and soft. It definitely cuts some of the sweetness. After having it on for about an hour, it now smells like creamy sugary and rosewater. So delicate and feminine. I did not expect to like this one as much as I did.

TL;DR: Morphs from super sweet strawberry shortcake to creamy, sugary rosewater. 3.5/5

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Crowley

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BPAL Crowley

Infernal musk, red patchouli, lilac cologne, mahogany, lemon rind, oakmoss, leather, and vanilla husk.

We will begin with a scent from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Crowley. Crowley is part of BPAL’s Good Omens collection, which is based upon the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (I highly recommend the novel). This particular fragrance was inspired by the character of Crowley, a demon who is described as “An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards”. Because this is a special collections scent, it does not come in samples (or “imps”, as BPAL calls them). You can purchase it from the BPAL shop for $26 US.

In the bottle: The patchouli is very strong here and it dominates at first sniff. I was definitely wary to try it based on that first whiff.

On the skin: I find it very sensual, masculine and just a little sinister. Right off the bat, I smell the patchouli and the leather, which is a really cool combo; very rich and strong. The musk and vanilla come in more after that. In about 30 minutes, it mellows out to a leathery, musky vanilla with just a hint of the lilac cologne. The patchouli is still there, but it’s much softer now. It’s gorgeously sexy.

TL;DR: Musky vanilla with leather and patchouli. Sexy as all hell. 5/5.