Nocturne Alchemy: Bastest’s Ice Cream: Wisteria Petal Creme

NAVA Bastest’s Ice Cream: Wisteria Petal Creme

Japanese Wisteria, Melon, Peach cream, Apple skin essence, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla Crystalline Cream, Butter accord, Caramel Accord, French Vanilla Bean Absolute, Vanilla Milk accord, Vanilla Orchid, Crystalline Absolute and Vanilla Sugar.

If you’ve been following this blog, you might look at the note list for this scent and say “What the hell were you thinking??” Jasmine is a major death note for me, apples can be iffy, and ice cream scents tend to turn plastic on me. This perfume has all three of those notes, plus many others. Normally, I would have skipped this scent, but I have seen nothing but glowing reviews for it. Many reviews say that the jasmine and ice cream are barely detectable. But would my gamble pay off or would this be another scrubber?

In the bottle: Wow. I’m getting this absolutely spectacular wisteria note. It’s rich and floral, but not in a “grandma” kind of way. There’s something soft and sweet in the background too.

On the skin: Well, it’s not a scrubber, I’ll say that. But I’m not “wowed” by it. It’s mostly a sweetened wisteria with some soft fruit in there. It’s quite perfume-y too, and it reminds me a lot of a particular Bath and Body Works scent, though I can’t pinpoint which one. It’s pretty, but that’s about it.

TL;DR: Sweet vanilla wisteria and subtle fruit. Like a Bath and Body Works scent. 3.5/5.

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.

Nocturne Alchemy: Pyramid Vanille 2

NAVA Pyramid Vanille 2

French Vanilla, Tahitian Vanilla, Ember Vanilla and Bastet’s Ice Cream Vanilla Absolute

Today I’m looking at another famous NAVA vanilla: Pyramid Vanille 2, which is apparently the sister scent to Pyramid Vanille 1. According to other reviews, PV2 is a richer, more gourmand version of PV2. I’m very curious to see how similar they are. You can buy this on NAVA’s website for $27 US for 5mL.

In the bottle: This smells really similar to Arcana Two Finger Ballet! So much so that I don’t think you need both of the scents. It’s a rich, gourmand vanilla with a caramelized edge.

On the skin: One thing I’ve noticed about NAVA scents is that they don’t really differ from the bottle to the skin. This is no exception. It’s the same rich, gourmand vanilla that I was smelling in the sample vial, and I really like it! That being said, if you have Two Finger Ballet, you won’t need this too.

TL;DR: Rich, gourmand vanilla. Similar to Arcana Two Finger Ballet. Very yummy. 4/5.

Nocturne Alchemy: Vampire Vanilla Bat

NAVA Vampire Vanilla Bat

Vanilla Bean fleck, Kobalt, Crystalline, Tahitian Vanilla, French Vanilla and a spot of Vanilla-infused Studio created Patchouli.

Halloween is fast approaching, and that means that many brands are rolling out their Halloween collections. This scent is from NAVA’s Halloween collection, and it is a returning favorite from previous years. Surprisingly, I don’t have very many perfumes that include vanilla and patchouli despite the fact that I love both of those notes. You can purchase this scent on NAVA’s website for $24 US for 5mL.

In the bottle: Lots of vanilla with a touch of earthiness. I want more patchouli!

On the skin: Much better! I would say that the blend is now 50/50 split between vanilla and patchouli. The vanilla is non-gourmand but sweet, and the patch adds that glorious earthy, smoky quality. This is a simple scent, but it’s really stunning! I also feel like people who hate patchouli should try this because it might convince them to like patch.

TL;DR: Sweet, smoky vanilla and earthy patch. Beautiful. 5/5.

Nocturne Alchemy: Pyramid Vanille 1


NAVA Pyramid Vanille 1

Kobalt, Crystalline, Crystal, and Moonstone.

As you may have noticed, I adore vanilla perfumes and I hoard them like I’m an actual dragon. Nocturne Alchemy is known for their vanilla perfumes, so its about time that I tried some. Pyramid Vanille 1 is a very popular one with great reviews, therefore I tried it first. You can purchase this on the NAVA website for $27 US for 5mL.

In the bottle: I’ve smelled this before, and the reason I have smelled this before is because it’s pretty much identical to the vanilla in Adele. It’s a light, fluffy, beautiful vanilla.

On the skin: It doesn’t change much from the bottle. It’s still that beautiful vanilla that I know and love. However, because Adele is pretty much this scent + peach, I don’t think I can justify having both. I’ll probably sell this one then, since I really love the peach note in Adele.

TL;DR: Beautiful fluffy, light vanilla. Identical to the vanilla in Adele. 5/5.

Nocturne Alchemy: Spooktacular

NAVA Spooktacular

Vanilla Essence, Mallow Root, Whispers of Sugar and UnEarthly Spooktacular Vanilla Bean pods, and Bastet’s Ice Cream Accord.

*Spooky Scary Skeletons plays in the distance*

It’s September, which means that Halloween is fast approaching! This scent is from NAVA’s Goblin collection, which are scents that evoke everyone’s favorite fall holiday. While I myself did not purchase any, a friend sent me a decant because this scent has been absolutely raved about. 2mL samples are $10 US, 5mL for $20 US, and 10mL for $38 US, all on the NAVA website.

In the bottle: Mmmm, buttery gourmand vanilla! It reminds me a lot of BPTP Boo hair gloss. It reminds me of a frosted vanilla cupcake.

On the skin: Oh no. For some reason, I’m getting that burnt linen smell that I hated in Antique Lace. That makes no sense, since there is no linen note in Spooktacular. The burnt note isn’t as strong as it is in Antique Lace, but its enough that I don’t want to wear the scent any more. I like smoky scents, but this smell is sickly sweet and acrid. I’m so disappointed!

TL;DR: An extra sweet version of Antique Lace, complete with the gross “Miss Havisham on fire” note. Very disappointing. 2.5/5.

Nocturne Alchemy: Adele

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NAVA Adele

Gold Alexandria Sea salt, Gold Peach Skin, Crystal Vanilla, Kobalt Vanilla and a kiss from Moonstone.

Hello. It’s me.

While this scent review has nothing to do with the fantastic singer-songwriter Adele, it does share the same name. Adele was a limited edition fragrance from NAVA’s Art of Love collection, and it is quite sought after because it is apparently a holy grail peach scent. It took me a while to track a bottle down; will it be worth it? This scent is no longer available, but it could always be brought back during a Resurrection event.

In the bottle: Fragrant vanilla. It’s a lovely vanilla blend, because NAVA does vanilla very well, but where’s the peach?

On the skin: Oh my lord. This is glorious. The peach absolutely blossoms on the skin, and its the most realistic, juicy, ripe peach note I’ve ever smelled. The vanilla forms a sweet base for it, and while I can’t smell the salt itself, I feel like its there to cut some of the sweetness. It’s so creamy and sweet, but not really gourmand; it has this extreme elegance to it. If the Peaches of Immortality from Chinese mythology were a perfume, they would be this.

TL;DR: Juicy peach with soft vanilla. Simple, but done perfectly. Exquisite. 7/5.

Nocturne Alchemy: Crystalline

NAVA Crystalline

A thick viscous Vanilla that comes on soft and subtle then creates a cacophony of a beautiful cloud of vanilla purity. It is not a food vanilla, but a vanilla that makes you feel at peace, tranquil and right with the world.

Nocturne Alchemy (aka NAVA) is known for their vanilla scents. There’s Snow White, Moonstone, Pyramind Vanille and more. But I think the most famous of the bunch is their Crystalline scent. I’m a vanilla girl, so I knew I had to try this one and an extremely kind redditor sent a sample of it to me for free with some other items. Crystalline is currently unavailable as the NAVA shop is currently closed, but it will be reopening soon.

In the bottle: I’m kind of freaking out because this smells very similar to the beloved but discontinued scent Solstice Scents Cenobite, which is my favorite vanilla scent of all time. This one is less boozy, but that’s the main difference.

On the skin: This is definitely the closest dupe I have found to Cenobite. There are a couple of differences between the two, however. Cenobite is stronger and boozier with more throw. Crystalline is lighter, sweeter and more ethereal. Its’ like Cenobite’s innocent little sister. My only complaint with this scent is that it is a little lighter and more subtle and I like my vanillas with more strength. But Crystalline is truly a magnificent vanilla, and I highly recommend it if you like vanilla or sweet scents.

TL;DR: Rich, sweet vanilla. Similar to Cenobite, but lighter. 5/5.