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.


Arcana: Aestas


Arcana Aestas

Madagascar vanilla, yellow cake, soft peach nectar, golden musk, black musk, and a hint of patchouli.

Today is a review of a scent that I have been wanting for a while now. Named after the ancient Roman goddess of summer, Aestas has a bunch of notes that I adore: peach, patchouli, vanilla, and musk. My only hesitation came in the form of the cake, since I don’t like overly foodie blends. Despite that, I was super happy to find a full bottle because I had a feeling that this was going to be a scent that I would love.

In the bottle: Oooooo. I’m getting the most glorious peach note with some subtle vanilla cake. The peach note is identical to the one in NAVA Adele, to my nose. Actually, this is like a muskier version of Adele!

On the skin: I’m getting more of that buttery cake, and the peach note is no longer similar to Adele; Adele’s peach note is lighter and more delicate, whereas the Arcana peach note is much richer.  It’s heavier and almost more sensual. The musks are still very present, and I like that because it prevents the scent from being too sweet and foodie. I’m starting to get some of that patch, but it’s not in your face at all. Someone who hates patchouli would still like this scent, I think. Frankly, I wish there was a bit more patch, but that’s really the only complaint I have with this scent. It’s rich and golden and absolutely stunning.

TL;DR: Rich, golden peaches with buttery vanilla cake rounded out with musk and the smallest touch of patch. Glorious. 7/5.

Alkemia: Le Petit Mort

Alkemia Le Petit Mort

Triple iron distilled Indonesian red patchouli and dark forest blossom beeswax honeycomb.

Despite it’s haters, I’m a big fan of patchouli. It’s dirty and earthy and very sexy to me. I’m always ready to try a new patchouli scent. You can buy it from Alkemia’s Etsy store for $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: Patchouli and honey. Very simple, but very sensual. Not much more to say there.

On the skin: It now reminds me a lot of BPAL impressions of the Floating World. It’s that same kind of powdery, perfume-y patch and honey blend. It’s just okay, honestly. It’s not bad, but it’s not fantastic either. I will say that it smells quite mainstream and expensive though.

TL;DR: Powdery patchouli and honey. Kind of basic to me. 2/5.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller

BPAL Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller

Red musk, vanilla bean, pomegranate, black currant, patchouli leaf and wild plum.

I think that patchouli gets a bad reputation. Yes, it can smell like a hippie who hasn’t bathed in two weeks, but if blended right, it can be earthy and rich and very sexy. This particular scent is considered one that you need to try if you like patchouli, so a friend sent me a decant of it. Since I love pretty much every note in it, I was very excited to finally try it. You can buy this scent on the BPAL website for $24 US for 5mL.

In the bottle: Mostly patchouli, with a berry undertone. This is a dark, dirty patchouli with a lot of earthiness and I like that.

On the skin: The patchouli is…gone? Despite being a very powerful note, I can’t smell the patch anymore and it’s really weird. Instead, I’m getting tart pomegranate and a very red wine kind of smell, possibly from the currant. I’m really disappointed by this! I wanted a fruit and patch blend and I’m not getting that at all. It’s just boozy and sour on me.

TL;DR: Tart pomegranate and red wine. No patch when on the skin. Disappointing. 3/5.

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.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Blóðughadda


BPAL Blóðughadda

Crushed Baltic amber, golden fig, oud wood, red patchouli, white clove, and saffron.

When the new set of Carnival Diabolique scents dropped in June of this year, this one immedietly caught my eye, but not for the notes. Rather, I wanted to try it for the label art for a rather selfish reason: the woman on the label resembles a much buffer version of myself! The notes did sound rather interesting as well. I hadn’t actually purchased the scent, but a good friend of mine in the indie community sent me a partial bottle of it as a gift. You can buy this scent on BPAL’s website for $24 US for a 5mL bottle.

In the bottle: It’s weird. I’m getting prominent oud and powdery amber with a sweet undertone from the fig. Oud can be a tricky note, but it’s behaving so far.

On the skin: The oud takes center stage, but luckily it doesn’t turn into that almost fecal smell that oud can have. Rather, it’s a dusty, woodsy scent. The saffron then comes out to play, while the amber retreats. The fig also gets stronger, but its not really a sweet fig scent. This does not smell at all how I expected, but I quite like it so far!

TL;DR: Woodsy oud with saffron and fig. Weird, but I’m into it. 4/5.

Arcana: Sturm und Drang


Arcana Sturm und Drang

Big bold candy grapes face off with an ecstatic blend of apricot, caramel, sugary coffee, three rich ambers, and a pinch of dark patchouli.

I, like many others, have a weird dislike of all things grape scented. For me, it reminds me too much of cough syrup. Because of that, I was hesitant to try this scent, but the notes sounded so weird that I had to get a sample. Grapes + caramel + coffee? Will it work? You can buy this scent from Arcana’s store when it is open for $19 US, or on Pretty Indulgent’s website for $25 CAD.

In the bottle: Really yummy sweet coffee with a hint of caramel. Not grapes so far, but I’m not mad about that.

On the skin: The coffee and caramel remain the strongest, but I think I can detect some amber and a touch of something fruity. Not sure if that’s the apricot or the grapes. I honestly don’t get any grapes, and that’s okay. I really like this, but it seems to fade very quickly on my skin, which is disappointing.

TL;DR: Sweet coffee and caramel with a little amber and the tiniest hint of someting fruity. Yummy, but does not last long. 3.5/5.