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.

Solstice Scents: Chantilly Cream

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Solstice Scents Chantilly Cream

Whipped Cream, Peach Nectar, Vanilla & Yellow Mandarin EO

This little guy is a popular seasonal scent for spring. Many people find it to be sweet and feminine. As a peach lover, it sounded like a good bet. You can find this scent on the Solstice Scents website for $15 for a full size (5mL) or as part of a sample pack.

In the bottle: Sweet peaches and cream. Very straight forward, but done well.

On the skin: It just…vanished. I can very faintly smell the glorious peaches and cream from the sample, plus a little citrus, but the scent has no power whatsoever. I had to apply a lot more to even get a slight fragrance from it.

TL;DR: Beautiful peaches and cream with citrus, but it has no power at all once applied. 2/5.

Arcana: Little Man in the Boat

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Arcana Little Man in the Boat

Peach nectar and delicate musk dripping with Tupelo honey, Clover honey, and one dainty tuberose petal.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I LOVE peach and I’m constantly looking for scents that include it. This one was highly recommended across the internet and I’m a big fan of Arcana. If you’re wondering about the name, “Little Man in the Boat” is a euphemism for the clitoris. This scent is currently sold by Femme Fatale.

In the bottle: Floral honey. It’s very pleasant and unoffensive, but I’m waiting for the peach.

On the skin: The peaches come out much more alongside the musk and the florals take a backseat. You can definitely smell the clover within the honey and combined with the musk and peaches, it creates a very heady, sensual honeyed fruit and musk blend. The throw is also quite strong. I like this, but its not as peachy as I was expecting.

TL;DR: Hazy floral honey and peach. 4/5.

Arcana: Bee’s Knees

Arcana Bee’s Knees

Peach nectar, eggnog, whipped cream, and sweet rum

In case you haven’t noticed, I love peach. It’s one of my favorite fruits and I love the smell of it too. Arcana’s peach note is particularly lovely, so when I saw this scent that sounds like boozy peaches and cream, I had to try it a decant of it. Bee’s Knees was a special scent for Arcana’s Cocktails for Charity collection that was released in 2015. It’s not currently available, but it sometimes re-appears in December with their Yule collection.

In the bottle: It smells like the lovechild of a peach and Arcana Mother of All Souls. Very boozy, but also quite creamy.

On the skin: Oh, this is really good. The booze calms down a bit, but you still get a lot of the eggnog spices like nutmeg. The peaches and whipped cream are sweet and rich. The rum rounds it out with just a little kick. It’s super festive.

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C’mon, I couldn’t NOT mention “The Bee Movie” in a bee related post,

TL;DR: Peaches and cream with eggnog spices and non-boozy rum. Perfect for the holidays. 5/5.

 

Haus of Gloi: First Blush

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Haus of Gloi First Blush

Tahitian vanilla bean, white tea, lavender and peach.

This perfume was my first foray into Haus of Gloi (aka HoG). First Blush caught my eye because the notes reminded me of one of my favorite scents, Arcana Fille de Joie. This is one of HoG’s Valentine’s scents, so it is seasonal in their catalog. When available, it comes in perfume oil samples and full sizes, sugar exfoliant, whipped soap, Pumpkin Butter and scrub.

In the bottle: The white tea is very prominent, as is the peach. It’s very vibrant and punchy.

On the skin: I really like this. On the skin, the tea evens out and the vanilla and peach get stronger. I only get a tiny bit of lavender, so if you aren’t a fan of that, you might like this. This is quite different from Fille de Joie, however: Fille is heavy on the herbal lavender, with creamy vanilla and peach. It’s comforting and soft. First Blush is mostly white tea and juicy peach, and its much brighter and more youthful. It’s like the bubbly kid sister of Fille de Joie. It’s honestly a perfect scent for the spring and summer.

TL;DR: A bright, playful blend of white tea and peach with a hint of vanilla. Ideal for warm weather. 4/5

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Alice, Reaper of Cruelty

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Alice, Reaper of Cruelty

Bourbon geranium emboldened by the rich scent of aged patchouli, the sweetness of peach, raspberry leaf, and bourbon vanilla, surrounded by a butterfly swarm of spicy carnation and Italian bergamot.

This one was a free sample I received. I’m not a floral person at all, but I figure that I’d give it a shot. You can buy this for $26 US on the BPAL website. Samples are not available since this is part of the Pretty Deadly collection.

In the bottle: Very strong and spicy, but not incense spicy. Kind of floral spicy? I would consider this an “oriental floral” scent if I was using mainstream terminology.

On the skin: It’s mostly carnation, bergamot and geranium on me. There is definitely patchouli in there, but its actually taking a backseat to the florals so someone who hates patch might like this. I think I can detect a tiny hint of fresh raspberry in the back? This feminine but not traditionally so. Like one of the assassins from Kill Bill would wear this.

TL;DR: Spicy florals. Feminine, but dangerous. 3/5.

Arcana: Fille de Joie

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Arcana Fille de Joie

Delicate lavender marshmallows and yellow peaches cured in a vanilla absolute bottle

I like lavender. I like peaches. And I like vanilla. Therefore, I needed to get my hands on this scent. Fille de Joie is an Arcana exclusive for Pretty Indulgent that sells out very quickly (Julia said it’s coming back soon!). People seem to really love it, so I was very excited to try it. This scent is only available from Pretty Indulgent.

In the bottle: I’m just getting herbal lavender right now, no peach and no vanilla.

On the skin: Oh, yes. This is so pretty. It just smelled like herbal lavender in the bottle, but once applied, the delicate vanilla and peach come in to play. The lavender is still the strongest note by far, but you definitely get the sweetness of the vanilla and the marshmallow, and the clean ripeness of the peach. It’s so beautiful. I find it to be an extremely calming scent and I can see myself reaching for this when I’m nervous and on edge.

TL;DR: Herbal lavender with soft vanilla and peach. Comfort scent. 7/5.