Poesie: Great Northern

Poesie Great Northern

Fresh cedarwood, ripe plum, black and pink peppercorns, warm clove

This was the other scent I purchased in my Poesie order. Great Northern comes from the Twin Peaks inspired collection, and the scent is meant to evoke the smell of Twin Peaks’ cleanest and most reasonably priced (for FBI agents) hotel. I love pepper notes and plum notes, so this one was a no-brainer for me.

In the bottle: Clove. Literally just clove. I think I can detect a hint of cedarwood in the back, but I’m not sure. I really want more plum from this.

On the skin: HELLO CEDARWOOD. That’s 99% of what this scent is. I get a touch of spicy pepper and clove in the back, but this is almost pure cedarwood. It reminds me of my aunt’s house in North Carolina. That being said, the cedarwood here is just too much for me and it’s giving me a headache.

TL;DR: Aggressive cedarwood with a side of cedarwood. Too much for me. 2/5.

Poesie: A Thousand Warriors

Poesie A Thousand Warriors

Juicy ume plum, bitter yuzu, divine hinoki wood, fluffy vanilla

Poesie Perfume is a fairly new brand that I have heard quite a bit about. With the recent birthday sale, I took the plunge and decided to try the scents I had been looking at. This particular fragrance has notes that remind me of my local Japanese garden, so I really wanted to see if it evoked that.

In the bottle: Ooooh this is fruity! I’m definitely getting the plum and vanilla to start with. It’s really pretty.

On the skin: The plum is at the forefront with just a touch of that sharp yuzu citrus in the back, all on a bed of that soft vanilla. I feel like there’s something slightly floral here (hinoki wood maybe?). I don’t get anything really woodsy though. I like this, but it’s really faint and light. Maybe I didn’t put on enough on, but it’s very close to the skin. I guess I’ll have to slather this one on.

TL;DR: Juicy fruity vanilla scent. Faint, but lovely. 4/5.

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.

Black Phoenix Trading Post: Hair Gloss Reviews Pt.2

BPTP Hair Glosses Pt.2

When it comes to BPTP hair glosses, there is a very wide variety of scents. Because of that, I like getting little 5mL decants of a bunch of them so I can test them out. All of these hair gloss decants (except So Below) are from the lovely ladies at Crown and Tulip decants!  I highly recommend them for all your decant needs. They’re really great people, and they’re super professional as well.

Now, on to the hair glosses!

So Below (Haute Macabre collection)

Amber and black copal with black coconut, Sumatran red patchouli, green cardamom pod, and golden musk.

I love this one. It’s a really different take on patchouli; it’s not the dark kind you would expect, it’s much lighter. I get mostly that patch note alongside the coconut, cardamom, and amber. It’s dirty and sexy, but also very tropical.

Sugar Plum Fairy 

Sugar plums, vanilla-infused sugar, tiare, amber musk, apricot peel, and a light dusting of cacao. 

Oh boy, this is sweet. Like really sweet. I primarily smell sugared plums and apricots with a touch of chocolate. I love gourmands, but this is too sweet for me. It’s very candy-like and a bit cloying. If you gravitate towards super sweet/candy scents, you’ll love this.

Mischief (Carnival Diabolique collection)

Blood-spattered cotton candy.

Spun sugar and cinnamon! I’m not getting any actual cotton candy, but I don’t mind that. I find this to be surprisingly autumnal. I would love this, but it unfortunately vanishes from my hair within minutes of application.

Who’s Nibbling at My House? (Carnival Diabolique collection)

Caramel apples, cardamom cakes, hazelnut cream, and butterscotch.

Gourmand heaven. It’s all caramel and butterscotch with a little spice from the cardamom. It’s so warm and gooey and perfect for fall. It actually smells like a richer version of Owl Creek Aleworks. 


Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Kitsune-Tsuki

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Asian plum, orchid, daffodil, jasmine and white musk.

Japanese mythology and plums? Sign me the hell up. The notes sounded extremely summery and bright without being overly floral. You can buy it on BPAL’s website. It’s $17.50 US for a 5mL full size or $4 US for a sample Imp.

In the bottle: HOLY PLUMS Y’ALL. I honestly forgot that this was a floral scent when I smelled it because I was immediately hit with the scent of ripe, juicy plums. I get literally nothing else except plums, but I’m not complaining.

On the skin: It starts out with the plums and then the florals come in. Orchid and jasmine cut the fruitiness just slightly and add some depth to the scent. I liked it…for the first fifteen minutes. After that, it somehow morphed into a very sunscreen-y smell and it’s really not pleasant. I’m blaming the jasmine, which my skin hates. However, let’s remember that perfume is very much about skin chemistry and just because it didn’t work on me doesn’t mean it won’t work on you.

TL;DR: Juicy plums and white florals that turn into the smell of sunblock. Not a fan. 1/5.