Toasted coconut and salt-tinged skin touched with the heat of summer
Poesie recently released a new set of layering single notes for the summertime, and this one has gotten the most attention. It’s pretty easy to see why: the description is the very essence of summer fun. While I’m not big on beach scents, I figured I ought to give this one a shot.
In the bottle: Y’ALL. I’m a Floridian, and this scent is so evocative of a Florida beach in the summer time. The main smell in here is that mix of coconut and salty musk. The coconut is not too sweet or foodie, and the salt tinged skin is very different from other similar notes that I’ve tried: it’s mostly salt, but in a way that instantly reminds me of the ocean, rather than a person. I feel like there is also a hint of orange in the background, even though that’s not listed as a note.
On the skin: I’m telling you, there is citrus in here, because that’s definitely amped on my skin. Specifically, it’s like a mixture of oranges and lemons, all backed up by that beautiful oceanic salt and skin note. This is a summer day at the beach in a bottle. I really like it, but I don’t see myself getting a bottle of it simply because beach-y scents are not really something I wear a lot. But I’m gonna use this sample a lot over the summer.
TL;DR: Sunny citrus and salty skin. Like a beautiful day at the beach here in Florida. Keeping my sample. 4/5.
Arcana Molly Malone
Cotton candy, sea spray, green sugarcane, salt, pink musk, sweet bergamot, lily of the valley, black pepper, vanilla, patchouli, and the merest hint of aged vetiver.
Looking at the notes, this is not my kind of scent at all. But I heard several people raving about it and my curiosity got the better of me, so I just had to try it out to see why people were fussing over it.
In the bottle: ???? This is so weird. I’m getting cotton candy, but also sea spray and lily and something else green. I don’t know what to make of this.
On the skin: The notes that smelled on the bottle are magnified on the skin. The cotton candy is not really that sweet or sugary, which is interesting, and I have come to the conclusion that the lily and vetiver are creating that green smell. It’s unlike anything I have smelled before. I can see why people enjoy this, but it’s so not my thing. I’ll destash it.
TL;DR: Aquatic yet green cotton candy with salt, lily, and vetiver. Weird as heck. 3/5.
Darling Clandestine Inked
A sting of sea salt and leather, splashes of communion wine, the essence of raw skin.
Darling Clandestine makes it’s debut on my blog today with the scent Inked. For the most part, I haven’t really been interested in DC scents; none of them have really made me go “Wow, I need to try that!”. But of all of the scents in their catalog, this was one that I kept seeing and considering. The description makes it sound like it smells like a really hot, rugged dude, and how could I resist that?
In the bottle: Mmmm. This is nice. It’s a prominent, non-boozy wine note with salt and skin musk. It’s really just pleasant to smell.
On the skin: This blossoms on the skin. The wine takes a back seat, and the skin musk and salt become more prominent with just a touch of leather. It really does have that kind of “after sex” smell, like warm, sweaty skin, but with just a touch of something else to remind you that its a perfume. It’s incredibly sensual and sexy and alluring. This would also be incredible on a guy.
TL;DR: Skin musk and salt with subtle leather and wine. The sexiest scent ever. 7/5.
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.