Black fig, black & red tea leaves, ginger root, coconut milk and papyrus.
Moirai is another member of the Sixteen92 Summer 2017 collection, and the name refers to the Fates of Greek myth, who weave, measure, and cut the thread of every human’s life. The notes sounded quite unusual, so I had to check it out. You can find this scent on Sixteen92’s website for $4.65 for 2mL, $14 for 6mL, and $20 for 10mL.
In the bottle: Mostly papyrus with a hint of tea. Very crisp. I think I like it? It’s just so different from anything else I’ve tried.
On the skin: The papyrus and tea soften and the fig, ginger, and coconut take center stage. The fig and coconut are creamy, while the ginger adds a spicy little kick. It’s sweet, but not gourmand thanks to the grounding papyrus. It’s a very mysterious scent and alluring scent. However, it does wear very close to the skin, so its rather light. All in all, I’m a big fan of it.
TL;DR: Fig, coconut milk, and a kick of ginger grounded by papyrus. Mysterious and a little sexy. 5/5.
BPAL Lady Una
Honey musk, green tea leaf, blackberry leaf, vanilla bean, and fae spices.
Thanks to some extreme generosity, I was gifted this half bottle for free with another purchase. I was very excited to receive it because the notes sound lovely and it is not a fragrance I would have picked out myself. You can buy this on BPAL’s website for $26 US.
In the bottle: I’m getting a lot of green tea and blackberry. It’s very foresty, but not woodsy if that makes any sense. It’s sweet, but light.
On the skin: HONEY. The honey musk comes in with a punch and its glorious. It adds this lush sensuality to the fruit and tea elements. The vanilla rounds it all out and gives it a beautiful sweetness. This is probably what Galadriel smells like and I’m all about it.
TL;DR: Rich honey musk with vanilla and soft fruit tea. Smells like a Tolkien elf. 7/5.
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
A Victorian fougere with three pale musks and dark, sugared vanilla tea.
Like Arcana’s Two Finger Ballet, Dorian is one of those indie perfumes that is super popular and everybody knows about it. Unfortunately, it has been out of stock for a while now. Having heard so many rave reviews of this across the internet, I was excited to have a small imp of it to try. It is currently sold out, but rumor has it that its coming back soon; when in stock, it retails for $17.50 US for a 5mL bottle or $4 US for a 1mL Imp.
In the bottle: Lemony, but not like cleaning products lemony. It’s a very natural, soft lemon covered in sugar. There’s also some musk lurking in there.
On the skin: It’s a beautiful sugared tea and lemon scent right now. Not sour at all. In the back is the musk which adds this masculine edge to it. It smells like a cup of sugary black tea with vanilla cream and a lemon wedge being eaten in the presence of a super-hot Victorian dude who smells awesome. I can see why this is so popular; it’s GORGEOUS.
TL;DR: Sugared vanilla tea and lemon scent with hot guy musk. I ADORE it. 7/5.