Nui Cobalt Designs: The Children’s Champion, Audrey Hepburn

Nui Cobalt Designs The Children’s Champion: Audrey Hepburn

Earl Grey tea with a slice of peach, sun-dried teakwood, tonka bean, English pipe tobacco, ecru suede, and just a touch of Bulgarian lavender. 

The first scent of this three part review, I shall begin with a scent from NCD’s landmark women of history collection. All of the scents in this collection were inspired by and dedicated to famous women who helped and changed the world in their own ways. This scent is for Audrey Hepburn. In NCD’s own words: “An icon, an entertainer, and the very epitome of grace, Audrey Hepburn was simply luminous on stage and screen. But it was her tireless effort to with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund that revealed her immense heart and humanitarian spirit.” While tobacco can be an iffy note for me, everything else sounded lovely, so I expressed my interest in trying this one.

In the bottle: I already like it. This scent has a department store vibe without smelling like a department store scent, if that makes sense. It smells elegant, classy, and expensive, but also delicate. I’m mostly getting teak, peach, and suede, with a hint of tobacco in the background.

In the bottle: I love this. This is the kind of tobacco note I was hoping for: warm, chewy, and almost foody. It’s got a distinct caramel-like quality that is so warm and inviting. The teak and suede compliment it perfectly. It’s perfectly balanced with the tea, peach, and lavender, which add feminine elements to the traditional masculine ones. This is astonishingly well-blended, and it just exudes an elegant kind of sexiness that is hard to duplicate.

TL;DR: A sexy, elegant mix of masculine and feminine notes, heavy on the tobacco, teak, peach, and lavender. 5/5.

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Lavender Lace

BPAL Lavender Lace

A cascading bouquet of French lavender, smoke-touched, with bourbon vanilla and caramelized tobacco, pricked by tiny daggers of cognac.

BPAL has a line of scents called the Laces, and every scent has a wispy, gentle tobacco note in it to represent that soft, delicate lace. I haven’t tried any of them (Antique Lace is not a part of that collection) until now. I love lavender, woodsmoke, bourbon vanilla, and cognac, so the only worrying note is that tobacco. Will it work on me?

In the bottle: Herbal lavender with something else that I can’t put my finger on. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

On the skin: This is a really unique scent. The lavender is quite herbal, and the smoke pairs with that very well. The tobacco doesn’t turn into an ashtray on me, which I’m thankful for. It almost adds a peppery kick to the blend. However, while I like these notes individually, I feel like they’re not working well together on my skin. The result is a scent that smells like an expensive, feminine, department store perfume, which just isn’t my style.

TL;DR: Smoky lavender with spicy tobacco. Smells like a mainstream scent. 3.5/5

CocoaPink: Ghost Train of Gettysburg

CocoaPink Ghost Train of Gettysburg

Gun powder, vanilla, pipe tobacco, overgrown grass, cold dirt, rusted metal, blackberries, oak trees.

I’m not usually big on atmospheric scents, but I’ve been looking for a nice berry scent and this one was recommend to me. The tobacco is a concern however, since it can turn into a gross ashtray smell on me.

In the bottle: Fruity! Much fruitier than I expected, actually. Slightly artificial, but not bad.

On the skin: Once applied, the blackberries become softer and much more realistic. They’re sweet, but not overly so. I’m also getting a musky vanilla alongside the berries. In the back, I get just a touch of something earthy. The gunpowder adds a little kick of spice. I’m also very happy that the tobacco doesn’t turn into an ash tray on my skin! Overall, this is a really interesting unisex scent.

TL;DR: Blackberries, vanilla musk, and just a hint of earth and spice. Really cool. 4/5.

Smelly Yeti: Bee Tsar

Smelly Yeti Bee Tsar

Tobacco and Russian leather drip with honeyed vanilla.  

Tobacco is usually a death note for me; for some reason, it turns into an ashtray on my skin. Despite that, I really wanted to try this fragrance because A) I’m Russian B) Bees. Also the art for it made me laugh (see below). You can buy this on Smelly Yeti’s website for $3 US for a sample or $15 for a full size. You can also find it on Femme Fatale.

In the bottle: Dark, very masculine honey. Totally different from Not the Bees. So far, I really like this.

On the skin: The honeyed sweetness is gone and the tobacco comes out much more. It’s bordering on ash tray and I’m not a fan. I don’t know what it is about my skin chemistry and tobacco, but they do not get along. That being said, if tobacco works on you and you like honey, this is gonna be a winner. But for me, it’s a “нет”.

TL;DR: Strong tobacco with a touch of honey. Turns into an ash tray on me. 2/5.