Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Volcano in Springtime

BPAL Volcano in Springtime

Whipped vanilla cream and white sandalwood with a touch of lotus root.

Cream has a bit of an infamous reputation in the indie perfume community, because it has a tendency to turn curdled and spoiled on a lot of people. However, I wanted to try this scent since it was a favorite from that year’s Lupercalia collection. Normally, I also include a photo of the bottle, but I won’t for this one, since it is extremely explicit. This scent is no longer available.

In the bottle: Definitely vanilla, but I’m getting something kind of green and wet. I’m gonna guess that that’s the lotus root. It’s odd, but I kind of like it!

On the skin: The vanilla is kind of dry and a little dusty, which is think is a result of the sandalwood. It’s feminine and delicate, and almost a little woodsy. In the back, I get that same green, slightly wet floral note from the lotus; it’s a great contrast to the dryness of the sandalwood. The blend as a whole is alluring in a very subtle way. This is honestly a really pretty, unique scent, and it reminds me a lot the Monet painting series “Water Lilies”!

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Nympheas by Claude Monet, 1897 or 1898, oil on canvas. This painting in particular reminds me of this scent.

TL;DR: Dry vanilla sandalwood with slightly aquatic, green lotus. Beautiful. 5/5.

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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: 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.

 

Cocoa Pink: Heavenly Basbousa

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Cocoa Pink Heavenly Basbousa

Almond cake, creamy condensed milk, whipped cream, vanilla extract, strawberry syrup, whispers of sugared lemon and rosewater made with velvety crimson rose petals.

Rose is a weird note for me. While I love the smell of real roses, I find that the rose smell in a lot of perfumes is very artificial and headache inducing. This perfume has rose in it, but it also has a ton of yummy sounding gourmand notes, so I decided to give it a shot. You can buy it on Cocoa Pink’s website for $12.55 US and you get 10mL of perfume.

In the bottle: This is easily the most edible smelling perfume I have ever experienced. It smells so much like strawberry shortcake that it legitimately made my mouth water. Strawberry is the main note here, along with the vanilla, fluffy cake, and whipped cream. Very rich and very sweet. It is the olfactory equivalent of this picture.

On the skin: This one is a morpher. Once applied, the rosewater comes out and it’s very natural and soft. It definitely cuts some of the sweetness. After having it on for about an hour, it now smells like creamy sugary and rosewater. So delicate and feminine. I did not expect to like this one as much as I did.

TL;DR: Morphs from super sweet strawberry shortcake to creamy, sugary rosewater. 3.5/5