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.


Alkemia: Calliope

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A beguiling divertissement of piquant clementine, orange blossoms, white orchid, sugared currants, tonka, and vanilla musk whirled with flirtatious teases of billowy cotton candy floss and kisses of saltwater taffy.

I wanted Calliope for two reasons: 1) I loved the name since I love all things carnival and circus and 2) it seemed different from the kind of scents I normally gravitate towards. I generally gravitate towards darker, sexier scents and something light and semi-floral is not my wheelhouse. You can buy it from Alkemia’s Etsy store. It’s $12 US for a 5mL full size. You can also buy it as part of an Alkemia sample set, where it will be 1mL

In the bottle: Cotton candy and vanilla. This is very sweet, almost too much so. I think I detect a hint of citrus in there as well from the clementine.

On the skin: I was worried that this was going to be overly sweet, but it’s not in the slightest once applied. It’s an elegant sweet, not ridiculously sugary, thanks to the orange blossoms and orchid. It’s like a more mature, complex version of that Pink Sugar scent that was really popular. The saltwater taffy gives it more depth and adds a smell that reminds me of funnel cake. It’s a perfect summer scent: flirty, fun and bright. However, this is extremely light and it fades within 30 minutes on me, which is very disappointing. I’ll probably destash this one.

TL;DR: Cotton candy, taffy and orange blossom. Vanishes on my skin. 2/5