Island Vanilla by Pacifica 10ml Perfume Oil for $20 NZD
Notes: Jasmine, vanilla, tea, white honey and fruity notes.
This is a natural roll-on perfume oil that I got from Trademe. It glides on smoothly and smells, well, rather unusal. I get a vague floral note (which, thank goodness, isn’t jasmine to my nose) and a vague fruity note but it’s mostly honeyed vanilla. A subtle, soft and graceful scent like a breeze hovering over your skin.
The vanilla/honey combo is rather creamy and a tad sweet. It’s warm, islandy and oriental with a slight gourmand element. It’s young and happy. It’s the quiet girl in the popular group on the beach who’s just content to watch her friends antics and smile. It reminds me of summer and beach volleyball. As it dries down to it’s base I do get an almost green, tea aspect. It reminds me ever so slightly of Jua by Trilogy in the way that it handles a natural oil and that almost strange aspect. It’s a little too soft for me with weak sillage and lasts only a couple of hours. 5.5/10.
White Musk Smoky Rose by The Body Shop 30ml EDT for $35 NZD
Notes: Bergamot, pink pepper and black currant, tobacco blossom, black rose, orange blossom, immortelle, olibanum and white musk.
I bought this for a friend of mine but thought I should review it first. Upon first spray, after the alcohol settles, it reminds me of something sweet and mysterious from the nineties that I can’t place. I get black current and rose enhanced by pink pepper as well as something close to caramel toffee.
It’s a little bit smoky (tobacco blossom and olibanum) which, along with the rose, makes me think masquerade. It creates a dry-ice enigmatic fog kind of smoky atmosphere as opposed to heady incense one. It’s slightly resinous and spicy which blends perfectly with it’s sweeter aspects. It is indeed plum in colour and rather airy.
The rose, berry and musk are the stars. It’s soft and graceful but not really dark and intoxicating. It’s somewhat charming and illusive with a dash of sultry. It’s lingers and trails. It’s quite warm and cosy but clean as well. At times it has a slightly soapy aspect. It becomes almost powdery and vanillic when it dries down. The musk shines as the base and whispers throughout the composition. It has low to medium sillage but after an hour or so hours it settles into a skin-scent and lasts for about 4 hours. I might have to buy a bottle of this for myself. 7/10.
Vanille Noire du Mexique 100ml EDT for $60 USD from Luckyscent
Notes: Vanilla, rose, jasmine, iris, tonka bean, patchouli and bergamot.
I brought the set of all 5 La Maison de la Vanille 15ml EDT’s for $50 on Luckyscent and thought each perfume deserved its own review rather than a combined set one. Vanille Noire du Mexique opens with a fresh, almost spicy, bergamot. This top note is very fizzy and almost like those dissoluble cold medicine tablets that I used to have when I was little. After a few minutes this settles into a powdery and velvet iris with a touch of patchouli. I find the patchouli, which some sites don’t list but is definitely there, more prominent and sweeter in warmer weather than colder.
I, thankfully, don’t get any jasmine but I do get the faintest whiff of a dry and dusty rose. It’s rather earthy and I’m happy when the tonka-bean and vanilla finally appear in the base. It’s not too sweet and certainly not gourmand. This is possibly the darkest scent of the set – hence the noire. It has a slight soapy aspect which parallels with it’s slightly spicy aspect.
It’s exotic and powerful but also contained. It can be alluring and dangerous. Something a warrior ninja would wear. The kind of person I imagine this on wears a ribbon in their hair, has a sad darkness to them, wears black clothing and has a femininity to them. I imagine someone like Blake Belladona from RWBY wearing this. It’s also slightly gothic ivy, stone and velvet. It has medium sillage with about 4 hours of longevity similar to the rest of the collection. 7/10.
Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar 100ml EDT for $60 USD from Luckyscent
Notes: Vanilla, sandalwood, lavender, incense, vetiver, coriander, thyme, geranium and bergamot.
I brought the set of all 5 La Maison de la Vanille 15ml EDT’s for $50 on Luckyscent and it is, perhaps, one of my best buys. I thought that each perfume deserved their own review rather than a combined set one. I love this collection and think it is a must for vanilla-lovers.
Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar opens with a subtly refreshing and spicy combination of bergamot and lavender with a touch of coriander and thyme. The lavender smoothly transitions into a smoky vanilla, sandalwood and vetiver with a hint of geranium heart. The vetiver and geranium fade and my favourite combination of vanilla and sandalwood settles into a glorious base. It’s warm and cozy but also mysterious and misty. It’s slightly powdery, woody, soft and musky. It smells like dreams and adventures. It smells exotic but homely. It smells like markets and gardens. It reminds me of the song ‘Scarborough Fair.’ It smells Celtic. It smells magical.
I applaud this wonderfully blended perfume and must say that it’s one of my favourites. It’s rather sexy, both cool and warm as well as being gender-neutral. It’s slightly honeyed with a touch of floral sweetness. It’s mature and worldly and easily wearable. You could wear it anywhere and at any-time and it’s sooo affordable. It’s got medium sillage and lasts about 5 hours. I carry it with me in my purse and will by the 100ml FB when I run out. 7.5/10.
Victorian Spirit by The Parlor Apothecary 30ml EDT for $45 NZD from Etsy
Notes: Amber, Apricot and Vanilla.
It opens as sweet and sugary with apricot and vanilla. Apricot, along with strawberry and peach, is probably one of my favourite fruity notes if I had to choose. It pairs very well with vanilla, is soft and almost velvety. It’s youthful and happy but, surprisingly, not gourmand. As it dries down a lovely warm amber comes through. It actually does come across as Victorian-esque for some reason. It’s kind of woody in a mysterious fae glade way but also like reading on a window-seat in a grand library in Victorian-area clothing.
It’s got soft to medium sillage and lasts a couple of hours. Sometimes I get more out of it but other times it fades quite quickly. It’s almost more like a mist than and EDT. It’s got an absolutely gorgeous bottle which, to be honest, is part of the reason I bought it. Look at that gorgeous atomizer and golden delicacy – it looks lovely in my collection. I also really like the branding and collection of this perfumer. 7.5/10.
I also purchased a couple of samples and have short reviews on them below:
Antique Tonic is a tiny bit astringent for me with its lavender. I do like this, French I think, lavender though as it’s proper and almost dainty. It’s another lavender/vanilla combination which I like but already have lots of. Antique is a good name for it. 6.5/10.
Lingerie Mist is basically just sugar, brown, and vanilla but is very nice. There’s a little bit of amber in here too. It’s sweet, youthful and flirty. It reminds me of some Bath and Body Works scents. I did actually think of getting this but chose Victorian Spirit instead as I already have similar scents to Lingerie Mist. 7/10.
Just to give you guys a heads up I will be writing a 50,000 word novel for NaNoWriMo next month so I won’t have much time for anything else. I won’t be able to post/review as much in November sadly. Wish me luck!
I bought a set of three (plus one free) 1ml perfume oil samples from AlchemicMuse on Etsy for $10 NZD. The full 5ml bottles are $15 NZD each.
Vanilla Oak: It opens as fresh and light with camphor and bergamot. A warm, woody and smoky vanilla backed by spices carries most of this perfume though. Like the rest of Alchemic Muse’s perfumes it smells natural however the notes aren’t as prominent – for example I don’t get much vanilla, it just feels well blended in. It’s a hazy perfume, presenting this ambery woody effect. It’s rather ethereal and of the fae world whilst being grounded and earthy at the same time. It might be weakest blend of the set and is a touch soapy. 6/10.
Krumkake: I had the most incredible experience with this perfume. I got this as a free sample but it’s not listed anywhere on the shop so I was excited to guess what notes this had. Straight from the bottle I recognized the scent from my childhood but it took me a moment to remember what it was. I remembered I used to make this ‘thing’ (I momentarily forgot the name) with sugar and golden syrup in a pot so I googled it and, lo and behold, it’s HOKEY POKEY of course!! It smells warm, extremely sugary and dripping in honey with hints caramel and toffee.
On my skin it’s a bit different with spices like cinnamon and as it dried down it strayed away from hokey pokey so I googled what Krumkake was. It turns out it’s a Norwegian Waffle Cookie (YES THIS EXISTS) which makes complete sense. It’s 100% gourmand, rich and very sweet – probably a little bit too much for me but it’s incredibly fun. The cinnamon gets stronger as the perfume goes on and it’s somewhat off-putting as I don’t actually like cinnamon. It also reminds me of chai blends due to the cinnamon which, as I said, I don’t like. It’s not something I would wear but I like smelling it. This smells so real that I think someone is baking in the kitchen. Incredible sillage and longevity. 7.5/10.