Psychedelique by Jovoy Perfume Review

PsychédéliquePsychedelique by Jovoy                                         100ml EDP for $180 USD from Luckyscent

Notes: Citrus, rose, geranium, amber, patchouli, cistus labdanum, vanilla and musk.

It opens with a blast of patchouli (it is rather strong) that quickly turns into a warm and sweet, but also bitter, gooey syrup. It has dark, earthy and smoky elements. There’s a dash of citrus, very subtle, and a powdery rose that keeps the perfume surprisingly light. I’m sure the musk has something to do with this too. It’s a musky, a surprisingly dirty but light musk, rose. There’s a pull towards the light and a push towards the dark. It’s rather dusty, almost wispy and dainty.

There’s a soft amber, honey and vanilla underbelly that I love. This base grows stronger as time progresses but it’s basically there from the start. I’ve found patchouli makes an effective pairing with these notes in my experience. It’s surprisingly yummy in an aesthetic, but not foody, way. I’m hesitant to call it gourmand but definitely oriental. I don’t want to eat it but I want to eat it. It’s sexy. If I smell it up close for too long, however, it gives me a headache. Patchouli often does this for me.

There’s an old-school element to it. It smells expensive. I don’t really think the name suits it for it represents as different class of people. I read someone calling it “opulent” which is a good word for it. There’s also boozy and woody elements which reminds me of libraries or gentlemen’s clubs.  It’s warm and cosy. However, surprisingly, although this perfume is gender fluid I’m leaning more towards feminine. It has an old and wise feel to it like Sensei but is more like a well-to-do elderly female Victorian librarian with dark secrets.

After a couple of hours I have one of two experiences with this perfume 1) it turns into a soapy, powdery, old-lady rose scent on me which I don’t particularly like or 2) it’s a subtle smoky vanilla amber which I like and reminds me of the dry-down of Memoirs of a Trespasser. I think this is the labdanum having its say and making it go one of two directions. The patchouli is a lot quieter at this point but I can definitely still smell it there. It’s also a skin-scent with little throw by now but if smelled up-close is still rather strong.

I recommend this for anyone who likes patchouli, amber and vanilla combos like I do. I would like it more if it wasn’t soapy/powdery at times. I’m going to give this a 7.5/10.

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Sensei by Piotr Czarnecki Review

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Sensei by Piotr Czarnecki                                                3 x 33ml EDT/EDP/EXT for $160 USD at Luckyscent

Notes: Whiskey, coffee, tobacco, pepper, cinnamon, incense, myrrh, spicy accord, ambrette, labdanum, benzoin, amber and musk.

Czarnecki has created an interesting and unique perfume with three different concentrations; Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum and pure extract. Each one will have a slightly different smell with certain notes taking the lead. I’m trying a sample of the EDP.

Woah, the opening is powerful. It opens all myrrh, pepper and spices with a dash of dark whisky on me. It’s very dry, earthy and masculine. It has an almost leathery aspect. The tobacco and coffee (pure beans) then come into play which gives it a kind of wispy quality. Sometimes I get hints of clove and anise which I don’t particularly like. It’s warm, golden and slightly mysterious. It’s definitely Oriental but has a Gourmand aspect.

It smells like a well-dressed man who is just passing his middle-age and is smoking something strong whilst sitting on a bench surrounded by autumn leaves. This man is powerful, wealthy and knows what he wants. He’s probably a lawyer or an old-style gangsta or, yes, a professor. Strangely I get a Person of Interest or even James Bond vibe from it. I think Sensei is a good name for it.

It softens about half an hour in and edges more towards the gender-neutral line. It also gets sweeter (as opposed to the initial sour opening) with the cinnamon. I like it’s development as it dries down because it feels more like holding a hot beverage whilst sitting by a fire. It’s like a hot chocolate rum with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Amber shines through here.

It’s almost like this perfume has two distinctly different halves. I can see the second half on women but, like Spiritueuse Double Vanille, it feels slightly too old for me. After a couple of hours it becomes fainter and turns into a skin scent. I like it and might buy a bottle sometime. 7.5/10.

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The Parlor Apothecary Victorian Spirit Review

il_fullxfull.345651974Victorian 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.

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Alchemic Muse Perfume Sample Review

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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.

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FirebirdBathBody Sample Review

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I bought a set of three 1ml samples from FirebirdBathBody on Etsy for $6 NZD. The value of these is great because a full 9ml roll on perfume oil bottle is about $13 NZD.

Woodsmoke and Vanilla: This is a lovely and cosy scent. It definitely smells of wood-smoke but in a fireplace-way more than a campfire-way like Memoirs of a Trespasser by Imaginary Authors is. I like this a lot because it reminds me of stormy nights curled up by the fireplace reading a book with tea as opposed to an earthy bonfire night dancing with alcohol scent. The vanilla is definitely there, and becomes more prominent in the dry-down, but is more of a backdrop to the smoky wood (cedar?) with a minty fir aspect. 7/10.

Vanilla Amber: Goodness this is yummy, I will simply have to buy a full bottle of this. It’s a soft, warm and cozy Oriental Gourmand. The amber is very rich and almost honeyed whilst the vanilla is a unique vanilla bean. The other notes of coconut, cardamom and sandalwood blend perfectly around this lovely creation. I recommend layering this with Woodsmoke and Vanilla. 8/10.

Black Cocoa: Dark chocolate. This is literally black cocoa. This is one of the closest to real chocolate scents I have come across. It’s rich and dark – not sweet or really even edible. There’s a woody aspect to it (cedar and sandalwood). It’s a bit dramatic and strong for me but I admire it. 6/10

I do get a slight soapy scent from these sometimes though. They are mostly skin scents but have a bit of throw and last about 3 hours.

Speakeasy Vanilla by WigglePerfume Review

Speakeasy Vanilla by WigglePerfume                                     5ml Perfume Oil for $15 from WigglePerfume on Etsy

Notes: Bourbon vanilla, creamy vanilla, sultry amber, smoky frankincense, white musk and bay rum.

This fragrance from the bottle smells pretty much how it does on my skin. It’s strong, spicy and rich. At first I get a dark bourbon vanilla and frankincense but that softens a little into the background and a subtle creamy vanilla comes out. The amber and vanilla base is lovely – perfect combination and artfully blended.

It’s cooler (at the start before it warms up) than most of my vanilla perfumes and it reminds me ever so slightly of Eau Duelle by Diptyque but much nicer. Sometimes I get wisps of patchouli and cardamom which is strange because they’re not listed notes. It reminds me of something some of my friends would wear – my hipster alternative friends that is. I think it’s a little too much for the office or fancy parties. It does really smell like it would suit a tipsy day of baking in the kitchen with music – which makes me happy. 8/10.

“I’m not usually a vanilla person. It’s such a classic, feminine, and decadently sexy scent, I’ve always really wanted to like it…but just couldn’t. Well, I’ve fixed that problem! My Speakeasy Vanilla is another thing altogether, not cloying or overly precious. This vanilla does not wear pigtails. It does not have a “daddy’s little girl” license plate holder. This vanilla is a grown ass woman who spent a hot, tipsy day in the kitchen, rocking out to Etta James in heels, perfecting her creme brulee. Or something like that…” – Nani from WigglePerfume