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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Vanille Givree de Antilles by La Maison de la Vanille Review

Vanille Givree de Antilles                      100ml EDT for $60 USD from Luckyscent

Notes: Vanilla, patchouli, bergamot,  lavender, rose, tuberose, oppoponax and tonka bean.

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 Givree de Antilles opens on me as pure and sweet honey, despite not being a listed note, with a slight beeswax tinge.

It remains this way through most of the scent’s progression. I am surprised that I haven’t read reviews referencing honey because it is definitely the stand-out element to me. I know that other notes must be combining to create this honey-esque vibe. I can definitely get the patchouli and vanilla combination though and, as I’ve come to expect of this set, it’s great. I think they must be the main notes creating this mock-honey note for me. After about half an hour the honey-esque element soften a bit and it freshens up a touch with, what I believe to be, a subtle bergamot and lavender combination.

Many people have compared this to Angel, which was bound to happen with a patchouli/vanilla combo, but it’s much softer and subtler than Angel. It’s a lighter, warmer and happier scent in my opinion than Angel. The patchouli darkens and deepens as it goes on and the Tonka bean comes into play. It’s a touch powdery and rather earthy, almost woody, which gives it a natural feel. I don’t really get any floral notes, maybe tuberose, but I do get a slight whiff of oppoponax in the base which gives it a touch of mystery.

It’s elegant and soothing. It’s a sweet scent but not too much so. It smells of smiles and sunlight and the colour yellow and happiness in a bottle. It’s easily wearable. It reminds me of Chuck from Pushing Daisies. I don’t get much vanilla from Antilles to be honest but I think this set is making perfumes based around vanilla. 6.5/10.

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Vanille Noire du Mexique by La Maison de la Vanille Review

16500Vanille 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.

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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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Miss Dior Cherie by Dior Review

Miss Dior Cherie by Dior                                                           EDP Discontinued

Notes: Strawberry, tangerine, caramel, popcorn, violet,  jasmine, patchouli, cherry, rose, amber and musk.

I was given a small bottle of this when I was a young teenager so it was what I would use when I was going out to a fancy dinner or party. I got this out when I started my perfume obsession earlier in the year and was utterly desolate when I learned that it had been discontinued.

Since I only have about 4ml of this left I really want another bottle. I smelt the new Miss Dior at my local department store and it smells nothing like this unique beauty. Miss Dior Cherie is a happy, sparkly, sweet, champagne scent. The opening is slightly fruity with tangerine and a touch of pineapple before a gorgeous syrupy strawberry and cherry comes into play. Caramel, popcorn and rose bloom in it’s heart before the patchouli and amber take it.

It’s light, musky and sweet. I mostly get a strawberry, caramel, patchouli musk and it’s so unique. It does have a slightly carnival aspect with the caramel and popcorn. The patchouli tones it down a bit whilst simultaneously making it slightly sexy. I get rose but, thankfully, don’t get jasmine. It gets powdery as it dries down.

This is a little bit of everything. Floral. Fruity. Gourmand. Chypre. It’s so bubbly and cheerful. It smells like a nice rich girl doing some shopping at a mall. Whenever I wear this is makes me happy. Sillage and longevity are moderate. 7.5/10.

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Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun Review

Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun                      100ml EDP for $120 from Luckyscent

Notes: Bulgarian rose, vanilla, patchouli, lavender, Iso E super and musk.

It opens as a strong and soapy Bulgarian Rose. It’s like a rose-scented bath product but maybe that’s just my skin chemistry. It’s light, musky and feminine. It’s a dry and powdery rose whereas I prefer the wet and fresh rose fragrances. I can actually smell hints of lavender and Iso E super but I don’t get much vanilla.

It definitely has a darker aspect but in a transparent way – it’s not mysterious but rather simple. The patchouli darkens it a bit and adds a hint of earthy spice whilst the Iso-E adds a slight woody velvet aspect. It’s not what I pictured this perfume to be. I thought it would have that femme fatale, mysterious dark secrets, tall women in a red cocktail dress with a gun aspect. Instead it smells like a demure, mature and modest lady with well kept secrets.

Sillage is average but it only lasted about two hours on me. I really like the Juliette Has a Gun bottles and branding but this perfume, despite having notes I love, let me down. 5.5/10.

Gothic I by Loree Rodkin Review

Gothic I by Loree Rodkin                                  50ml EDP for $140 USD from Luckyscent

Notes: Vanilla pod, Madagascar vanilla, spice accord, Tunisian patchouli and Indian patchouli.

The description on Lucky Scent does it justice “A moody vanilla shrouded in a mist of light woods and patchouli. Sensuous and unrepentant. We picture long hair whipping in the wind, a search by candlelight and a man driven half mad by love. Still, for all of its gorgeous drama, we could wear this everyday. It has the luxuriant skin-caressing softness of a vintage silk velvet cape. Worn over nothing. Voluptuous and mesmerizing.”

It opens with a deep and velvety vanilla, backed up by a dark patchouli and smoky spices. I really like the vanilla in this, it’s warm and full-bodied. The Patchouli is a strong force, dirty and earthy. Gothic I flickers like a candle between the Patchouli and the Vanilla – some reviewers have mentioned this might have to do with temperature; that the vanilla is more prominent in cooler temperatures and the patchouli is more prominent warmer temperatures. It’s very complex and well blended.

This is rich, luxurious, silky, seductive, mysterious, dark and dramatic. However, at times, I’m sure some people will find it medicinal or too incensey. This perfume is quite powerful and not for the light-hearted but it’s not at all too much for me. It’s reminds me of things like Phantom of the Opera and Sarah Brightman – both of which I love.

I believe you’d have to be a certain type of person to pull Gothic I off which, at times, I am so I’m probably going to have to buy a full bottle of this. It’s my dark secret. Some people have said this is really sweet but I find it actually suits it’s name, gothic, with only a touch of vanillac and patchouli-esque sweetness. It’s a definitely a night perfume and I’d keep it away from the office. It’s more suited to colder seasons and smells like an alternative shop. Both the sillage and longevity are medium on me. 8/10.

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