Happy Thursday all and welcome to my slightly spooky guest post! I frequent Reddit and that’s where I found out Luna was looking for guest posters. So I jumped at the opportunity and here I am.
You have to understand right off the bat, I love Halloween. I mean, I love fall in general but I especially love Halloween. Between all the cool weather, the dressing up, and the never ending candy, what’s not to love?
So with October fast approaching I figured I’d review a few spooky scents for you from a couple of my favorite perfumeries.
Blooddrop Perfumerie: Boo-tiful
“The perfume of a gorgeous and irresistible spirit; a blend of pink lotus, lily, broom, tea rose, and heliotrope absolutes on a base of creamy marshmallow.”
This one reminds me of a Victorian lady-ghost haunting a dusty, but elegant, house. I love it.
In the bottle it’s sweet, with a lot of light floral scents swirling around together. It’s hard to pick out individual notes, the scent just brings to mind “a butt ton of flowers”. Originally I didn’t think I’d like this one, flowers of any kind are a hit or miss for me because of potential headaches. It’s probably why I stick with foodie perfumes (who doesn’t want to smell like cake or a milkshake?).
Once you put it on those florals don’t stay light, the sweetness is still there but it’s almost overpoweringly floral. Like smushing your face into a bouquet of flowers. I think my skin digs flowers but nose doesn’t most of the time. I’m not entirely sure what pink lotus smells like but I can can pick out very strong notes of lily and rose.
Luckily this mellows out, with a very sweet and very creamy quality coming from the marshmallow. It ties everything together once it dries down into a very smooth, not quite gourmand, floral with a hint of hay. That might be from the broom? There’s also another layer of floral I don’t quite recognize, but I’m guessing it’s the heliotrope (I had to Google that one).
I found that the more it dried the more I liked it, it’s just those first few moments of flower-punch-in-the-face that throws me off. Wear time is great too, I’ve had it last through a whole work day where I catch whiffs of it as I’m typing. 10/10 would recommend, I’ve been wearing this on nights in but will be putting it on more often as soon as the weather figures out it’s supposed to be fall (curse you 90 degree weather).
Deepmidnight Perfume: Sleepy Hollow
“The orange and yellow moon is full and gleams through the trees as round as a jack o lantern. You just want to get through the woods and back home for a peaceful night. The crisp and lush smells of fall leaves and acorns, pumpkins, sweet candy treats, and fragrant spices, haunt your senses and relax you. Wait…was that the sound of horse’s hooves you just heard?”
That first sniff out of the vial it’s all cinnamon, just lots and lots of cinnamon. Luckily, subsequent sniffing (doesn’t that sound weird) lets me pick up hints of pumpkin and spices.
On the skin I get a lot of warm pumpkin with more of the spices coming through; cinnamon and maybe anise. It only briefly reminds me of those pumpkin spice lattes you start finding in coffee shops around this time of year. There’s also a hint of what reminds me of those scented fall candles you find in the store.
There’s also some sweetness to it from the candy and a cozy nuttiness in the back, once again from the spices I think. I was a little on the fence about this scent but after a while the smell of leaves and a bit of dirt start to come into play. It’s also a little sharp, not quite like crisp air, but it reminds me of being outside in the cold air after running between houses trick-or-treating as a kid.
Overall it has good throw and it just hangs around forever on my skin, even after a shower. What puts it into my “I need more of this category” though is the mixture of sweets and earthiness. I guess for some bizarre reason I want to smell like candy and dirt. I’ll probably be picking up a full size of this sometime soon.
“Smoky Lapsang Souchong tea, dragon’s blood, cedar wood, fir balsam, leather, saffron, chai spice accord”
Right out of the vial there’s a lot of leather, fresh oiled leather. I usually find leather scents kind of overpowering but lucky for me there’s the scent of cedar in there to push it back a bit.It’s not quite a fresh cedar scent either, it reminds me of what it smells like when you’re sawing a cedar tree; a little warm and kind of fuzzy.
There’s a definite smoky note that emerges once you put it on, and it’s not the smell of burning wood either. Reminds me a bit of singed leaves, it’s actually a scent that I’m surprised I like. Normally smoky scents are a little too much for me. There is still a very strong scent of cedar and leather, but it blends really nicely with that earthy burnt leaf note. As for the spices mentioned in the description I caught a little saffron but none of the chai spices. I think the cedar might have overpowered that part a little bit.
I’d actually considering layering it with Sleepy Hollow, just to make it a little sweeter. I think it’d go well the cinnamon and earth notes in it. Huntsman actually strikes me as a more masculine scent but I’ll happily wear this one around regardless. It strikes me as the perfect scent for a cozy night in or when the weather starts getting cold and dreary.
So I’m a really huge fan of Blooddrop perfumes, the packaging is adorable and the scents are always unique. I’m looking forward to a huge haul of decants of their Halloween selection this year.
It wasn’t till recently that I decided to try Deep Midnight Perfumes, I had heard that their specialty was Halloween scents. So I purchased a bunch of samples and loved almost of all of them but I think Sleepy Hollow is my favorite. Candied dirt, mmm.
Lastly, sixteen92 is a new perfume house on the block but all the scents I’ve tried have been very well thought out so far. Huntsman was in the giant fall pack I got and it’s the one I knew right off the bat I had to have it in a full size.
Anyway, that’s the end folks, hope you enjoyed my little review. Thank you again Luna for letting me do this guest post!