Little & Grim had an impromptu April Fool’s grab bag event, so of course I had to grab a few stinks. And extra perfumes.
After getting acquainted with everything, I can now formally write down my impressions:
The grab bag was a delight! I got a Soap, one dram of perfume, two samples, a Mood (TM) in a pendant, and two smol adorable coffin soaps!
Not only are the soaps molded from amazingly spooky, detailed, and hand made sculpture, they are wonderfully scented and soft!
The full size gold shimmery Auger was in the scent “Mount Auburn” which notes are:
A dizzying array of all the flora that buds in Massachusetts. Fragrant, fruity blossoms and towering trees shading gentle, winding paths. Notes of raspberry, melon, honeysuckle, lilac, wisteria, and spruce.
I get mostly the fruityness, but soft hints of florals that don’t give me a headache, which is a bonus! It’s a very nice balanced scent that is good for those who love spring.
And the two Soap Coffins:
- Cartomancy: “A deck of well-handled cards, a plume of incense, and the warmth of a dozen candles. Notes of nag champa, patchouli, dragon’s blood resin, and a bit of milky honey to tempt the Other Side.” Very very incensey, with that sweetness rounding it all out in the end.
- Ludlow’s Hearse: “Sleek leather seats, dark wood polished to a high shine, and the cologne of a somber driver. Notes of leather, bergamot, patchouli, tonka, musk, white peach, cashmere, ylang ylang, sandalwood. “ Very leathery and the musk kind of amplifying the note. I can’t distinguish much else in here, but still enjoyable.
That’s right, I said PERFUMS. The delicious oils of deliciousness. Now as a disclaimer not all scents will smell the same on every single person. Body chemistry and all that shit. Just because *I* don’t like something or I am UTTERLY OBSESSED with something, doesn’t mean you will be. But here is a guide to my impression of the notes.
The ones that were included in the grab bag were:
Mourning Joe – “Coffee sweetened with vanilla, chocolate, and maple syrup, served up in an oak mug as you survey your domain. Notes of vanilla, cream, cardamom, chocolate, maple syrup, coffee, amber, sandalwood, patchouli, and oak. “
This one is FANTASTIC for you gourmands out there. It smells like the outside of a Gloria Jeans next to a very nice perfume stand. Out of the bottle I get coffee vanilla. Wet on my skin you start to distinguish the grounds, and with the sandalwood it mellowed into more of a perfume scent rather than something I wanted to lick off. As it dried I got mostly a sweet sandalwood, with a whisper of coffee and maple.
A Better Place: There wasn’t a scent description for this (and if I thought ahead I would have asked but there ya go.) But I got a lot of citrus right out of the bottle. On my skin the fruitiness was up front with something softer in the back, maybe a light musk or a tuberose kind of floral. Ultimately delightful.
Gravedigger’s Daughter: “A heaping bowl of fresh fruit topped with cream, and a side of rose tea. Notes include sandalwood, orange zest, pineapple juice, tangerine, grapefruit, cream, rose petals, jasmine, musk, and bergamot.”
OH. LAWD. I. NEED. MOAR. I do love me some pineapple but this is extremely well rounded out. Out of the bottle it is a sweet fruity sweetened magicalness with the pineapple up front. Worn it gets more into the musk and soft florals of jasmine. Later in the day the sandalwood starts to poke its way through and mellow everything out.
Then the three drams I got for myself in addition to the bag:
Selenomancy: “Cool air, dewy grass, and the reflection of moonbeams on a quiet lake. Notes of clean rain, ozone, lavender, and rich myrrh.”
Out of the bottle it is a very clean scent, kind of like Dove soap, with a hit of something almost citrusy in the back. Wet you get the soft flora but not the overheavy handedness that lavender can get (I am not personally a fan of lavender but this is nice) But the most prominent is the ozone and rain. This one isn’t my favorites, but I do like it.
Necromancy: “A cold stone altar, covered in crawling vines. Heady incense. Dark words. Notes of sandalwood, spicy Spanish moss, ylang ylang, hay, cinnamon, gingery rum, tobacco, neroli, and birch.
Out of the bottle it is very green, wet and earthy. First applied it has a hint of spiciness that blends the earth together. Later in the day the spices come through more. Sweet and Spicy is the best descriptor I can come up with.
House of Usher: “Chilly, broken stones covered in moss. Rotting wood, creeping ivy, and something sinister lurking beneath the damp leaves. Notes of walnut, sandalwood, oak moss and leaves, myrrh, patchouli, pine, bergamot, cedar, fig, lemon, and white amber.”
Right out of the bottle it is spicy and incensy, and applied it morphs into something more woodsy with clove. As it is worn it gets a lot more woodsy with a splash of citrus lurking in the background. I LOVE this one.
So that was it!! If you will excuse me I now need to figure out where the hell I can put these in my overflowing perfume cabinet…..
If you would like to try some out on your own, head on over to Little & Grim for your own spooky smelly delights!
Until Next Time!