Monday, December 7, 2015

Alchemic Muse Autumn Collection

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me.

I missed out on this collection last year so I was glad to scoop up almost every scent that was offered this time. I think I got caught up in the bigger brands' autumn collections last year and I completely overlooked Alchemic Muse. But I wasn't about to make that mistake again.

This collection was released towards the end of summer but most of these scents are still available. There's a wide range of scents here so I think there's something for everyone. I received my order after maybe four days so shipping was lightening fast. Everything was individually wrapped with tissue paper and packaged securely in a small flat-rate box. The perfume samples and soap samples were packed inside small black envelopes, and a free perfume sample was also included.

Bad Wolf - a basket of freshly-picked berries and sweet cream fused with a shady forest brew of mahogany, apple wood, and blood cedar to round out the darker, more sensuous base of patchouli, tonka bean, oakmoss and vanilla bourbon. I only have this in a bar soap sample so I cant comment on the weartime or drydown. I can pick out the red berries and cedar right away. There's more going on in the background but it's tough to pinpoint which notes are there. It's a unisex scent that leans masculine. For some reason I want to compare this with Haus of Gloi's Brier Path scent from their summer collection. I guess because some of the notes are similar (berries, cream, woods). But to me they really aren't that similar. They're both heavy on the berries, and that's about it. Brier Path is sweeter, more feminine and heavy on the dirt while Bad Wolf has more woodsy aroma and leans more masculine.

Belladonna - beautifully intoxicating, yet deadly! A daring scent reminiscent of the deep purple flowers of atropa belladonna...blooming tuberose, narcissus and lily with a whisper of white musk. In the vial I smell gardenia. Hmm, must be the tuberose. There's a touch of lilies and musk far in the background. On the skin the lilies eventually come out more but this is still a predominately tuberose fragrance. This lasted over four hours before I washed it off.

Black Oak - an intriguing and rustic blend of oak wood, wild violets, acorn, dry twigs and leaves. Bar soap only. I can smell the oak and leaves with a slight sweetness from the violets. It's very fresh and clean smelling and it leans a bit masculine.

Bonfire - evocative of the vibrant colors of autumn, this unique scent is sure to engage the senses. An inviting and familiar blend of crisp fall air, mulled cider, burning maple leaves and a crackling bonfire. On cold sniff I smell dirt. I can pick out the smoke and apple cider, but they combine to smell like freshly dug dirt. As it wears on the skin the apple cider becomes more dominant but that dirt aroma still lingers. This one lasted around five hours before I needed to reapply.

Countrycide - scratch the surface of this beautiful scent and you'll find many layers leading to a shadowy center. A crisp veneer of sweet, earthy autumn leaves with top notes of green fig, bergamot, golden hay and dried flowers masks a darkened heart of musky clover, caramelized benzoin, beeswax, and black vanilla absolute. At the center is a corrupted foundation of bitter almond, tonka bean, gaiacwood and sandalwood, waiting to be revealed for a sensual and unforgettable experience. I only have this in the cream soap so I cant comment on wear time or dry down, but this reminds me of a beautiful autumn day. It smells like cool air, crisp leaves and a touch of earth. Imagine raking all the leaves on your lawn into a huge pile and then jumping in that pile...that's what this smells like.

Fig Cream - ripe figs wrapped in sweet cream and vanilla musk with touches of bergamot, fresh peach, candied rum and dark amber. Bar soap only. This is lovely. I get figs, cream and a sweet vanilla musk. This one is so comforting...warm, sweet, creamy, comforting. A scent this beautiful needs to be available in more products!

Nevermore - dark and beguiling...dusty casks of warm blackberry wine laden with wild herbs and acrid tea leaves amid whispers of warm skin musk, crackling firewood, and a somber touch of freshly dug earth. Sexy and dark. In the vial I get berries and tea leaves with hints of musk. As it wears on the skin the wine begins to emerge and helps soften the sharp tea leaves. If I could describe it in one word I would say it's a "haunting" fragrance. Wear time was over four hours.

Reaper - harvest figs, caramel and cinnamon shrouded with notes of dried apple, lemon and ginger over an earthy base of twigs and wet forest. Bar soap only. I smell lemon and ginger with maybe a touch of cinnamon. It's a refreshing type of scent that would be good to use on those mornings when you have to drag yourself out of bed.

Samhain - this breathtaking blend captures the sweet-smelling, musky bouquet of autumn. Light notes of blood orange rests atop a heart of roasted walnuts, brown sugar and hazelnut java fused with black anise seed, earthy patchouli and black vanilla winding down to a rich musk base. This reminds me of B&BW's Summer Boardwalk dupes I've tried from other etailers. This one smells like a combination of orange, nuts, woods and a hint of brown sugar weaving in and out. There's something a little sharp which may be the anise. It doesn't morph much on the skin aside from becoming slightly sweeter. It's difficult to describe because there's so much going on here. It doesn't necessarily remind me of autumn but it's nice. It lasted over five hours on my skin.

Zombee - the sweet, earthy aroma of this creation is sure to resurrect your deepest passions! A thrilling concoction of sickly-sweet honey and warm beeswax over a layer of aged patchouli, crushed clove and darkened vanilla pods. Sweet honey and the tiniest hint of clove. For some reason honey notes can take on a medicinal quality to my nose and Zombee is heading in that direction. I can smell something here that makes me think of lemon-honey cough drops; it's pretty subtle but I can still smell it. It's the same thing I smelled in Pumpkin Caramel and less so in Pumpkin Honey. It doesn't morph much on the skin aside from that medicinal note becoming softer as it wears down. It's a sweet scent but just not my thing. I could still smell it after four hours when I washed it off.

Final thoughts - a few of these will be definite repurchases for next year. Countrycide, Samhain, Bonfire and possibly Bad Wolf are all must-haves. There just aren't enough fig scents in the world so I'd love to see Fig Cream make an appearance in additional products. A lot of these scents are still available on the website and they won't be restocked so if you're planning on an order you might want to do it soon.

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