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NAVA's second Halloween update was pretty huge but I only grabbed a couple things this time through the amazing Ajevie. I dug around in my stash and found two from last year's collection which is why the labels are a little different.
Black Santalum Cider
Rich black sandalwood drizzled into an old oak barrel found just outside a deserted castle and filled with sticks of cinnamon, tart apple slices, cardamom and nutmeg. A perfumed cider to enchant any pumpkin king or queen.
I missed out on this one last year and regretted it, so I was happy to see it return. The cinnamon starts out strong but quickly softens, giving way to a steaming cup of mulled apple cider. It bears a strong resemblance to NAVA's Halloween Spiced Mummy with the apple cinnamon combo giving me potpourri vibes. The drydown consists of a soft and cozy blend of smooth oak and sandalwood that I'm in love with. Sadly, I'm starting to realize that NAVA's apple note just doesn't work for me.
Creamy pumpkin pie filling with a hint of spice, ginger, fresh cream drizzled over pumpkin cake with candied pecans and Crystalline vanilla absolute.
Tons of cinnamon that amps like crazy blended with sweet pumpkin puree. After a long while the spices disappear, leaving behind a pumpkin and vanilla blend. Some of these pumpkin blends are pretty damn good, like #1 and #12, and others like #13 just didn't work out. And that's what this one reminds me of - #13. I can't pinpoint what it is exactly, but it smells like a generic pumpkin spice candle. But the sillage is pretty strong ~10 hours later when I got into the shower, and I could still smell it after I got out.
Harvest pumpkins, toasted marshmallows, Kobalt vanilla absolute and a smattering of Bastet's Ice Cream accord.
Like eating a late-night bowl of vanilla ice cream while cozied up with a good book and a Marshmallow Fireside candle burning nearby. I don't smell any pumpkin in here, but it's a well-done marshmallow and vanilla blend. There's a soft toasty note in the opening with a sweet sugary aroma quickly moving in. That must be the ice cream accord because it smells just like ice cream - it's fluffy and airy and slightly cold smelling. If you're a fan of NAVA's vanilla blends, this is one you won't want to miss!
Sumptuous vanilla tea perfumed with 7 vanilla oils - Kobalt, Crystal, Moonstone, French vanilla, Sumerian, Copenhagen vanilla bean and Crystalline then blended into a rich iced tea perfume with sweetened resin of amber, California redwood and a touch of unreleased Bastet's sandalwood - suitable for any divine feline.
A bold and fresh sun tea blend that instantly transports me to warm summer days. A great tea scent can be hard to come by, but this one is beautifully done. After an hour the vanilla notes begin to take over. It's smooth and airy, a little sweet but not excessively so, and wraps around my wrist in a beautiful haze. A little further into the drydown the tea pushes forward once more, only softer this time. I don't know how vanilla and iced tea can work so well together, but somehow they do.
Tempestuous raspberry tea perfumed with NA Raspberry, black raspberry, Egyptian blackberry, a drop of Crystal, a touch of black rose petal then blended into a deep black tea perfume and sweetened with resin of amber and teak.
This is a good example of why not to judge a perfume out of the bottle...err, vial. I've had this for a year or so and this is the first time wearing it. It's pretty unpleasant in the vial and for the first few minutes on my skin. I pick up that same bitter, acidic honey note that I smelled in Solstice Scents Sun Warmed Honey and a few Sixteen92 blends, but after a few minutes on my skin it unfolds into the most decadent fruity floral blend. Mounds of tangy berries with a romantic, voluptuous rose and a drop of tea to brighten things up. For a short period of time I smell something powdery and sweet thrown into the mix, but it doesn't hang around long. The drydown is a delicate, unisex amber that hugs close to the skin. I know NAVA gets a lot of well-deserved love for their vanillas, but their berry blends deserve just as much attention IMO.
So that's it for now. I was *thisclose* to grabbing a bottle of Nefertiti, but ultimately decided that the sample was enough. I know I'll regret it at some point though. I'll be back with a few more NAVA's that I picked up in their Holiday collection once they've had time to settle a bit. In the meantime you can check out this post with some of the scents that are currently available.