A quick little duo of reviews today. (A revieuo? I’m sorry.) I recently picked up a single lonesome decant from Blooddrop’s May Day collection, and when I received my order there was an extra little sniffie tucked inside – a scent called Charming.
Walpurga’s Night: Peach blossom, sweet peaches, mimosa, muhuhu, copaiba balsam, and bonfire accord.
In the vial this smells mostly like peach, a little bit floral, with a touch of something green and woody. On skin the peach is much softer at first – sometimes I think I smell it, but sometimes I don’t at all. Mostly I get that woody green note and a bit of smoke, with a faintly floral peachy sweetness in the background. After a few minutes the peach gets stronger again. I wasn’t crazy about this when I first put it on, but I really like how it dries down. It’s a sweet, slightly floral peach with a bit of wood and a tiny wisp of smoke, just enough to keep it from being candy sweet. It’s really nice.
I believe I will need a bottle of this.
Charming: Lemon and bergamot tea cakes and lilac blossoms.
Sweet mother of god, this smells amazing. It’s super sweet, rich, buttery lemon cake. On skin the lemon is a bit more tart, but otherwise it’s the same. There’s a hint of something lightly floral in there, underneath all the sweetness, and it comes out a bit more after a few minutes. It’s not even close to being a dominant part of the scent, but it combines with the slightly tart lemon to lighten up the sweet cakey notes. On further dry down, the whole thing softens into a sweet, slightly floral lemon with a bit of cake – no real trace of tartness and not nearly so bakery sweet as it started.
Ugh, it’s awesome. This is what I wanted Haus of Gloi’s Splendiferous to smell like. It smells so good.
The catch here is that it doesn’t seem to be available for purchase. It’s not on the Blooddrop website anywhere, and I didn’t order it from the decant circle – it was tucked into my package as an extra. The only mention I can find of it is on Blooddrop’s Facebook page, where an inquiry about its availability for purchase on its own has gone unanswered. I know that Blooddrop likes to slip one-off mystery perfumes into orders over a certain amount – they’re called Mercis – but since Charming has a name, and stated notes, I’m really hoping that it’s a preview from a coming collection and not a one-off thing that won’t be available again. I need a bottle of this beauty in my life.
On the off chance that it’s NOT ever made available, however, I do have a few suggestions for things that are close-ish. None are the same, of course, but there is no shortage of sweet lemon scents out there.
OHWTO The Cake is a Lie: Lemon-filled butter cake with thick, fluffy frosting. Lemon, Sugar, Cake batter & Frosting. (Reminds me very much of the rich lemon cake part of Charming.)
OHWTO Carnivale: Cotton candy, orange soda, lemon snow cones and vanilla ice cream all come together to evoke memories of the sweetest part of childhood summer nights. (Not as cakey, but on me this smells like sweet lemon candy. It reminds me a bit of the final dry-down, sans soft floral notes. This one is probably the least similar but it kept sticking in my mind so it bears mentioning.)
Haus of Gloi Honeysuckle Lemon Curd: Rich and lemony with a touch of fresh honeysuckle. (More tart throughout than Charming, but they’re both sweet lemony scents with floral elements. The honeysuckle is more prominent in this one than the floral in Charming.)
Check out Walpurga’s Night and all of Blooddrop’s other offerings (but not, for the time being at least, Charming) here.