common brimstone review, part 2

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Let’s step away from drawing sharks for a minute (Idon’twannait’sfun) and review some perfume, shall we? It’s been several weeks since I reviewed the first half of this order, and it wasn’t exactly a spectacular success. Which I guess is why I’ve been putting the rest of it off for so long. Also because I get easily distracted by shiny new things. But no more!

Rose Jam: A bright start of raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry and a mouth-watering slather of white chocolate. A vibrant rose note rounds everything out beautifully.

Sweet rose and chocolate. I remember getting more berry from this when I did my first cold sniff. Hmm. On skin it’s rose and chocolate, but with a berry tartness. It’s not a deep, dark chocolate. It’s very light and creamy. It’s not quite as sweet as the notes make it sound, and the rose isn’t perfumey. It’s nice. Unfortunately it follows the same path as the last batch of CB scents I tested and becomes nigh undetectable within a few minutes.

Honey Badger: Beeswax and cocoa absolute, brightened with honeycomb and given just a bite of dark chocolate. It all fades down to a honey-sweetened base of black and white musk.

Sweet, strong dark chocolate, or chocolate liquor. It’s got a bit of a boozy edge to it. On skin it’s chocolate liquor with a bit of honey sweetness. The chocolate fades and the waxy honey gets stronger after a minute or two, but again, this was basically gone before the oil was even dry.

Capua: Luscious rose and iris, sweet green apples, and earthy marjoram and spikenard. They’re held together with a pinch of luxurious saffron and just a touch of almond.

Almond and apple. Really nice. On skin it’s tart apple with that cherry-like amaretto kind of almond. There’s something a bit powdery at the base, and just a hint of spice. After a minute or so I get some faint floral elements. This one started out a little stronger than the others, so I hoped maybe it would stick around – alas.

Mellona: Lashings of honey are coupled with earthy hop and cool notes of sweet grass. Juicy nectarine and clear, bright sweet gale give this feminine scent a bold twist, and a finishing touch of lemon blossom adds a sunny glow.

I remember my fiance saying that this one smelled like cola, and now that’s all I can think about. It really does, somehow. On skin it’s sweet, honeyed citrus and something earthy, but not dirt-y. It still kind of smells like cola, but it’s really nice. It’s got a syrupy quality to it.

This is one of the longer-lasting Common Brimstones that I’ve tried so far, by which I mean that it made it past the 10 minute mark. Not long past, however.

Melody Gloucester Pegasus: Iced tea and fresh strawberries with a sprig of basil from the garden, laid over an ancient base of oakmoss and ivy.

Herbal and fruity. On skin the herbs are dominant, fresh and green and a little spicy (what up basil?), with just a bit of strawberry sweetness in the background. It’s a very crisp scent.

This is another one that made it past the 10-minute mark (maybe even 20!) though what was left was very light. Nothing you’d smell unless your nose was within 2 inches of your wrist.

Avalon: Gentle apple blossom and pear blossom with juicy grapes, fresh grass, and ozone-like touches of fresh water and stormy air. 

Floral with a bit of green. I’m guessing some kind of fruit blossom – apple or peach – because it’s a bit sweet. On skin it’s all fruity-floral, heavy on the floral. It’s a little watery, but not nearly so much as Lady of the Lake. It doesn’t have that kind of crispness.

Of course this would be the strongest and longest-lasting CB out of the bunch. Isn’t that always the way? The one you don’t like is the one that sticks around. MEH.

Alkemia’s Sniffer Sticker + Rose Jam: It was suggested after my last review that I could possibly use some kind of perfume fixative to improve the longevity of these, so I was pretty stoked when I got a sample of Alchemia’s Sniffer Sticker in my last order. I tried it out with Rose Jam – the oil itself on one hand and the oil + Sniffer Sticker on the other. I will say that it had SOME effect – the oil by itself was gone within 5 minutes or so, while the oil + SS remained faintly detectable for 20-30 minutes. That is certainly something! But I’m not really any more interested in a perfume oil that lasts 20 minutes than I am in one that lasts 5, so in the end it’s not an appreciable difference in any practical sense.

In all, as I’m sure you can tell, I’m underwhelmed. Some of these (and the ones I tried before) are really nice scents, but they just do not last on my skin, and they have little to no throw. The best of the bunch in that regard were Avalon and, surprisingly, Melody Gloucester Pegasus, but both are still very weak and short-lived compared to what I’m used to from other brands. I think I’m forced to come to the conclusion that Common Brimstone is just not for me. I’ll probably re-home my whole order.

These are all available from Common Brimstone, if you think you might have better luck!

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