darling clandestine pyrotechnik, hellbender, and tilt-a-whirl

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In honor of Darling Clandestine officially re-opening today, here are a few more reviews! I’ve been slowwwwly working my way through the order I made before the shop closed, but now that it’s opening up again I’m going to try to step that pace up a bit.

As always, reviews were done without looking at the scent notes (though of course I do have some general knowledge of what they’re supposed to be), and descriptions were added after the fact. DC’s scent descriptions tend toward long and prosaic – I’ve plucked out the most relevant bits to use here, but I recommend heading over to read them if any of the scents catch your fancy. They usually tell an interesting little story.

Pyrotechnik: This fragrance is a sangria-spicy concoction with bold notes of cantaloupe and raw sandalwood darkened with smoke and earth.

In the bitsy: Deep, spicy melon. On skin I get a strong blast of dirt, dark and dry, with a subtle sweetness underneath. The earthy scent stays at the fore the entire time, and as it wears a dry spiciness emerges. I never get anywhere near as much melon as I do in the bottle – it’s just a very subtle background sweetness. I like it, but it’s different than I expected. I wish the melon were stronger.

I’d like to try layering this with Tilt-a-Whirl or maybe Hellbender for added sweetness.

Hellbender: Lovingly brewed in the seismic dark, Hellbender features notes of raw ginger, toasty amber, saffron and deep, deep vanilla. 

In the bitsy: Warm, sweet, deep vanilla and ginger. Yum. On skin it’s a tiny bit less sweet, and the ginger is spicier. This is a very “hot” scent. Really nice. It smells like some kind of deliciously creamy, spiced holiday drink, in the least foodie way possible, if that makes any sense.

Tilt-a-Whirl: This is a bright, citrusy fragrance that begins fruity and ends mellow and herbal and almost grown up.

In the bitsy: Sweet, juicy citrus with an herbal edge. I want to drink it. The citrus isn’t your typical orange or lemon – it’s sweeter, maybe tropical. On skin the herby-ness (sage) is stronger and the citrus is a touch less sweet. It’s very fresh and summery. I really like this one. It does seem to be the weakest of the bunch in terms of throw, but I picked up a solid perfume to layer with it so hopefully that will help.

Two winners here! But no losers, really. I love both Hellbender and Tilt-a-Whirl, and while I’m not 100% in love with Pyrotechnik, I do still like it. I just wish it were a bit sweeter and more akin to the spicy melon-y goodness I get straight out of the bottle.

Everything here should be available sometime today from Darling Clandestine on Etsy!

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