00: arcana old year’s night


Arcana Month starts tomorrow, but it only seemed appropriate to put up a review of Old Year’s Night this evening before heading out to our New Year’s festivities.

“Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.”
—Alfred, Lord Tennyson

And in with the new. Black coconut, fresh ginger, champagne, vanilla, massoia bark, skin musk, peru balsam, sugarcane, ecru musk, and the merest whiffs of icy bergamot and frozen pear.

In the bottle, Old Year’s Night is fizzy and bubbly, like sniffing champagne, overlaid with a creamy citrus/vanilla sweetness that reminds me of orange buttercream. Wet on skin it’s that orange buttercream scent, but softer and a a little less sweet. There’s a little gingery bite, and the champagne fizziness is there underneath it all.

During the dry down, the citrus and especially ginger are the stars, bright and bite-y and almost-but-not-quite astringent. Once it’s dry, the borderline-astringent-ness mellows, the ginger is a little less sharp, and the softly fizzy vanilla base gets stronger and a bit musky.

I like this one. I don’t always love fizzy/bubbly/carbonated scents, but this isn’t overwhelming. It’s a fitting smell for a slightly bittersweet celebration.

Elevator pitch: Citrus and fresh ginger over a base of of soft, musky vanilla and bubbly champagne. Like champagne poured over sugared orange slices.

Happy new year, everyone! Here’s to 2015 kicking all kinds of ass. I’ll be back in 2015 with the first official post of Arcana Month! (Spoiler: It’s gonna be Haint.)

(Psst! I’ve compiled a master list of previously reviewed scents right here – this will remain in the sidebar for easy access.)

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