28: arcana murder ballad blues


In the tradition of murder ballads, the essence of an old-time jailhouse lament (on fiddle): wild Appalachian blackberries and sugared mountain violets with hints of dark earth and guilty secrets. No mice were harmed in the making of this perfume.

In the bottle, I smell dark, earthy berries and a hint of powdery violet.

Wet on skin, the berries are the most prominent thing, sweet, dark, and a little dirty. The violet gives it a powdery edge, but it’s sweet enough that I can deal with it.

As it dries down, the violet gets stronger. A lot stronger. It actually turns into a mostly violet scent, with just a touch of earthy berries. This is unfortunate.

BLEH. Okay. I’ve literally never had violet NOT smell powdery or soapy on me. I don’t like it. There is one singular violet scent I enjoy, and that is Solstice Scents Violet Mallow, and I like it because even though it smells powdery, it’s also heavy on the sweet, delicious marshmallow and the powderiness kind of works with that. Either that or I was drunk when I bought it and have just convinced myself that I like it. But in pretty much every other case, violet smells like powdery grandma perfume or soapy, purple French candies. No bueno.

So yeah, what I’m getting at is that I’m not a big fan of Murder Ballad Blues. Which is a bummer, because I really like the earthy berry scent while it lasted. But the violet takes over and it turns all powdery and soapy (both at once, bonus!) and just, no. Sadly, this one is destined for the destash pile. A rare miss for me and Arcana.

Elevator Pitch: A powdery/soapy violet scent with a touch of earthy berries. The dark berries are stronger at the start, but the violets took over quickly on my skin.

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