59: deep midnight aurora borealis


This rich, sweet, velvety scent is comprised of a delicious vanilla bean accord, winterberries, sweet musk, soft peppermint, white sugar, and winter pines. Enjoy the scents of the season!

In the vial, Aurora Borealis smells sweet, buttery, and a bit minty. It reminds me of Solstice Scents Snowmint Mallow.

Wet on skin, it’s a little more minty, with a musky undertone. Still quite sweet and buttery, definitely in the Snowmint Mallow family.

As it dries, the mint gets stronger and the overall scent gets colder. I get a hint of pine in the background, but way in the back, very subtle. It just reinforces the coldness. Further on, a slight berry sweetness develops. Nothing major. Again, very subtle.

I actually really like this! My first unequivocal success from Deep Midnight, hurray. I won’t be picking up a larger size, because it’s definitely in the same wheelhouse as SS Snowmint Mallow (but less buttery sweet), but I do enjoy it.

Also, the description for this is very similar to an old Arcana winter scent that, to the best of my knowledge, hasn’t been around for years and which I never got my hands on – Winternights. Described as “… three vanillas, frosty peppermint, a dab of white musk, and a hint of ripe young berries encased in ice,” it sounds like these two might be kind of similar, no? So as a bonus it scratches that itch a bit.

Elevator Pitch: A sweet vanilla mint scent with a light, musky base. A very “cool” scent in general, with a tiny bit of pine and a very subtle berry sweetness on dry down.

Bonus Boy Review: I asked M what he thought about this and he said “something apple-y?” NOPE. Not even a little bit. He was very tired.

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