107-114: long overdue summer simplicities from blooddrop



In the immortal words of Miss Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat: two steps forward, two steps back. Things are still crazy busy around here, but I finally managed to tackle some reviews over the weekend – a bunch of Summer Simplicities from Blooddrop.

Summer Simplicities, you say! But it’s not summer yet! No, it is not. These are actually LAST YEAR’S Summer Simplicities. That’s how long it’s taken me to get around to testing them out, which is really just the saddest. Obviously none of these are available right now, but maybe some of them will be when this year’s summer simplicities come around? Maybe that. Also I just really wanted to get them out of my “to review” pile.

107: Beach Towel: This is as if you left the scent of your tropical vacation smothered into your plush beach towel; warm skin, coconut, fruity cocktails, tanning lotion, and your paramour’s earthy scent.

Surprisingly perfumey. I mostly get musk and coconut in the vial, like suntan oil (don’t use suntan oil, kids) on warm skin. Wet on skin it’s all suntan oil at first, but then it gets really strongly musky and perfumey. I don’t really get any coconut or fruit. It smells like a scented candle that would be called “Summer Nights” or, well, “Beach Towel.”

108: Strawberry Soda: Sticky, sweet, and quite possibly the only soda that leaves you feeling thirsty after drinking it!

The most artificial strawberry. Syrupy, sugary, chemical strawberry. Wet on skin it smells, well, like strawberry soda. Artificial strawberry with a bit of fizz.

109: Blackberry Soda: Sticky, sweet blackberry soda.

I love blackberries. This doesn’t smell like blackberries. I have a hard time distinguishing it from Strawberry Soda, to be honest. It’s all just super-sweet, sugary, chemical fruit. On skin it has a similar fizz to Strawberry Soda, but it’s less syrupy sweet and a little more tart.

110: Orange Creamsicle: Deliciously wonderful orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream.

In the vial, this smells EXACTLY like orange sherbert. Creamy orange, kind of artificial. There’s a little bit of a chewable vitamins thing going on too – a kind of powdery vitamin c edge. Wet on skin it’s more chewable vitamins, but the creamy sherbert-ness comes out after a bit. This smells good but so, so artificial. It’s like one of those orange dreamsicles coated in crushed up Flintstones chewables.

111: Peach Pie: Summer’s delight; peaches baked in a sugared, buttery pie crust.

Does what it says on the tin: peach pie. Sweet, syrupy peaches and buttery brown sugar. Wet on skin it’s juicier, with the peaches taking center stage. It’s not a complex scent (obviously, these are simplicities) and it still does smell just a touch artificial to my nose, but it’s a nice peach. This is the only one of the bunch that I actually like.

112: Sea Shell: An accord of oceanic notes; sand, ozone, warm sun, scraggly beach pines, seaweed, and salt air.

Beach house bathroom candle. Wet on skin it’s more subtle and warm, but only for a minute – it gets really strong and ozoney really quickly. It smells like an air freshener interpretation of a beach scent. Do not like.

113: Vanilla Tea: Gentle white tea infused with vanilla bean.

Blerrrrgh. I ordered this one before I figured out that Blooddrop’s tea notes are usually pretty terrible on/to me. This is like… really strongly artificial vanilla-flavored tea. Wet on skin it’s oddly fruity at first, but then does smell like huffing a vanilla-scented tea bag.

114: Watermelon: The ripest of the ripe minus the seeds!

Watermelon Big League Chew. Or Hubba Bubba. Serious watermelon bubblegum. Wet on skin it’s a bit less bubble gum-y, and a little more like watermelon juice or watermelon sorbet. As with most of these, it smells pretty artificial to me. Not bad, necessarily, but more like gum or sugary candy than real fruit.

Overall Thoughts: Obviously I didn’t have much success with most of these. Blooddrop is really hit-or-miss for me, emphasis on the miss. There are a handful of scents I’ve really enjoyed (Les Madeleines, Charming, Epona, At the Diner After Rocky, and a few others), but the Simplicities especially tend to skew too artificial or perfumey for me, and that was definitely the case here. The only one of the bunch I’ll be keeping around is Peach Pie – the rest are destined for the swap pile.

102 & 103: blooddrop holding hands & loves me



Two today! And you can still buy them, even. It’s a brave new world, kids.

Not much from Blooddrop’s Valentine’s Day release appealed to me (aside from Charming, which I already have), so I only picked up two decants out of seven scents. In retrospect I kind of wish I’d grabbed Just Because, but I’ll survive.

Holding Hands: A sweet, kind, loving and carefree scent of plum, peaches, amber, myrrh, rosemary, and skin milk.

In the vial, Holding Hands is a golden, fruity sort of scent – peach and plum, thick resins, and a bit of rosemary. It’s really lovely.

Wet on skin, the rosemary is surprisingly prominent, and its earthy green herbal scent goes nicely with the resinous fruits. The combination is deeper than I would’ve expected from cold sniff.

The peach and plum come out a bit more as it dries, getting sweeter and juicier. The rosemary, myrrh, and amber blend together nicely and ground the fruits well, so it’s a little more interesting than just a light, juicy spring peach scent would be. Not that there’s anything wrong with light, juicy spring peach scents. I love that shit.

I’m honestly not sure what “skin milk” is. I keep reading it as “skim milk,” which, no. If I had to guess I’d say it’s giving the scent a sweet, sort of musky vibe, but whatever it may be, I like this one quite a bit. I don’t think it’s quite bottle-worthy (I’m getting pickier in my old age/as I come face to face with the horrifying reality of the size of my perfume stash), but I’ll definitely keep my decant around.

Elevator Pitch: Juicy peach and plum over an earthy base of rosemary and resins. Lightly musky, not too sweet.

Loves Me: Requited love! A lush, beautiful scent of Bulgarian rose, sandalwood, oud, Bourbon vanilla, and cream.

In the vial, Loves Me starts out with a nice rose, sweet-ish, a bit of cream… and then oud. I’m not historically a big fan of oud, and it’s giving me the same sort of curry vibe here that turned me off of Darling Clandestine’s Tyto, though it was much stronger in that case.

Wet on skin, it’s rose, curry, and cream. Frankly the combination is sort of revolting. Obviously this is a serious YMMV situation, because by all accounts oud smells lovely, but man alive this one is not working for me.

As it dries it gets a quite powdery, and the rose gets stronger, skewing it more toward the “old lady rose perfume” side of things. It gets really unappealingly perfumey as it wears. And there’s always that vague whiff of curry underneath.

NOPE. Sweet jesus, I hate this scent.

Elevator Pitch: Loves Me starts out as a creamy, sweet-ish rose scent, but gets very powdery and perfumey as it dries. The oud smells distractingly of curry at first, but mostly fades. Mostly.

90-100: blooddrop winter simplicities II



I’m not even going to get into how behind on the review-a-day count I am; it’s painful. JK: I’m 18 reviews behind. EIGHTEEN. Ugh. So in an effort to catch up a bit, here are quick-fire reviews of Blooddrop’s Winter Simplicities (part 2).

These aren’t available anymore, so… sorry about that… but here they are for posterity. I thought I had a decant of Roasted Nuts, but I’ve had this package sitting on my desk for quite a while so I’m guessing I misplaced it somewhere along the line. Sadness.

90: Brioche: Sweet, wonderful brioche bread accord. Delicious!

HOLY YUM. In the vial this is sweet, buttery bread. It smells the same on skin, like a delicious croissant (or, you know, brioche). I love this one.

91: Dandelion: Bright, green, yellow, and very Spring-y!

In the vial: PERFECTION. Fresh, soft green, like holding a buttery dandelion under your nose. It’s mostly the same on skin, though it gets perhaps just a touch perfumey. I find that to be the case with most of Blooddrop’s grassy scents. But mostly this one is lovely.

92: Forest Soil: A dirt accord with forest notes.

Not what I was expecting. A strong, abrasive dirt scent with sharp pine. Not the kind of dirt scent I like… it smells like an “forest breeze” air freshener. On skin it smells like Pine-Sol. Blech.

93: Golden Accord No. 1: A blend of amber, myrrh, vanilla, orange, musk and soft florals to create this golden accord that has an ever so slight foody touch to it.

In the vial – musky orange and vanilla with a bit of incense. On skin the amber and myrrh get a little stronger, and then a lot stronger. It mostly drowns out the orange/vanilla creamsicle goodness, alas. This one also gave me a headache.

94: Guava: Lush, ripe, and exotic.

Intensely sweet and tropical in the vial – like guava candy. On skin it’s slightly more tart, but retains a kind of candy/gummy vibe. Love.

95: Irish Cream Liquor: An olfactory interpretation of your favorite after dinner drink, so do not drink!

In the vial – sweet, creamy whisky. It almost smells like irish cream candy. It’s the same on skin, a really light, delicious boozy scent.

96: Pineapple Candy: Sweet pineapple hard candy.

SWEET sweet sweet pineapple in the vial, very candy-ish, and something about it reminds me a tiny bit of bubble gum. On skin the bubblegum bit is stronger, oddly, but it smells good. Very tropical and fun, with a slightly powdered sugar vibe, like crunchy pineapple sugar candies. (Are those a thing? Probably not.)

97: Saffron: Earthy, distinctive saffron.

Ooh, this is weird. In the vial it’s earthy and very, very sharp. It’s pretty much the same on skin, maybe a little less sharp. I’m not a fan of this one.

98: Sweet Grass: Fresh, soft grass note. Different than a mown grass accord.

A slightly perfumey grass scent in the vial. Definitely not your classic “just mown grass” note. On skin it’s even more perfumey and reminds me very much of a “spring grass” scented candle. Do not like.

99: Tiramisu: Lady finger cookies soaked with espresso liquor and layered with sweetened mascarpone.

Very strong coffee liquor and a hint of cookies in the vial. The coffee has a sharp, very alcoholic edge. On skin it’s a bit sweeter and much creamier, and less alcoholic.

100: Toasted Rice: Rice lightly toasted with a hint of butter.

Sweet, buttery rice! Not sugary sweet, just like… a mild, starchy sweetness. On skin it’s a little less sweet and a little more toasty, but it also develops a kind of spiciness that I wasn’t expecting.

Overall Thoughts: Blooddrop is pretty hit or miss for me, and the Simplicities don’t often catch my attention, but this one had so many interesting options that I couldn’t resist. Out of the ones I tested, Brioche, Dandelion, and Guava are my favorites. I actually wish I would’ve tried these sooner so I could’ve picked up a bottle of Brioche, because actual bread scents are pretty rare and this one is amazing.

And now I’m only 8 behind! … Which is still a lot, but better than 18.

75: blooddrop chocolate covered apple cider donut




Today I’ve got the counterpart to yesterday’s review: Chocolate Covered Apple Cider Doughnuts from Blooddrop.

The ever-popular Apple Cider Doughnut recipe plus a chocolate glaze.

In the vial, CCACD smells like waxy chocolate and an apple cinnamon candle. Yuck.

Wet on skin, the apple cider scent is the strongest, with a cocoa sweetness laid over top. At first it was less cinnamony than Apple Cider Doughnuts, but after a few minutes the cinnamon started to amp up again. The chocolate here is really off-putting… it’s like… watered down hot chocolate, weak and a little powdery and very artificial-smelling.

Once it’s dry, the chocolate mostly fades away and I’m left with an inoffensive apple cider scent with just a hint of cocoa. It’s a little spicy, but not nearly so cinnamon-heavy as Apple Cider Doughnuts.

Verdict: meh. I hated it at first, but the dry down is comparatively fine. I don’t like it, but it’s not a scrubber, either. Meh.

Elevator Pitch: This one starts off smelling like waxy chocolate and apple cinnamon candles, and dries to a sort of generic apple cider scent with just a hint of cocoa. Not too spicy.

74: blooddrop apple cider doughnut



When Apple Cider Doughnut returned to Blooddrop last fall, I knew I had to get my hands on a decant. My fiance (M) looooves apple cider doughnuts. Whenever we go apple picking in the fall, he buys at least half a dozen and they never last the weekend.

So how does the scent compare? (Spoilers: Not great, Bob.)

Apple cider and spice doughnuts dusted with cinnamon sugar.

In the vial, Apple Cider Doughnut smells like an apple cinnamon candle. Slightly tart apple, lots of dry cinnamon.

Wet on skin, it’s a little less candle-y, but only a little. Mostly dry cinnamon with a touch of apple. The apple that’s there is nice, though. I wish it were stronger.

During dry down, we return to the candle aisle. Or actually, it smells exactly like the autumn wreath and decorations aisle at a craft store. I worked at a Michael’s while I was in college, and I always hated that scent – fake fruit and overwhelming dry cinnamon. Either way, it’s not great. I don’t get any kind of pastry or donut from this at all.

A while later, the dry cinnamon does soften a little bit and let the apple shine through more, but not enough to save it for me.

The usual caveat applies here – my skin amps cinnamon to high hell, so your mileage may vary.

Elevator Pitch: Slightly tart apple and overpowering dry cinnamon. Smells like an apple cinnamon candle, or the autumn wreath aisle at a craft store.

73: blooddrop magpie


magpieToday I’ve got the other scent I picked up from Blooddrop’s (not currently available) Aviary collection: Magpie (Eurasian).

Oreo-cookie colored and very common, the magpie is like Europe’s crow. The bird keeper didn’t intend to house these birds, but several magpies chose to “not leave” during an expedition several years ago and it was decided to bring them home and allow them to join life in the aviary.

Osmanthus, vanilla cream, soft violet, lemon blossoms, and ripe apricots.

In the bottle, Magpie smells creamy, fruity, and lightly floral – vanilla, lemon, a bit of violet. There’s a powdery edge that, combined with the citrus, makes it smell kind of like Smarties or Fun Dip.

Wet on skin, the powdery floral notes are much stronger, with a little tart lemon and creamy vanilla in the background. It still kinda smells like Smarties. Like crunchy, powdery sugar candy with that citric acid tang.

During dry down, the powderiness gets stronger, and the vanilla cream is mostly lost. It’s just slightly lemony now, but mostly a sweet, powdery scent with a bit of violet and an artificial-smelling tang.

I’m not a fan of this one. I liked it in the bottle, not so much on skin. Another addition to the destash pile.

Elevator Pitch: A sweet, powdery scent with a bit of violet and an artificial-smelling citrus tang. Reminds me of chalky sugar candies like Smarties.

Bonus Boy Review: M said it “smells a little grape-y.”

72: blooddrop kea


keaApology time! Today’s review is for a scent that’s not available anymore: Blooddrop Kea. I picked up two bottles (Kea and Magpie) from the Aviary collection on a whim before they were taken down from Blooddrop’s website.

Muted green, medium sized parrot native to New Zealand. Amazing bold, naughty, intelligent, and rabble rousing bird. They seem to purposely seek trouble wherever they are. On several occasions, they have set off the aviary’s security system and stolen many of the bird keeper’s pens and notebooks.

Tangerine, vanilla pound cake, graham crackers, and fresh ginger.

In the bottle, Kea smells like sweet orange cake. Reminds me a bit of Les Madeleines, which is one of my favorites from Blooddrop, but Kea is a little brighter and less caramelized.

Wet on skin, I get a blast of straight-up graham crackers, and then the tangerine joins the party. Vanilla cake too, sweet and rich, with just a little shot of spicy wet ginger.

During dry down, the ginger gets quite a bit stronger on my skin in a way I’m not super crazy about. It really dominates the orange cake sweetness that I liked the most about this one in the bottle and on first application. It doesn’t smell bad, I just wish it smelled more like cake. Which is a wish I have fairly often if we’re being honest. It’s right up there under wishing things tasted more like cake. Or just were cake. That would be good too.

Later on, I get a little bit of a rubbery smell – like opening up a bag of rubber bands? That kind of thing. It’s odd.

Anyway. Loved it in the bottle, liked it wet, not super into it dry. It’s a little too ginger-heavy for me. Not enough cake. The weird rubbery smell sealed the deal – this one’s headed for the destash pile.

Elevator Pitch: Starts of smelling like sweet orange cake, dries down to a much less sweet, ginger-heavy scent. The ginger is wet and fresh and just a little spicy, not dry or powdery. Goes kind of rubbery on my skin after a while.


71: blooddrop broomstick


broomstickAnother old-style bottle from Blooddrop today: Broomstick.

Sweet summer apricots, crisp early fall red apples, moist spice cake, clove and brown sugar. Just some of the things any good witch will have in her pantry!

In the bottle, Broomstick smells like late summer/early fall baked goods – peach pie and spiced apple cake.

Wet on skin, it’s fruity and spicy, juicy, with lots of clove. The apple is a bit stronger than the peach (or apricot). There’s a toasty brown sugar sweetness to it.

As it dries, the apricot comes out more, and the crisp fruitiness gets strong enough to balance out the spice. In the bottle it smelled like pie, but here it smells like a peach pie before you put it in the oven, when the fruit is still fresh and bright.

This one smells good, but it does have a bit of a scented candle-ish quality to it – stronger at the beginning, less so as it dries. It’s not bad, but it gives me that impression. I thought it might be similar to Solstice Scents Kitchen, which is one of my favorite fall scents, but it’s really not – Kitchen is much sweeter and richer, while Broomstick leans more fruity and has a bit of brightness to it. If Kitchen is fully autumnal, Broomstick is the transition from late summer into fall.

Elevator Pitch: Lightly spiced apple and apricot with a brown sugar sweetness. It smells like a peach pie before you put it in the oven, when the fruit is still fresh and bright.

62: blooddrop dixie elouise adelaide deschamps’ perfectly legal and innocuous kissing cake


dixie_elouiseWhat a name on this one! Dixie Elouise, as we’ll call it, has hands down the longest name of any perfume I own. I feel like it’s the Fiona Apple album of perfume titles. (Did just date myself? HEY EVERYONE, I’M OLD.)

Anyway – let’s see if all that name has any substance backing it up.

Some of the finest, ripest strawberries, the fluffiest and sweetest angel cake, the creamiest butter cream frosting and some davana to make the experience unique.

In the bottle (which is old school Blooddrop – I purchased this in a destash and it’s a few years old), Dixie Elouise smells super strongly of syrupy fake strawberry, and then a few sniffs later the creamy cake makes an appearance.

Wet on skin, it smells like strawberry shortcake, but kind of synthetic – more like a Strawberry Shortcake doll (pre-modern makeover please, I like my Strawbs in her OG puffy bloomers and striped stockings) than an actual strawberry shortcake.

It pretty much stays that way as it dries – the cake part gets a little bit stronger, but no real morphing. It also gets a bit less sweet as it wears, and oddly does take on a plasticky tone.

I had high hopes for this one based on the description, but alas, it’s headed straight for the destash pile. It doesn’t smell BAD, it just smells… fake.

Elevator Pitch: Artificial strawberries and cake. Smells like a Strawberry Shortcake Doll.


blooddrop autumn part 1



Blooddrop’s autumn collection has been a prolific several-part release this year, and while I’ve skipped a lot of the offerings, I couldn’t resist getting in on a decant circle for part 1 of the release. And since my Forever Head Cold has finally started fading and I can actually smell things again, I figured a review was in order. (So many reviews are in order. Seriously. I still haven’t gotten around to testing out my decants from Blooddrop’s summer simplicities release. As you may be aware, IT IS NOVEMBER 18TH. I am the worst.)

Anyway. As always, reviews were done as blindly as possible, though since the notes are printed on these decant labels it’s not easy to avoid them entirely. Notes and descriptions were added after the fact.

Enchantment: A beguiling blend of white tea, apple cider, a squeeze of Italian lemon and fresh ginger.

In the vial: hot cider with a heavy squeeze of lemon. On skin it’s mostly the same – apple cider, lots of tart lemon, and a kick of something a bit spicy. Not your typical mulled cider spices, though – no heavy cinnamon – it’s more like fresh ginger. That spiciness gets a little stronger as it dries, but it never ventures into cinnamon candle territory, which I appreciate. The lemon keeps it light.

Enchantment is nice, if not bottle-worthy.

Interlude: An elegant little perfume of black tea, vanilla shortbread, and strawberry jam.

In the vial: Ick. Very generic and artificially fruity strawberry, a little buttery, with something headache-inducing in the background. On skin I get black tea, lots of it, coupled with that artificial strawberry. The combination smells like one of those fruit-scented markers I loved when I was a kid – fake and harsh.

I really hate this one.

Bats in Silhouette: Wild blackberries, meadow sage, soft dirt and barn dust, St. John’s wort, cranberries, clove, and pumpkin.

In the vial: All I get from this is glorious dirt. Love. Further sniffing reveals earthy sage and a hint of berry sweetness. On skin it’s berries, dirt, and sage – it smells like a cup of very earthy blackberry sage tea. After a few minutes it takes on a dusty quality that really works with the herbs and berries and dirt-y goodness.

I love this one. 100% bottle-worthy and hands down my favorite from this collection.

Sweets for Rowan: Dried apples, vanilla sugar cookies, gingerbread, and cinnamon oats.

In the vial: Smells like apple crisp. Buttery apple, oats, brown sugar, spices. On skin I mostly get apple and spice, with little of the butteriness or oats I smelled in the vial. It’s not bad by any means, but it’s much more generic-smelling. More like an apple cider-scented candle or autumn potpourri than delicious apple crisp. So that’s disappointing.

I almost bought a bottle of this one un-sniffed, but now I’m glad I didn’t.

By the Light of the Moon: Pastures edged with forests, shadows of mice, deer, and owls dancing their nighttime waltzes, cool air stirring up the fragrances of fallen apples, boysenberries, moist tree bark, moss, silver fir, and herbs all by the light of the moon.

In the vial: Berries at first, and then damp wood and earth. A little musty. On skin it’s a very cool scent, wet, crisp apple with a hint of herbs. After a minute the berry sweetness comes out again, then the damp woodsy smell. It’s deeper, earthy, more herbal, but still a bit crisp and fruity-sweet. It smells like standing in an orchard at night. Needless to say, I’m a fan.

This is one I might need a bottle of, in the imaginary world where I actually need a bottle of anything, instead of the real world where I’ve been collecting indie perfume for more than 5 years and I’ve never even finished a single sample vial of anything.

Reality! What a bummer. Suck it, loser.

Side Note: When I was looking over the offerings for this release, I immediately honed in on this scent and Bats in Silhouette, because dirt, forests, apples, moss, sage, dust, etc, etc. These things are like catnip to me. I was also curious as to how Bats in Silhouette and By the Light of the Moon would compare, because the notes are sort of similar. Well, to my surprise they’re not much alike at all – By the Light of the Moon is deeper and fruitier, heavier on the apples than the berries, and less dirt-y and herbal. Bats in Silhouette is heavier on the dirt and dust and herbs, very earthy, and less sweet.

Of the two, I prefer Bats in Silhouette (MOAR DIRT), but I really like both.


Buckskin: Teak wood, honey, black tea, butterscotch, and black musk.

In the vial: Butterscotch candies and musk. On skin it starts out all sweet butterscotch, but some other notes quickly appear underneath – the musk I smelled in the vial, plus a bit of wood – and after a few minutes, quite a lot of black tea. It smells like you dropped a butterscotch candy into a mug of black tea that’s sitting on a polished wood table.

It’s interesting, but I don’t think I need more than a sample.

Chestnut: Warm apple, cinnamon oats, cider, chestnut cream, gingerbread, nutmeg, and tangerine.

In the vial: Apple, orange, holiday spices. Smells like mulled cider, but creamier. On skin it’s spiced cider with a big shot of orange. The apple and orange are both bright scents, not overly spiced. After a few minutes I get a bit of the toasty creaminess I that I smelled in the bottle, but it’s much more subtle. Overall the scent is very holiday-ish, and I’m sticking with my original assessment – warm, spicy mulled cider with a squeeze of orange over a creamy base.

This is one of the nicer “spiced cider” scents I’ve tried; they tend to turn extremely spicy or candle-ish on my skin. The heavier citrus note really works. Not a bottle candidate, but it’s nice, and I’ll keep the decant.

Palomino: Sunny mimosa, honey, vanilla milk, Italian lemon, and white grapefuit.

In the vial: Smells like lemon-scented bug spray. On skin it’s more of a light citrus – not just lemon, but some more bitter citrus as well – with milky vanilla. Not overly sweet. It’s a bit fizzy or bubbly as well, which I think is what made me think “bug spray.” (I swear that connection makes sense in my head.) And the longer I have it on, the more it just makes me think of that or a citronella candle.

I’m not a huge fan of bubbly scents, and citrus can easily go floor cleaner-y on my skin, so it’s no surprise this one doesn’t work out too well for me. It doesn’t smell bad, but I don’t really like the smell of it for myself.

Dappled Grey: Earl grey tea, sea moss, pussy willow accord, palo santo, and grey sky accord.

In the vial: Black tea and the ocean – ozone, salt, seaweed. It’s kind of a nose-wrinkling combination. On skin I get mostly Earl Grey (my favorite tea, though Earl Grey perfumes usually don’t do anything for me for some reason), with a sort of salty-sweet marine undertone. There’s an ozoney bent to it as well – looking at the notes, I’m guessing that’s the “grey sky accord.” If this perfume were translated into colors, it’d be pale grey and seafoam green, so kudos to Astrid for nailing the theme.

It’s not for me – I’m finding that Blooddrop’s black tea scents don’t appeal to me, and honestly I find the combination of black tea with marine notes pretty off-putting myself – but it’s an interesting blend and if you like marine scents and/or tea scents, I think it’s worth a shot.


The Frozen Horse: Its scent is an angel food cake cupcake with pear compote filling and eggnog frosting dusted with pumpkin pie spice.

In the vial: Holy yum. Some kind of lightly spiced pear cake. On skin it’s pear-heavy at first but the light cakey sweetness comes out quickly, followed by spice that reminds me of eggnog – nutmeg, mostly, but some cinnamon later on as well. The cake here isn’t a heavy yellow cake, it smells like light, fluffy white sponge cake. After a little while the spiciness increases, mostly thanks to my #2 nemesis cinnamon. It’s not completely overpowering, and I do like the scent, but I wish – as I almost always wish – that the cinnamon spice factor was more subtle. I realize that this is almost entirely a skin chemistry thing, though, so if your skin doesn’t grab onto every tiny particle that might at one point have even been in the vicinity of cinnamon and turn it up to 11, this will probably smell like a delicious fruity eggnog-y sponge cake on you, and you should know that I’m very jealous.

Thankfully, the cinna-splosion calms down after a little while and I end up really liking this one. I’ll definitely be keeping my decant, but I may also grab a bottle of this after a few more tests.

The Coffin Horse: Its mourning cake is that of pale vanilla infused with rose and topped with white butter cream frosting and thin slices of candied white grapefruit cut to look like cross bones.

In the vial: Seriously sweet vanilla cake with a little bit of citrus to lighten it up. On skin it’s like a softer version of the cold sniff – more cake and less frosting, but it’s definitely white cake, very delicate and sweet. The citrus is probably grapefruit, and it’s also very sweet and smooth. This is a lovely little cake scent, not as heavy as they can often be, and not cloyingly sweet. It smells like wedding cakes look.

Looking at the notes, I see there’s a bit of rose in this – I don’t get any at first, but after a while it does come out to play. I sort of wish it didn’t – I’m starting to realize I don’t love Blooddrop’s rose notes – but it’s not overpowering and it totally fits with the overall vibe of the scent. And with the wedding cake thing. Sweet, delicate, pretty. I like this one. Not bottle-worthy, but the decant’s a keeper.

The Falling Horse: The Falling Horse’s cupcake is vanilla cake sweetened with maple syrup, holding a hidden center of pumpkin apple butter and covered in lightly spiced butter cream frosting with a maple candy leaf on top.

In the vial: Spicy sweet pumpkin and apple. Kind of reminds me of pancakes. Or a candle. Pancake-scented candle? God someone please make that happen. Anyway. On skin it starts off all spicy pumpkin, much more reminiscent of an autumn candle than delicious pumpkin pancakes. After a minute some apple starts to peek out, but not enough to interrupt the Pumpkin and Cinnamon Show. After a little more time the apple mostly fades away and I’m left with a wrist that smells like cinnamon Red Hots or Big Red gum. Every time! Every single time! GAH. Damn you cinnamon!

Looking at the notes – maple syrup, wherefore art thou? Cake, why hast thou forsaken me?

There you have it! Bats in Silhouette, By the Light of the Moon, and The Frozen Horse are all winners. Interlude, Palomino, and Dappled Grey are at the opposite end of the spectrum – the end where I where I would like them to be very far away from my person, particularly my nose – and will go (or have already gone) in the swap/sell pile. The rest fall somewhere in the middle and will likely sit in a sample box until I decide I’ve got too much stuff and go on my next stash-busting spree.

All of these scents and the rest of Blooddrop’s autumn collection can be found here.