delightful rot sonic screwdriver


Sweeter than it’s partner TARDIS, this scent is based in the same blue tone, but much more vibrant, with hints of heat and light in the form of mandarin and passion flower.

So yesterday we got TARDIS, and today we have Sonic Screwdriver. It also has the distinction of being the last Delightful Rot scent I currently have to review! I’ll probably pick up samples of the rest of the line in the near future, because I am a hoarder.


Oh, Nine. You might just be my favorite. You’re tied for the lead, at the very least. P.S. ROSE, I miss yoooouuuu. Oh god, excuse me while I go sob into a napkin.

ANYWAY. Sonic Screwdriver.

In the imp, it smells fresh and fruity, mostly like mandarin orange and a bit like passionfruit to my nose. On skin it stays that way, thankfully displaying none of the generic perfuminess of TARDIS. That’s the thing – even though the description states that these two are based on the same “blue tone,” they smell nothing alike to me. One doesn’t even vaguely remind me of the other on some kind of Silurian lizard-brain level (see what I did there?). This is a good thing, because I really disliked TARDIS but I quite enjoy Sonic Screwdriver. It’s not complex or hugely unique, but it’s a nice, tart, fruity scent that would be perfect for warm weather.

Would I buy it again? Maybe. I do like it, but it reminds me of a few things I have in my stash already (without checking to confirm, Passionfruit from I Smell Good, Raspberry Gingerale and Polynesian Punch from OHWTO, Grapefruit Ginger from Firebird – not dupes or anything, just similarly tart, fizzy, fruity scents), and even if it didn’t I’m not sure it would go on my Full Bottle List simply because it doesn’t blow me away in any sense. If I bought it, I’d mostly be buying it because it’s called Sonic Screwdriver.

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delightful rot TARDIS


Inspired by the famous blue police box, this scent is the interpretation of a blueberry steeped English breakfast tea.

Mmm, okay. So I am a total Doctor Who nerd. TARDIS and Sonic Screwdriver are the scents that prompted me to order samples from Delightful Rot in the first place. I had high hopes, too, because blueberry? Tea? Sign me up! So did I end up loving it as much as I love the glorious blue box it’s named after?

Forget Calgon. Doctor, take me away!

Unfortunately, not so much. In the imp, TARDIS smells like blueberry and perfume. On skin I smell the tea more – the blueberry gets very faint – but still, that generic perfume note is overpowering anything I might otherwise like about this scent. As you may have noticed, I don’t like things that smell like perfume. I don’t want to smell like a bottle of something fell on me at CVS, or like I got assaulted by department store employees with whatever celebrity fragrance just came out. I like perfume oils because, among other things, they tend to smell more unique. TARDIS, sadly, does not. It smells like generic perfume with sad little punches of tea and blueberry.

Sad ON ME, of course. That’s always worth saying again. This might smell wonderful on you, but on me? No me gusta.

Since I played this game when Leaf on the Wind disappointed me, what would my TARDIS perfume smell like? Old, old weathered wood, dust, dark, damp alien soil, black and mint teas, tart blueberry, bright white vanilla and vibrant satsuma orange (for the blinding light of the time vortex at the heart of the TARDIS), and a touch of warm cinnamon. IT’S A NOTE PARTY, EVERYONE’S INVITED.

Would I buy it again? No. Sorry, Doctor.

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delightful rot leaf on the wind


“I am a leaf on the wind – watch how I soar.” This quote ushered in one of the most triumphant and then suddenly tragic moments in cinematic history. The scent reflects both the triumphant, with a bright and sweet green top note, and the tragic, with a gentle, aquatic undercurrent of tears drying in the wind.

I left the introductory info in there instead of just cutting it down to the notes list because WASH. Oh god. Just thinking about that scene makes me cry and cry and cry some more like a sad little heartbroken baby.


But let me put aside my snot-covered feelings for a second and talk about the actual scent based on dear, sweet, hilarious Wash. Unfortunately I do not like it much. Sorry, Wash.

In the imp and on skin, Leaf on the Wind smells like an extremely strong, generic green floral perfume. It’s slightly less oppressively perfumey on skin than when sniffed straight, but the whole thing just makes me think of being spritzed by an overzealous perfume counter employee in a department store. It may sound odd to criticize a perfume for smelling perfumey, but I think most people know what I mean by that. It’s strong in a bad way, and instead of smelling like any individual notes, it just smells like perfume.

While I don’t deny that this may be someone’s olfactory idea of the character, it’s not mine. If I were to make a perfume based on Wash, it would be clean and green and slightly fruity, with notes of airy ozone or something similar (for the vast openness of space), sweet grass or maybe basil, lemon, pineapple (for his hawaiian shirts of course), and warm, worn leather to represent the the pilot’s seat at the front of Serenity. Hmm. I really want that perfume now.

Would I buy it again? Sadly, no. I wanted to like this because I love Wash and Firefly and Serenity, but I really hate it. I actually scrubbed it off right after reviewing it, which I rarely ever do.

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delightful rot boba


A sweet fragrance, reminiscent of your favorite bubble tea! With notes of sweet milk, cinnamon and spice tea, and a touch of black coconut, this is a definite foodie scent, with a mild and sweet dry down.

Bubble tea! I don’t like bubble tea, actually, but I wish I did because it has maybe the most fun name ever.

In the imp, Boba smells like sweet milk and cinnamon. It’s a touch plasticky. On skin it smells like a strong chai latte, all cinnamon and cardamom and black tea with warm milk. There’s coconut too, lending a bit of rich fruitiness. By all accounts I should really like this, and while I do like it, there’s something about it that’s off for me – that plasticky note is still there, and my best guess is that it’s the combination of milk and cinnamon. Milk notes can easily go sour and gross, and my skin in particular can amp cinnamon to oppressive scented candle levels. The combination lends Boba a slightly sour, synthetic smell that kind of ruins is for me.

Would I buy it again? No, but only because it goes a bit off on my skin. It’s entirely possible that this is lovely and warm and spicy and delicious on other people.

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delightful rot thor


The scent of a thunderstorm. Rain, wet and heavy in the air, soaking through earth and trees alike, with a crackling note of ozone.

I missed a day! Almost two, but I’m going to get this one in juuuuust under the wire.

In the imp, Thor smells like ozone and earth. It’s very wet and manly. On skin it’s the same while wet, but as it dries it smells less dirt-y (as opposed to dirty) and takes on a clean, woodsy, almost very very slightly floral tone on top of the crackling ozone. It really does smell like a thunderstorm, or at least the air before a thunderstorm, and then petrichor, rain soaking dry soil. I bought it because come on, “the scent of a thunderstorm?” SIGN ME UP. And you know? It delivers.

It’s described as being quite masculine while wet but more unisex when it dries down, and I’d say that’s correct, although I’d still like it and wear it even if it kept its wet scent throughout.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely. It’s exactly as described, and I really like it. This is one I’ll consider picking up a bottle of at some point.

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delightful rot poison apple


An apple that bites back. With notes of green apple, lime and crisp, aquatic musk, this scent brings about the image of the poisoned apple that plagued the princesses of so many childhood fairy tales.

In the imp, Poison Apple (now Poisoned Apple) smells like lime, musk, and a hint of sour apple. On skin the lime is a bit less assertive, but it’s a pretty citrus-heavy scent either way. At first. But then it dries down to something I can’t even really identify – I can smell apple, but it’s… not good. And I love apple. But it’s like rotten apples and some kind of lime cleaning spray. Just super unpleasant.

Would I buy it again? No. Nooooooo. I’m going to assume this is a skin chemistry issue, because I can’t imagine a scent being purposely made to smell this way. In any case, it’s not for me.

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delightful rot persinette


Before Rapunzel, there was Persinette. A beautiful, alluring woman, blessed by the fairy, this scent reflects an entirely girly and sexy combination of pink grapefruit and sweet ginger, with sassy hints of pink peppercorn and a light musk.

In the imp and on skin, Persinette smells sweet and pink. Grapefruit is the most prominent note, but the ginger is in there, lending a bit of spice to the grapefruit’s zing. It’s a bit less sweet on skin than it smells straight from the imp, but the overall impression really is pink. This would be a nice scent to put on in the morning when you’re feeling sleepy and blah, or a good spring/summer scent in general. It’s fresh and pretty. I have something similar to this – Flourish’s Grapefruit Ginger – but I like Persinette better.

Would I buy it again? Mm, I’m not sure. I have nothing bad to say about it, but it’s not something I feel like I desperately need more of, you know? If I ever use up my imp I might consider springing for a larger bottle, but the chances of that happening are slim.

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delightful rot djinni


Be careful what you wish for. What seems sugary and charming at first, with notes of lychee, black coconut and yuzu, soon reveals to have a sinister and smoky interior, curls of copal and dark musks floating out of what seemed to be nothing but sweet.

In the imp, Djinni is sweet and citrusy with a hint of something darker. On skin it’s less sweet but still quite citrusy, and I can smell the coconut more. It’s got a dark, warm (literally – something about this smells “hot” to me, like minty things always smell “cold”), musky undertone, but I don’t really get any smoke. Which is, as ever, fine by me.

This is really interesting – it’s at once bright and sweet and dark and musky. I don’t quite know how I feel about it, but I couldn’t stop sniffing at my wrist, so that says something. The description and idea behind it are very fitting, and although I don’t believe it’s intentional, this one reminds me of the djinn episode of Supernatural. Bright and shiny on the surface, but underneath everyone’s chained up in a dirty warehouse getting tortured by a creepy guy with an excess of facial tattoos.

Would I buy it again? I’m not sure. As of right this moment I don’t think it’s something I need to own a full bottle of, but I’ll have to wear it a few more times and see if my opinion changes.

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delightful rot sherlock


Elementary. Based on the famous detective in literature, this scent includes a helping of pipe tobacco, spice cognac, 19th century cologne and stacks of dusty papers on old bookshelves.

Pipe tobacco, cognac, and old books? Yes please.

In the imp, Sherlock smells like booze, cologne, and for some reason I’m getting a tiny bit of tea. On skin it’s a bit less sharp and boozy – it pretty much just smells like a nice cologne. It’s spicy in an Old Spice kind of way and just a tiny tiny bit sweet, which my brain is still interpreting as tea. Maybe just because it’s called “Sherlock.” There is also a very slight mustiness representing the dusty papers portion of the description. At first I didn’t think the pipe tobacco made an appearance in this one, but after wearing for a while I did start to notice faint whiffs of it. It’s nice, but I wish it were more prevalent. My dad smoked a pipe when I was little so it’s a scent I find very comforting and nostalgic.

Would I buy it again? No. It’s a perfectly lovely scent, but while I do like manly scents, this one isn’t quite special enough to warrant an entry into my collection. I do think it would smell super sexy on an actual human male though. I may “spill it” onto my boyfriend to test this theory.

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delightful rot 67 chevy impala


A man’s scent. Bay rum, spiked with graveyard dirt, gunpowder, a touch of leather and a ring of salt, with an overtone of masculine musk.

Another Supernatural scent from Delight Rot today – I asked Mike to reach into my current “to be reviewed” sample bowl and pull something out for me, and this is what he came up with. Kind of fitting since it’s described as “a man’s scent,” I guess.

For those not familiar with Supernatural, 67 Chevy Impala is in reference to the car Sam and Dean drive, which is a shiny, badass, incredibly sexy 1967 Chevy Impala. Yes, it is sexy. And I’m not a car person at all. But it just is.

In the imp 67 Chevy Impala smells like dirt and spicy cologne (that’d be the bay rum). It is STRONG. So strong that it stung my eyes a bit when I brought the wand up to my nose. On skin I get more leather on top of the dirt and a whiff of spicy bay rum. There is a slight musky, sweaty saltiness to it as well. After it wears for a while the musk comes out and I get a tiny hint of smokiness from the gunpowder, but it’s not overpowering at all, even for a smoke-phobe like me.

In the full description of this, it’s noted that 67 Chevy Impala is quite strong and you don’t need to use much. This is very true. I swiped a tiny bit onto my wrist and I could smell it very clearly while typing this. The throw is impressive for a perfume oil. It lasts really well too.

I really, really like this. It’s masculine, yes, but I tend to like manly scents – Old Spice is one of my favorite smells in the entire world, to the point where I will creepily sniff the deodorants whenever I am in a drugstore – so this appeals to me. It smells sexy, which is fitting for a scent based on the Impala. Because while in reality Sam, Dean, and the car would probably all smell like dirt, blood, engine grease, hotel soap, and fast food wrappers, this sexy, dirty, rugged man smell is much more appealing and in line with the image presented by the show.

Would I buy it again? Yes, definitely. I’m actually thinking about picking up a bottle of this, because I don’t really have anything like it and I couldn’t stop sniffing my wrist while I had it on. This is the gem of the bunch from my Delightful Rot samples so far.

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