Monday, December 01, 2014

Alkemia Perfume Oils: Trick or Treat, Sugar Spell, County Fair & Irrésistible.

Yes, yes. I can't believe this post exists either. I feel much like the father who went to the corner deli in my thongs and stained singlet for a packet of Marlboro Reds and never returned. But here I am with a lineup of four delicious Alkemia perfumes to trumpet my love for indie perfumery and smelling like food.

Alkemia sell from Etsy, offer reasonable shipping and an excellent TAT to Australia (ordered 16 Nov, shipped 17 Nov and arrived 28 Nov.) Samples are available, which I highly recommend.

Trick or Treat A grownup confection of black licorice, mandarin orange peel, caramelized brown sugar, bourbon vanilla, candied ginger, tonka bean, blonde patchouli, cedar tips, oakmoss, and sandalwood.

Trick or Treat smells absolutely incredible, and absolutely edible. It smells like sticking your face into a freshly opened paper bag of soft licorice. It's boozy, it's sweet and it's sometimes spicy. Near the end there is the warmth of sandalwood, It's indescribably good, I've never smelt anything quite like it.

Sugar Spell A dulcet collection of supernaturally tempting treats - candy corn, cream caramels, Turkish delight, dulce de cayeci, black currant drops, caramelized brown sugar, licorice, marshmallows, New Orleans pralines, candied tangerine peel, jasmine, and sugar musk.

All sugar all the time. I smell white, fluffy marshmallows drizzled with red cordial syrup and pleasantly floral fabric softener. I really enjoy wearing this, though the cavities concern me. (At the time of writing, Sugar Spell is in the Last Chance bin.)

County Fair The nostalgic scent of an old-fashioned American carnival midway — pink cotton candy, hot kettle corn, freshly fried dough, candied apples, and saltwater taffy.

Holy diabetes, Batman. Hot doughnuts dusted with sugar, eaten on a pier near the sea, Delicious. (At the time of writing, County Fair is in the Last Chance bin.)

Irrésistible An irresistibly sweet temptation of french macaroon accord, bourbon vanilla beans, piquant nutmeg, sweet almonds, golden caramel, dulce de leche, blended with a sexy confection of intoxicatingly sugared ambers.

Almond lovers, take note. First applied, this is pure unadulterated marzipan. It softens into a freshly baked macaroon (the coconut biscuit) on a plate with the crumbs of an ill-fated gingerbread man.

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  1. Let's see how long I can keep this up for.

  2. Irresistible sounds, well, irresistible! So soothed to read your words again, they were truly missed!

  3. It certainly is delicious! Thanks for the welcome back.