Dreams of Smoke is a limited edition natural perfume by Esscentual Alchemy. I could summarize the inspiration in my own words but I think that perfume lover Nava Brahe has said it best:
Dreams take you anywhere you want to go. The images of those dreams are fleeting, but they linger in the mind. We remember what we see, what we hear, what we taste, and what we smell. The senses ensure that the memories linger forever, but when the scent reappears, the experiences… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Esscentual Alchemy Hokkabaz is a tribute to Guerlain’s Djedi, an epic Guerlain launched in 1926 that had a heavy Orientalist overtone. Now if you’re involved in the online perfume community, you quickly find out that Djedi is some sort of perfume unicorn, a mystical and magical thing that you can’t and won’t get your hands on. I mean, it does exist but I don’t have the finances or the time to hunt unicorns.
Hokkabaz is inspired by the 1920’s Orientalism obsession. And this makes sense. Djedi was most likely inspired by the unveiling of the wonders found… Continue reading | 9 Comments
Esscentual Alchemy by Absinthe Dragonfly Orange Cream perfume is just what the name implies; it’s a well-crafted creamy orange perfume. Orange Cream is like if a really cool Portland based ice cream truck vamped up your favorite Orange Cream Pop. It’s better (and more natural) than anything that you’d get out of a “box”, but it is still comforting and nostalgic.
Esscentual Alchemy That 70’s Smell is a earthy, resinous, aromatic green perfume. Yeah, it could be described as “hippie” but I think of at as a very spiritual and ancient perfume.
That 70’s Smell is “strong”. The opening for me is cool/medicinal lavender with frankincense and tons of earthy vetiver. It seems very “ancient”, like 70 B.C.E instead of 1970 C.E.! It reminds me of ancient resins, woods, balsams. After 15 minutes of wear, That 70’s Smell takes an unexpected turn. It becomes greener on me. It… Continue reading | 4 Comments