Saturday, 14 November 2015

Getting Sharky: Darling Clandestine Summer and Fall

Hello, blogosphere. Since we last spoke, my life has undergone the changes I spoke about a month ago: I have a new job, a new apartment, live in a new province (though it's actually my home province, so not really new at all), and new Internet (as much as I hate Bell, I went for the FibreOp because Rogers has caps and that is just not going to work with my Netflix habit. I live in small-town New Brunswick now. I spend a lot of time watching Netflix). I even have a new age, as my birthday got lost somewhere in all the moving and change. It was a fairly low key day, 

Things that haven't changed: I'm still very behind on where I want to be, review-wise. I drink copious amounts of iced tea. I hate mornings. I have an amorphous pile of perfumes. Which brings me to the pile of unreviewed scents that I haven't dealt with yet. My voracious appetite for new scents is being pulled under control, but more about that later. 

I feel a tiny bit guilty about reviewing scents that aren't available anymore - but I recognize that this is from my need to be as helpful as possible. While I've parlayed that into a career, I still struggle with owning this space as a resource for myself, first and foremost. I have drawn a hard and fast line with never, ever turning this space into something that I get paid for because then I would resent it forever. Again, I digress. More on all of these thoughts in a later post. 

SCENTS. Let's talk about them. It's been so long. I wonder if I'll remember how I like to do this.

Kelah Whirl

Strawberry jam and amber and cream and spice mingle with bright bursts of orange and passionfruit and sage. It's sweet, it's juicy, it's fun.

This was a "designer" bitsy solid fragrance sold in the summer - just a larger batch, I guess, of this mix. It's a mix of Morderteile Kelah and Tilt-A-Whirl. It's a bright, fruity scent. It really is perfect for summer. It's a lovely mix of strawberries and orange. It reminds me of a cool cocktail. The sillage is on the lower side, and it lasts about five hours on my skin. This is not very long-lived on me, for a DC solid, which was kind of surprising, but then again, Tilt-A-Whirl is not a very long lived scent on me either. It is nice, though. Easy to wear. And I like fruit. 


Angelic plumeria and about ten other elements that comprise my take on late-summer sycamore leaves.

Someone described this on reddit as reminding them of crisp green I had to order it. And it does - in the vial it is very fresh and crisp and green. Not quite like an apple, but more like the idea of an apple. It does have a fruitiness around it. I'm not at all familiar with plumeria or sycamore leaves, so I have no clue how accurate this is, but it is lovely. On  my skin, it retains that fruity, crisp character, but gets a bit of a floral edge. It's deep and mellow, rather than a bright fruit. Very nice. The sillage is on the lower end, and it lasts about seven hours on my skin.

Boss Fight

I toyed with high-end elements like chypre and amber and teak, added some criminal underbelly with white mushroom and crushed cranberry, and then crashed through the skylight trying to create impressions of humidity-soaked canvas and scorched fabric.

So I've been trying for months now to figure out wtf this smells like. I don't know. I just don't know. There are sweet fruit elements, and candy elements, and green parts and leather and cold parts. There's so much in this scent. It's predominantly a sweet feminine fruity/candy scent colliding with a dark, leathery, cold dirt scent on me. I like it. It's baffling, but I really do like it, and I almost skipped buying it. I also dumped a whole bunch of it all over my arm when I first tried it out, and it's a good thing that I didn't totally hate it. The sillage is perfectly moderate, and it lasts about ten hours on my skin. And it keeps me wondering what it is the whole time.


McFate is a conspiracy of poplars, sun-dappled and shivering, with the car already athrob. The tiniest goldenest subtlest fire opal of peach.

In the vial, this smells like the idea of late-afternoon sunshine. I don't know how else to describe it, really. Golden and cool. On my skin, it get a little bit peachier, a little more distinct. Like a newly dried field in the fall, a dab of peach, sunshine, and wood. But it feels very light as a scent. It gets heavier on the wood and a bit like incensey peach as it wears, with a sort of perfumey dry grass. I don't know how I feel about this. I was originally the most interested in this one, when I made my late summer/fall orders, but it's not as appealing to me as I thought it might be. The sillage is lower, and it lasts nine hours on my skin.

Destiny Chose Tools

Delicate rice husk, seared sunflower, blanched aubergine. And more, of course. It's complicated. So much can happen.

In the vial, this one raindrops on a flower petal. That kind of delicate, blue, watery character. It's a very smooth scent, soft and gentle, but also a little rod of coolness running through it. I love this one. So much. I know my thoughts aren't very concrete, but that's what it brings to mind. I can't give it any other description. The sillage is fairly low - it's a skin hugger on me, and lasts about six hours on my skin.


Crushed calla lily, cornsilk, wasabi, a quartet of grasping lichens. 

This one I did not order, but it was tucked in my package. It also leaked a little bit, so that's why the label is all taped up. This one smells like lilies in the vial and remains mostly lily on my skin - with it getting a spicier and greener as it dries down. It's like a sassy bouquet of lilies. The sillage is quite high on this. As it wears, it gets to be greener and darker, with a cooler, dirtier side. I didn't order this because I didn't think I would really like it. I'm glad I only have an itsy-bitsy because it's still not something I would wear often (and with my expansive collection...), but I do find it wearable and interesting. I like lilies quite a lot, so it works on that front.

These are all sold out at Darling Clandestine, but you might find them in destashes.

And it's nice to be back in the land of the connected.

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