Darling Clandestine – Solid Lotion Balms

Solid lotions are definitely a bit more convenient when you’re on the go. I have two solid lotions in the “sharkling sized” which is Darling Clandestine’s mini solid lotion size.


The ingredients listed are: avocado butter, coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, beeswax and vitamin E (not vegan!)

I have it two scents: Don Gato and Serpentina

Darling Clandestine as a shop, I hesitate to recommend to others! She is notorious for running over her stated turnaround time and engaging in questionable customer service policies surrounding it. That being said, her pricing is on the lower end of the Indie perfumes, and she does have a vision for her scents. Also note–it doesn’t seem like her oils age all that well, there’s been a few personal anecdotes of her oils going rancid.

Consistency: On par with other solid lotions I’ve tried. Has that waxy feel with a heavy Shea butter scent to it. I can wash my hands 2-3x without soap and still feel the product. With soap, it makes it through 1-1.5x the washes. A little goes along way, and absorbs fairly quickly. IMG_8801

Color: Yellow/beige in color for both scents

Don GatoIt’s clean, sun-baked, green-soaked cat. It’s a very mild green scent with clean undertones. It doesn’t layer super well with my scents but it’s inoffensive and defintiely work safe.

SerpentinaGreen tea with a smoky opium bite. This is a favorite among customers, one of my simpler blends, and a great primer for folks who are cautious about plunging head-on into the weird world that is DC. It’s fresh and invigorating, and comforting, but has just a little bit of snarl, “a flash of a dark underside”, as one customer put it. This is a perfumey bright green tea. Think Elizabeth Arden Green Tea perfume. I don’t get any of the smokiness.

Cost: I got Don Gato in a mystery pack, $15 for 3 items and Serpentina in a swap for $5 (I can’t really tell the exact sizing for it, the metal tin is about 2 inches across and 1/2 inch tall).

These are fun lotions that are must-haves if you’re a fan of Darling Clandestine blends, they’re easy to layer with your DC perfumes. The formulation isn’t anything unusual, it behaves like any other solid lotion, and definitely DIYable. Sad to say, I’ve broken up with DC, but I am happy to use these guys up.


Little Lady MacBeth Eats Bastet’s Ice Cream

Today’s layering combo features Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) and Nocturne Alchemy (NAVA) perfume houses. Not only do I love their scents, both of these Indie perfume companies are based in C A L I F O R N I A ! I love being able to support local businesses!

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A Lilith’ized take on our Lady Macbeth scent, wherein ambition, covetousness, and manipulation are transformed into fairmindedness, equity, and a willingness to sometimes leave things to chance: sugared red currant and honey cake.


In the Bottle: Rich honey cakes that have been soaking with even more honey on top. I can’t pick out the honey and the cake separately, but I am definitely getting honey cakes. From first sniffs, I don’t get any of the red currant. If I were to pick the color of the cake-it’d be darkly yellow cake!

Wet on the Skin: Still 100% honey cakes, but now I’m getting a bit of the red currant. Not by itself, but a fruity brightness that I’m attributing to the red currant. I still can’t discern between the honey and the cake-I think this a good thing.

Dry on the Skin: Super fluffy honey cakes! The currant is more apparent on the dry down. It has a nice subtle tartness that keeps this blend complex and prevents it from going too rich on me.

This is a gourmand that doesn’t veer too sweet on my skin. It’s almooost to that point of being only a cold weather/fall & winter scent for me, but the currant keeps it from crossing that line.

Bastet’s Ice Cream Original (NAVA)icecream

Vanilla Crystalline Cream, Butter accord, Caramel Accord, French Vanilla Bean Absolute, Vanilla Milk accord, Vanilla Orchid, Crystalline Absolute and Vanilla Sugar.

In the Bottle: I smell a rich buttery vanilla. I’m not sure how the other notes will play out, but it smells like Dreyer’s French Vanilla melted at the bottom of the pint. A bit sweet, a bit sticky.

Wet on the Skin: Rich, decadent VANILLA and VANILLA sugar. It’s seriously so yummy, as if I smeared literal home churned French vanilla ice cream on my wrists and dribbled a bit of caramel on top.

Dry on the Skin: Both rich and fluffy vanilla, like the custard portion of the creme brulee, but less egg and more milk and cream. It doesn’t go anywhere near plastic or sour on me, which is fantastic!

I am SO SO IN LOVE WITH THIS. It is the everyday gourmand, it is a gourmand I could wear if it’s 100 degrees or if it’s 20 degrees, it’s just that delicious. Layering these two together has given me the yummiest, Honey Cake Ice Cream with a Currant topping.


Arcane Bunny Society Review

I made my first purchase from Arcane Bunny Society when she held her pre-order sale the second to last weekend of April. She was very transparent, quoting about a 7 week turn around time, as these were all pre-orders. I ordered on April 23rd and it shipped May 25th, which is roughly 6 weeks. I ended up with:

  • Back to Dream Castle in Body Butter ($16 for 3.75 oz)  and Perfume Roller ($9 for 8ish ml/0.30 oz)
  • You Opened It Bar Soap ($7 for 1 bar) and Perfume Roller ($9)

Back to Dream Castle 

Back to Dream Castle, Back to Dream Castle
Color your world with pink and blue
Back to Dream Castle, Back to Dream Castle
Cotton candy envelops all you do!
After your shower; before your bedtime
It matters not what you do
Back to Dream Castle, Back to Dream Castle
Lovely skin waits for you!

This is her cotton candy scent. On initial application (from the perfume roller), I get this artificial sweetness, similar to those Bath & Body Products from the late 90s/early 2000s. A bit juvenile at first, but once it dries, it’s a super light, airy sugary cotton candy. There’s still wisps of the artificial sweetness but it’s not offensive in anyway, and is a bit nostalgic for me, being a 90s baby. I fell in love with this scent and wore it 3-4 days straight after getting it! The perfume roller is a great value-$9 for a bit over 8 ml. The throw is pretty low and does require reapplication throughout the day. I’m not complaining as it’s packaged as a roller ball which makes it easy.

The body butter, oh man, it is pricey, at about $4 per ounce. I slightly regret buying it after seeing really how small 3.75 oz is, but after trying it out, it’s VERY moisturizing and extremely thick. It absorbs easily yet keeps its moisture even after washing my hands. This is great medium between body butter and a lotion. The aesthetic of the glass jar to the beautiful swirls of pink and blue definitely have value as well. I think I would rebuy this, perhaps just once a year as a treat to myself. It’d make an awesome gift and is so presentable.

You Opened It

So you like to travel to exotic dimensions? Explore the further regions of experience with a base of sandalwood, patchouli, and tonka bean; highlights of mandarin, agave nectar, and African lotus and grounded with cardamom, nutmeg, and black peppercorn. Our most popular scent!

I initially only purchased this as a bar soap, as it has a lot of notes I was uncertain about. I changed my mind and opted for a perfume roller of this as well! This is a warm, spiced scent, I think perfect for cold and fall weather. I get the warm, sandalwood with the spice of the cardamom. The throw is stronger than BTDC, but still not that strong in comparison to some of my other blends. It lasts about 3-4 hours before completely disappearing. I haven’t had a chance to test out the bar soap, but the bar soap smells very heavily scented and is a thick green/brown color.

Overall: I am super happy with my purchase, if you follow ABS on FaceBook, you can follow her progress as she is extremely great at posting update photos and just really keeping her customers in the loop. Although the 7 weeks felt like f o r e v e r, as a customer, I couldn’t complain when I saw her working daily on getting the stuff made. She has the PRETTIEST aesthetic out there, from the labels, to the presentation, you really can’t beat it. I think I found a new love….!


Battle of the Whipped Lotions – Haus of Gloi vs Villainess vs Solstice Scents vs Epically Epic

I’ve recently discovered the body (&more) side of IMAM. There are SOO many whipped lotions out there and I wanted to try them all. I’ve included pictures for each under “texture”!

  • Haus of Gloi’s Pumpkin Butter (Aether, Unscented)

Texture: Most liquidy (Note: It’s been brought to my attention that there was a huge batch variation, and it’s normally very thick)

Absorption: Takes awhile, it’s pretty oily and I end up getting oil on my desk/whatever surface I’m touching. Highly moisturizing, if I put it on before bed, my legs will still be soft in the AM.

Scent: I bought the unscented version so that I could scent it myself, it’s 1 ml to every 2 oz of PB. Overtime the oil does separate out from the PB, but is easily fixed by stirring it in. My Lily Cakes scented one sticks around and is quite strong.

Price: $10 for 6 oz, $1.67 p/ oz

Rating: 3.5/5, too oily

  • Villainess’ Whipped! (Mother of All Souls, Arcana’s Scent)

Texture: Most light, genuinely feels like whipped cream

Absorption: Super quick absorption, and spreads easily. This is perfect for summertime or places where you don’t need heavy, intense moisture.

Scent: If you’re a fan of Arcana, I got the collaboration (as I LOVE Arcana’s Mother of All Souls). It sticks around but a bit, but is fairly light and unoffensive. Super office safe.

Price: $11.50 for 6 oz, $1.92 p/ oz

Rating: 5/5, good for summer/light moisture

  • Solstice Scents Ganache (Violet Mallow Scent)

Texture: Thick, heavy cream

Absorption: For how thick it is, it absorbs quite well. It takes some rubbing in, but leaves my skin soft. Very moisturizing, and will last overnight.

Scent: Violet Mallow is one of my holy grail scents, but in this ganache form it has this almost chocolaty scent to it. Luckily, it goes away as it’s absorbed. The scent is pretty light and not intrusive.

Price: $9.00 for 4 oz, $2.25 p/ oz (most expensive)

Rating: 4/5, great moisture but has a weird scent and more expensive (I also don’t think they offer this anymore :/)

  • Epically Epic Whipped Body Butter (Marshmallow)

Texture: Frosting. It looks like I opened the Pillsbury Creamy Supreme vanilla frosting.

Absorption: It absorbs pretty easily, but is slightly oily. Very moisturizing and will last overnight. This stuff is soo dense, you only need a little.

Scent: I got this in marshmallow, it smells EXACTLY like butter creme vanilla frosting from a jar. Super, duper, diabetic sweet. I’ll use this to layer with any of my gourmand scents.

Price: $10 for 6 oz, $1.67 p/ oz

Rating: 4.5/5, heavy moisture with a variety of scents,

Tl;dr: My favorite is Villainess’ Whipped!. It’s light, and well scented (but doesn’t linger). The texture is like satin and absorbs easily. A good second is Epically Epic’s Whipped Body Butter for heavy moisture and value.

Toadstool Soaps Review

I’ve gone through name brand hair care phases, and drug store hair care phases. My hair is visibly different when I use Herbal Essences shampoo versus Paul Mitchell, Rusk, Bumble & Bumble hair products.

My hair type is:

  • Texture: Fine
  • Volume: Medium to Thin
  • Normal scalp, no dandruff
  • Colored-I’ve dyed my hair regularly for the past 10 years or so. It’s never been fully bleached and for the most part is just re-toned (versus fully dying it)
  • Medium to Long Length

There’s a few well recommended Indie brands, Cocoa Pink, LuvMilk, and Toadstool Shampoos stood out most to me! After checking out each store, I decided to go with Toadstool Soaps, that is their primary product and the reviews were really promising. FullSizeRender

I ordered it on Wednesday, April 26th and it came on Tuesday, May 2nd, great turn around time, less than a week! They’re based out of Michigan, so it had to travel quite far!  I got:

  • 10.5 oz Shampoo in Amazement $9.75 (Truly graceful and amazing smelling ! A sparklingly fresh floral-white musk blend fragrance that simply cannot be resisted)
  • 10.5 oz Leave-In Conditioner in Milk & Honey $9.75 (There is a bit of almond in this blend of creamy milk & honey tones. A Wonderful Light Fresh scent !!)

Shipping came out to $6.88, they used small, flat-rate priority boxes, so the cost made sense. Overall, it’s still a little on the pricey end compared to drug store hair care but in their directions, they emphasis that it only takes a little!


Amazement’s description nails it on the dot-it’s a strong floral with a slight musk. It’s fairly perfumey and smells like salon-grade hair products. Note: They have unscented options for all their products. It’s pretty low viscosity and is quite liquid/fluid in texture. I don’t need a ton of product for my hair, but I am still going through it fairly quickly. I’ve been using it for a week, and I’ve definitely gone through about 5% of it. Many shampoos weigh down my hair, but this leaves it light and clarified without over drying it.

Leave-In Conditioner

FullSizeRender_2I got this in milk & honey, there’s a wide range of types of honey that I’ve purchased. This is a really light, almond milk honey. It smells pleasant enough to almost drink. I was actually really surprised, I thought this was a regular conditioner but was wrong! It’s more opaque than the shampoo, but is still pretty light, and is more of a gel texture. Again, my hair typically gets weighed down easily but with this I have to use a fairly generous amount to get the impact of the conditioning. I’ll use a generous quarter size dollop and run it through my hair. I use a comb after that to make sure it’s evenly distributed. It handles blow drying well, and left my hair soft and bouncy.


I am really happy with how both of these turned out, I think my hair likes it too. In terms of scent longevity, it doesn’t really stick around much (which could be a good thing or bad thing, depending on what you’re looking for). Both of these products are really light weight, and may not be moisturizing enough if you have colored or extremely dry/damaged hair. They offer a deep conditioning mask, that I may explorFullSizeRender_1e with my next order.

Two slight comments regarding the packaging of the shampoo/leave-in conditioner. It’s only been a week, and already the shampoo label is coming off. I don’t handle the bottle much, so I may just take the label off all together. The cap is a screw top cap, which is not the most convenient! In her listing, she offers a flip cap option, so I may reach out to her to see if I could get that.


Day #8 – Haus of Gloi Custom Perfumes

I’ve been itching to make my own custom perfume for a while, and decided to try out Haus of Gloi’s custom perfumes! They’re $20 a piece and you can pick up to four notes. They recommend having at least one base note (as this is what helps with longevity), with the top and mid notes. After going back and forth with Jen, I settled on two customs:

  1. White Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Dark Patchouli, Cake
  2. Almond Extract, Vanilla Bean, Beeswax and Honey, Cake

I ordered it on March 28th and it shipped on April 13th, which is approximately 12 business days. They come in their own little boxes, with your notes written on the front of it.

Custom #1: White Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Dark Patchouli, Cake

What I Wanted: Super sugary, vanilla-d patchouli with the patchouli as a costar, rather than the star to help give the blend balance. I wanted primarily the sugar and vanilla to be the main star of it.

In the Bottle: I smell deep, dark patchouli, but something lightly sweet right behind it.

Wet on the Skin: Still very much patchouli, but I get a deep sweetness, almost a chewy syrupy feel to it.

Dry on the Skin: The sugar warms up a bit more and I get a sugar crusted patchouli. Overall, I’m really happy with this blend. It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but it’s gorgeous and aging so well! The first day I really got PATCHOULI PATCHOULI, with a dab of sugar. But now the vanilla and cake are really growing stronger and I’m getting a gorgeous patchouli blend.

Custom #2: Almond Extract, Vanilla Bean, Beeswax and Honey, Cake

What I wanted: I was looking for vanilla almond honey cakes.

In the Bottle: Sharp, sour beeswax and maybe almond.

Wet on the Skin: The beeswax is still very strong and in the forefront, I can slightly pick out the sharp almond with a little bit of cake very faintly.

Dry on the Skin: The beeswax mellows out a little itty bit, but man it really overtakes the whole blend. I can barely pick out the almond extract, but I get some of the cake in the back. When I first got this, it was an instant headache, and I’m 99% sure it’s the beeswax note. After about two weeks, it’s a little better, but still has a long way to go. I’m going to let this one age and hope the beeswax chills out a bit.

The process was quick, painless and overall very pleasant. I definitely plan on going back to make a few more customs and maybe trying out less notes instead of trying to jam every one of my favorites in there. Also learned the hard way that beeswax is really not quite the same as honey and honey is what I was looking for in the second blend. Will check in with both of these guys in a few months 🙂 image1 (2).JPG

Day #7 – Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller

Phew, it’s been a while since I did one of these! Today is Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller, from their Carnaval Diabolique line. This is from the original run of it from 2006 (they recently revamped and brought it back in 2015).


A colorless woman bursts from an elaborate gold and ruby tent and faints dead at your feet. Soft laughter emits from the dark entrance to the tent, and the scent of musk, black fruits and incense touches your senses. Looking up, you see that the sign hovering above the unconscious woman is adorned with images of the Major Arcana’s Tower and reads:

“Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller.
No fate too grim, no future too bleak.”

A tiny woman with floor-length black dreadlocks walks out of the tent, stepping over the prone body. She is clothed in deep red wrappings, and is bedecked in golden ornaments bearing alchemical symbols and charms representing eternity, chance, and wisdom. She pauses, looks you over slowly, and then flicks a tarot card at your feet.

Red musk, vanilla bean, pomegranate, patchouli leaf and wild plum.

In the Bottle: Smells a bit like cheap sharp cologne with a sharp hit of patchouli in the background.

Wet on the Skin: Rooty, leafy patchouli with some musky juicy red fruit. Slight “coolness” to it, similar to menthol. I’m not getting any sweetness from the vanilla at all. This is a dark orange, amber oil.

Dry on the Skin: The red musk comes to the forefront along with soft vanilla, and that initial coolness/mintyness fades away. I get some of the “dirty” patchouli vibe, but not in the hemp family as much as leafy and slightly herbal. If I were to describe this in colors it would be extremely dark maroon with swirls of deep red, purple and black. An hour later, this is a gorgeous warm vanilla-y musk with patchouli. I definitely get the red musk note that Smut has, but super balanced with the vanilla and patchouli. I don’t get much of the wild plum, but I’m guessing that it’s lending it’s sweetness to the vanilla bean.  Super pretty, and so fitting of this misfortune teller. Whenever buying older bottles, I find that the throw and longevity is significantly decreased (although still smellinimage1 (1).JPGg quite good), this is still quite strong for a 2006 blend.

I am so glad I decided to get this, I also have a Mme. Moriarty Misfortune Teller from the 2015 run of it coming in my next order and will do a side by side comparison!