Catrianna of Etsy online store, Deep Midnight Perfumes describes her scents as: "Bringing History, Fantasy, Legends and Lore alive to tantalize your senses! "
OVER 90 unique, magical, dreamy, decadent, dark, delicious, artisan crafted perfume oils to choose from.
In here you will find:.. mystery, magic, myths, legends, and romance topped off with the darkly gothic, the sweet and enchanting, and the stuff of our dreamings... Sample my scents and get swept away into Deep Midnight."
This description was way too tempting to pass up at least some perfume samples.
With so many perfumes to choose from, it was a good thing that there are a range of sample packs on offer, as the perfumes are listed in themes. Such as Gothic/ Victorian, Fantasy/Magic, Holiday, etc.
Included in the order was a eye shadow and business card from another store, a great idea to join forces and work together. There was also a 15% off discount code. if only I had not forgotten about that one!! (It had to be used by a certain date)
With so many samples, my nose went into overdrive sniffing one after the other. I decided to give each perfume a chance by using up a sample before going on to the next one..took some time, but was the best way to determine how I felt about each.
THALIA: Thalia (tha-lee-ah) means "festivity" or flourishing". Her scent is a delicious and festive mix of raw honeycomb layered over succulent peaches, sweet gardenia, and a deep, rich myrrh.
This one is sweet, fruity with some floral. The myrrh gives a subtle smoky quality. This is very close to the skin on me.
EUPHROSYNE: * Her scent is a myriad blend of tropical fruits, fresh pears, red berries, cream, figs, Sicilian orange, pummelo, caramel, lily of the valley, and a barely hidden note of red licorice.
This fragrance is certainly fruity..sweet, tropical, tart and juicy. The rich caramel grounds this scent, giving it richness. It is a perfume well suited to warmer months. It's fun and flirty, very appealing.
LADIES of LONDON: *Sensual florals highlighted with lily of the Valley, spicy indulgent opium, a bowlful of the deepest sensual red berries, and caresses of frankincense and patchouli for added mystery.
On me, this begins syrupy sweet, in no time, a smoky woodsy scent emerges (opium??) This scent is spicy. It is dark and mysterious. Not for me, but I can appreciate this blend.
BLOOD and DONUTS: *Dark Egyptian amber and gaharu wood, well blended and served with creamy vanilla, cinnamon spice, rich chocolate, and a splash of turkish coffee. It's.... to die for.
This perfume is rich and creamy. The chocolate is quite prominent on my skin, with a touch of sugared cinnamon spice. The woodsy note appears after wear, but so close to the skin that I only notice when I sniff my wrist. Takes a gourmand perfume to a grown-up fragrance.
ALOYSIUS: *Enter his cloistered and elegant abode and let your senses fill with the scent of decadent old wood, rum, rich dark leather, and soft touches of sugar, citrus and mint. A very sensual and intriguing unisex scent!
I love these notes normally, but for some reason this blend just goes wrong on my skin. It's a shame that my chemistry does something weird with this fragrance, as it wears like a fruity toilet spray. Such a shame!
CHARIS: *Charis, (kar-iss) meaning “grace", and also splendor, was the most beautiful of the Three Graces. Her scent is a soft sensual musk, dark sandalwood, and rich vanilla with the essence of vanilla bean added. All combine nicely for a simply classical and enchanting fragrance.
This scent is soft and feminine. It has a powdery quality, with the richness of vanilla and sandalwood blending nicely with the musk. It turns a little dusty on my skin, but I appreciate this well blended perfume.
A STUDY IN BROWN: *A Study in Brown: The ultimate unisex steampunk fragrance. “He gazed thoughtfully at the airship captain’s body as it lay face down on the floor. His dark brown leather cloak covered him from nape to knee. The captain smelled of the strange lands he had come from….but where was his briefcase? He knew the game was afoot!” A scented story of aromatic copal, nutty tonka bean, oak wood smoke, and toasted sugar.
Rich woodsy and nutty. I detect the lovely note of leather, but it doesn't seem to detract from the "roots plucked out of the ground" smell. Not for me, but will get hubby to try it, I think that I'll like this rugged fragrance on him.
CARNIVALE ROUGE: *Notes of amaretto liqueur are deepened with balanced tones of the darkest cocoa, cappucino, rich cream, and buttery amber, while background notes of oakwood fire, and citrus deepen the intrigue.
Boozy, rich and chocolatey. It is so smooth and delectable, with the hint of cirtrus lifting this fragrance.
SAMHAIN NIGHT: * The sounds of dry leaves and a sighing earth fill your mind as tendrils of frankincense, amber, sweet red apples and an offering of red wine caress your body.
This mysterious scent is sweet, fruity and slightly heady.
VIXEN VENOM: * You entice with a blend of rich amber, sweet musk, the sweetest vanilla, and a dash of patchouli for that extra bite.
This fragrance is sweet and sensual. The patchouli gives it richness, adding to the appeal of vanilla. This scent develops a powdery quality. Sexy and feminine. Very nice.
RED SEXY: * Tempting red pomegranate highlights creamy marshmallow, sexy red berries, and a few slices of red apple, with all the sweetness tempered with a touch of sensual patchouli, citrus and clove.
Sweet syrupy red fruits. I detect a hint of spice. Fun and sexy.
BELLA DONNA KISS: *Breathe in the heady scents of Egyptian amber, frankincense, warm vanilla and musk, all laced with roses, and finished with kisses of bergamot tea, and deep, lush berries.
On me, this began quite green and herbal, after wear more of the sweeter elements become more apparent. I really appreciate this well blended perfume, even if it is not for me.
FRENCH CHOCOLATE MACAROON: *Enjoy the scrumptious smells of creamy chocolate, toasted coconut, and tantalizing vanilla.
I found this to be such a rich smooth fragrance. It is so delectable with the warmth of chocolate, blended with creamy coconut. I love how this wafted during wear, soft, yet noticeable. Delish!
Most of the perfumes I tried were rich and dark, but not overpowering at all. Out of all these samples, I would like to buy full sizes of French Chocolate Macaroon and Vixen Venom..but, there's a load more sampling I need to do from this store :)