One Hand Washes The Other – Halloween 2012

I never said I was good with timing with my blog, but better late then never ;) I have another Halloween perfume collection to post later on D:

Months back I ordered my Halloween goodies from OHWTO in a frenzy. This also marks a year shopping with OHWTO! I was a huge fan of the 2011 Halloween collection, and I am again a huge fan of this years’ offerings. Some of the 2011 collection unfortunately met their maker and did not come back this year, whilst one of them has returned from the fade and been reincarnated into the permanent collection (Hungry Ghost has made a slight change and has returned to the permanent line up as Cicada Song! Which is wonderful news, because Hungry Ghost was one of my absolute favourites from the collection, let alone from the entire OHWTO range. D loves it as well, so I’ll need to check out Cicada Song sometime!)

I hope to make another order before the Halloween merchandise is gone fully from the shop. I will not lie, the labelling on the full size bottles is gorgeous and is a very big reason why I want to purchase a *_* Of course it sweetens the deal that I also dig how Equinox smells. Come on dudes, I am not that far gone to purchase something just based on it’s attractiveness. I am a lady of substance also!

I purchased all full size solids, as I usually do from OHWTO. Prices have slightly increased on the solid perfumes, they used to be $4, and they are now $5.50. Still a great deal for 4.2g (0.15oz) of highly concentrated product. I still have solids from last year that aren’t even 1/3 of the way through, because you honestly only need a swipe and it’s there for hours.

On to the nasal assault!

Down A Dark Path

Fresh figs, Dried Leaves, Carnations, Oakmoss, Amber, Sage, Black Pepper, Pumpkin, Vanilla, Pomegranate, Beeswax, Rhubarb, Lavender, and the scent of an unidentifiable animal stalking you in the shadows between the trees.

I think of this as the sister to Dudleyville. They both have that beauiful, cool crunchy leaves tang to it, but Down A Dark Path is more on the sweeter side. Not candy sweet, oh my no, more like a dark, dirty berry kind of sweet. This starts out a little sharp from the leaves, but it mellows down into quite a smooth fragrance. It is honestly very difficult to pick our individual notes on this from the listing, but on my skin I can pick out the rhubarb and black pepper quite upfront. Later on the pumpkin pops up and is all ‘oh hai, don’t forget about me!”. I swear that is what the pumpkin is saying. Don’t ask questions. This fragrance honestly embodies the dark forest path of its namesake, and has quite a mysterious earthiness to it.

County Fair

Ripe peaches, Macintosh apples, pumpkin pie, mandarins, black currants, raw honey, plums, Bartlett pears, just-baled hay, orange blossom, and white amber.

I ordered this one mainly for D as he digs the bold fruity scents, and this one does not disappoint. The peaches, apples and pears are what I smell first, and it’s deepened by the honey. This is the ‘lightest’ of the Halloween fragrances I ordered, and is more of a Autumn/Harvest vibe to it. You might feel this is more versatile in your fragrance wardrobe. I know there are some people who wear specific fragrances for different times of the year, so this might appeal to them to an all year round deal. This isn’t an effervescent fruit blend, it’s more of a mellow mix with spikes of brightness. It has the tiniest spicey edge to it, which I’m going to assume is the pumpkin pie. I still have no idea what pumpkin pie tastes like. I’m Australian, I still find the idea of using Pumpkin in sweet things to be bizarre still xD Whatever floats your culinary boat :)

Ravensblood

The last blackberries of the year, dark musk, licorice spiked with clove, guiacwood, labdanum, sandalwood, patchouli, and a bright twist of lemon.

This starts off with the obvious blackberry, but within seconds the lemon is out and about and the licorice is up and coming too. I adore how earthy this is, and how ‘purple’ it smells.  I really feel that for people who don’t like the smell of licorice, you won’t mind it being in this. It’s not dominant at all, it’s quite subtle, and you’re going to be picking up more of the resin/ soft wood/fruit combination. Again, not a super bright fruity scent. Once again, I feel that this is a fragrance that can be worn year round. I hesitate to say this, but for anybody who has Quoth The Raven from The Morbid The Merrier, if you enjoyed that, you will definitely love this. HARD. They are not similar at all, but they are of a similar dirt to purple fruit ratio which pleases me xD

Dudleyville

Dried leaves, wood smoke, patchouli, fennel, dirt, palo santo, petitgrain, spectral musk, amyris, catnip, ginger, and cardamom.

My favourite from the collection! This is more masculine than Down A Dark Path, and that is probably why I like it more haha I always seem to graitate towards the more mascule blends. I smell mainly the leaves, smoke, ginger and cardamom on initial application. I don’t know how, but this blend is quite uplifting and refreshing. Maybe the ginger and cardamom? Just *drools* …this is damn fine! I would say this perfume on my colour scale is a dark grey-green. After a bit the sharpness smoothes down and it becomes all about the dirt for me. mmm dirt. Not many instances where I can say that and not be given an awkward glance ;) If you enjoy Samhain from Haus Of Gloi or Foxcroft from Solstice Scents, Dudleyville will round out your trifecta of dark, damp, dirty delights (aliteration for the win).

Equinox

Fresh apple butter, spiced breads and iced pastries, just-pressed cider warmed with ginger and mulling spice, roasted figs, berries, pomegranates, bonfire smoke, amber, and patchouli.

Another one for my list of year round candidates. This is one that D gets a kick out of, as it meets his fruity and sweet checklist. What I smell mainly on application is cider, apples, icing and something that seems a little bit like lemon. Given time, the berries and pomegranate emerge and the ‘icing’ becomes more sugary. I don’t know how. With magic? MEBBEH. Can a halloween themed perfume be pretty? If so, Equinox is up front with many admirers. This is probably one of the very few sweet perfumes I enjoy, and this is slightly on the sugar side, which is definitely a first for me :) This is quite a straight forward fragrance, and I think will be a crowd pleaser :)

Jack In Black

Charred, sooty, dirty pumpkin flesh, Arabian musk, Pomegranate, Tea, and a handful of penny candy snatched from an unsuspecting trick-or-treater’s pillowcase.

I find it hard to put Jack In Black in to words! This to me, is the smell of Halloween. Granted, I am not a participant of the Halloween tradition (it’s not a tradition we celebrate in Australia, if you put aside crappy commercial efforts to make it an event here. To me, it’s just never going to happen. We don’t get the ‘harvest’ the same way the northern hemisphere does, and we certainly do not have the weather to suit Halloween ;) ) So this to me, is what my mind has perceived Halloween to smell like, if it has an essence of course :P I definitely smell something suuuuuuuuuuper smooth (there’s that aliteration again) and I smell the spike of the pomegranate, and the sweetness of the candy. Lovers of pumpkin fragrances make sure not to miss out on this one.

Dullahan

An abundance of harvest spices, black leather, black tea, clary sage, buttery caramel, and civet.

This is potent stuff! What I first notice is the spices on my skin, then I can smell the caramel and the leather. If you’re not a fan of spicy perfumes, you are going to have a hard time with Dullahan. Whilst it has other great notes to it, it really does have an abundance of spices. There’s something in this which I am mistaking for lemon, I have no idea what it is, but I really dig this fresh burst of…whatever it is, amidst the brooding mix that is Dullahan.

I do hope some of these make a return for next Halloween :) I feel that this year’s Halloween collection is MUCH more darker than the 2011 collection. If I can make the comparison, if 2011 was all about the things that frighten you like ghosts, then 2012 is more about the fear itself you feel rather than the object you are frightened of. OHWTO is pure spooky bliss!