Akemia Apothicary – INDIE Pervume Review

Alkemia offers 5 samples for $10 including shipping on their site, which is a really nice way to get to test some perfumes out.  This was actually my first indie perfume purchase, so I kind of picked at random.  I guess there is a pretty good amount of trial and error when leaning the notes and what perfumers do best, and even just what I like and don’t like, so this purchase wasn’t entirely successful.  But I’m learning.

They run from an Etsy shop, which is nice because Etsy lets me keep a running cart forever, that I can place my favorites into so I don’t forget what I like from a shop when I get all wrapped up in ordering from a seasonal release or a sale.  (#Indieworldproblems.)

IMG_3786The turn around time was great, I had these in my mailbox in about a week.

On to the scents:

Vixen: White Amber, Musk, Jasmine Tea, Sugar Pumpkin, Moss

Based on the ingredient list I didn’t expect this to work for me, but Alkemia apparently used an Amber that my skin chemistry really likes and doesn’t morph into pure incense.  This smells warm and cozy, and a tiny bit spicy (the musk and pumpkin maybe?)  it’s creamy and sexy and really nice.

Burning Roses: dark red roses and burning divinatory incenses – smouldering frankincense, champa, labdanum

I was initially worried about my Alkemia Perfume order because this scent was so overpowering and SO strongly hippie head shop incense, that it actually made all the labels on the other bottles of perfume in my sample order smell like it.

Hellcat: Black Oud, Black Musk, Labdanum, and spiced Pipe Tobacco blended with a seductive purr of Black Opium

I really don’t know why I thought I would like this one.  Musk and Labdanum.  This perfume is exactly what I feared indie perfumes would turn out to be before I gave them a try.  So many promises of sexy, and so much incense instead.

adorem xxi: Ardorem 21 is a complex elixir of 21 precious essences including: Coriander, Mandarin, Amber, Nutmeg, Saffron, Bourbon Geranium, Blue Lotus, Tobacco, Musk, Clove, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Kashmiri Tea, Cardamom, Black Pepper, and Japanese incense

This is nice.  The initial scent is pure watery floral.  It’s similar enough to mens cologne like Davidoff makes, aquatic and with pretty decent sillage.  This leans a bit masculine for my tastes, and smells a bit like the aftershave or cologne one of my male colleagues (my cube neighbour) wears.  I don’t really not like it, but it’s not my style.

Tryst of Grey: An utterly beguiling blend of Earl Grey Tea, lightly brewed Black Assam Tea, Scarlet Monarda (also known as Wild Bergamot), a fresh twist of Bergamot citrus peel, and golden skin musk teased with long, slow kisses of orange blossom honey.

On application it’s bergamot and tea.  It somehow doesn’t really smell like Earl Grey though, because it’s got something almost floral in it as well.  As it drys down it starts to get really citrusy and fresh smelling, but still with a lot of tea.  I think what I was expecting was more a London Fog early grey with something sweet type scent, and this isn’t like that at all.  It’s fresh and clean and I really like it.


I think I need Tryst of Grey in a full size, but the rest I’m going to pass.  That’s what sample sizes are for, so I’m happy with my purchase!


IPSY June 2014



What’s an IPSY: IPSY sends out a package of surprises in the GLAM BAG (well, they spoil the surprise right before they ship, but when you but you don’t know what you are getting so it starts as a surprise.)

COST:  $10 a month (it’s $10 + $4.95 shipping)  Use my referral link to join if you want to share the love!

DELIVERY:  Ships Mid Month (Canada is a bit behind the US shipping from what I saw online)

WAITLIST:  Yes.  But if you refer someone they will move you off it.

This month was…. probably great for someone who is not me.  I didn’t like it at all, and I’ve overcompensated by taking some nicer pictures of it than I usually do.  Gotta get excited about something, right?

Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner:  $4.99



I’m sure there is someone that this looks great on.  IImage unfortunately do not think that person is over 25.  As a 31 year old, I will never use this. 








NYX Butter Gloss: $5

This I actually do like  It is buttery, and the color is good for me.Image

OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil: $13

Good value, though when I swatched it I was unimpressed as it caked a bit.  I don’t do my brows on a regular basis, so I haven’t tried it on my face yet.  I’ll try it and we will see, maybe it will convert me.  The color is right for me at least!














Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage & Anti-Frizz Styling Cream:  The full size is $12, the sample is tiny and I will probably use it twice before it’s empty.  I actually would have been pretty happy if they sent the surf spray, but I have probably 6 or 7 different kinds of anti frizz stuff, I really don’t need any more.





Realtree for her:  $0 because no sane person would ever pay for a perfume sample.

This smells like a combination of bar bathroom and air freshener.  

It reminds me of the body sprays people used to use to cover up the cigarette smell so their parents wouldn’t notice.Image

The Bag:  I actually like this bag.  It’s cute, seems to be good quality, and is a good size.  














The swatches:  NYX, OFRA, Nicka K















I’m about 1 more bag away from unsubscribing from ipsy.  I’m just not getting value or products I like or want to try.  But for now:

(Under $20)

   I will use the products that I like, but I don’t expect to buy any, and the value to cost just isn’t there this month.