Friday, June 21, 2019

4 Sucreabeille Reviews: Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica - Dwight, You Ignorant Sl** - That's What She Said - Serpent's Brew

Hey all! I'm at this point sitting on uh... quite a few Sucreabeille scents so I figure it's time to start posting reviews on them. This week I'm starting with the three Dunder Mifflin/The Office scents I have and Serpent's Brew (which is getting retired super soon! Get it while it's snakey!).
The specific scents in this review are:

It looks like The Office scents are mean girls picking on Serpent's Brew
All perfumes in this review were allowed to rest for several days after arrival. The perfumes were kept in the dark in a plastic box. I did crack them open to sniff them directly after arrival, and with a couple to do an initial test. The reviews are not based off of these initial impressions - though if a rest did change the smell I’ll note that.
I’m doing a half-hour skin test with each perfume. They are always applied to skin that has either been washed or hasn’t had perfume on it that day. Sometimes I will run one scent on one wrist/hand/arm and the other on the other wrist/hand/arm. When I do wash my skin I wash with a scented soap (it’s all I have available - shea butter Dove soap or almond Doc Bronners). Before doing test periods I often wear or play with other scents in my collection (that I wash off), so theoretically there could be cross-contamination.
Each sample was gently swirled before application. Each review is written without looking at the notes (in that moment… I obviously looked at them when I bought). At the end of the review I will list what the notes listed in the shop are and comment on how I think they interacted.
Bottle Review
The bottles for the scents discussed in this review are all dram bottles. The caps fit snugly and evenly and are easy to remove. The bottles are amber - which is nice - because it helps prevent sun damage if I have the perfumes out on a shelf or if I go through them slowly. The bottles have paper labels and... Suc, here is where we need to talk. I know you're switching to oil resistant labels (these are not from that vintage, obviously) and I sincerely hope those are more ding resistant. But the main thing I want to talk about is the label designs.
Suc, your label designs are creative. A lot of them are a lot of fun. But they are neither consistent nor particularly legible especially at small sizes. In this review I will keep it to the labels of the scents in the review. On The Office Scents? The choice of font is thin and hard to read against the black of the label. I get that the 'typewriter' is chosen as a reference to The Office but for me I'd rather have clear, easy to read labels instead of visual references. With Serpent's Brew? I get that the label is designed to evoke the Snake Oil Salesmens' panaceas of days of yore. However the label - especially on something as small as a dram - is cluttered, hard to read, and TBH kind of unprofessional looking. More consistent fonts used across products, using fonts designed for labeling (in terms of being easily readable, pleasing to the eye, professional looking) and fewer references on the labels themselves (save those for advertising pics!) I think would do Suc's labels a world of good!
On to the perfume reviews!
A reminder: Each nose is different and each skin’s chemistry is different. Your mileage may vary.
Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica
In the bottle: Fizzy, lemony dark musk and honey.
Wet on my skin: Dark, kinda spicy musk, a citrus-y lemony scent, touch of fizz and thick dark honey. The most prominent parts are the musk and honey with the musk starting to move back quickly. The lemony scent is a bit cleaner-ish. There’s a little edge of the fizziness and something almost metallic.
Drydown: Definitely kind of metallic now - dry and kinda salty. Doesn’t smell much like fizz now. Sweet honey, background of dark musk. Little bit of the lemony smell but I wonder if that’s morphed into the metallic? Or at least partially? idk.
After 30 mins: Salt, metallic, honey, touch of dark musk. Tiniest hint of a floral (melding with the honey). Not really ‘fizzy’ smelling.
Notes on the site: musk of a black bear; fresh peach blossom; honeycomb; bubbles on a fresh glass of sparkling water
The black musk is the ‘bear’ musk. The floral is the peach blossom. The honey is the honeycomb. I have no idea where the salt is coming from but this has a definite salt note. The fizz was the sparkling water… I have no idea what morphed metallic, either the sparkling note or part of the peach blossom (which I assume is an accord?).
Verdict: Swap. Not my thing - that metallic note bothers me.
Dwight, You Ignorant Sl**!
In the bottle: Fruity candy or a fancy mixed drink (I remember this having lemon and yuzu in it). Bit of spearmint. When I caught the mint it initially reminded me of toothpaste - kind of medicinal.
Wet on my skin: Yuzu - I remember this note from Serpent’s Brew - is very forward. Edge of lemons. The lemons are not floor-cleaner-y. The mint is at the edges. I get it if I huff deeply. This kinda reminds me of another scent from Suc I’ve tried - Wanted. I remember that one having pineapple… does this one have pineapple?
Drydown: Fruity mixed drink (sans alcohol)! Yuzu, lemon, and mayybe pineapple as I guessed before. The mint is at the edges but I am not feeling it. It’s like a mixed drink with toothpaste on the rim. I’d love a less spearminty mint in this - or if there was something to balance out the mint and the sweetness of the fruit. Like something dry and boozy, or resinous.
After 30 mins: Sweet, nondescript fruitiness. Still getting that edge of mint. It’s still there but faded and blended. It’s largely non-offensive but it’s not exciting me either.
Notes on the site: a glass of homemade lemonade; peppermint; a freshly picked yuzu; pomegranate
Well, I got the yuzu (at least initially) and the lemonade. I must have been reading the pomegranate as pineapple. This doesn’t smell like a peppermint to me - it smells like toothpaste-mint (which is typically spearmint I believe). So, yeah, notes are all there. If you’re really into the alcohol-free-cocktail scent this is probably gonna be a winner for you.
Note: In this review I used the name of the perfume as it's listed on the site and bottle - but for the purposes of anyone searching using the non censored version: Dwight, You Ignorant Slut! would be the non censored version. :P Now it ought to show up in searches when people type it like that lol).
Verdict: Swap. I wish there was more complexity and that that mint was different. It’s not a stinky scent or anything it just doesn’t make my proverbial skirt fly up. (However both my greyhound and my cat were interested in this and my cat licked my arm where it is - so the mint in it had to have reminded him of catnip).
That’s What She Said
In the bottle: Fair warning I recall this one having pretzel toppings, aftershave, and rum as listed notes. Anywho on to the sniffs. This one in the bottle smells slightly masculine of center featuring pretzels, rum, and a spicy aftershave lol. Maybe a touch of chocolate and coconut in there. It’s kind of a strange blend at first to my nose - the contrast of the masculine toiletry scents and rum with the straight gourmand of the pretzels.
Wet on my skin: Boozy but not in a way that makes me feel like I smell like a lush. It’s a very dry boozy scent. Spiced aftershave which is a touch astringent. Pretzels - like, a super realistic pretzel smell like you have a bowl of little crunchy salty pretzels in front of you. Sweet edges that might be chocolate and coconut.
Drydown: There’s definitely a delicate chocolate note. And as I meditate on this I recall a ‘cocoa absoulut’ note being mentioned. I can see that as part of the booziness because the dry booziness does not read as straight rum. Anyway, the booze, spicy aftershave, and gourmand parts are all blending (yep, the pretzels are still there) in a wonderfully sexy way. It’s kind of weird to be like ‘Ah yes, a sexy pretzel scent’ but here we are.
After 30 mins: Very similar to the drydown - perhaps more blended.
Notes on the site: A glass of whisky paired with a glass of bay rum aftershave with just a hint of lime squeezed in; the best Pretzel Day toppings: chocolate chips and toffee nuts. And cocoa absolut
Okay several things: First, the reason the rum wasn’t a strong smell is it’s part of the aftershave. WELP. I can see the tiny hint of lime when it’s named but we’re talking small here. Eetsy beetsy. The cocoa from the absolut and the chocolate chips - I have no idea how you’d separate them but there is a subtle chocolate note (more creamy than anything). There is no explicitly listed pretzel note but I’m betting what is described as ‘toffee nuts’ is what I’m reading as pretzels and y’all it smells more like pretzels than toffee (and, hell, I might be misinterpreting Suc’s creative note list and maybe there is an intentional pretzel note, in which case the toffee is just a slight edge that adds a touch of sweetness).
Verdict: Keeping my dram and upsizing when I run through it (Spoiler: I like this one so much I already bought a 10ml of it). I really enjoy this one!
Serpent’s Brew
In the bottle: Bamboo, a green melon-y smelling fruit (I think this has yuzu?), something almost over-ripe in a kinda musky way.
Wet on my skin: Bamboo (earthy-woody-grassy) as the center. Edges of the fruit, touch of a floral - smells white. Maybe an ylang? It’s a little astringent and clean smelling over the over-ripe smell.
Drydown: Holy crap this transformed from a scent I found actively stinky to one that I’m going all heart eyes over. The floral has come forward and it’s a freakin perfect white floral. Slightly lemony, not too clean, sweet and beguiling. The bamboo has moved to the base and the muskiness has dialed way back. The fruit mingles with the floral enhancing it and adding a green vibe. The entire scent is a beautiful green scent without going too far into headache fresh-cut-grass territory for me. If I sniff deeply really close to the skin there’s a little twinge of headache but I’m torn because this smells so good I find myself not caring.
After 30 mins: Still really beautiful but wearing a little fainter. Maybe a touch of spiciness in there. Even less headache-territory for me.
Notes on the site: fresh bamboo, sweet yuzu, an old, dusty library, exotic spices from Zanzibar, smoky nag champa, ylang ylang.
Okay so the bamboo is the bamboo. I think the Stinky Musk Smell must have been the nag champa (sometimes it can smell like a really feral animal musk - as my sibling points out)... but during the dry down it dials waaayy back to basically an edge note that compliments the bamboo. I suppose there could be an antique paper note in here, but if there is it’s blending with the bamboo. I get a touch of spice from the ‘exotic spices’. But the real star here is that ylang ylang and the yuzu. Gosh DANG is that fruity floral combination good. You get the lemoniness of the ylang ylang sweetened (but not sugar level sweetened) by the yuzu. Really fantastic.
Verdict: I’m super glad I got a dram of this before it went into retirement… and super glad I let it go through the drydown because in the bottle and wet this was not a scent I was impressed by. But the morphing on this - at least on me - is just exquisite. It's so good I went ahead and bought a back-up dram... I'm sure even in retirement this one will make an occasional reappearance because it's too good to be permanently sealed up in a vault.

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