According to Sheila over at The Alembicated Genie (hostess of this awesome project)… these could be the last two remaining samples on Earth! The House Of Cherry Bomb’s Devilscent contribution was all destroyed in Hurricane Sandy! So – feel a bit privileged to be able to try these
Dev opens with milky cocoa, with a bitter/sour undercurrent that’s not too dissimilar to Musc Maori… but not as edible. It’s spiked with a touch of citrus that clashes with the lactonics and turns it slightly “off”… along with a muskiness underneath that verges on slightly animal. In writing, it sounds identical to Musc Maori, but the lack of white florals and a much denser, more “claggy” treatment of the chocolate makes it that touch harder to stomach.
Underneath it smells like there’s patchouli, along with a hint of vanilla, a touch of resins and a similar “sweaty feet” smell to Rose Rebelle/100% Love. Infact now I’ve mentioned it, I guess this version of Dev smells like a mashup between Musc Maori and Rose Rebelle – both cocoa fragrances done very differently. The sweaty vibe begins to turn into an oud… or so it smells. Working with the cocoa surprisingly well but still – make it smell that little bit dirty. There’s also a touch of spice – cumin? maybe a little chilli?
As it dries down, the woods underneath get drier, the oud comes out more (which smells really good at this point paired with the remains of now-more-enjoyable cocoa) with just a layer of sweet amber softening it all into a milky, mouthwatering blend…
I can’t say it’s what I’d have though the devil to smell like… but an interesting “cuddly” interpretation
Lilith is definitely more “me”! A pungent white floral of tuberose, gardenia (and a pretty good one at that!), is paired with sour citrus fruits of what smells like yuzu, lemon – a hint of spiky greenery, and a lot of indolic jasmine. What started as a more tropical floral quickly gives in to the jasmine which dominates, smelling a touch smoky and spicy – but still green and natural.
There seems to be a bit of honey underneath that stays clean, and adds a peach-y sweetness to the jasmine (that unfortunately turns a little soapy on my skin after a short while). Not being huge on jasmine soliflores, it’s nice to see the big white gardenia from the opening keep coming up to the surface for breaths of air. Lilith plays around on your skin a lot – in a tropical, floral-lactonic bouquet of fresh, humid flowers.
Underneath is a warm amber and creamy woods (that bit of greenery still in the background). A really nice easy wear that yet again, is a lot more “cuddly” than expected.