Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Immortal Mine and Halloween Thoughts

My thoughts this Halloween are with the Eastern Seaboard where so many of my customers and fellow perfumers live. After all the excitement for the 3-night Clarimonde masquarade at MiN New York, it is a dramatic contrast to have such turmoil only a few days later. I can only hope that all the people there are safe and warm and from what I gather there is a lot of community effort and people helping each other manage through this very devastating storm.

Life is so tumultuous, and as much as sometimes we'd just want to rest - it is that movement, even at times of violent chaos, that distinguishes it from death. At least in it's romantic perception... While life is ever changing and unstable, death is that one sure thing, the resolution and rest to all. Immortal and glorious, eternal slumber. Silence.

Immortal Mine was created by House of Cherry Bomb - the baby of two New York based perfumers and artists: Maria McElroy (Aroma M) and Alexis Karl (Scent by Alexis). It takes the Goth theme to the extreme with a very rich, oil-based parfum that's bordering on being too much of a good thing. It is reminiscent of hot wax of red candles extinguished by pinch of two fingers and their slightly burnt skin and suffocated wick; dirty oud and sweet, nearly cloying immortelle melded with amber and molten chocolate. It is quite resinous, thick and sweet, yet there is some smoke and vetiver, burning myrrh and frankincense to penetrate through one's consciousness and create a reaction - regardless if this is your taste or not. There is also a tinge of indolic jasmine, and musk for good measure that diffuses and softens it a bit. It ends on a note of agarwood and decaying honey. Still peculiarly cloying, resembling the decomposing corpses, not far off what I would imagine the Corpse Bride would sprinkle on her wrapping sheet in her half-dead wedding.

The authors describe it well:
"Immortal Mine is the soil from an unmarked grave. One single drop of blood from a slayed Wyvern, the sweet elixir of dying jasmine and fading neroli. Amber found in ancient tombs of civilizations lost. Longing. Essence of smoke from the funeral pyre. A cut of material from Bela Lugosi’s cape, the dust from a bat’s wing. Wood resins gathered from the Forest of The Dead, Myrrh scraped from the cliffs of The Dark Realm. Precious ouds unearthed from burning desert sands. Wax dripping from black, white and pink candles, ashes of a Phoenix, words from a dead poets mouth. Rare herbs found in a cathedral’s forgotten garden. Desire".

Immortal Mine can be found on Indiescents and Suendhaft, where it is bottled in a beautiful filigreed mouthblown Bohemian glass bottle.  This week, I'm giving away my "copy" of the roll-on, given to me by the perfumers themselves. And I'm sending back prayers for minimal damage from the storm and returning back to normal life as soon as possible on the East Coast!

All you have to do is leave a comment telling us what your Halloween perfume was, and why you picked it (if such explanation exists). We will do a random lucky draw on Friday.

Immortal Mine by Ayala Moriel
Immortal Mine, a photo by Ayala Moriel on Flickr.

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At November 01, 2012 1:17 AM, Blogger roughmetaphors said...

I chose Habanita for Halloween because it felt the most goth of all the perfumes I own.

At November 01, 2012 2:59 AM, Anonymous muza said...

Also feel sympathy for people who became victims of the storm and whose houses were ruined :( Hope they'll recover asap.

I chose The DevilScent#1 by Neil Morris for yesterday night because I like it and because Halloween is a best reason to wear a frag with such a scary name :)

At November 01, 2012 5:05 AM, Blogger yash said...

Halloween in Paris was not so festive... the aspect of it being the eve of a public holiday was much more joyful to most( including me)... My daytime scent was Musc Tonkin by Parfum D'empire...purely gorgeous translation of the tonkin musk by Marc Antoine( i own a press sample and awaiting release like crazy) and my night scent was Ellen Covey's Lil: batshit crazy scary but elegant enough to be worn outside.. Immortal Mine sounds so good, I am already a huge fan of Maria McElroy's work for the Geisha series..
Thank you for this draw Ayala..

At November 01, 2012 7:07 AM, Blogger Dionne said...

Mine was Avignon: it just seemed the thing to go with my skeleton earrings and black and orange striped tights.

At November 01, 2012 7:52 AM, Anonymous Bridget Theodore said...

I used up the last of my Fifi Chachnil as a sort of final farewell to the warm autumn/late summer we've been having up until this week.

At November 01, 2012 7:52 AM, Anonymous Em said...

We're just now getting into sweater weather, so I started off with the coziest sweater I have: Chanel Beige. But then I got a packet of samples from Byredo, so my office became a weird mix of M/Mink, Pulp, Green, and Bal d'Afrique on tissues...

At November 01, 2012 8:19 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

roughmetaphors -
Habanita is perfect for Halloween! I think a pirate would really enjoy it too ;-)

muza -
Perfect name choice for sure! Haven't smelled TheDevilScent#1 - what is it like? What are the notes?

yash -
I'm only familiar with Parfum d'Empire's Osmanthus. Musk sounds perfect for the occasion. And you can't go wrong with a scent named after Lilith! What are the notes?

Dionne -
Avignon is amazing. And equally suitable for churches and graveyards. It's a very realistic incense which I love. Immortal Mine also has the candle wax and for the first few moments you really can feel as if you are in a musty hall full of burning candles and incense...

At November 01, 2012 8:21 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Birdget -
We've had an Indian Summer her which is unusual; but it started getting into the usual rainy/cold/grey routine a couple of weeks ago. It's definitely fall now!

Em -
Quite the spooky fest you got in your office. Fun! I find some of the Byredo scents really strong and strange. I think I liked Tulip the best.

At November 01, 2012 8:34 AM, Anonymous muza said...

To be honest, Ayala, I have no idea what notes it includes :) There's a lot of incense for sure, I can smell a little soapy aldehydes as well, dark earthy notes, dry woods, and just a bit of patchoulish cognac.

At November 01, 2012 10:19 PM, Blogger Melis said...

Hi Ayala, please do not enter me into the draw. I will track a sample down, now that I know where to look. I wore L'oiseau de Nuit by Parfumerie Generale on my wrists and L'eau d'hiver on my neck. L'oiseau has a bit of a spiced and candied amber vibe to me which I thought befitting for Halloween. And it was snowing and blowing around here so I wanted something soft and fluffy to sniff as I buried my nose in my scarf, hence the other perfume.

At November 02, 2012 4:29 AM, Anonymous Scottie said...

I am a first time commenter, but have been an active reader for some time now. This perfume sounds RIGHT up my alley, so a comment feels (over)due.

I wore Onda by Vero Profumo. I wear it rarely as it is so precious to me, but it is one of my favorites in a wierd slightly off-kilter Halloween-y way.

Fingers crossed, and thanks for the draw!

At November 02, 2012 5:50 PM, Anonymous LCT said...

Midnight Oud by Juliette Has a Gun seemed appropriate - dark and mysterious, a bit scary off the top :)

At November 02, 2012 8:34 PM, Anonymous HeidiA said...

Hi Ayala, please do not enter me into the draw. My Halloween scent would definitely be Etro's Messe de Minuit. Incense, but not the cathedral kind like Avignon -- the spooky castle crypt kind, with unsettling notes of mustiness and decay. You can hear the skeletons rattle.

At November 02, 2012 8:46 PM, Blogger Taffy said...

I wanted to ward off evil spirits :) so I wore the beautiful, incense-based Sidaris by Maria Candida Gentile.

At November 03, 2012 7:29 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Mellis -
Quite the concoction you've got there - like a grown up trick-or-treating, for bad weather! Still pretty mild fall weather here. Not complaining ;-)

Muza - cognac-like patchouli is the best of its kind ;-)

Scottie -
Welcome to SmellyBlog! And thank you for commenting. I've heard the world of Onda and all of Vero Kern's perfumes; but am yet to experience any of them for myself. It's about time I seek a sample or two!

There is something very Halloween-like in oud. All the rot and fungi and dark mystery.

Heidi -
I love Avignon, but even though I Messe de Minuit comes up a lot, it's another one of those which I will have to find and sniff. It sounds like it evokes a very similar mood to Immortal Mine.

Taffy -
I love your rationale!
Thank you for commenting and entering into the draw :-)

At December 15, 2012 4:22 PM, Anonymous mary said...

I am looking for a perfume oil that is similar to Khiel's discontinued Black Narcissus. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

At December 15, 2012 9:10 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Mary, I'm sorry but it's the first time I'm hearing about this scent and I couldn't even look up any info on it. Perhaps if you describe it I will be more helpful. For now the first thing that springs to mind is Narcisse Noir, because of the name.


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