Hello, boils and ghouls! Welcome to another awesome and spooky October 2019 unboxing. This time, our box came from a small perfume company called Strange Charm Design, and it is all run by the very sweet Cian Fenton. Strange Charm Design creates handmade and small batch blended perfumes and bath products. Watch our unboxing video below and then keep reading as we go over the scent profiles.
We want to send a huge thank you to Cian at Strange Charm Design for sending these items our way. We are big supporters of the indie perfume scene here at PopHorror, and we love bringing you new and interesting ways to smell amazing. I will say at the top of this review that the smallest sample bottles were an utter and complete bitch. The screw tops were no issue, but the sample sizes were so dang tight that it was a boxing match opening them each and every time.
This trio of fragrances from Strange Charm Design are dark and mysterious. The first is a masculine fragrance called The Mysterious Stranger. It has notes of black musk, patchouli, cinnamon bark, linen, cedarwood, cotton and lilac fougere. Even though it is labeled as a masculine fragrance, this is most definitely unisex with a spicy and heavy scent that is great for fall and winter.
Next up is Lost Soul, which has notes of aged vanilla, oak, dusty love letters, black tea, bergamot, fig leaf, clove and peppercorn. This is a lovely, almost delicate smell that is lightly sweet from the vanilla with depth from the oak and tea. The strange combination almost gives it the slight hint of dill weed, but in a pleasant way.
Long In The Grave is the fragrance that I was most excited to smell. It has notes of graveyard dirt, paper white flowers, linen shrouds and dusty vanilla. I loved this perfume at first because every note is the star instead of one taking over the entire thing, but it changes quite a bit after settling on the skin. Once it sits, the vanilla shows its dominance and takes over with the flowers taking up the rear. I don’t smell any of the graveyard dirt, and I wish that it stood out stronger over time.
The next trio from Strange Charm Design is an odd grouping. First is is The Abandoned House with notes of an old house, myrrh, incense smoke, dried papyrus and old leather. The leather is the strongest note in this one with an almost almond-like sweetness from the incense smoke. This would make a wonderful home fragrance to make your house smell like an aging study.
Next up is for the basic bitch in all of us: Pumpkin Coffee. This one is VERY self explanatory. This scent smells exactly like a pumpkin spice latte. I personally wouldn’t wear this as a perfume, but I would love to have this in a concentrated home spray. You could make your house smell like a coffee shop in October.
The last of the larger vials is a perfume called The Ghost Of Summer. It has notes of falling leaves, wild roses, and summer nights. This perfume lets the rose take the lead with a heavy amber depth to it. I love the smell of roses, and this fragrance is lovely. It will be perfect for a spring night right before the heat of summer takes over.
The last of the perfumes were the bottles that were my nemesis. I can easily say that every single one of these got all over my hands as I tried to just smell them. That being said, let’s go over their profiles.
First is Nectar, which smells of honeysuckle, peaches, black tea, bergamot, honeycomb and orange blossoms. This is a wonderful summer fragrance.
Next up from Strange Charm Design is l’agneau, a very delicate fragrance with white musk, vanilla sugar and sandalwood. It’s a little powdery and sweet for my taste, but it makes for a lovely spring scent.
Next is Chaparral. I don’t know how to say this one, but I love it. It has notes of sweetgrass, sage, cactus flower, peppery desert breezes, copal, sandalwood and incense. I love western themes and scents, and this is just a lovely smell.
Up next is The Dark Of Night which is very simple, smelling only of figs and tobacco. This is a heavy, sticky smell which is perfect for cold winter nights, and is a unisex scent in my opinion. The last perfume is Black Cauldron and may be one of my favorite smells that Strange Charm Design sent to me. With notes of wild musk, Indonesian patchouli, carnation, anise, black pepper, plum and red currents, this is a delightfully dark and syrupy sweet perfume. I love currents and they sweeten this dark perfume up without making it smell like candy. This perfume will bring out the witch in you.
The final item from Strange Charm Design is an amazing looking fossil soap in the shape of a trilobite. This is a coconut, hemp and lye soap that smells of ocean water and fossilized amber. I didn’t have the heart to remove the plastic around it because it’s so damn pretty. It truly looks like a trilobite, and the massive nerd that I am wants to preserve it. Also, it came in a case to preserve its shape and design, which I love. You can get your own trilobite fossil soap for only $3!
That’s all for the Strange Charm Design unboxing! Aside from the sample bottle difficulty, I thoroughly enjoyed this unboxing. The smells were incredible, and the soap is so realistic. You can snag any of her perfumes, starting at $8.50, and while you’re there, check out her other products. You can shop HERE and use code POPHORROR to save 15% on your order! Even though these items were sent to me, I was not paid for this review, and my opinions on the products are my own. Stay tuned to PopHorror for more unboxings headed your way!