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Darling Clandestine Bitsy Vials Are Awesome
Etsy, Perfume, Reviews - August 25th, 2012

I recently placed an order for five “bitsy” vials from Darling Clandestine, and of course, they are all so fabulous. It was quite hard to choose only five new fragrances to try, but in the end I picked the ones I was most curious about. They are all quite amazing!

First, Summer’s Cauldron.

Drowning here in Summer’s Cauldron
Under mats of flower lava
Please don’t pull me out this is how I would want to go

Summer’s Cauldron includes notes of incense, opium, bourbon and roses, orange and spice. It’s intense! I like this one a lot because the notes rise up and sing individually, while still combining to form a complex perfume. I’ll get a waft of orange, and then a waft of rose, but also the base notes will swirl around with the spice notes. It’s dark and mysterious and fun.

Next, Circassian.

In the 1860s the showman P. T. Barnum exhibited women whom he claimed were Circassian beauties. They wore a distinctive Afro-like hair style, which had no precedent in earlier portrayals of Circassians, but which was soon copied by other female performers, who became known as “moss haired girls.” These were typically presented as victims of sexual enslavement among the Turks, who had escaped from the harem to achieve freedom in America.

A friend of mine described Circassian as “coffee sex.” YES. YES IT IS. Circassian is a warm chocolaty fragrance with intriguing notes of black coffee and amber and blossoms. It is the perfect mocha smell. I want to bathe in it. I LOVE coffee and chocolate. MMMMMMM.

I also chose Vardogr.

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
— Ezra Pound

Vardogr is a dark, damp, herbal fragrance. It’s made with pure essential German chamomile, bitter black coffee, hazy Indian musks, sharp herbs and a whip of leather. It’s kind of like …drinking coffee while sitting in a old-growth forest, during a rainstorm. Is it complex and interesting? Yes! The coffee note is amplified on my skin, but the damp, forest-y bits swirl around underneath and keep it fresh. I am exceptionally pleased by Vardogr, and if you like coffee scents with a twist, you should try it too.

Tapadero was the fourth pick.

A cattle trail drunk and a hard road to travel,
That old Jack O’ Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Tapadero is, at its heart, about roses and sage. I happen to love roses, and I happen to love sage. The leathery bits and the earthy finish combine to make Tapadero a delightfully wonderful smell. If you like rose scents (that have more going on then just rose) you’ll want to try Tapadero. It’s a very romantic scent.

Last of all, Cloudswing.

They will see us waving from such great heights
‘come down now,’ they’ll say
But everything looks perfect from far away,
‘come down now,’ but we’ll stay…

Cloudswing is warm hay and vanilla and mowed clover and marigolds and intense lemongrass. This was the scent I was least sure about, because often marigold and lemongrass don’t float my boat. However, combine some vanilla with lemongrass and all of a sudden I’m in a swoon, so duh. Of course I love it.

I think Circassian will be my favorite going into fall, because of coffee and chocolate speak to me on cooler days. But really, I love all five of these scents. If you haven’t tried Darling Clandestine yet, you better get on that! It’s all soooo good.

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5 Responses to “Darling Clandestine Bitsy Vials Are Awesome”

  1. Eleni says:

    The bitsy vials are heaps of fun :D I would give some to my sister’s as presents, but they’re not into perfume the way I am xD However, I want to stockpile a few of these sometime, so I can give them out as gifts to other people :)
    I don’t know how Evonne does it, but the coffee note in Vardogr and Circassian doesn’t make me angry! I am really not a coffee girl (the smell actually makes me get a little dizzy and I feel just bad overall when I smell strong coffee). So much love for Darling Clandestine :D

  2. Kendra says:

    I love the bitsies! I bought a few and plan to gift them in some upcoming swaps. Serpentina is still my favorite DC scent.

  3. eight says:

    I need everything DC.

  4. Coffee sex indeed. Now make sure you try Falchion, which is sexy sex that is sexy.

  5. Luna says:

    You picked awesome smells. I love Cloudswing. It’s delicious. =D