I wanted to post this review ASAP because I just realized Halloween is in less than two weeks! I don’t know how this happened! I haven’t even gotten to watch my traditional Halloween films, Hocus Pocus and Ernest Scared Stupid Yet. Classic films of greatness, people.
So, seasonal stress aside, I wanted to review some of Sugar and Spite Bathery’s Halloween scents before it was too late, because they are pretty good. Also you can get a sampler box for $12 with shipping, so it’s not going to break the bank!
Also their themed packaging is super thoughtful and perfect for Halloween!
I stumbled upon Sugar and Spite Bathery when I was lurking on the Indies reddit forum, (I don’t know how to use Reddit, so I’m much more comfortable being creepy and lurking), and I saw she was having a sale.
I did some fast and intense Google research from my office, (AKA the bathtub), and found some amazing reviews and some meh reviews. Needless to say, I was intrigued. In the end, I eventually weenied out of getting the full size perfumes she was offering in her sale, (just because I have like 30 perfume samples I still have to review), but I did want to at least try some of her scents.
I ordered on Sept. 30th, and my order was shipped on October 10. Apparently Sugar and Spite’s turn around time is usually faster than that, but I saw on Facebook that she got swamped with sale orders and needed to restock. My order arrived on October 14, (BOO Columbus Day), and everything was perfect, so 2 weeks is really not bad for an indie.
Look how cute/creepy the packaging is! Packaging doesn’t make or break an order for me, but I can definitely appreciate when someone has gone the extra mile to develop a concept.
I asked for my three samples to be Grimoire, Diabolique, and Carnivale Macabre. I got a free sample of Sinister, too! I also like the Halloween box it came it, when I showed it to Mr. Danger he got a jealous look in his eye and wanted to order some of our friends.
Let’s smell them!
Sinister-Black licorice whips, tea leaves, and incense smoke from darkened caravans.
This was my free sample, and if you like licorice scents, I think you’d be a fan of this one. The licorice is not too overpowering, and I do get scents of sweet tea leaves and smoke in the background. I don’t have a personal issue with licorice, but I’d rather not smell like it, so I might give this to someone else who can love it more. Not for me.
Grimoire- Ancient dusty spices, fire, smoke, charred wood, and turned earth.
I recently discovered that I love smelling like burnt things, so Grimoire is everything I want. I can’t wear this scent to work because it’s pretty strong and smells overtly charred, but I am smearing it on myself on Saturdays. It smells amazingly earthy, smoky, and spicy. It lasted several hours on me and it definitely mellowed out over time, Mr. Danger preferred it more near the end. But he can get over it, because I will smell burned if I want to. Love it, but I know most people might not.
Diabolique- Orange blossoms dripping with sticky black honey, warm gingerbread, 3 vanillas, tea leaves and aloeswood
I thought this would be my favorite scent of the bunch, but I was actually a bit underwhelmed by it in comparison to the others. It smells sweet and pleasant, don’t get me wrong, but the only scents I really get in this perfume are the orange and honey. I was really hoping for more of the gingerbread, but it didn’t show up on me until a few hours after wearing. That being said, this had great staying power and I did enjoy the clean, citrus-y sweetness! Nice!
Carnival Macabre- A steaming cup of espresso, butter chocolate, black patchouli, and tiny spiced muffins sprinkled with cracked pepper and crumbles of hazelnut.
I loveeeeed this one. It smells like what I want to eat for breakfast everyday, pastries and coffee. I actually didn’t get a lot of espresso notes at first, but more of a buttery baked good scent. Eventually a mild coffee note comes out, but it’s more of an undertone to the vanilla, pastry scent. Despite all this the patchouli keeps it from being too overwhelmingly foodie scented. Love it!
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised that all of these scents had such great staying power and strength on me. I was also pleasantly surprised that all of these goodies only cost me $12. I do regret not buying the full size samples, but hey-if there’s ever another Sugar and Spite sale, I’ll be on it!
Questions of the Day
-What do you think of these scents?
-What are you going to be for Halloween?
-Is there a Halloween movie you watch every year?