Cathedral Noir Perfume Oil
Cathedral Noir Perfume Oil
Aroma palette is earthy, resinous, and smoky. Highlights include holy water, juniper and cedar incense smoke, melted candle wax, aged myrrh resin, lilies, and deep aged labdanum.
Cathedral Noir is a deep, dark, smoky fragrance that conjures visions of long forgotten prayers echoing in the shadowy alcoves of an ancient cathedral. It begins with thick wafts of juniper and cedar incense smoke and reveals a quick phantom of the metallic tang of holy water as it begins to dry down. On the dry down, it unveils the remains of thick melted candle wax, lilies, billowing bowls of aged myrrh resin, labdanum, and hints of fire.
This is a deep, dark fragrance that feels like opening a vial of ancient shadows. It's a shadowy journey through thick wafts of smoky incense, opulent aged resins, and the eerie yet comforting darkness of long forgotten sacred places.
Artists note: This blend opens very smoky with a true bonfire aroma. Allow it a few minutes to unfold on the skin to experience all of its shades and nuances.
Cathedral Noir is a fragrance composed of approximately 90% natural materials. Presented in a 5ml amber apothecary bottle.
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I was a little hesitant to get this scent after my first introduction to 'smokey' was Foilage Fire. That scent was heavy on the smoke and I really was surprised at how much I did not enjoy the oil as much as I thought I would. Please know, that is a lovely scent but more suited for someone else's skin chemistry than my own.
Reading the description of Cathedral Noir, I wanted to give the 'smokey' aroma another shot with a different scent as I have always been a fan of campfire smoke growing up (or really anything on fire like paper or incense). I am so glad I did. From the bottle at first sniff I felt like it was going to be the same experience as Foilage Fires, as soon as it went on the skin, the smoke softened to a tender blanket of actual juniper and cedar incense smoke, completely different from Foilage Fires. This reminded me of the old churches in a plaza of Mexico where the lit incense from the service inside the church would waft outside to mingle with the smell of leathered goods such as hand-painted leather bags, suede broken jackets, and newly made tanned leather woven shoes.
As the scent of juniper and cedar smoke lay as a base, I got stronger notes of leather coming through. Followed by a shy scent of the lilies making a subtle but strong appearance. In hand with the lilies, the scent of the resin-anointed candles was not as shy. The melted candle wax and resin were more forthcoming, mingling with the incense smoke giving more depth. I am able to pick out the different scents all at once if I focus and it is really a divine scent. I enjoy this much lighter smokey scent as it offers a shroud of mystery, and seduction but also a delicate plush tenderness. It's honestly a beautiful dance of femininity and masculinity. This is a scent that will prompt some curious questions and invoke beautiful compliments from others.
This starts out very smoky like a literal campfire or smoke pit and then it turns very resinous and incense as it dries down with really gorgeous lily in the background. It’s like walking through an old church that’s caught fire. I’ve never smelled anything like it but it’s so beautiful.
This one definitely reminds me of Undead or Seance with the lily/incense but it’s darker, much darker. Does not have much in common with Midnight Mass which is my holy grail church incense, at all. There is nothing comforting about this one, it’s quite unsettling.