Scent Description from the Alkemia Etsy:
An elusive, smokey blend of burning wood, Madagascar Vanilla, and Tonka. We find this one to be elementally simple, but unusually mercurial and highly responsive to different skin chemistries… the vanilla and the smoke dance with each other almost continuously… sometimes the foreground is smoky, then sweet, then returns with sweetly smoky, then smoky.
From the vial, Smoke and Mirrors smells a tiny bit sweet, yet smoky. The sweetness can be attributed to the vanilla, of that I am certain.
Once applied, Smoke and Mirrors smells absolutely wonderful. Like smoke and leaves on a crisp autumn day. Luckily, the smoke in this perfume isn't the dreaded "I smell like a barbecue" smoke- it is a beautiful, realistic campfire type of smoke.
The drydown doesn't really change this perfume. It stays beautiful and smoky, and the vanilla stops by to say "hello" every so often.
This is the first perfume I've ever tried by Alkemia, and I'd buy a full size at the drop of a hat. It's a beautiful scent, and I cannot stop smelling my wrist. This perfume reminds me of Smoky Mountain Mallow by Solstice Scents, and I love that one too!
Thanks so much for reading!
Disclaimer: Nadja sent this perfume to me. I am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the companies mentioned. My opinions are my own and honest.