Thursday, 29 December 2011

Illamasqua Freak

A little while ago I was sent a sample of Illamasqua's first perfume - Freak (AKA possibly the perfume with the worlds most beautiful bottle) - to test out. 

Ohh such a beautiful bottle! *__*

Beware, I find discussing perfumes very difficult. All the talk of top, heart and base notes just baffle me (generally) apart from the initial strong smell you get when you apply perfume they tend to smell the same on me regardless of how long it's been on (apart from the smell fading and stuff) they don't seem to 'mature' or change and no new notes come through. Also perfume is much harder to describe than makeup because I can't photograph a scent! And of course it's really subjective, what someone loves may smell rank to someone else and vice versa.  

 And describing this perfume is particularly different as there are quite a few notes in it that I don't think I've ever encountered before! But anyway let's give it a go!

This is what Illamasqua says about Freak:
'The rich and daringly provocative opening notes of Black Davana cast a magical spell of desire across the senses to celebrate the night. The compelling burnt orange bloom base is highly prized the world over for its ability to enhance the wearer's natural perfume. The subtle mustiness of Poison Hemlock haunts the background tone of Freak, adding alluring depths of mystery.
Datura, the Moonflower, has an intoxicating scent that has long been used as a heady aphrodisiac. The exquisitely rare Queen of the Night blooms fleetingly for a single night each year, and completes this daringly provocative concoction with its warm, soft floral scent touched with sweetness.'

As for me... Well I think the description is pretty accurate! This is a strange, almost mysterious perfume. To me it mainly smells like musk or incense, dark, oriental and exotic. It's earthy and musty. But there's also a strong floral note that I can't put my finger on (probably because I'm not familiar with the flowers in it!). These flowers are not sweet or at all 'old fashioned' smelling, no roses or jasmine  for instance, they're unusual, earthy, and fresh. Finally there is a slight sweetness from a hint of sugary orange blossom and honey.

To me it seems like a very sexy perfume, it's heady and seductive. The notes are unusual and as a lot of the floral ingredients are actually poisonous it adds an exciting thrill! I personally would think of this as more of an evening scent as I do not find it at all invigorating, quite the opposite in face, to me it seems almost intoxicating and calming. It also just smells distinctly 'nocturnal' to me. I also think it could be a good unisex fragrance, the florals are so unusual it doesn't come across as overtly feminine. It is also very long lasting, while it fades in intensity I can still easily detect this after a full days wear.

You can probably tell that I really like this! I didn't expect to, I generally like very fruity, sweet scents, some of my favourites are Diesel Loverdose (which to me smells like a floral based licorice with a hint of tangerine), Gap So Pink (smells like a softened grapefruit), Prada Candy (like baked goods and toffee with a small amount of musk) and Nina Ricci Les Belles Liberty Fizz (which to me smells like tomato flowers). I tend to dislike strong woodsy, oriental or musk smells. So it's odd that I like this so much. I think it's because it's just so unique. I can imagine this being the scent of choice for a  femme fatale or Film Noir heroine because it's so mysterious and seductive. And the sweet undercurrent of the honey and orange blossom makes it more palatable than other oriental/musk smells. I think another reason I like it is because it conjures up images in my head. It reminds me of churches and cathedrals (because of the musty, incense) but also a deep, dark forest, full of slightly rotting leaves and exotic plant smells.

It probably won't become my everyday choice, for that I'll stick with my fizzy fruity smells, but I'd love this for a special evening out or, indeed, a special evening in ;D

Sadly at £59 or 75ml the full bottle is out of my price range at the moment, so I won;'t own that beautiful bottle :( But I'll be enjoying my little sample vial! 

*sample sent for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own*


  1. I have a sample of this that I havn't worn yet, although I have smelt it in the shop. I like it, but I don't think it's as game-changing as Illamasqua are claiming. Maybe you'll get into musky smells! I looooove sweet musks. Laahvely.

  2. I also got a sample, and I'm hoping for another in my latest order. I liked the little cardboard envelope I got it in, I thought it was nice, and I absolutely love it. I am usually allergic to perfume, but I have gotten no sore lungs, no rash and no coughing with it.

    I like old-lady smells, and Freak is very much a Victorian-styled perfume (all of the scents were popular in the late 1800s), which adds to its attraction to me. If I had more of it I'd wear it all the time! :3


  3. Based on the description, it sounds like something I might like. I wish I could get a sample of it to try too before I commit to the price :-/

  4. I really like the bottle! I definitely want to get a sample because I like oriental and woody smells

  5. I quite like it, but I think it's quite masculine on me and I'm not sure if it suits! Perhaps there is something wrong with my nose, ha ha! Anyway... I'm with you, I'll be enjoying my sample and dreaming of the bottle :D

  6. I got the full bottle from my Dad for Christmas, and I'm absolutely wetting myself with excitement, I love it xD I'm really hoping the boyfriend doesn't hate/end up allergic to it, because its definitely an evening scent, and he's the only person I tend to do evening outings with xD And there's no way I'm passing up opportunities to wear it!

  7. Yes, I think it's quite masculine as well, like Robyn said (is it unisex?) But I often steal a spritz from their counter at work because I feel like it lasts on me (most perfumes seem to fade so easily).

  8. I really want to try this! Think I will have to ask for a sample when I am in London as it's a lot of money to order without knowing if I will like it! xx

  9. Sounds like it smells heavenly! I need to track down a sample of this as I think I might love it but it's hard to tell unitl you've worn it.

  10. I just got my hands on a sample as well, and it does smells a lot more lovely than I'd imagined! I own too many perfumes to justify getting this at the moment, but knowing myself I won't be able to resist getting the full bottle sooner or later... :)


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