Alkemia Club de Hashischins Perfume Oil Limited Special Reserve is a dark intoxication of hashish coffee and dawamesk from an original 1844 Club des Hashischins recipe that includes orange peel, cinnamon, clove, cardamon, nutmeg, and kola nuts blended with African bronze honey, blackberry pipe tobacco and leathered labdanum.
This is the perfume oil. It is also free of parabens, phthalates, PDGs and other unpleasant things. A hand-blended and small batch perfumery using natural essences, ethically rendered accords, and lab-created aroma molecules.
Fragrantica: This is a masterpiece from Alkemia. The coffee, tobacco and spices are perfection. The warmth and sweetness, without being cloying, make this a winner.
One Note At a Time: What I was hoping for and what called to me: After falling hard for my ultimate gateway scent potion known as Caveau des Innocents, I went on the hunt for any and all labdanum noted fragrances in Alkemia's amazing library of perfumes. Turns out I started exploring just at the perfect moment as the early Autumnal releases blew right into my line of curiosity and Club des Hashischins called out to me with inspiring history involved in the creation of this fragrance but also the cinnamon, clove, nutmeg appealed to my love of fall spices and finally oddly the blackberry pipe tobacco as I have been secretly hoping to stumble across a perfume with that note combination. This vial had to rest for several months (WE REST ALL OF OUR ALKEMIA PERFUMES BEFORE YOU BUY THEM) as it was extremely sharp coffee and blackberry based. It mellowed to CARAMEL, COFFEE and SWEET SPICE. It is such a transporting combination and you can imagine the stories that await from 1844 where some famous writers sat around indeed being masters of their universe. Applied: A blast of bitter pungent coffee opens that makes me jerk my head away and think perhaps I was indeed mistaken about everything I thought good and I can't handle this perfume but then my usually difficult chemistry welcomes forward the caramel note and tempts me to stay just a little bit longer. Going about my day, the caramelized coffee (that has calmed down and smells gourmand) is still present but pleasant on this pseudo-spring day so I keep wearing it, that turns out to be an excellent decision because a distinct blackberry pipe smoke note twists my head and calls for attention as I am doing mundane housework and I notice how much it wants to impress and then softly fades to and stays with cinnamon and nutmeg mixed pipe smoke. Overall a scent experience I can see returning to again gladly. Granted I have only the tiniest dab on right now but Club des Hashischins is quite the different scene that I believe would work best on special occasions or when stepping out on those days when a little-inspired culture and creativity with scent is needed especially in the colder months.