Death and Floral
Fantome Baba Yaga is from the Russian Fairytale collection. It is Herbaceous, smoky, animalic with notes of Black and red musk, a smoldering cauldron, cracked bone, cardamom, warm wood, hanging animal skins, burning mugwort.
From the brand - "It is impossible to speak of Slavic folklore without it starting and ending with Baba Yaga, with her fabled iron teeth and penchant for eating those who wander into her woods. But there is something more nuanced about this ancient witch who lives on the fringes of society. She is the singular most powerful and magical figure in all the folktales, who bends nature and time to her own will. The heroes in the tales—Vasilisa, Ivan, Masha of Finist the Falcon, and so many others— enter her hut bedraggled, without hope, and facing certain death. Her help isn't kind and it isn't easy, but Baba Yaga is always the catalyst for powerful magic. Baba Yaga, at her best and worse, exemplifies the raw, wild power and wisdom of women and nature itself."
Fantome perfumes are indie, small batch handmade and vegan. This is the perfume oil.
Reddit - "Spicy, herbal, musky in a perfect way, and this bby is STRONG. Ugh, the cardamom adds the nicest touch of spice without being too much - and the mugwort is absolutely too much, in the BEST WAY. When I sniff it, I imagine a fire blazing in a cave, with three old crones cackling over a boiling cauldron, adding herbs that have been hung up to dry."
Reddit - "In the bottle: It smells cold and foreboding, which I'm not sure how they captured in perfume, but damn I do not want to go into the place this scent is conjuring up uninvited... The musks are an undercurrent in a cauldron of some unnamed potion. This is very witchy and unsettling and I'm into it."
Reddit - "Baba Yaga is a fucking powerhouse of a scent. I expected a new age shop or a singular but unwearable mustiness. Absolutely not. It’s feminine, yes, but so uniquely spicy and herbal. Once applied, I immediately smell the cardamom, musk, and herbs. It reminds me a bit of Lycanthrope, but without the peach and honey. After a few minutes, the smoke starts to come through, and everything blends together in a sensual orgy of heady sweetness. I feel like I could write a book about this fragrance but never truly capture it. Would it be cheating to say it reminds me of Babooshka by Kate Bush? Okay, how about Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon? Or maybe You Should See Me in a Crown by Billie Eilish? One minute, it’s all folksy and mysterious, the next minute it’s a spicy force of nature that commands everything in sight. I feel a little like an imposter wearing it, so I’m not sure it’s for me, but damn. If you had told me this was a $300 perfume, I’d believe you. It gets five stars based on artistry alone"
Reddit - "Oh, Baba, what can I say about you? This perfume is gorgeous, full stop. Powerful. Arresting. Not nearly as funky or weird as reviews had led me to believe. Really lovely and definitely unique. Feminine and mysterious."
Indie Scent Library - "Incense-y, smoky, and utterly atmospheric. This is a soft incense with a slight smoky bite to it. The wax/dirt notes tone down the sweetness of the dragon’s blood, making it more wearable and very evocative of a witchy cabin in the woods."