Sinisterly Scented: Hexennacht Scents, Soaps, and More
An important facet of the darkling lifestyle is to smell good, and if you’re looking for a new signature scent (or a new fragrance brand to try) then you’re in luck. Hexennacht is not your mother’s perfume brand; on the contrary, it is darker, bolder, and sexier.
Caroline Blicq, the owner and perfumer behind Hexennacht, has a knack for conjuring up the most intoxicating scent compositions that anyone can enjoy. Do you prefer your perfume earthy or spicy? Perfect. Maybe you enjoy something a little more gourmand, or perhaps something fresh and clean? Oh, look at that, she has a scent for you, too.
Here are some of Hexennacht’s choice scents that we know you will fall madly in love with.
Picture a dark, smoky cigar shop full of mysteriously attractive strangers and one just so happens to give you a devious smile. Coffin Nails is one decadent, sexy perfume and it is incredibly wearable. This is a cult favorite with its edgy and earthy quality. It’s like wearing your goth crush; the scent of tobacco, booze, and a sultry blend of spicy sweetness that draws you in for more. You will literally not be able to get enough of this fragrance, because we sure can’t.
- Tobacco leaves, tobacco flower, whiskey, ginger, anise, coriander, clove, spices, fruitwood sap, juniper berry, hay, vetiver, benzoin, labdanum, vanilla pods, tonka bean, honey.
The Bell Witch
Not only did the name catch our attention, so did the scent description of the blend. When first worn, you get an intense waft of musky, heady incense with faint woody under notes. Do you remember watching your first horror film? This scent will give you that same sense of enamored curiosity, exhilaration, and the kind of goosebumps that are addictive. Caroline herself mentioned that this is not a “fluffy” scent, and she was spot on. It is intense, but it is supposed to be. It is a beautifully haunting rendition of an American horror story, with images of a dreary rotting house, wisps of incense, the warmth of a crackling hearth, and the sinister presence of a force you cannot see, but feel.
- Blood musk, ebon musk, feral musk, nag champa, sandalwood, incense, guaiacwood, vanilla, bergamot, aged dark patchouli, woodsmoke, amber.
Big Toddy Goth Girl
This scent has a hilarious play on words but the name alone should be indicative of this being a quintessential darkling fragrance. It is like Coffin Nails’ more “feminine” counterpart. It has a boozy quality that marries well with sweet smoky spices reminiscent of an autumn baked pie. An autumn pie baked by a 90s goth babe who you went home with from the club. This is a gourmand scent but even those not as partial to foodie perfumes will fall in deep, dark love with this one.
- Spiced buttered rum, bourbon, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove cigarettes.
If this name does not stir up thoughts of a particular English occultist, then we’re not sure what will. This is a scent along the same vein as Coffin Nails in that it is a more “unisex” composition. Robust, earthy black tea and tobacco with the crisp citrus cut of bergamot really ties well together. The lingering warmth and sweetness of vanilla and amber gives the overall fragrance a kind of luxurious headiness that you don’t expect on first sniff. This is a light and clean every season kind of perfume, so whether you’re a novice or advanced in black magic you’ll find that Crowley is the kind of scent that will get heads turning.
- Black tea, bergamot, tobacco, vanilla, amber.
Norman Loves Mother
Alfred Hitchcock knew how to do horror, and Hexennacht knows how to do fragrances. This scent was obviously inspired by the cult classic film Psycho, and the pivotal character Norman Bates’ relationship with his mother. While it is an earthy scent alongside Coffin Nails and Crowley, it has a more wood-based foundation to it. The spiciness of the cardamom and the dark smokiness of patchouli as top notes really grab you, which also consequently sets it apart from the rest. Norman Loves Mother is such a well-rounded scent with a very subtle lush vanilla note that makes it wearable for everyone. It is no surprise either, considering the amount of people who shout their love for this scent from the rooftops!
- Earthy cardamom, rich vanilla, deep dark patchouli, and dry, woody notes of an old teakwood rocking chair.
Picture yourself dancing naked around a roaring bonfire, blissful and exhilarated as you throw spices on those fanning flames, anointed in flying ointment while your familiar tracks your every move. It is so unapologetically witchy, which makes it the ultimate darkling’s dream scent. On first sniff, you immediately get those caramel and vanilla notes but they don’t linger too long. Soon you’ll get the sensual notes of amber and cardamom that only heighten the distinctive woodiness of the fragrance. The smoky and musky quality of the overall composition will only remind you of black goats and the cawing of crows—what witch wouldn’t enjoy that?
- Animalic accord, amber, black patchouli, cedar, Peru balsam, vanilla, cacao, caramel, cardamom, musk.
The beauty of Hexennacht is not only found in flawlessly crafted scents, but in the fact that they’re available to purchase in various forms. From parfum extrait to perfume oil, you can snag a singular dram (or five), roll-ons, or in a spray bottle. If perfumes are not for you, you can try the much beloved buttercream lotion or lotion bars. Hexennacht even carries natural deodorant, hand-dipped incense sticks, and decadent vegan soap bars. Regardless of what medium you particularly fancy, rest assured that you will find exactly what you are looking for.
Smell great and stay witchy, darklings.
Featured image via @hexennacht.scents.