Freak (Scarab Edition) - Illamasqua
Even though this is nothing like what I would normally go for, I wanted to try it anyway. As it turns out, this is a pretty solid perfume. The ingredients smell expensive and opulent, and the bottle is absolutely a work of art as well!
This perfume is definitely dominated by plum and jasmine almost the whole way through. The jasmine is very reminiscent of the jasmine in Alien - very rich and sweet. The plum is dry and boozy, almost jammy but set off by the jasmine so it doesn't become cloying. There are other white floral notes dancing around as well, which give it a very gentle feminine vibe amongst the heavy plum and jasmine. I can smell the ylang-ylang and orange as well, but only faintly. They balance the perfume wonderfully. As it dries the scent becomes slightly drier and less boozy as the leather and moss come out. However, the other notes are still clearly there.
So, all in all, for being a perfume I would normally never try (I'm not a big fan of plum usually), I'm impressed. I find that it doesn't last very long on my skin, but I'm okay with that. I feel like it might be a bit too much if it was any stronger. I'll definitely revisit this in the colder weather too, as I feel it would be a great autumn and winter scent.
Overall rating: 7.5/10