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NAVA Vampire Vanilla Bat

Spoopy season is upon us! Get your candles ready, buy all the pumpkins and take your scarf out of the closet – autumn and NAVA’s Halloween update are (nearly) here! You might remember my old review of Vampire Chocolate Bat, a chocolatey patchouli concoction. This time, however, I’ll review its sister scent, NAVA’s Vampire Vanilla Bat.

Nocturne Alchemy: Vampire Vanilla Bat

Vanilla Bean fleck, Kobalt, Crystalline, Tahitian Vanilla, French Vanilla and a spot of Vanilla-infused Studio created Patchouli.

NAVA Vampire Vanilla Bat bunnyechoes - the black label on the bottle features a white bat

I’m not afraid to admit that I like reapplying perfumes during the day. It provides a mid-day refreshment, and it perks me up. That said, sometimes I prefer to apply it in the morning and not bother with topping up in the afternoon. Vampire Vanilla Bat is long-lasting, and so it doesn’t need to be reapplied.

At first, a powerful Kobalt vanilla hits my nose with its sharp, green character. Verging on plastic, the patchouli dominates for about an hour, and produces a noticeable throw. I need to say that NAVA Vampire Vanilla Bat is very heavy on the patchouli. I did hear that some people don’t get any patch at all but YMMV.

NAVA Vampire Vanilla Bat bunnyechoes - the black label on the bottle features a white bat

Later the vanilla tempers it a bit, taking it from the dark territory into a more mellow atmosphere. The vanilla is never foody but it does provide a smooth, more gourmand base.

Eight or so hours in, it’s not more than a skin scent. Now it’s a balanced mix of vanilla and patchouli with woody undertones that work so well on the skin. At times, though, this aroma reminds me of the pillowy, comfortable Crystalline. 

The Verdict

This pefume is very fitting for cold days or evenings when you crave a darker, unusual scent. To be honest, NAVA Vampire Vanilla Bat is not my holy grail or even an everyday scent but I like wearing it in the autumn.

NAVA Vampire Vanilla Bat bunnyechoes - the black label on the bottle features a white bat

You might like it if you enjoy Sixteen92 Wicked. Wicked has an additional fresh almond note, so it’s foodier and lighter than Vampire Vanilla Bat.

While Vampire Vanilla Bat isn’t available in this year’s Halloween release, there are a lot of interesting NAVA scents listed right over here. Which one are you most tempted to get?

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