Illamasqua – Freak Scarab

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On 12th October Illamasqua announced via their YouTube page with a video (of course) that they were adding “the next chapter in our fragrance story” and followed this with “The decadent new fragrance, a unisex extrait de parfum. It enchants. Captivates. Corrupts.” as soon as I saw the video I went crazy and was so excited about it! Here’s the video for anyone who’s interested and may not have seen it yet:

It was announced to have more information released about it on the 18th October and even though it was only 6 days after it being announced on YouTube, I was super excited!

I popped to the Illamasqua counter in Selfridges the next day and asked if they were able to tell me anything about the new fragrance, but they told me it was all top-secret and even they didn’t know anything about it… So I was left to wait to find out more.

Eventually the 6 days passed on last Friday I was able to read about Illamasqua’s new fragrance, Freak Scarab:

Some images of the bottle were leaked on the internet, but it was the fragrances notes that I was interested in and of course, Illamasqua spoke about these on their website.

They speak about how they came up with the idea of the fragrance, especially it’s name:

Illamasqua Freak Scarab continuously transforms itself. A fragrance that heralds the daily rebirth of beauty and indulgence.

The ancient Egyptians believed that the scarab beetle was the embodiment of the sun. While the snake god fought the sun god every night, it was the scarab – self-creating and self-reforming -that ensured the sun rose again every morning.

As well as that, it of course talks about the notes in Freak Scarab too:

Top Notes: Blood Orange, Neroli Absolute and Ylang Ylang awaken and entice the senses.

Heart Notes: Davana Oil entwines with Egyptian Jasmine, Honeysuckle and Queen of the Night to form a sensual heart.

Base Notes: The warmth of Stewed Plum creates a distant depth, leading to the rich ancient accord of Mousse de Sax – Geranium, Anise, Moss and Leather.

I think this scent is going to smell very warm and while I’m not 100% sure if I’ll like it or not, a part of me reckons I shall. Freak is one of my favourite scents, as it smells like nothing else out there on the fragrance market and as Freak and Freak Scarab are unisex, men can wear them too.

The images for Freak Scarab on Illamasqua’s website look incredible and I just have to show them to you:

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As you can see, the 75ml bottle also contains a little creature on the side of it, like Freak does. Freak (as many shall know) has a little silver snail, whilst Freak Scarab (of course) has a little gold Scarab beetle on it. The bottle also appears to have gold glitter or lustre running throughout the black glass of the bottle, which looks really classy and beautiful.

The only downside with this being a new perfume is… It’s only available in 75ml at the moment and it costs £85.00 a bottle… Which I don’t even earn a week! Ouch!

However, this isn’t an issue for me as to be honest if I end up liking this perfume I’ll want to wait for a 30ml bottle before I buy. My bottle of Freak is only a 30ml size and it’s lasted me about a year now, however I do need to buy another bottle soon!

So, will you be giving Illamasqua’s Freak Scarab a sniff soon? Or do you think you’ll pass?

Do you like Illamasqua’s first fragrance, Freak?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care!

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