Rose Lovers Galore

I’ve been on a bit of a rose kick as of late-and decided to try out a few different ones.

A majority of them are from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, as their rose note is widely popular, but I opted for Rose City from Haus of Gloi as well along with some gourmand roses from Solstice Scents. If you’ve never ordered from them, Solstice Scents definitely wins in the shipping category, with Haus of Gloi as a close second.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab 

  • Rose Red 2016: The perfected winter rose, dew covered and freshly cut from BPAL’s Yule Release. There is nothing more like a fresh bouquet of roses that was just delivered to your desk (or your body hehe). When I wear this, I feel like I’ve been gifted flowers and the scent is just amazingly green and fresh. Even my mom said I smelled like the roses out in our front yard. It’s reminiscent of  smelling the roses first thing in the morning-slightly wet and very fresh. Definitely a keeper. I also tried The First Rose –  pale pink rosebud, wet with the dew of the dawn of creationThese two are very very similar, the rose red is slightly more green and in your face, with the first rose being it’s slightly quieter counterpart. Both excellent true rose scents.
  • Allegory of ChastityBlushing rose hips, pink rose petals, and vanilla cream with white jasmine and a drop of bergamot. Oh man, from the bottle it was fairly powdery which was really worrisome but once on the skin, the powder really rounds out and the rose total kicks in. It’s definitely a pinker rose scent but there is a hint of green that comes out later on. I don’t get much of the vanilla or jasmine but perhaps that is where I get the powder from. This is extremely lovely and throw is longer than Rose Red. This can last me all day easily.
  • Peacock Queen 2016: In dramatic contrast to the soft innocence of Snow White and the dew-kissed freshness of her sister, Rose Red, this is a blood red, voluptuous rose, velvet-petaled, at the height of bloom. Haughty and imperious, vain, yet incomparably lovely to the eye, but thick with thorns of jealousy, pride and hatred. I’m not sure how BPAL does it, but it does feel haughty-it has a bite at the end of the rose scent. Although I could appreciate the scent, this was not for me. The rose is definitely there at the beginning but evolves into this sharper, pointed scent.  
  • The Unicorn, Rushing Against the Tree, Fixed its Horn so Fast in the Trunk that it Could Not Draw it OutEthereal white orris, pale early lilacs, mallow flower, Queen of the Night, white moss, and dusk-lit mist. I’m not going to lie-I got this partially because of the name! In the bottle, I can smell the moss which makes it a bit dry and woody. But on dry down, wow, it’s really quite pretty! I would say it’s a light white floral with a slight sweetness (from the mallow flower?). It’s very wearable and dries into a quieter aquatic floral.

Haus of Gloi 

  • Rose CityRed roses and the earthy wet scent of aged patchouli.  THE PATCHOULI, is so so strong in this. I definitely can appreciate the depth of this, but patchouli just does not work on my skin. It’s definitely the most prominent note for me. I think if I could mellow this out with maybe a strong vanilla note this could be a keeper.

Solstice Scents

  • Rose Mallow CreamMoroccan Rose absolute, Bulgarian Rose absolute, Marshmallow Fluff, Strawberry Nectar, White Chocolate, Vanilla, White Musk. I really didn’t get that much rose from this, but definitely got the strawberry mallow! This is a very sweet scent that to me is more on the gourmand side than floral.
  • Cardamom Rose SugarBrown Sugar, Cardamom EO, Moroccan Rose and Bulgarian Rose. SPICY! So so spicy, if you have any  doubts about this, I would recommend going to a store and smelling cardamom first before making a purchase. It’s very warm, I think it would be perfect for colder weather (as it warms up the skin too). The sugar and cardamom are most prominent for me, with the rose coming out slightly on the dry down.

My winners are Rose Red/The First Rose and Allegory of Chastity! Between the two, I definitely feel like my rose niche has been fulfilled.


Dive into the Rabbit Hole – Indie Perfumes

I’ve always loved perfumes-anything from Chanel eau Tendre to Dior’s J’Adore. Smell is such a strong sense for me. A good perfume to me is like a good accessory. It sets the tone for my day and presence! Unfortunately, most traditional perfumes now give me headaches.

Through r/femalefashionadvice, I discovered the world of Indie Perfume Oil!

I started with what is considered the “Godfather” of perfume oil–Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL)! Through swaps on r/indiemakeupandmore, I discovered a few other brands, Darling Clandestine, Sixteen92 and Deconstructing Eden.

My first order from BPAL was definitely not all winners, but there was one–Alice. These are reviews for the ones that stood out to me, and some very popular ones that didn’t work for me.

  • Alice: Milk and honey with rose, carnation and bergamot I FELL in love with this one. This one is warm and spicy to me which I think is from the bergamot with a touch of floral in the background. The milk and honey balance out the spice and it’s definitely one of my regular wears. Through is medium to strong, I mixed this into unscented lotion and carry it around in my purse now.
  • Vintage 2009 Snake Oil: A blend of exotic Indonesian oils sugared with vanilla. This is BPAL’s best selling oil and is highly spoken of! It was not the oil for me, the incense is extremely strong, then the vanilla comes second. I tried it for a week straight and it just wasn’t a good fit. My boyfriend described it as smelling a bit like a temple or those antique shops 😦 I really wanted to love it but it was a no-go.
  • Dorian:  A Victorian fougere with three pale musks and dark, sugared vanilla tea. Another really popular scent, that also did not work out for me. It smelled like a lemon cake to me! I did not get any of the teas, but I did get the variation of musks with a strong almost lemon-cake like scent.
  • Embalming Fluid/Serving Tea After Coitus: A light, pure scent: white musk, green tea, aloe and lemon. Embalming fluid smelled JUST like Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea perfume to me. This definitely screams green tea and was actually a bit too much for me. Through the swap I saw someone post Serving Tea After Coitus: Green tea, heady honey, white plum, ambergris accord, and vanilla flower. Which in comparison to embalming fluid was more mellow and a more rounded scent. The green tea is more balanced with the honey and vanilla.
  • Fairy WineAn ethereal vintage, steeped with dandelion, honey and red currants. I really wanted to love this one, mostly because I love Neil Gaiman’s Star Dust-but this didn’t work with my body chemistry. It is very bubbly, almost like fruity champagne.
  • HeelHoneysuckle, late summer jasmine and mowed grass. All 3 of the notes are very prominent, with jasmine first, then honeysuckle and that green grass at the end. This will be perfect for warmer weather and summer.
  • Dormouse: A dizzying eddy of four teas brushed with light herbs and a breath of peony. This is a strong floral tea, the peony is quite pronounced for me. It’s an extremely fresh scent for me, almost like newly cut flowers soaked in tea. I think this would be great for the spring time.

The world of indie perfumes is extremely fascinating to me so far, and I’m loving it. img_2267