Grav3yardgirl (video: October Favorites 2012). As soon as she mentioned the fact that there is actually a perfume out there that smells like old books, I was hooked. That probably seems weird to most people, but trust me - it's not as bad as it sounds! In fact, they have an entire line of "Manor"-based scents, inspired by different rooms in, not surprisingly, a Manor. If you've ever been inside of an old, wooden house, have explored a library with books that haven't been opened in decades, or have even set foot into an antique store, you probably have a pretty good idea of what these perfumes smell like. But it's more than just smelling like an old book, or like someones creaky, wooden cabinet... these perfumes are so delicately intertwined with multitudes of subtle scents that you can't help but go on an imaginative journey when smelling each vial. It is these journeys that I had when smelling my Solstice Scents products that I would like to share in this review.
First and foremost, let me just say that the shipping time for my order was incredible. In just 4 days I had the package in my mailbox! Second, the packaging was adorable. My little box came with Halloween colored confetti and little 'pot-pourri'-esque goodies that made opening it a real treat. Each product has it's name hand-written on the container, which is just proof that they put love into every single product they ship out. The only down side to this was that I found that some of the names on the sample-vials smudged a little when I tried to open them. However, the writing is still legible.
So enough small talk, let's get to the product reviews!
(disclaimer: I am by no means a "scent connoisseur" and there are much more eloquent/detailed descriptions of each scent on the Solstice Scents website if you're interested. These are just my initial reactions...)
Halloween Night Body Ganache
Halloween Night was one of the scents described by Grav3yardgirl and she said that it smells like a bag of candy after trick-or-treating. I have a mild-obsession with lotions and body cremes in general, as well as a "mild" obsession with all things Halloween, so naturally I just had to have this. Not to mention, Bath and Body Works didn't come out with any Halloween-themed lotions this year so I needed to fill that void.
When I first smelled this, I thought it smelled like chocolate. Then I smelled vanilla. Then I decided it was a very nice combination of the two. Above all else I would say that it smells more like chocolate than vanilla, but it's not too overpowering. It sort of reminds me of cocoa butter, only less sweet. I put a small amount on my hands and I would say that it moisturized quite well considering how little I used. I'm going to go ahead and say that this 4oz jar will last me a very long time, so it was definitely worth the $10 I paid for it. Overall, I quite like it!
Manor perfume because I had only read positive things about it - and I must say, I'm glad that I did!
The initial scent I picked up from this perfume was a spruce/fir scent - it reminded me of a Christmas tree farm. As I let the scent sink in, the "sprucey-ness" took a back-seat and I immediately had visions work their way into my mind; an intricately carved writing desk, a winding banister staircase, a long hallway with multiple doors leading into various rooms, oil paintings on the wall... indeed, the manor was coming to life. The longer I let the perfume sit on my skin, the more scents appeared, eventually leaving a wonderful combination of musky and sweet scents floating in the air.
This scent leaves me feeling elegant and sophisticated without feeling overly matronly. It's one of those scents that you can wear daily, but also to nicer events. I'm pretty sure I just found a new favorite perfume!
The remainder of the products I ordered were the sample-sized perfumes. Each time you order (I believe) you have an option to select a free sample. Furthermore, if you're a new customer and you indicate this ("new customer") in the comment box during checkout, they will give you yet another sample! So I ordered three samples, but after all the free goodies I ended up getting five.