Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Another Favorite (Non-Nail) Thing!

Aside from my obsession with nail care and nail color, I have one other obsession, perfume oils! I've been collecting oils created by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab for over two years, and I absolutely love them! The inspirations behind their scents are unique and creative, and the scents themselves are incredible. The lab is always creating new scents. They celebrate the changing of the seasons, comic book artists, authors, and holidays such as Halloween, Yule, and Lupercalia (during which Valentine's Day falls). That is by no means an exhaustive list of their miriad sources of inspiration. The lab also maintains an enormous general catalogue, and is constantly adding new scents to it, in addition to all their limited edition offerings. Since I began using perfume oils, I've rarely returned to alcohol based scents.

Within the past year or so I have also begun exploring the offerings of other perfume oil retailers. I've had wonderful luck with oils made by Conjure Oils, Arcana Soaps, and Solstice Scents. One recent favorite is Manor Perfume by Solstice Scents. It is a gorgeous vanilla musk warmed by beautiful woodsy notes and sweetened with a vanilla accord. I absolutely LOVE it! I also ordered Thornwood Thicket, and it too turned out to be fabulous! Rich amber and a woodsy incense vibe wonderfully balance the juicy blackberry note. I am so pleased with both scents, and I love the value I get with Solstice Scents perfumes. The perfume oils are packaged in beautifully labeled, cobalt blue glass vials with a roller ball dispenser. Each vial holds approximately 0.35 oz (10ml) of perfume oil, and a little goes a long way! Manor perfume and Thornwood Thicket Perfume are both offered as part of the Solstice Scents Autumn collection. I definitely recommend that you check them out!

If you happen to be interested in more perfume oil reviews, please comment here! I am happy to include reviews of my perfume oil purchases, along with all the nail stuff. I have an order of several bottles from the Halloween update coming from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, and if there is interest I will gladly review them here!

In addition, I am still working my way up to 200 followers so I can do a grand Zoya giveaway! I'm still 75 followers shy, so please bring your friends over. I have one set each of Summertime, Sunshine, Smoke, and Mirrors to giveaway! 

13 comments:

Claudia said...

I have been wantingto try oils for several years now but I am really leary of it since you have to just guess as to what you might like. I know I like 'warmer' scents like "Romance" by Ralph Lauren or "Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin" & "Vanilla Bean Noel" from Bath & Body Works. But when a list of 'notes' like wood, grass, and spice is thrown at me I tend to get confused!

Hillary said...

@Claudia- I think that trying some of the small sample vials that many perfume oil companies make would be a good place to start. Nearly all of the etailers that make perfume oils sell their general catalogue scents in small sample vials, and some even offer their limited edition scents in sample size. Romance by Ralph Lauren was a favorite of mine, alone with Angel by Thierry Mugler. In perfume oils I tend to most enjoy scents with vanilla, amber, sweet woods, incense, dark berry or fruit notes, and musks. Keep in mind if you decide to try some perfume oils, for the most part they smell different on the skin compared to in the vial. Perfume oils tend to react more with individual skin chemistry than alcohol based perfumes, so you really need to try the scent on your skin before making final judgement.

Claudia said...

Thanks Hillary! You've inspired me enough to place an order! =)

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