I would like to direct you to my review of In Fiore’s Fleurs Blanches and Rose Noir in the most recent issue of Sniffapalooza Magazine. Of course you should read all of the wonderful articles in the June 24th issue, but you’ll need to scroll down a few to get to mine. This is my second article to be published there, and to celebrate, I will send two lucky readers generous samples of In Fiore’s Maia Body Oil and Fleurs Blanches Parfum Solide (and maybe even an extra surprise). If you read my review of Maia Body Oil here on Scent Hive, you know Maia has been discontinued. But I have wonderful news! Julie Elliott, the owner of In Fiore, will soon re-release Maia under a new name. I don’t know the exact date, but I will keep you all posted.
To enter the In Fiore sample giveaway, read my review at Sniffa Magazine, and then leave a comment here as to why In Fiore’s scents sound intriguing. Or….just say hello! It’s vacation time for Scent Hive, so you have until July 12th at 10pm PST to enter. Good Luck! Winners have been announced.
~to leave a comment, simply hit the word comments under the “share/save” button below. Since I’ll be on vacation, I won’t be responding to each comment as I typically do, but rest assured, if you comment you will be entered in the drawing!
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Narcissus Poeticus is one of those rare fragrances that holds both darkness and light in its grasp. The darkness of the soil that we don’t dig into, so as to not disrupt the burgeoning bulbs below our feet. And the light of the sun hitting delicate petals once they emerge victorious after the harsh winter. Wearing Narcissus Poeticus for the first time felt like my springtime emergence from the damp, cold soil.
The fragrance began dark and bitter, like pulling up a half-buried stone covered with rich soil and moss. Beautiful and haunting woody notes swirled around as well, like deep oily resin from an old-growth forest. I had to ask the creator of the fragrance, Laurie Stern, about this and she confirmed that Blue Spruce is in the mix which I can assure you is not piney, but deep and earthy. Ms. Stern has used narcissus absolute in this fragrance which allows for narcissus’ pungency to shine through in the opening, but not overpower it. Once the soil dried and dusted off, the narcissus subdued and made way for the fleshy sweetness of osmanthus and the green charm of violet leaves. The drydown evolved into an alluring floral blend that retained hints of the initial earthiness, but rather than being linear, the remaining darkness became slightly smoky and weightless. What a complex and stunning fragrance!
Narcissus absolute is very rare and very expensive, so Narcissus Poeticus is a special perfume to have in your collection if you are so lucky to have it, or plan to own it. It is a limited edition, and there are not many bottles left, so don’t delay in your decision to buy a bottle.
Velvet and Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery has loving care and attention in every last detail. The sample sets that I received from Ms. Stern were impeccably and gorgeously packaged and her website, scent descriptions and handwritten notes exemplify her dedication to natural perfumery and her joy of creating beautiful fragrances. One only needs to read her FAQ page on her website to discover more about her devotion to 100% all-natural perfumes, humane treatment of animals, and use of rare and limited essences. You can also read an inspiring and educational interview with Laurie Stern at Sniffapalooza Magazine: The Natural’s Perfumers Corner where you will learn many things about this perfumer, including her early days of hand making lingerie for high end stores like I. Magnin. (A big shout out to those of you who remember I. Magnin!!) Once you hit the link, you’ll need to scroll down past a few of the interviews to find Velvet and Sweet Pea’s.
Posted by ~Trish
Roxana Villa, creator of Illuminated Perfume, has quickly become one of my favorite natural perfumers. I have reviewed her wonderful fragrance Vespertina in this month’s issue of Sniffapalooza Magazine and I hope you all find yourselves hitting this link to read why I am so smitten by it.
Roxana has been very generous to offer Scent Hive readers a giveaway. One lucky reader will receive a 1gm sample of Verpertina in liquid form and another will receive a 1gm solid. The Vespertina solid has not been released yet, so this is particularly special. The winner will have to wait a little bit longer for Roxana to fine tune the formulation, but it will be worth the wait as you will be testing it before anyone else gets the chance!
In order to enter, simply read the Vespertina review in Sniffapalooza Magazine, or read about Vespertina on the Roxana Illuminated Perfume website or blog. Then come back here and post a comment on why you would like to try this wonderful fragrance.
You have until 10pm on April 22nd to enter. The winners will be announced on April 23rd. Good luck!
Update: Winners have been chosen!
Posted by ~Trish