Solstice Scents-Winter 2011

OK, folks. Pull up a chair and get comfy. I recently received my "reconnaissance mission" Winter order from Solstice Scents and I will try to rein in my verbose ways in writing my impressions. I may, of course, fail miserably.

This order wasn't entirely from the Winter collection. SS also had a small Cyber Monday sale and I snagged a Scrying Smoke ganache and a Monster Mash perfume. A few of my sample vials are also little stocking stuffers. A Jack and the Devil for a co-worker that I've been preaching the wonders of SS to, Basilica for my mom. The Monster Mash is for G. He doesn't read my blog so I'm not worried about him figuring it out. He's a little easy to trick. Yesterday I told him I needed to swing by the mall and get a sweater for my dad, because I had a coupon about to expire, and I "admitted" that I'd be picking up a shirt for him as well for Christmas. Always ground a lie with a version of the truth; it makes it more plausible. I left him waiting in the car, ran in, and bought him an epically cool winter coat, and got it boxed up so he couldn't tell. Wa-ha-ha!

Anyway, every time I wear the Monster Mash lotion he says I smell good, and since I like the smell but don't love it on me, I figured, why not let him wear it?

So, here's what I got:

Scrying Smoke Ganache
Spiced Cranberry and Spruce Whipped Soap
Monster Mash Perfume
Samples in:
Night Star
Snowshoe Pass
Gingerbread and Vanilla Cream
Dark Ginger Spicecake
Russian Caravan
(gifts of Jack and the Devil, Inquisitor, Sages Athenaeum, and Basilica)

Spiced Cranberry and Spruce whipped soap in the jar smells a little like fruit punch. It's sweet, slightly tart and fruity. I don't really get any spice in the blend at all. The spruce/green element is faint. Once in the shower though the spruce comes forward and makes the shower smell wonderfully woodland and refreshing.

Onto the perfumes:

Night Star
Nutmeg, Patchouli, Frankincense, Myrrh, Woods and Lemon

A lovely interpretation of the "precious gifts" type scent, an excellent "Christmas in a bottle" without smelling exactly like a church, or a tree, or a cookie. The nutmeg and lemon keep it interesting but do not dominate the blend. The woods make it a little darker and perfect as a man's scent as well. I would have loved this in other products, but alas, it's only available as perfume. I'm really impressed with these scents. They are so well blended that it's hard to pick out individual notes in some. All I can do is take a whiff and helplessly sigh "mmmmm." Which does you, the reader, not much good when trying to form a mental image. But really, these are just so "mmmmm."

Snowshoe Pass
White Amber, White Musk, Vanilla Accord, Peppermint Cream, Cold Winds

I did not expect to love this as much as I do. It is such a bloody pretty scent. You open the vial, and get this cool breath of frosty air. It miraculously does this without venturing into peppermint patty territory. The combination of musk, vanilla, and mint just make for a gorgeous, pristine fragrance. I don't normally gravitate towards such scents, but it works. This is a perfect winter scent, a snowy scent, but one more akin to "the moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below", you know, like the poem. Sparkling and effervescent, a silent expanse of icicled woods. Or when Ralphie looked outside his window on Christmas morning in A Christmas Story, all sparkling, magical winter wonderland. NOT a March snow, when it's long since lost its appeal and has turned dirty, murky, and miserable. A good snow smell.

Gingerbread and Vanilla Cream
The Scent of Gingerbread Cookies & Creamy Vanilla

Pretty much what the description says. Delicious and authentic. For some reason in the vial I smelled something fruity and cakey, and came to the conclusion that I smelled Fig Newtons. I have no idea why, but it smells yummy.

Dark Ginger Spice Cake
Gingerbread, Woodsy Earth Musk, Patchouli & Vetiver

This is gingerbread that bites back. Since I love Jack and the Devil, which is another dark foodie scent, I knew I would love this. It is not extremely dark, but it does have a little attitude. I smell a touch of lemon, like ginger-lemon cookies. The food element is there, but it's blended so well with the patchouli that it smells like a perfume, and doesn't scream "I'm foooood!!!!"


Tobacco, Saddle Leather, Virginia Cedar, Black Pepper, Woods, Bayberry & Evergreens

I can't really do much better than Angela's description of this scent. The image she conjures of a frontiersman traveling throughout the wilderness is utterly perfect. It's rugged, smokey, earthy, woodsy, all those good things. I would like G to wear it, but he didn't care for it. I told him he was nuts.

Sugar Crystals, Spruce, Fir, Soft Woods, Bayberry, Mistletoe & Amber

This fragrance almost got lost among all the others I tried. It blends so well that I couldn't smell much at first. I suppose having four other fragrances on at once might have been a contributing factor as to not being wowed by this initially. Luckily the other day I committed to only wearing Outpost, and bully for me, because we have a winner. It really does present a morphing journey like Witch's Cottage, though they are indeed very different scents. At first I get a woodsy green note, and at the dry down I smell sweet wood smoke, which happens to be one of my favorite scents ever. It smells vaguely like some Yankee Candles I've smelled before, perhaps Fireside, but not as strong or as obvious. I did wear it on a cold rainy day per Angela's advice and it did make the scent more vibrant and noticeably morphing.

Russian Caravan
Smoked Black Tea, Leather, Pomegranate, Black Currant, Amber & Pink Peppercorn

I did not like this one at all in the vial. I smelled nothing but cough syrup. On the skin though, it mellowed into a mixture of black tea and pomegranate. It does remind me of a wandering caravan, packed high with exotic wares, precious spices, and full of music, laughter, and bartering between mysterious strangers. It turned into one of those confusing scents that I can't decide how I really feel about it. Another one of those "hmmmm interesting" scents.

So, in conclusion: awesome collection! I seriously wish there were more fragrances I didn't like, because SS is getting a considerable portion of my discretionary income, and well, eating into those silly incidentals like groceries. 

And one final word: Another work display using re purposed SS packaging!
I forgot to take a picture, but I even re purposed the adorable rusty jingle bells. Simply string them onto a bit of ribbon...voila, instant tree ornament!

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  1. Out of curiosity I must get a sample of Snowshoe Pass. I've tried Outpost and loved it! Too bad G wouldn't go for the Flintlock; it's an awesome guy scent.

  2. @Lynda-That's ok, I got him Monster Mash and he approved of that :) He's funny with scents anyway and will swear up and down he hates a scent when just the day before he loved it. I think he has some sinus issues that keep him from smelling properly, lol.

  3. I love the sound of these scents! I recently got to try a couple of them given to me by a friend and I like them a lot. Snowshoe Pass is so up my alley.
    I love the display you have created, very artistic :)


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