Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Solitary Scrutiny: Solstice Scents Estate Vanilla

Welcome to this day-after-Thanksgiving edition of Solitary Scrutiny (aka I was busy when I actually wanted to have this done). I had lots of grand plans for reviewing things this week that evaporated the minute that I started doing health things for my new job, because they are both time-consuming and painful. Sometimes painful. 

I think I've come to the conclusion that this month is going to be pretty sporadic as far as blog posts go. I don't like to make any promises or make myself feel like I have to write - blogging is my hobby, not my job. I intend to keep it that way. But I do like write out why I'm posting a certain way, mostly because I use this blog as a record for myself. And snippets of my life do influence what I'm using, what I'm testing, and what I've got on my wishlist. Right now, I'm moving. And packing up my apartment and getting things done for work and arranging my life for getting into my new apartment (the great triumph of my Thanksgiving weekend was signing a lease on a beautiful new apartment AND getting the keys three weeks early so I can be more flexible about moving). As much as I love you, blog, I have much to do these next few weeks.

I had a lovely Thanksgiving, with two dinners, lots of family and friends, and of course, good local wine. I spent a lot of time reflecting on the last year, because Thanksgiving 2014 marks the beginning of when I started job hunting and realized that the student life was going to be over (though the period of address-instability is not. Yay for contract jobs!). I'm thankful for making it out on the other side of what was a very confusing, bewildering, uncertain, and overwhelming year. I'm thankful for the friends and family who supported me, helped me, and indulged me. I'm thankful for my doctors, my professors, my coworkers, my bosses and anyone else who's given me the tools I needed this past year. I'm thankful for so many things, and I'm feeling pretty lucky. 

I've been wearing Solstice Scents Estate Vanilla a lot lately - I picked up a sample in September, and once it arrived, I fell in love. I'm not really a vanilla person, but this is such a well-done one that I can't help it. This is exclusively in Solstice Scents' new eau de parfum formula. I was initially a little less enthused about the EDPs. I'm not a huge fan of alcohol-based perfumes in general, and I don't much like spraying things at myself. But after a ton of really favourable reviews (Amanda at More Tea, Wesley? sealed the deal for me, though), I decided I needed to get it.

Because I'm an international customer, I can only order the 3.3ml sample sizes of the EDPs. This was kind of a pricey purchase, because the sample size was $9USD, plus shipping to Nova Scotia...yeah, it wasn't pretty for one little spray vial. I funded this by selling a few things from my destash pile to help me justify it. 

Totally worth it, though. 

Raw Vanilla Pods, Vanilla Infused Sugar, Cream & Vanilla Extract. 

In the vial, this smell like boozy vanilla - probably because of the alcohol base. It reminds me a bit of Cenobite, Solstice Scents' previous vanilla that was discontinued. I liked Cenobite well enough but rarely used it  Estate Vanilla, on the other hand, will be a bit more frequent for me. It's a lighter vanilla, but still rich and sweet. Like the very best of the scent of vanilla extract plus some vanilla cream to round it out. It is so, so good. The throw on this is moderate. I've always found Solstice Scents' oils to have really good throw on me, so I was worried about the sillage being really high. The staying power is spectacular - each day I've worn it so far, it has lasted 16+ hours on my skin. I'm not sure how long it would take to fade, since I end up showering it off and going to bed. 

Estate Vanilla is beautiful and I love it. I'm considering picking up a full-size of it at some point - which will require some mail gymnastics, but I'm ready to take on the challenge.

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