Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Solstice Scents Spring - and a perfume epiphany

It's been a while since I was really interested in a perfume release - well, maybe not a while, but it feels like it's been a while. But Solstice Scents' spring release this year was full of new scents, and not only that, new scents that called to me. I haven't been feeling a lot of releases this year, but Solstice Scents had a great variety in this release. So many new scents too! I've long passed the point in my indie perfume journey where the yearly rotation is interesting to me, since I've tried most of them from my favourite brands, so I zero in on new additions. 

After much dithering, I picked out two 5ml rollerballs in After the Rain and Gin Flower. For my free sample, I picked out Mountain Vanilla. All three are new scents, and come in both in organic sugar cane alcohol (which is what I have, because Canada) and their eau de parfums. 

After the Rain is the one I was most excited about. Solstice Scents posted a teaser for it on Instagram, and I fell in love. Lilacs? Rain? Sign me up. I'm not typically big on florals, but I have a soft spot for lilacs. The complete notes list is "Lilac, Wisteria, Blue Lotus, Rain, Green Accord, Wild Violets, Earth."

At first sniff, it smells mainly of lilacs and violets. I'm usually a little bit wary of violets because they can be powdery, but this is a pure sweet violet. As it dries down, there are more greens and damp soil. So good, like a field in a warm spring rain. I assume. There are no warm spring rains in New Brunswick. The rain note comes out the strongest as the wear goes on, settling into a clean water, lilac, and green scent. It's lovely, It's light and fresh. It doesn't have high sillage - the throw is fairly low - or longevity, getting to about five hours before I need to reapply, but it's perfect to my nose while I'm wearing it, and that's all that matters. It is a natural blend, so the sillage and longevity are to be expected.

Gin Flower is off another direction: it's a scent based off of a cocktail and I can always get behind that. The notes are "Osmanthus, Elderflower, Apricot, Vanilla, Juniper, Lime, Manuka Honey Accord (Vegan), Pear, Citron, Hawaiian Sandalwood." The gin is most prominent when you apply it, but that gives way to a light citrus and floral scent, with a dab of honey. Honey is one of my death notes, but decided to give this a chance and the vegan honey accord in this is more like honey and not evil powdery death, which is my usual experience of honey. I'm still a little conflicted on how I feel about this. I like the light citrus aspect of it and I like the gin and the elderflower and even the honey, but all together...I don't know. It's nice but it also feels off on me somehow. And just when I've decided I'm not into it, I get a whiff of it and love it. I've worn it probably 20 times since it got here and I just don't know. Like After the Rain, Gin Flower is a natural blend and hugs close to the skin, and has shorter longevity on my skin. 

And lastly, I tried Mountain Vanilla. This one is gorgeous, though not totally me, so I'm content with the sample size. The notes are "Sweet Clover, Coumarin, Vanilla Musk, Fresh Green Accord, Poplar Buds, Morning Dew." This is like sticking your nose into a heavenly vanilla while sitting in field in the early morning. It's fresh, softly green, and after the initial blast of vanilla on my skin, it's softly sweet. The greens temper the sweetness of the vanilla, which reads very sugary on me. It's cozy. It's got low-moderate sillage, and wafts nicely. It lasts about eight hours on my skin.

After the Rain is by far my favourite. I like Gin Flower, but not as much as I hoped. Mountain Vanilla is pretty, but not totally my style. Solstice Scents has been putting out a number of interesting, new scents lately, and I'm glad to have tried them. Even if it took me forever to do a proper test of them. 

And this brings me to my current realization: I no longer have as much room in my life for scented products as I once did. My career presently demands that I use unscented products Monday to Friday, and that probably will never change, since I like being a hospital librarian. I've definitely slowed way down on buying new scents, because I just don't have the opportunity to experiment with scents as much as I once did. I've also gotten to the point that I put perfume on after work to put perfume on after work...and that's not fun. So that leaves the weekend and vacation for perfume wearing, and I have entirely too much perfume for that. 

A friend of mine mentioned that she'd spent a few weeks not wearing perfume and realized she only missed a handful of scents of all the ones she owned. I'm going on vacation starting this weekend, and will be away for two weeks. My plan is to not bring any perfume with me at all (I'm going camping for most of it anyway, so perfume would be cumbersome) and when I get home, I will keep only the scents that I missed. I'll stick the rest in perfume purgatory for a few weeks, and then make my final decisions. 

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