Friday, September 23, 2016

Solstice Scents Autumn Review

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

The autumn collection will be coming out in the next few weeks so I wanted to get a head start on things. The lineup hasn't been announced yet, but everything here has been offered in this collection at some point over the past few years.

Blackburn Farmstead

Blackberry jam, boysenberry preserves, vanilla bean accord, creamy vanilla and a touch of vanilla musk. 

It starts out as a dark, slightly bitter berry blend with an occasional whiff of vanilla in the distance. I assumed this would be sweet, but that's not the case. The berry notes manage to avoid smelling artificial, and I noticed a strong similarity to Thornwood Thicket during the opening (minus the cough syrup note). It's dark and edgy with a grown-up feel. The berries become creamier and a little sweeter as the vanilla edges towards the forefront. Around four hours later there's a soft, warm vanilla musk remaining. Honestly though, at this point it smells more like a generic vanilla candle. I really loved the opening but not the drydown



Ozone, rustling leaves, rich black soil, chimney smoke and woods.

It smells like a pile of red and orange leaves resting on top of moist earth. The dirt is the prominent note and manages to smell "cold," while the crunchy leaves act as a clean backdrop (which is an unexpected twist for a dirt blend). The leaves fade after a few hours while the dirt remained for the next twelve hours of wear. It starts out with a surprisingly strong sillage, but quickly mellows out after a few minutes on my skin.

Halloween Night

Sweet candy corn, chocolate candy wrappers, melty gooey marshmallows, sticky caramels and black jelly beans. 

This starts out smelling like black jelly beans and chocolate-covered caramels. The anise is the strongest note for several hours but eventually lightens up, giving way to a fluffy marshmallow and milk chocolate blend. It wasn't as sweet as I expected which was surprising, and I suspect that is because of the anise.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Hot steaming coffee, sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, gingerbread whipped cream and a drop of nutmeg. 

Because it just wouldn't be a complete autumn collection without this. I'm actually surprised to see so few of these scents among the brands I normally order from. Anyway, this review is for the body butter; I thought I had a perfume sample but it turns out that I don't. So, this starts out heavy on the spices and espresso with a hint of creamy pumpkin to round it all out. Over the next hour it becomes pumpkin puree with a dollop of whipped cream that makes everything sweet and fluffy. It smells pretty close to the real thing although it's been a while since I've had a PSL to compare it to. I think i
I need to grab one the next time I go to Starbucks. You know, for science =D

Thornwood Thicket

Sugared blackberries, black agarwood, aloeswood, sweet and smoky guaiacwood and amber. 

This is dark berries and a little waft of incense at first, but it all comes together to smell like grape cough syrup. The blackberry and grape are strong for the first thirty minutes or so. They're very bold and I didn't find them to be sweet at all even though the description says "sugared." Left behind is this beautiful woodsy aroma. I almost want to describe it as clean smelling because it's very light and stimulating. It's almost cold to my nose, and it has a striking resemblance to Moonalisa's Starlight Woods. Even though I love berry blends, the opening of Thornwood put me off, but it was the woodsy drydown that saved it.

Witch's Cottage

Warm baked goods, dried herbs, sweet annie, soft woods and fragrant hearth smoke. 

This starts out as a very sharp and herbal blend with some sort of sweetness going on. It's not a sugary sweetness so it's difficult to describe. I guess if an herb could be sweet then this would be it. In any event it's a dry scent with soft touches of warm bread in the background and a tendril of smoke lurking around the edges. The bread becomes buttery at one point but that fades quickly. The herbs remain the prominent note throughout the duration of wear which was around eight hours. This is a cozy and homey type of scent, and it's very aromatic and surprisingly easy to wear. This is one of my favorite scents to reach for in the colder months.

Final thoughts - Witch's Cottage for life! I look forward to pulling that scent out every year so I can slather myself in it. This collection is heavy on the foody blends so if that's what you enjoy, you'll probably love these scents. And if you're looking for something darker or more earthy, there's a bunch of those blends to choose from in the general catalog that is available year-round.

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