Thursday, June 8, 2017

Alchemic Muse Summer

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

It's been a long time since ordering from Alchemic Muse, but once the summer newsletter hit the inbox, I was done for. Old favorites like Tiki Moon and Pineapple Milk made their return along with a batch of new scents and salt bars that I was eager to try. A few of these have been reformulated but they're pretty close to the older versions aside from one that has received a complete overhaul. I had a shipping notice within a couple hours and the box arrived just a few short days after that. 

Bali Ha'i
A tempting blend of effervescent tropical fruits and exotic flowers - juicy acai berry, mango zest, tart passionfruit, yuzu zest and sweet pineapple with a touch of pink hibiscus, jasmine and lily. 

This is a completely different scent than it was in previous years. I remember it being more of a watermelon scent, but now it is tangy pineapple and tropical florals. It's a scent that I've encountered from a few vendors, but I still love it. 

Be you a pirate or a tourist, this soap speaks across the ages - a stimulating cocktail of tangy key lime spiked with fresh ginger and cardamom. 

Fresh, zesty lime and an additional brightness from the spicy cardamom. It's a true lime rather than a bakery key lime pie. Had this been offered in products other than bar soap, I would've grabbed more.  

Lost in paradise - creamy, ripe banana amidst a light breezy veil of island orchids awash in the salty, summer essence of sand and sea. 

A reformulated version but similar to the one offered in the past. I only got this in a salt bar and like I mention below, the scent is really light, but it has a sharp, almost chemical smell to it just like sunscreen. The older version is the same but the coconut and banana were more present. I'm not really feeling this reformulation but I'll grab a sample perfume eventually to get a better feel for the scent. 

Sexy...not your ordinary banana. Creamy, ripened banana marbled with buttered rum and vanilla bourbon grounded in an enticing, warm base of soft sandalwood and amber musk. 

So this is a general catalog scent, but since it's summery and part of the order, I'll include it here. It's a true banana scent (no artificial sweetness like candy) blended with a thick vanilla cream and just the lightest touch of rum and sandalwood. Think of a banana version of Pineapple Milk down below and that's what this is. It's a favorite that I keep coming back to time and time again. 

Garden Party
A soft and feminine blend of wild orchid and peony blossoms touched with bergamot, white patchouli and sheer musk. 

A soap sample that was generously included, this is a clean and fresh blend that mostly smells of bergamot with a gentle touch of peony underneath. It's part of the spring collection.

Mango Tea
Drink in the aroma and the atmosphere of the islands. Sweet, juicy mango fruit immersed in iced sweet tea softened with a touch of sultry vanilla bean and creamy white musk. 

Reformulated. I no longer have the older version to compare, but I remember that one having a sharp green aroma that I sometimes notice in mango scents. This new version is a little sweeter without the green notes, and is stronger on the tea. It's summery and fresh just like a cold glass of sun tea. Delicious and better than before. 

Peach & Cream
A refreshing summer dessert that soothes your taste buds. Ripe, juicy peaches enveloped in fresh sweet cream. 

This appears to be new. Lots of cream folded into fresh picked peaches. The peach is a true one and not too syrupy sweet. Slightly fuzzy with hints of fresh greenery underneath. It stays close to the skin and wears around three hours. 

Pineapple Milk
Evocative of gentle south sea breezes, swaying palm trees and flowing grass skirts. A perfect blend of fresh, tangy pineapple enveloped in rich and creamy milk sweetened with raw sugarcane. 

I just can't get through summer without Pineapple Milk. It's just perfectly delicious. The pineapple is both sweet and tart and blended with a thick vanilla ice cream. Sometimes these cream notes go wonky and turn sour, but this one holds up nicely. 

Sea Moss
Herbal green tea and a blanket of verdant ocean moss under a gentle wave of bergamot, orchid, jasmine and violet in an undercurrent of sandalwood and musk

It starts out smelling just like moss - a heavy, wet green scent - but eventually a sharp, chemical smell begins to emerge and I can only guess it's from the bergamot. The drydown becomes rather soapy and I swear I've smelled this scent recently but can't figure out where. This one didn't work out too well but I figured that would be the case. It wore for six hours with strong throw. 

A lush and tropical deluge of fresh lemongrass and coconut milk with sweet orchids, smoky vetiver, and ocean drenched driftwood creates an exotic, alluring scent. 

I'm kicking myself in the arse for not testing this before placing a second order because I would've grabbed a few things in this scent. It opens with a sharp burst of lemon for the first couple minutes before settling into a crisp blend of sea spray and a fresh green note. Vetiver? I recognize the primary fragrance in here from other vendors (like The Bathing Garden's Calypso) and I've come to love it for summer. Medium throw that lasts around five hours. 

Tiki Moon
Straight from the islands to entice your senses - creamy coconut floating on a faint undercurrent damp moonlit sand and salty driftwood will have you dreaming of the tropics. 

A reformulated version that smells identical to previous years. If anything, this one is a tad more sharp from the salt, but it's very hard to detect any difference. This is a sultry, tanning oil type of coconut that makes me think of bronzed skin and warm summer breezes. Medium strong throw that lasts around four hours. I went with a sample to compare to the older version that I love, and because they're so similar, I've already ordered a body whip to wear this summer. 

Sea Salt Soaps

Mediterranean sea salt, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, distilled water, coconut milk, sodium hydroxide, ricinis communis (castor) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) oil, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, fragrance. $6.50

I want to say that this is a new product, and the idea of a scrubby bar of soap sounds appealing, so I grabbed a few in different scents. The first thing I noticed is that they are more lightly scented compared to her regular bar soaps. The scent is still noticeable, but a few of these like Pineapple Milk and Castaway leave me struggling to smell anything at all. The first few uses give a gentle exfoliation but after that, it's basically a regular soap. The salt is definitely there because these sting like a mother when they touch razor burned areas but the scrubbiness is gone. The soap itself leaves a slight lather that seems to dry my skin out more than regular soaps, but since I use lotion right after, it doesn't bother me. I'm still pretty happy with these salt bars and will reorder them again but I think I'll rely more on sugar scrubs for exfoliation. 

Great stuff as always. The summer lineup is a favorite with a few staple scents like Pineapple Milk and Tiki Moon that I reach for every year, but it's even better now with the addition of Thaiphoon and Caribbean. This collection is still available on the website so check it out while you still can. 

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  1. Thank you for these reviews!! I was debating on placing another AM order thus summer, but I think I will wait til fall when Countrycide is available again...and I am hoping to grab something in the Thaiphoon scent because that is one I was a bit curious about.

  2. Thank you for these reviews!! I was debating on placing another AM order thus summer, but I think I will wait til fall when Countrycide is available again...and I am hoping to grab something in the Thaiphoon scent because that is one I was a bit curious about.