When INeKe Perfumes launched the Floral Curiosities fragrance collection, I reviewed them. And there were quite a few that I wanted to buy.
Now all five of the perfumes are available in an amazingly adorable limited edition Scent Library. You get five samples that are in a 2.5 ml sprayer. It’s housed in a vintage looking hardback book with library cards that describe each of the fragrances. These are ridiculously cute in person so I had to make a video to show you.
Here’s a quick overview of the fragrances:
Angel’s Trumpet – honeydew melon, Seville orange, leafy greens, cinnamon leaf, allspice, Virginia cedar and white musk.
This is a pretty “dewy” floral that reminds me of datura, jasmine and orange blossom. It mingles with clean woods. The dry-down is like a slightly spicy stargazer lily. I still really like it.
Briar Rose – black raspberry, green apple, bitter almond, cinnamon bark, clove, cardamom, patchouli, violet, vanilla and cocoa absolute.
This is a spiced, wine-like rose with jammy raspberry. With time it becomes a cherry-almond that rounds out the rose and powdery violet. The dry-down is earthy cocoa and patchouli. I’ve decided that I want a small bottle.
Poet’s Jasmine – citrus fruit, star anise, rosemary, absinthe, frankincense, cardamom, hinoki wood, and guaiac wood.
Bitter and green anise. It reminds me of black licorice wrapped in a blade of grass. The heart is a jasmine tea and the base is smoky woods. However, the entire overall feel is “bright” and sheer.
Scarlet Larkspur – blood orange, red currant, morello cherry, claret wine, nutmeg, saffron, amyris wood, tonka bean and Bourbon vanilla.
Opens as a fruity mulled wine. I get a lavender-herbal type thing in the heart that mixes with cherry and orange zest. It begins to remind me more of sangria than mulled wine.
Sweet William – peach, cinnamon, clove, cumin, cedarwood, sandalwood, patchouli and Bourbon vanilla.
This one opens as spicy and boozy. It reminds me exactly of spiced baked clove peaches. The heart has some violet and this keeps the clove from coming across as medicinal. The base is sandalwood and cedar that provides warmth and coziness.
This set retails for $22 at INeKe. AND the $22 is redeemable against a future purchase of the large size bottle. Wow.