I have been asked to review scents and participate in the Primordial Scents Perfume Project hosted by Perfume Pharmer.
I feel that each of these perfumes deserve their own independent perfume reviews; they are all wonderful. However, with my lack of time and “real estate” on my blog, I’ve decided to group the reviews by their element, starting with Water.
Ane Walsh Essaouira EDP Natural Perfume
Notes listed include sweet orange, grapefruit, lemon, lavender, blue chamomile, saffron, coconut, Khao Yai oud, and Atlas cedar. PERFUMER – Ane Walsh
This perfume is inspired by Ane’s trip to Morocco. It’s a mix of sea breeze and earth. This perfume is a stunner and like the other perfumes that I’ve tried from Ane Walsh, it’s distinctively Brazilian. Essaouira opens as a fruity aromatic fragrance. Essaouira starts to smell like warm skin with a salty coconut. It’s very warm at the heart, reminding me of hot beaches, not the coastal rocky beaches that I’m used to. The base is a slightly sweaty, woodsy, and dirty in a wonderful way – oud and cedar. This scent is unisex. I like to think of it as a “tropical oud”. Here is the link to the Ane Walsh site.
Aftelier Rain Natural Bath Oil
Notes listed include apple, chamomile, and ravensara. PERFUMER – Mandy Aftel
I’m delighted to see that Mandy Aftel participated in the Primordial Scents project. Mandy offered her Rain Bath Oil, an old favorite of mine. You can find my review here. This bath oil can be purchased for $45 at Aftelier.
Envoyage Perfumes A Study in Water EDP – Mixed Media
Notes listed include mugeut, lime, green apple, bergamot, dew accord, rose ater, jasmine, green leaves, neroli, sandalwood, guiaic wood, cabreuva (a Brazilian balsam), watery notes and musk. PERFUMER – Shelley Waddington
A Study of Water opens as a humid dewy floral with a hint of crisp, “just sliced” Granny Smith apple. A Study in Water is a perfume that doesn’t remind me of the sea. It reminds me of rainfall. A Study in Water is an impulsive and happy fragrance. Imagine having a picnic with your lover, a few glasses of champagne, fresh fruit and kisses. A summer shower happens and you go with it. Usually rain would bring a feeling of panic, but this time it’s right. It works with the moment. It starts as giddy and ends up as something sensual. The summer rain quickly subsides but the shower of kisses does not. The heart of this fragrance is a romantic green rose and jasmine. The base is dewy florals, driftwood and white musk.
I recommend this fragrance for any bride looking for a romantic floral to wear on her wedding day and all of the anniversaries following. It is an absolutely gorgeous fragrance. It retails for $55-$80 at Envoyage Perfumes. FYI – I highly recommend this perfume to anyone that likes the florals in the Ormonde Jayne line.
Anu Essentials Sea Scape EDP Natural Perfume
Notes listed include seaweed, violet leaf, Bulgarian rose, Tunisian neroli, ambergris and two kinds of jasmine. PERFUMER- Anu Prestonia
When I first tried Sea Scape, I had this difficult to explain memory. It wasn’t my memory; it almost felt like some sort of genetic memory. I’ve always been drawn to the ocean. I felt miserable in Tennessee and felt myself driving across the country only to stop at the smell of salt water. This is in part how I ended up in Washington. I finally felt comfortable. When I first sniffed Sea Scape, I had that feeling – that feeling of finally finding what I was searching for. It opens as a heady, green neroli and jasmine with plenty of oceanic saltiness. Smelling it has the feel of breathing in sea mist. With time the fragrance warms on the skin and becomes a salty ambergris. This perfume reminds me of how I want to remember the sea. Sea Scape is unisex when I’m away from it. My husband enjoyed wearing this one the most out of this set saying that it is the best aquatic that he’s ever worn. Sea Scape retails for $85 at Anu Essentials.
The Scented Djinn Lylli Bleu EDP Natural Perfume
Notes listed include blue lotus, mitti, sandalwood and neroli. PERFUMER – Justine Crane
Lylli Bleu opens as a deep earthy scent with spice. Many of the scents in this collection remind me of the water. Lylli Bleu reminds me of when forest meets the shore. Lylli Bleu is dark and mossy… the calm before a storm. Lylli Bleu is unisex but it would make a nice masculine because of the woods. Here is a link to the online boutique.
Water signs are said to be emotional, deep and nurturing while being moody and overly sentimental. I would describe all of the Water perfumes that I tested were this way. Each provoked emotion. Each had me thinking about my past while leaving me thinking about where I’m going.
If you would also like to sample the Water perfumes in this project, a sample set can be purchased for $25 at Skye Botanicals.