Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween listings are slowly making their way into my Etsy shop ; among the available products you'll find lots of old favorites along with a handful of new ones!

New this year:

*Apple Spider: Warm spiced apple cider doughnuts kissed with a glaze made of vanilla bean marshmallows. Too good.

*Black Cat: A feline friend with eyes as orange as jack-o-lanterns. This smells like a Fall evening spent toasting pumpkin-spiced marshmallows at a neighborhood bonfire, with dry, crunchy leaves underfoot.

*Will O Wisp: Ethereal musk, crushed Turkish figs, glowing red Sandalwood, and Cassis
Known by many names and written of in the stories of countless cultures, the Will o Wisp is a floating, dancing cluster of light which may be simply swamp gas ignited by an mystery spark, or a physical manifestation of otherworldly consciousness. Don't follow one wherever it may lead, whatever you do.

And, returning this year, from Halloweens past:

*Baba Yaga: The forest floor, fallen leaves, chrysanthemums, spiced black tea, dried citrus rinds, beeswax, patchouli, and a curl of smoke coming from the chimney she flies in and out of.

*Bobbing For Apples:  Fresh Apples, Apple Skin, Bonfire Smoke, Hay Bales, steeped in Tonka Beans.

*Boo Hag: Southern peaches, ripe from harvest. Palmetto fronds, cotton bolls, magnolia blossoms and Spanish moss, touched with a hint of incense and patchouli.

*Burning Times: Vanilla, Clove, Patchouli, Pink Peppercorn, a hint of Suede, Red Musk, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Cedarwood, and the smoldering Embers of a thousand years.

*Calaveras: Named for the sugar skulls which adorn the Day of the Dead altars, this fragrance is sweet and spicy. Cinnamon, sugar, orange, and sweet breads dressed up with a smattering of dried roses on a sandalwood altar.

*Camp Crystal Lake: Deceptively still waters hide an unspeakable darkness just beneath the surface. Crystalline waters, Canoes, Carnations, Spruce forest, Sandalwood, and bone Musk.

*ChocoPumpkin: this is an awesome pumpkin spice and cocoa scent, which smells like a slice of pumpkin pie dipped in chocolate! Spicy cinnamon and clove notes, with a mellow cocoa absolute to balance them out perfectly. Think "Pumpkin Truffle" and you'll have a pretty good idea of what this one smells like. So good!

*County Fair: Ripe peaches, Macintosh apples, pumpkin pie, mandarins, black currants, raw honey, plums, Bartlett pears, just-baled hay, orange blossom, and white amber.

*Final Girl: A crushed corsage of Magnolias and Carnations, the Musky Cologne of a Maniac, a whiff of Oil from a freshly-sharpened Chainsaw blade, and the paralyzing scent of Fear.

*The Great Pumpkin: Spiced Pumpkin with lashings of Orange blossom honey, wild Roses clambering over ancient Oaks, Ginger, Frankincense, Myrrh, and Amber.

*Green Lady: Green Bartlett Pears, a basket of Figs, and an apparition of spectral Musk.

*Hayrides & Hijinks: A seasonally-appropriate addition to your fragrance wardrobe. I took everything you love about Fall (well, okay, maybe not EVERYTHING, because let's face it, that might be weird) and put it all in a bottle for you. Pumpkin spice lattes, a favorite leather jacket, a hayride past tobacco fields to pick the perfect pumpkin, and vanilla bean caramels.

*Jack. In Black: Charred, blackened, dirty pumpkin flesh, Arabian musk, Pomegranate, Tea, and a handful of penny candy snatched from an unsuspecting trick-or-treater's pillowcase..

*Ravensblood: The last blackberries of the year, dark musk, licorice spiked with clove, guiacwood, labdanum, sandalwood, patchouli, and a bright twist of lemon.

*Ritual: To help you focus your intention, a centering blend of heady resins and essences. Floral Champa, Copal, Dragon's Blood, Patchouli, Lemon, Sandalwood, and wisps of smoke.

*Seance: Nutty bold-roast coffee, heavy oak furniture, carved sandalwood totems, dried herbs, neroli, vanilla'd figs, and a wreath of clary sage to ward off bad spirits.

*Se7en: Damp, almost peppery, freshly-dug soil, rolls of sod, floral arrangements, Ferns, Woods, and an uninvited guest, watching from the outskirts.

*Slenderman: The cologne of a well-dressed man, hidden in plain sight among trees and ferns in a creepy copse, the creaking of a heavy mahogany door in an abandoned forest retreat nobody has entered in decades.

*Smashing: Sooty charred pumpkins, their smashed flesh strewn along sidewalks and on door stoops, dried apricots and figs, and a smidge of sandalwood.

*Spectre: Barely-there, an echo of the past? Or perhaps a supernatural visitor. Light and ethereal and perfect for cooler weather. Milk Sugar, Vanilla, and Tonka beans on a base of Skin Musk.

*Sticky Fingers: A light, white scent comprised entirely of foody notes. Keep away from children and pets and anyone who doesn't know better than to eat perfume. No, really. Creamy white chocolate, gooey marshmallow, a plump dollop of cream cheese frosting, tonka bean absolute, and warmed coconut milk.

*Sweet Tooth: Om-nommable. Pumpkin spice caramels, Milk Chocolates, Vanilla wafers, Orange-flavored hard candies, in an Amber glass dish.

*Talisman: An ensemble of herbs and essences worn to protect. Herbal and uplifting, this fragrance can be used as a personal fragrance on your skin or, if you'd prefer, use it for candle dressing and anointing. A mostly natural essential oil blend, save for the addition of a synthetic beeswax note. Lemongrass, Cedar, Patchouli, White Sage, Star Anise, Holy Basil, Ginger, Angelica Root, and a Beeswax candle.

*Treat: Sweet black currant syrup, Figs, Cream, Fresh Ginger, Dried Leaves, and Angelica Root.

*Trick: Sensuous, Floral Amber, Skin Musk, Sandalwood, Oak, Pomegranates, and Sweet Oranges and Plums.

*Who Was Phone: Dad's cologne, Powdery perfume splash, freshly-Shampooed hair, and a stolen bottle of red Wine from Mom's secret stash.

*Zalgo: The scent of those unnamed things which lurk and creep where we can't see them; say their names, and they will come. The Green scent of brush underfoot, murky grey Puddles, wilted, faded Flowers, ritual Herbs, sharp peppery Musk, tinged with Fear.

A handful of these won't be available in anything other than pefume oil this year, at least initially, and the quantities of those will be very limited- I had a limited amount of certain components needed to make these fragrances and with the number of scents being offered this year, I didn't want to go too nuts with the restocks. The fragrances only available in a limited amount are: ChocoPumpkin, Se7en, Slenderman, and Treat. Everything else is in good supply, so they should be available throughout the Halloween/Fall shopping season.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Summer 2015

Here's the official scent list for the OHWTO 2015 Summer collection.

Dune Rose: Fragrant wild roses tucked into rolling waves of sand. Salty ocean air, Rose petals, hot Sand, and Patchouli.

Solace: A respite for your weary mind! Hot lemon water, spiked with slices of fresh ginger, and sweetened with raw honey.

Candy Shop: Saccharine-sweet, this fragrance is reminiscent of walking into a candy shop, with endless loose bins of sugary goodies to tempt your sweet tooth! Blue raspberry Cotton Candy, Grape taffy, Mango hard candies, Lemon sour drops, gummy Blackberries, and more!

Escape: If you like pina coladas, and gettin' caught in the rain... well, you'll probably enjoy this fragrance! Beachfront breezes, fresh pineapple, cracked coconuts, sandalwood, papaya, and tropical fruits.

Kelpie: The Kelpie comes from Scottish folklore, and is a shapeshifting malevolent being who often appears as a horse. The horse tricks unsuspecting victims into riding it, but once they mount the Kelpie, they're unable to dismount, and the Kelpie then drags them to their death in the nearby water. A dark and beautiful blend of Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Spinach leaf, Ambrette Seed, Musk, Red Tea, Smoke, and a captivating all-natural Apricot essence.

Always Sunny: The Gang would want you to wear this. Bright and sunny, this grapefruit-based fragrance is perfect for wearing in warm weather, or just to remind you of it come Winter. Juicy pink Grapefruit, Mandarins, Yuzu, Basil, Geranium, Orris, and Neroli.

On The Road: An olfactory nod to a favorite summer pasttime, the great American road trip! This complex masculine blend contains the following notes, and more: Comfy leather seats, Hop extract, Whiskey, Litsea, Mitti Attar, Bergamot, Musk, Tobacco, Black Pepper, and Fir

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Spring 2015

I know I am a bit late in posting this, but at least it'll be here for future reference ;)

Moth: Iridescent wings flutter and flit through the forest night, leaving trails of sparkling pixie dust floating in the air. A veil of sheer freesia and honeysuckle, lily of the valley, dew-laden mint, tree trunks, pine needles, and the forest floor below.

Butterfly: Colorful and bright, like a flower in flight. Ripe Apricots, Nectar, Mimosa blooms, Black Currants, Oranges, Melons, and a hint of fresh Mint.

Chirp: The first robins of Spring are always a welcome sight. A chipper blend of oriental vanilla, feminine musk, osmanthus, peaches, and violets, with hints of grapefruit and a very smooth oud accord.

Sprout: A fragrance for Spring, of new growth pushing through the remnants of last year. Wood violets, dewfruit, fresh earth, green leaves, lichen and moss, and delicate alyssum.

Spring Cleaning: Opening the windows on the first warm-enough day after a long winter is such an amazing thing to do. Out with the old, and in with the new! Clean laundry, spring flowers, redwoods, black pepper, patchouli, ylang, lindenblossom, and tart green pineapple.

Highland Crest: The clean scent of an Ocean breeze caught atop the seaside cliffs, the waves crashing against the rocks below, air ripe with Plumeria blossoms, Heather, and your well-worn Suede jacket to cut the chill. Leather/Ocean/Unisex

Rose Lemonade: Another classic OHWTO smell returns to welcome Spring this year! Yep, 100% inspired by the Fentiman's beverage of the same name, this fragrance is fizzy and floral and lemony with a slight undertone of gingery warmth. Try it with gin- the soda, not the perfume ;) Fresh-squeezed Lemons, Sugar, Rose petals, Geraniums, fizzing Soda water, Grapefruit, and a light touch of Amber and Ginger.

Maura Mae: A classic returns! Slightly reformulated, but still lovely as ever. With her curls of copper, her twinkling eyes, her sweet smile- this is what they mean when they refer to "The luck of the Irish". A sweet and fruity scent, Maura Mae is strongly apricot, with supporting notes of green clover, tea, cut grass, a sprinkling of field flowers- lily of the valley, violet, lavender, as well as a dash of berries, vanilla bean, and the faintest, tiniest, entirely lady-like nip of whiskey.

Silk Road: A heady floral-tea fragrance, heavy on the "green". Green Tea with tart Rosehips, Jasmine blossoms, and Silk, along with hints of Cucumber, Chamomile, and Kiwi.

Lucky: Crisp, juicy red apples, tart granny smiths, and rolling, endless green hills perfumed by nature awakening from her winter slumber. Spring is in the air!

Paradox: A curiously impossible blend of violets, coconut, and more, this intriguing scent will keep you sniffing your wrists for hours. It's food-y, but yet, it's flowery, but it's not, but it is. Or is it? Violets, Coconut, Coconut Milk, Madagascar Vanilla, Labdanum, Sandalwood, and gentle touches of Lavender, Valerian root, and White musk.

Blackberry Buckle: Unf. Fans of my "The Cake is a Lie" fragrance, prepare to have your worlds rocked. Blackberry preserves and fresh-picked Blackberries, Lemon zest, and Buttery crumbly Cake filling with a Spiced crumb topping.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

For posterity, here's the 2015 lineup of Valentine's Day fragrances in the OHWTO shop this year:

Heart Flutters: You catch a glimpse of them in a crowded room, or down a long hallway, or maybe on an internet message board. Your pulse quickens. Your chest grows tight. You can't... words. You're keenly aware of the beating in your chest, though- the rhythmic pounding of a trapped and frightened animal trying to break free from its cage. Maybe you should go to the hospital, you think, but no. There's nothing any doctor can do for you. This is love. Some might call it obsession, even. And for that, there's only one cure.
Softly romantic, perfect for setting hearts aflutter on Valentine's, or any other, day. 
Fragrance notes: Honeysuckle, Sandalwood, Violets, White Patchouli, Vanilla, Rose, Musk, and clean Spring breezes
Be True: a romance-inducing blend of bouquets of Baby Roses, gifts of milky White Chocolate, luscious Raspberries, Vanilla, and a hint of Sandalwood to hold it all together.

Coeur de L'Hiver : French for the Heart of Winter, which is pretty much exactly where Valentine's falls, for many of us. A sturdy blend of Red cherries, White lilies, Rosewood, Sandalwood, and Amber.