Friday, February 26, 2016

Spring 2016! And a few new year-round fragrances, too!

Here's the lineup for Spring 2016- Winter is basically over here so it's time to bring out some new smells!

B.O.B.: This is short for "blood orange blueberry", which is the basis for this perfume. Ripe market blueberries, fresh-squeezed blood orange juice, and some sun-bleached old barn wood.

Pop!: Bright and fizzy. Sweet bubbly soda water flavored with lychee, wasabi, strawberries, cucumber slices, lemon and lime.

Message In A Bottle: A letter sealed in a bottle, cast out to sea, and carried out by currents to an unknown continent's shores. Salt water magnolia, sweetgrass, tempered by a hint of black agar and amber and brightened with a splash of citrus sweetness.

Peachy Keen: Swell! Peaches, Nectarines, spicy fresh Ginger, and Vanilla bean Marshmallow.

Returning this year from past Spring releases:

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.

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.

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!

Blackberry Buckle: (reformulated for 2016) Blackberry preserves and fresh-picked Blackberries, Lemon zest, and Buttery crumbly Cake filling with a Spiced crumb topping.

And then there's a few scents which are being aded to the year-round catalog, a fan favorite, a couple reformulations, and something completely new, too!:

Rose Lemonade: A classic OHWTO smell returns for good 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.
Carnivale 2.0: When I created the original version of this fragance back in 2010, I made the best dang "carnival" scent I could with my available resources- but it's 2016 now and there are better components and it's time for a do-over. Old Carnivale will be available for a short while longer, so while they're both around this new version will be labelled "2.0" so as not to confuse. The new version consists of similar notes, but the end result is something quite a bit different. Cotton candy, lemongrass, orange, vanilla, and lemon.

Barista! 2.0: Same story here as with Carnivale- I like what I have, but I wanted to see if I could make it better, and think I did. This will also be labelled "2.0" until the old version is fully discontinued. The chocolate and coffee notes are much stronger in this new version- think of this as the "double espresso" version of the original's "decaf mocha latte with extra milk". Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, hazelnut syrup, white chocolate, whipped cream, and vanilla bean.

Time Lord: All of time and space awaits. A masculine-leaning blend anybody would want to follow across the universe! Aged Cedar and Sandalwood, Spiced Vanilla, Teak, Petitgrain, and Cardamom, with whispers of Rose, Oud, and Ginger.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Winter 2015/16

Here are the Winter fragrances for the 2015/2016 season!

Airing of Grievances:"I've got a lot of problems with you people, and now you're going to hear about it!" An integral part of the tradition of Festivus, the Airing of Grievances is when you tell your loved ones about all the times they have disappointed you that year. Definitely something to look forward to! 
Fir boughs, musky sandalwood, vanilla, woodland moss, pine needles, ozone, frozen air, and holiday fruits.

Festivus: A holiday scent for the rest of us! Celebrants of Festivus typically aren't those who follow a prescribed path, and this fragrance is just for you! In addition to your Feats of Strength and your Aluminum Poles, you can now add "Festivus the Fragrance" to your list of holiday traditions. Festivus, yes! Bagels, no! Creamy Vanilla, Cedarwood, Eastern spices, Patchouli, Sandalwood & Powdery, faint Florals

Lumberjack: I'm a lumberjack, I work all day... a masculine evergreen scent straight outta the barber shop, and perfect for these cold wintry months. Balsam Pine, Bay Rum, Black Tea, Fallen Leaves, Musk, Valencia Orange, Spiced Rum, Vanilla

Twinkling Lights:Holiday parties and winter festivities, and everywhere you go, tiny twinkling lights abound. Champagne, Balsam trees, Fruitcakes, Oakmoss.

Krampus Klaus: Sure, everybody knows that Santa Claus visits all the good boys and girls on Christmas Eve, but what about the kids who've been nothing but naughty? They get a visit from Krampus- and this year he's dressed up as Santa! Ho ho OH NO D: Cracked leather, covered in chimney soot. Sticky silver Fir resin, glowing Amber eyes, and a polished wooden sleigh.

Snowbound: Blue Spruce, Cypress, Berries, Snow, Fir Needle, Birch, and Wood.

Joy: Sheer happiness in a bottle, a bright spot in the darkest time of the year. Orange blossom, White Amber, Pineapple, Frankincense, and Sandalwood. 

O Holy Night: A gorgeous blend reminiscent of a Christmas Eve church service- Midnight Mass, if you will. Roses, Beeswax candles, Moroccan Cedarwood, Lavender, Labdanum, Vetiver, and Honey

Good Tidings: Pure, unadulterated holiday cheer. Warm, buttered oats, caramel cream, and honey make this a welcome respite from winter's chill.

Cookies For Santa: Cookies For Santa: Spicy gingerbread cookies, sweet faces drawn on them with vanilla icing, and a mug of warmed milk to wash them down with. 

Sugar Rush: I couldn't resist. It's a Terry's Chocolate Orange scent, no whacking or unwrappping necessary! Chocolate, Vanilla, Orange, Milk and Sugar.

Starlight On Snow: Beneath frosty night air, a winter landscape set asparkle by shimmering starlight. Snow, light Musk, Ozone, frozen Forest, Tonka bean, and a hint of fresh Linen and Eucalyptus.

Jingle Bells: Brassy and Bright, a winter delight! Glowing Amber, White Roses, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Milk, Bergamot, and Cardamom. 

Berry Merry: A fun, fruity blend sure to chase away winter doldrums! Spiced Plums, sugared Cranberries, tart Apple, Blackcurrants, and a touch of Woods, Violet, and Clove.

Snowdrift: Perfect after a day of sledding! Fluffy White Chocolate Marshmallows in a steaming mug of hot Cocoa, with a pinch of Peppermint and Coconut.

There are also a few fragrances which have returned from years past, but they're only available in a very limited quantity so I didn't want to list them here and get anyone's hopes up for a fragrance which may not be available. You can find them in the "Winter" section of the Etsy shop :)