Solstice Scents Body Ganaché

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Creamy, silky, smooth … and it smells awesome!  What more could you want from a body butter?

Solstice Scents makes a variety of bath and body products, each scented with something from their catalog.  The Body Ganaché is heavenly, I must admit.  I have horrible hands, calluses, dryness causing cracks and rough patches … I’ve tried so many things and so far this ganaché is TOP NOTCH!  It healed my hands in about two weeks to the point my kids no longer comment on how rough my hands are when I hold their hand.

On top of all the wonderful benefits of using it, it smells awesome!

On initial application of any of the scents you typically get a familiar blast of cocoa, since cocoa butter is used in the ganaché.  Worry not, though, that cocoa scent dissipates within a minute or so and you are left with the fragrant beauty in the scent you chose.  The formula goes on thick and a little can go a long way.  It takes a minute for it to absorb but once it does you’re left with silky smooth skin with a light fragrance that you can add to or layer different scents on top of.

Another benefit of wearing this ganaché is that it helps your oils last longer on your skin.  Dry and dehydrated skin tends to make the scent disappear quickly – to make it last, moisturize and drink lots of water.

Nocturne Alchemy – Alyssum Champagne Crystalline

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When the sun begins to shine, the clouds are sparse and white, the temperature begins to rise, and the sky is blue – there’s really only one thing to do and that is to break into your Spring scent collection.  Today, I pulled out Alyssum Champagne Crystalline by Nocturne Alchemy.

This beloved soft violet scent is part of their Bastet’s Garden collection, and rightly so.  The violets are soft and powdery, almost silky in their scent.  This is a lush scent, blooming and blossoming on the skin until it’s full potential is released and you truly feel as though you are standing in a beautiful garden, surrounded by these sweet and fragrant flowers sipping on a glass of bubbling champagne.  The crystalline is soft and just lends a base sweetness.  There is a feeling of being uplifted when wearing this scent.  One cannot sniff this and not smile, even a little (allergies not withstanding).

Crystalline is one of their Studio Limited scents and according to Nocturne Alchemy it is “A thick viscous Vanilla that comes on soft and subtle then creates a cacophony of a beautiful cloud of vanilla purity. It is not a food vanilla, but a vanilla that makes you feel at peace, tranquil and right with the world.

Personally, I tend to lean more towards musks, incense, resins and the like, but apparently I’m a violet girl at heart.

Sixteen92 – Spring 2016 Collection

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I ordered a sample pack of Sixteen92’s Spring 2016 Collection.  They are all Shakespearean inspired scents.

A Thousand Times More Fair (notes – Honeysuckle nectar, magnolia blossom, passion flower, white peach skin, ripe plum, bright vanilla bean, delicate musk): This opens with bright yellow florals that immediately begin floating down to the other scents.  Peach and plum are most noticeable and are super juicy.  The musk lends a nice base.  This is sweet, soft, bright, and makes me think about running through fields in a forest.  Very pretty and delicate and super reminiscent of spring.  The throw is light to moderate, but so far the longevity is nice.

Merely a Madness (notes – White sandalwood, clover honey (vegan), sweet orange, rosewater, blond patchouli, cedar heart):  The woods – sandalwood, patchouli, and cedar – give this a very earthy yet homey feel to the blend.  The clover honey is adding a touch of sweetness while the orange brightens it all up.  This blend has a rather large throw – definitely one where a little goes a long way.  The longer it settles the more the notes blend and intertwine so it just lends this golden almost homey attic feel.  I could totally see getting this in their lotion then layering one of the other lighter scents in the oil on top.  This is a nice base scent – like a foundation.

The Primrose Path (notes – Soaked earth, lichen, ancient oak roots, grass, water lily, heavy stone, a tangled garland of faded spring blooms): What I would expect from a cobblestone path leading up to a bubbling brook.  Clean, green, and refreshing.  The earth is loose and moist, the oak old and knobbly while the grass bends under your feet.  There are little blue and white flowers popping up from around the lichen covered stone you sit on as you take a drink of the brook’s fresh sparkling water.  All of that is represented in this scent.  It’s trans-formative, soft and sweet, and just a delightful scent so perfect for heralding the end of spring.

Storm of Fortunes (notes – Star jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose absolute, hyacinth, ambergris, Mysore sandalwood):  What’s Spring without a few storms? You can smell the floral notes as they give a nice overall sweetness to the blend.  It is a “grey” scent, possibly due to the ambergris as it gives just a hint of salt to the greyness.  The sandalwood is the perfect woody base for this scent.

Blanket of the Dark (notes –  Narcissus absolute, two jasmines, yellow champaca blossom, coffee bean, bergamot, oakmoss, benzoin): I normally don’t do coffee blends, so upon initial sniff of this I was completely thrown off guard and couldn’t place what I was smelling.  Somehow I am reminded of fresh hay in a clean barn (no fecal smell from animals, just the wood, the hay, and the natural muskiness of such a place).  It is brown, almost smells like some of the “hay” is desiccated and forgotten in a corner.  This is just pure clean barn smelling to me, I can’t explain it any other way.  Very interesting and kind of cool.  If you’re into that kind of thing.

Overall I’m quite impressed with the scents and would love to check out more of their catalog!

Check out Sixteen92 for yourself.

Solstice Scents – Conjure Dark Eau de Parfum

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Conjure Dark is an Eau de Parfum spray made by Solstice Scents.

The notes for this blend are listed as:

Amber, Frankincense, Sweet Incense Smoke, Dried Rose Petals, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Woods, Oud, Vanilla

The first spray of this you get a strong vetiver that comes out initially.  It is almost sharp in its beginnings.  Slowly, as your body warms the blend, the vetiver slips back and becomes brown and earthy.  I happen to adore vetiver, though not everyone finds it appealing.

Dried rose petals are noticeable also at first.  They are deep, yet fragile in their scent, lending almost a paper-like quality to the blend which is enhanced, I believe, by the woods and sandalwood.  These roses were once red or purple in their color.

Soon the vanilla and sweet incense comes out to mingle with everything, lending a lifting quality to everything, giving it that sweet edge to soften the sharpness of the frankincense and vetiver.  The oud adds it’s own warmth into the mix.

This calls forth visions of summer night rituals, wafting cauldron smoke, and fervent invocations.  This blend is not soft, nor sweet and girly, but powerful and commanding.  It is dark, as the name suggests, and wafts around you.  The longevity on this blend is wonderful and lasting.  The throw is medium – it will proceed you at times, but not often, though it is not a skin scent.

One cannot deny the absolute quality of this blend.  It comes in a 60ml frosted glass bottle with beautiful artwork adorning it along with hand written name.

To see this blend, or others by Solstice Scents, please visit their website: http://www.solsticescents.com.