This is a two part review (because I can only test so much at one time before it overwhelms or I can no longer distinguish scents). Today I am reviewing from a lovely little company out in the Pacific Northwest United States called Valhalla Soap Company. If you’ve an itch to be a Viking, if only for a day, this is who you need to see. Check out the Clan on their Facebook page as well! The owners, Donna and Matt, are extremely active, friendly, and helpful.
That little 2oz jar in the middle is their Botanical Face & Body Cream scented in Valkyrie (notes: peach brandy, pralines, brown sugar, amber, vanilla musk, violet, and black currant). I have to admit – this is by far my favorite lotion! Especially for my face! As I’ve gotten older, my face has gone from oily to dry, but it doesn’t actually stay one or the other – it varies day to day. This Botanical Face & Body Cream has done wonders to help keep my face smooth and soft to the touch. The cream itself is rather stiff compared to all their other body butters and lotions, but I like that. And a little goes a long, long way. I’ve had this little jar since the end of February.
I have missed days using it, but only because I only use it on the days my face is dried out. As you can see, there’s still a lot left in this little jar. And, with the Botanical Face & Body Cream, it’s only lightly scented – that then allows for some wonderful layering options. This does have cocoa butter in it, so you get that slight scent from it, but it isn’t strong.
Valkyrie itself isn’t foodie as the notes would have you think. This scent is beautifully soft and golden. The vanilla and amber are prominent while the peach brandy gives it a golden slightly boozy feel. The black currant adds a touch of bitter to balance out the sweet in here and all together it makes for a rather hauntingly beautiful scent. I do hope that Donna and Matt will be able to find a way to keep this scent around as it is currently endangered. As this dries and melds with your skin chemistry this scent warms up and the gold darkens with the brown sugar (I love the smell of brown sugar). Still never even ventures into foodie territory, and I used the Botanical Face & Body Cream on my hands. The cream is providing a nice base for the scent to sit on.
Vanilla Luxe is up next. I purchased a wax tart of this as well, but haven’t had a chance to melt it yet. I love that I can find so many things in one place. The notes for this blend are as follows: Smokey notes of vanilla-tobacco, aged oak barrels filled with bourbon, bulging trade sacks of rare frankincense, spicy pepper and tangy bergamot. Grass baskets spilling over with Bulgarian roses and ylang ylang. This is all buttery vanilla in the vial! Then, as I put it on my skin it … disappears? What?! No!! Do I have a scent blind spot when it comes to this combo? Did my skin eat it? So weird. Normally I do well with all those notes. I’m putting more on, maybe a dab won’t do ya. Ahhhh … there it is. It’s still very soft but I’m getting a bit of the vanilla and some rose. It’s still way lighter than I would expect with all those notes in it. Found the bourbon, but still no frankincense (one of my favorite notes), bergamot, or ylang ylang. I’m going to blame my chemistry on this one.
I’ve been dying to try Floki’s Fetish! I am a bad Viking and have not seen the show, however. Shame on me! Floki’s Fetish comprises of deep forests and pungent oakmoss covered earth call the boat builder. While exotic spices, vanilla, incense, sandalwood and amber whisper to his spirit and his yearning to discover and conquer new lands. In the vial I get a nice green oakmoss and crumbling dirt. On my skin this is masculine, woodsy, and empowering. I can totally see this as a commanding scent. The spices and incense are a bit much more than I like to wear, but it is still an evocative scent for sure.
So many wonderful things have been said about Hedonistic! It boasts notes of hints of warm amber, moody incense, and light notes of smooth, and sweet patchouli. I’d actually bought a wax melt in this too and got to melt it before putting my house on the market and having to stop using wax melts (SAD!). It was one of those scents that you think will be one thing, then it turns out its something else, something better, and you’re chasing the scent all over the house trying to figure it out. Took me hours to realize it was the Hedonistic in my wax tart melter that was making that luscious and beautiful scent. While I haven’t turned on the melter in over a month, I can still get whiffs of the wax when I pass by.
The oil, now that’s a glorious thing too. In the vial I’d swear that it had a big juicy orange in it. Perhaps it is the sweet patchouli giving off that citrus vibe. This is a warm, beautiful scent and the oil matches perfectly the scent from the wax melt and I couldn’t be happier! It’s a magical little blend that just brings a smile to my face. Not only is the oil golden in color, but it also gives off that glowing golden vibe when you wear it. The incense is soft and unobtrusive and the amber is just hanging out. That patchouli is the star of this blend (a patch I can wear that is also in the forefront of a blend?! Awesome!). This isn’t your hippie’s patchouli – so if you have that “bad” association with it, you should try this and maybe it’ll turn you around on the patchouli hate wagon. I totally need this in the Botanical Face & Body Cream!
Rune Caster will round out this batch of reviews for Valhalla Soap Co. It’s notes include sweet notes of cotton candy and caramel drizzled over heady florals of rose, jasmine, sweet heliotrope and geranium with resinous juniper and amber on a heavy base of vanilla, sandalwood and patchouli. Seems like a lot going on in here … but so many loved notes I have to try it! In the vial this is a perplexing blend of sandalwood and cotton candy – but it smells divine! On my skin that cotton candy note wafts out and it is just so realistic, like I’m at a fair smelling the cotton candy as it’s being made. Eventually that drifts off and the florals begin their dance to the forefront, like you’re walking away from the cotton candy booth to a beautiful planted garden. The rose, jasmine, heliotrope, and geranium all waft around you in a sweet breeze of vanilla and cotton candy. For me the amber is there just adding a golden glow over everything, like the sun. Patchouli is not really noticeable, but the sandalwood drifts in and out of the blend. With juniper, I always get a sort of well loved antique scent association with it, and I get it here. Like the booths at the fair are well loved and maintained so they have lasted for many generations. I am blown away by this scent, I can’t believe it. I need Rune Caster in every format!