personellieteapersonellietea | personellietea http://personellietea.com welcome to personellietea, for everything that makes up my personality! There's a pun and if you find it, you're a friend of mine! Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:44:53 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 One Hand Washes The Other, Halloween 2013, Review & Photos http://personellietea.com/2013/11/05/one-hand-washes-the-other-halloween-2013-review-photos/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=one-hand-washes-the-other-halloween-2013-review-photos http://personellietea.com/2013/11/05/one-hand-washes-the-other-halloween-2013-review-photos/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:44:53 +0000 Ellie http://personellietea.com/?p=2122 Sorry for putting this review up after Halloween. It’s been pretty out of control over here. I have my university final exams starting THIS FRIDAY! :O So blogging hasn’t been something I’ve had much time for. Hopefully by the end of this month I can put more things out here, but my last exam isn’t until November 21, so expect more silence, unless I decide to procrastinate again One Hand Washes The Other has released their Halloween collection (THE collection of the year that I always look forward to from OHWTO!) and once again, it did not disappoint. The collection for this year is much more diverse, in terms of it’s theme, and also in the variety of fragrances put forth. The collection itself encompasses some more traditional spooky themes such as urban legend favourites, Slenderman and Zalgo, along with some creepypasta “Who Was Phone”, back to some traditional folklore characters with Baba Yaga and the Boo Hag, to the blends inspired by the seasonal treats and creepy scenery associated with the holiday. Let’s move forward with the review.   Product 6 full size solid perfumes in: Camp Crystal Lake Baba Yaga Zalgo Slenderman Se7en Trick 6 sample oil vials [...]

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Sorry for putting this review up after Halloween. It’s been pretty out of control over here. I have my university final exams starting THIS FRIDAY! :O So blogging hasn’t been something I’ve had much time for. Hopefully by the end of this month I can put more things out here, but my last exam isn’t until November 21, so expect more silence, unless I decide to procrastinate again ;)

One Hand Washes The Other has released their Halloween collection (THE collection of the year that I always look forward to from OHWTO!) and once again, it did not disappoint. The collection for this year is much more diverse, in terms of it’s theme, and also in the variety of fragrances put forth. The collection itself encompasses some more traditional spooky themes such as urban legend favourites, Slenderman and Zalgo, along with some creepypasta “Who Was Phone”, back to some traditional folklore characters with Baba Yaga and the Boo Hag, to the blends inspired by the seasonal treats and creepy scenery associated with the holiday. Let’s move forward with the review.

 

Product

6 full size solid perfumes in:

  • Camp Crystal Lake
  • Baba Yaga
  • Zalgo
  • Slenderman
  • Se7en
  • Trick

6 sample oil vials in:

  • Who Was Phone?
  • Boo Hag
  • The Great Pumpkin
  • Smashing
  • Poison Apple
  • Incantation

and there was a bonus scent included with my order that was also apart of the Halloween 2013 release: Spectre. (This is in a solid, which OHWTO no longer provides for purchase. Just wanted to make that clear incase new shoppers were not aware. The solid sample pods are what OHWTO includes for bonuses with orders. So you can’t order solid sample pods :P )

Packaging

The solids are adorned with the signature skulls on the labelling, which appear on every Halloween perfume, and the sample vials have some adorable bats printed on the stickers.

Now for the best part ;)

 

Camp Crystal Lake

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

Camp Crystal Lake also known as Camp Forest Green, and, more commonly Camp Blood, was a summer camp for kids in the Friday the 13th film series. Image from: http://kweenytodd.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/happy-friday-13th.html

This was something that I was not expecting at all, something aquatic! As of late I’ve been in a very aquatic/marine zone, and the combination of this being a halloween themed perfume almost sealed the deal that this was going to be a must-try.
The blend starts off as a spicy carnation perfume, that is backed with pine, and the overall scent is sweet. Comes across like a magical forest. The carnations then begin to bloom and become more dominate as it dries down, however the carnations smell like actual fresh flower carnations, not as “perfume”. You know how sometimes there are two sorts of florals, the more nature identical ones and that ones that smell like the idea of a flower? That’s what I’m getting at. The overall effect of the blend during this dry down phase is a little dry , and it becomes quite heady. No doubt from the carnation. It’s not until after some serious wear does the carnation recede and the pine returns, providing some cool relief, and it’s also at this point that on my skin I take notice of any of the more watery notes, and the blend sweetens a little. This was a little challenging for me, because carnations are not my favourite floral, because of how in your face they can be. I spent too long trying to puzzle out when the aquatic was going to emerge that I forgot to just appreciate the blend on its whole. It’s a very lovely carnation blend, that even though it gets strong towards the middle, it does step back a little. The pine-y note in here is really lovely, smooth and sweet, and isn’t sharp, and is a really nice pairing. I know some people tend to avoid some blends with contain evergreen notes, because sometimes they can be too sharp and dry, that’s certainly not the case here. Anyone who was a fan of the Final Girl perfume from the Halloween 2011 collection, for the carnation note in there, will probably enjoy Camp Crystal Lake too. I would consider this unisex to feminine, depending on how strong the carnation or evergreen pulls on you.

 

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is a witch from Russian folklore who lives deep in the forest in a hut on stilted chicken legs- she flies around in a mortar, wielding a pestle, and just might eat you if you cross her. 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.

Baba Yaga, flying in her mortar and pestle and her hut. Image from: http://intothehermitage.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/marvels-and-tales.html With other beautiful drawings you simply have to check out!

 

For starters, you all know you want a Baba Yaga house. Don’t deny it.

This blend was surprisingly more bright than I had anticipated. Nice, tangy citrus burst in the openine, which reminds me of these Satsuma bath oil capsules I got from The Body Shop eons ago, so that was a nice memory to bring back :) There’s a little hint of the tea, but the citrus in this is quite strong when you first wear it. As it dries down the other earthy pieces begin to emerge, first with the beeswax and the smoke. It really just is a hint of smoke, and it’s just perfect as well. At this point the blend is very atmospheric, and becomes less of  perfume and becomes more of an experience, to me personally. I never found the patchouli to be heavy in this, so for those who loathe heavy patchouli, and was considering this blend, consider it :P The overall effect of this perfume really makes me feel like I’m sitting in the witches house, smelling all her dried herbs and candles hanging on the walls, and staring out the open doors, smelling the cold, dampness of the forest that surrounds me. A very cool leaning blend, that will probably satisfy those who enjoy a good citrus perfume. This is more on the earthy side, but the citrus burst in the opening lingers for a very good while. Probably more of a feminine to unisex blend.

 

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.

To start with, I had NO IDEA what Zalgo even was, so did some searching. It’s pretty creepy overall, so no wonder it was a theme for perfume in this collection.

“Zalgo is an Internet legend about an ominous entity believed to cause insanity, death and destruction of the world, similar to the creature Cthulhu created by H.P. Lovecraft in the 1920s. Zalgo is often associated with scrambled text on webpages and photos of people whose eyes and mouth have been covered in black.” Excerpt taken from here.

It’s a very cool and watery opening for this perfume, and it does indeed have some peppery bite to it. Slightly floral tinge, and it smells like still, nighttime air, almost that calm before the storm vibe. In it’s opening it’s very light and refreshing, something I wasn’t expecting from such a creepy inspiration! As it wears on it has a very clean, almost soapy-clean quality to it, and has a bit of crispness. It’s a little sweet as well, but more of a green sweetness. Again, it smells very still and almost lifeless. In it’s dry down it shows a base of herbs, but on my skin it’s quite subtle, but it still holds on to this clean feeling. It’s blended quite well, with nothing dominating or muddying up. The gem with Zalgo is, that it’s going to be a blend that I’m going to use over and over during this coming summer. It’s light, refreshing, has a ‘neutral’ feeling to it, so it can lend itself to year round wear. Zalgo is very unisex (just like the actual entity itself has no gender, so will attach to anyone…ooooh I see what you did there! ;) ) and will be loved by those who adore anything that’s fresh, crisp and ozonic. Definitely a blend I keep sniffing and sniffing, so it’s no wonder it’s my favourite of this release.

 

 

Slenderman

A modern-day urban legend, Slenderman is described as very tall and thin with unnaturally long arms which it can extend. He has a white, blank head and wears a dark suit. Slenderman is usually seen in and around the forest, where he can easily camouflage himself to better sneak up on unsuspecting victims. 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.

 

Slenderman, in his most favourite of hangouts - the forest. Image from: http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/The_Slender_Man

This is most certainly a smooth, deep mahogany blend. In it’s opening it’s sweet enough to remind me of gummie lollies (however don’t quote me on that, because I haven’t eaten those sorts of lollies for about 5 years. Gelatine is a butthole.). There’s a little bit of a crispness to the opening as well, that almost ozonic vibe. It almost has a deeper, syrupy quality to it, but I’m quite terrible in describing anything that is sweet. This actually reminds me a lot of Solstice Scents Monster Mash (now reformulated and renamed Loggia), however Monster Mash was lighter whereas Slenderman has more depth, and is more darker. Any fans of Monster Mash will probably love Slenderman! Sometimes, something comes across as an earthy kind of note, that makes me think of tobacco? I’m not sure what it is, but on my skin it’s not very noticeable, and it’s mainly mahogany that is all I can smell. I find Slenderman not to morph too much during the whole time it’s on my skin. Overall, the blend is too sweet for my preference, so I don’t enjoy it as much as the others in this range, however the menacing vibe comes through for me. Maybe Slenderman knew that I was not partial to sweeter woods, and is making his attack? Unisex with more of a feminine lean, and I only say feminine lean because of how sweet this pulls on me.

 

Se7en

Seven little headstones, all in a row

Seven little bodies down below
Seven little hearts
stopped in Seven little chests
Seven little victims laid to rest.
Seven was a good start
Seven was fine
but after Six came Seven
now it’s time for Eight and Nine.
Damp, almost peppery, freshly-dug soil, rolls of sod, floral arrangements, Ferns, Woods, and an uninvited guest, watching from the outskirts.
This was another reference I wasn’t sure about so went to double check. The almighty google gave me two responses: “Seven is a 1995 American thriller film. Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. ” (excerpt taken from IMDB and wikipedia), and “Choi Dong-wook (Korean: 최동욱, 崔東昱[citation needed]; born November 9, 1984), better known by his stage name Se7en, is a South Korean singer from YG Entertainment. “. (Excerpt taken from wikipedia.)So as much as the idea of manufactured pop stars freaks me the hell out, I’m thinking the reference lies with the movie ;)

Very cool green notes and a most fabulous damp dirt. I seriously love the dirt notes that OHWTO has in their blends, they’re just too cool! When I first put this on, it made me think of Dudleyville from last years Halloween release, and Dudleyville was my favourite from that collection. The same sort of feelings are shared: peppery dirt and murky forest scenery. This is a much lighter and sweeter blend than Dudleyville, and it has the ferns in there to shake things up. I don’t really have many perfumes which have fern notes, infact as far as I know, I only have 1 other, and that’s Courtyard from Solstice Scents (now discontinued). The ferns in this really smooth things out, mellow it down a notch and make the blend feel a little warm and takes some of the edge of the dirt notes. I like to think of this as an overrun garden, that hasn’t been tended to in many years, because the owner of the house has long gone, without a trace, and nobody new has since moved in. We all have that 1 creepy, un-inhabited house in our neighbourhoods, or that 1 house where you know someone lives there, but you never, ever see them. This is what Se7en puts me in mind. Those creepy neighbours we all have! Very unisex, with more of a masculine lean to it. Those who enjoyed Dudleyville last year may also enjoy Se7en, and it’s certainly a blend for those who prefer darker green fragrances.
Trick
Sensuous, Floral Amber, Skin Musk, Sandalwood, Oak, Pomegranates, and Sweet Oranges and Plums.
I was trying to decide between Trick or Treat, and was leaning more towards Treat because of the fig, leaves and ginger notes, but I was scared off by the inclusion of cream, so decided to try Trick. It seems that I was evidentally tricked, because Trick is much more sweet than I had anticipated! It’s a very fruity blend, and on the skin it opens into a bright and tangy blend. It has something which reminds me of fizzy sherbet lollies! It makes me think of berries, but berries aren’t listed in the description xD It’s probably just me not being able to tell apart fruit, oh dear xD It’s bright opening quickly settles down, and I get more of a pomegranate finish, which is actually very lovely, and light, however of course fruity sweet. When the blend dries down further, the citrus tang fades with it, and the blend has this almost “purple fruits” scent to it. I notice the oak here and it grounds the blend further, but still it’s too sweet for my preference. Trick is not a favourite of mine, but I’m sure this will be a favourite for many of those who do enjoy those types of scents! This is definitely a blend I can see being worn all year round, as it isn’t too heady and in your face, and would make for a nice summer blend too. Feminine lean.
The Great Pumpkin
Pumpkin flesh with lashings of Orange blossom honey, wild Roses clambering over ancient Oaks, Ginger, Frankincense, Myrrh, and Amber.
Starts out cool, slightly airy and crisp, like a brisk autumn dusky afternoon, just before the sun has fully set, backdropped with pumpkin jack-o-lanter you’ve set up next to the rose bushes. It’s a pretty charming opening, and one that will surely excite those who love rose scents. As it dries down the rose becomes a little sweeter and more noticeable, but not overpowering. It makes me think of Rose City from Haus of Gloi, in the sense that this is a ‘dirtied up’ sort of rose, and doesn’t make me think of anything delicate or ultra feminine. Just very natural and a little haunting in this case, as the pumpkin dies down and rounds out the blend. Further wear reveals a slightly spicy side that makes me think of ginger, but it’s nothing more than a nip. Pumpkin blends can be hit and miss with me, because I’ve had some overly gourmand pumpkin blends that have made me lose interest, and then I’ve found more darker, inspired blends. I’d definitely consider this to be more of the darker type, and is not in any way a foody/gourmand experience. I never notice any pungent honey, like I have noticed with some other honey blends, so I very much appreciate it’s subtelty here. Possibly unisex, but I’d think this is probably more feminine from the rose.
Incantation
Sacred incense, Atlas cedar, Spiced pumpkin, Sandalwood, and Rose.
Another of the darker rose blends, and fans from a previous OHWTO halloween release Exhume, may enjoy this as well (if darkened rose is what you’re after, and not a duplicate scent, because this is no dupe!). Infact the opening makes me think of Sugar Skulls, as it has a sweet, light floral and warm spice tone to it. I didn’t find the pumpkin to overwhelm in the blend either. Further wear reveals something to smell a little citrus? (maybe it’s my nose muddling up the cedar in a way.), and the rose to diminish a little and to lose it’s spiciness as well. It becomes a little more woody and finally at the very end, on my skin, it has an soft incense finish to tie it all together. At one point during the wear, it had a slightly soapy clean tone to it, which I’m not sure what my skin was doing there :( From the ingredients listed you would expect this to be quite heady, but it actually sits quite close to the skin, and is quite light to moderate in intensity. Feminine.
Who Was Phone?
Dad’s cologne, Powdery perfume splash, freshly-Shampooed hair, and a stolen bottle of red Wine from Mom’s secret stash.

Image from captionsearch.com

The very first thing I notice with this blend is that it does smell like shampoo! I breathe it in deeply and it’s that familiar, soapy clean scent. Sometimes I’m not all that happy with things that smell soapy or smell like anything that I would use in the shower. Only because I prefer different types of products for showers, than I do for perfumes. My shower gels are all fruity and florals, because I find them energising. However they rinse away, and then I can perfume myself the way I like :P Anyway, back on track, the shampoo. I can smell berries and the ‘shampoo’, and after a while it all becomes a little powdery and soft. Again, reminding me of shower times :P I do however find myself feeling refreshed, but probably because I keep making these shower references xD I don’t really smell the wine, but then again, I don’t really remember the smell of wine anymore, at least not enough to be able to pick it out if used subtlely. Overall, I find this to be quite a fun fragrance, adding a little bit of novelty to your perfume wardrobe if you haven’t already. Come on, we all have those types of perfumes in our collections, and if you don’t, then maybe give this one a whirl ;)
Boo Hag
Gullah folklore warns of vampires without skin, called Boo Hags, which will enter your home at night through any crack or crevice they can find, sit on your chest (they call this “riding”), and suck your breath- your very life force- from you while you sleep, until the sun rises. The best way to ward off an attack is to keep a broom by your bedside, as Boo Hags are compelled to count the bristles and will not be able to “ride” you until they have completed their counting- by which point the sun will have risen, forcing the hag to retreat until the sun sets again.Southern peaches, ripe from harvest. Palmetto fronds, cotton bolls, magnolia blossoms and Spanish moss, touched with a hint of incense and patchouli.

Image from: http://www.atlantaghosttours.com/Pages/StoryBooHags.aspx

They remind me of Incubi and Succubi! Also, I love the expression of the Horse in this picture. Makes me think of Doge Shibe. In this Boo Hag’s defense, I probably would have the same expression if I had a demon horse literally breathing down my neck whilst I was trying to get my daily dose of maiden life force. The nerve.
For such a sinister inspiration, the opening is quite bright and friendly. It’s very peachy, but it’s not very sickly sweet, just a really nice fuzzy peach, quite natural. For some reason on initial application I get something that smells a little like coconut. Oh my nose thinks it knows what it knows, but my nose doesn’t really know…okay I’ll just stop that. After about 20-30 minutes I find the peach to be almost gone, it’s just barely hanging on, and is replaced with a creamy, white floral. I actually prefer this stage the most, even though I really do like peach, white florals can sometimes have that almost elegant touch, and make a blend very special. Along with the floral there’s something a little green, and later on a more mossy/earthy tone emeges and this becomes an entirely different perfume! Honestly, it smells so different from initial application. MORPHER ALERT. Feminine, but only really if you wear this for the opening stage only. Otherwise it’s unisex.
Poison Apple
Of course, the best-tasting apples are always the ones laced with some kind of deadly toxin. Maybe just a little bite… Tart apples, sugared carnations, and a poison-soaked splinter of wood jammed into the core.
It’s not a halloween release without an apple fragrance, just as it should ;) Opens with an almost almond like bitterness met with a beautiful tart apple. It’s not juicy or fresh, but think darkened. It wears pretty much as an almondy/apple for a little while until the carnation pulls through. Not a very strong carnation, but adds a little more depth and a bit of creaminess. Not a lot, just enough to fool you into taking a bite before you realise you’re a goner. I was wanting this to be a little more woody, but it didn’t quite get there for me on my skin. However, it’s a nice blend, but overall a little too sweet for my liking. Although it’s a more dark apple, yeah, that sweetness. I’m rather picky you see :P
Smashing
Mischief Night, Cabbage Night, call it what you will- the night before Halloween is reserved for troublemakers and all manner of shenanigans. Sooty charred pumpkins, their smashed flesh strewn along sidewalks and on door stoops, dried apricots and figs, and a smidge of sandalwood.
You all know you were thinking of this.
Fans of last year’s Dullahan and Jack in Black should be enticed by the offering that is Smashing. I think of this as the third in the trio that is the “black halloween” blends from OHWTO, at least that’s how I categorise them in my mind. These three all have much more than just a dark vibe, they just feel a tad malevolent. Just a hint of burnt pumpkin flesh mingled with smoke and makes for a rather potent opening, that is warm and a little salty. It almost takes on a dry, papery essence further on down the line, and every so often a little soft sweetness (which I imagine from the dried fruits noted) peeps through to cut through it. The fruits in this blend, at least on my skin, are not very strong, nor do they linger. Just peeping in and out. Definitely for pumpkin lovers, but not for those who are after gourmand pumpkin. Unisex.
Spectre
Barely-there, an echo of the past? Or perhaps a supernatural visitor. Milk Sugar, Vanilla, and Tonka beans on a base of Skin Musk.
This was my gift with purchase scent, and taking a look at the notes, some of you may have already realised this could not have possibly be something I’ve chosen. Well you know what, I’m actually really glad that Becca threw this in, because this is pretty damn enjoyable. I guess there’s a few sweets that gets past this barrier every now and then! I would’ve thought from the description that this was going to be something that smelled of milkshakes and milkybar chocolates (they really don’t smell too good for me). This is a rather creamy, light and white fragrance, that has a beautiful vanilla in there that isn’t too strong or bakery in taste. The vanilla here, or the blend in general makes me think of After 5 Somewhere from the private stock line, and that might be something to take a peek at if you’ve tried Spectre and enjoyed it. For me, I don’t really find this to change all that much, or get out of control and smelling like a sugar bowl. Very feminine and floaty. I’ve heard that apparently Spectre smells reminiscent to Prada’s Candy. I cannot comment on that, but if that sounds good to you, then you know what you have to do ;)
So there we go! Thank you for making it all the way through, and if anything from this release interests you, make sure to go check out the store before the winter stock rolls in (which I don’t think is happening until late November/early December.).

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Madd Cat Monthly Box 1 – Review & Swatches – Bluegrass, Infinite Ammo, Ever After, Raven Feathers, Blue Lagoon http://personellietea.com/2013/10/16/madd-cat-monthly-box-1-review-swatches-bluegrass-infinite-ammo-ever-after-raven-feathers-blue-lagoon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=madd-cat-monthly-box-1-review-swatches-bluegrass-infinite-ammo-ever-after-raven-feathers-blue-lagoon http://personellietea.com/2013/10/16/madd-cat-monthly-box-1-review-swatches-bluegrass-infinite-ammo-ever-after-raven-feathers-blue-lagoon/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 04:21:48 +0000 Ellie http://personellietea.com/?p=2117 The idea of monthly subscription boxes has always excited me to a degree, but I’m always let down because I can never seem to find one that offers products that I can actually use and that won’t misalign with my cosmetic ethics. The only vegan and eco-friendly subscription boxes I have found have been terribly expensive to ship to Australia, or they just don’t ship them here at all A few months ago, I discovered that a few indie cosmetic companies had recently tested the subscription waters and were putting out some for themselves, and I once again became excited and researched some more. One of the ones I had found was by Madd Style Cosmetics, a company I had never tried previously but many of my friends have always told me nothing but good things about them. Madd Style Cosmetics are also a 100% vegan company, so I decided to try their first monthly subscription box. That’s what this review is all about, the first Madd Cat Monthly box. So shall we continue on? Product The Madd Cat Monthly box is a monthly subscription service, where you are guaranteed (following taken from the Madd Cat Monthly page) :  (1) [...]

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The idea of monthly subscription boxes has always excited me to a degree, but I’m always let down because I can never seem to find one that offers products that I can actually use and that won’t misalign with my cosmetic ethics. The only vegan and eco-friendly subscription boxes I have found have been terribly expensive to ship to Australia, or they just don’t ship them here at all :( A few months ago, I discovered that a few indie cosmetic companies had recently tested the subscription waters and were putting out some for themselves, and I once again became excited and researched some more. One of the ones I had found was by Madd Style Cosmetics, a company I had never tried previously but many of my friends have always told me nothing but good things about them. Madd Style Cosmetics are also a 100% vegan company, so I decided to try their first monthly subscription box. That’s what this review is all about, the first Madd Cat Monthly box. So shall we continue on?

Product

The Madd Cat Monthly box is a monthly subscription service, where you are guaranteed (following taken from the Madd Cat Monthly page) :

  •  (1) Full-sized eye shadow that is NEW and EXCLUSIVE to this box. This eye shadow will not be sold on-line at any time. It will not be available for purchase outside of this box.
  • At least (1) Full-sized product from our current line. This could be a random eye shadow, an over-stocked item, random lip balm or blush, or a left-over item from one of our previous collections.
  • At least (2) deluxe-samples of products.
  • Surprises!

Each box costs me, as an international (non US resident) US $16/month, which is including shipping. This first box I received contained 2 full sized shadows, 2 samples and 1 perfume sample. I find this to be a pretty damn good deal, considering each full size shadow currently sells for $5 and each sample, and shipping on it’s lowest base rate starts at $6.50 from the US to Australia. I can’t seem to find any price information regarding samples or the perfume sample, so cannot include them into the overall price calculation. However if we take into consideration the price for the 2 full sizes and the base rate shipping, that’s already made up the US$16, so the samples and the perfume are already exceeding the value! :)

Each box seems to come with a theme, and this first box was called “Jungle Love”. I didn’t really find the box to be that jungle-centric, but I don’t typically buy products based on themes to begin with ;) So here’s what I received in the first box:

 

  • Full size eyeshadow in Bluegrass
  • Full size eyeshadow in Infinite Ammo
  • Sample bag in Ever After
  • Sample bag in Raven Feathers
  • Sample perfume oil in Blue Lagoon
  • a private, box exclusive coupon code

It looks like that both full sizes are exclusive to this box, as I cannot find them on the website. The samples are apart of the general line.

Performance

The eyeshadows are very pigmented, creamy and have good adhesion to the skin. I didn’t experience any patchiness when applying to the eyes (over primer, the only way I wear eyeshadow is over primer) and pretty much performed like I expected it to. Didn’t notice any fading or muddying when I blended the colours, and oh yes, I had no trouble blending these shadows at all. Excellent quality product :)

The Blue Lagoon perfume is a different story :( This isn’t a perfume that I enjoy, and for a few reasons. The first is the formulation.  It looked like the oil had settled on the bottom of the vial, or at least one of the oil components in this blend had settled. This isn’t so unusual, as I have a few perfumes which contain components that naturally tend to settle over time. You just need to shake it up and then it’s good for application. When I applied the perfume the skin, it had an almost gummy consistency, which I have personally not come across before :( The perfume actually had a very strange, and off putting smell at this point as well, an almost, fatty smell. I wasn’t sure what was going on, so set it aside for a few weeks. Maybe travelling in the heat had affected it in some way? So I reapplied a few weeks later, and the weird gummy consistency had gone away and so had the smell. I still have no idea what happened, such a strange experience. So after it had “normalised” (and I only say this, because compared to the first time I opened it, there had been a dramatic change) I could finally give it a proper sniff.

The blend itself is probably very familiar to many people, particularly for those of us who were in high school from the mid 90s to the mid 00′s (it still feels weird typing 00′s, so if it’s confusing, I mean from the years 2000-2005) will undoubtedly have encountered it before. It’s that really cool, slightly sweet, and very fresh BLUE type of fragrance that was popular everywhere (remember Ralph by Ralph Lauren? Whilst that was fruity, that fresh vibe you got from it, made me think of Blue Lagoon.). Blue Lagoon actually brings back SO many memories of high school, that I’m simply going to have to call it Nostalgia Juice, because I don’t think I’ve had a smell had this much effect on me in recalling high school memories. Basically this just smells BLUE, little bit of sweetness, nothing super sugary but it’s that feeling of fruity sweetness, and very aquatic, and after a while it has an almost herbal, green tea note on my skin. Even with the ever so slight herbal (at least what my nose tells me anyway) it is still undoutably an aquatic. Truth be told, I’m not a huge aquatics fan, because I have memories of walking with Myer with some friends in high school, and just sampling perfumes, and at the time everything was something to do with aquatics and they always gave me a headache :( I’m only just now edging back in to the water (lol) with aquatics, but this isn’t the blend for me. I find it too ‘youthful’ and too bright for what I usually prefer, which as you know, it’s gotta be dirty to make me get the googly eyes and drool happening hahahaha. I don’t outright detest it, but I don’t love it either. I think I will just file it under the Nostalgia Juice tag, and when I get a little misty eyed thinking about the past, give this a sniff. I know we ALL have a perfume in our collection that we do for this reason, I’m not the only crazy one! :P I found the perfume to last about an hour on my skin, and for note perfume oils tend to typically last 2 hours on my skin, my skin just eats oils. Solid perfumes I find last much longer on my skin.

 

Packaging

The full size eyeshadows are packaged in sturdy, 5g jars, with a sifter. The sifters are sealed with a sticker, so no mess during transport!

All the products were fully labelled with ingredients, denoting whether lip safe, and were very clear to read.

 

The perfume came packaged in a 1mL vial, with a black plastic screw on cap. Unfortunately the vial leaked during transit, but only a little, as there was not significant loss from the overall product. Just enough to saturate the paper label. Again labelling was clear.

 

Swatches

All eyeshadows were swatched over DeLeon Cosmetics primer and photographed under a day light bulb inside a lightbox.

 

Lasting Impression

I am on the whole very satisfied with this first box, and apart from the slight hiccup with Blue Lagoon, on the whole Madd Style Cosmetics is definitely a brand that I think I’m going to hang around and try more. Infact, I already have the second monthly Madd Cat box, so there should be a review floating around for it (hopefully before the end of the month). I found the eyeshadows to the high quality, had a good amount of sheen and shimmer to them, they were blended well, applied beautifully and apart from Ever After, are colours that I typically wear. So I was super impressed with the colour selection. I felt that this box did reach it’s $16 value (including shipping) and I faced no problems receivng the box, although it did take about 3.5 weeks to get to me, I’ve had parcels from the US take 4-5 weeks at times. In closing, I’m glad I finally tried Madd Style, and I can understand the hype from my friends about their shadows. Will be looking in to making a non-subscription box purchase at a later date :)

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Estelle swatched the Just Another Day from innocent+twisted alchemy for us! Go see what she thinks!

Go read Eleni’s post about Lou Lous Soaps Scrubs and Scents! You can never have too much yummy bath stuff!

Indie Know reviews a new company; Blackstreets Makeup Co. What do they think?

Luna shares some Persephone Minerals swatches! A new collection is coming up!

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September Stinks: Sweet Tea Apothecary REVIEW http://personellietea.com/2013/09/21/september-stinks-sweet-tea-apothecary-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=september-stinks-sweet-tea-apothecary-review http://personellietea.com/2013/09/21/september-stinks-sweet-tea-apothecary-review/#comments Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:27:09 +0000 Ellie http://personellietea.com/?p=2103 You ever have perfume stashed away, that you mean to always wear and share but then…you know…it gets lost in the hoarde with all the other pretties and time goes on and your memory isn’t as good as it was and you only realise you’ve purchased them when you decide to do a spring clean? I know I have a problem, I also have a problem with run on sentences too… Another “it’s about time I blogged about this” article because I lost these perfumes for a good chunk of time and found them hidden in a drawer, for some unknown reason. Probably smelled them when they arrived then stashed them somewhere quickly *shrugs*. They’re out and about, and have been receiving some much needed love, so let’s get cracking with this shall we? Welcome to today’s stinky post about Sweet Tea Apothecary. I came across Sweet Tea Apothecary during a twitter conversation with Becca of One Hand Washes The Other a bit over a year ago, and from memory I might have purchased these during a 20% off sale, but I don’t even remember. Regardless, I was looking for a different perfume direction to try, because at the time [...]

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You ever have perfume stashed away, that you mean to always wear and share but then…you know…it gets lost in the hoarde with all the other pretties and time goes on and your memory isn’t as good as it was and you only realise you’ve purchased them when you decide to do a spring clean? I know I have a problem, I also have a problem with run on sentences too…

Another “it’s about time I blogged about this” article because I lost these perfumes for a good chunk of time and found them hidden in a drawer, for some unknown reason. Probably smelled them when they arrived then stashed them somewhere quickly *shrugs*. They’re out and about, and have been receiving some much needed love, so let’s get cracking with this shall we? Welcome to today’s stinky post about Sweet Tea Apothecary.

I came across Sweet Tea Apothecary during a twitter conversation with Becca of One Hand Washes The Other a bit over a year ago, and from memory I might have purchased these during a 20% off sale, but I don’t even remember. Regardless, I was looking for a different perfume direction to try, because at the time I did not really have many traditional florals and feminine blends, and Sweet Tea Apothecary popped up, so I ordered 1 of everything they had at the time (their collection has grown a little since then.) in samples. To date these are the most “traditional” perfumes I have in my collection and some of them are a little hit and miss for me, but hey you got to try a little of everything to make sure you’re not missing out on anything spectacular ;)

I have:

  • Clara
  • Dead Writers
  • Her Grace, The Duchess Georgiana
  • HRM Victoria
  • La Reine Antoinette
  • Maynard
  • Pampelmousse
  • Remy
  • Thoreau

 

Dead Writers, Maynard and Thoreau are the more masculine of the range, and are apart of the Dead Writers collection, whilst the rest are general catalogue and are feminine. The one thing I did find about most of these fragrances is that they tend to stay the same throughout the entire time they’re on my skin. Some people prefer this, some people don’t, and some people don’t really care either way. Just that I would throw that out there to save myself from being a bit redundant with the “stays the same, no morphing” etc.

All scent descriptions taken from Sweet Tea Apothecary’s website.

 

Clara

Sandalwood, Tuberose Moss, Bergamot.

Opens quite green and creamy, not at all very floral like I was expecting (the only other blend I have that has tuberose in it is quite strong, so I was expecting the same). It has that lovely coolness that you might expect from smelling flowers in your flowerbed first thing in the morning, when everything is still somewhat still and the dew is still hanging. This is quite a smooth blend and nothing particularly dominates, apart from perhaps the Tuberose being most noticeable. This is definitely a blend for those who prefer their delicate and understated florals, but want a little twist of green thrown in for a bit of freshness. This does soften over time, but to me it’s still very much a tuberose affair. This is probably one of the more ‘traditional’ and ‘old fashioned’ perfumes I have, and I don’t mean this is nana territory, just that it smells like a classic :)

 

Dead Writers

Black tea, vetiver, clove, musk, vanilla, heliotrope, and tobacco.

Oooh this has a little bit of bite and allure! Very smooth, warm and comforting. The clove in this gives just the right amount of spicy kick whilst still maintaing an old school gentlemenly air. When I breath this in deeper I get a little bit of a sweet, almost caramel-esque hint (it makes me think of caramel ice cream topping). I don’t really pick up the black tea in this, but I do get something slightly smokey, maybe it’s a smoky black tea? I don’t know, could be the tobacco too. If you enjoy Depravity from Haus Of Gloi and want something a little less on the spicy side, definitely try this blend! This has an ‘old’ charm to it, and I don’t mean that in a negative way, but I can imagine many people associating this blend with older men in their life such as their grandfathers, it just has that vibe that this would’ve been something men in the early 20th century would’ve worn. With that being said, no I don’t think I smell like your grandfather, I think I smell pretty damn awesome. Definitely a must try for the ladies who prefer the masculine types. Suave. sohpisticated and just a little bit different from your standard masculine fare.

 

Her Grace, The Duchess Georgiana

Black Tea, Lavender, Jasmine, Amber, Bergamot

Jasmine and amber go at it from the get go when it’s applied to the skin, and it seemed like the lavender was going to have a go, but then decided to try again later. However the jasmine admits defeat in the first round and the amber is victorous. This is one of these ambers that goes insanely sweet on my skin and my skin will just decide that it’s an amber-only blend and forget everything else. I have to try and figure out what sort of amber this is so I can do my best to avoid it in the future. The first thing to try to gain a grip back is the lavender, but it’s very fleeting  and comes in and out, but even so the amber still dominates. I find this to be just too sweet for me, and I struggle to fully appreciate the blend when I can’t get through the amber. It’s a shame because black tea and lavender sound like a killer combination to me, I just never get that far :( Looks like it’s Amber for the win and everyone else is down for the count.

 

HRM Victoria

Amber, French Lavender, Vanilla

This is possibly the most potent blend of the bunch, and I wish it was something I enjoyed. Oddly enough the amber in here doesn’t go crazy on me, but it’s the combination of the vanilla and the lavender. It smells warm, which is a little offputting, because typically I find lavender to smell quite cool and astringent, which I actually really like. I’m definitely one of those people that enjoy the medicinal style lavender, but in this blend it’s definitely more rounded. The vanilla blended in this is not one of my favourites, and for me is reminiscent of vanillas in foody blends. Just too sweet for my taste and not the lavender I prefer. The blend isn’t bad, just doesn’t meet my preferences is all. Differen’t strokes and all that jazz. A similar blend, which I would prefer in small doses is Lavender Vanilla from Solstice Scents, which I reviewed here.  So if you’re after something with more of a cool and slightly bitey edge, I suggest the Solstice Scents blend. If you want something more warm, slightly powdery and creamy, try HRM Victoria. Or you know, treat yourself and try both! Man, this one really hangs around for ages, just like her madge did ;)

 

La Reine Antoinette

Moss, Rose, Bergamot, Jasmine

Definitely something for jasmine lovers to try. Again this is quite a green opening floral and has the coolness to it. I very much like how this isn’t a blend where the rose becomes obnoxious, it just happily hangs out and provides backdrop, quite rare for a rose to not want to be the centre of attention! I really love this and how natural it smells, it really does smell like freshly picked flowers. Clara is a little more mature (like an older sister) whereas Antoinette is more vibrant and sparkling. I know I find myself comparing these two blends together because of their shared Moss and Bergamot notes, so I thought maybe it might be the same for a few others. Again I don’t really notice the moss or bergamot, mainly the floral notes. Very pretty blend that would make a lovely spring time fragrance. If you have Garden Gate from Solstice Scents and enjoy that, Antoinette will interest you greatly as well. Although they’re not the same floral blend, it has that lovely green opening and stay that I found with Antoinette.

 

Maynard

Sassafras, Juniper Berry, Tobacco, Teak, Oak Moss, Sandalwood

To start off with, I had no idea what Sassafras is, so had to investigate. I found answers telling me things ranging from fruit loops to root beer. Overall it’s to my understanding that it is something sweet…which still doesn’t really help me xD Oh well. On opening this is quite heavy on the juniper and it smells a little spicy and warm. Wears down into a smoother woody finish, and the juniper really lightens up. Nice deep, woods with a hint of moss.  Whilst I’ve found most of these blends to stay the same throughout the entirety on my skin, Maynard definitely does go through a bit of a change, and should not be judged based on the first 10 minutes of wear, as it’s pretty much a different perfume by the time it warms up. I wasn’t so fond of its opening, but this deeper and more earthy base is more appealing for me. Also no, nothing that smells like fruit loops or root beer to me, so I still am not sure about the sassafras, going to have to grab that as an individual fragrance oil sometime.

 

Pampelmousse

Ginger, Bamboo, White Tea, Saffron, Grapefruit, Honey

This is definitely a little more grown-up and sophisiticated than just a pure grapefruit blend would provide. I really love the grapefruit note in this, it’s not sugary and it has the right level of bitterness to make me think of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Whilst it’s still quite a juicy blend, it comes across with more warmth, and has a bit of kick to it. The grapefruit lingers for a little while and becomes softer as time goes on, and the blend wears a little more deep and earthy, not much. The honey in this must be barely there or is a honey which I like, because my nose isn’t going into shutdown mode :P This feels really refreshing and I wish this was a soap or bath product, because waking up in the morning to a little bit of Pampelmousse in the shower would probably entice me to wake up a little earlier. If you’re after a grapefruit scent which isn’t too sweet or “plain”, Pampelmousse may interest you.

 

Remy

Saffron, Sandalwood, Honey, Lavender, Amber, Vanilla

Lavender, Amber and Vanilla. Could this be a repeat of the tough time I had with HRM Victoria?

Once again the Amber is quick to push its way to the front for me, however it’s not as potent as it was in HRM Victoria, so I’m happy that there’s more to smell :D Very creamy and plush, and bonus points for not being a potent honey blend as well! The lavender is not strong in this blend and I like the little spikes I get from it every now and again. I don’t notice the saffron or sandalwood as much, but the honey is really nice, and I may have found a honey note that agrees with my skin! Unlike HRM Victoria, the amber does die down after about 15 minutes and the vanilla and honey are mainly what comes through for me. Then it gets slightly smokey, which is a little bit of shock! Not like a bonfire, it’s a little hard to describe, but it’s not acrid at all.
Like HRM Victoria, this does last for an extremely long time on my skin. Victoria lasted well over 12 hours and this was even after washing my hands o.O Remy is a little lighter and didn’t quite last that long, but it was long enough that I didn’t feel the need to reapply whilst I was out for around 4-5 hours.

 

 

Thoreau

Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Bamboo

Ahhhhh herbal, check. Earthy, check. Cool and slightly damp, check. This is just simply gorgeous, and this is my absolute favourite of all the scents I have. In the opening there’s little fleeting moments where it has a bit of a cool sweetness to it which make me think of aquatics, but when I snif closer that doesn’t seem to be there, and I smell the earthy tones much more. It’s a little on the dry side, and has a vibe to it that reminds me of the smell of paper. Thoreau reminds me of Falter (halloween limited edition) from Darling Clandestine, whereas Falter is slightly more creamy and a little soapy, Thoreau is a touch on the sweet side and isn’t quite as ’round’ smelling, and I hope that makes sense xD I could keep sniffing this on my wrist for hours upon end! A must have for those who like the masculine, herbal, slightly dry blends.

 

Overall, there were some big hits and big misses for me with some of these blends, but it’s not that I don’t find them well blended. Just that a) crazy amber amplification and b) I’m not a huge lover of traditional florals, and I’m not sure I ever will be, not unless they’re used subtley. My favourites are Thoreau and Dead Writers. The fragrances I have from Sweet Tea Apothecary are thoughtful and are ever so different to anything else I have in my collection. I definitely recommend trying some samples if traditionals are more your game, or just wanting to try some quality smells from a company not familiar to you :)

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September Stinks – Indie perfume review of Lou Lous Soaps Scrubs and Scents – Part 2 http://personellietea.com/2013/09/19/september-stinks-indie-perfume-review-of-lou-lous-soaps-scrubs-and-scents-part-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=september-stinks-indie-perfume-review-of-lou-lous-soaps-scrubs-and-scents-part-2 http://personellietea.com/2013/09/19/september-stinks-indie-perfume-review-of-lou-lous-soaps-scrubs-and-scents-part-2/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:28:28 +0000 Ellie http://personellietea.com/?p=2098 Last week I discussed about Lou Lou’s, and this is part 2 to that review. Apologies for the delay. We had company stay for a few days, so blogging time was put on the backburner. This post is covering Princesses & Playtime, Clara, Egyptian Apples and Clara. All descriptions from Lou Lou’s website:   Princesses & Playtime This is a fruity, feminine blend of fresh raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, pomegranate, mandarin, grapefruit, lime, and fresh cut green grass with a touch of bamboo over a base of vanilla musk. If you were after something “pink” smelling, minus the overwhelming cotton candy and sugar notes, this is going to be your best shot. The berries in this blend are indeed fresh and juicy, and there is nothing tart or jammy about them, which I find quite unique. It seems that most blends with multiple berry notes come across to be almost sticky and thick smelling, but this still has a bit of airy freshness to it. Until the dry down the berries here are most of what I smell, with strawberry being dominant for me. I really like the strawberry note in here, because I’m sure we’ve all come across some strawberry [...]

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Last week I discussed about Lou Lou’s, and this is part 2 to that review. Apologies for the delay. We had company stay for a few days, so blogging time was put on the backburner.

This post is covering Princesses & Playtime, Clara, Egyptian Apples and Clara.

All descriptions from Lou Lou’s website:

 

Princesses & Playtime

This is a fruity, feminine blend of fresh raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, pomegranate, mandarin, grapefruit, lime, and fresh cut green grass with a touch of bamboo over a base of vanilla musk.

If you were after something “pink” smelling, minus the overwhelming cotton candy and sugar notes, this is going to be your best shot. The berries in this blend are indeed fresh and juicy, and there is nothing tart or jammy about them, which I find quite unique. It seems that most blends with multiple berry notes come across to be almost sticky and thick smelling, but this still has a bit of airy freshness to it. Until the dry down the berries here are most of what I smell, with strawberry being dominant for me. I really like the strawberry note in here, because I’m sure we’ve all come across some strawberry scented ANYTHING and it’s just been almost plastic smelling or it’s just too strong. On the drydown there’s a little citrus action happening, and the blend almost smells a little like apple! My skin does strange things :P The vanilla in this is not strong, so makes the perfect background to this fruity affair. Although this is all fruits, it doesn’t smell like a cheap body spray. Whilst it does have a youthful fun side, it’s delicate, soft and actually quite smooth so for those who appreciate more ‘mature’ blends might want to give this a try.

 

Clara

Clara is a blend of vanilla bean infused coconut oil, Somali rose, saffron, honey, shea, chocolate, amber, and leather.

This immediately makes me think of old things, not in a bad way, but it makes me think of velvet and the velour lounge my mum tried so desperately hard to keep clean (but with 4 kids in the house, it was more of a case of denial :P ). It just gives off an old world vintage vibe, and brings to mind a classic ladies’ boudoir, with pearl draped over wooden jewellery boxes, and silver trays with all sorts of lotions and potions. This is more of a storyteller than it is a mix of notes, and it’s why I find it very hard to describe. Nothing here really stands out as a dominant note (on my skin at least) but the blend itself is warm, airy  (but not in an ozonic manner) and dry. I don’t get anything creamy or sweet in this blend, but there is the chocolate that hangs around then seems to go in and out for me. For those after something more chocolately are not going to get it with this blend, but it is a nice touch. If you’ve smelled Aragon from Darling Clandestine, it smells a little like the chocolate note in there. I’m really trying to give a decent description for Clara, but it’s really one of those perfumes that needs to be tested to understand it, rather than have someone tell you their impression about it. Damn those storytellers!

 

Egyptian Apples

A delicious blend of red and green apples covered in honey, cocoa butter, and chocolate over a base of Egyptian musk.

I purchased this when I was trying to figure out if it was honey that I was not a fan of, and it confirmed my suspicions that yes, it is honey. So this review is biased because of my preferences, so I apologise in advance, but I have tried my best to neutral to blend and not let my preferences interfere.

The apples here are almost like smelling a freshly cut apple. I swear you can smell a little bit of the apple skins, it’s so identical to actual apples! The honey however is quite strong and almost dominates over the apples, to the point where it’s quite offputting for me. There is a little but of saltiness in the opening for me, which I’m not really fond of. I’m thinking this ‘saltiness’ is just my sense of smell not really being used to the nuances of the honey, and my nose just refuses it altogether :( Given a little time this strong honey recedes and the apple come back, still smelling crisp and fresh, they really do sparkle in the heady honey. I couldn’t pick out the chocolate or cocoa butter, but probably because I didn’t keep it on my skin long enough (sorry, I just don’t like honey that much!). If honey is something you love, then definitely try this one. If you’re like me and not fond of honey, well you can still try it, because I’ve noticed that there are *some* blends I’ve enjoyed that contain a honey note and I’ve enjoyed them. It’s all about the blend ;) This blend didn’t work for me, but maybe it will work for you!

 

Sweet Darkness

Black Leather and Dark Mahogany Wood with hints of black licorice, burnt caramel, black coconut, black musk, blackberries, black currants, black raspberries, and dark spices

First thing I notice is some tangy dark fruits…..and something burnt. It’s a little unsettling at first because I’ve not really had anything in perfumes with this burnt smell to it. It’s not unpleasant like burning paper, but it did set me back a little because whilst in the description it says burnt caramel, I was expecting something a bit more buttery in terms of the burnt smell. The blend in the opening is quite dry and almost a little sharp. Those who are not big fans of licorice or anise may appreciate this blend, because the black licorice in here is not strong, in fact I can’t really notice it that much in the overall blend. What I mainly smell are blackcurrants, leather and the burnt smell, which gets softer the longer it is worn. This isn’t a very sweet blend despite the fruits listed, it’s warm and does wear down to a smoother finish than it’s opening. The depth in this blend is lovely and it does smell “dark”, but it’s not my sort of dark. I like more dirt and earthiness in my dark blends, and I wish this did have a little bit of patchouli to tick that box for me, because I think a really beautifully aged patchouli would just melt into this and make itself so at home. I have a sample of Patchouli Sweet Wood from Solstice Scents, and I like wearing both of these 2 at the same time, because it really dirties it up for me and makes it a little more smooth. Overall I don’t think Sweet Darkness is one I would wear by itself, and I probably will continue to layer it with patchouli or something equally dirty.

 

Lime Margarita

Lime Margarita is a refreshing blend of limes, mandarin oranges, lemons, vanilla rum, sea salt, and musk. This blend contains lime and orange essential oils.

Remember me going nuts over how zingy and just overall delicious Mojito was, well Lime Margarita is it’s sweeter sister for those who want a straight up citrus love affair. I could honestly just sniff this all damn day and not get sick of it. It’s strange, I’m not typically a fan of citrus for perfumes, but the citrus blends from Lou Lou’s really hit the mark for me and they feel special. The citrus here is smoothed a little, probably by that vanilla and I don’t really notice the salt here. Honestly, this is definitely one of those “as advertised” scents, where you know what you’re getting, and I don’t think you could possibly think different. The lemon and limes here are more dominant over the mandarin, which provides just the right level of sweetness to balance the zippy and sour lemon/lime combo. When I mentioned that lime note in Mojito to become a little dim the longer you wear it, it definitely holds its shape in Lime Margarita, and whilst it loses some of the initial tingle, it’s still very refreshing and bite-y. If this was drinkable…. :P I would say this to be unisex because it’s not really all that sweet or feminine, and I’m sure it’d be loved by both lovers of the feminine or masculine scents. It won over this masculine/herbal/woods lover ;) Definitely a blend that is full of energy and vibrancy.

 

Green Chamomile

Green Chamomile is a blend of chamomile tea infused coconut oil (carrier oil), chamomile tea, Roman chamomile essential oil, green grass, and green amber.

Green, green, GREEN! More of a herbal green rather than a sweet green, and does have a little bit of a dirty hint to it, but not much. For those who have been delighted and charmed by the sinister Vardogr from Darling Clandestine, consider Green Chamomile to be  it’s cheerful, day-light loving counterpart. This is one of my favourite bedtime and bath scents because of how quickly it calms and soothes me. It’s a little more simple than other blends, but it’s simplicity is stunning. I’m terrible with picking up amber notes, unless my skin amps them to ridiculous heights, but what I mostly get from this is a beautiful, almost dry green grass (nothing like a freshly mowed lawn. More like you’re rolling around on the grass.) and a fresh chamomile. A cool yet comforting fragrance, and I really like this one in the oil burner as well. Has a surprising depth to this as well. This is my favourite of all the Lou Lou’s perfumes, and even though Mojito and Lime Margarita charmed the pants of me, Green Chamomile has my heart, oh most definitely.

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September Stinks – Indie perfume review of Lou Lous Soaps Scrubs and Scents http://personellietea.com/2013/09/11/september-stinks-indie-perfume-review-of-lou-lous-soaps-scrubs-and-scents/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=september-stinks-indie-perfume-review-of-lou-lous-soaps-scrubs-and-scents http://personellietea.com/2013/09/11/september-stinks-indie-perfume-review-of-lou-lous-soaps-scrubs-and-scents/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:49:12 +0000 Ellie http://personellietea.com/?p=2091 Lou Lou’s Soaps Scrubs and Scents is a place I’ve shopped with on a recommendation from Evonne (of Darling Clandestine notoriety), and I have always kept meaning to chat about Lou Lou’s more often on this blog, but I always keep losing my dram vials I am a beacon of organisation and tidiness! Well no more, the world needs to know more about this shop and I hope this might persuade some people to go and check the shop out I’ve only tried the perfume oils, but the store also offers soaps and other bath time goodies. I’m going to break up the perfumes over a few days.  Note: I do have a full size of Mojito, but I have misplaced it amongst my hoarde, so I’ve included it with the dram chat. I also have misplaced Fig & Tea, and when I can find it, I will make sure to update this post or give it a post on its own. The goods: Pirate’s Punch, Scarecrow 2012 and Sweet Winter 2012. Dram vials can be purchased for $4 – $4.50 and the mini dram vials (mine is older packaging – for Clara) sell for $2.50. I’ve found Lou Lou’s [...]

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Lou Lou’s Soaps Scrubs and Scents is a place I’ve shopped with on a recommendation from Evonne (of Darling Clandestine notoriety), and I have always kept meaning to chat about Lou Lou’s more often on this blog, but I always keep losing my dram vials :x I am a beacon of organisation and tidiness! Well no more, the world needs to know more about this shop and I hope this might persuade some people to go and check the shop out :)

I’ve only tried the perfume oils, but the store also offers soaps and other bath time goodies. I’m going to break up the perfumes over a few days.  Note: I do have a full size of Mojito, but I have misplaced it amongst my hoarde, so I’ve included it with the dram chat. I also have misplaced Fig & Tea, and when I can find it, I will make sure to update this post or give it a post on its own.

The goods: Pirate’s Punch, Scarecrow 2012 and Sweet Winter 2012.

Dram vials can be purchased for $4 – $4.50 and the mini dram vials (mine is older packaging – for Clara) sell for $2.50. I’ve found Lou Lou’s to be VERY affordable for those wanting to try a handful of scents at one go. Also, international (non US) can contact Evelyn to arrange for an international shipping quote :)

All descriptions taken Lou Lou’s webstore.

Pirate’s Punch

Pirate’s Punch starts out with a vanilla bean infused coconut oil base (vanilla beans infused in the carrier oil for four month). You may get a vanilla seed in your perfume that made it through the straining process. I then added notes of Tahitian vanilla, coconut, lime, bay rum, verbena, and mahogany wood along with some added spices.

** This blend is a limited edition as some of the components have been discontinued. **

This opens so smooth and buttery, I want to rub this all over my skin! In the vial the coconut and vanilla dominate with a hint of lime, but when applied on the skin the lime bursts and it’s a really nice tangy lime. The coconut here is a really nice natural type of coconut, no hint of the obvious suntan lotion coconut at all with this blend. I’m only recently beginning to appreciate coconut more and more in perfume blends (it’s just been a matter of finding coconut that isn’t in a gourmand/foody blend.) so forgive me if I can’t describe it any better for you. As it dries down the lime is much softer and the creamy vanilla is much heavier than it was initially, with only a slight hint of coconut and the tang of the lime replaced with a deeper mahogany twang. I wouldn’t call this gourmand, but those who enjoy foody types of scents will appreciate this one. Pirate’s Punch, to me, doesn’t smell like something I’m ready to eat, it does have a “perfume” quality to it which at least for me doesn’t make this “this smells like a dessert” territory. This one is a morpher, and it morphs quite quickly at that. For those who want the lime to hang around longer, Lou Lou’s has another perfume that will keep you happy, Lime Margarita (I’ll post the review on that later this week.). I know there are many perfumes around which have this combination of coconut, lime and rum, but just like not every cup of tea is the same, neither is every perfumers take on a classic. Definitely a must try for those who adore this classic combination, and for those who want to be reminded of warm, sunny days. Most definitely unisex.

 

Scarecrow 2012

The original Scarecrow from 2011 with some additional notes added. If you liked the original version then this is a perfume you do not want to miss. Scarecrow is a blend of pears, red apples, pumpkin butter, juniper berries, eucalyptus, spruce, cedar, Doudlas fir, and other woods and berries over a base of copaiba essential oil and white musk. This year’s version has touched of green grass, blood oranges, sweet oranges, black musk, and more pears, apples, and pumpkin butter. I would describe this version as Scarecrow Original with a kick.

 

I never had the chance to try Scarecrow 2011 so I cannot comment on any similarities/differences.

There looks like there’s so much going on in the scent description, but when they’re all put together it really does make sense and nothing is fighting against each other to get your attention. A complex blend that also goes on a morphing trip. The fresh pears and apples open this and add a bit of lightness to a murky base. The dry down comes and so does a dry, dark forest. This is the phase I like the best and I sort of wish the whole perfume was like this :P The cedar is crisp and not at all pencil shaving-esque, and the other woods give it a hint of astringency. I don’t find the woody stage here to be smooth or dirty. It’s all a little prickly and fresh, and it makes you feel that you’ve walked around a forest and have had the prickly evergreen needles brush on your skin. The woods are backed by a faint deep sweetness, nothing sticky sweet, but it’s more on the fruit side. Not sure what it is, but I like how it ties back to the initial fruit notes. That deep fruit note amps up on my skin after more time warming and changes the tone of the fragrance again, and there’s a slight smokiness maybe? It’s very faint, but it’s probably my nose  just confusing it for something else. Another unisex fragrance, that is definitely appealing for those who enjoy their darker scents and woody notes.

 

Sweet Winter

Sweet Winter is a blend of winter flowers, cranberries, peppermint, vanilla, marshmallow fluff, whipped cream, and fir needles over a base of sandalwood and musk. This year I have added frankincense and myrrh to the original blend.

** This is a limited edition blend **

This opens with a surprise, it smells a little like black cherry! At least that’s how it comes across to me at first, a black cherry mixed with the fir (which does not smell strongly like pine or that dreaded pine-o-clean!). Giving it a few minutes on the skin reveals a tangy side, which I’m finding difficult to describe.  I’m quite surprised that this blend isn’t sending me running with those notes of marshmallow fluff and whipped cream listed, because if they’re here they’re blended really superbly as to not be obnoxious and steal the attention. If you want a toothache inducing perfume, I don’t think this will interest you. I’m not smelling much floral in this blend, but I think it’s because my skin is just turning this into something cherry-esque. This is honestly one of the hardest perfumes I’ve tried to describe, because what I was expecting from the notes I just don’t get from my skin chemistry at all, well in bits and pieces, I can smell the fir and a little frankincense. Sorry that I can’t be more helpful on this one! Highly recommend you grab a sample if the notes interest you and see if your skin does better than mine!

 

 

Mojito

Mojito is a blend of rum, lime juice, sugar, muddled spearmint, and a dash of club soda. This blend contains spearmint essential oil.

I don’t drink alcohol anymore, and when I did it wasn’t cocktails or mixed drinks, so I have no idea what an actual Mojito would smell and taste like, but I’d like to make myself a non-alcoholic Mojito because this is pretty damn delicious smelling. I love how the blend smells like it has some fizzy bubbles in it, at times it almost smells like it has an ozonic quality to it because it’s so crisp. I also equally love how it isn’t very sugary at all. This isn’t particularly complex, but hey, who cares when something “simple” smells this damn good. This is more grown up than the typical teenage citrus fruits phase (duh, RUM), but it still has the youthful burst and feel, not to mention happy. When I put this on it’s just an instant mood booster. So refreshing and has made this non-foody person want to reach for the vial and drink it. I won’t, but damnit it’s tempting to do so. Perfect for everyone, except maybe those that dislike limes and fizzy things. Whereas Pirates Punch was a creamy, tropical vibe, Mojito is sparkling and punchy. I think this may be ones of those scents that will appeal to most people, and I would not at all be surprised if this was not one of the best sellers in the shop. Now I seriously need to find the full size, because it’s already 30C in September and I will probably want to wear this around as the weather warms up.

 

I’ll have the rest of my Lou Lou’s smelly stash later on this week, with the more feminine perfumes and then the full sizes.

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September Stinks- ZOMG Smells Jerk-Ass Botany Collection: Death Camas, Horse Chestnut and Malevolence http://personellietea.com/2013/09/09/september-stinks-zomg-smells-jerk-ass-botany-collection-death-camas-horse-chestnut-and-malevolence/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=september-stinks-zomg-smells-jerk-ass-botany-collection-death-camas-horse-chestnut-and-malevolence http://personellietea.com/2013/09/09/september-stinks-zomg-smells-jerk-ass-botany-collection-death-camas-horse-chestnut-and-malevolence/#comments Sun, 08 Sep 2013 15:18:39 +0000 Ellie http://personellietea.com/?p=2086 This is my first foray into ZOMG smells. They’ve been a company that’s been on my ‘to-try’ list for a while, but I always get caught up with new indie perfumeries that I forget all the other I have listed. I decided to get in with this new limited collection, Jerk-Ass Botany, and try a few samples. The theme seems to involve the darker and nastier side of the plant kingdom, which immediately caught my interest, not only as a life scientist, but also because herbal/green/woods tickle my perfume fancy I decided to try 3 of the 5: Death Camas, Horse Chestnut and Malevolence. The set is available as samples, which ZOMG titles as ‘squees’ which are the typical 1 mL sample vial with plastic wand applicator. I purchased my samples through a perfume decant circle, which is why I was able to get 3 of the 5, as ZOMG only sell the samples as a complete set. The complete sample set is $15. When you break it down, that’s $3.75 per sample vial. All scent descriptions taken from ZOMG Smells website. Death Camas This heinous little bulb whose naughtiness is betrayed too late by its pretty little white flowers [...]

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This is my first foray into ZOMG smells. They’ve been a company that’s been on my ‘to-try’ list for a while, but I always get caught up with new indie perfumeries that I forget all the other I have listed. I decided to get in with this new limited collection, Jerk-Ass Botany, and try a few samples.

The theme seems to involve the darker and nastier side of the plant kingdom, which immediately caught my interest, not only as a life scientist, but also because herbal/green/woods tickle my perfume fancy ;) I decided to try 3 of the 5: Death Camas, Horse Chestnut and Malevolence.

The set is available as samples, which ZOMG titles as ‘squees’ which are the typical 1 mL sample vial with plastic wand applicator. I purchased my samples through a perfume decant circle, which is why I was able to get 3 of the 5, as ZOMG only sell the samples as a complete set. The complete sample set is $15. When you break it down, that’s $3.75 per sample vial.

All scent descriptions taken from ZOMG Smells website.

Death Camas

This heinous little bulb whose naughtiness is betrayed too late by its pretty little white flowers inspired us to mix up a pale, dusty floral over a lurking base of moss and doom. There’s the faintest little catch of decaying sweetness left by the poor bugger that stayed for a snack a few months ago. Orris, lilac, hay, oakmoss, and elemi.

This opens as a very light, fresh green-ish floral. Think of fresh burst of cut flowers and this is the opening. It makes me think of lillies at times because of how succulent and juicy the opening smells. The lilac is the noticeable note here and it’s very pretty and feminine. This comes across during the dry down as slightly powdery, and it of course loses that initial fresh burst. The floral notes become a little sweeter as it dries down as well, and hugs quite close to the skin. I don’t really get the hay or oakmoss, but there is a bit of warmth in this fragrance which stops it from just floating away. The sad thing about this is that on my skin this did not last for over an hour. Definitely one to check out if you enjoy light floral scents, and green type scents. Feminine.

 

Horse Chestnut

A woody and masculine scent, not sweet and not foody at all. Cedar, vetiver, khus, patchouli, sedge, lederhosen accord, and a tiny speck of basil.

The description pretty much nails it. I’m a little confused as to why they specify that it’s ‘not foody at all’. I guess it’s to tell you that it smells nothing like regular chestnuts, because the rest of the notes listed (minues the basil) don’t give me the impression of foody scents. Regardless this is a stunning blend that I feel really comforted when I wear it. It has a slightly bitter herbal run to it, which at times almost comes across as anise on my skin. This blend smells like something you would definitely come across in the outdoors, and I’m always delighted by fragrances that get that right. This opens as astringent, dry and warm, and as it dries down the dryness and astringency smooth out and it becomes just a warm, woody number which I find quite soothing. I’m still trying to work out the lederhosen accord xD This lasted about 2-2.5 hours on my skin and had a slight throw to it.

 

Malevolence

Fresh tomato leaf, slighlty overripe muscadine grapes, petitgrain and wormwood for that hint of sharp evil, cedarwood and a touch of our earthiest gardening-dirt patchouli. 

The tomato leaf is all throughout this blend, that unmistake whiff of the garden. So for those who enjoy it for a little while but want it to fade, will maybe not enjoy this as much. Slightly brushing those leaves aside there is something slightly floral to it, maybe this is from the grape note? The grapes however are quite noticeable but are blended quite nicely at times however I find this particular grape to smell a little like grape lollies and find it a little distracting. The rest of the blend keeps it grounded and doesn’t translate as grape lollies and tomato leaf. There’s a little dryness to this, but it’s smoother over with the sweet grape. The cedar doesn’t dominate either. On the dry down it warms into a more earthy and dirty fragrance, with some of the sweetness from the grape fading away, the tomato leaf still present. A unisex fragrance, possibly leaning feminine because of the sweet grape. Those who enjoy herbals and a good old fashioned tomato leaf note are going to really enjoy this. I found this to last about 2 hours on my skin.

 

Overall I am quite pleased with these fragrances, with Horse Chestnut being my favourite of the three. Can I ever have enough blended with cedar and patchouli? Not really :P I found the blends to be thought out and well put together and whilst I still am not sure what’s up with the lederhosen accord :P I like the vibe I get from ZOMG, and am interested in placing an order with them soon to grab some more samples. Have you tried ZOMG smells before?

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September Stinks – 30 Days of indie perfume discussion http://personellietea.com/2013/09/05/september-stinks-30-days-of-indie-perfume-discussion/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=september-stinks-30-days-of-indie-perfume-discussion http://personellietea.com/2013/09/05/september-stinks-30-days-of-indie-perfume-discussion/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:31:24 +0000 Ellie http://personellietea.com/?p=2076 With so many indie perfumes laying around, I’ve decided to actually try and finally get some reviews of my perfumes out of the way for this month. Last month was a terribly inactive month on my blog (getting used to the back to uni routine coupled with a bunch of assignments thrown at me all at once) and I was hoping to kick start it in to activity for September. The focus is to try and review a different perfume each day, but there may be days where I clump together more than 1 perfume for review, or I may review an entire purchase lot (I have a few of those coming up). So not everyday will be focussed on an individual fragrance. To start with, I’m backdating from the first and grouping together 4 perfumes for this post.   Four samples of perfume oils from Solstice Scents, one of my absolute favourites. Today’s features: Lavender Vanilla, Master Bedroom, Outpost and Violet Mallow. All descriptions taken from Solstice Scents website.   Lavender Vanilla Lavender Essential Oil paired with sweet creamy vanilla and smooth French Vanilla. The lavender essential oil starts out powerfully then descends into the background as the creamy [...]

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With so many indie perfumes laying around, I’ve decided to actually try and finally get some reviews of my perfumes out of the way for this month. Last month was a terribly inactive month on my blog (getting used to the back to uni routine coupled with a bunch of assignments thrown at me all at once) and I was hoping to kick start it in to activity for September.

The focus is to try and review a different perfume each day, but there may be days where I clump together more than 1 perfume for review, or I may review an entire purchase lot (I have a few of those coming up). So not everyday will be focussed on an individual fragrance. To start with, I’m backdating from the first and grouping together 4 perfumes for this post.

 

Four samples of perfume oils from Solstice Scents, one of my absolute favourites. Today’s features: Lavender Vanilla, Master Bedroom, Outpost and Violet Mallow. All descriptions taken from Solstice Scents website.

 

Lavender Vanilla

Lavender Essential Oil paired with sweet creamy vanilla and smooth French Vanilla. The lavender essential oil starts out powerfully then descends into the background as the creamy vanilla emerges. After some time on the skin, the vanilla takes center stage as the primary and lasting note, enhanced by a ghostly memory of lavender

 

Lavender is my favourite flower and I absolutely adore the scent in any manner/combination. I know the smell of Lavender to some people comes across as medicinal, floor cleaner, or stale pot pourri bags. I really like herbal lavender, but I know a lot of people don’t, so Lavender Vanilla should be a scent those people may enjoy.

I have to agree that the lavender at the beginning smells quite herbal and sharp, however the vanilla really pulls through and softens and blends it down really nicely. I can’t explain this vanilla clearly as it’s not something I’ve come across in other SS scents (I’m not a very big vanilla person, but do appreciate it from time to time.). It’s reminiscent of vanilla cake frosting, and at times I find it to be quite a sugary note. However on the dry down the vanilla becomes softer and loses this foodie quality, and makes me think more of vanilla extract rather than vanilla frosting. The lavender seems to completely fade away at this stage.

I have this as a sample, but I’m not sure I want a full size, only because sweet/sugary types of scents do not appeal that strongly to me, and I was really hoping the lavender would stick around but it doesn’t happen on my skin. I can definitely see many foodie/gourmand lovers appreciate this perfume

 

Master Bedroom

Soft Musk, Sandalwood EO, Amber, Clove EO, Myrrh EO, Vanilla, Aged Patchouli EO, Champaca Absolute & Aged Sandalwood Attar .

 

This perfume is apart of the Manor Collection lineup and is only available during autumn.

In a way Master Bedroom reminds me greatly of another Solstice Scents fragrance, Cascade of Gold. Cascade of Gold is a little more fruitier, warm and lighter in its feeling (not it’s scent!) wheras Master Bedroom has a darker slightly more robust and cooler edge. It must be that stunning sandalwood in both that’s linking them together for me, it’s so soft and smooth. It has a headiness to it, however it’s quite floaty and delicate at the same time, it’s quite difficult for me to explain. I don’t find the patchouli to be very dominant in this so patch haters may not even notice it in this blend.

Master Bedroom has an incense type of vibe to it, so may not appeal to those who are not fond of that style, with that being said though it doesn’t not smell smoky, at least not to my nose. It has a natural sweetness to it that at times is almost reminiscent of bubblegum, ever so slight of bubblegum, but there is a slight earthy base to it to keep it more mellow and give it some base. It’s sort of floral in a way, and I’m pathetic when it comes to describing florals, because simply I don’t encounter enough floral perfumes xD This is seriously one very smooth operator, and smells ridiculously silky! I would probably say this leans feminine because of the sweetness, but there is probably enough earth in it to probably attract masculine types as well.

I’m not sure if I would go for the full size as I’m still tossing up whether I prefer this or Cascade of Gold. To my nose ( and this will be different for everyone of course) I feel I can do with just the one of this style of perfume.

 

Outpost

Sugar Crystals, Spruce, Fir, Soft Woods, Bayberry,  Mistletoe, Amber.

 

This is a Winter collection perfume and may or may not be back for Winter 2013.

Not sure how this happened but this turns out quite fruity on me! I don’t know what bayberry or mistletoe even smell like (wrong hemisphere) but I’m definitely getting a fruity vibe xD For such an ardant hater of sugary perfumes, why on earth did I get this one? BECAUSE FIR, SPRUCE AND SOFT WOODS. Come on guys, how can I resist some good smelling wood (minds out of the gutter, please have some decorum whilst reading my blog! tsk tsk tsk!)?

It actually doesn’t come across in a cotton candy sugar manner at all, and I am really pleased with that. I think maybe those who adore the sweeter things may be a little disappointed that it’s not going to give you a cavity when you smell it! It’s mostly for me a mix of that mystery fruit type of smell mixed with the fresh evergreens. This one starts out quite crisp but it really doesn’t take long at all for it to become very soft and understated. It’s initial fresh green burst dies down and is replaced with a more mellow woodsy sort of scent. If we ever had a ‘real xmas tree’ I would imagine it to smell something a little like this, with xmas candies hanging off it :) Definitely unisex, and this would make an excellent room fragrance as well to use in your oil burner!

 

Violet Mallow

 

Marshmallow Cream, Violet Flowers, Vanilla Bean, White Musk

I know. I’m surprised I got this one too. At the time I was on a quest to try to smell everything Solstice Scents had on offer, so this is how this one slipped in ;)

If you know Solstice Scents, you probably have come across their almost signature mallow scent in one form or another across some of their blends and it’s blended quite beautifully in to this. You know, I think I actually like it :P It opens a little green, like the violets are at their absolute freshest and were just picked the second you applied this to your skin, and it sits on top of the marshmallow which surprisingly  isn’t obnoxious and loud. It’s quite soft, so for those thinking this might not be a scent for those more mature (read: older than 16) could wear, that is certainly not the case. I like how in the opening there seems to be a tiny burst of green, or at least what my skin is amping it to be green xD

The whole perfume is soft, understated, and has that ‘classic’ feel, that it will never go out of style. I’m really quite surprised I enjoy it, but I reallllly prefer my perfumes to be masculine/woody/herbal/earthy/dirty.

 

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It’s August already? What the farrrrrrrrk…… http://personellietea.com/2013/08/12/its-august-already-what-the-farrrrrrrrk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=its-august-already-what-the-farrrrrrrrk http://personellietea.com/2013/08/12/its-august-already-what-the-farrrrrrrrk/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 05:29:26 +0000 Ellie http://personellietea.com/?p=2073 My break from uni is over already and now I am back cry/happy. It’s always a love/hate relationship This semester I’m taking 3 subjects, I was supposed to be taking 4 but I dropped one of my subjects because it was a 3 hour lecture 5-8pm, and I wouldn’t be getting home until around 11, which is dangerous and scary in the neighbourhood that I live in, for me to be walking home in the dark, even if I bring D along with me. Not to mention the day after I would have to be up at 6:30am, so I wanted to give myself a chance at sleep and to get home safely :/ Anyway, so 3 subjects it is! This semester I’m taking Chemistry B (kinetics and organic chemistry), Molecular Cell Biology 1 and Introductory Biotechnology. Cell biology and Int. Biotech are going to be awesome, because it’s finally getting in to more subjects that are relevant. Still diddling around with chemistry, but I hope I can get through this one as well. Molecular Cell Biology is going to be amazing because we get to work with actual human patient lymphoma cancer cells, which is something I’ve never done [...]

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My break from uni is over already and now I am back cry/happy. It’s always a love/hate relationship :P

This semester I’m taking 3 subjects, I was supposed to be taking 4 but I dropped one of my subjects because it was a 3 hour lecture 5-8pm, and I wouldn’t be getting home until around 11, which is dangerous and scary in the neighbourhood that I live in, for me to be walking home in the dark, even if I bring D along with me. Not to mention the day after I would have to be up at 6:30am, so I wanted to give myself a chance at sleep and to get home safely :/ Anyway, so 3 subjects it is!

This semester I’m taking Chemistry B (kinetics and organic chemistry), Molecular Cell Biology 1 and Introductory Biotechnology. Cell biology and Int. Biotech are going to be awesome, because it’s finally getting in to more subjects that are relevant. Still diddling around with chemistry, but I hope I can get through this one as well. Molecular Cell Biology is going to be amazing because we get to work with actual human patient lymphoma cancer cells, which is something I’ve never done before. I’m incredibly excited to get back in to these molecular techniques and running gels and assays, because it’s something I haven’t done in about 6 years. Mah werd, that sounds like a big number xD
Introductory Biotechnology is run by the same teacher I had Microbiology with last semester, and he remembered and noticed me in lectures and lab, so I kinda feel like a big head now lololol and it was nice that he actually remembered me out of many hundreds of students. Seems that not all teachers are just robots afterall :P So we’re going to be doing another isolation project, but this one is more junior, as the course is a first year course, and I’ve already done the second year version, so I should be okay :) So I only need to worry about Chemistry, and I should be able to kick ass once again. Still crossing my fingers though xD

So yeah, I’ll probably be sporadically blogging again, and have no time for swatches xD I’ve got all these perfumes to review though…so this is probably the kick in the pants I needed to get going with those!

Nothing really exciting over on my end, just going day to day :) Hope you’re all well!

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Haus of Gloi – White Peach, White Blackberry, Rose City and Troika – Review http://personellietea.com/2013/08/12/haus-of-gloi-white-peach-white-blackberry-rose-city-and-troika-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=haus-of-gloi-white-peach-white-blackberry-rose-city-and-troika-review http://personellietea.com/2013/08/12/haus-of-gloi-white-peach-white-blackberry-rose-city-and-troika-review/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 04:56:38 +0000 Ellie http://personellietea.com/?p=2067 Apologies for this post being rather late! Just been caught up with many other things, like say, second semester of uni These reverie scents should still be in stock though, so hopefully I’m not too out of time! Every so often, as you keen HOG’ers know, HOG release scents through their Reverie ‘line’.  A few months back, we’re talking May-June now, there was a drop which intrigued me so. D is a big fan of White Raspberry, and there were 2 new fragrances to the white range, White Peach and White Blackberry. So I picked them up for D to try, and I noticed a rose perfume. I was ready to skip that, because sometimes I find rose to be a little obvious for my taste (which is rich of me saying so, considering all the herbals and woods I enjoy). I decided to actually read the description to find it was blended with patchouli! WHAT, YES, THIS MIGHT BE GOOD! I also grabbed Troika from the general catalogue, because it was one of the few genereal catalogue scents that I had not yet tried. I haven’t reviewed Haus of Gloi in quite a while, and I know that they’re [...]

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Apologies for this post being rather late! Just been caught up with many other things, like say, second semester of uni :P These reverie scents should still be in stock though, so hopefully I’m not too out of time!

Every so often, as you keen HOG’ers know, HOG release scents through their Reverie ‘line’.  A few months back, we’re talking May-June now, there was a drop which intrigued me so. D is a big fan of White Raspberry, and there were 2 new fragrances to the white range, White Peach and White Blackberry. So I picked them up for D to try, and I noticed a rose perfume. I was ready to skip that, because sometimes I find rose to be a little obvious for my taste (which is rich of me saying so, considering all the herbals and woods I enjoy). I decided to actually read the description to find it was blended with patchouli! WHAT, YES, THIS MIGHT BE GOOD! :D I also grabbed Troika from the general catalogue, because it was one of the few genereal catalogue scents that I had not yet tried. I haven’t reviewed Haus of Gloi in quite a while, and I know that they’re working on their autumn release (my favourite time of year for all perfumers!) so wanted to make sure I actually got my butt in gear and posted before the reverie is cleaned out!

 

White Peach

Cream, pale peach skin and ginger root.

In the vial this is a very creamy, vanilla spiked cream. Almost smells like it’d be sticky sweet death. Even though I grabbed this for D, I quite like peach in a fragrance, and seeing it combined with ginger does sound lovely to me. Within seconds on the skin, the ginger appears, but it’s very gently, and almost powder? I’m not sure how to describe it, but it smells to me more like ground ginger than the effervescent tingle of fresh ginger. Giving the fragrance chance to warm on the skin, the vanilla soothes away slightly and the peach is much more noticeable. If you’ve ever tried Momoko or Peach Mama from the Haus, then you’ll know it’s the same very real, fuzzy peach scent. The cream is very understated and just rounds everything together to make it a much more smooth blend. Overall this is very silky and soft, nothing sharp. I would’ve preferred to smell a little more ginger in this :( White Peach is delicate and quite airy as well, and it just smells like the feeling of warm breezes :) Those looking for a kapow type of peach fragrance will not find it here, but if you want a little peak of peach every now and then, try White Peach.

 

White Blackberry

Cream, ripe blackberry and a touch of juniper wood.

If you have tried White Raspberry and enjoyed it immensely, then you must pick up White Blackberry! D absolutely loves White Raspberry, and when I asked him to compare the two, it was like watching him being asked which arm should be cut off xD He prefers White Raspberry, as he says it’s a little more smooth, and I agree with him. The blackberry in here is deep and dark, and I really like how the cream accord in here doesn’t swamp it either. However it is more pronounced in this blend than in White Peach. Warming it on the skin, the blackberry just rises straight to the top. There’s something almost reminiscent of black cherry in here, it’s the vaguest hint of it. I’m not very good with fruit based perfumes xD I couldn’t personally wear this for everyday, as it’s too sweet for my taste, and it is much more bolder than the White Peach.

 

Rose City

Red roses and the earthy wet scent of aged patchouli.

There’s no fighting with the description here, it is exactly as advertised…..and you know what, I do freaking love it. Have I honestly come across a rose based perfume that I don’t find too obnoxious? :O The patchouli in this blend makes this smell very natural, just like if you’ve just come in from tending to your roses in the garden and you’ve still got your dirt caked gardening gloves on. Smelling this reminds me of when my mum used to have an interest in trying to maintain her roses, brings back some nice memories. It’s definitely not a gentle blend, you’ll wear and and it will be noticed. I think the patchouli saves this from being an old school Yardley type of fragrance (I think some of us may have had parents or other relatives who went a little nuts for the Yardley perfumes, you know the types “rose”, “lavender”, “lily”.) but some may disagree with me and think the patchouli in this blend doesn’t make it interesting enough for them and it’s still just “rose”. Well that’s fine too. I just like a rose to smell like a rose, not an idea of a rose, if you get my drift? I’m very pleased with this, but I don’t think I could wear this for everyday either. Probably will use it for pick me ups and such :)

 

Troika

A trinity of soft milks, almond, oat and coconut, lashed with sweet agave nectar and the ethereal scent of clean white.

The description, particularly of almond and clean white, reminds me of Katrina from The Morbid The Merrier (now defunct), and Katrina was the fragrance that first put me on the path for ‘white’ types and also almond, so I wanted to see if some of the magic was there with Troika. Now, coconut and I tend to have a love/hate relationship, if it’s too sweet I don’t want it near me. If it smells toasty, I dig that so damn much. If it smells “raw” (like smelling a bag of dessicated coconut) then I’m probably going to like it too. I just HATE when coconut smells like the sunlotion concoction of doom blend.The almond here is soft and smells like almond, not of cherry like it can sometimes do. The oat is gentle and soothing here as well, and it does not come across like cereal whatsoever, because I can definitely see how the description may make you think of muesli :P The blend is delicately bitter with a natural, coy sweetness (does not smell like a sugar bowl, YES) and the coconut…..is brilliant :D It’s subtle, adds a little smoothness to the blend, and just plays along nicely. Not once does it dominate everything else! The “clean white”, I definitely get that here, like with White Peach, it has that warm summer breeze vibe to it. Very comforting, and snuggly type of fragrance, and this will be purchased as a full size at some point. Everything about this blend just makes me think of soft, snuggling in bed, wrapping yourself in your favourite blanket, warm hugs….you know, anything that makes you feel more comfortable. Comfort in a bottle! :)

 

 

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