It’s been a while since I’ve posted a perfume review, and sadly it’s been because of my migraines. I’ve dealt with them for many years, but over the past two months I’ve had to keep them at bay a little bit more vigilantly which means curbing the sniffing of new perfumes. Thankfully, I find a lot of joy in testing out green beauty products and have been creating YouTube video reviews if you are interested in checking those out. I still plan on reviewing perfumes here on Scent Hive, but if you see a decrease in their frequency, you know that it’s not for lack of love or desire, but for the need of tending to ole noggin.
Speaking of perfume, I am thrilled to let you all know about my guest post over at The Greenly Guide. Keri was so kind to ask me to contribute a piece on my natural perfume journey, so if you are interested in reading it, please do pop on over. Keri’s blog is filled with informative resources and terrific articles including another guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, Claire of Rocks & Salts.
So what perfumes have you all been enjoying lately? I am currently testing beauties from JoAnne Bassett and April Aromatics and promise to get those reviews up as soon as I am able. XOXO ~Trish
My husband and I are recently back from The Big Island of Hawaii and while I feel like that island could easily be a second home for me, the Pacific Northwest is where my heart and soul are most at ease. In Hawaii, I indulged my olfactory needs with the Gardenia Roll-On from Enfleurage in New York City. As the name of this boutique suggests, this fragrance is made of gardenia enfleurage flowers, and it is exquisite. But upon returning to the cooler weather, something a bit more PNW appropriate beckoned, and I knew just the fragrances to reach for.
When Anna Zworykina first contacted me about reviewing her perfume line I was certainly intrigued by her. She’s a Russian biochemist (a PhD no less) who has been creating natural fragrances for more than fifteen years and I was not previously familiar with her work. Of course I said yes, and if you’re like me and you peruse Anna’s website, or her etsy store, you will see that she has a great many fragrances to choose from and admittedly I was overwhelmed by the generous samples she sent my way. Thankfully, it has been my absolute pleasure to have spent many months with the perfumes of Anna Zworykina, and I wish I could review all of them as each one is worthy of a dedicated review.
The first time I smelled the raw material of benzoin, I was flush with bliss. The earthy vanillic scent wafting from the glass jar that housed pieces of the resin was pure heaven to me. I was smitten. Even though that evening was over eight years ago, I can still recall the interplay between soft vanilla and dark soil and I wanted a perfume of only benzoin. Labdanum is another cherished aroma for me, and I was able to smell its raw material that same evening. Labdanum is also a sweet resin, but it’s richer with a leathery smokiness that begs to be worn on a cold night. It probably comes as no surprise that both of these resins are frequently used together in perfumery and make up the the backbone of amber perfumes, and Amber Tapestry is no exception.