Valentine’s Day Beauties from Roxana Villa + Giveaway!

This Valentine’s Day, Roxana Villa of Roxana Illuminated Perfumes has created the perfect gift, a beautiful set of solid fragrances. Chocolate is the unifying note of this solid perfume series and is presented in adorable truffle boxes as a duo or quartet, as well as a complete sample set of all six. Roxana works only with pure botanical essences including the chocolate aroma for her new series. The solid perfumes are made with Scharffen Berger 99% cacao, cocoa butter, organic cocoa powder and theobroma cacao extract from South America. Beeswax, and jojoba seed oil comprise the base of the solids, making them creamy and luxurious to apply.

Noir is dark and bitter with a richness only high quality chocolate can impart. But as the darkness of the chocolate opening faded, the darkness of moist earth began. Patchouli became the prominent note in Noir’s heart, and remained so until the drydown. This patchouli doesn’t have the fecund mintiness that I have grown to prefer, but it nevertheless is a superb patchouli that gets your hands dirty in rich, warm soil.

Cerise is a cherry truffle scent. I am not a cherry/chocolate person when it comes to my preferred candy choices and I probably would have passed it by if it weren’t for this review. Turns out, Cerise is one of my favorites of the six. Its cherry was like a sweet port rather than a cloying syrup and was very well-balanced against the intensity of Scharffen Berger’s 99% cacao. The cherries morphed into blackberries on my skin, recalling the dog days of summer. Yet, as those last summer days are a reminder that time is fleeting, Cerise was fleeting too. It didn’t last nearly as long as Noir, but because I adore Cerise I would not hesitate to buy the compact and I do hope that Roxana makes this into a body butter.

La Forêt is probably the least chocolatey of the six, but nevertheless, my favorite of the bunch. It’s a “dense conifer forest” as Roxana describes, and indeed the aroma of pine, spruce, and fir welled up when applied.La Forêt is reminiscent of Mandy Aftel’s Fig which has an equally sophisticated and dense piney scent. But whereas Fig is jammy and teeming with jasmine’s floral intensity, La Forêt’s greenness is augmented by unsweetened chocolate. Winter holidays come to mind whenever I smell such a lovely pine scent, but keep in mind, this scent is used in aromatherapy to refresh and revitalize any time of year.

L’Orangerie took me by surprise. I thought it would smell just like those chocolate covered orange sticks that are scrumptuous, but I wasn’t sure I would want to wear that scent on my skin. Well, I was right and wrong. They do smell like those candies, and I love smelling like a box of them!  The orange is radiant, and more like a ripe juicy tangerine with its sweetness. The chocolate in L’Orangerie seems sweeter because of this, never overwhelming the bright citrus.

Bois de Chocolat is the solid I have worn the most, and after wearing it again last night, I might have to rethink claiming La Forêt as my favorite. “Smokey woods and chocolate” is the scent description from Roxana, and it is indeed smoky. My impression of the woods in Bois de Chocolat is that of Agarwood (oud). It’s got the tangy, freshly chopped wood quality that I associate with Agarwood. Bois de Chocolat is a gentler version of Oudh Lacquer, another smoky/chocolate/agarwood scent that Liz Zorn created last year. Oudh Lacquer is a gorgeous perfume, but might be too intense for some tastes. Bois de Chocolat is the Yin to Oudh Lacquer’s Yang. So give Bois de Chocolate a go if you’re looking for a more subdued yet equally enticing experience.

L‘epice is a spicy mix of cloves, cinnamon and bitter orange rind. Are you familiar with Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea? I drink that brew frequently, and L’epice is reminiscent of its spicy goodness. Roxana doesn’t list the specific notes for her chocolate fragrances, but states that L’epice is: “Spice, hint of vanilla and chocolate”. The vanilla and chocolate escaped me, and I would love to smell more of those notes in L’epice. Regardless, it’s a lovely mulled spice perfume that hastens comfort and a touch of sensuality.

Now for the giveaway info! Go to Roxana’s Etsy site to check out the 5gm jar and pick the one from the Chocolate Series you would like to win. Leave a comment telling me which one you want and you will be entered. You are eligible for extra entries, one each, by following Roxana on Twitter and/or her Blog. You can get can also get extra entries if you follow Scent Hive on Bloglovin, Twitter, Google Friend Connect, Facebook’s Networked Blogs, or subscribe to Scent Hive. (Check the right sidebar for the Scent Hive links). Please let me know in your comments what you did so you can get the entries you deserve!

Update: Because of the amazing response I need to pick the winner sooner than I thought!  You can enter until Friday January 29th at 9pm PST. Comments closed, I’ll announce the winner soon!

And just for fun, two extra entries if you Tweet about this giveaway. Use this short link (http://bit.ly/5SIuAx) within your tweet. You can let me know by posting the Twitter link in your comment.

Disclosure: Samples from Roxana Illuminated Perfume were provided for this review. The opinons in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.

Illustration by Greg Spalenka at Spalenka.com

Share

Advertisements

192 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Beauties from Roxana Villa + Giveaway!

    1. Hi Crystal,

      You need to pick which scent you would like from the Chocolate Series…which one piqued your interest most?

      I’ve got you down for two entries 🙂

      Thanks!
      Trish

  1. How can one choose? They all sound great but maybe Noir and Epices sound a bit more great.
    I’m a follower of Roxana’s blog and yours as well but through blogger.

    1. Ines,

      It is a difficult decision isn’t it? 😉 I’ll put you in for three entries, thanks so much!

      ~Trish

  2. This is such an adorable product and I’ve added Roxana to my list of Etsy favorite sellers! Great gift idea. From the sounds of it, I think I’d choose La Foret…sounds lovely! I also signed up to follow Roxana’s blog. Thank you so much, Jordan

  3. Yay! thanks for the review!! and awesome giveaway!Cerise, sounds to me a great little Valentines treat for me!

    Let’s see, I follow Roxana on Facebook and for ScentHive I have long since been a subscriber to your wonderful Blog and a big fan on FB!

    1. Hi A,

      Cerise is really nice, one of my faves from the bunch. Thanks for the follows! That gets you 4 entries 🙂

      Good luck!
      ~T

      1. T, which would you say really tuck out to you in a good way because of its originality? just wondering…

        1. Probably Bois de Chocolat or Cerise….or Foret. Will think on it and let you know if can narrow it down more 🙂

          ~T

  4. Hi Trish
    Sorry about that 🙂 i did enjoy checking out her shop and all of the yummy sounding creations. I think chocolate perfume sounds heavenly. I am a fan of fruity scents too so i think i would love Cerise!!

    1. OK! Got you down for Cerise and one more entry since you’re following Roxana’s blog. That makes 3 entries then!

      Good luck,
      T

  5. So hard to choose just one scent, they all sound simply delicious but I’m thinking I would like the Cerise!!! I love the little jars they come in, they really do look like scrumptious Valentine’s treats :-)!!!

    (I’m a follower on Facebook & an email subscriber)

    1. Jane,
      Thanks for following Scent Hive! I’ve got you down for 3 entries.

      Aren’t they just the cutest Valentine’s gifts?

      Good Luck!
      Trish

  6. Great giveaway my fingers are crossed I like cerise but all the chocolate
    perfumes are delicious. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.Helen

  7. The Épices, Spice, a hint of vanilla and chocolate sounds lovely! What a unique idea–I have never seen a perfume like this and it would be a joy to win! Thanks for the chance.

    1. Alisha,
      Reading the descriptions makes me hungry too! I’m going to have some chocolate after I finish my lunch!

      I’ve got you down for 3 entries,
      Trish

  8. I love her perfumes!- I was recently introduced to the idea of wood smoke scent in perfume and I am really interested in trying ‘bois de chocolat’. I’m also one of her blog followers.

    1. Skeptis,

      Glad to have you here, fellow Roxana fan 🙂

      Bois de Chocolat is an excellent choice! I’ll put you down for 2 entries.

      Best of luck,
      Trish

  9. They all sounds amazing! Épices sounds really nice. But, so does Cerise. L’Orangerie sounds great, but it’s fleeting….

    I think if I win, I’d go with Cerise.

    1. Gabriella,
      You know, L’Orangerie lasted longer on me than Cerise. I didn’t find it that fleeting. (Neither did Tom over at Perfume Smellin Things…he recently reviewed them).

      I’ll put you down for 8 entries!! Thanks for all the follows 🙂
      ~T

    1. Thanks for the Google follow Wanda! That’s 2 entries for you.
      And best of luck winning Noir 🙂

      ~Trish

  10. I would love to win the Chocolate Natural Perfume Compact!! So cool!

    I love almost everything though! Such a unique etsy shop!

    Shay Lee
    pinknox(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Shay Lee,

      Thanks for all the follows and for tweeting! I’ve counted 7 entries 🙂

      Good luck!
      Trish

      PS: The compact isn’t a part of the giveaway, it’s the 5gm pot 😉

  11. L’Orangerie sounds like my kind of perfume. Thank you for the chance to win and the review! My fingers are crossed.

  12. The scent that I think would be the nicest is:

    Figure 2: Cerise
    Succulent cherry weaved with a base of rich chocolate.

    The scent just sounds great! I am also following RoxanaVilla on Twitter.

    This is great giveaway! I hope I win!! Thanks!

  13. They all sound heavenly, but the one that piqued my interest most was Cerise. So that gets my vote. This is a great blog, by the way. I’ve added it to my RSS feed.

    Steff

    1. zarpandit,
      The compacts are lovely aren’t they? They aren’t a part of the giveaway though, the 5gm pot is. Which is really adorable BTW 😉

      Good luck and you have 2 entries,
      T

      PS: what’ “flavor” would you want? 🙂

      1. hi again 🙂 i want chocolate flavor :DD

        sorry.. i want : Chocolate Natural Perfume Sampler – 6 Pieces! :))

        1. Hi Z,
          The giveaway is for one 5gm pot of your choosing….from the 6 choco-scents I reviewed.
          If you do win, you’ll have to make up your mind! 🙂
          Tough decision, I know!
          ~Trish

  14. Hi,
    following you on twitter as @yearofperfume and oh! Noir sounds perfectly up my street!
    Thanks, and keep up the good work 😀

  15. I love woodsy scents so I think I’d like La Forêt the most. Noir and Bois de Chocolat both sound good as well.

  16. I’d like to try the Épices; spice, a hint of vanilla and chocolate. I love scents with a little spice and this scent sounds sexy!

  17. I love them all! Each one’s description making my stomach ache for sweetness. But, having to choose one, L’epice would be the one I would love to wear.

  18. Hard to know, I’m torn between Noir, Epices and Boir de Chocolat, but I think it’s Boir!

    rmaslow a@t yahoo d.ot com

    1. Hi Meaghan,
      The giveaway is for one, 5gm pot, not the sampler, but I think you’ll be very pleased if you win! 😉

      Best of luck and I have you down for 2 entries,
      T

  19. the L’Orangerie sounds beautiful, cerise is a close second. I’d love to see a chocolate coconut scent…

    gemini5757 at hotmail dot com
    gemini5757.etsy.com

    1. Alison,
      Roxana has more of these in the works, so we shall see!

      Thanks for commenting and you are entered!
      ~T

    1. Eliane T.,
      Thanks for the FB blog follow, that’s 2 entries for you! Good luck, you made a lovely choice with Epices!

      ~T

  20. I would love to try Cerise. They all look so good, but this one is my favorite. Thank you for this nice giveaway and please count me in.
    chinook92 at gmail dot com

    1. Lee,
      Thanks for all the follows and the Tweet!
      That’s 8 entries for you. 🙂
      Best of luck,
      Trish

  21. I had a really hard time trying to choose just one. I love perfumes! So I think I will choose the Solid Natural Perfume Trio. then I will have more time to figure out which ones that I want. ambrerose(at)aol.com

    1. Hi Rose,
      It is a tough choice! But if you win, you’ll have to make one b/c the giveaway is for one 5gm pot of your choosing. The trio isn’t one of the choices.

      Best of luck!
      ~T

    1. Thanks for commenting J! The illustration is by the perfumer’s husband Greg Spalenka.

      Best of luck to you in the drawing!
      ~T

Comments are closed