School starts up next week and we’ve had a couple of cool rainy days here, so I’ve got that summer’s-slipping-away feeling. I love fall, but I’m still craving a few more weeks of warmth and clear skies before the notorious showers of the Pacific Northwest set in for the long haul.
I was sent a bundle of samples from Esscentual Alchemy‘s creator Amanda Feeley, and it didn’t take long for me to choose the scent that will help prolong summer, even if it’s just from an olfactory standpoint. Blushing Beauty is a very pretty floral, abounding in sun-drenched blossoms and sweet resins. All of the notes are quite rich and heady from ambergris and benzoin to tuberose and frangipani, which belie my experience of Blushing Beauty. It’s as if the sweetest, lightest aspects of these essences have been distilled, exuding a gossamery depiction of their depth.
This is not to say Blushing Beauty is without complexity as its evolution is intriguing. It begins very floral and fresh, with a soapiness akin to a tiny decorative bar I imagine finding in an exclusive B&B bathroom. Blushing Beauty then takes a honeyed-beachy turn which (I think) comes from broom flower and white lotus. I’ve smelled broom flower in the past and remember its redolence of warmed delicate wildflowers alongside a coastal trail. As for white lotus, this is pure speculation since I’ve only experienced blue and pink lotus, but my guess is that it brings the crispness and mildly herbal quality to Blushing Beauty as well as a suggestion of salt air. The drydown continues in the same vein, with a mellowing of the floral aspect and an allusion to woods provided by elemi, a tree native to the Philippine Islands.
Blushing Beauty has excellent sillage for the first couple of hours and slowly fades over the next two. It’s a good choice for those who want to delve into all natural perfumes as it’s wearable, very pretty, and captures one’s interest with its compelling composition.
Blushing Beauty is available at Esscentual Alchemy’s etsy shop. $30 for 5mls.
Image: “Fading Days” by bomobob on etsy
Posted by ~Trish