Product Review: Aromantik Perfumes

I recently posted a review of the Aromantik fragrance ‘Merchants of Menace‘ (aka my favourite Autumn fragrance right now) and thought it was about time that I reviewed the rest of the samples that I received from Sally. As always, I apologise for my lack of expertise in the art of describing fragrance families… I’ll do my best but things may get confusing so bear with me here.

Strangers In Blood“Campfire smoked Madagascan Vanilla & Italian Blood Orange, with a hint of Long Black… Deliciously mysterious.” My first thoughts when initially smelling this fragrance is that it definitely has a hit of fresh citrus to it that gradually warms up to be a deeper, smoky vanilla orange scent. (and to be honest, it kind of smells like jaffas. delicious.)

Next Of Kin“Sweet Candy Musk & Rose Buds at first – Next of Kin will then slowly reveal it’s darker side – Exotic Indian Amber, Dark Indonesian Patchouli, French Cacao & Madagascan Vanilla Orchid.” My first thoughts on this fragrance were more along the lines of oriental floral than candy musk, but the musk scent is definitely present. I’m not 100% sold on this scent, I think because Merchants of Menace warmed up to be such a beautiful musk scent on me, this one is falling slightly short.

Happily Ever Afternoon“Sunshine in a bottle. It is lemon sorbet & frangipani blossoms at dusk on a tropical summers eve. Wear it all year round for an instant burst of uplifting citrus with a dry down of creamy woods.” This is a very sweet fragrance, and feels quite summery to me. It smells very strongly like lemons, but in a rich, sweet sort of way and not at all sickening like some lemon scented perfumes can tend to be.

Love & Strife“Traditional Rose, the flower of eternal love, VS. Narcotic night blooming Jasmine, the flower of lust and strife…” The first thing that hits me when smelling this fragrance is definitely rose, but as the perfume warms up the jasmine shows through quite lightly and in a really pleasant way. This is a very strong scented perfume so I would go easy when applying it as it can be quite overwhelming! For those of you who love strong scents (Dee, I’m thinking of you here) this would be perfect.

All of the above mentioned fragrances are available for $65 AUD each from the Aromantik online store, or you can buy a sample pack of all four scents for $35 AUD here. Aromantik fragrances are 100% natural, and hand made by Sally in Sydney, Australia. If you’re interested, you can read more about the brand here. (note: this product was sent to me for consideration for review)

Product Review: Aromantik “Merchants Of Menace” EDT

I was recently contacted by Sally from Aromantik Natural Perfumes and I jumped at the chance to sample the Australian made, 100% natural fragrance range. I am really glad that I did, because I have since discovered my Autumn fragrance for this year, the ‘Merchants of Menace’ Eau De Toilette. This is definitely not a scent that I would have selected on my own, so I’m grateful to have been exposed to it by chance. I am going to steal the description of the scent from the Aromantik site, because it’s far better than anything I could try to come up with. “Contains lashings of 3 aphrodisiac inducing oils – the best quality Dark Indonesian Patchouli I have ever come across, a gorgeous Organic Lavender grown in Provence France, and a luscious French Cocoa Absolute. Add to this a touch of spearmint for a refreshingly unique scent that smells almost good enough to eat!” On me, the fragrance smells like an adult version of musk stick lollies. And it is divine. As the fragrance contains natural oils, it will warm up to your own skin chemistry and has the potential to create a smell that is unique to you. The lifespan of the scent was pretty good, it lasts quite well throughout the working day and I was actually stopped twice on my way home from work one evening to be asked my two different women what perfume I was wearing. For me, that speaks volumes about the product. It is a unisex scent, which means your boyfriend can steal it from you if he likes it enough and I would describe it as quite a spicy, warm scent which would be perfect for autumn/winter. The Aromantik ‘Merchants of Menace’ EDT retails for $60 AUD for 50ml and can be purchased online from the Aromantik site. If you’d like to try before you invest in a full size bottle, you can buy a 4ml sample spray for $12 AUD (pictured above). (note: this product was sent to me for consideration for review)

Product Review: MOR Honey Nectar Hand & Body Lotion

I’ve been a fan of Australian cosmetics company MOR for many years now. I’m not sure how long ago it was, but they’ve released a new generation of scents and packaging that are just as, if not more beautiful than the old range. One of the new fragrances from the range is Honey Nectar, and I received the Hand & Body Lotion in this scent for Christmas. The fragrance is subtle, but as with all of the other MOR body products I’ve used in the past, the smell is long lasting on the skin. The consistency of the product is reasonably thick for a lotion, and feels very moisturising. One of my favourite things about the MOR product range is the packaging, it’s always gorgeous and they are the kind of products I’m happy to have on display in the bedroom or bathroom because they have the ability to enhance the decor. This is the first honey scented body lotion I’ve ever used, but I am loving it and can definitely see myself repurchasing in the future. The MOR Honey Nectar Hand & Body Lotion retails for $19.95 AUD and is available for purchase from MOR Cosmetics online.

Product Review: Bath & Body Works Fresh Market Apple Hand Soap

I am kind of obsessed with the Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soaps. I know that seems like a strange thing to be obsessed over, but there you have it. I ordered 4 different soaps (one for each season) and the soap I’ve been using through summer is the “Fresh Market Apple” scent. The fragrance description is pretty accurate, it is a very fresh smelling soap with a strong smell of apples that comes through. The soap contains a blend of “moisturizing honey, coconut milk and olive fruit extracts to help nourish and soften skin” and despite being a foaming product, it does leave my hands feeling quite soft and moisturised. The Bath & Body Works hand soaps are pretty good value for money, if you don’t mind the fact that you have to use a parcel forwarding service to get them to Australia. The ‘Fresh Market Apple’ Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap retails for $5 US (you can currently get 4 for $15) and can be purchased online from the Bath & Body Works website.

Product Review: Bath + Body Works Exotic Coconut Body Lotion

Have you ever used a product for an extended period of time, and then every time you use it in the future it takes you back to a time in your life? I’m pretty sure that is what is going to happen to me with the Bath + Body Works Exotic Coconut Body Lotion. I’ve been using it non-stop as my body moisturiser since first buying it last year. I think it’s safe to say I love it. The smell is perfect for summer; it’s light, sweet and absolutely delicious. The smell lingers for quite a long time, which I love because the scent is so amazing. People have actually commented on my “perfume” on days where I was wearing no fragrance other than this lotion. It does a pretty decent job at moisturising, but please keep in mind that I don’t have very dry skin so I’m not sure how it would work for those who need a deeper moisturising lotion than I. The Bath + Body Works Exotic Coconut Lotion retails for $9.50 US and is only available from Bath + Body Works Online. (Note: I purchased mine using parcel forwarding service, Hop Shop Go)