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: Benefit “Love It Up” Set

In case you were wondering, Valentine’s Day is coming up soon… Yep, that gloriously cheesy and often depressing hallmark holiday that I love so much (not as much as Christmas though). To celebrate, Benefit is releasing “Love It Up”, which is a limited edition collectible set of their Lookin’ To Rock Rita eau de toilette & a complementing silk scented body lotion. The packaging is absolutely amazing, and when I received the package in the mail the scent of the products had permeated all of the packaging making everything smell absolutely delicious. How gorgeous is the box that it comes in?

I think the packaging alone would be impressive as a present, is that weird? (don’t answer that.) The fragrance is not something I would have chosen for myself, it’s very ‘green’ and fruity though and is a lovely scent for summer. It warms up after the initial application like most fragrances, and grows muskier throughout the day and I like the scent most after a couple of hours of wearing it. The scent doesn’t have incredible staying power, it’s more of a weekend sort of fragrance for me, with a couple of sprays lasting for around 5 hours before the scent wears off. Wearing it in combination with the body lotion helps the scent maintain it’s strength for a lot longer, but I would only suggest doing this if you absolutely love the smell as it is very strong and could be overpowering. The Benefit “Love It Up” set is due for release on January 29th 2011, and retails for $59.00 AUD. Check your local Benefit counter for the set, or call (02) 8353 5000 for stockist information. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review.)