Friday, September 12, 2014

Alchemic Muse: Countrycide Soap & Body Whip

 Alchemic Muse is a body care vendor that is relatively close to me, about an hour and a half away in Spring Hill, Florida. Lynda mentioned loving Countrycide and wished for a wax tart in this scent. I knew right then I needed to try it out. She also recommended the body whip. She was on point.

Alchemic Muse Countrycide vendor scent description: Scratch the surface of this beautiful scent and you'll find many layers leading to a shadowy center. A crisp veneer of sweet, earthy autumn leaves with top notes green fig, bergamot, golden hay, and dried flowers masks a darkened heart of musky clover, caramelized benzoin, beeswax, and black vanilla absolute. At the center is a corrupted foundation of bitter almond, tonka bean, gaiacwood and sandalwood, waiting to be revealed for a sensual and unforgettable experience.

I find this description lovely and evocative of the complexity of this scent. Overall it comes across as green and golden, sharp and smooth. The scent really unfolds when applied to the skin; bergamot, hay, vanilla, and woods climbing out of the cream to greet you.

The body whip itself lies thick in the pot but spreads light and thin like magic. My skin absorbs it immediately, feeling nourished and silky. Excellent formula I can use year round. A 6 ounce jar of body whip is $10.00.

The soap has a gorgeous rustic look and feel. I wanted to highlight the golden veining in it. Beautiful. The texture is silky with a smattering of walnut hull powder that gives the merest suggestion of exfoliation. Just enough to feel like you are really fresh and clean, no lingering dirt is hiding.

The scent emerges from the lather and bar like a ghost and solidifies into the same beautiful smell as the body whip. The bar soap runs $6.50.

I am grateful a free sample in Bad Wolf was included with my order.
Vendor description:A basket of freshly-picked berries and sweet cream fused with a shady forest brew of mahogany, apple wood, and blood cedar to round out the darker, more sensuous base of patchouli, tonka bean, oakmoss, and vanilla bourbon. All the better to eat you with, my dear…

I really really love this scent. All the delicious notes merge into what strangely, smells to me like a sweet vanilla suede. An almost vanillic amber with a touch of leather. I just love it.


  1. The soap is gorgeous!! It looks rough, though -- is it?

    1. No, not at all!!! There are some tiny powder-like exfoliators (finely ground walnut hull) but it does not feel harsh or scratchy. It is common for handmade soaps to look rustic and textured.

  2. I hope you are enjoying the scent as much as I do, Julie :)
    The black walnut hull powder is a new ingredient in the soap. I'm using up my last bar from last year but will be ordering more very soon!! So glad you love her body whip!

    1. You were so right! Splendid scent! Great soap and body whip! Bad Wolf is begging to come home now too. Thanks Lynda for queuing me in!!

    2. Bad Wolf is good!! I also love Bonfire - it's very realistic.

    3. A good smokey scent slays me. I bet Bonfire would go well with one of my favorite perfumes, Sonoma Scent Studio's Fireside Intense. Mmmmmmm!!!! Thanks for pointing it out! Bonfire smells can sometimes be sour or too cigarette like.