Thursday, February 23, 2017

Olfactif Artisan Perfume Subscription: January

It has been a little while since I have featured an Olfactif box here on the blog. I have still been happily having them arrive at my door. I wanted to showcase January's box since there are a few changes here and there. The monthly unisex box is still run on a theme, this month's is Purple, but the placard that normally lays out the theme and fragrance information evolved into a sleek black envelope with silver embossing. One card describes the theme of the month and each fragrance gets its own card outlining the perfume house as well as the scent. Included in the box were fragrance testing strips inside a glassine pouch. The subscription is $18 and comes with an $18 discount code to use with any of the scents featured that month. 

Lilac Love by Amouage- Notes include: Jasmin, rose, gardenia, peony, heliotrope, orris, cocoa bean, tonka, sandalwood, patchouli, and vanilla.
Initial spray releases an efflorescence of sunny jasmine and flushing roses, creamy gardenias and pompons of peonies. This multihued nosegay lasts all of a whiff before turning faintly indolic and wrapping itself in the powdery lavender mantle of lilacs and orris. The dry down darkens to a maroon warmth of chocolate woods, sweet with wrinkled tonka beans. A soft grounding of sandalwood leaves the ending plush and soft. A beautifully complex scent that is alluring from start to finish. Amouage does not disappoint.

Lalibela by Memo- Notes include: Coconut orchid, jasmine, rose, patchouli, rock rose, vanilla, tobacco, frankincense, and labdanum resin. 
Tropical heat emanating from the purple hued sand reflected in a sunset mirage. Dark coconuts exhale in the passing trade winds. Exotic flowers dancing in the dusk with vaporous shadows. The heart of Lalibela is powdery and mysterious, slightly earthen.

The Mauve by The Sum- Notes include: Tea leaves, fresh lavender, oak. 
Peppery and clear, the oak gives her green sap. Steely buds of lavender flow in cool, then warm on the skin to an aromatic haze. The scent feels clean and refreshing without ever veering into boring or trite territory. The freshness of standing on craggy hilltops, where verdant herbs and icy flowers and warm white woods all coalesce their essence into the air surrounding.

If I had to choose just one to covet it would be Lilac Love. The sandalwood at the base really is stunning. Sadly, at $400 it is a bit out of my league. The $18 off just wouldn't even scratch a dent in that one. The scent I would be most likely to buy would be The Mauve. At $85 it is very affordable and even more so with the discount. Lalibela runs $210.

Do any of these sound like your cuppa? Do you have any new fragrance finds?


  1. Scentbird has lilac love as an option! Ellisa

    1. Thank you, Ellisa! I just checked them out and wow! $15 for a 7 ml spray of Lilac Love would be fabulous. I filled out the blogger form so hopefully I will hear back from them.

  2. These sound so interesting; you so rarely encounter lighter florals blended with the heavier patches and resins. But $400? Wowza!

    1. Right. And I loved it. The dry down reminded me strongly of an older bottle of Samsara I used to have that I used all up. Such a glowing, golden scent. $400 floored me. I know I have bought a SL bell jar before but that was due to heavy saving and a big splurge as my first trip to NYC. I don't know if I would be able to pull that trigger "just because." Even Santa wouldn't be able to put that under the tree for me.