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Today I have a review of some scents from a new shop called Midsummer Dreams Apothecary. The brand has a fairytale theme, and there are currently five scents in the lineup. They’re available in 15 ml and 10 ml bottles of oil, .15 oz solids (vegan and beeswax options!), and of course the precious baby samples seen above.

Which – seriously, how cute are they? So flippin’ adorable, I can’t stand it. And much easier to open and deal with than the usual sample vials. You can sit them down without the lid on and they’re not going to fall over and spill oil everywhere! A+. The downside is that they don’t fit into the bullet boxes I used to store the majority of my samples. But they’re so cute.

Anyway – onto the reviews! Note that these reviews were done without looking at the scent notes, which is why they may seem a bit vague. I feel like having the notes in front of my really influences what I smell, or think I smell, in a blend, so this is an attempt to be unbiased in my review. Notes and descriptions were added to the post later.

Beauty: Creamy sweet vanilla joins with sensuous warm amber amidst the fragrance of a garden full of rich full-bodied roses, earthy rosewood, and hints of oakmoss. This perfume is both rich and feminine with a balance of bold florals, earthy scents, and sweet vanilla. Perfect to wear on a rainy afternoon while you cozy up with your favorite book. (Vanilla, Amber, Rose, Rosewood, Oakmoss)

I get mostly an oaky vanilla – maybe tonka? Something woody, anyway. It’s quite sweet. I can tell there are floral notes in there but it’s not overpowering. On skin I smell rose, but it’s a greenish rose, like a rose bush with all the leafy bits intact. It’s also a lot less sweet – the vanilla is much more in the background. I get mostly rose and that woody element and a little amber. The amber gets stronger as it dries, which I’m not crazy about, but that’s entirely down to skin chemistry and personal preference.

I wish the vanilla stayed as strong on my skin as it is in the vial, and amber, shut up, but I do like this one. I may try layering it with a straight vanilla oil to sweeten it up a bit more, but it’s a really nice woody rose scent.

Rapunzel: Fields of fragrant sweet grass warmed by rich amber, with hints of delicate honeysuckle vines, climbing roses, and night blooming jasmine swirl together in this delicate blend. This is a delightfully fresh and feminine perfume that smells like a sunny, grassy meadow covered in wildflowers. (Amber, Sweet Grass, Honeysuckle, Rose, Jasmine)

In the vial this is a grassy floral, but mostly floral. It’s strongly jasmine or similar, some bossy white floral note. On skin that’s ALL I smell. As it dries I think I get a bit of amber around the edges, and just a hint of the grassiness I smelled in the bottle, but really anything else that’s in this one is drowned out by that loud bitch jasmine.

You pretty much had me at “fields of fragrant sweet grass” and “smells like a sunny, grass meadow covered in wildflowers,” but unfortunately this one is not for me. It gave me a bit of a headache. White florals are not my friend.

Snow White: Sweet apple, juicy pear, and crisp fig mingle with the floral scent of sweet ylang ylang and earthy scents of balsam cedar, and rosewood. This is a delicious blend of fruity and forest scents that is fresh and crisp. (Vanilla, Apple, Ylang Ylang, Balsam, Cedar, Rosewood, Pear, Bergamot, Fig)

Very smooth apple and something that smells almost licoricey. This isn’t a tart, crisp apple – it’s more like a deep, sweet red apple. On skin it’s very woody, with that sweet apple in the background. The spicy woods combined with the apple are giving me a little bit of a potpourri or candle vibe. It smells good, but it also smells like something you’d have burning next to the table during Thanksgiving dinner. As it dries the sweetness fades a bit, but it mostly stays the same – spicy woods and a faint fruitiness. My skin tends to amp spice, so others may get more fruity sweetness from this – I think I’d like it much more if that were the case. As it is I like it more in the bottle than I do on my skin.

Mermaid: A blend of sweet vanilla, sea salt, and calming lotus blossom is accompanied by the Hawaiian puakenikeni flower and rounded out with elegant gardenia. This blend is delicate and feminine and smells like a seaside garden on a breezy, spring day. (Sea salt, lotus, vanilla, Puakenikeni flower, gardenia, bergamot)

This one is quite sweet to my nose. I honestly can’t pick out any notes in the bottle, but it smells nice. On skin it’s still sweet, but I start to get more floral notes. Something tropical. As it dries it gets more floral, but never to the degree that Rapunzel did. I can tell it’s a white floral, but I’m guessing not jasmine (my nemesis), and it’s got enough of a sweetness to it that it’s pleasant rather than overpowering.

I actually really like this, which is pretty surprising. Especially once I looked at the notes. MULTIPLE FLOWERS YOU GUYS. I like a perfume with multiple floral notes. Mark this shit down in the history books. Check for a wire or maybe magic spells.

Sultan’s Daughter: Sultry, warm amber blends with sweet vanilla and is surrounded by a palace garden filled with rich jasmine blossoms, hints of fragrant and sweet ylang ylang, and fig. This is a feminine but slightly spicy blend that is warm and bold. (Vanilla, Jasmine, Amber, Fig, Ylang Ylang)

Incense and a bit of sweetness. Maybe sandalwood? On skin it’s jasmine god dammit of course it is. SULTAN’S DAUGHTER. There are some spicy, resiny things going on too, and still a faint sweetness, but mostly jasmine. I hate jasmine and jasmine hates me. All hope is lost. Abandon magic carpet. Jafar will have me as his wife.

My favorite from this collection is Mermaid, hands down. I will be getting a bottle of this one and wearing it all summer. I would never in a million years have expected that, but there you go. I thought I would love Beauty, like Snow White and Rapunzel, and pass the other two along in swaps. Not so! You really never know with perfume oils. After years of collecting and experimenting with fragrances, I’d like to think I have a good handle on what I like and what works for me, but every company’s notes are different and sometimes things surprise you, which is why it’s good to take a step outside of your comfort zone every once in a while.

Overall, my impression of Midsummer Dreams Apothecary is very positive. I love the theme and the branding, and while not all of the scents worked for me personally, I found them all well-blended. And anyone who can make me love a scent with not one, not two, but THREE florals in it has my attention. I’ll definitely be keeping this shop on my radar and am excited to see what she comes out with next!

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