Solstice Scents’ spring release came a bit late this year, but it was worth the wait! Lots of recurring scents, and a handful of new ones. I ordered a full size Cameo and samples of Chrysalis and Cascade of Gold, and as usual Solstice Scents’ TAT was crazy fast – I ordered on May 12, it was shipped on May 13, and I received it on May 16.
Cameo: Almond, Rose, Yellow Cake, Tonka Bean, Coconut, Ginger and Green Orange
In the bottle it’s a warm baked goods kind of scent. Creamy and sweet. On skin it’s very strongly almond initially, with sweet, flowery things hiding underneath. After a few minutes the floral note gets stronger – rose, I think, because I like it – and after it dries down completely it’s more of a warm, sweet almond cookie base with soft rose. Long after dry down I do get a bit of coconut. This one is gorgeous.
I should note that in the middle of writing this review my boyfriend FRICKIN’ PROPOSED TO ME so you know, I got a little distracted. I think I am now also contractually obligated to wear Cameo at my wedding, so it’s a good thing I like it. Like most Solstice Scents blends, it also has great lasting power – it was still well detectable
6 9 12 (!) hours after application. I’m glad I got a bottle, and I’ll be picking this scent up in a few other formats as well.
Chrysalis: Orange Blossom, Grass, Bitter Green Orange, Vetiver, Patchouli, Amber, Yellow Mandarin, Rose de Mai Absolute, Sandalwood and Indian Attars
In the vial this is creamy and green with a bitter citrus note in the background. It’s quite strong. On skin it’s somewhat less pungently green, and it’s more of a slightly spicy citrus, bitter rind and all. I’m still getting a creaminess. I think it’s sandalwood, which tends to read “creamy and spicy” to me. As it dries down that spicy incense note becomes more prominent and the bitter citrus fades back a bit. I get something a little floral at this point, too, which I didn’t smell at all in the vial. It’s not overpowering, though.
As it dries down further it gets a bit more “earthy” and the whole time it gives me a very distinct texture impression, if that makes any sense – it smells chalky. Not in a bad way, and it’s almost more like it leaves a chalky taste in my mouth? It’s hard to describe. It’s quite interesting, and going back and looking at the SS description, it’s pretty spot on, but I’m not sure I love it on my skin. I’ll keep my sample and test it out a few more times, but I don’t see myself needing a bottle of this.
I will say that it really does remind me of Spring, though. I didn’t think “spring in a bottle” was a very good description of it at first, but once it dried down and settled in I could totally see it.
Cascade of Gold: Sandalwood, White Sandalwood, Honeysuckle, Champa & White Lotus
In the vial, I have no idea what I’m smelling. Really. But I like it. It smells yellow. On skin it’s smoother than in the vial. It’s very warm, a little like incense but without the smoke and gagging (I hate incense) – so unlit incense, I guess. It’s a little bit sweet, and as it dries down I smell something a bit floral, but not in the sense that I usually think of florals – it’s mellow and quiet in a way that floral notes rarely are on my skin. Mostly I’m still just getting warm and yellow, though I will freely admit that that may only be because I know what it’s called. In any case, I love this. A lot. Totally unexpected, but this one will be coming home with me.
Looking at the notes now, I’m even more surprised that I like it. I like sandalwood, but with all those woody, incense-y notes I expected it to be much stronger and spicier, and honeysuckle, which beautiful in reality, has a tendency to go the way of other loud white floral notes on my skin (coughjasminecough). Not here, though. Here’s it’s really beautiful and soft, probably the closest to actual honeysuckle I’ve encountered in a perfume. I don’t actually know what lotus smells like, but I recall it being in Midsummer Dreams Apothecary’s Mermaid, too, which was another surprise hit, so maybe I really like lotus? Hmm.
Courtyard (2013 version): Lavender, Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Coriander, Lime, Labdanum, Gardenia & More (2014 version notes: Lavender, Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Sweet Clover, Coriander, Lime, Labdanum & More)
In the vial this is intense, sweet green. A bit of citrus – lime? On skin it’s a bit mellower, but still green. Cool and green, with lime and something sweet and herbal – lavender? Definitely lavender. It smells like the lavender plant we have in a pot out back. I love the smell of real, fresh lavender, dirt and all, and this is that smell. This smells like a lush, green garden after a spring rain. I am a big fan. I’m not entirely sure how often I’d actually wear this, though, so its bottle status remains to be determined.
Now, the version I have is from last spring, and the Courtyard from this year’s release has been slightly reformulated. Apparently 2013 Courtyard has gardenia in it, but I don’t smell it, so I can’t imagine the scent suffers for losing it.
All of these are currently available from Solstice Scents.