On January 17th, Solstice Scents released a small collection of brand new scents called the Woodland Collection. It’s perfume only and consists of six scents, all of which I picked up to try out. As usual, Solstice Scents’ TAT was incredible – I ordered on Saturday the 17th, got a shipping notice on Sunday the 18th, and had it in my mailbox on Friday the 23rd. That’s actually a little longer for delivery than usual for SS, but since Monday the 19th was a holiday, nothing actually moved through USPS until the 20th.
So yeah – incredibly speedy, especially considering that SS is a two-person operation. I really don’t know how they manage it, but they’re pretty much the gold standard of customer service and TAT in my eyes, the high water mark against which all others are judged.
Anyway – on to the scents!
White Fox: Vanilla Musk, White Fur, Wood Blend, Frozen Dirt, Snow
In the bottle, White Fox is all woody vanilla musk.
Wet on skin, the vanilla musk is most prominent, laid over a base of cold woods. It’s got a fuzzy vibe – I definitely see what Angela was going for with the “white fur” description. The vanilla isn’t a warm bakery vanilla, and it’s not overly sweet – it’s cool and velvety. I can’t really pick out the dirt, but there’s a sort of earthy groundedness that it’s probably responsible for.
This one doesn’t really morph much as it dries, and wears fairly close to the skin. It reminds me a bit of Spellbound Woods, but softer and less wood-heavy.
I picked up a full size of this one unsniffed, and I have no regrets.
Elevator Pitch: A cool, fuzzy vanilla musk over a base of pale woods. A soft, velvety skin scent.
Winter Dove: Vanilla Crystals, Spicy Carnation, Nutmeg, Cream
In the vial, Winter Dove smells almost like eggnog – nutmeg and creamy vanilla, with a bit of spice.
Wet on skin, it’s a spicy carnation party. The creamy vanilla and nutmeg are there, but they’re buried under one hundred million carnation. Every single carnation on Earth.
The carnation stays prominent note as it dries, but it does mellow out, and the vanilla gets stronger the longer it wears. It’s creamy and girly, and really quite pretty. I’m surprised to be saying that, because I really didn’t like it when I first put it on. The carnation was just too much. But I have to say that I actually like the dry down. The carnation is there, but it loses most of that waxy, mushy quality that I really dislike about it when it’s center stage. Because things can smell mushy, obviously.
The carnation in this is the reason I ordered a sample instead of a bottle. I just wasn’t sure. And when I first put it on, I was like, NOPE, NOT GONNA NEED THIS ONE. But I’m rethinking that. I like it.
Elevator Pitch: A million carnations drizzled with eggnog to start, this one softens into a creamy vanilla with just a hint of spicy carnation. Very pretty and girly.
Night Watcher: Forest Floor, Tree Tops, Bark, Mountain Air, Fir Balsam, Juniper, Moss, Oud, Dried Herbs, Cedar Tips
In the vial, Night Watcher smells like the woods, amped up to 11. Fir needles and wood and moss, cool and green and clear.
Wet on skin, it’s intensely green, all leaves and moss and needles and herbs and dirt and wood. It’s like Angela scooped up an entire lush forest floor and distilled it into a bottle.
As it dries, the earthy herbal notes come out more, sweet and dry and airy. The whole scent has a coolness to it. Further into dry down, the woods become more prominent.
I was thisclose to getting a bottle of this one, but stopped myself… well, that was stupid. I’ll almost definitely end up with a bottle of this one. And fun fact: it’s wonderful layered with White Fox. It cuts the green and adds a fuzzy softness.
Elevator Pitch: Intensely green at first, Night Watcher is like the distilled essence of a forest floor. Heavy on the woods and greenery, with just a hint of cool dirt.
Monarch: Rich Red Musk, Fir, Juniper, Cedar, Frankincense, Labdanum, Moss
In the vial, Monarch is all rich resins and cedar wood.
Wet on skin, it’s musky and resiny, with lots of fir and cedar. It’s much more mellow than I expected from the cold sniff.
It dries down into a surprisingly subtle scent, mostly rich musk and cedar with a bit of incense-y resin floating around. It’s warm and the resins are tiny bit smoky, which is why my brain goes “incense!”
I didn’t have much interest in this one, but I actually like it. It’s not something I need a full bottle of, but I’ll keep my sample around.
Elevator Pitch: Rich, resinous musk with fir and cedar. The fir is more prominent at the start, the cedar and slightly smoky resins on dry down.
Grey’s Cabin: Smoked Cocoa, Cedar, Embers, Black Musk, Copal Bark, Tobacco, Spice
In the vial, Grey’s Cabin smells like smoky hot chocolate. Dry cocoa, woods, and smoke.
Wet on skin, the cocoa is the most prominent note, with smoke and wood notes following close behind. There’s a bit of spice that mingles nicely with the smoky woods.
It stays pretty linear throughout the dry down, cocoa and spice and smoky woods. The smoke isn’t overpowering, even on my skin. Further into wear, the sweetness and smoke both fade a bit and the woods are the most prominent aspect.
I’m surprisingly fond of this one. I expected it to be a smoke monster, but it’s not at all. It’s very cozy.
Elevator Pitch: Cocoa and smoky woods, like drinking hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire. The smoke is mild, and the cocoa is more prominent at first. The woods get stronger once it’s dry.
Hidden Lodge: Dry Wood Blend, Oud, Woodsmoke, Spices, Castoreum (Botanical Interpretation)
In the vial, Hidden Lodge smells intensely woody and spicy.
Wet on skin it’s more subdued, but the primary scent is still dry woods. After a few minutes, a warm, musky sort of sweetness comes out. I’m guessing that’s the botanical castoreum, because it’s got almost an animalic vibe to it? It could be the oud, or something in the wood blend, though. In any case, it’s really nice, and side note, I’m super glad this is just a botanical interpretation of castoreum, because real castoreum is a) exceedingly not vegan, and b) ew, gross.
As it dries, it maintains that warm, musky-sweet woodiness. It’s deep and warm and a tiny bit spicy, and really surprisingly lovely. Not surprisingly in general, I guess, because Solstice Scents makes incredible perfumes – but personally surprising, because I had about zero interest in this scent and now I’m contemplating whether I want a bottle of it. A pleasant surprise, for sure.
Elevator Pitch: Warm and musky-sweet, with lots of wood and a touch of spice.
Overall Thoughts: This collection took me by surprise. I knew I’d love White Fox, and I was on the fence about Winter Dove and Night Watcher, but I pretty much assumed I wouldn’t like any of the others. FALSE. I do indeed love White Fox, and I like Winter Dove and Night Watcher, but I’m also surprisingly into Grey’s Cabin and Hidden Lodge. Monarch is nice, but not particularly compelling to me personally. The others, however… there will definitely be a few new additions to my collection.
White Fox is still my favorite of the bunch, though. Vanilla musk 4EVA.
Find the Woodland Collection here. Solstice Scents usually keeps their collections available for several months at least, which is really nice for those of us who don’t enjoy high-intensity shopping that leaves us breathing into paper bags.