ohwto o holy night


A gorgeous blend reminiscent of a Christmas Eve church service – Roses, Beeswax candles, Moroccan Cedarwood, Lavender, Labdanum, Vetiver, and Honey.

O Holy Night was part of One Hand Washes the Other’s 2012 Winter release.

O Holy night smells, appropriately, like church. I smell incense, but really lovely, deep incense, and roses and beeswax. It’s not a scent I’d pick out (hence why I only have a sample), but it’s quite pretty in a Christmas Eve Mass sort of way. I am not a church-going person, but it’s the smell that matches up with the image of a grand old church in my mind – all dark wood and candles and stained-glass windows under an impossibly high, domed ceiling with glinting gold accents.

Would I buy it again? No. I like the idea of it quite a lot but it’s not a scent I would wear with any regularity.

Available from: OHWTO (still up for purchase as of this posting)

ohwto orenjipai


Orange cake! Tangerine, Slivered Almonds, Buttercream Icing, and Cake.

Orenjipai was part of One Hand Washes The Other’s 2012 Winter release.

In the tube it smells like a creamsicle. Exactly like a creamsicle! It is delicious and makes me want a creamsicle. Someone make a vegan creamsicle and sell it to me, okay? On skin I get the almond in a big way, it’s like buttery almond cake with orange zest. The almond fades pretty quickly after application and it becomes more of an orange cake with heavily zest-studded buttercream frosting. There’s not as much creamy sweetness at this point, so it doesn’t smell much like a creamsicle once it’s on. It’s very tangy, if I may co-opt a flavor word. It’s not complicated but it’s really, really yummy.

It smells so much like a creamsicle in the tube though. I kind of wish it stayed like that. Or maybe that I just had a different, for real creamsicle-scented perfume in addition to this.

Would I buy it again? Yes. It’s awesome. But it will make you want a creamsicle, so you know, be aware.

Available from: OHWTO (still available for purchase as of this posting)

ohwto not your grandma’s fruitcake


It’s not, it’s really not! Unless your grandma’s from the tropics and throws holiday convention to the wind, anyway. A scent made to whisk you from the frozen tundra straight to the Caribbean- Jackfruit, Acai, Sliced Fruit, Pluots, Passionfruit, Banana, Sugar, Coconut Milk, and Nectarines.

Not Your Grandma’s Fruitcake was part of One Hand Washes The Other’s 2012 Winter release.

In the tube it’s very fruity, with the passionfruit and coconut milk being strongest. On skin I get banana immediately, then passionfruit, coconut milk, and a whole overflowing bowl of unidentifiable “tropical fruit” smells. After the initial burst of banana, the passionfruit remains the strongest element on me. It’s really nice, and not at all your typical winter/cold-weather scent – it smells like something from a summer collection. The banana doesn’t smell fake and the coconut doesn’t smell like suntan oil, so if you normally aren’t into tropical scents for those reasons, you might want to give this a go.

Would I buy it again? Yes. I love banana, coconut, and fruity scents in general so I was destined to like this. I like that it bucks the convention of warm, spicy winter scents, but because I am boring and conventional, I do think this one will have to wait until the weather heats up to get a lot of wear.

Available from: OHWTO (still available for purchase as of this posting)

ohwto queen bea


Juicy Apricots drizzled with fresh-from-the-comb Honey, Plum wine, Peonies, Freesia, a whiff of Violet, warm Cardamom, and White Patchouli.

Queen Bea was part of One Hand Washes The Other’s 2012 summer collection. It was the only one I reeeeally wanted to try and I thought I missed out on it forever (or at least for the year), so when it showed up in the clearance section of the OHWTO website recently I snapped it up immediately.

In the bottle I smell honey and apricots. On skin it’s mostly the same, perhaps a bit less sweet. I smell a bit of the plum wine but none of the flowers, the cardamom, or the patchouli make much of an appearance. (I’m super happy about that last one.) Overall it’s very warm and rich and fruity – I can see how it would be perfect for summer.

My only complaint about this – and it is not a complaint about this oil in particular, but every oil I have with the little euro dropper/reducer insert thing – is that I cannot get any damn oil out of the bottle. I always end up prying them out and throwing them away because they’re completely useless. But maybe I just keep getting faulty ones or I’m really dumb and don’t understand how to work them? Who knows, but GRRR.

Would I buy it again? Yes. I really like this one and I’m glad I got a chance to pick it up after all.

Available from: OHWTO (Not currently up for sale, unfortunately.)

ohwto samovar


A warm cup of tea always at the ready. Three teas, Thyme, Honey, Pennyroyal, & Saffron.

Samovar was part of One Hand Washes The Other’s Winter release in 2012. I love notes of tea, honey, and thyme in scents, so I had to pick this one up.

In the tube it smells herbal with a bit of sweetness, sort of like those honey-herb cough drops. There is a touch of bitterness from the tea. On skin it’s thyme and tea. The honey is there but it’s not strongly sweet. I don’t really know what pennyroyal and saffron smell like so I can’t say if those notes are asserting themselves or not. Honestly the longer I sniff it the more I get those honey-herb cough drops. It’s not a bad scent, or even a bad thing to be reminded of, it’s just very specific. It makes me think of being sick in bed and loading up on hot tea and honey-herb cough drops. I even get an almost chilly rush when I sniff it that reminds me of popping a mentholated cough drop in my mouth. It’s a little strange but I like it.

Would I buy it again? Hmm. I think so? It’s a very specific scent-memory for me and because of that I don’t think I’ll wear it too often, but I do like it. And I can’t stop sniffing it when it’s on my wrist, which is an indicator that it’s interesting if nothing else.

Available from: OHWTO

first sniff impressions: ohwto


Last week I noticed that One Hand Washes The Other’s TAT had gone down dramatically – from 18-20 days to 5-7 days. I was also poking around in the clearance section and found some goodies I wanted – Summer and Halloween scents that I regretted not getting but thought were long gone. Sold! Of course I placed an order. I placed it on January 29th and it arrived yesterday on February 8th, which is awesome and will definitely encourage me to place more small, “just a few things” orders in the future. In fact I’m eyeing up the new Valentine’s Day scent right now…

BUT ANYWAY. On to the impressions!

Harvest Moon: Tart and fresh and fruity. I have a solid in this scent so I already know it’s lychee and berries and yum.

Gracie: Sweet and rich, but not completely foodie. I wasn’t too interested in this one, but then I received a sample of it when I placed my Halloween order and immediately regretted not getting it, so I’m glad I got the chance to snag it on clearance. I loved the sample so much I picked up both the oil and the solid, because I am a crazy person.

Queen Bea: Juicy apricots and honey. I missed the Summer release completely, and this is the one that I wanted most from it. Score! (Full review)

Be True 2013: Chocolatey floral. A little fruit. I have the 2012 version to do a comparison later. I think this one is stronger.

Cascadia: This smells kind of clean, like those fresh linen/laundry scents? Also a little floral. (Full review)

ohwto it’s just fruit


Bosc and Bartlett Pears layered in a Buttery Crust, topped with a Ginger-Nutmeg crumble with a hint of Maple Sugar.

It’s Just Fruit was part of One Hand Washes The Other’s winter release in 2012.

This is one of those rare instances where I think the description of a scent is 100% accurate. In the tube It’s Just Fruit smells like an autumn fruit crisp. On skin it’s pretty much the same, all buttery pears and sweet, spicy, maple sugary goodness. I can smell the ginger and the nutmeg, but it’s not super spicy, just more like something spicy baking in the oven and wafting out all warm and enticing. There’s a lovely juiciness that comes out after a while, like very ripe pears.

It’s a pretty linear scent (most solids are), but considering how good it smells I’m cool with it not morphing into something different. It’s got pretty great throw and lasting power, too. Winner!

Would I buy it again? Yep. I love smelling edible.

Available from: OHWTO – the winter collection is still up!

ohwto holiday cheer



Amaretto, Glazed spiced Walnuts, & Vanillaed Egg Nog.

Holiday Cheer was part of One Hand Washes The Other’s 2012 winter release.

In the tube Holiday Cheer smells sweet and a little spicy. I definitely get the amaretto. On skin it’s amaretto and spicy eggnog. I do get a bit of the nuttiness as well. It reminds me a bit of OHWTO’s Pasticerria, which is an almond pastry scent (and which I adore)… I guess it’s the nuts combined with the amaretto. But Holiday Cheer is spicier. After a while I get more creamy vanilla and a little less spice, and the amaretto mellows out a bit. It’s really yummy the whole way through.

The lasting power is good on this one, too. Bonus.

Would I buy it again? Yes. It’s delicious, and a great winter/cold weather scent.

Available from: OHWTO (right now!)

ohwto winter vacation



Snow-covered hills, a pine forest, dried fruits, warm cocoa, and the glowing amber light of home, always kept within your sight.

Winter Vacation was part of One Hand Washes The Other’s 2012 winter release.

In the tube I smell cocoa and mint. It’s also a bit fruity and distinctly “cold.” Once it’s on the skin I get a lot more of the pine forest element. The cocoa is still there, but the fruitiness has moved to the background a bit. The amber isn’t strong and it’s working for me, which is rare. I think it just adds a bit of warmth. However it is still quite cold on the skin, which I think is mint, but it doesn’t exactly smell minty anymore, if that makes sense. It just feels minty. I guess that’s the “snow-covered hills” aspect. It’s interesting.

I really like this one, and I think the description is perfect. It’s chilly and woodsy but still a bit sweet, with a distant sort of warmth humming away underneath. The only bummer is that the lasting power is below average in my opinion – I need to reapply it every couple of hours.

Would I buy it again? Yes. It’s a really nice winter fragrance and I don’t think I have anything quite like it.

Available from: OHWTO

first sniff impressions: ohwto



My Winter goodies from OHWTO arrived a few days ago! Huzzah. I have to admit I was a little worried, my order didn’t ship until a good while after the stated TAT, but now I’ve got my grubby mitts on it just the same so in the end I’m satisfied. Plus there was an extra full-sized bottle of perfume oil included in my order, I guess just because Becca is amazing and super generous? It’s happened before, actually – I’ve gotten extra goodies in my orders a few times, and while I would never expect it it’s certainly a wonderful surprise. This time I got a full bottle of a scent called “Stuffed Stockings,” which I can’t find a description of to save my life – it’s not in the winter listings on the OHWTO website or anywhere. So I don’t know anything about it, except that it smells AMAZING. Like it might be my favorite thing in the whole order and I didn’t even order it. Ridiculous.

Here’s what I got, and initial “first sniff” impressions. Full reviews to come!

It’s Just Fruit: Buttery fruit. This one is so yummy. (Full review)

Samovar: Tea and something herbal and a little sweet. (Full review)

Holiday Cheer: Sweet and spicy. (Full review)

Not Your Grandma’s Fruitcake: Light and fruity. Very fresh for a winter scent. I smell banana. (Full review)

Orenjipai: Creamsicle. (Full review)

The Cake is a Lie: Delicious lemon cake. (Full review)

Winter Vacation: Spicy cocoa and something minty. This one is kind of chilly. (Full review)

Stuffed Stockings: Rich and sweet and almost a little fizzy? I definitely get orange, and maybe chocolate. It smells incredible.

O Holy Night: Church.

White Lily: Inoffensive floral.