First Impressions: Midsummer Dreams Apothecary

15 Apr

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There are roughly ten bajillion indie perfume companies out there (official estimate by the committee of me being too lazy to look how many there actually are), and though I have a long list of places I still want to try, I find myself constantly adding more to it. Of course the fact that there’s no money tree in my backyard is the main deterrent in not obtaining samples from every single company, so when I saw a crazy reasonably priced sample pack from the brand-spanking-new Midsummer Dreams Apothecary, of course I had to bite! I mean, I’m supporting small businesses. It’s, like, my duty as an American to buy lots of shit.

Turnaround was insanely fast, and I had my samples only a few days after ordering them! I meant to test them all during my birthday weekend but somehow managed to leave them behind (I swear I put them in my suitcase, it was gremlins!), so sadly this review is a few days later than originally planned. But look at the packaging. So cute! The tiny flower! Which I saved, not because I hoard packaging or anything. It could be useful! In case, uh, a fairy visits and needs a hat.

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Look at how precious! The stickers. I am such a sucker for stickers. The vials are packaged very carefully and I can’t see them breaking in transit unless your postal worker hates you and steps on the package or something, though my vials did leak a tiny tiny bit. I’m not sure of the culprit–I think it was Sultan’s Daughter, and it wasn’t enough to make a significant dip in the level of oil.

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Mermaid: (Sea salt, lotus, vanilla, Puakenikeni flower, gardenia, bergamot) From the name I was expecting a very aquatic blend, but this is more of a tropical floral. Gardenia and lotus are first and foremost, which is fine by me because I love both of them! It’s a super creamy blend (because of the vanilla, I’m assuming), and makes me think of mixed drinks served in coconuts. I do wish I could pick up on the bergamot or sea salt, though some citrus does peek through at the very tail end.

Rapunzel: (Amber, Sweet Grass, Honeysuckle, Rose, Jasmine) On me, this is all grass and amber. Seriously, I can barely pick up any flowers–perhaps some honeysuckle hanging out in the background, but mostly this is sweet, fresh grass and warm amber. I’m quite happy about that, since I saw other reviews that only got floral notes. I love fresh and clean notes, and Rapunzel definitely falls into that category for me.

Beauty: (Vanilla, Amber, Rose, Rosewood, Oakmoss) I have been searching for a perfect rose & moss scent for months. Rose tends to overpower most notes it is mixed with, unless they are similarly strong–and sadly, moss seems to be pretty understated. Here the rose and vanilla are very assertive: I love rose, so it’s not a big disappointment, though it’s not as earthy as I expected. The amber and vanilla are clear, the wood and moss not so much. My skin amps rose and amber like crazy though, so ymmv

Snow White: (Vanilla, Apple, Ylang Ylang, Balsam, Cedar, Rosewood, Pear, Bergamot, Fig) This is the scent I was expecting to like the least–in fact, I considered getting the other 4 blends and skipping this one. I am SO glad I did not! I usually hate fruity blends, but this is a really gorgeous creation. Apple and pear peek up in the background, but the cedar and vanilla are most present for me. It reminds me strongly of a Solstice Scents blend–a little Old Cedar Magus, a little Cellar. Though while both of those lean masculine or unisex, the cream and floral background here put Snow White decidedly in the “feminine” category.

Sultan’s Daughter: (Vanilla, Jasmine, Amber, Fig, Ylang Ylang) And this I expected to like the most! The name conjures up images of incense and teak and resin in my head, and while some of those things are in the notes, it just read as a pretty normal floral on me. A bit powdery, fruity from the fig, and with the jasmine sadly in the backseat. It’s nice enough, but not as special or wow-worthy as some of the other scents in the collection.

Wear time on all of these was 3-4 hours on me, though my skin eats up scents at a rapid rate. Sillage was moderate to low on most of them, except for Snow White which had a really far throw. While all 5 blends are basically in the same family (floral, though Rapunzel skirts out of it a bit on my skin), it’s a promising start to a collection. There are heavy hints at some masculine scents coming up, which of course interest me the most–I wonder who we’ll get? Personally, I want a Puss in Boots fragrance SO BAD. Leather, grass, and the cloying sweetness of kitty eyes.

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