This post is long overdue and we greatly appreciate your patience! The collection this year features many new scents, along with some returning ones from last year's offering. Many of the new scents contain notes never before used in any of our blends - from exquisite and expensive black agarwood to a new rich vanilla accord and many things in between. We hope you enjoy the initial offerings. There may be a few more surprises closer to Halloween. ;) The fall collection will be up for several months so don't panic if something you're interested in happens to sell out. We will ship out all orders first and then begin working on any restocks necessary.
This post is very long as it contains the actual descriptions that will be given on each listing so that you can fully plot and not have to waste time when the release goes live investigating tons of words! So please excuse the wall of text. :)
***The release will take place on Friday, August 26th at 8 p.m. EST***
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MANOR - Woody-Vanilla Musk, Vanilla Accord, glorious Black Agarwood and exquisite Aloeswood. Manor is the scent of a once grand estate, now disheveled, forgotten and left exposed to the elements. The faint scent of previous owners and their esteemed guests - exquisitely perfumed ladies mingling with the intense rich and musky scent of smartly dressed gentlemen - meets rich wood floors and heavy wooden doors long since opened, decaying beadboard and Wainscot topped off with a thin layer of dust. It is very sophisticated and absolutely intoxicating.
The scent is sweet, woody and incensey. The black agarwood is literally to die for. On initial application and coldsniff, the agar and aloeswood are a little stronger than they are on the dry down. Manor settles down wonderfully. After hours on the skin it does smell much sweeter due to the vanillas, though the woody/incense element is still detectable. Every single note in this blend is brand new to the shop. The result is a very unique scent that still has the familiar Solstice Scents profile. Fans of Old Cedar Magus will enjoy Manor.
Available in Perfume ($15.00), Body Ganache ($10.00) and Burnishing Glace ($18.00 - the BG carries a premium due to the cost of ingredients and amount of oil used).
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THORNWOOD THICKET - Sugared Blackberries, Black Agarwood, Aloeswood, sweet & smokey Guaiacwood, Amber. An impenetrable entanglement of thick brambles and dangerously sharp thorny branches housing large sweet blackberries that are practically to the bursting point of ripeness. The scent is that of a sweet blackberry paired with exotic incensey woods. The dry down smells like a wonderful dark berry incense!
Thornwood Thicket starts out more powerfully blackberry with a touch of a grape note, but it doesn't take long for that to tone down and the woods to softly come out. The wood components do get stronger over time, especially after it has been on the skin for a while. The blackberry has tremendous staying power, though it does take a back seat to the woods. There is no fake berry smell here on the dry down but rather a dark, rich berry note. This is a very nice morpher and one that begs for a skin test (do not judge it on cold sniff as the true blackberry note is not as apparent this way!).
Most of the notes in this blend are brand new to the shop. The amber used is the same amber in my amber single note and the Jack & The Devil fragrance and not the amber in Astral Temple and BLRL.
Available in Perfume ($15.00) and Body Ganache ($10.00). Due to the cost of ingredients, it is not available in other formats.
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GEHENNA - Red Musk, Dragon's Blood Resin, Burning Wood, Somalian Myrrh, Egyptian Musk. Gehenna is a very dark fragrance with red musk as the dominant note, followed by rich Dragon's Blood. Smoke from eternal fires billows in the background followed by a subtle addition of resinous myrrh. Egyptian Musk rounds out the sharper notes of the blend and contributes to a lighter, less ominous dry down.
On cold sniff and initial application, Gehenna is strong, powerful, rich and musky. The smoke is more detectable at this stage. The scent evolves to showcase the red musk and dragon's blood in the foreground. After journeying into Gehenna for an hour or so, a halo of Egyptian musk emerges from the darkness - tempting the senses with its white light and calm resonance.
Available in Perfume ($10.00), Body Ganache ($9.00), Whipped Soap ($9.00) and Burnishing Glace ($12.00)
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FOXCROFT - If you've ever wished to literally bathe in the essence of a late-afternoon Autumn day, Foxcroft is for you. An incredible blend of ozone, rich black soil, rustling leaves and chimney smoke, Foxcroft is at once cool air coupled with firey red, orange and golden leaves, a sweet sharp green note, fertile wet dirt and a touch of woods laced with the intoxicating smoke from fireplaces burning throughout the countryside.
Foxcroft was inspired by a beautiful quaint small town in Maine.
The wonderful smoke note in Foxcroft is primarily detectable in the perfume format, once some of the top notes have burned off and the powerful blast of Autumn air has subsided. The Whipped Soap and Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath are both more heavily scented with the other earthy notes with the smoke note mingling within as part of the profile.
All notes in this blend are brand new to the shop.
Available in Perfume ($13.00), Whipped Soap ($9.00), Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath ($10.00 - Due to the oils used in this blend, this salt has a slightly more damp texture. Smells amazing in the tub - like bathing outdoors. Very atmospheric!)
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WITCH'S COTTAGE - Warm Baked Goods, Dried Herbs, Sweet Annie, Soft Woods, Fragrant Hearth Smoke
NOT FOR WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT OR NURSING OR FOR THOSE PRONE TO HAYFEVER (Contains chamomile EO).
Upon entering the Witch's Cottage you are greeted with fresh and dried herbs, chamomile flowers, rosemary sprigs, Sweet Annie, Davana and a hint of crisp apples. A warm undercurrent of luscious baked goods, sweet buns and candied pralines emerges and is followed by mild fragrant woods and sweet hearth smoke. Witch's Cottage fragrance is a true journey with loads of atmosphere.
On initial application the herbs emerge with the sweet baked goods hovering just below. The apple and herbal top notes (namely the chamomile and Sweet Annie) retreat within a few minutes to make way for brown sugar and caramel heavy baked goods. The sweet note is a collection of a variety of different sugary treats but the overall scent is not cloying - rather a vague, well blended impression of baked goods that adds a rich warmth to the blend.
Further journeying into the cottage will take you to the warmest, most fragrant and exotic soft woods touched by a wisp of divine incense and sweet hearth smoke. The long term dry down is that of the woods and sweet smoke and is a very warm, comforting and alluring fragrance. A definite morpher that is also very interesting, unique and complex scent. It wears close to the skin and encourages snuggling into the couch in front of a blazing fire with a great book and a mug of hot cider!
The Whipped Soap is wonderful as well but the warm drydown described above is not as detectable. The cold sniff impression is more prominent here: warm, sweet, a touch of herbs, apple, chamomile and a hint of sweet woods.
The majority of notes in this blend are brand new to the shop.
Available in Perfume ($15.00) and Whipped Soap ($10.00).
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DEVIL'S TONGUE - Chypre, Brown Leather, Warm Tobacco, Woods and More.
NOT FOR WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT OR NURSING.
Our handcrafted chypre base of oakmoss absolute, labdanum absolute and bergamot essential oil supports loads of warm, earthy patchouli, brown leather, fine tobacco, a touch of agarwood and sandalwood, frankincense and vanilla accord. It is a masculine and complex scent that is very brown leather and tobacco heavy.
Upon initial application, bergamot top notes tickle your nose as the oakmoss, earthy patchouli and sweet balsamic amber lurks just beneath. After just a few seconds Devil's Tongue gives way to rich brown leather followed immediately rich cured tobacco. This is a strong, powerful, rich scent that is unabashed and unafraid. Supporting notes of sandalwood, vanilla, agar and more contribute additional depth. The leather and tobacco eventually subside and meld with the chypre and the patchouli begins to peak out. Great staying power, very strong.
The leather and tobacco notes in this blend are brand new to the shop. This scent contains a great deal of essential oils and absolutes. The bergamot used is Bergeptene-free.
Perfume only ($15.00)
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WAIL OF THE BANSHEE - Earthy-Aquatic Fragrance Featuring Patchouli, Smokey Vetiver, Fresh Rain, Peat Bogs, Irish Moss, Woods and a Fresh Crash of Salty Waves.
Wail of the Banshee is a very earthy fragrance combined with aquatic notes. It is heavy on the patchouli, woods and dank bog notes followed instantly by fresh rain and salty waves, smokey vetiver and finished with a hint of moss in the background. Dark and atmospheric.
The Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath is topped with dried Irish Moss.
Available in Whipped Soap ($10.00) and Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath ($10.00) only. This fragrance did not translate well into the leave on products or they would be offered too.
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CRUMBLING CRYPT - All Natural Dark and Earthy Blend of Cedar, Cypress, Spruce, Patchouli, Amyris, Violet Leaf Absolute, Oakmoss and More.
NOT FOR WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT OR NURSING.
An unkempt solitary stone crypt sits shaded in a dense forest of ancient cedar trees. Crumbling stone covered in rich moss lays on wet, dank soil that is cold to the touch. A memorial long forgotten, the only frequent visitors are the shadows of the sheltering trees.
Crumbling Crypt is an all natural blend of essential oils and absolutes including Virginia Cedarwood, Patchouli, Oakmoss Absolute, Spruce, Cypress, Amyris, Rosewood, Patchouli, Violet Leaf Absolute, Rosemary, Lavender, Vetiver, Marjoram and Himalayan Cedar. It smells very woodsy, earthy, dank, green and herbal.
Available in Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath only ($10.00)
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FRUIT CELLAR - Fresh Apples, Crisp Pears, Pomegranate, Blackberries, Boysenberries, Blueberries, Blood Orange, Brown Sugar and Caramel
Down dimly lit stairs in Grandma's old farmhouse you'll find a treasure trove of fresh fruits in the fruit cellar. Fresh Apples, Crisp Pears, Pomegranates, Blackberries, Boysenberries, Blueberries and Blood Oranges are ready for baking, fruit tarts and cobblers! Grandma is upstairs working on her famous pie crust with a warm pot of homemade caramel coming together on the stove and heaps of brown sugar just begging to be added to a special confection.
Fruit Cellar has strong notes of fresh apples and pears followed by a blend of berries and a blood orange essential oil top note. Sweet brown sugar and caramel melt into the fruit notes to create a delicious, fruity and sweet autumn fragrance.
Available in Sugared Amber Whipped Cleansing Scrub only ($11.75). It did not hold up in leave on products. Sorry guys!
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AUTUMN GIFT SET: This year's set will feature one of each of the following wicked items: Conjure soap, Wail of the Banshee Whipped Soap 4 oz., Foxcroft Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath 8 oz., Thornwood Thicket Body Ganache 4 oz., Gehenna Perfume, Manor Burnishing Glace 2 oz. and a handcrafted Witches Magick black votive candle made by Nancy of White Magick Alchemy. Witches Magick is a blend of Dragon's Blood, Amber, Patchouli and Sandalwood. Each set will be packaged in our vinyl spa bags with gift tag and adorned with putka pods, moss, autumn colored silk leaves and orange and black crinkle cut paper fill.
Limited quantities available ($60.00).
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JACK & THE DEVIL - Offered year round as a perfume, Jack will be offered for the first time in our Body Ganache ($10.00) AND Burnishing Glace ($14.00 - a little pricier due to the cost of ingredients)!
Jack & The Devil is part trick, part treat and all autumn delight! A blend of sweet vanilla absolute, dried brown tobacco leaf (absolute), green and delightful oakmoss absolute, warm amber, 2 different kinds of patchouli essential oil, sugared golden pumpkin and subtle spices.
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HARVEST MOON - Apples, Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, Roasted Chestnuts & Spices
Harvest Moon is a fragrance for those who wish that fall could last year-round. It is a true harvest-smelling autumn inspired blend of crisp fresh apple slices, pumpkin, butternut squash, cinnamon, clove, maple and roasted chestnuts. Apply this fragrance, close your eyes and imagine the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows of the fall leaves, the smell of smoke from a fireplace, the taste of mulled cider and feel the thrilling chill in the air tickle the nape of your neck. You will see in your minds-eye the colorful seasonal gourds and ornamental maize in the yards of your neighbors and hear the wind chimes in the fall breeze as the fallen leaves dance and rustle around your feet.
CAUTION: One of the fragrance oils in the Harvest Moon blend contains cinnamon and clove. Some people are allergic to these oils and those with sensitive skin should use caution with this fragrance. Please test some of the product on your skin if you have any concerns that you might be allergic to these oils. This product is NOT recommended for use in the bath tub or for use immediately after showering (while your pores are open) or shaving (unless your patch test shows no sensitivity).
Available year-round in a perfume. This autumn it will also be available in a Ganache ($9.00) and a Burnishing Glace ($12.00). Please perform a patch test before applying all over and see Caution statement above.
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PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE - Sweet Pumpkin, Gingerbread Whipped Cream, Cinnamon & Nutmeg Essential Oil
The fragrance is a blend of coffee essential and fragrance oils, sweet pumpkin, gingerbread whipped cream, cinnamon and a drop of nutmeg essential oil. Upon application, coffee is the first note to emerge, immediately followed by a spicy cinnamon. After just a few minutes a sweet syrupy scent emerges. The true dry down scent rises after about 15 - 20 minutes on the skin at which point the spice mellows and the coffee, pumpkin and cream all perfectly swim together in a pleasingly balanced brew.
Available in Perfume ($10.00) and Ganache ($9.00)
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CARAMEL APPLE - Gooey Caramel, Crisp Red Apple & Sweet Green Apple
A blend of sticky, messy, sweet and golden caramel drenches a fresh, juicy red apple. Predominant note of caramel tempered with red apple and a hint of green apple.
Available in Perfume ($9.00) and Burnishing Glace ($11.50)
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FRIGHT NIGHT - Sweet Candy Corn, Chocolate Candy W rappers, Melty Gooey Marshmallows, Sticky Caramels & Black Jelly Bean s
Fright Night is a cavity inducing blend of sugared Halloween sweets, smelling similar to a Halloween candy pail. Sweet candy corn, chocolate candy wrappers, melty gooey marshmallows, sticky caramels, black jelly beans and more. This scent starts off with a little burst of black licorice that mellows quickly. Dry down is a soft blend of various can dies, worn close to the skin but long lasting.
Available in Perfume ($9.00) and Burnishing Glace ($12.00)
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RETURNING BAR SOAPS:
CANDIED YAMS & MARSHMALLOW - An Autumn D elight made with Pumpkin Powder, Clove, Organic Vanilla and Fragrance.
This soap smells of fresh baked yams loaded with cinnamon, sugar, butter, clove and just a tiny hint of pecan. Pumpkin powder, clove powder and organic vanilla bean flecks have been added to this tasty treat.
CAUTION: This soap contains spice oils. Please use caution if you have sensitive skin and discontinue use if irritation occurs.
Offered at $5.00.
* * *CONJURE SOAP - A Magical Blend of Vanilla, Amber, Spices and Cauldron Smoke and a Full Moon
Conjure is a very soft and magical blend that is a part of the general catalog offerings in Perfume, Glace and Loti on format and available for fall in bar soap. I t is a very soft and magical blend consisting of mild non-foody slightly incensey vanilla, golden amber and fresh cut cedar with a faint wisp of cauldron smoke, allspice EO, Sandalwood EO, Rose EO, Rosewood EO and clove EO and a pinch of champa flowers.
The main notes are the vanilla, amber, woods and faint all spice. It is very sexy, mysterious and intriguing.
Each Conjure soap includes a full moon embed. The rest of the soap cures to a black shade due to the vanilla content in the soap, regardless of the color your soap is when it arrives.
Offered at $5.25
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MONSTER MASH - A Blend of Mahogany, Amber, Vanilla, Black Pepper & All Spice
NOT TO BE USED BY WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT OR NURSING
Monster Mash is a blend of the Mahogany paneled walls in Dracula's castle mixed with a background note of musk and some other dark and mysterious incense smoke and spice. Notes are Mahogany Wood, Amber, Vanilla and Cedarwood combined with Essential Oils of: All Spice, Black Pepper, Sandalwood and Cardamom. All these s cents meld together to create a dark, rich wood with a hint of sweetness and a pleasing spice note.
Offered at $5.25
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INTRODUCING SOLSTICE SCENTS HOME FRAGRANCE COLLECTION:
After many requests, we are pleased to present our first set of home fragrance oils. For this release, we will be offering 3 blends: Conjure, Harvest Moon and Monster Mash (please see descriptions above).
Each fragrance oil is meant to be used in a tea light oil diffuser. For best results, we recommend soapstone tea light oil burners. Not for use with electric warmers as they burn at a higher heat than is optimal for our home fragrances. Presented in 1 oz. glass cobalt blue bottles with glass droppers. Place 2-3 full droppers in burner and place burner a way from draft. A/C vents or fans so that the tea light flame may burn nice and strong to heat your oils.
We plan on offering a variety of rotating scents year-round and will be slowly expanding the collection.
1 oz. oils are offered for $8.00 - $8.50 each.
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PERFUME SAMPLE PACKS:
As always, all the fall fragrances will be available in perfume sample format. The 6 new perfume scents will be offered in one perfume pack for $14.00. The new oils and returning oils will be enabled in the individual sample listing as well. If you wish to purchase one of the 3, 5 or 10 packs in the shop and include fall samples in your order, these will NOT be added to the drop down menu. You will need to add the listing to your cart and write in your sample choices in the comments box at checkout. The fall scents will be added to the free sample menu at checkout as welL.
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We hope you're as excited about this release as we are! Everything will go live at 8 p.m. EST on Friday, August 26th at solsticescents.com!
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