Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Solstice Scents Winter Collection 2012: Sat December 1st, 5 p.m. EST

The Solstice Scents Winter 2012 collection will be released this Saturday, December 1st at 5:00 p.m. EST.  We are bringing back many scents that have been a staple in our winter line for years, along with the return of all scents from the 2011 winter collection.  The 2011 collection was primarily inspired by pioneers and the American Frontier.   With scents like Flintlock, Outpost, Sugarvale and Snowshoe Pass, you will be able to experience a unique interpretation of winter fragrances while classic comfort scents like Spiked Nog & Nutmeg and Gingerbread & Vanilla Cream are offered for those who like a more traditional fragrance in their scent wardrobe.  

The past few releases have run relatively smoothly without any site crashes or checkout troubles.  In order to keep things running smoothly, if you are able to delay your order by an hour or longer, please do so.  With all customers jumping on at exactly 5 p.m. to browse and shop, the site can run painfully slow or crash, which can be very frustrating for everyone.  

We have plenty of inventory and it is rare that we sell out of anything in the first 48 hours.  If you are looking to purchase perfumes only, we have more than enough and even if we sold out, which is unlikely, we have plenty of perfume to decant more and restock the shop asap after the initial release orders have shipped.  The only thing that is in limited supply is the Black Christmas soap and Rice Pudding & Rum Soaked Raisins perfume. The Rice Pudding & Rum Soaked Raisins is a limited release with no samples offered.  One of the oils in this blend has been discontinued so we will be listing the entire batch online and when it sells out, it is gone for good.  I will make more of things if they sell out, based on demand for a particular product.  We made loads of inventory and are ready to fulfill your personal and holiday gift purchases! 

Returning Scents:


Smoked Black Tea, Leather, Pomegranate, Black Currant, Amber & Pink Peppercorn

Not to be used by Women who are pregnant or nursing.

Slightly modified from previous years' versions but smells very close to the original.  I added a touch of special pink peppercorn essential oil, black pepper essential oil, guaiacwood and Lapsang Souchong C02 (smoked tea) and slightly reduced the leather note, though it is still very detectable.  The result is a little smoother and more exotic than the previous, though the overall scent is almost identical to the original.

Russian Caravan is a blend of smoked black teas and black leather with just a hint of fruity pomegranate and black currants, pink peppercorn and exotic amber. It smells primarily of the smokey tea and leather and has a masculine edge due to these components. The amber is not readily apparent until it has been on the skin for some time and at that point the scent is mostly that of a soft tea and amber. It lends itself to smoothing the blend out and taking the edge off of the harsher dominant notes. The fruits and peppercorn add a subtle twist and slightly sweeten the blend. On skin the combo takes on a note of tobacco leaf as well.

Available in Perfume, Whipped Soap and Burnishing Glace. 


Gingerbread, Woodsy Musk, Patchouli EO and Vetiver EO


Gingerbread Cookies crash into a dark earthy corruption of Patchouli and Vetiver Essential Oil and a dark Woodsy Musk. The scent is primarily that of warm gingerbread cookies laying on top of the other three components that serve to temper the sweetness a bit and add dark and mysterious depth. It is not a supremely heavy blend despite the use of patchouli, musk and vetiver. All three are detectable but not overwhelming. This is perfect for those of you who like your foodie blends a little darker.   One of my personal favorites!  (Formerly known as Gingerdead Man).

Available in Perfume, Ganache, Burnishing Glace and Whipped Soap. The Whipped Soap contains Clove Powder and Organic Cinnamon Powder.

The Scent of Gingerbread Cookies & Creamy Vanilla

Warm gingerbread cookies with bakery notes of molasses, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom blended with three different vanillas. This perfume smells like soft gingerbread with a subtle edge of creamy vanilla icing rounding our the spiciness of the gingerbread. The vanilla notes are more obvious after a little time on the skin and during the long-term dry down. A delicious scent to warm your spirit and senses through the cold winter nights.

Available in Perfume, Ganache, Burnishing Glace and Whipped Soap.  The Whipped Soap contains Clove powder and Organic Cinnamon Powder.


Scented with Creamy Egg Nog, Nutmeg Essential Oil and a Dash Of Rum


Spiked Nog and Nutmeg is a blend of delicious creamy egg nog, a wee splash of rum and a few sensible drops of Nutmeg essential oil. Just like egg nog, it is not too sweet, but just enough to give this fragrance depth and body. Absolutely delicious and smells pretty close to the real thing! It is sure to improve your mood and brighten your spirits...without the spirits.

Available in Perfume, Ganache, Whipped Soap and Burnishing Glace.   The whipped soap contains nutmeg and organic vanilla bean powders.


Warm Toasty Fragrance With Spiced Rum & More

This scent has been offered for several years but unfortunately, one of the oils in this blend has been discontinued.  We have a limited supply of this perfume which will be listed during the release.  Due to the limited supply, no samples will be offered.  

Warm rice pudding with a toasty slightly buttery scent coupled with soft spices, a little brown sugar, a pinch of vanilla and just a tiny hint of spiced rum soaked raisins. A comforting dish for cozying up next to the hearth.

Perfume only. 


Sweet, Nutty and Comforting Winter Fragrance

The scent is soft, mildly nutty golden roasted chestnuts and a very faint wisp of sweet spice coupled with billows of creamy fluffy marshmallows. Roasted Chestnuts & Marshmallow is deliciously sweet, creamy, warm and sure to have family and friends' mouths watering this holiday season!

Available in Perfume, Ganache, Whipped Soap, Burnishing Glace, Sugared Amber Whipped Cleansing Scrub and Home Fragrance Oil. 




The intoxicating smell of woodsy cedar meets piney Siberian Fir Essential Oil to create an absolutely wonderful soak reminiscent of a forest. Cedar and Siberian Fir makes a wonderful fragrance for the Winter Season and is also a wonderful woodsy fragrance for year-round enjoyment! Made with 100% pure essential oils of Virginia Cedarwood and Siberian Fir.

The cedar and fir are both uniquely detectable and smell exactly like you would imagine. The fir is the strongest note in the bath. This has always been a big hit with my male customers, but is great for ladies who don't care for typical sweet or floral fragrances too!

Topped with a slight sprinkle of rubbed sage. Available in Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath.



Tart plump sugared cranberries with a whimsical wisp of spice in the background and festive green Spruce Essential Oil combine to bring a very wintery holiday blend to you this year. A unique fragrance to enhance your Winter Season. Smells like a coniferous cranberry juice!

The salt blend is topped with a few festive cranberry seeds. The texture of this salt is firm rather than dry and free-flowing. This is completely normal for this fragrance and will not affect the performance in the tub.

Available in Whipped Soap and Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath.


Bayberry, Spruce, Cedar and Clove Infused with Coal


Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way

Yet what the shadows bring
Are wolves with fierce appetites
Circling while we sing
There will be blood tonight

Black Christmas is not a soap full of jovial laughter and merry wishes. It is not tinsel, mulled cider and sweet baked goods. It is the still, miserably cold winter night. Desperate, horrified and vulnerable: your sleigh stuck in an embankment, hungry prowling wolves catch the scent of your fear. A low growl issued from a distance not far away sends you scrambling for cover, yet you can never hope to out run them and survive.

Primarily scented with bayberry and spruce, Virginia cedarwood is not far behind and clove lies in wait in the background. A few drops of orange are added to the blend, but not readily detectable, like a stalker in the shadows. This soap is for the strong, brazen and wholly fearless individual. The meek and timid should remain hidden under the covers. Infused with pure black activated charcoal and crimson glitter. Smells very similar to my Bayberry soap, though a little darker.

Available in Bar Soap.

Returning Scents from 2011:


SNOWSHOE PASS - A Best Seller!
White Amber, White Musk, Vanilla Accord, Peppermint Cream, Cold Winds

A chilly white blend of an ethereal snow blanket and cold winter winds, Snowshoe Pass combines pale white amber, delicate and smooth white musk, a sweet touch of vanilla and a faint whisper of creamy cold peppermint. The result is a unique take on a winter scent inspired by heavy snows and desolate rural regions. On cold sniff and initial application a creamy peppermint note is detectable as a top note, though it is a careful addition that takes a backseat to the other notes as it wears on the skin, ultimately receding entirely. There is just enough peppermint to enhance the coolness of this plushly white blend. The other notes swirl together to evoke not only a snow covered landscape that may only be traversed with snowshoes and a pioneer spirit, but the calm and intense silence after a snow deep in the wild.

Available in Perfume, Ganache, Whipped Soap, Sugared Amber Whipped Cleansing Scrub and Burnishing Glace.




Milk Chocolate, Cool Peppermint, Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate

Creamy milk chocolate bark studded with crushed cool peppermint candies, drizzled with a touch of dark and white chocolates. On cold sniff and initial application, Chocolate Peppermint Bark starts with a medley of chocolates, primarily milk chocolate, combined with a smooth peppermint top note. The peppermint gradually fades the longer the perfume wears on the skin allowing the chocolates to come to the foreground. After it has been on the skin for sometime, a faint hint of the milk chocolate resides amongst more dominant white chocolate and vanilla notes. A journey and a morpher!

Available in Perfume, Ganache, Whipped Soap and Burnishing Glace. The Whipped Soap contains Organic Cocoa Powder. 




A frozen expanse of untamed early America stretches as far as the eye can see. The boughs of cedar and conifers are heavy with snow. Your steed is laden with provisions, taking a slow measured pace through this unfamiliar region. Subtle wafts of your last fire emanate from your coat. Your saddle is warm and sturdy beneath you as your ride with trusty musket close at hand, prepared for the uncalculated dangers only the deep winter wilderness can oblige.

Flintlock is an intensely dark, ominous, woody, smokey and slightly coniferous blend. It is a combination of Tobacco absolute, saddle leather, Virginia cedarwood, black pepper, sandalwood and a medley of other woods with a touch of evergreens, bayberry and smoke that will plunge you deep into a Pioneer's winter in the American frontier. Flintlock is darker on cold sniff and initial application than on the dry down. The evergreen and bayberry notes are very mild and primarily detectable at this stage. The blend wears like a warm brown leather jacket. It is woody, smokey and refined on the dry down.

Those with sensitive skin may notice a mild cooling sensation on the skin after using the whipped soap in the shower. This is from the black pepper essential oil and subsides quickly based on our testing. You may wish to do a test area before using all over if you're concerned about having very sensitive skin and you may also wish to avoid using in "sensitive areas" if so. I had no cooling sensation at all after using all over and G only experienced the slight cooling sensation about five minutes after his shower on his back and the back of his arms. It only lasted a few minutes.

Available in Perfume, Ganache, Whipped Soap and Burnishing Glace. 


OUTPOST - A Best Seller!
Sugar Crystals, Spruce, Fir, Soft Woods, Bayberry, Mistletoe & Amber


A beacon of light amidst cold, desolate wilderness. Pass through a copse of young evergreens into a warm cedar cabin and thaw out under a soft Afghan blanket by a blazing fire while sugared treats from the kitchen fill the air. Notes include sugar crystals, spruce, fir, a medley of soft woods including sandalwood, agar, cedar, aloeswood, patchouli, guaiacwood, bayberry, mistletoe and a touch of amber.

This complex and unique blend will take you on a morphing adventure, not unlike Witch's Cottage from the Fall Collection, though Outpost is a distinctly different blend. On cold sniff and initial application, sugar encrusted evergreens emerge as the top note. The evergreen is primarily detectable early in the life of the blend though remaining ever-present in the since it is a wash off product which can retain the top notes. The blend of woods emerges to greet the sugar crystals after a few minutes with a hint of bayberry in mistletoe in the background and the spruce and fir far behind. The dry down is a very soft, warm, sweet and comforting blend with a tiny wisp of sweet smoke. The green notes are very faint and barely detectable at this stage.

Despite the evergreens and woods used, this is a very gentle blend of soft woods as opposed to a dark, heavy, woodsy blend. The sugar keeps it light-hearted and the other notes bring a festive winter impression to mind. A mega morpher that is very fun to journey with when you're outside on a cold day. Cool weather really brings the notes of Outpost to life and enhances the blend. If you liked the complexity and warmth of Witch's Cottage, with sweet juxtaposed next to herbal and woods, you should like Outpost!

Available in Perfume, Ganache, Whipped Soap and Burnishing Glace. 


Candied Pecans, Butterscotch, Buttered Rum, Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, Hot Pralines & Milk Chocolate Cocoa

Nestled in a mountain vale lies a small, quaint community with rustic buildings housing friendly, hardworking people. A special delight during the harsh and demanding winter season is the Sugarvale Candy Kitchen in the middle of town. Smoke billows profusely from the chimney of the confectioner's cabin. Aromas of candied pecans, butterscotch, buttered rum, brown sugar, maple syrup, hot pralines and milk chocolate cocoa fills the air across town, beckoning the inhabitants inside to warm cold bodies and empty tummy's alike.

On initial application and cold sniff, candied pecans emerge from the mouthwatering golden notes mentioned above. The pecans subside leaving the butterscotch, buttered rum, maple and brown sugar sweetening your skin with just a hint of hot pralines. The milk chocolate hot cocoa is not readily detectable but the chocolate note helps to round out the blend from being too sweet, though this mix is toothsome and very warm and delicious!

Available in Perfume, Ganache, Whipped Soap and Burnishing Glace. 


Nutmeg, Patchouli, Frankincense, Myrrh, Woods and Lemon


Ceremonial resins, patchouli, cold and spicy nutmeg, warm sandalwood and a touch of lemon, orange and clove meld together to create a dark, dry, resinous, earthy and spicy aroma.

If you enjoyed the 2011 version, you're going to LOVE this year's version!  The nutmeg we used this year is a wonderful batch that aged and very fragrant.   I also used a beautiful premium aged patchouli in place of the younger patchouli from last year.  It's very smooth!  I added just a touch more nutmeg to the scent but it smells very close to last year's version, almost identical, just more refined and well rounded due to the premium oils used.

Cold sniff and initial application features a marriage of frankincense and nutmeg essential oils hovering above grounding, earthy patchouli essential oil. The nutmeg is divine, authentic and spicy and adds and exotic mood to the blend. As the nutmeg and frankincense subside, the dry myrrh essential oil comes forward with a very light lemon note. All of the notes combine to form a dry down which is primarily smooth patchouli with resinous myrrh, a whisper of citrus and woods and a delicate bit of spices.

Perfume only. 

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