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Review of Esscentual Alchemy by Opal Tulipiano

April 5, 2011

This review is from an old friend, who lives in Canada, and is involved in the cosmetics industry.

She purchased a sampler pack, and today, I was tagged on Facebook with this surprise.  I had no idea, and Opal has always been a sensual, passionate writer, especially when it comes to things she loves.

Esscentual Alchemy Review

When the package arrived today in the mail, I was tickled! I am not affiliated with review magazines, I am not a journalist, I am not in the perfume world necessarily, but what I have is a passion for scents and a desire to express them through the written word. Amanda Feeley has a real talent for the blending and even better- the longevity, the revealing layers- of an unfolding scent, and how they move together on the skin. Truly like the notes of a piece of music creating a personalized story.

What starts as sharp and crisp, alluding to the later stages- when worn on the skin, emerges in ribbons of scent that warm and evoke a deepness and a sophistication that unfurl and exceed expectation. The fact that these are pure extractions-chosen naturally sourced and with botanical purity in mind-not synthetic fragrance oils-is an absolute miracle in sensibility and longevity.

First- they came wrapped delightfully in a gorgeous vanilla coloured embossed box, with a ribbon complete with music notes (Music for your nose! *Giggle*) and a lovely ivory ribbon. Then, a beautiful dragonfly themed tissue paper, and a wax-sealed-stamped dragonfly holding a dried flower.

The presentation was a treat! The samples were encased in a velvet pouch….but the real treat was inside! How do I try them all at once? Surely my olfactory senses will give out before I sample each one- and which to try first? Oh… a quandary. But if it must be a challenge, what better to encounter than this?

So I started blotting oils on each area of my arm I could reach with my nose…. To quickly find I needed a better way to keep track as the scents evolved. So I chose a few and labeled my arm.  I am doing a few at a time to give proper scale and allow my nose to adapt to the uniqueness of each scent. More to come!

I was very anxious to try to warmer scents first…

Bennacht- Oh Bennacht how you have stolen my heart. You evolve like a full bodied silky shawl with your sandalwood undertones and your spicy floral heart. You are definitely showing up in my roster when I want to tell a secret and the whisper of the scent I leave will entice them to remember it. Rapturous. Nose-gasm. Feminine but not cloying.

Autumn Spice -CINNAMON! Spice! Everything nice! Initially the notes were of course- warm and autumny- like a simmering cuddly cinnamon stick, nutmeg, woods but with an undertone of orange… not too sweet, but just sweet enough.

Gourmand delight- I want to eat you. No lie. Creamy. Wholesome. Tender. Sweet. Edible. Just how we all want to be perceived! OK, a little bit nutty perhaps- nothing wrong with that! Bedtime scent!

Melange- reminds me of what I currently clean my home with- a blend of patchouli, orange, ylang ylang, lavender- and is that the sharper note of eucalyptis or melaleuca? I am pretty sure all the notes I detect are wrong except for the patchouli, but that is how I perceive them and I love them! Familiar- intoxicating.

Lime in the Coconut- Exactly how it’s described- so long lasting too! I couldn’t stop sniffing this one! Addictive.

I can’t wait to smell them all! I do, however, want to eat my arm or roll on myself like a contented kitty who’s found a life-sized doll filled with catnip.

Even better? Having them all intertwined on my arm is truly a beautiful experience- I feel like I am in a fog as I bring my arm up to sniff one more time, to see what I can perceive THIS time….

You need to try some of these! So lovely. I am so so impressed.

~ Opal Tulipiano

Opal’s Bio:

Opal walks into a room, commands attention, turns heads… is it her or something she’s wearing? Definitely something she’s wearing. I have been known to follow a man who wears a compelling scent- or I have embarrassed myself absolutely as I Must know the name of a woman’s parfum- it is such a force-like I am a jedi of smells. The compelling power of fragrance is intoxicating! Reading about fragrance notes is almost as great an experience as getting my hands on them and smelling them. I am not a scent snob. I am just passionate about fragrance. Walking into Bath & Body Works is a transcendent experience for me.
I love falling in love through my nose, and I do it constantly. Nosegasms get me through my days on a cloud of delight.

April 25, 2011

The second half of my review-

I am going to launch into a continuation of the gorgeous fragrances I have been sampling from Esscentual Alchemy. These are beautiful blends, each unique and made from natural sources.

OPHELIA- Heady. Vintage, floral, rich, an established thick garden in the middle of the city. Nearby there are large barrels of soil-salty earth and a sort of ozone-patina blend from the barrel’s metal rings .This is a rich and wet fragrance to me. Deep violet. A woman with sly eyes, peeking in a come-hither way, in a black and white photograph, well worn at the corners…. Well-loved.

That 70’s Smell- I thought it would be patchouli- the pure undiluted kind… it is not. Not at all. It is a resinous pine, fresh citrus-I detect a sharp oceanic note-maybe lavender-fresh is the pervading scent, classic and crisp. Very different than I imagined. Nostalgic, like it’s a warm summer day, and you’ve walked into a fresh lemon-scented home and it is comfortable and clean all at once. Wearable. It evolves beyond the initial notes into those I suspected originally. Deeper like the frankincense but with the lightness of the bergamot giving it scope.

Kama- There is a special place in my heart for any scent that makes you go “Oooh” like a sensual punch to the stomach that makes you sit up and want to reach for another sniff, going ‘what IS that exactly?’ This one starts strong and develops into a rich enveloping spice and makes you sing out to the tips of the hair on your arms. It rivals any classic fragrance with strong spice notes- you know the ones I mean- the ones you turn to for comfort, sex in a bottle, warmth, moan-worthy. This is one moan worthy fragrance! I’ll be using this one again! and I do mean ‘using’, as it is a tool.

Purple Orchid- Clean. Light Floral. Sensual. Fresh. The longer it rests on the skin the more soapy it becomes. Almost powdery with lavender freshness. I LOVE a good lavender. It’s so calming and clean. Makes you want to nuzzle up into someone’s neck and hug deeply. Although this is primarily what I would consider a woman’s fragrance, I could see a man wearing this. Lavender speaks to me of cleanliness and love.

Fleurs- Sharp bouquet. A rich blend of many flowers. Great longevity, it plays to different emotions. I can really smell the violet in this one at first, and also a grape scent, very fruity- my nose wants to associate it with grape, even if it isn’t officially listed. On me, the florals take on a burned, slightly sharper scent. But I can see on the right chemistry the blooms would really bloom! The sillage is good… very good- After a few hours, what originally took on a burnish scent has subdued into a gorgeously soft full spectrum blossom that is almost incandescent in its fresh but full-bodied range of florals. Romantic and feminine, a lovely soft sweetness lingers. I prefer the drydown on myself- and it is certainly worth it- the vanilla shines through, but not in a cupcake way- it lends the florals a depth they wouldn’t achieve on their own. And THIS is how you know a fragrance is blended expertly. It takes hold of you later on and says ” So we meet again…. what can I show you now, my sweet, I have so many more surprises up my sleeve.” With a wink and a lingering kiss.

Opal can be found writing for Perfume Pharmer

Rain, rain go away…single scent today

We have had so much rain in the last few days, that the Govt. emergency services called at 5 AM saying if we lived south of Duff Ave, we should evacuate.

I have some house things to deal with today, so I need to get going, but I just wanted to stop by and say hello to you all :)  And also to let you know I put a new section into my Etsy Store for single note oil perfumes.  Your choice of note infused into 5ml of jojoba oil!  Check out my LONG (partial) list.

I hope each of you has a dry day!