Summertime Scents: 4 Somethin Special Fragrance Oils

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In my endless pursuit of olfactory delight, I stumbled upon the charming world of Etsy fragrance sellers. Now, I know what you may be thinking – how can you choose fragrances without testing them in person? OK, that is a drawback. But the fragrance selection at the price is simply unmatched anywhere else I’ve seen. And once you’ve tried a certain scent, you know whether it’s something you’ll be purchasing again.

Plus, in a way, maybe it’s part of the enjoyment – perusing through scent descriptions and waiting to see whether you’ve uncovered a gem. And when you do, it’s rather exciting. That’s what happened when I first smelled the Somethin Special Gardenia Kiss Dry Oil Body Perfume Spray (which I first mentioned in 10 Things for Spring). Instant love. So of course I needed to try out more of their fragrance oils. I browsed through Somethin Special’s extremely extensive list of scents and decided on Island Kiss, Coconut Vanilla, Vanilla Banana, and Amande Coco


Island Kiss

My favorite of the four. It smells like a fruit cocktail on a tropical vacation. Be warned – it’s very floral-y and sweet (it is inspired by an Escada scent, after all) but, to me, not cloyingly so.


Coconut Vanilla

This scent gets high ratings on the Somethin Special site and it’s clearly a winner for a lot of people. I love coconut and vanilla, so I was surprised to find this just okay. The coconut is more apparent than the vanilla, but I don’t love how it blends with some of the other notes.


Vanilla Banana

Bananas are one of my favorite fruits and I think that’s why I was drawn to this. I’m not sure what I was expecting scent-wise. The banana scent does read a bit artificial to me, like banana bubblegum. Though, when I think about it – I guess bananas don’t really have a natural scent. The banana scent is along the lines of The Body Shop’s Banana Shampoo and Conditioner. If you like those, you’ll like this.


Amande Coco

This is Somethin’ Special’s take on Laura Mercier’s Almond Coconut. It’s an interesting scent and quite different than anything I’ve tried. The almond is much stronger than the coconut. It’s definitely food-y, but a bit more sophisticated than your typical vanilla cupcake scent. This is my second favorite of the four.


These are perfect to pour into one of those refillable perfume bullets. I also love the idea of mixing them to create your own custom scent.


Have you tried fragrance oils? Would you purchase scents from Etsy?

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Catherine, I’ve actually never fried fragrance oils now come to think of it! All of the scents look really delicious though! I’m feeling a little hungry now with all the banana, vanilla, and cocoa ;)

    • Catherine

      Hi Sunny! Haha yes they’re all totally tropical themed… I love fragrance oils, they’re very multipurpose ♥

  • MyLuciteDreams

    I love tropical scents and coconut is a favorite. These sounds delightful. I love oils, I find them more pure. I currently crushing big on Honore des Pres Love Coconut <3

    • Catherine

      Hi Taylor! Coconut is one of my favorites too. I love fragrance oils, I tend to prefer them to perfumes as I find most of them are quite nourishing to skin. Ooh I’ll have to check out the Honore des Pres ♥

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I love fragrance oils and have purchased them through Etsy sellers. Etsy sellers rock. They are SO NICE. These sound great! Will check them out for sure!

    • Catherine

      Haha I KNOW Etsy sellers are always so nice and helpful, they’re like Disney land employees but less annoying ;) Hope you like them if you purchase any, Tracy! ♥

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I’ll take Vanilla Banana! :-)

    • Catherine

      It sounds so delicious, doesn’t it? ♥

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I MUST try the Gardenia Kiss version–I can never resist a white floral scent :)

    • Catherine

      Ahh Becca it smells amazing, you’ll love it ♥

  • convenientbeauty

    Actually this is a nice idea!! I usually try the free samples :D ;;) but then I can’t really control what goes into the sample bags depending on what’s available or how nice the SA is. Of the four, I probably go with Island Kiss. The other three sounds sweet….

    • Catherine

      Island Kiss smells lovely, though it’s very sweet too… my favorite of all is the Gardenia Kiss though ♥

  • LifeOfBun

    Ahhh.. i’d love to try these!! Cruelty free scents are an instant win in my book. :D

    • Catherine

      Agreed! Let me know if you do! ♥

  • Paint It Black


    They are so cheap and all sound so delicious! I’m browsing their fragrance list in another window :)

    • Catherine

      Let me know how you like them! ♥

  • Risa421

    Vanilla Musk is a favorite of mine….fantastic scent…

    • Catherine

      I love vanilla scents, too ♥

  • Christine

    I have a soap fragrance oil called Amande Coco – in fact, I think I have a bunch of similar scents to the ones you’ve mentioned – and it smells amazing! I have SO many fragrance oils it’s obscene! I really should start a perfumery or something – and I rarely wear perfume! :) Looking to Etsy for fragrances is a great idea. I actually almost find the descriptions more useful than the testers in a store. Everything starts to smell the same after a while! :)

    Just a tip, you want to make sure that the oil is mixed with something in most cases, or it may irritate your skin at full strength. Most fragrance oils are made to be diluted.

    • Catherine

      Thanks for the tip, Christine! I usually just slather on oils, but didn’t know they could be irritating. What do you usually mix them with? ♥

      • Christine

        I looked at their Etsy site and they’re selling perfume oils which should be perfectly fine direct on the skin.
        Fragrance oils are a bit less certain. Some are fine full strength, but usually they’re meant to be diluted with something. I have mainly used them in soaps and body lotion/creams. I made a body mist once, but don’t remember the ingredients off the top of my head. One of the ingredients is not typically in the grocery store though! :) If you’re interested in what I used, let me know and I’ll look through my notes.
        I guess the bottom line is to make sure they’re perfume oils, or that the seller specifies that they’re safe to be used directly on the skin. :)
        Hope that helps a bit! :)

        • Catherine

          Thanks, Christine! I didn’t know there was a difference between fragrance and perfume oils, I guess I’ve been using the wrong term. Thanks again for clearing it up ♥