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.
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.
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.
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.
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?