Sunday, 28 October 2012
Roxana Illuminated Perfume - questions and recommendations
Roxana Illuminated Perfume was recently featured on the front page of Etsy, resulting in a fragrant flood of new customers. Roxana is busily packing and sending out orders, and asked if I might like to help answer some questions about which fragrance to choose, having tried and loved so many of her fragrances myself.
The online Illuminated Journal written by Roxana herself is a very good resource for anyone discovering the line, and I'd recommend these posts on what notes are in each fragrance:
So, without any more ado, here are the specific questions (in blue) and my recommendations (in black).
I am intrigued by your offering! But I can't decide what I would like, not having smelled any of these first hand. Could you recommend anything? I like white flowers, white musk, nothing too cloying, and hints of jasmine and rose. Another type of scent is fresh and clean.
I'd suggest Lyra. It's what I think of as a really good 'starter' fragrance in that it smells pretty, but not overly 'perfumey' or heady. Lyra is a fresh, vanilla/jasmine smell.
Another nice 'fresh' fragrance would be Vera (a green/herbal lavender blend.) This isn't a lavender water type fragrance - the herbal notes make it more interesting to me. It's a perfect scent for muggy days.
I'd recommend trying both of these in the solid form; the fragrance wears closer to the skin in this format, like a shimmering haze.
I have recently went "Organic" I started with the natural vegan soaps and can't seem to get enough of them. What I want is a solid perfume with a spa, organic, very natural scent. I'm not sure what I am asking for. That's probably a first for you. I tend to lean toward sandalwood, white tea, but not too musky. Just light and very clean. Do you have any suggestions for me form your line?
You'd be hard pressed to go wrong with any Illuminated Perfume solids - none have that artificial musk note and they all smell beautifully natural.
I'd particularly recommend GreenWitch, which is fresh, green and smells of a spring sea.
If you like Sandalwood, you might also try Vespertina.
hi! these fragrance pots are gorgeous! i'd love to buy one, but i wanted to ask you which one best matches the scent i want: i'm not sure if you know the smell of the original Jergins lotion-- its like a cherry almond and mint kind of smell, very fresh, smells like what i imagine a green peppermint to smell like, i know thats kind of vague and weird but i'm not sure how else to describe it, my soap calls the smell almond. do you think any of you scents match that description?
I'd recommend Lyra again here - it has that clean, not-trying-too-hard, sort of smell.
hi :) is any of your perfumes note close to discontinued 'fendi by fendi' perfumes note: leather rose sandalwood amber and musk? www.amazon.com/Fendi-Women-Parfum-Spray-Ounces/dp/B000C1VWKY/ref=sr_1_1?...
From the notes, I'd give Rosa a try. I'd also recommend Aurora, which is a beautiful sparkling floral, and is very nice in the liquid layered over Terrestre solid to give a floral/leather fragrance.
This is my question. I am in search of a new or familiar fragrance that will stay clean on me. I don't like it when someone wafts smells before and after they leave especially when it seems they are trying to cover up that they aren't clean - or that is what the smell implies. I recently purchased vanilla essential oils at the renaissance festival, but I am not entirely happy with it. I love a smell of lemon fresh but moreso I enjoy orange citrus. My husband would like it if I smelled of 'April Fresh Downey' or 'Pine-Sol' he is an outdoorsy hunter type but doesn't like sandal wood, eucalyptus or tee tree type scents. What would you recommend that might accomodate the both of us... Me so I feel fresh and clean scented and appealing to my husband at the same time. I am not much of a floral type person. I do love the scents with the different musical notes. Is that enough personal info for you to draw up a recommendation for me? It doesn't matter if it is a liquid or solid - but I would like a sample size to try (I am not asking for free) just a smaller size to start out with to see if it is something I am able to wear. Maybe something around the $20 range or less? Thank you for your time, I look forward to your recommendation.
I'd recommend Sierra - it's a beautiful citrus/evergreen blend, which I think both you and your husband will enjoy. If you would like a fragrance that wears closely, I'd try it in the solid (although I've only tried it in the liquid myself so far), as the solids linger close to the skin. None of Roxana's perfumes are screamers though - they don't have that massive, intrusive throw that department store perfumes typically have.
I've always wanted a natural, powdery, after bath scent. But to date, none of the perfumes I bought were anywhere close. I tried perfumes with descriptions such as 'musky, powdery' etc. but they still smell too floral. I don't like anything too sweet/fruity, I don't like floral scents too (because they can sting my husband's sensitive nose). It's really troublesome :S
So just to seek your opinion, which scent would you recommend for a natural, after bath, powdery smell?
I'd go for Q. It's a natural green, woodland oak smell. Not floral, not fruity or sweet. I'd recommend trying it in the solid for a nice soft lingering fragrance.
Hi, I really love rose perfumes but don't want to smell like an old lady. Stella is my favorite perfume but I'm looking for something more subtle for everyday. Do you have anything like that?
Try Vespertina in the solid or liquid. Natural perfumes wear closer to the skin than department store spray perfumes, so you'd be safe for everyday wear with any of the fragrances from Illuminated Perfume that sound good to you; you might also try a sample of Rosa. Generally speaking, the liquids have a bit more throw, the solids wear closer to the skin (although the liquids aren't shouty or obtrusive).
I don't know which samples to choose!!!! Help!!! They all sound good
That's because they are! :) My absolute favourites are GreenWitch, Lyra and Q. Those would be a good place to start.
Can men use this and if so, how do I use it? Thanks
Absolutely men can use these. I'd recommend dabbing a little on the sternum, so the scent rises with the warmth of your body temperature. For men, I'd particularly recommend Q, Aumbre, Terrestre and Chaparral.
I have a question regarding this perfume thing. Is it thick like a lip balm? or is it liquid where I can put it on my body so i smell like jasmine or pikake? what is it used as? lip balm, perfume for the body? kinda confused. would like to purchase something like this, but just unsure of what this is used for? between the liquid and the bees wax, do they come together already mixed, or i would have to mix it together? please clarify.
The solids are beeswax based, and are a bit like the texture of a natural lipbalm. I like to pick up a bit with my fingertip (the warm of your fingertip melts the surface) and then apply to pulse points (please don't put on lips or the face, they are perfumes!) You can layer the solid with the liquid; apply a layer of solid to bare skin, then dab the liquid on top. I made a video to show how to use the solids which might be helpful to you:
I am looking to get away from my normal synthetic aftershave spray I have been using for many years now, and was wondering whether you have any fragrances suitable for men?
Yes, there are some lovely fragrances suitable for men in the line. I'd particularly recommend Q, Aumbre, Terrestre and Chaparral. The new Impromptu is a good one too, and GreenWitch is a clean sea fragrance.
I was wondering if you could recommend some scents I could try. I've been reading all the descriptions, but still can't figure out which ones I might like.
I'm not fond of vanilla (smells like hot garbage to me) or lavender. I love rose, orange blossoms, and citrus. My favorite home and hand sanitizer scents are clean linen, fresh cotton, grass, anything that smells like fresh laundry and Ivory soap. I don't really wear perfume, but I used to wear rose essential oil when I was a teenager.
I work as a first grade teacher, and the kids seem to respond to the lighter, more bubbly scents. I also love the outdoors, and am totally into hiking. I live in Cherokee, NC, on the reservation, so I spend lots of time outdoors.
I'm thinking I'm looking for a scent that can carry me through fall into winter, but I'd also like to try a lighter scent. I liked the idea of the perfume samplers, but I couldn't figure out if the liquid or solid would be a better option.
I'm going to recommend Sierra again. It's a really happy evergreen/citrus blend. My daughter absolutely loves this one when I wear it, so hopefully your kids will like it too.
Another one I think you might enjoy is Hedera Helix - it's fresh and green, not too perfume-y.
The liquids have a little more throw, but the solids tend to last longer on dry skin on their own. If you have particularly dry skin, I'd recommend the solids. If you want a fragrance that others can smell a bit more, then go for the liquids. I like to layer both personally - the liquid over the solid - for maximum longevity.
I have a ton of allergies. I can't wear perfume from stores because the make me sick and also irritate my skin badly.
I am allergic to gluten( severely) wheat (severely), lavender, vanilla, nuts, dairy, latex, cats, dogs. Also any thing that has a musk smell. Any kind of chemical will cause rashes and such. I had to find a shampoo with no chemicals!
I used to use little bottles of oil from the "Body Shop" here in Canada, but they don't make them anymore, and I doubt that they would be safe for me anymore.
I was wondering if you have something that could work for me? It doesn't matter if it is liquid or solid (though I prefer solid). I would just love to be able to wear a soft? beautiful scent again. I have been sick for 22 years, and still am. It would be wonderful if you have something that likes my skin and nose. As a woman with illnesses and allergies, I find it so hard to find any kind of perfume that doesn't make me sick, which then makes me sad. I'm rambling on, sorry about that :) If you can think of anything that would be safe for me that would be so wonderful.
I'd try a solid in something soft like Gracing The Dawn, and see how you get on with that. You might find that it's the synthetic ingredients in most mainstream fragrances (including The Body Shop) that make you sick; I can't wear most mainstream fragrances myself, but I've never had a problem with any of the many Illuminated Perfumes I've tried.
I hope you find something that works for you. It is quite sad to have to live without fragrance.
hello! i stumbled on your etsy shop and have been trying to decide which fragrances to sample. i'm hoping you have the time to steer me in the right direction.
things i love: amber, lavender, sandalwood. do not like super sweet fragrances like rose or vanilla. however, my boyfriend hates when i smell "like a hippie" which complicates things of course. i am intrigued by the hedera - even went out to my ivy patch and snapped some and liked how fresh it smells. obviously i realize fragrances smell different on different people, but i just want to avoid anything with a strong incense-y base so my boyfriend will still snuggle with me! if any of this makes sense it is a miracle. you just have so many to choose from my head is spinning!
any help would be appreciated!
Hedera Helix would be a good choice - it’s very fresh and green, not sweet, and not incense-y. I’d also suggest Vera - a green lavender/herbal blend. Actually, the two would work nicely together; you might try a sample of the solid Hedera underneath liquid Vera - like a patch of lavender growing in front of an ivy-covered cottage.