Back at holiday time in 2008, The Advice Sisters reviewed a unique product called Poo-Pourri that eliminated odors in the toilet not by spraying the air, but by deodorizing the water in the toilet bowl before you “do your business.” The odor neutralizer in Poo Pourri dissolves smells, so the next person using the toilet won’t be experience what you left behind (bad pun intended).
Now Suzy Batiz of Poo-Pourri fame has come up with a sister company that creates scents in an entirely different frame of reference: Love Me Compacts. These are lovely, solid perfume scents that you wear on your body. They are presented in beautifully illustrated, slim, cardboard compacts. Inside each compact are three round pots of solid scent to use individually, or in combinations to create your very own signature fragrance. The idea of combining fragrances isn’t new, but it’s the first time I’ve seen the concept taken to a portable level with three scents packaged together. All of the fragrances are unique, and there are four different compacts (so 12 scents in all) representing the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Each compact is $24.95. What’s great about these is that they’re so lightweight, and pretty to look at, and of course, solid scents are not going to leak or spill in your purse or luggage. What makes these compacts more unusual is that they’re not the usual, commercial, fruity florals. There are a lot of white florals like jasmine and honeysuckle, and incense-y notes like patchouli, vanilla, and coconut. These are not to my personal liking, but they’re plenty popular. And, once you rub just a tiny bit of any one of these into your skin, or layer them, they’ll last a long while.
Love Me In the Garden features the “Earth scents” named: Earth, Whisper & Sweetness. What they’re made of is night blooming jasmine, spicy and woody notes of vanilla musk, and floral notes of honeysuckle, jasmine and clean, fresh-cut grass. Together, they have the smell of a head shop in the 1960’s, but when you rub them into your skin they take on a creamy sweetness of a bride’s bouquet.
Love Me in the Rain is a compact featuring a large lotus flower in the middle, flowing onto either side. These are “Water scents” named: Inspiration, Rain & Fun. The three actual fragrances have notes of blue lotus, rich tuberose, fresh rain, earthy patchouli, and sweet honey, plus candy, citrus and caramelized vanillas. Patchouli on it’s own is not so pleasing, but blended with these other notes, it makes a smoky, incense-y blend that is sexy and empowering.
Love me On A Hot Tin Roof contains the “Fire Scents” named: Wild, Radiant & Sun. The actual notes including tropical blends of ginger, lavendaceous pikake, sage, splashes of mandarin, lemon, grapefruit, and minty vanilla, and amber notes. This trio is much fruitier than the other three, and I think I like this one the best because it’s an all-season for all reasons, grouping of scents.
Love Me Under the Stars contains “Air Scents” named: Midnight, Coconut Moon & Laughter. If These are notes of ginger, melon, citrus, coconut, amber, woody, white musks, and warm floral sandalwoods with red rose, violet and freesia. It smells like a spicy fruit cocktail!
All of the compacts use beautiful, jewel-toned illustrations with gold accents that remind me of the illustrated fairy tale books I loved as a child. Inside, there’s a little booklet telling you how to use the scents. Any or all of these would make a lovely gift perfect (Mother’s Day is coming) or great gifts for your bridal party. And for yourself, of course.
But for those who are fans of tote-able rollerballs, (and I’m definitely in that category, too), there is Love, Me….Potion $16.95. This pretty roller ball with gorgeously decorated hard-sided cardboard packaging tube, is a perfume oil inspired by Pusanga, the famed love potion of the Amazon (Pusanga is made from flowers and plants renowned to attract to the people who wear it, things they really want). Inside each tube is a glass roller ball bottle, containing a 1/3 oz. fragrance with notes of rose, floral, amber, and sandalwood, blended into 100% jojoba oil. The packaging also includes a “secret” parchment scroll that describes the inspiration for the love potion, as well as a description of what what the magic of a love potion, is.
The scent is very significant (think: strong) and the key note is a pretty rose. If you love romantic, rose scents, this is definitely the one for you! I think it would be a lovely gift for Mother’s Day or for a bridal shower. I dabbed one fingertip on the top of the rollerball–and the scent remained strong for hours. Just use a little, so you don’t blow everyone away with the scent! Your “magic” should be subtle! The product uses a 100% natural base including beeswax and shea butter. There are no coloring agents, no parabens, no alcohol, no preservatives.
Visit the Love Me Scents Web Site for more information, and to order
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