Saturday, December 29, 2012

Perfume Review - Salmonberry Origins


I just recently got a nice little pack of samples from Salmonberry Origins! They shop is based in Alaska and the perfume olis they sell are described as arctic scent memories. Living in the north as I do, although on another continent, that concept charmed me and I ordered some samples!

I don´t remember my life through scents, I´ve never paid much attention to scents before the last year's perfume obsession. But there are a few scents that have been very important for me! The scent of a newborn puppy's mouth is one (sounds very strange, even repulsive, if you have not been there with a little puppy attached to your nose...) that scent is addictive! Another very important smell from my childhood is that of Getpors, a plant that grows everywhere on the bogs or where the ground is swampy here in Finland. The North American name for this plant is Labrador tea.

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I have always wished that there was a perfume that smelled like the leaves of this plant. They have such a wonderful, sharp but resinous and sweet, herbal scent! There is a small forest lake ner my home where I somtimes swin in the summer. Around this lake grows Labrador tea and I always take some leaves and rub the scent of them into my skin when I walk home after my swim. The leaves are very oily and if I had the know-how I could probably make an essential oil or something quite easily... but I don´t have this knowledge. So when I found a Labrador Tea perfume oil at Salmonberry Origins I just had to sample it!!

In the bottle this smells very fresh, of forest evergreens. On the skin it is very sharp at first, with evergreens and sharp resins. At this stage I´m not a fan, but then I´m not a fan of most top notes... Fortunately this one mellows fast and the sharp green notes fades and the resins sweeten. This sweet resin state is a bit longer than the sharp evergreen state, but then herbs start to slowly emerge. I can´t tell what herbals only that the sweetness of the resins is still there but that slightly medicinal soft herbals start to mingle with it. The drydown is a soft and sweet herbal that I constantly sniff at. And it lasts for a long time! 
There are no notes mentioned in the description of this scent, so the actual content is unknown to me.... But it does not quite smell like Labrador Tea to my nose... It does however evoke the memories of the forest around that small forest lake and with that I´m definitely satisfied! This is such a unique forest scent and it works so well on my skin that I´m definitely buying a full size bottle of it! When summer comes I can compare it to the real deal, right now I can only compare it to the memory I have of the scent of Labrador tea... 

The other scents I ordered were Corvus Corax and Canus Lupus Arctos, some latin names that you might be familiar with.

Corvus Corax is, of course, the latin name of the Raven. This scent has a really interesting top notes of some sickly sweet floral and berries, it sells like somthing rotten in a very weird and awesome way. It continues sweet and dark with some vague spicy undertones, but nothing that really evokes memories in me. This one disappares quickly from my skin and it is slightly soapy on the drydown, maybe a chemistry malfunction? For me this scent was all about the top notes, which is strange as I don´t normally harbor any love for the top note stage of perfumes.

Canus Lupus Arctus, latin for the Arctic Wolf, was really more of a filler, I chose between this one and Pilot Bread but in the end I felt more like sampling a masculine leather/spice/ozone scent rather than a gourmand scent. My first impression with this scent was that it smelled a lot like Aragon from DarlingClandestine, reviewed here. These two scents really have nothing incommon on paper except for a leather note and to me  they do not smell at all like they are described. They smell like saffron... Is my nose malfunctioning here? Canus Lupus Arctos is not as sweet as Aragon, where there is honey, and has a bit more of a clean smell, maybe because of the mentioned ozone, but in essence they are the same on my skin. This leads me to believe that either my nose or my skin turns a leather note into saffron galore (because while saffron might not be to difficult to imagine as an ingredient in Aragon, what would it be doing in an arctic scent memory?)! I might need a second opinion on this one... One sample of Aragon and one of Canus Lupus Arctos is now officially up for grabs if someone feels like being that second opinion!

I also received a free sample of Wild Arctic Rose which was unfortunate because rose is a scrubber for me... I think I´m traumatized by a bath set, with body lotion, shower gel and schampoo, that I had when I was a child... I loved the pretty bottles but that was still the start of my rose hate... Maybe I only hate the syntetic rose, or maybe it´s a chemistry thing, or maybe I have just not smelled any really great rose scents as of yet... I don´t know. Anyway, this rose scent is not one of the real scrubbers... In the bottle it is definitely rose of the kind that I hate, but on it is not as aweful as I feared. (I did put it on! Be proud of me!) This is rose with a healthy dose of lemon and I think something smells like cinnamon in the background. This one is up for swaps if anyone is interested! I can appreciate the vaguely spicy background here, but neither lemon nor rose is my thing. 

Now I´m lusting for more green but sweet forest scents... As I purchase my full size Labrador Tea I think I´ll buy some more samples too. I want to try Lichen, Ursus Arctos, Willow, all herbal in some whay, and maybe a smoky one, Noon Fire.


So, do you have any scent memories that you wish could be found as perfume? Or are there any notes that do really wonky things on your skin? Do you have any favorite green/herbal/forest scents? What is your favorite rose perfume? Are there any you think I would like? (Many questions on this one, but this set of samples was an exploration for me in many ways!)

13 comments:

  1. Wow I love the theme! Will soon check out the store.
    Actually, pine-y/fresh/citrusy notes are something that I don't like and I approach rose with caution :)

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    1. I hate fresh/citrus too! But pine turns sweet and resiny on my skin, so that one works! This last month I have expanded my comfort zone, when it comes to scent, to include sweet resiny herbals and evergreens! My taste is ever changing, and I don´t know what will be next... But I´m greatly looking forward to my Slumberhouse samples, lots of woods, resins and spices there, just the stuff I´m into right now!

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    2. PS. Don´t know if I´ll ever love rose, but I´m quite willing to try to love anything!

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  2. Hey sweetie! Thanks for following my blog! That was so kind of you and I really appreciate it. This review is so intoxicating. You are great at describing scents- you really have a way with words!

    I don't really have any perfumes that bring back memories for me, but Library by Solstice Scents reminds my boyfriend of his grandpa. I bought him his own bottle for Christmas, and he loves it :)

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    1. Thank you for returning the favor my dear! And thanks for commenting! Comments are always such a great pleasure!! I don´t think I´m very good at describing scents... but it is possible that I do better when a scent evokes some memory or mental image. :) I´m still only a beginner when it comes to perfume!

      I looked up Library, and that one really sounds like a perfume I would love! I have Conservatory by Steam Bath Factory that is of almost the same concept, and that one is amazing! I think I´ll sample a few of these library scents and do a comparison here on the blog some day!

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    2. Oh I was glad to :) And yes, comments are always great! I'm always surprised and delighted when someone takes the time out of their day to leave me a comment. I think you're great at describing scents :) I am a perfume noOb myself, but there's nothing wrong with that!

      Oh my gosh, you've got to try Library! It's one of my favorite perfumes ever. It's so complex and beautiful. I would love to read a library perfume comparison if you ever did one :)

      I hope you had a good New Year's! Happy 2013!

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  3. Hi, there. I just came across your blog today and I love it so far. About the labrador tea, you can crush it up and put it in a jar of oil like sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil and then lay it out in the sun for a few days. You can also crush it and put it in a jar with just enough vodka to cover it if that's easier to get a hold of. ^-^

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    1. Oh, thank you! I'll have to try that! I get such cravings for that scent in winter when I can't find the fresh plant! How should I store my jar of oil afterwards?

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  4. When I make this with flowers, I just keep put in a brown glass bottle after they sit in the sun and keep them out of the heat and light like any other pefume.

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    1. Great! Thank you for enlightening me!

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