Look what the Sea Scent me! This is my haul from an Etsy store Scent By The Sea ( 88 metal mania palette peeping from behind). When Dear Dee sent me a sample of Cioccolata, I loved the scent and the cute little dram bottle with a tag label. I ordered two sampler packs from the store which were shipped at lightening speed and arrived in one week's time from far away US. Impressive! The two sampler packs I ordered are Garden Of Earthly Delights and A Bouquet of Lovelies with 10 different scents in each sampler pack. The cost is affordable at $12US for each sampler pack. The size is generous with 5/8 dram* in each bottle. They come in pretty little organza draw string gift bags, they are like little gifts for yourself!
Here is my review of the Garden Of Earthly Delights sample sets.
What a surprise! When I first sniffed it out of the bottle it smelt very fruity. But on my skin, it transforms into a green forest full fruits and flowers. The green component is supposed to be pine but to me it is distinctly marjoram and davana leaf, both of which have floral and herbal quality to them to add to the greenness, which I love! The base is woody, sweet, slightly resinous and rich. This is forest in a bottle indeed!
Amazingly sweet vanilla with woody sandalwood, makes it my top scent of the lot. On my skin, the sweetness is subdued, the depth of the sandalwood is enhanced and the vanilla comes out beautifully. It is so unique with the balance of creaminess of vanilla and sensual sandalwood.
Such a charming honey scent! It does not smell like "real" honey, it is more complex but easy at the same time. It has just the right amount of honey, with delightful florals and musk, making it more of a refined, sexy, floral scent than a gourmand.
It is sweet and dries down to soft and rich amber. On my skin it is almost pure amber, which I haven't smelt in a long time.
A punch of florals maybe honeysuckle or magnolia, laced with sweetness which is not sugary but very light and honey like. It is a cute scent.
Fiori di Roma:
Flowers of Rome, it smells like mashed fresh flowers, fresh and gentle.
It is a sensual floral scent, that has something tropical about it. It is a strong floral which oozes sensuality but smoothes out to a bearable floral on my skin.
I thought it was a single note fragrance of frangipani and got a little excited, but it is not the kind of powdery floral frangipani I expected. It is sweet, very sweet, coconut-y, tropical cocktail-like scent. I like it though.
Fresh, unisex, slightly floral, hints of spices and musk.
Cote d Azure:
OH MY! Supposed to smell like southern cost of France, with champagne, lavender, vanilla and coconut. When I had a whiff, it smelt like rancid, fermented coconut milk or the smell of coconut gone bad. I figured out what can produce this smell, it is the combination of lavender and coconut, very strange and not very pleasing to me. I did wear it on my skin, the rancidity went away leaving lavender, but oh no, definitely not for me!
*dram is an apothecary unit. Being used to the metric system, I had to do a little math to work out the measure of dram in mls.
8 drams = 1 ounce = 30ml
5/8 dram ≃ 2.4 ml
which is generous enough for many uses.