Friday, February 1, 2013

Twyla Perfumes: Haul & Reviews

Another rave post about Twyla perfumes! I think Twyla deserves all the praise because she makes such wonderful perfumes. Here is my first ever Twyla Perfumes order.

Firstly, my shopping experience has been beyond satisfactory. I ordered from Twyla's Etsy Store and not from the website because I don't have PayPal right now. Twyla was lovely enough to accommodate me. I used 20% off offer from Dee's Blog. Twyla added a dram of Spirit Of Christmas Past generously to my order. I am thrilled by this because that is the most amazing perfume I have ever smelt! The shipping was very quick. I got my order in 10 days from US to UK which is super quick! Everything was well packed and included a handwritten note from Twyla, very sweet!

Do check out Twyla's Facebook page and her blog for new releases and offers. There are new creams, single notes, hair perfume and a new face oil! I can't wait to place my next order!
Let's talk about the lovely perfumes now. One very excited reviewer here!

Milk Flower
A creamy floral, fresh and sweet yet complex.  As a kid, i was so in love with the scent of lilacs - I wanted to pick them, put them in a bowl and eat them with fresh, cold whipped cream and sugar. This scent is about as close to that as I can get.  Lilac, carnation absolute, tuberose absolute and white rose drenched in vanilla, amber and cream with the faintest breath of fresh mint absolute.

I liked the description so much that went straight for a full bottle. No regrets here. It is amazing and I love it. This is so gorgeous that I can want to wear it everyday of my remaining scented life. In the bottle, I get sweet cream. It is not at all sugary sweet but sweet like cream itself. It is light, fluffy whipped cream. The flowers are really pretty and do get the gentle lilacs and some indistinct but very beautiful flowers. There is mint from the start but it kind of blends in and gives the perfume a cool effect.

I am in love with Milk Flower. It is so delicate and so creamy. It is such a soothing smell. Yes, the projection is not all over the place but it is something you wear to please yourself rather than anyone else. I keep smelling my wrists and just enjoy my own fragrance. The lasting power is about 2 or 3 hours and needs to be reapplied frequently but I really don't mind doing that. The fragrance is worth it.

Slammerkin
Golden amber, my own hand-blended, proprietary version of Egyptian Musk, vintage patchouli, pink lotus, carnation, Russian rose otto, bourbon vanilla, benzoin, immortelle and bitter almond.

Slammerkin smells very rich and luscious in the bottle. It actually smells like a fruit called Sapodilla. Gosh, that is one fruit you'll never forget the smell of. It is a lovely smell actually, very ripe and very boozy, some what like overripe pears. Think of a pear that is so ripe that all the sugars are fermenting into alcohol... that is what sapodilla smells like. This may make you think that it is a fruity perfume but far from it, it is a nice full bodied blend of some beautiful resins. That boozy smell is what I think may be bourbon vanilla and benzoin mixed together with a warm amber. The bourbon vanilla becomes more apparent on the skin with a barely there flash of bitter almonds. I don't get any florals in particular but it is a smooth and soft blend. The dry down is a gently laden with a nice pleasant patchouli and a sheer musk. Musk is not really clean or animalic or floral. It is a gentle skin musk that is warmed up with amber and bourbon vanilla.

Slammerkin is awesomeness. Twyla says it is an aromatherapy version of an aphrodisiac. I really don't know about that but to me Slammerkin is a big and gentle perfume that I can comfortably wear. I am impressed with the lasting power and the projection of this perfume. So glad I got a full bottle.


The Golden Lilies
Lily-of-the-Valley, tiare flower, apricot, tonka, davana, amber, sandalwood and fire tree. 
In the vial, I get apricots. Sweet apricot with mashed flowers. Very lovely smell! The apricot gives way to a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Artemisia/davana is nicely aromatic with a touch of green (like greenness of LOTV). In the drydown, I don't get any apricot but the flowers are beautiful. LOTV is still indistinct but graciously present. It smells like a warm floral on my skin, very delightful indeed. I will definitely go for a full size of this.

Bone Flower, another name for the lovely tuberose. Tropical flowers on a grave - mysterious, cool, ethereal and beautiful. The complex tuberose blended with the musky scent of loamy, tropical soil and unearthed bones. Tuberose Absolute, Balsam of Peru, Maile leaf (used in Hawai'ian funereal services), Styrax, Sandalwood Absolute.

I have no idea what is going on here but I seem to be anosmic to Bone Flower. I can't smell anything from the vial. On my skin also I get nothing. After about 2 or 3 minutes, I get a faint whiff of tuberose, which is also very fleeting and goes away in minutes. Initially I thought it could be because I was testing too many perfumes at that time. So I tested Bone Flower hours later and even the next day freshly showered skin (with a clean nose), still I got nothing. I adore tuberose and have never been anosmic to it. We used to have tuberose bulbs at home and the flowers smelt heavenly. Even in perfumes, I can quickly identify it and my skin loves tuberose too. I wonder what is causing me not to smell anything from Bone Flower. Could it the particular kind of musk? I really don't know. It has left me baffled.

Only Alice
Sandalwood, soft musk, cedarwood atlas, orange, pine scotch, vanilla and myrrh.
Only Alice begins with a woody musk, kind of smells like Indian incense sticks. The dry down is really good, has a little sweetness from vanilla and smells a bit pine-y. I still don't know if I like it or not. I think because it smells like incense sticks on my skin makes me feel a bit uncomfortable to wear it as a perfume. It is a nice perfume that I will be testing a lot before I conclude if I should get a full size or not.

White Chocolate Apricot
Apricot natural isolate, white chocolate, vanilla and coconut accord
This is from the Valentine's Day collection and I got as a free sample with my order. It is delicious! Twyla's white chocolate accord is to die for! It takes me a whole new level of olfactory pleasure! The white chocolate in this is beautiful. I get apricot but not as much as I get in The Golden Lilies. There is also mild coconut that gives a tropical feel. Very nice perfume. Love to wear it!

25 comments:

  1. These all sound like very beautiful perfumes! Though I am bummed about Bone Flower not being fragrant, as that description sounds like something I'd truly enjoy. At least the other scents were beautiful! I'm really interested in Milk Flower.

    Your review was lovely, I really need to try Twyla sometime soon!

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    1. I am pretty sure it is just me who can't smell Bone Flower. You may actually get something out of it. I really wish I did because I like tuberose!
      Milk Flower is gorgeous :)

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    2. I have Bone Flower and it's delicate but I can definitely smell it - it's beautiful.

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    3. Damn, I am missing out on a beautiful perfume :( I will try it a few more times to see if I get lucky.

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  2. Great review Su! Really strange that you can't smell Bone Flower. I had a musk perfum once that I couldn't smell at all and I gave it to someone who loves it.

    You are so lucky for the dram of Spirit Of Christmas Past perfume! I want to try this from the moment I read Dee's review! It goes to my wishlist for next christmas lol

    I have ordered some samples from Twyla too. I can't wait for my order to arrive and smell everything! I think I didn't ordered Milk Flower but now after your review I wish I did... Well Next time. At least this is part of the general catalog.

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    1. I have a suspicion that it might be the musk. It has never happened to me!

      Twyla was generous with the dram of Christmas Past. You may get it too if you have ordered in the last couple of weeks! You can order Milk Flower anytime. That's the convenience with GCs :)

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  3. The Golden Lilies has been on my wishlist! And now you make me want Milk Flower, as well. I want to place an order...perhaps that shall be my next perfume purchase!

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    1. Yay, for next perfume purchase :)
      I am getting a full bottle of The Golden Lilies in my next order. Milk Flower is so nice, I am sure you will like it very much.

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  4. Oh I hope I´ll get my order soon! I can´t even quite remember what I ordered, Bone Flower and Dryad and one more... ;) Hopefully I will be able to smell Bone Flower!

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    1. I think we ordered around the same time, so yours should be there soon. They are some good samples, Dryad especially with all the resiny vanillas! I think you'll like it :)
      I really hope Bone Flower works for you :)

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  5. Her perfumes are my new favourite obsession - I just love them so much! I've got the Vals on the way with all my samples but I'm going to do another order today to take advantage of the free shipping, going to get full bottles of a few - Bone Flower, Milk Flower, Love & Squalor, maybe something else. I kind of want them all!

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    1. I can totally see why you are obsessed! They are beautiful blends. I am placing an order for full bottles of The Golden Lilies, Dryad and getting a bunch of samples to try. Can't thank you enough for introducing these lovely perfumes in my life <3

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    2. I got a sample of The Golden Lilies in my delivery yesterday and it is AH-MAAAAAZING! I will hold off on a full bottle for now due to my No Buy, but it's top of the list when I'm shopping again.

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    3. How awesome is The Golden Lilies! It is all what I expected and so much more. Love the apricot in it! I wanted to go for a full bottle right away. I should have.

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  6. Lurve Twyla!!!! I have the Christmas set and adore!!! The V day set is on it's way, can't wait to sniff, WANT MORE TWYLA!

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    1. Yay Jade! How pretty is Xmas Past!!! I bet the others are lovely too. Twyla included a sample of chocolate apricot from Vals and I am sure you'll love it! Yummy

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  7. Okay, adding Milk Flower to the ever-growing list. It sounds amazing!!

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    1. It is gorgeous! There are samples for every perfume, that way you can try before committing to a full bottle :)

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  8. I just saw this today - what a lovely review, Su! Thank you so much.
    I'm so sorry Bone Flower went all secret-ninja on you :/...
    It's one of those weird things that sometimes happens, when a perfume just doesn't "work" with your chemistry. I wonder what oil in there is making it disappear on you??

    <3

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    1. Aww thank you, Twyla for really wonderful perfumes :)
      I definitely blame not smelling Bone Flower on my chemistry or even my nose. I have heard that if some aroma molecules are large, they are not picked up the olfactory nerve endings or some such thing. I've heard it happens with musk. Maybe that is it?

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    2. Sorry about the late reply!! I think it's probably most likely it's a chemistry thing, but you've inspired me to make Bone Flower stronger! It's got the same notes, but i've increased the strength so maybe that would help overall. I think it was probably right on the cusp of being too gentle to begin with. :)

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  9. Hey Su,

    Have you thought about writing a perfume book. It would be supa awesome and I would buy one! I love reading your posts. Im sure others who follow you would agree.

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    1. Oh, that's such a nice compliment! Thank you for thinking so highly of me, Bennie :) But really, if I ever have to write a book, I should get my English right and really expand my perfume knowledge :)

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  10. Suuuuuuu.... only you could make me want a perfume with a chocolate note. White chocolate apricot.... you must be miiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnneeeee. Hugs bella x

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    1. Jacstar!!!! White chocolate apricots is nice! If you get a chance, borrow a sniff of Spirit of Christmas Past from Dee's bottle. You'll looovvveeee :) Hugs back atcha <3 xo

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