Between the two gardens I have (at home and at the community garden) I have been so busy with canning, freezing and dehydrating the fruits of our labor that I have neglected to post for awhile. But I have spent some personal time with my Providence Perfume Co. samples in these last two weeks, and have been thoroughly enjoying them. Two from my stash I have already reviewed and I have linked to those reviews. Rose Boheme and Eva Luna.
I'm going to get this out in the open straight away. I like Charna. I like her a lot. Although I have never met her in person, she was so very helpful to me over the phone last year when my son was moving to Providence and I was needing some logistical help with the whole moving process. I'm stating this for the full-disclosure thing-a-ma-jig. Am I able to review her perfumes without the thought of her kindness? Well probably not, but I will try. I'm linking each perfume to the Providence Perfume Co. website so you can see all the notes and information. Also know that many of these samples I bought on my own, and a few Charna sent to me free of charge. I cannot remember which are which, though. Oh my poor aging brain!
All the samples are Eau de Parfum except for the one body oil.
Hindu Honeysuckle: This is one of my absolute favorites of the line. It is fresh and deep all in one, with jasmine being clean, the vetiver not overwhelmingly (I have a difficult time with vetiver - sometimes it is too melancholy for me, but not in this perfume), and the dry down is pure Charna signature beauty.
Ginger Lily: Big fat slices of juicy goodness on a bed of warmth. 'Nuff said!
Osmanthus Oolong: One of the best tea-based perfumes I have ever tried. So many others are wimpy - this one has stature I'm kinda bummed I spent money on a 10 ml decant of Tea for Two. Drat.
Divine: A sophisticated orange blossom/neroli that is glamorous and yet down-to-earth. Gorgeous!
Divine Noir: This is absolutely stunning. "A vintage inspired interpretation of our Divine..." (from Charna's website). I cannot get enough of this. Must.have.now. I adore the root beer/sarsaparilla note in it which adds lift and a pinch of sweetness to the bottom notes of oakmoss and vanilla. The way the notes are blended and yet stand on their own is genius.
Orange Blossom Body Oil: I have been using my sample on my hands because they're super dry with all the gardening I have been doing. With a mixture of oils (sweet almond, safflower, apricot, to name a few), this skin-loving-product is perfect for not only my hands, but the bath too. I'm actually going to order the set of these samples next as a full bottle of one (or two) of these body oils is a must have. Other body oil offerings are Amber Cream, Lavender Vanilla, and Wild Lime Leaf. At $26.00 for a 100 ml bottle, you cannot go wrong!
Okay I admit it. I gush about Providence Perfume Co. I do. But I think it is worthy of gushing. I also want to hang out in Charna's house some time - I bet it smells amazing.
I'm off now to pick the last of the tomatoes at the community garden. And then I have to figure out what to do with them. Wish me luck.