Pre-Valentine Day Reviews + Giveaways

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 11 February, 2012

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     PRE-VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION
         Reviews + Giveaways

 
   I simply love Valentine's Day for so many reason and thank goodness non of them are for commercial purposes.
   My sentiments draw back to my childhood when a simple paper cut-out were given to classmates to show your appreciation and if you had a crush on a certain someone, perhaps quietly and discreetly you were showing affection.


  Now, I show my sentiments and affections in the form of reviewing my passion for fragrances-given a nod to niche and natural fragrances.


  This year, I introduce my first giveaway for Valentine's Day featuring two natural fragrance houses.


  These electrifying perfumeries are Rebel & Mercury created by Nikki Sherritt, a huge success at etsy.com and Anya's Garden created by Anya McCoy, who thrives in all things natural in perfumery and by the way she is the President of the Natural Perfumers Guild.


  Nikki describes naturally composed fragrances in the Rebel & Mercury line to be "inspirations of life". I had the pleasure of being introduced to Var en Provence and Cerise en Cocoa.
  
   Var en Provence Pure Botanical Parfum is such a joy because for me it stayed in tune with my own body scent. I love earthy scents and Var en Provence is truly as close to nature as you can get. However, it is not those deep in the forest scents that can get confused with being a scent for men.


  It is evenly toned and it blends itself  elegantly as a light floral for day with a touch of spice that is just right for the evening.

  Nikki composed Var en Provence after spending sometime in southern France.

  Notes: Green, Pink and Black Pepper, Peppery Orchid, Lavender Absolute, Mimosa Absolute, Olive Leaf, Orris


   Cerise En Cocoa Pure Botanical Parfum is the perfect Valentine's Day gift because it is rich in holsum chocolate that is lively in a floral description with a unique dollop of cherry.

   This is my six year old son's favorite scent because he loves cherries. It is indeed a robust scent but the cherry in the center makes it light-hearted and fresh. I love the way it lingers on the skin and the cherry scent never goes away. It has the rose accord that is vibrant and not old-fashioned but it brings the classic aroma of rose to the 21st century.

 Cerise En Cocoa is perfect for day and evening and the sillage is a perfection.

   The inspiration behind Cerise En Cocoa is Nikki's obsession with "all things cherry scented and a deep love for chocolate".

   Notes: Ruby Red Grapefruit, Osmanthus, White and Red Rose Accord, Cocoa, Vetiver

   www.etsy.com/shop/rebelandmercury


   Royal Lotus by Anya's Garden Perfume was composed by Anya for the Brave New Scents Project, a Natural Perfumers Guild exclusive.
    
   Royal Lotus is made with the world's most expensive and rarest notes. It contains Night Queen absolute that is so rare in itself and a rarity in perfumes due to the cost, but for Anya having the best in real natural scents is worth the cost to produce a world class fragrance and Anya is an astute gardener, her garden in Florida is full of rare and exotic plants that she uses in her fragrance compositions.   

  Anya's inspiration for Royal Lotus comes from "ancient India brought into the present". 
   
  I love this concept because I truly love the culture of India then and now. The bright colors, music, language and history represents a beauty in so many forms and Royal Lotus brings that ambiance with a worldwide view. 

  Secondly, what I love is that Anya suggest wearing Royal Lotus in the hair as it will give the wearer 24 hours of floral and woody pleasure. How fabulous is this! In addition to its rare ingredients, having a perfume for the hair is not done as it was in ancient Egypt for example. So, Royal Lotus is truly a wonderful experience that provides a healthy and lovely aroma.

   Top Notes: Wild Orange from the Dominican Republic, Yuzu from Korea, orange juice essential oil from Brazil, Clementine from the USA

   Heart Notes: Blue Lotus Absolute from Thailand, Blue Lotus concentrate from India, Pink Lotus concentrate from India, Queen of the Night absolute from India, Jasmine Grandiflorum tincture from Anya's Garden in Florida, Jasmine Sambac Grand Duke of Tuscany tincture from Anya's Garden in Florida

  Base Notes: Sandalwood from Australia, Ambergris absolute from Utah, Tonka Bean absolute from France

   www.anyasgarden.com


***************************GIVEAWAYS**************************
It gives me great pleasure to announce the Pre-Valentine Giveaways featuring  Var en Provence and Cerise en Cocoa by Rebel & Mercury and Royal Lotus by Anya's Garden Perfume.

 Var en Provence and Cerise en Cocoa will arrive to you  each in a 1.5 ML Large Sample Vial with a Black Velvet Pouch to protect them.

  Royal Lotus will arrive to you as a mini 3.5ML bottle.

  There will be two (2) separate winners for each giveway. I want to spread the wealth among all entries and give the best opportunity.

  To Enter: Please comment in the Box after the reviews to give your choice of Rebel & Mercury or Anya's Garden. Please leave your email address so that you can be contacted in the event you are a winner.

  Thank you so much for reading the article and entering the contest. I truly appreciate your kind spirits and fragrance fascination!
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  Photo Credits: etsy.com, anyasgarden.com



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10 comments

  1. Lovely reviews on both houses! All three of the scents sound so intriguing, but I will make a decision and throw my hat in for Anya's Garden, as I have been wanting to try her creations for a while. Thank you do much for the draw! :-)

    My email is dlh0613@aol.com

     
  2. HJ Says:
  3. Tricky decision but I'd love to sample Nikki's scents. Nikki made the gorgeously scented tea light candles I used as guest gifts at my wedding last year - they were a massive hit (Nikki, I sooo owe you a picture of how I wrapped and labelled them!!). I haven't had the pleasure of sampling Nikki's perfumes - plus I'm a total sucker for anything with Osmanthus or Orris in it! :P

    My thanks for the generous drawer!
    Holly

     
  4. Your writing makes me want each scent pronto!! :-) Since we are still in Winter here in the ATL, I will opt for trying Nikki`s scents to help stay WARM!! Tough choice - warmer weather would have swung me towards Royal Lotus!! Many thanks for the contest!!

     
  5. Michael Says:
  6. Such enticing reviews! And how tough to decide. I have loved all of Anya's scents so far, and Royal Lotus would be new for me. I haven't tried Nikki's yet, so they would all be new to me. I think I am going to try for Royal Lotus though. With the use of her hand-crafted tinctures in it, I just can't bring myself to pass on it. Thank you so much for the draw!
    Michael
    d.stramonium@yahoo.com

     
  7. Anne Says:
  8. Thanks for the draw! I want to try Nikki's Cerise en Cocoa. I have have her Amour candle and LOVE it. I never thought of cocoa in fragrance before (I'm a fragrance rookie) and would like to try it on my skin.
    Warm regards,
    Anne
    urban_record@yahoo.com

     
  9. Anne Says:
  10. Ooooh, I'd love to try Nikki's cerise en cocoa! I have her Amour candle and am just learning about cocoa in scent. It would be lovely to try it out on my skin.
    Thanks for the draw!
    Warm regards,
    Anne
    urban_record@yahoo.com

     
  11. HJ Says:
  12. Whooops - just realised I didn't leave my email address for my above entry! :)
    hollyjae (@) gmail dot com
    Thanks!
    Holly

     
  13. 1337 Art Says:
  14. I adore Nikki's products. I would love to win Rebel & Mercury fragrance.

    Thank you for the giveaway offer! <3

    info (@) 1337art.com

     
  15. Anonymous Says:
  16. how to choose?! both nikki and anya are amazing perfumers! i have to admit... i am chomping at the bit to try Royal Lotus!!

    einsof
    einsof@rocketmail.com

     
  17. Anonymous Says:
  18. Both are wonderful perfumers, but I am a sucker for lotus and night queen. I would love to have a chance at winning the royal lotus perfume.

    Thank you, Angie

    angelafunk@hotmail.com

     

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