Scrying Smoke 5ml
The Imaginative Olfactive Magics of Solstice Scents + A Giveaway! | Haute Macabre

The Imaginative Olfactive Magics of Solstice Scents + A Giveaway!

Scrying Smoke 5ml

My obsession with scented magics started early in life. If my mother were still around, I’d remind her of the times I used to sneak into her bedroom while she was elsewhere in the house. Slinking over to her vanity, I would fondle the fragrance bottles within reach of my stubby little arms, spritzing and spraying and splashing with abandon, and believing that somehow she wouldn’t notice when I’d appear at the dinner table in a sort of ecstatic trance, preceded by an intense miasma of assorted fragrances. Whether it was her cut-glass flacon of Chanel, or an opaque plastic bottle of something from Avon, each one of these perfumes was, for me, a portal to a special place, or beloved story, or the catalyst for an epic daydream. And at that age, I was already well on my way to reaching pro-daydreamer status.

Fragrance has the ability to transport us to another place or time, be it a memory, a wish for the future, or even a dream. It conjures phantom loves and losses, those whom we adored and those we mourn. It intoxicates, bewitches and holds our admirers rapt, enthralled. It allows us to slip into the skin of that which we would wish to be–the femme fatale, the ingénue, (or, if you’re weirdly specific like me, “Morticia Addams tending a poison garden at midnight in late summer, moments before fearsome thunderstorm”).

One such creator of wildly imaginative aromatic enchantments is visionary indie perfumer Solstice Scents. Read on to learn more of this extraordinary indie perfumer as well as for the opportunity to win a sampler pack of their beautiful fragrances!

Library EDP

Night Watcher EDP

Founded in Florida in 2004, and inspired by the lush wild life and rich natural wonders of their local Gainesville area, as well as an interest in handcrafted holistic remedies, Solstice Scents originally offered scented apothecary items such as soap, lotion, salts, candles, body oil, loose hand blended incense powders, and dream pillows. Since that time, they have evolved to focus primarily on their perfumery, which is the very heart of their dream–although, occasionally, companion products such as the Burnishing Glace Mist and Whipped Soaps are available! The same spirit, inspiration and aesthetic, however, remains infused into each item, and all products are made with the same attention to detail and in small batches to ensure freshness. The labels are designed in house with the original mastic tree logo. Each fragrance is still handwritten on the product label.

Solstice Scents creates their imaginative fragrances by illustrating new worlds, abstract concepts and experiences in an olfactive format. For instance, their Foxcroft line portrays a fictional town, brought to life through scent–there is even a town Bulletin highlighting characters and events within the town which came out in tandem with seasonal releases. The very first scent was Foxcroft, which focuses on autumnal decaying leaves, and the idea was expanded upon to include various scents within the town: the drive-in theater, the ice cream parlor, the boarding school, the fall fair and many more.

We bottle atmospheres like desert thunderstorms, the forest floor, a damp fruit cellar in an old manor house, the inside of a basilica, the seasons and so on in a hyper-realistic way to transport people.

GuardianEDP

“The turtle shell is my armor, the spiderweb holds negativity in its sticky silken thread, the venom of the rattlesnake protects me and the eagle allows me to fly from danger.”

Just this past March, Solstice Scents participated in Project Talisman, a multi-perfumer endeavor in which each contributor interpreted a protective amulet style fragrance. For this project, launched on the perfume blog Cafleurebon on March 15th, Solstice Scents created Guardian: a natural unisex forest chypre with an amber core, featuring botanical elements associated with protection which are further enhanced with rowan flower essence and black tourmaline gemstone essence.

I was privileged to sample Guardian, which, though I believe is inspired by a mystical desert landscape, smells to me of dense, sacred earth, amber sunlight through a forest canopy, and  herbs best plucked from the shadows…and feels like finally coming home. I’ve never called the desert my home, so of course, your mileage may vary.

After_the_Rain

Shelf

Launching in early May, Solstice Scents’ Spring Collection will again blossom, including a variety of returning perfumes from previous years as well as several new releases. One about which we have heard thrilling whispers, is After The Rain: a natural perfume in organic cane sugar alcohol featuring notes of lilac, purple wisteria, blue lotus absolute, rain, new green leaves, wild violets, soil, clary sage and more. After the Rain is “a lilac-heavy fragrance with green and petrichor top notes” and sounds both delicate and devastating for lovers of lovely spring florals.

Another extremely exciting items for those perfume collectors amongst us who have run out of room on our vanities and have resorted to corralling our collection in so many old shoeboxes: Solstice Scents now offers a handmade custom four tier perfume shelf  (and for those rabid collectors–if your collection would easily fill one unit, consider mounting two side by side!)

Monarch_EDP

snowshoepassEDP

Two Solstice Scents that are heavily in current rotation for me right now are Monarch and Snowshoe Pass.

Monarch (red musk, fir, juniper, cedar, frankincense, labdanum, moss) is a sharp, green incense that is balanced out by rich, warm woods, and is for me, personally, is the olfactory equivalent of the golden glow that spreads through your chest after a few sips of whiskey on a winter evening.

Snowshoe Pass (white amber, white musk, vanilla accord, peppermint cream, cold winds) caught me by surprise. I often remark how, with a few exceptions, I’m not a huge fan of sweet (or minty) scents, but Snowshoe Pass is utterly lovely and so I am eating my words once again. The mint is not at all prominent, but it lends a chilly breath to this plush, pillowy scent that somehow evokes a close coziness and a light, airy atmosphere. After a few hours it fades to a soft, sweet skin scent that calls less for nibbling than it does nuzzling.

Find Solstice Scents: website // instagram // facebook // twitter

Solstice Scents has generously offered has a set of assorted sample scents to one reader!

Have you tried any of the imaginative fragrance magics from Solstice Scents? What are your favorites? What would you like to try?

To enter to win, share your thoughts in the comments, and follow Haute Macabre and Solstice Scents on Instagram!  The winner will be chosen one week from today, on Monday, May 8!

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S.Elizabeth is a fancier of fine old things, nostalgic whimsies and magics both macabre and melancholy.

101 Comment

  1. Hmm, I keep trying to add my comment! Anyhow, thank you for the in-depth article. I’m a fan of SS, and it’s always fun reading about scent memories. It’s great to read more. :)

  2. I loooove Solstice Scents. She’s so great at what she does. Lovely to read more about her process/biz and your scent memories. :)

  3. I would live to win the new collection! I have a hard time picking a favorite among such olifactory delights

  4. These sound amazing. Would love to try any of them out. Particularly gaurdian or conjure

  5. Fantastic write-up! I have read a lot about this line and really want to try them. Particularly Conjure!

  6. Absolutely love the names of the scents and they sound like they would smell incredible! Love the presentation of the bottles as well will definitely be making a purchase!

  7. I haven’t tried any scents yet! I just found out about them through th Haute Macabre Instagram, and I’m so intrigued! I don’t know where I’d start, every scent sounds so compelling ?

  8. What an interesting and informative post to read. Not to mention laugh out loud at the Mortician imagery!
    I believe I’m as in love with everything SS does as someone who hasn’t yet ordered can be. I’ve been gifted a sample but what’s calling my name today is -Mountain Vanilla. Library and Guardian are on my short list too. Thank you for the opportunity.

  9. This was such an interesting and informative post to read! Not to mention laugh out loud at the Mortician imagery.

    I believe I’m as in love with everything SS does as someone who’s never ordered can be. I have been gifted the Cardamom rose sample, yum. One scent in particular calls my name today – Mountain Vanilla. I think Library and Guardian are on my short list as well. Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. I’ve loved all the ones I’ve tried so far, especially Vanilla Pipe Tobacco and Owl Creek Aleworks. I really want to try Buttered Rum Mallow and Cherry Vanilla Ambrosia and who am I kidding, every other scent she has as well.

    1. I just adore Solstice Scents. I’ve tried several oils and have not been let down once. Angela’s scent descriptions are on point. Some standouts for me are Manor. White Fox, Black Leather Red Lace, Conjure Dark and the EDP White Feather. I could list more but that is what came to mind first!

      I’m curious to try some of the spring releases but in particular Estate Vetiver…it sounds absolutely divine. So many of my favourite notes, mmm.

  11. I would love to try Monarch! I love woodsy aromas and whiskey! ? Also, Guardian sounds amazing as well! I love the sound of a forest chypre scent, I must try! I also like how Solstice Scents has incorporated protective botanical elements into this fragrance. It would be perfect for me, as I sometimes use frankincense as a protection scent.

  12. I’ve yet to try the Solstice Scents, but after reading this post and checking out their website, I’m definitely interested!!!

  13. I have yet to sample any of the Solstice line, but would love it! I love scents that mimic the earth and forest! These sound lovely.

  14. I can’t wait to try After the Rain! It sounds so lovely and floral – that’s the one I am most excited for. :)

  15. I’m looking forward to solstice scents new spring releases. Angela is amazing at her craft.

  16. I’m quite new to Solstice Scents, only tried a few samples that I received in some other perfume swaps. The ones I have tried are absolutely fabulous! Gehenna was my first & favorite one, it’s so captivating! I’m looking forward to trying more!

  17. I definitely want to try Snowshoe Pass! I already have Winter Dove from their other collection and it sounds like they would go great together!

  18. I’m also a huge fan of Monarch! So incredibly woody and incensey. Also very much looking forward to the new spring scents.

  19. Mountain Vanilla speaks to my love of atmospheric scents and sweet comforting scents together. The greenery and fresh white blooms with vanilla musk sounds perfect!

    The evocative feeling of being outdoors in specific environments is brought on by my three favorite SS scents- White Fox, Black Forest and Riverside Hayride.

  20. I recently fell for Estate Rosewood, it’s perfection! The opening makes me swoon, and the dry-down lingers beautifully. Love smelling it on my clothes the next day….

  21. I love Solstice Scents! One of my new favorites is Black Forest. I’m excited to sample the new Mountain Vanilla!

  22. Mountain Vanilla sounds amazing! I love their scents. Snowshoe Pass is a delight in the winter. Salty Mariner (if I’m remembering the name correctly) was a favorite from seasons past.

  23. I would really love to try Monarch or Mountain Vanilla! Both sound right up my alley :)

  24. Super excited to test out all these SS scents I’ve never tried- and go Haute Macabre for recent success!

  25. I am excited to try the new scents, Mountain Vanilla especially. I have a sample of Guardian and I love it. Angela does really beautiful work with frankincense

  26. Solstice Scents are oils that take me places in my mind. I can change my moods by merely changing the perfumed Scents like Scrying Smoke for my need to meditate or Old Havana for a memory of someone I ?? love. Angela is a magical creator of essences. I cannot wait to try each new scent she creates!

  27. I’m a long time fan of SS. I’ve tried just about everything. My favorite scents are the woodsy and earthy ones. Conjure and Manor are my go to every day scents. Can’t wait to to try the new spring releases.

  28. I love Solstice Scents, they were my gateway drug for indie perfumes. I love the complexity of their fragrances, and the stories they seem to tell. White Fox, Manor, Snowshoe pass, Riverside Hayride, Smokewood apiary are just a handful of my favorites.

  29. I want to try Mountain Vanilla and Estate Vetiver and After The Rain…they all sound so beautiful…

  30. I’ve been watching spring release teasers roll out on the SS Instagram, and I have some serious planning to do! Mountain Vanilla sounds like it will be a hit with me, as I gravitate towards anything vanilla. SS has such a nice vanilla note, very real and not overly sweet. Ahhh can’t wait!

  31. Would love to try the new After the Rain and Estate Vetiver. I have just about every other perfume Angela has made! Solstice scents if by far my fave!!!

  32. I would love to smell Guardian. I did not have the honour to try any of the Solstice Scent fragrances but I hope I will. Thank you! Wish you all the best!

  33. Solstice Scents makes some pretty fantastic scents. I love Tenebrous Mist but am so looking forward to the spring and summer scents!

  34. I absolutely love Solstice Scents! Snowshoe Pass, Edge of the Night, Jack and the Devil, Manor, and Estate Carnation are some of my faves. Can’t wait to try After the Rain!

  35. Snowshoe Pass is one of my favorites as well! Solstice Scents is absolutely amazing, Angela is truly a master at her craft.

    Monarch, Foxcroft Fairgrounds and Cellar are tops on my to-try wishlist! I am also looking forward to trying Chiffon when it is released this month.

  36. I love Solstice Scents! Their perfumes completely transport you directly into their own little world. My favorites are Witch’s Cottage and Smokewood Apiary. Buttered Rum Mallow and Seance are on my wishlist.

  37. i hadn’t heard of solstice scents before, so i’m totally appreciative of this article and giveaway. and oh my goodness i want to try high noon!!

  38. I’m not sure I could narrow it down to one or two but I totally love the look of all the incense and resin blends.
    But I seriously love scents so I just want to sniff all of ’em!

  39. I love Midnight Oil and Kitchen. My husband loves the discontinued Salty Mariner. I have to also give credit to Rose Sugar Cardamom and Violet Mallow since those got me to wear florals and smell divine. I’d definitely like to try Monarch.

  40. Just started following you on Instagram..Oh my Goddess I need to place and order however I can not decide. Library Outpost Astral?? When my brick and motor store finally opens I would love to carry your scents!!

  41. Solstice Scents is amazing! I am dying for their spring release as it’s my favorite season and I just got obsessed with them in the fall. I love love Smokewood Apiary, it’s like a smokey honey creamy smell and reminds me of beekeeping! I am dying to try Chiffon and After the Rain!

  42. This article hits so close to home for me. As a child I remember too sneaking into my mums bathroom and getting lost in her scents. Still, at 19, I do it. Because each is a whole world, a whole memory. Scents I wear can make me feel like a queen, a warrior, an exotic traveller. They can make me feel sweet, or powerful, or tough. They do things I couldn’t ever really put into words, because the magic they hold just doesn’t translate into any other language than the one of their own. I adore solstice scents, there’s just something extra magical about them.

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