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.
The Solstice Scents Spring 2020 scent collection is now available, gratefully transporting us from the dreary reality we are currently residing in to the illustrious and warm spring we are all longing for.
After The Rain: (Lilac, Wisteria, Blue Lotus, Rain, Green Accord, Wild Violets, Earth in organic cane sugar alcohol. Natural botanical perfume.) Is a misty watercolor painting of a fragrance, conjuring romantic visions of an elegant lady of the manor looking up from her ledgers to wistfully gaze out at her garden on a cool, rainy morning in early spring. Delicate, purple florals, restrained greenery, and the ghostly tracing of rainwater on a chilled glass windowpane. I wouldn’t quite call this an aquatic, but I hesitate to call to call it a floral. Can we pretend that there is a category of fragrance called “haunting breeze?”
Blossom Jam Tea Cakes: (Southern Tea Cakes, Petit Fours, Floral Infused Jams & Preserves and a Delicate Aroma of Tea) I am not generally a fan of gourmands, but I do know that Solstice Scents always hits the mark with their delectable dessert-influenced fragrances… and though perhaps Blossom Jam Tea Cakes is not–initially– my cup of tea, I can recognize that it’s a lovely portrayal of these dainty tea-time delicacies. Fluffy cakes, jammy preserves, and, later, the rich sweetness of buttercream round out this fragrance. Several hours later I catch whiffs of a plastic-y vanilla from wrist, and that is fine with me; it reminds me of sniffing the heads of my Strawberry Shortcake dolls when I was a little girl, and it’s a comforting reminder that sometime a little sweetness can be a very nice thing.
Chantilly Cream: Fluffy Whipped Cream, Peach Nectar, Vanilla & Yellow Mandarin
Chiffon: (Vanilla, White Amber, White Musk & Lemon Myrtle EO) At first spray this is LEMON– a bright, tart, enormous face-punch of tangy yellow juice and sour, citric acid. What’s interesting is that it dissipates almost immediately and an airy sweetness emerges, which becomes a whipped cream/marshmallow note as it lingers upon the skin. Chiffon is a “dual concept fragrance” that brings together the sweet and refreshingly tart taste of Lemon Chiffon pie and the wispy beauty of chiffon fabric.
Devil’s Millhopper: Heather, Fern, Spring-fed Waterfall, New Spring Leaves, Earth, Oak, Wild Violet, Coumarin
Estate Lavender [EDP EXCLUSIVE]: Estate Vanilla, Lavender from around the world, Bergamot, Black Tea, Coriander, Wild Violet, Davana, Heather, Rain
Estate Vetiver [EDP EXCLUSIVE]: Estate Vanilla, Vetiver, Patchouli, Tobacco, Sandalwood, Lime
Estate Vetiver (Estate Vanilla, Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Lime) A perfume for vetiver and patchouli lovers, Estate Vetiver is a dank, dream of a scent that is raw, and narcotic and strange. With this one I smell only what I see in my mind’s eye, which is the damp, rotting splinters of a ship wreck, portentous dark skies and piercing sea breezes, and the lost and vengeful ghosts of two young women haunting a band of rogue pirates. As you can imagine, Estate Vetiver is my favorite among Solstice Scents Spring Collection.
Gin Flower: (Osmanthus, Elderflower, Apricot, Vanilla, Juniper, Lime, Manuka Honey Accord (Vegan), Pear, Citron, Hawaiian Sandalwood in organic cane sugar alcohol. Natural botanical perfume.) Ok, so if you ever invite me out for a drink, and maybe I step away to powder my nose just as you happen to get the bartender’s attention–you can never go wrong with ordering a stiff gin & tonic for me. Ever since I took a sip of my grandmother’s G&T at the tender age of four and promptly burst into tears (I thought it was a tumbler of ice water!) I’ve been both obsessed and repelled by this crisp, classic cocktail. There’s something about the aromatic, pine-y gin, the bitter quinine of the tonic, and the sour, zesty astringence of that essential twist of lime that has me both “ahhhh-ing” with satisfaction while simultaneously pulling that “blech!” face. Gin Flower is based off a gin and St. Germain elderflower liqueur cocktail and is the first in a series of cocktail perfumes at Solstice Scents. It starts off with a piquant blast of juniper that is immediate and prominent and takes me back to that first quaff of my grandmother’s acrid aperitif, but shortly softens to a citrus-y, honeyed floral and sweet woods that wears very close to the skin.
*A note from Angela of S.S.: Gin Flower may be endangered as I have been unable to source more elderflower CO2 for months. This means we will have enough for this year and perhaps a little for next spring but if I can no longer get the elderflower, it will need to be discontinued or reformulated in the future. *
Mountain Vanilla: (Sweet Clover, Coumarin, Vanilla Musk, Fresh Green Accord, Poplar Buds, Morning Dew in organic cane sugar alcohol) Described as “…a coumarin-heavy scent with vanilla and light green elements,” Mountain Vanilla is…not the vanilla that I thought it was going to be! I guess that’s what I get for not reading the full description until just now. Coumarin, if you are wondering, is described as smelling of new-mown hay–and there is definitely a warm, sweetly herbaceous aspect to this fragrance. Don’t be put off by the opening notes, which smelled aggressively chemical to my nose for a few moments; it’s a stinging tang that burns off quickly before those grassy vanilla notes and subtle green nuances materialize. I don’t think I’ve ever smelled anything quite like it; it really does evoke imagery of an Appalachian meadow brimming with sweet clover and dew-dappled ferns and the soft musk of a Bambi or two.
Victorian Picnic: Pound Cake, Loquat-Lemon Glaze, Orange Blossoms, Wisteria, Ladyfingers, Jasmine, Azalea Leaf & Reisling
Victorian Tea Room: Palmarosa, Kumquat-Orange Marmalade, Chamomile, Rose, Lemon, Black Tea, Oriental Base
Scent reviews by Sarah Elizabeth, the Haute Macabre Resident Sniffer.