I only purchased two bottles from the new Hans Christian Andersen collection but I thought you might enjoy some reviews! I ordered The Red Clouds and A Merry Life from Violette Market’s etsy shop on 1/16/12 and received them on 1/25/12. As always the Violette Market bottles come individually wrapped in plastic and then in a little mesh bag. I also received free samples of Dark Moon Kiss, Smoking Plum and Moroccan Market.
A Merry Life: Sweet and comforting vanilla beans infused with cream, star anise, pink pepperberry, and tarnished ever-so-slightly by worn leather boots, chimney smoke, and tobacco tar.
In bottle: Smoky wine!
Wet on skin: Hmmm….bracing leather! Oooh, the vanilla beans and creamy star anise is coming out.
Dry on skin: The leather has softened quite a bit….it does really smell like worn leather boots. I’m not sure what pink pepperberry smells like but if it’s in this I like it!
Verdict: This is a really yummy, sexy smelling oil and I think it will only get better with age. The leather is just a ‘little’ harsh right now but I fully expect this to soften and richen with age.
The Red Clouds: Pink spun sugar, black coconut, patchouli leaf, sugared incense, benzoin resin, red musk, and pomegranate dust.
In bottle: Pink, sweet, girly and pink!
Wet on skin: Oh, there’s the sugared incense. It’s a little plastic-y at this point but the black coconut and patchouli is making an appearance.
Dry on skin: I think the pomegranate dust might be throwing this off a bit. I’m still getting a bit of a plastic smell from this but I tried it right out of the mailbox so maybe it needs a bit of time to rest.
Verdict: It’s like Sugared Incense Cotton Candy and Carousel had a baby. It’s sweet, pink and very fluffy smelling. I’m interested to try this again in a month or so and see how it ages.
Dark Moon Kiss: Darkest plum, bracing midnight air, spicy resins, black vanilla, and an un-common kiss under a dark moon.
In bottle: Spicy!
Wet on skin: Fruity with just a *bit* of craft store spice. I can smell the plum and spicy resin.
Dry on skin: The bracing midnight air has appeared! This smells uncommonly like strong black tea to me.
Verdict: I will let my sample age a little bit and see what happens. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes tea scents.