OHWTO Limited Edition Valentine’s Fragrances
This is a bit of an odd review for me, because while I work in fragrance, I don’t like reviewing fragrance. I like talking about it, sure, but fragrance is something so incredibly personal that it’s hard for one person to say “Oh yes, it smells like this, and it’s wonderful!” and have that assessment mean anything to the other person. Noses are different. Bodies are different. Personal preference always varies. But I decided to give this a whirl, because this is a company I’ve grown to love over the past few months. You probably already know of it through reviews of their highly acclaimed Black Magic soap: One Hand Washes the Other (OHWTO).
In fragrance, this year saw the return of a slightly reworked fragrance from Valentine’s 2011, as well as a new and incredibly delicious offering, both of which can be viewed and purchased at their webstore.
BE MINE is a slightly revamped version of the 2011 fragrance, blending notes of cinnamon candies, buttercream frosting, fruit punch, roses, jasmine and orange blossom, with a hint of coffee and tea. On opening the cap of the solid fragrance, the florals and punch hit the nose first, with a slight hint of cinnamon candies in the background. On my skin, the cinnamon candies roar to the foreground, softening over the next five minutes, which then highlights the rose and jasmine. At the end of wear, the rose fades as the tea comes to the forefront, mingling beautifully with the jasmine.
BE TRUE, my favourite of the Valentine’s fragrances, is a wonderfully romantic blend of baby roses, raspberries, white chocolate, and a hint of sandalwood. All four of these notes are very present when opening the cap of a solid fragrance, and carry over to the skin extremely well. The chocolate and raspberry dominate when first applied, with time bringing out more of the soft hints of rose. At the end of wear, the raspberry notes fade, allowing the subtle sandalwood to be picked up.
OHWTO’s solid scents come packaged in a 0.15oz oval tube, with clear vinyl labels on each side. Ingredients are included on the back – ingredients, which I should note, are vegan friendly. The formula is very smooth, and has incredible staying power. I generally can’t wear a fragrance for more than a few hours, because most simply refuse to stick around on my body, but OHWTO solid scents stay stick around for a full six to eight hours. Your wear time, of course, will vary, depending on your body chemistry.
These fragrances are available for a limited time, to the tune of $4 for a solid scent, or $9 for a 5mL amber glass vial. As a special treat, these fragrances are also available in Whipped Bathing Creme, at $3.50/2oz or $6.50/4oz.