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April 25, 2015

Indie Weekends: Alchemic Muse Spring Collection Review

It's been a while since my last Alchemic Muse review, so I had to try the new Spring Collection in perfume form for review! Alchemic Muse used to only be available on their Etsy shop, but they now have a standalone website, where you can finally get perfume samples. Which is great for me, since I don't need any more soap!

AboutAlchemic Muse is an indie bath and body company, located out of Florida. They specialize in perfume, creme soaps, body whip, scrubs, body gloss, shower gel, and hair mist. They feature a permanent catalog, as well as seasonal collections.

Shipping - My order shipped 1 day after I placed my order, and arrived in 3 days via USPS from Florida to California.

Product Size - Perfumes come in either sample vials or full size bottles. They also offer a variety of other products, some are sample jars, others are only available in full size form.

Free Samples - I received one free perfume sample with my order.

Ambrosia - "Luscious nectars of apricot and white peach amidst intoxicating mimosa and plum blossoms accented with a splash of ruby red grapefruit and a faint breath of spring air."

This scent immediately reminded me of something I can’t pinpoint, but I only get a hint of the fruits in this scent. It might be the scent that seems to greet me every time I walk into a Bath & Body Works, it has that same sort of feel. It kind of turns powdery on my skin. I think I get a bit of the grapefruit, but everything kind of disappears pretty quickly. Not something I’d repurchase.

Cloud Nine - "An ethereal clean and creamy white floral blend with billowing white blossoms of Victorian lilacs with wisps of sweet jasmine, white rose, white violet and cherry heliotrope. Floating beneath is a thick layer of fresh cream raining onto a bed of white raspberries."

This is an interesting fruity floral blend, with the violets and cherries being the most prominent. At first it’s too sharp for me, but eventually it does sort of come together on my skin. It’s still strange though. I don’t think I would mix cherries with florals, and this definitely doesn’t convince me otherwise.

Cloverfield - "Clean, fresh, and invigorating... a garden medley of fresh basil leaves, clary sage and peppermint sprigs accented with a touch of citrus zests, fresh spring flowers and soft, soothing musk."

This scent is very fresh and clean, but with a hint of green and citrus. It reminds me of cleaning products or a hand soap from Bath & Body Works. Not at all something I would wear, which is unfortunate considering I typically like basil scents.

Dreamcatcher - "Wild honeysuckle flowers with sugared citrus notes of lemon and bergamot peel at play against a sheer base of orange blossoms, muguet and crisp green leaves."

Sugary, sweet, with a hint of citrus and florals. The honeysuckle smells lovely, and paired with the citrusy lemon it reminds me of Haus of Gloi's Honeysuckle Lemon Curd, but dare I say it, it might be better. I love this, I would get this in a shower gel, body gloss, body whip, cream soap, or hair mist. Absolutely love it! The honeysuckle is stronger in this than the Haus of Gloi scent though, so be wary if you hate florals. This is the best scent in the collection, so I recommend trying a sample at the very least.

Fable - "Choose the path to your own happy ending by virtue of sweet wild strawberries intertwined with woodland roses underscored by mysterious woods, forest earth, and a hint of animal musk."

It smells kind of incense-y at first, but in a good way. I do get a bit of fruit, but it’s mostly a darker kind of fruit scent. I don’t really smell roses, but I bet people who don’t care for them could pick them out. It’s not very strong though, so this would be something I would wear when I wanted a subtle perfume. After a while, the strawberries become more prominent, and it balances out.

Orange Blossom Tea - "An exquisite, sultry scented blend of orange blossom petals with bergamot, muguet lily, and fresh green notes over a heart of robust black tea accented by a sheer, earthy base of oak, sweet hay, and light musk."

The orange blossom and tea are quite strong at first, but it does mellow after dry down. It’s an interesting combination, definitely for the lovers of orange blossom or tea notes. And it even has a bit of green to it as well. It’s not bad, but not my favorite either.

Ostara - "The eternal embodiment of spring pays tribute to you with a mix of hyacinth blossoms, myrtle, and wild heather fused with the soft green foliage of moss and ivy, gently grounded by a warm and earthy base of clove, cinnamon, and myrrh."

This is lovely! I immediately get a green freshness, and then it’s got a bit of a spicy background with the cinnamon, clove, and myrrh. It’s also got the hint of florals up front. It’s very interesting. Kind of a spicy, green, floral, which I don’t think I’d ever imagine I’d like. A pleasant surprise that I’d recommend to anyone who wants something that is different and interesting.

Pomona - "A fresh concoction of juicy apples, pears, and plums harmoniously blended with herbaceous lavender and lilac grounded with a soft base of woodsy musk."

I get the lavender immediately, with a hint of fruit and florals. But mostly this just smells like a cleaning product. Actually, it's exactly like our dish soap we use right now. Will be great for people who enjoy lavender scents though, as that’s about all I smell.

Overall, this was a nice spring collection with lots of variety. There's a bit of everything in this collection, something for everyone. The absolute winner for me was definitely Dreamcatcher, but Fable and Ostara were also nice. It wasn't my favorite overall spring collection, but it does have some unique scents, and they fit the season. I have been wanting to try their hair mist, which is like a detangler, and their new shower gel, which I have heard good things about. And there aren't many indie companies who carry those kinds of products, so you may want to check them out if you're looking for something like that.

Customer Service - I did not have to contact customer service regarding any problems with my order.

Availability - This collection is still available and should be until it sells out I believe.

Overall Satisfaction - My favorite was Dreamcatcher, with Fable and Ostara also being secondary favorites. I'll be keeping an eye on Alchemic Muse for the next seasonal collection to try a few more of their products, as well as the perfumes.

What did you think of Alchemic Muse's Spring Collection? Let me know in the comments!

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