One of my favorite things is getting a curated box of products so when Sugar and Spite, one of my favorite perfumeries, announced she was going to offer a one-off box I wanted to hop at the chance to snag one. Well, I missed the first round but thankfully it was so well received Lysa, the owner & creator, decided to release it again for a second time on a pre-order basis so more people could have a chance.
I also have to mention Lysa’s wonderful customer service. When I received my box I was actually missing the two perfume items, I reached out to her right away via her Facebook page messenger, and she answered me back within an hour and apologized profusely. She had my replacement items, my open sample order with her and a free full-size perfume of my choice out on Monday and sent priority. I am super impressed by her fast response and the quality of customer service I received from Lysa. It absolutely makes me want to stay a customer. I understand that when you’re packing a ton of the same order assembly style mistakes can happen and it was great how quickly she resolved the issue.
The Box of Peculiar Sorrows
Included in the box were the follow items;
Fernweh Soap – Farsickness. A longing for the place you’ve never been. Fields of green grass, patchouli, incense and dusty roads.
- Fernweh is a black soap with gold glitter, it is fairly strong in scent. I haven’t used this in the shower/bath yet but I enjoy the smell so far. It is very dirty green, which makes sense considering the use of patchouli. It gives something interesting to the standard bright green scent. It fit the melancholy of longing to be someplace you haven’t been.
Longing for Shadows perfume – A Melancholy that only happens when the sun is out. Vanilla bean, a tiny drop of honeyed water, Egyptian musk, warm cinnamon, a wisp of cigar smoke, and a wee shot of bourbon to help chase the pain away.
- I am so happy with this perfume and the number one reason being the cinnamon doesn’t bother my skin! I don’t always have a problem but lately I’ve noticed cinnamon irritates my skin so I’ve unfortunately been having to sell a lot of my perfumes with cinnamon in it. Longing for Shadows is warm and comforting. My skin amps of spice super strong so on my skin the first thing I smell is cinnamon and maybe a little clove. It is boozy and to me, pretty sexy. As it dries down it gets musky and I can smell more vanilla and maybe a little honey. Dried down, I get another shot of spicy cinnamon and a little something smoky. I really like this perfume, it definitely covers all the bases of things I like. It has decent throw and the husband mentioned I smell like a sexy cupcake.
Poppies in October lotion – Poppies, amber, vanilla, skin musk, bright berries and clove.
- First I want to talk about the texture of the lotion. (I’ll have pictures for this later) It is a thick creamy consistency. It doesn’t feel oily and leaves my skin feeling moisturized and leaves a nice glowy look. The scent isn’t too overwhelming so it would be nice for layering with a perfume. I imagine I’ll use this a lot on my legs, which get very dry most of the time. As far as the scent goes it is pretty fruity and lightly floral. I don’t get a lot of clove but I do get that warm, sort of caramelly amber scent.
Saudade solid perfume- Intense Longing. The Love that remains after someone is gone. Delicate coconut shreds, somber sandalwood, madagascar vanilla, benzoin resin, and cardamom.
- I normally am not a fan of solid perfumes. I find the scent is never strong enough for me, but this one is a bit stronger than the others I’ve tried. It is also very smooth and applies nicely without my skin feeling greasy afterwards. When I first apply it, it is very coconut. Unmistakably, coconut but as it dries it morphs into something that smells like a sandalwood marshmallow. It’s sticky and sweet smelling without being cloyingly sweet.
The Parting Hour scrub – Butterscotch, caramel, marshmallows toasted over a fire, and deep black patchouli.
- The Parting Hour is packed with sugar, like it says sugar scrub, it is not lying. I find a lot of sugar scrubs aren’t super scruby. (Does that make sense?) I find that usually it is a little scrub and a lot of a more creamier substance which isn’t really why I’m buying a sugar scrub. I want that shit to scrub and take away all my dead skin cells. As far as the scent goes it is a very nice deep patchouli with a sweet kick which I like. I love patchouli and just like my love of sandalwood I love when it is blended with something sweeter to give it that little kick. The sugar scrub leaves my skin feeling soft and doesn’t leave behind and weird residue.
Anchorage Wax Shot – The Desire to hold on to time as it passes. Nag Champa incense, tonka bean, tangerine, coriander, and spiced pear.
- I have no had a chance to melt this yet, so I cannot comment on its melt or scent time or how strong the throw is. I will edit that in once I do so. I can comment on the scent itself with is very strong Nag Champa but it doesn’t smell too much like a headshop. The fruity elements definitely balance it out. As a wax shot the scent is fairly strong and leads me to believe that it will be fairly strong as a wax melt.
Overall, I am pretty happy with this box. I would absolutely buy another one from Sugar and Spite if she ever made another one. I think it was well worth the $26 dollars I paid for it.
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