When I read that Southern Comforts was going to be coming out with a Spring Collection that used fruit melanges, light florals (the kind I actually like!) and honey; I just knew that I had to try them. I picked up a full sample set with all 10 Spring Collection perfumes when she listed the samples. (As of this post full-sizes are not yet available and will be posted on March 18th) You can buy the samples in three different ways as part of a 10 pack for 30$, 5 pack of any perfume in the shop for $16, or individually for $3.50 each. Shipping is always pretty reasonable but if you follow Allison (Southern Comforts) on Instagram she often offers free shipping or a percentage off. You can also follow her on Facebook or a fan made Facebook group where she posts updates and more. It’s a great place to keep up with different reviews if you can’t decide on a certain scent and are looking for opinions.
Edit: Since I’ve written this post Allison has created a shop at socofragrance.com where you can also purchase her perfumes and other lovely goods. You can use code SPRING15 to get 15% off your purchase.
All of Southern Comforts perfumes are 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free, and are leaping bunny certified.
If you couldn’t tell by the titles of the perfumes the Spring Collection is dedicated to the badass ladies of country music. Based on Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Reba, and Patsy Cline. I am not an absolute lover of country music but I do appreciate a badass lady who kicks butt and takes charge.
As a note the milk bottle neck sample vials are being phased out for non-skinny neck samples like you can get from most other perfumers. Yay! I may have snapped Jolenes neck in the process of this review.
SoCo has generously provided a 15% off code for anyone who is reading this post, CRUELTYFREE15
Yuzu, pear, peppercorn, geranium, rose, white musk, tonka bean, Mexican vanilla.
Wet in the vial Jolene is very light, floral and green. It has a light something sweet in the background and a little spice. On my skin while wet a bright citrus scent comes through along with a fruity richness. It still has this nice light floral to it, which normally I hate florals they don’t agree with me but this is quite pleasant. It dries down to a citrus floral and a little musky. Like spice, my skin amps musk. This is a very feminine perfume.
If you like citrus, light florals, with a little musk this is for you.
Coat of Many Colors
Fresh apricot jam, osmanthus flowers, white chocolate, coffee, whipped cream, toasted bread, french vanilla, wood, amber.
Coat of Many Colors is the sister perfume to my favorite from the SoCo general catalog Sweater Weather.
In vial, it is fresh fruity jam, there is no mistake that it is apricot. It morphs as you continue to smell in vial and you get a yeasty bready scent coming through. It smells like like crusty bread with a giant dollop of fresh apricot compote. Wet on my skin it is toasty bread, creamy milky chocolate and coffee. As my skin warms up the perfume and it dries down a light milky coffee scent, the yeasty bread is still there with a light fruity apricot backing.
It is a nice spring take on my favorite GC scent from SoCo. If you like coffee, fruit and bready scents, this is for you.
You’re Lookin’ At Country
Juicy peach, exotic combava peel, strawberry hard candy.
You’re Lookin’ at Country is so limey. It has that fresh peel rind smell right in the bottle and fairly strong. You get a little bitter backing from the white part of a rind. It’s sweet and juicy. It smells a strawberry-lime margarita. On my skin, a fizzy peach scent comes out and twirls and mingles in with the lime peel scent. It reminds me of peach rings or these fizzy italian candies that sometimes come in perfume packages from other indie sellers. The lime mellows out nicely as it warms up on my skin and the peach really blooms.
If you like bright citrus, fruity and a little hint of bitterness with a sweet backing, this is for you.
Walking After Midnight
Jasmine, tonka bean, bergamot absolute, creamy vanilla.
In vial Walking After Midnight is a boozy floral but a dark floral not like rose. As I continue sniffing in vial becomes very apparent that there is vanilla in this, it is rich and sweet. It almost and this might sound weird, it sort of smells like yogurt. It has a slightly tart vanilla yogurt smell, just a little bit bitter but not like bite your face off bitter. Wet on my skin, it is more floral and a little spicy but not clove or cinnamon type of spicy. Dried down it is back to its initial bottle sniff, a boozy dark floral.
I was really nervous for a while there and thought I wasn’t going to like this. It is dark but still feminine.
Funny part of this particular sample is my dog was not a fan. Xoey really likes sniffing all the perfumes that I open and test and she balked back from this and tried to run away similar to when we “buzz” her belly with a cold water bottle.
Islands in the Stream
Pineapple, sweet orange, spicy cardamom.
Holy tropical paradise! In vial this is 100% pineapple, there is no mistaking that smell. As any good pineapple addict I can place that smell anywhere. (I once ate so much pineapple that I forced an allergic reaction because pineapple has the same chemical compound as meat tenderizer and my tongue was all tingly and weird for 20 minutes) On my skin, it is more pineapple but it has been warmed up a bit and is super rich. It has a nice spice to it. Almost like a caramelized warm pineapple. There is definitely some other citrus in play here and it is a nice balance, a little more tart than the pineapple. As it dries my skin as amped up whatever spice is in this a little more but it is still very tropical and sweet.
I find this one very enjoyable but I don’t think it is my favorite. If you like straight up fruity, tropical with a little spicy sweetness, this is for you, but it isn’t for me.
Apricot, bakery vanilla, spicy ginger.
In vial, Fancy is sweet and spicy. It reminds me of these vanilla ginger mini bundt cakes I’ve made before. The more I smell the more I get something fruity, it seems most likely like apricot, it is similar to Coat of Many Colors. Wet on my skin it is more spicy ginger and sweet vanilla, it is pretty strong but enjoyable. Dry, it stays fruity ginger.
Fancy, for me, falls into the same category as Island in the Stream as being really pretty but not for me.
I Fall To Pieces
Peony, rose, British coriander leaf, black currant, white musk.
In bottle, I Fall to Pieces is immediately very rose to me. Which unfortunately is a strike against it. Rose does not agree with me at all. I don’t seem to get much of anything else since the rose is so overpowering. I’m warming the bottle in my hands to see if I can coax out another smell and I get a little something rich berry like. Similar to a wine sort of berry. On my skin, it is still rose and the glimmer of hope faded way. Even dry it is just rose. T_T <—– this is my sad face. I was hoping that something else would morph from this and the floral would get mellowed down.
If you love rose, this is for you.
The Heart Won’t Lie
Fresh peach, sweet cream, garden basil
The Heart Won’t Lie in bottle in lightly herby with fresh peach and a little something creamy rich. It is straightforward and not complicated and I like that. It is a fresh spring perfume. On my skin while it is still drying down it is very bright crisp peach, it is almost like a peach ring. Dry it is a creamy peach. It actually smells like peach pie or a peach smoothie.
My husband says it smells “sugary” no more elaboration. He did pretend to lick my hand though so I’ll take that as a sign of approval.
The Night The Lights Went Out
Honey tangerine EO, lavender absolute, dark vanilla, tonka absolute.
In bottle, this smells like honey and citrus with a boozy backnote. It smells similar to a honeyed burnt grapefruit and the burnt isn’t a bad thing. On my skin the grapefruit makes sense, at least to me, because now I smell lavender which makes an odd amount of sense to me because for whatever reason they smell similar. Normally, I don’t like lavender but I don’t mind it in this context. I don’t think it’ll translate into a full-size bottle for me but I’ll definitely finish the sample vial. Warmed up on my skin the lavender scent stops being the main thing I smell. It is a little fruitier and dark vanilla.
The husband say he doesn’t have a word for what it smells like but he likes it.
Woman Enough To Take My Man
Honey, honeycomb, almond, brown sugar, white tea, ginger.
The first thing you smell with this is honey, honey, honey. There is absolutely no doubt that it is honey. It is a little bitter and kind of smells like a blanched almond or maybe even vanilla tea. This is definitely a morpher the almond scent fades off pretty quickly and the perfume turns sugary and spicy. I warm it up on my skin and the honey comes back with a little bit of a waxy hint to it now. On my skin, something musky comes out. It is really sexy. It’s strong but not in your face strong.
This one absolutely translates to a full-size bottle for me, I have no doubt about that one. I love honey perfumes and the fact that this pulls musky on me which is one of my favorite things in perfume.
After 4+ hours of wear time this turns into this deep, sexy, musky honey perfume. It’s still strong and not cloying but it wafts gently in the air as I turn the page of the book I’m reading.
The husband says it smells like incense. (I think his nose is broken, but you know we all interpret things differently which is why I love perfume so much.)