Just like with Twisted Wonderland Perfumery I met Daisy the owner of Spectral Spirits on the Facebook group Indie Perfume Lovers. Quite a few months ago Daisy began teasing us with her upcoming brand Spectral Spirits. Little product shots here and there. I kept up with her posts and got more and more excited the more she teased us. We had talked a little bit in April of this year about me doing a review on some products once she was ready and had put the final touches on everything. So with that said, these products were received for free for me to preview the brand and do an honest review. All thoughts are my own and I am always 100% honest. This post contains NO affiliate links or moneymaking ads.
As of today Spectral Spirits isn’t open but they are hoping to be open by the beginning of next week once all the websites finishing touches are complete. A little birdy told me she might be offering a coupon for her opening, so keep an eye out here and my Instagram @PacificRedhead and I’ll update you.
I asked Daisy if we could do a little interview so ya’ll could get to know her and her vision for the brand a little better before her opening. She is an absolute pleasure to talk to and certainly has a lot of passion for her brand and for making the best scents possible. So check it out and keep scrolling afterward to read the reviews and first impressions on the products she sent me!
1] Tell me a little about yourself. I never quite know what to say about myself. My name is Daisy. I’m the creator and nose behind Spectral Spirits. I am originally from Minnesota. I love to sculpt, and I try to incorporate that as much as I can into my brand. I’m a huge animal lover as well, and have a couple of fur babies that wander around the house.
2] What was your inspiration for Spectral Spirits? I really wanted something fun that I could showcase more than scents. I enjoy folklore and supernatural influences. Spectral Spirits is inspired a lot by that. I felt there were endless amounts of creative expression in both the scents that I create and the art that I produce since my pieces tend to lean a bit darker than more traditional themes.
3] Are your products cruelty-free/vegan? If so, was that something important for you? They are actually. All of our products are both vegan and cruelty free. As far as perfumes go, I felt it was extremely important to produce vegan products. I work with synthetic musks and beeswax/honey notes. I actually contact all of my suppliers before I place an initial order with a new company to make sure the ingredients I’m buying are sourced ethically and cruelty free.
4] What is your favorite scent out of your catalog right now and why? Ooh, that’s a tough one. I’ve been using Nirvana hair oil so I have that on my hands in the mornings. It’s so sharp and crisp and sort of sweet and green. I just love it.
5] How would you describe Spectral Spirits in one paragraph or less? Our logo is “Where olfactory meets art.” It really is the simplest description you can get, yet also describes us perfectly. Every product we currently offer is scent related from the lip gloss right down to the jewelry, which are essentially perfume accessories.
6] What is your personal favorite perfume, from your collection or another brand? My all time favorite fragrance is Tom Ford’s Grey Vetiver. I’d like to say I make my husband wear it, but he likes it just as much as I do I think. As far as Spectral Spirits, I’d have to say Clairvoyance. It’s a really delicate floral scent, which is rare to find in perfumes that are white floral based.
7] What 5 scents from your collection do you think would give people the most well rounded view of your brand?
- Another Day Older: This is a scent that is used in several of our products so you can smell it in so many different forms. This one smells like you wadded up a big ball of birthday party and flung it in someone’s face.
- Cerberus: This is a little more grown up gourmand/oriental that’s also in multiple products. I really feel it’s important to have a variety of products you can get with the same scent. It’s vanilla based with dark amber and spices.
- Mermaid: This is the more cheery of our aquatic scents. It’s refreshing and wet with hints of citrus and florals.
- Jezebel: This is sort of a favorite of mine. It’s very playful and fun. A youthful scent that’s still really feminine. It’s a sexy grown up pink lemonade.
- Dryad: This is one of our forest scents. I love this one because it’s masculine leaning while still being unisex.
8] As someone who makes perfumes what is your favorite ingredient to work with? In general, I love working with resins. I love how thick they are and the bold aroma they add to fragrance. There’s so much variety in them, but they all tend to be earthy even when they’re sweet. I can’t get enough of them.
Now, onto the products! Daisy was kind enough to send me 5 perfume samples, a solid perfume sample, 2 wax melts, 1 5ml perfume, a lip scrub, a lip balm, acid bath (bath bomb), sea suds, 2 butter bombs, and dusting powder.
I’m going to do a review of the perfume before I go into initial impressions of the other products. Please note I will come back and update for the bath bombs, soak, wax melts what they are like in use.
Daisy was kind enough to send a variety of scents so I could get an good idea of her catalog while avoiding my one death note lavender.
Let’s get to it shall we. Please remember my results are my own with any of these products. I do not guarantee the same results for you. Everyones skin chemistry is different and can play with ingredients in their own unique way.
Soothsayer Nag Champa, Dragon’s Blood, Labdanum, Black Patchouli, Black Amber, Frankincense, Aromatic Spices, Ritual Smoke, Musk
I am ALLLL about this one guys. It is spicy incensey goodness. If you like incense scents than dang girl this is going to be for you. It’s warm, a little peppery, smoky while still wet on my skin. Without even know what the notes are the Nag Champa and Dragon’s Blood dominate my nose. As a huge fan of both, I love this. Dried down and warmed up by my skin chemistry a warm spiciness emerges. It’s a little smokier and something slightly animalistic. I must say this is one of the better Nag Champa notes I’ve smelled. This one has definitely earned an upgrade to 5ml bottle status. It doesn’t cling to close to the skin which I like. It lasted a good 4-5 hours on my skin.
Mermaid Sea Kelp, Driftwood, Salty Air, Cucumber, Citric Musk, Blonde Amber, Deteriorating Wood, Orris Root, Ambergris, Leather, Salty Air, Damp Waterfront
I don’t think mermaid was meant to be my friend. I always get disappointed when a perfume doesn’t agree with me. I get a stronger scent in bottle and its a very light melony scent. On my skin it just turns into bathroom soap with a hint of something salty. Dried down on my skin it goes a little citrusy but still predominately that melon scent. Aquatic perfumes do tend to smell soapy on me which is why I don’t own any in my collection. If you like light, airy, melon perfumes this would be for you. I will most likely use this in my essential oil diffuser since I hate when things go to waste.
Clairvoyance Meyer Lemon, Unripe Lemon, Green Citrus Skin, Narcotic Blossoms, Rosewood, White Flower Petals, Pale Wood, Lemon Blossoms, Blonde Amber
Fresh green citrus with light florals is what I immediately get in vial. On my skin, the bright green bursts into my nose filled with a lemony scent. The floral scent becomes fairly clear and rosy and something a little like a gardenia. Slightly woody and warm this is a very girly light floral scent. It isn’t something I would normally chose for myself and I like that. I’m not sure if I can see myself wearing this again I will most likely use it in my diffuser. I do like it but it isn’t something I would reach for. If you like girly white florals with a little bit of citrus and fresh green this is for you.
Gargoyle Anise, Bergamot, Black Amber, Arabian Sandalwood, Blackened Tonka Beans, Vanilla Blossoms, Musk
In bottle, musky black licorice with something bright and sweet lingering behind. On my skin it’s a little peppery but still licorice which means to me mostly likely anise. Something bright and citrusy comes out as I rub my arms together to warm it on my skin. As it settles I get a sweet warm note that intertwines with the citrus and anise notes. A little bit of something soft and woody settles in. I’m pretty fond of this one it works very well with my skin chemistry and is quite beautiful. It just might earn a 5ml bottle conversion as well.
Cerberus (5ml) Brown Sugar, Aromatic Spices, Madagascar Vanilla, Dark Musk, Black Amber
Without a doubt brown sugar and vanilla in bottle. It’s warm and sweet and very much a gourmand. It kind of reminds me of a brown sugar poptart fresh from the toaster. On my skin while still wet it’s sweet rich vanilla with a molasses undertone. Rich and vibrant. As it dries it stays a very rich vanilla with a warmness seeping around the edges. I’m glad this is the one she chose as my 5ml bottle because while it is simple it is very lovely and fits what I like in a vanilla based gourmand. It almost as it dries down smells a little like rootbeer or a really good birchbeer.
Stretched and Bruised, Ripened Bananas, Salt Water Taffy, Sugar Icing, Butter Cookies
Sugary and salty candy it smells exactly like banana laffy taffy topping a crazy kind of cupcake. It is funny to me that such a happy sweet scent is in this creepy baby faced container. I love the container for these.
Final Thoughts: All in all I really like the perfumes I was scent even the two I wasn’t the biggest fan of on me will still be lovely in my diffuser as a home fragrance. Longevity on all of these on my skin chemistry was at least 4 hours. Cerberus I applied on a section of my arm I had just moisturized so it lasted 6 hours. I will definitely try more perfumes from Spectral Spirits in the coming months.
Normally, I would list pricing info here but with her not being open yet I’ll update this information later.
Yay! You made it though the perfume reviews! Keep reading I’m going to go over the other products I was sent.
Keep in mind, I have not gotten to use these items in the bath yet. I am just going to go over the basic scents and initial impressions of the product. I will update all of my reviews with usage. I want to use them 2-3 times before I formulate opinions on the bath products, it is important to me to use things throughly.
Dusting Powder, is a shimmery after bath powder. I have not used this after a bath yet but I applied some to the back of my hand and it does add a light natural shimmer to your skin once rubbed in. It has a very subtle scent and a little smoothing effect on the back of my hand. I received this in the scent Nirvana which is Bamboo, Green Tea, Yuzu, Pale Woods, Vetiver, Cucumber Peels, Freshly Trimmed Wheat Grass.
Sea Suds, are a bubble dead sea salts. Slightly less solid than a bath bomb it crumbles when you break it up in the container. Depending on how bubbly you like your water you can get 2-3 baths out of a container. I received this in the scent Another Day Older which is birthday cake, buttercream frosting, cake batter ice cream, strawberry glace, cardamon dusted pistachios, cream cheese frosting, and lemon cream cake. I don’t get to much of the fragrance from the Sea Salts and do wish I would get a little bit more but this is me smelling it dry in the container. I do still need to use this in a bath with some piping hot water in order to get more accurate thoughts on the scent. I will be updating this and all the bath product reviews as I do get to try them more throughly.
Acid Bath is an extremely pigmented bath bomb. Daisy told me, it won’t stain your tub but the color does stick to any soap scum that may already be in the tub. A quick rinse and it is right as rain. I got this in the scent Grimberry, it is sweet buttery muffins, candied blueberries, meyer lemon zest, sugar crystals. In the container Grimberry smells like very lemony blueberries. I’m so curious to see how crazy this makes my bath! I’m probably going to try this one later. I’m going to break it in half so I can get two uses out of it.
I got three Wax Melts in Sunlit Twist, Grimberry and Ectoplasm. These come in 1oz containers. I would say you could get two uses out of each with cutting the melt in half.
Sunlit Twist, Yuzu, Sweet Orange, Meyer Lemon, Tangerine.
Sweet orangy citrus. It is very fresh and juicy smelling.
Grimberry, sweet buttery muffins, candied blueberries, meyer lemon zest, sugar crystals.
Sugary blueberry is a lot richer in this wax melt than it is in the dry bath bomb.
Ectoplasm, Bamboo, Aloe Vera, Freshly Laundered Sheets, Yellow Pear, Green Tea, Vetiver, Spanish Moss. Ectoplasm is very light and relaxing. I got this package at the perfect time because I got a new skeleton man wax melter.
All of these tarts have good throw as far as my living room area goes which is what I’m looking for. It isn’t overwhelming or too heady and it doesn’t fill my whole apartment just my immediate area which is what I want.
I got butter bombs in Infected Bramble and Cerberus. These smell amazing! I cannot wait to use these. The scent translates very well to them in solid state. I feel like I’m just going to want Cerberus in all the things.
Infected Bramble is Bulgariann Rose, Moroccan Cedarwood and Allspice.
Cerberus is Brown Sugar, Aromatic Spices, Madagascar Vanilla, Dark Musk, Black Amber,
Last two products!
My last two products from Spectral Spirits are a Lip Scrub and a Lip Balm. They are flavored in All Nighter which is Fresh brewed Coffee with a touch of cream, sugar and spice.
I really like the Lip Scrub, I am fond of it being in a tube for on the go application before I put on lip balm or a liquid lipstick. It moisturizes while also removing dead skin from my lips. It isn’t too rough with small little pumice like scrubbies in it.
The Lip Balm is very rich and similar in texture and moisturizing quality to my favorite from Epically Epic Soaps. It has a light smell and flavor but nothing too crazy. It doesn’t leave my lips feeling greasy or overly moisturized.
All right! That is all for today folks. I hope you enjoyed the interview and your introduction to Spectral Spirits. I’m excited to try more from this new brand and I hope this post got you jazzed as well. I will be updating this post with usage of products with some more in-depth thoughts.