Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2nd Day of Christmas -- Sarawen Perfume Art Review + Giveaway


Sarawen is an absolutely lovely shop full of perfumes-- but not just any perfumes, my dear! GEEKY perfumes!

As she says in her shop's description: "Unique perfume oils inspired by all things Literary, Magical, Historical, Gothic, and Geeky!"

Sara names each unique blend after characters and places that will make a bibliophile die of happiness. There are scents inspired by Sherlock Holmes, The Lord of the Rings, Greek mythology, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Peter Pan, traditional fairytales like Snow White, Harry Potter, Jane Eyre, and many, many more!

She's even got some Christmas-y perfumes up for a limited time.

The best part is that these perfumes are not only hand-blended, geeky, original, and beautifully scented, but they are affordable, too! Her perfumes are vegan, too(I know a few people who would be really excited to hear this).

A few months ago, I placed an order for several tiny perfumes samples and won a few more in a giveaway shortly thereafter (the first giveaway I'd ever won!). I am thoroughly impressed and thought I'd share a review of Sara's work before telling you more about the giveaway!


The package arrived all the way from Canada-- I'll admit that I was a little excited to see French on the package. I think that international packages are so much fun (even though they cost more... I always love mailing my jewelry internationally because then, even thought I can't travel there, something I've made is being enjoyed in another country!).


The packaging was so pretty that I just had to snap some pictures!


Here's my lovely haul! I simply couldn't pick, so I asked for random samples being sure to include at least one of the Elf inspired scents.

The samples came in miniature glass vials, which are cute (who doesn't love small things?) but I do have to be careful to store them upright because I had one leak a couple of drops when I left it on its side for a couple of days accidentally.



It's also a bit difficult to pop off the cap without risking the contents getting shaken out. Of course, it's just samples (there are very nice containers for regular sizes), but I was excited to see Sara post on facebook that she has new bottles for samples.

(image via)


Now, I have to admit that I am not a perfume connoisseur. I've always used my mother's, or just some body spray. But now I'm in love with picking out perfumes to put on each day. Scents are very difficult to describe, but I shall do my best!

This is probably my favorite of them all:

ELF OF THE GOLDEN WOOD
Fresh, lively lemon blossoms blended with the soft, yet woodsy note of vetiver, with a hint of underlying musk. Strolling through the Golden Wood, the scent of honeyed bread wafts by, perfuming the pure air with its sweetness.
This is a Lord of the Rings fragrance inspired by the character of Haldir! This is a balanced unisex blend, perfect for all elven lads and lasses.



I don't know what kind of magic
perfume-making skills Sara has, but she somehow bottled up the smell of the summer woods in my backyard.


Seriously. It's a sweet scent at first (almost like the musk of blossoming honeysuckle bushes, but not as flowery) but underneath it is a faint crispy tang, like honey lemon tea or Pink Lady apples.

I may be the only one crazy enough to think this... but it's a mix of peridot green and midsummer-sun yellow. (Tell me I'm not crazy for sometimes comparing random things to colors).


Elf Princess -- Lavandar and Rose

This one is lovely and a runner-up for favorite scent! It's a girly, floral scent but also a little bit tangy and wild.

And it's inspired by Luthien and Arwen!!!!







Logical Deduction is probably my least favorite, but that doesn't mean I dislike it! It's a unisex scent, but to me it seems very masculine. It definitely has a hint of tobacco lurking in there, which is why I think I don't like it as much even though there is a richer, sophisticated smell above the tobacco. The sense of smell is closely related to memory, I've been told, and the tobacco make me think of the weird texture in the air at my grandparents' house back before Papa stopped smoking.


Elven Prince is another one of my favorites, even though it's supposed to be for guys! It's a fresh and earthly scent, almost like freshly mown grass. Definitely a lot of lemon! (I just love citrus smells).
This one is really hard to describe because I just keep thinking about a really lovely lemon yellow and can't think of words. It just smells yummy yellow, okay peeps???



I seriously can't think of anything but that this reminds me very strongly of my grandma's perfume. It's not the same, but so similar... Very violet-y. I like.

According to the description it is inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
Elf King is a very nice scent, a little like "Golden Wood" and "Elf Prince"-- an earthy scent. It reminds me of the woods at dusk. Although I can tell it is not as girly I still wear it because I love it. ^_^

Lionheart is one that I enjoy but don't wear much because, like Logical Deduction, it's definitely a more masculine scent. It's a lurking smells that I can't explain, a bit like honey or incense.

(The description says spice and sandalwood!)



Elf QueenGUYS! This is an elixir of petrichor!
For those of you who aren't Doctor Who geeks, "petrichor" is the word for "the smell of dust after rain."

This is an almost fierce, earthy smell that literally smells like our neighbor's hayfield on those gloriously gloomy, purple-gray days of contant rain.

It is "powerful yet sweet" with "notes of vanilla cream, honey, jasmine, and patchouli."

I love the quote that is in the description for this listing:


"... and they were grave and beautiful. They were clad wholly in white; and the hair of the Lady was of deep gold ... but no sign of age was upon them, unless it were in the depths of their eyes; for these were keen as lances in the starlight, and yet profound, the wells of deep memory." ~ The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien 
The Baker's Boy is a really cool perfume inspired by Peeta from The Hunger Games. It's sweet in a fruity way, and after that initial impression, it smells a lot like cake or pancakes! The foodie in me is happy. :)


Lol, how's that for a very long post? Can you tell I was having fun attempting to describe smells? And yet after all this you're bound to not be able to imagine the scents very well at all. 

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Sarawen is giving away a 3-piece Middle Earth Sampler Set to one lucky reader of my blog!


You'll get to choose from:
~ Misty Journeys ~ Elf of the Golden Wood ~ Elf King ~ Elf Princess ~ Elf Queen ~ Elven Prince

How cool is that? Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway! Happy 2nd Day of Christmas and many thanks to Sarawen for joining in the festivities!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

103 comments:

Vicki said...

I have the elven princess perfume and I love it! The elf queen one also sounds lovely!

Una Mariah said...

Oohh, looks amazing! Fantasy inspired perfumes!!!!

Resterwen said...

What a choice! Probably elven princess or queen - or maybe the golden wood one... not into traditional scents much; my favorites would be unique ones. :)

KatySue Pillsbury said...

Oh my word, how exciting, I LOVE perfume!

Jessica Greyson said...

Oh this looks lovely!!! Hmmm I suddenly want to try fallen angel...it just sound like it would smell awesome...

Camryn said...

Ooh! Magical perfumes! How can I pick just one? I like the sound of Girl on Fire and Ambrosia.

Victoria said...

Fallen Angel sounds really interesting, but I'm in love with all of them! I love the whole concept of creating scents inspired by favorite tales!

vamcd89@gmail.com

Laura said...

Geeky perfume! This is a marvelous idea. I love reading the descriptions for all her different scents! :)

Laura said...

Oh, and her Artemis perfume looks delicious. :)

Faye Moffatt said...

Without being able to smell the perfumes, i'd say ELF PRINCESS Perfume Oil 10ml - Lavender & Rose - Lord of the Rings inspired would be my favourite, the name just appeals to me!

Trinity said...

Also without being able to smell them, I'd guess A Stark Winter, or Artemis... :)

Katherine Sophia said...

Oooh... so hard to pick one... I think the Elf Queen one sounds amazing, though The Baker's Boy sounds like it smells really good too... :D

Beetique said...

I'd like to try the Elf of the Golden Wood.

Mary said...

Oh.My.Goodness. This is just too wonderful! How am I supposed to choose??? Elf of the Golden Wood sounds wonderful, since I love honeysuckle and outdoors-y smells, but Elf Queen sounds lovely too!

Peter Migz said...

It was very creative and impressive invasion. Nice.
legalherbalonline

Naomi said...

My favorite must be the elf princess lavender and rose one!

Carrots said...

I've been stalking her blog for probably a year now, but have yet to purchase any perfumes--partially because I'm broke, but partially because I just can't decide which one I want! I think I most want to try the Middle Earth ones, but just reading the description of almost all of them makes my heart pitter-patter with nerdy happiness. And oh my goodness, petrichor! I was leaning towards Elf Princess, but maybe I'll have to upgrade that to Queen.

Elizabeth said...

The Harry Potter names sound so creative. I am so happy that there is a perfume store out there that does book themed perfumes. It is perfect for all Geeks out there. :)

gnomy gnome said...

What an amazing idea! So much creativity and awesomeness :D
My fav is "scandal in London".

http://www.etsy.com/listing/98193179/scandal-in-london-victorian-perfume-oil

Anonymous said...

I wish I could smell all of them. However, from the descriptions, I think that the Eye of Ra is my favorite.

Charity U said...

I'd like to try to the Misty Journeys one...it sounds interesting!

Laura Athena said...

I would LOVE to try "Elf Queen" and "Athena" especially, as they sound like they describe my personality - so I think my favourite item for sale would be the Perfume set of 2 with 55% of proceedings going to Animals Asia.

Kristen said...

I love her Girl on Fire! Also fond of Misty Journeys.
hearpere @ yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

Elf Queen and Misty Journeys both look fantastic!

Jolene Brown said...

I found Sarawen through Fragrantica and have the Supernatural sample set; they are fantastic. Thank you for the chance to sample more of her work.

Nessíma Tavariel said...

So hard to tell without smelling them, but probably Elf Queen.

ne-knopka said...

i like BEER N BUTTER Perfume Oil - Harry Potter inspired

Natasha Areena said...

My favorite is Elf of the Golden Wood because it is your favorite. Hahah. Thank you :)

Eowyn said...

I would love to try the ELF PRINCESS Perfume Oil.

the little schremlin said...

'elf' princess sounds lovely! i love rose and lavender :)

Laura said...

Ohh, I love the sounds of the Absinthe Noir. It just sounds like a lovely blend of fragrances.

Grace L said...

Oohhh!

My favorite item to try would be this one ELF PRINCESS Perfume Oil 10ml - Lavender & Rose - Lord of the Rings inspired!

It sounds wonderful!

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I think this perfume sounds nice:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/69728577/vanilla-vamp-perfume-oil-sample

logansmommy0611 said...

queen of the seas perfume

hybridkarma said...

I think I'd love A STARK WINTER Game of Thrones inspired Perfume Oil - Leather, Cedarwood, Benzoin

Alessandra Lalla said...

I like http://www.etsy.com/listing/98193179/scandal-in-london-victorian-perfume-oil

eclairre said...

I'd like to try to the Misty Journeys one.

Solarride Rivernik said...

Cool! I love the LOGICAL DEDUCTION Perfume Oil Sample - Sherlock Holmes inspired
<3

Ifada Putri said...

I'd heart to try Elven Prince and Cleopatra ^^

Despina said...

MINA Vampire Perfume Oil sounds fantastic!!

DESPINA
deb_oro@yahoo.gr

Joanna-Gloria said...

MINA must be amazing...

Gloria-Joanna, yana_ven@yahoo.gr

Shooting Stars Mag said...

cute shop! i love this-

http://www.etsy.com/listing/81805329/potion-master-perfume-oil-harry-potter


lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Wicked Karma Jewelry said...

Wayyy too hard to decide!! I love the Middle Earth and Game of Thrones ones!!!!! Would love to win so I can smell them!!!! =D
Faved your shop!

jackeline said...

How adorable these names!! I like Cake or Death...yummy.

Anne W said...

The Vanilla Vamp sounds like it would smell really good.

chris0855 said...

I would like Georgina Victorina Perfume Oil sounds good!

liz said...

Cant wait try this one http://www.etsy.com/listing/72386546/ravish-burlesque-perfume-oil-raspberry

Jolene Duran said...

I think the Game of Thrones ones sound awesome. Especially A Stark Winter

Elle S. said...

like the sound of the Lionheart Oil and the Mayfair Solid perfume!
Elle

sadie santi said...

I like the Elven Princess one!

Lis said...

Even though GIRL ON FIRE is pretty hot now, there's nothing like the classic CLEOPATRA.
the_outsider01AThotmailDOTcom

kitty_wench said...

It's so hard to choose but I'd probably pick "A STARK WINTER".

flyinghearts said...

Would absolutely LOVE to try this one- http://www.etsy.com/listing/106414809/the-rose-knight-dragon-age-alistair

Thanks :)

debbie said...

I would like the shapeshift perfume oil.

Veronika said...

ELF PRINCESS Perfume Oil must be amazing.

Jasanna Czellar said...

Phoenix in Winter sounds great!

Meleakua said...

i would love to try ambrosia! it sounds delectable! :) thanks for the giveaway!!
puddle_of_light at yahoo dot com

Dovile said...

ATHENA Perfume Oil definitely sounds like something I'd like to try!

MON!QUE said...

My favourite is Beer N' Butter!!

rachel said...

I like the Mayfair solid perfume.

taletrader said...

I like the Blood and Fire perfume. I am a huge Game of Thrones fan and the perfume sounds right up my alley!

chelseawoodring at hotmail dot com

Diana said...

Oh. My. Freaking. Goodness! There are so many yummy flavors! (i mean scents!) The two Hunger Games ones stand out to me as well as the Yuletide at Baker's Street, but so many other ones sounded lovely as well! Like Artemis (which is the Greek alternate for my name).
Wonderful!
ladyofnarnia(at)yahoo(dot)com

Maegan Morin said...

I would like to try the Ravish Burlesque Perfume: http://www.etsy.com/listing/72386546/ravish-burlesque-perfume-oil-raspberry

MoonRae said...

Would love to try Blood & Fire
Thanks for the cool giveaway!!

Sharon
lunrei@yahoo.com

Tabisadelta said...

vanilla vamp sounds good

Diana said...

Queen of the Seas sounds great!

kiddo said...

The Elf Queen sounds awesome. I love anything with patchouli in it.

kiddomsg at gmail dot com

Suzanne Gregg on Rafflecopter.

Meg said...

I liked the Queen of the Seas Dragon Age Perfume Oil.

hvpooly said...

The Queen of the Seas perfume sounds nice

Lydia Crochetaddictuk said...

I would love to try http://www.etsy.com/listing/119252956/dragon-age-inspired-perfume-oil-sampler
(crochet addictcfs)

Hana's Clay said...


i love these : http://www.etsy.com/listing/72382241/mari-victorian-perfume-oil-black-tea

Thankyou for this lovely giveaway! ^^
hana_clay@yahoo.com

Adela Ioana said...

I would love to try the EMPRESS Gothic Perfume Oil - Rose & Spice!

Monica Calangian said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I favorited VICTORIA ROSE Perfume Oil - Sweet Wine & Roses.

Etsy name: Monica Calangian
monica dot calangian at gmail dot com

Jennifer Vance said...

I can't pick just one!lol.These are my favorites.
ELF PRINCESS Lord of the Rings inspired Perfume Oil - Lavender & Rose
FALLEN ANGEL Perfume Oil - Supernatural inspired
MISTY JOURNEYS Perfume Oil - inspired by The Hobbit
BLOOD AND FIRE Game of Thrones inspired Perfume Oil - Dragonsblood, Blood Orange, Cassia
MARI Victorian Perfume Oil - Black Tea & Jasmine

annemarie562000 said...

I like the GEORGINA Victorian Perfume Oil - Peaches & Mint Tea!

annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

aliceinconverse said...

Misty Journey's would be my favorite!

AmbreRose said...

The bakers boy sounds like my scent :) ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

Sherry said...

They all sound interesting. I would like to smell the Empress first.

megan said...

I would love to try the MINA Vampire Perfume Oil - inspired by Dracula

Kendra Gillilan said...

Like the 3 oil sample
Thanks
Kendraco22@yahoo.com

karmakaytlyn said...

I love what I think ELF QUEEN Perfume Oil Lord of the Rings inspired - Vanilla & Jasmine Patchouli would smell like!

yannie said...

Elf Princess sounds really nice and Misty Journeys as well!

Anonymous said...

CLEOPATRA Perfume Oil
rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

Alice Beerland said...

I loved the RAVISH Burlesque Perfume Oil - Raspberry & Chocolate Incense

blew415 said...

I like BEER N BUTTER Harry Potter inspired Perfume

Ashley Morrissey said...

Scandal in London sounds awesome!!

-Ashley Marie Morrissey
ashummz05(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mer said...

I love all the fantasy inspired perfumes! The Game of Thrones ones look really wonderful--I'd like to try the Blood and Fire scent!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥Kat F.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Mina vampire perfume oil.

Kim Wedlock said...

The Dragon Age set! Particularly Morrigan's! :D +15 Approval

Fashion * Reading said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/84933503/yuletide-at-baker-st-perfume-oil

Stephanie said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/81803965/beer-n-butter-perfume-oil-harry-potter

Mary Beth said...

The elf princess perfume sounds lovely!

KarenZ said...

I love the TEA WITH WATSON Perfume Oil - Sherlock Holmes inspired. A close second is Logical Deduction. I'm a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes!

Marija said...

I like the Lady Nightingale perfume oil.

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Amy B said...

love the idea! CAKE OR DEATH Perfume Oil Sample - ButterCream Cake & Amber looks delish!

Shaha said...

love the thief of hearts one.

Valerie said...

I would love to try the Misty Journey's perfume

Gloria Tea said...

This one could be very interesting: http://www.etsy.com/listing/116155652/mayfair-solid-perfume-chocolate-honey

gloriatea at hotmail dot com

Gloria Tea said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Heaventaste said...

I would like to try the "Elf of the Golden Wood" perfume!

heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

Mew said...

My favourite is, and aways has been, Vampire Princess. I just ADORE it!

elaine said...

I would like to try Elf Of The Golden Wood Perfume Oil.

Elaine Rosser
emrosser@shaw.ca

Kara Jeremias said...

These are so EPIC!

Soooo want to try the; BLOOD AND FIRE Game of Thrones inspired Perfume Oil - Dragonsblood, Blood Orange, Cassia.

Got to love me some GoT. <3

Share on Tumblr