Our first-ever duplication of a fragrance from the venerable (and extremely pricey) House of Creed. This fine men's fragrance begins with a sprig of Dublin ivy, joined with green notes of verbena and violet leaves. Woody, balsamic Mysore cardamom creates a sweet-spicy middle, winding down to a well-defined, smooth bottom of sandalwood and amber. Bottom line: A truly accurate re-creation of the VERY upscale, very green real thing, and guaranteed to turn any man into a bare-chested Riverdance-type hottie (and by "guaranteed," I of course mean "vaguely implied," my lawyer tells me). Flashpoint: 190º F.
In a league of its own -- strong and amazingly true. Don't be disheartened by other Green Tea fragrances, which may be pleasant enough but not particularly tea-like. PERSONAL ANECDOTAL SIDE NOTE: When we introduced this fragrance four years ago, we actually had to twist people's arms to get them to try it. "Who wants to smell like TEA??" they asked. Now Green Tea is all the rage, and if we do say so ourselves, our Green Tea fragrance is the best in the business. Flashpoint: >200º F.
Here's a simple but wonderful blend using our Green Tea fragrance:
3 parts Sweet Cakes Green Tea Fragrance
1 part Sweet Cakes Osmanthus Fragrance
This blend is outstandingly fresh and versatile. Whether you want an upscale "high-end" fragrance feel or a more natural, tie-dye and macramé feel, China Tea is a chameleon! And talk about "WOW!" in the bath and shower -- Candlemakers might want to use 2 parts of Osmanthus, due to a change in the blend's balance when burning. We also highly recommend China Tea as a scent for our shampoo and shower gel, as it comes alive under the hot water!
Juicy and tropical as all get-out! Our wonderfully fruity guava is strong and true. Great on its own, or try blending it with our Mandarin Orange, Coconut, Pineapple, or Mango fragrances for fruit smoothie soap, shampoo, candles, etc. Flashpoint: >200º F.
A scent that smells like a meadowful of wildflowers -- green and fresh. Often used to scent authentic Irish soaps. BLENDING TIPS: Nice with lavender and lemon, or China Rain. Combine it with our Aloe Vera fragrance for an Irish Spring-type blend. Flashpoint: 180º F.
Here's the backstory: Whilst shopping at a fancy-schmancy department store, several Hermes samples were very kindly included with my purchase. Upon returning home and going through the bag, what to my wondering nostrils did appear but the most intriguing, the most beguiling, the most likable scent that I had stumbled upon in years and years? I tore through the samples, unstoppering each to see which was responsible for the aroma that had me swooning. It was Eau des Merveilles, and I think our re-creation is every bit as good as the real thing.
Eau des Merveilles is unusual in that the perfumers who created it purposely built it upside-down, so that bottom notes would be the top notes. Thus the fragrance opens with woody notes of vetiver, oak, and cedar, which quickly lead to a sweet, sultry middle of ambergris, with lemon, orange, elemi, and pink pepper in the finish. The lack of floral notes in the blend -- while being interesting, and unusual -- also makes the scent unisex for those who have a metrosexual bent.
Why the Hermes original version of this scent isn't on every neck and wrist in the free world is beyond me -- yes, it's that good. Our re-creation isn't cheap (although it's much cheaper than the "real thing"), but it's well worth the price -- if you can even put a price on transporting yourself to a nirvana of gorgeous, mind-bending scent!
Flashpoint: 186º F.
Summer in a bottle! This hothouse flower is captured beautifully in a blend that begins with fruity top notes of apple, black currant, lime, and bergamot, leading to a heady floral middle of jasmine and rose, with a warm, sexy drydown of white musk, amber, and sandalwood. Strong and true, even after curing in cold-process soap!
Flashpoint: >200º F.
Hibiscus is one of my new favorite florals; here's a fresh, clean blend we created using it:
Day at the Spa
1 part Sweet Cakes Sapmoss (type) Fragrance
1 part Sweet Cakes Hibiscus Fragrance
Ooh la la, a day at the spa! This blend takes an already great fragrance (Sapmoss) and kicks it up a notch! "A Day at the Spa" is actually quite unisex, and is so delicious in our shampoo and shower gel that it could give the 'organic experience' a run for its money!
Strong and stable, which is a rarity among honey fragrances. Great on its own, but eminently suited to blending -- try mixing it with other fragrances we offer to produce Honey Vanilla, Honey and Lemon, Honey and Orange Blossom, etc. BOTTOM LINE: Most honey fragrances simply vanish in soap, but this one's been fortified and is quite tenacious. Flashpoint: >200º F.
This strong, sweet, fresh floral smells like a field of wildflowers on a breezy spring day. Holds up quite well in soap. BLENDING TIP: Combine Honeysuckle with Rose Petals fragrance oil and just a touch of patchouli essential oil for a "Honeysuckle Rose" blend. Flashpoint: 190º F.
Our best-selling honeysuckle!
A fresh, likable blend that begins with sweet honeysuckle petals and crisp green grass. Jasmine, musk, sweet mandarin, green rose, and earthy leaf notes complete the fragrance. BOTTOM LINE: Despite all the other notes listed above, many of our Southern customers tell us that this smells exactly like wild honeysuckle flowers to them. ADDITIONAL NOTE: A big snootful of Honeysuckle Hollow wafted past me in the warehouse the other day, and I was struck anew by its excellence -- it's the perfect combination of sweet, floral honeysuckle and a dizzying array of complementary notes. Highly recommended! Flashpoint: 186º F.
At long last -- our most-requested fragrance duplication!
The exclusive, over-the-top Hotel Costes is located in the heart of Paris, and their house perfume -- in its deep red bottle with chunky glass stopper -- became an immediate cult classic upon its introduction in 2004. We received more requests to duplicate this super-complex, super-chic fragrance than any other. It took six months of tinkering and refining, but at long last, we're delighted to offer you our interpretation of this stunning blend (and if you've never smelled the real thing, you're in for an amazing treat!).
Our blend opens with spicy green top notes of natural cypress, basil, cardamom, lemon, nutmeg, black pepper, and cinnamon oil. The top notes give way to a spicy floral middle of rose and jasmine along with essential oils of lavender and clove bud. The bottom notes of this fragrance -- which create an amazing accord that lasts and lasts -- consist of essential oils of sandalwood, cedarwood, and patchouli, sweetened with a bit of synthetic musk.
This fragrance is truly unique -- it's almost like three fragrances in one as a medley of bright, green essential oils give way to an irresistible spice blend, which then leads to a long-lived, soapy clean, woodsy drydown. Stays stunning and true in cold-process soap!
Flashpoint: >200º F.
Hyacinth is a fresh, white, clean, intense floral, and the quintessential scent of spring. After extensive searching and testing, this is the ONLY hyacinth fragrance we ever got our hands on that didn't mutate most hideously in cold-process soap -- this one stays true and strong. A delight in soaps, candles, and toiletries; delivers an almost unparalleled bang for the buck. PERSONAL NOTE: After buying many hyacinth plants that quickly drooped and died, now I don't bother -- a couple drops of Hyacinth fragrance on a cotton ball or vintage handkerchief and my powder room, guest room, and kitchen smell like a veritable greenhouse in April. Flashpoint: 162º F.
While Hyacinth is outstanding on its own, it's also a terrific blender; here it plays a key part in a blend that we call "not your grandmother's rose fragrance":
4 parts Sweet Cakes True Rose Fragrance
2 parts Sweet Cakes Lavender Breeze Fragrance
1 part Sweet Cakes Hyacinth Fragrance
This blend is fresh and new, yet it has a romantic charm. It has the time-tested fragrance of roses, yet is loved by people who usually don't care for rose fragrances. And Hyacinth will brighten up any floral blend. This Elizabethan Rose blend will transport you into a summer garden on a warm breezy night. If you'd like to substitute a different rose scent, you can use 5 parts Sweet Cakes Rose Petals, or 3 parts Sweet Cakes Red Rose.