wednesday love to you fancy-faces.

katie here.

i change up the fragrances in the household and on my person with every season; nothing more baffling to me than drinking hot apple cider, on a dark winter night, lit aglow by a coconut-mango scented candle, whilst bundled up in a plumeria/jasmine-perfumed cashmere sweater….i’m twitching just setting this undisciplined scene.

as the days grow darker, this time of year calls for a transition to smokier, moodier scents. spice, vanilla, amber, tobacco, pear, white musk, and honey are all top notes i gravitate toward this time of year. but i have to be careful—too heavy a hand and i’m smelling like a bath and body works. these types of rich scents have a tendency to run strong; dosages and ingredients are important.

so far i love sage’s amber perfume. made here in southern california, sage are artisan perfumes based on gemstones. sage perfumes are made from the finest quality essential and perfume oils; they aren’t overpowering or cloying, and they won’t harm your health. sage’s amber is described as the following:

amber: {birthstone for october} a fragrance of singular power and depth. amber is inspired by those golden, light-filled stones formed from the resin of ancient trees. its succulent blood orange top note streams like the sun’s rays through notes of labdanum, tunisian amber and musk. legend states that amber was used by sorcerers and magicians to promote strength, healing and protection. this fragrance is itself an emboldening yet profoundly calming talisman. 

to me, amber is spicy AND sweet, it’s wicked and old-fashioned. it reminds me of my 3rd grade elementary teacher’s estée lauder’ youth dew mixed with something lady gaga boils in her basement. it’s a little granny mixed with teenage angst.

all of sage perfumes are alcohol, phthalates {leigh’s favorite word}, parabens and water free. and of course, they are cruelty-free too.

i also like their topaz; it’s a much heavier, headier fragrance-better for evenings, and it’s really sweet, but not like a gummi bear-sweet. garnet is another spicy/sweet scent i like this time of year; it has patchouli though which i know can be a deal-breaker for some.

sage doesn’t just make dark, smoky perfumes, i wore their moonstone all of  june and july this year; it’s a gorgeous gardenia and paperwhite combo that smells divine during those hot, summer months. and their namesake, sage perfume, is one of the cleanest scents i’ve worn. with cucumber, white sage, and sweet pea, it’s the best spring pick-me-up.

i have to admit though there ARE days when i do reach for my old reliables; my perfumes from years’ past where one spritz can evoke a crazy, college fun-bus ride or fabulous date with hunkiest. they’re not the healthiest but i still will buy my favorites: samsara, stella,  and insolence.and i’ll wear them this time of year, on the weekends and at night so not to disturb my office-mates.

do you change up your perfume with the season? do you have any scents you go back to because of the memory?

wishing you a wednesday of wide open hearts and dreams come true.




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