About a week ago, I placed an order with Brambleberry so that I could refill my stock of cocoa, shea, and mango butters. Of course, when shopping at Brambleberry, I can never just stick to my list of items. A few fragrances and other goodies usually “accidentally” fall into my shopping basket as well.
I have only tried fragrances from a few vendors, but whenever I do, I always come back to the Brambleberry fragrances. I have mixed results with fragrances I have tried from other companies such as discoloration, seizing, overheating, ricing and so forth. I have only had a couple of Brambleberry fragrances do that to me and it was probably my fault for getting a little to adventurous with my recipes and using floral fragrances at the same time.
I am probably crazy, but with other fragrances from the other companies, I can smell some sort of background “funk” in them. Maybe not when they are fresh and new, but after a little time has passed, or after I make them into soap. It must be some sort of musk or base note that they use that Brambleberry doesn’t. Anyhow, most of the Brambleberry fragrances I have not had a hard time with. There are a couple that have given me a headache, such as Green Fig and Fresh Snow, but for the most part, the others haven’t bothered me at all.
Well, back to my train of thought… this time I ordered a few new fragrances and thought I would share my impressions.
- Free Sample – Fruity Fusion – Smells a lot like fruit loops. Might make a fun bath bomb or kid soap. It might be a good replacement for “Monkey Farts” types of fragrances.
- Blueberry Jam – it does smell just like blueberry jam. Spot on! It is kind of sweet smelling, but it will make really nice lotion, soap, shampoo bars, conditioner, bath bombs or just about anything else.
- Green Smoothie – i had actually gotten a free sample of this a while ago and used it to make bath bombs. I enjoyed it so much that I kept the empty bottle around just so I could smell it once in a while and remember to order some. It smells fruity and fresh and green. Green smoothie is a good name for it!
But the big surprise was with Vanilla Vanilla Cybilla. I was looking for a mellower vanilla fragrance than Vanilla Select. I think Vanilla Select smells a bit like vanilla pipe tobacco. I found it overpowering and couldn’t tolerate it, but I really want to make some vanilla scented products. So I took a chance with the Vanilla Vanilla Cybilla.
I was expecting more of a vanilla extract or vanilla bean sort of scent. Boy was I surprised when I sniffed it and was transported back through time to the mid 1990s when I used to wear Vanilla Fields perfume. To me, it smells identical to Vanilla Fields!
Now that is a good and a bad thing. The good thing is I quite enjoy time travel, and I used to really enjoy this fragrance. It brought back memories of younger days. The bad thing is that I can’t tolerate musk and I think I smell white musk or something in it. The product description didn’t say anything about musk or I would have avoided it. Vanilla Fields did have musk in it – my intolerance to musk didn’t start until several years ago.
It’s not that I don’t like the fragrance, I really do – it’s lovely! But I am afraid it will get in my sinuses and cause a migraine. Too bad because it would be so lovely in a product. Maybe I will put it aside and come back to it one day when I can open some windows and let in some fresh air while working with it. If not, then I know some crafty girls who would like a gift. 🙂
If you loved Vanilla Fields perfume, you will definitely love Vanilla, Vanilla Cybilla from Brambleberry! It will discolor to a dark brown, but for a vanilla fragrance, that is to be expected.
If anyone has a suggestion for a good sweet vanilla bean type fragrance with no musk in it, I would love to hear about it. My vanilla search continues. I have dreams of vanilla bath and body products if the perfect vanilla ever comes along.