Fragrance Reviews The Moon & the Stars Around Your Neck: a New Scent and New Lockets from Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery

The Moon & the Stars Around Your Neck: a New Scent and New Lockets from Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery

01/25/16 09:30:16 (8 comments)

by: Jodi Battershell

Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery released its newest scent, The Moon & the Stars, in the last quarter of 2015. Many of the house's fragrances are offered across multiple media (parfum, eau de parfum, crème parfum, body care products) but The Moon & the Stars is available exclusively in the crème parfum format. However, even with the medium settled, additional choices are in order. The Purrfumery offers this gorgeous natural fragrance in a scent locket adorned with a beautiful Victorian-era woman gazing dreamily at the night sky, in small or medium sizes (above). The scent is also available in two crème parfum compacts, with brocade or tiny flower patterns (below), as well as a series of vintage-inspired brass lockets on matching chains (the Swirl Oval locket below is just one of four designs available). 

Vintage-style scent compacts in Brocade and Tiny Flowers designs

I love solid scents and have extolled their virtues in several articles and on multiple threads in our forum. I have a sizable collection of solids and in some cases, I even prefer the solid format of a fragrance to its liquid counterpart. Solids are ideal travel companions that are perfect for the purse or pocket. Solid scents housed in the form of rings, braclets or necklaces that can be worn as beautiful jewelry offer additional appeal, of course. When you need to refresh your fragrance, you're already wearing the means to do so, in an attractive piece of jewelry that complements your ensemble.

Solid scents also deserve consideration for reasons other than practicality and portability. They're perfect for when you want to keep your scent "aura" close to you. If you work in close quarters with a lot of people or work with people who are sensitive to fragrances, you can often fly under the radar with a solid scent and still enjoy your own pleasant aroma. Notes that might be quite loud and overpowering in an alcohol-based format are often tamed by the oils and waxes of a solid. Those oils and waxes are another great thing about solids, too. Their skin-softening properties make every application of a solid perfume feel like a calming mini-ritual of self-care.

Vintage-style Swirl Oval Scent Locket, clasped and unclasped

The Moon & the Stars contains some powerhouse florals—jasmine and tuberose—which dominate this fragrance. Their indoles are still noticeable, for those who appreciate this aspect of white florals (which I do), but they're subdued in this solid format and those who normally find them off-putting will not be distracted by them. Topped with warm cinnamon and red mandarin, these delicate white blossoms are firmly rooted in an earthy base of sandalwood, frankincense and cacao. At once spicy and floral, The Moon & the Stars becomes warmer and woodier as it dries down.

Another feature unique to solids is the opportunity for the medium to contribute to the overall scent experience. In The Moon & the Stars, a balsamy vanilla note is imparted by the vanilla-infused organic jojoba oil. Solid perfumes made with natural beeswax—in this case, from the Purrfumery's very own bees—also have a delicious natural honeyed aspect that is simply not possible in an oil-based or alcohol-based liquid perfume. The consistency of The Moon & the Stars crème parfum is perfect: firm and substantial, but when warmed by a fingertip brushed across its surface, it softens and spreads easily across the back of my wrists and the base of my throat. The sillage is close, as is characteristic of a solid, but the longevity is good, with the base notes still detectable three hours later, at which time I opted to reapply. You really can't overdo this one.

Cat charm necklaces in three sizes, filled with Honey crème parfum

The Purrfumery has long made several of its classic scents available in the crème parfum format, but in 2016, the offering has been expanded with the addition of a new series of lockets. An adorable cat charm necklace (above), inspired by perfumer Laurie Stern's collection of vintage cat-themed Valentines, is available in three sizes and filled with the house's delectable Honey fragrance. (The Honey scent is also available in a romantic heart-shaped charm locket adorned with roses from an 18th-century Flemish painting.)

The house's sexy spicy/floral Songbird perfume is available in a delightful and wholly appropriate pigeon-themed charm necklace. The handsome fellow on the locket, Kingpin, was painted by artist Ashley Dietrich, and all profits from the Songbird scent locket go to the San Francisco Bay Area Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions.

Kingpin portrait charm necklaces, in three sizes, filled with Songbird crème parfum
(Artwork by Ashley Dietrich)

The new scent lockets start at just $24 and are a great way to try a new fragrance from the Purrfumery or carry a beloved scent with you. Like all items from the Purrfumery, they are beautifully packaged in specially designed bags and boxes and would make a wonderful Valentine's gift or a special treat for yourself. Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery is offering free shipping on orders over $50 through February 28, 2016, with code ValentineKitty.

Thank you to Laurie Stern and the Purrfumery for the opportunity to try The Moon & the Stars and share its beauty with our readers! 

All images:  Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery

Jodi Battershell (NebraskaLovesScent or "NLS") is a lifelong Nebraskan who transplanted herself to Philadelphia after a lifetime on the Great Plains. An appreciator of fine fragrances since childhood, she tried her hand at natural perfumery and fragrance-mixing for a number of years, ultimately concluding she was better suited to appreciating the fragrance creations of others. She is pleased to finally be putting her English degree to use as a writer and editor for Fragrantica.com.

 

 



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VelvetKitty
VelvetKitty

Thank you so much Jodi for your lovely words and review! I wanted to add these fun new solid perfumes to make my perfumes available to a younger generation of natural scent lovers. But I am finding that all ages are buying them! I am so happy to be raising some money for my beloved bird rescue too! Hugs! Laurie

Feb
16
2016
Elysia
Elysia

Scarlett.angel, I have Lush solids (Lust, Kerbside Violet and Death and Decay) and also Amouage Lyric woman and Dyptique Do son. Their lasting power is excellent but the sillage is low in general so it's ideal for office or if you don't want to make a statement.
Nice article, these Victorian themed jewels are beautiful.

Jan
26
2016
scarlett.angel
scarlett.angel

Yes I remember the old Avon ones too. Lush does solid perfume too, as do some niche brands. I'm sure you could probably find some on Etsy. I wonder about their lasting power compared to normal perfume though.

Jan
25
2016
lemonzest
lemonzest

What a fun article! Solid perfumes are pretty rare these days. The last solid I had was a tiny metallic and enamel daisy keychain fob filled with a solid of Marc Jacobs Daisy from back in 2008 - it came with a gift set. The eau de parfum is still going strong, but the solid lost its scent really quickly. Not an airtight seal I guess.

Maybe some of you remember back when Avon used to sell solid versions of its scents in pendants...Topaze, Occur!, Cotillion, Here's My Heart, and those old scents from so long ago. I see them in antique stores and at estate sales. I vaguely remember classmates in elementary school who wore solid perfume pendants and bracelets, mostly Avon stuff; I always wanted one. Not now of course...although that one with the pigeon king is just outre enough to be interesting without looking as if it's trying too hard to be quirky.

Jan
25
2016
Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

I don't care for the name The Moon & The Stars since it's pretty unoriginal and it only reminds me of Sun Moon Stars by Karl Lagerfeld. But I love the concept of having the fragrance worn around your neck as a locket. This is nothing new however and it goes way back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period. This was the pomander or perfume ball which was worn around the neck or carried around like it was a hand clutch by both men and women, usually the nobility and royalty. The perfume was made of herbs, spices, patchouli and incense, not flowers. It wasn't actual perfume but more like bug spray or insect repellent. The scent was deliberately designed to repel flies, mosquitoes and also used to spray inside all the woodsy interiors in bedrooms to kill termites, worms, ants, and mice. So as you can imagine the scent did not smell good. It was also a way to protect the wearer from evil spirits. Queen Elizabeth I would have worn these pomanders. A sweet smelling Perfume locket sounds pretty tame to me like something I would have been into in middle school. I'm sure it has an audience but I wouldn't want to buy one. I would prefer if a niche indie designer created a perfume that was meant to evoke the old pomander with strong incense and patchouli, maybe a little bit of flowers but mostly meant to recreate that insect repellent thing. That would be something! lol

Jan
25
2016
scarlett.angel
scarlett.angel

These are so gorgeous! Love the vintage lockets and the idea of solid perfume. Another thing to go on my wish list.

Jan
25
2016
interdite
interdite

I absolutely love cats and I love the way this line looks but they are WAY out of my budget. Noble cause, tho. Nice article, thanks.

Jan
25
2016
Oamae
Oamae

Love it, I have to add these to my wish list. Lovely article.

Jan
25
2016

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