So after falling in love with Osmia Organic soaps, I have to say – I’m in love with their perfume! Similar to the soap, these smell amazing. They are complex, and lovely really. And best of all – organic!
Osmia Organics was super generous and sent me sample vials of all of their perfumes! I have to say, I have yet to come across such a large line of perfumes where I appreciate and love each scent. Would I wear each one? No, but they were all lovely in their own way and I could appreciate their scent and complexity. Sometimes with perfumes, I just don’t like them. At all. I’ve never understood how major companies release fragrances that smell like bug spray. Or moth balls. To each their own I guess. But Osmia Organics is NOT that way – no bug spray here.
Their perfumes come as either perfume concentrates (base of alcohol) or perfume oils (base of oil – which you might have guessed by the name). There are 11 in all. Overall, I found their descriptions to be very accurate. Some had a stronger note in the blend than others. Below are snippets from the official description of each (shortened for space), with my notes in italics after (after a few minutes of wear to get rid of any first strong notes):
Cedar Smoke: White cedar absolute and frankincense combine with a hint of smoke. A touch of precious tuberose, while beautiful Virginia cedarwood and Italian bergamot round out the top notes. Reminds me of a smoky bergamot, a little masculine but could be unisex.
Couro: Means leather in Portuguese. The soul of this scent is agarwood, also known as oud – a musty, warm, woody scent. With hints of amber and tobacco, and a lovely Bulgarian Rose to balance the mettle. A more masculine scent (more than Cedar Smoke), a good balance of leather and amber.
Juniper Fire: A vanilla and sandalwood base with a hint of smoke, and the deeply wholesome smells of juniper and cedar. Smells like a sexy campfire, a great wintry scent.
Sofia: Agarwood (also known as Oud) and extraordinary Bulgarian flowers combine. It is woody, earthy and floral. Very strong floral, rose scent.
Teale: A feminine scent, ginger lily and ylang are at the heart of this perfume – a lovely, clean floral scent. Very accurate description – couldn’t describe it better myself!
Trusque: Fruity, Spanish lavender and plant-based musk combine to make a warm, sensuous scent. A masculine lavender, more masculine than unisex – but a good lavender musk scent.
Blum: A vanilla base with a twist of earthy angelica, and a heart of honeysuckle, orange blossom, and neroli. A quiet ginger note on top gives a very gentle spice. A sweet, powdery vanilla.
Posso: Base of violet leaf and frankincense, with lovely Bulgarian rose absolute, precious melissa (lemon balm), grapefruit and virginia cedarwood. An interesting energizing blend, citrus-y yet earthy.
Prima: Deeply earthy and gently sweet, it is the smell of beginnings, of roots, of fresh, new life, with a tiny swirl of Saffron oil. Fresh, green, and slightly astringent.
Taza: an ambery scent, with rich tobacco and sexy jasmine. A masculine amber with tobacco notes.
Bria: Sandalwood and frankincense anchor the scent, while jasmine and clove at the heart lift the spirit. Energizing top notes of pine, spruce, and coriander. My favorite! A beautiful blend of floral jasmine with earthy sandalwood and frankincense.
For the four more masculine scents, I would give one word to each. Cedar Smoke: smoke. Couro: leather. Trusque: musk. Taza: amber. If I had to choose a favorite (something I would want my boyfriend to wear), it would probably be Cuoro.
As for the more feminine scents, Bria is my favorite. I’m a huge fan of jasmine anything. But I have to say, the combination of jasmine with more earthy scents is new to me and I LOVE it. It’s so much more sensual than the typical floral jasmine. Not that I have anything against sweet and floral jasmines (I own a perfume or two of this scent), but it’s nice to have something a little more rich and sophisticated.
As I mentioned in the title of the post – these scents are all complex. It’s not “here’s lavender.” Or “this is neroli.” Everything has multiple layers and notes which make them all unique and lovely.
So lovely? Yes. Complex? Yes. Organic? Heck yes! Any downsides? Well, unfortunately the wear is short on some of them. Oddly, some of these last all day (like Trusque and Cuoro), while others last one hour, maybe two (including my fav – Bria). I’m not sure why some last so long and others last only an hour or two. While usually only one-hour wear would be a deal breaker for me, Bria (and others) smell so good I’m willing to just re-apply! I truly mean it, I love Bria that much.
So if you are looking for a natural perfume that is complex and lovely, I highly recommend Osmia Organics. What may lack in hours of wear is made up in gorgeous scent.
Disclosure: Samples were provided to me by Osmia Organics to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.