About the same time I was perusing Deconstructing Eden, one of my favorite perfume shops, and discovered that they carry a plethora of fairy tale inspired fragrances. Can you imagin how thrilled I was?! So I bought three of them: Snow White (well duh), Glass Slipper (but of course), and Alice in Wonderland (yes,yes,yes).
Needless to say they were all unique. They all surprised me in their complexity and the feelings they evoked. So without further ado...
Once Upon a Time there was a beautiful Queen who loved perfume. And so she sought out the most exquisite perfumery in all of the land. Once she found this magical place she bought herself three very different bottles, from three very different realms: a fairy tale forest, a princesses castle, and a topsy-turvy land. And this is what she thought of them...
Since I adore "Once Upon a Time" (the tv show), trying a perfume bearing the heroines name was a must for me.
Snow White starts out fairly straight forward. The first thing to hit you is a wave of poisoned apple. At least in my opinion this perfume is exactly what I imagine a poisoned apple to smell like: sharply tart and bitterly sweet. Think Granny Smith apple serve chilled and rolled in sugar & arsenic.
It's intoxicating enough to send any princess into a swoon, but, much like Prince Charmings kiss in an enchanted forest, mellows into a breath of sweet, fresh air with hint of woodsy florals.
Upon wearing it for a while it took on a scent of a crisp red delicious apple nestled in a bed of freshly snapped twigs. Snow White made it through... Gone was the deliciously sinful poison and in it's place was the scent of a soft and soothing happily ever after.
Where Cinderella's story is the stuff little girls dream of, this is a decidedly grown-up fragrance that oozes sex appeal. Every single time I wear it my husband nuzzles my neck and murmurs, "Mmm you smell so good..."
Glass Slipper starts off delirously bold. Much like glass clinking down marble steps at the stroke of midnight, this fragrance is sharp, smooth, and brittle all at once. Bright jasmine mingles with the crisp sweetness of moonflower to create a sharp and intoxicating floral bouquet.
After a couple of hours wear the extravagant florals melt into the delicate white musk, leaving a lingering scent of passion and the promise of new romance. This isn't a fragrance for a naive young princess, but rather something fit for a woman who's been through the wringer and come out kicking ass.... something I imagine Cinderella herself would wear on her wedding day to her prince.
If Snow White and Glass Slipper are sharp & clear perfumes for serious women, Alice in Wonderland is their polar opposite! This perfume was warm and fuzzy... and it took me straight back to my childhood, recalling smells I can no longer give name too but remember very well in my heart.
Pure whimsy is captured in your very first sniff! Lemon drop candies. Candied violets. Roses finger-painted red. These scents collide in a dazzling array of olfactory phantosmia... was that really lemon I smelled, or maybe it was lime... was it actually violet or perhaps sweet-pea? Am I imagining this, or do I smell whipped cream? Suddenly I feel very woozy... In a good way, of course!
The scent mellows into something akin to a frothy lemon pie topped with warm cream. It recalls afternoon naps in the sun... a swoon brought on by a belly filled with too many sweets. A fitting finale to such a topsy-turvy scent, and a decidedly grownup way to let our inner little girls out to dream. Oh mirror mirror, this truly was my favorite of them all!
These three storybook gems are but a small sampling of what Deconstructing Eden has to offer in their House perfumes. They have an entire lineup of fairy tale inspired fragrances. From Wicked Step-Mother and Big Bad Wolf to Prince Charming and Through the Looking Glass, there is something for lovers of fairy tales everywhere! And if you're undecided, why not try a sample pack of the lineup to get a taste of them all.... that way you'll live happily ever after with whatever perfume you choose.
All photographs courtesy of Deconstructing Eden.