I Fell for Le Labo's Santal 33 Just Like the Rest of the World and I Don't Care if That Makes Me a Sucker
I mean, even Justin frickin' BEIBER wears it.
I’m of the opinion that everyone should be able to wear whatever they want whenever they want when it comes to fragrance. That said, I’m one of those people who feels compelled to their fragrance up seasonally. Something about warmer weather makes me want to transition from warmer, woodsy scents to citrus or floral offerings.
However, I’m in a weird limbo right now where I’m not quite ready to entirely stop wearing my favorite “winter” scents, but I am ready for the lighter spring scents.
Here’s how I’m combining elements of both to find my perfect happy medium!
After Wendy wrote about the Clean Reserve launch, I knew I had to get my hands on a couple of their scents. I got both Terra Woods and Velvet Flora, and I love layering them together and with other scented products to get a customized scent.
Velvet Flora is a perfect combination of my favorite warm scents and scents of spring, so I like to wear this one by itself. Cedarwood and amber are elements that I like for fall/winter and both are featured in this perfume. On top of that, lily features heavily in this scent — the combination is lovely! I tend to steer clear of most floral scents because they give me a headache in most cases, but the deeper, more “comfort” scents in this combo really ground the floral aspect so it’s not too overpowering.
I was surprised to not find leather listed as one of the notes in this fragrance, though, because I definitely pulled that scent upon first spritz.
Terra Woods is categorized as a “floral woody” scent, but on my skin it smells much more strongly of vanilla, musk, and wood. As such, when I do layer it, I tend to combine it with floral/fresh scents to give it a strong floral/wood combination.
Instead of my usual layering technique of perfume + perfume, I like to layer it with The Body Shop Body Butter in Moringa and/or Honeymania. Moringa reminds me a lot of gardenia, which I absolutely love, and Honeymania smells like you’re resting in a field of blossoms, eating fresh honey. What I like about layering Terra Woods with these body butters is that their fragrance tends to not be as intense as perfume, so all of the scents combine really well without competing with each other.
I've mentioned before that I love to layer L’Occitane Eau Des Baux with Honeymania as my comfort scent, but I thought that since they work so well together, Eau des Baux might also work well with citrusy florals as well.
I found that I like to layer it with Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Orange Custard Double Moisturizer because it gives me that same comforted feel as Eau Des Baux +Honeymania. The FHF custard is incredibly hydrating (which is exactly what I need to coax my winter-dried skin back to health) as it contains a combination of fruit-infused aloe vera gel and whipped shea butter. This stuff sinks in to the skin leaving it moisturized and smelling of fresh fruit and florals.
When I want more of a straight-up woodsy/citrus vibe, I layer Eau Des Baux with Atelier Cologne's Orange Sanguine. The latter has notes of sandalwood (my favorite) and amber infused with orange, so the two pair very well together. This combo reads heavier on the woodsy end of the spectrum, but the orange gives it a nice sweetness as well.