Saturday, October 29, 2016

Moonalisa Halloween 2016

I haven't had a Moonalisa haul in quite a while. I'm pretty well stocked on soap and such and have been trying other vendors. But in August I stumbled onto her site and saw the Halloween products were up. Still having some credit to use I decided to go ahead and place an order. Shipping was listed to begin the second week of September so I figured I'd get some soaps for Halloween. Two months (to the day) later I just received my order on October 28. 3 days before Halloween. To be fair, I do think she had her products to the shipping company somewhere around the 2nd week of September, but my order only shipped on Tuesday of this week (Oct 25) so I don't feel relying on her "shipping dates" is really viable any more.

The soaps arrived in a standard Priority Mail box. Gone are the days of pretty colored paper packaging. The box was stuffed with brown packing paper and the soaps just laid on top. There was talk on the Facebook page of freebies in the orders, but I did not get anything (nor did I get any freebies the last few times I ordered).

The soaps were a blind buy. As with most of her products there aren't pictures of the actual finished product on the order page...I buy based on scent description. The three I chose were Fairy Trap (Wild Raspberries, Boysenberries, Mandarin Orange and Tuberose), Halloween Hayride (Harvest hay, bonfires and dried leaves mix with amber, smoky sandalwood, and musk. In the distance you are anxious to get to back to the circle with the promise of roasted marshmallows, and other sugary seasonal treats) and Carnival Cakes (gooey glazed funnel cakes. Made of browned butter, caramelized sugar, dripping with maple syrup, & vanilla icing, topped off with  cinnamon and nutmeg spiked vanilla sugar crystals).

I am unable to smell any of them through the plastic wrappings so can't speak to what they actually smell like. The designs are pretty and (thankfully) not overly Halloweenish since I won't be able to use them before Halloween. I'll just display them with the labels turned away until they are used up.
I was surprised that all three soaps were different sizes and shapes. All of the soaps I have previously ordered were consistent slices that looked like they came from a loaf. The weights on these varied from under 7 to a hair over 8 oz. Previous bars all weighed over 9 oz. The Carnival Cakes bar isn't even cut straight.

I guess I'm being knit-picky but I am just so disappointed. I have been disappointed by the last few orders I placed as well and didn't post them. Looking back over my previous rave reviews here, I felt I needed to post an update since my opinions have changed some. Moonalisa does produce nice soaps that are pretty unique. I have a handful of soapers I love, nearly all cold process soaps, but I have yet to find anyone who produces the unique and beautiful M&P types soaps Moona does. Her scents are good, but there are tons of vendors with great scents with much better TATs. I'm not willing to wait two months for every order any more. Moona will always have a market and a following. The sense of exclusivity draws people in. She's definitely worth a look if you like the kind of goth/steampunk esthetic. But be prepared for a very long wait.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pinrose Perfume

I recently heard of a perfume company called Pinrose. The website offers a quiz to help you discover your perfect scent. The quiz is visual, a series of images to choose from and at the end they suggest 3 perfumes that they feel would be your perfect match. My suggestions were Pillowtalk Poet, Merry Maker and Moonlight Gypsy. Looking at all of their scents and note descriptions I thought I would like Campfire Rebel or Gilded Fox. They do not sell individual samples at this time, but you can buy a set of all the perfume samples. Or do like I did, buy the Hero Gift set which gives you the sample set to try all of the fragrances plus a voucher for a full bottle of perfume for just the cost of a bottle of perfume.

The set arrived in a cute little zipper pouch which I will reuse. There were twelve samples in all. I decided to try all of the scents, whether I thought I would like them or not, before deciding which scent to pick for my full bottle.
Now, I really hate towelette samples. Only one slight step above those fragrance strips in magazines, towelettes are generally worthless for trying a perfume. But these were ok. There was enough perfume on the towel to hit my pulse points and neck and the scent lasted several hours for all of them. Could only get one use from each sample so I made sure I wrote down my thoughts about each as I wore them. 

Secret Genius: Much like Prada Candy; woody vanilla Treehouse Royal: Earthy, sweet fig
Gilded Fox: Soft creamy chocolate
Wild Child: Average white floral
Tambourine Dreamer: Weak floral
Cuddle Punk: Fruity vanilla; would be good in spring
Merry Maker: Pale, weak citrus
Pillowtalk Poet: Perfect powdery musk
Moonlight Gypsy: Warm, woody, spicy. Nice
Garden Gangster: Beautiful floral for summer
Campfire Rebel: Very woody, smokey
Pinrose: Leather and rose

Of the three the quiz picked for me, I did not like Merry Maker at all but Moonlight Gypsy was ok. I loved Pillowtalk Poet. Of the two I thought I would like, I HATED Campfire Rebel and just liked Gilded Fox. 

In the end I redeemed my voucher for Pillowtalk Poet. The bottles are on the small side (1 oz) but are nicely packaged and have a great sprayer. I adore this perfume. When I wear it it feels like me. The scent has excellent longevity, lasting easily 4-6 hours and average throw.
You can buy Pinrose perfumes from their website and Sephora also carries them on their website (not sure if they have them in store). It's a really nice little fragrance house and I recommend you check them out if you are in the market for a new scent.