October 4, 2012 § 5 Comments
About a couple of months ago, the only scents I owned and used were from Clean – Fresh Laundry and Summer Escape. They were simple and smelled good (my boyfriend and my dad call them bagong-ligo, or freshly-showered fragrances!), which made them perfect choices for everyday especially when I’m in a hurry and tend to reach for the quickest option.
When I discovered Darling Clandestine and Haus of Gloi, that’s when I really started getting into scent and appreciating the art and alchemy it takes to bring together wonderful, complex, uncommon fragrances. In fact, I splurged and bought perfume solids, samples, and full-size perfumes from DC and the Haus, which I talk about briefly here (and which have yet to make a full appearance on the blog, sorry), and some of which are on their way to me.
The only downside is that it takes some trouble and time to get your hands on these scents – since both of them are from sellers based in the US, I’ve limited myself to placing big orders from them, so that the shipping cost is worth it.
But, when I was clicking around on Facebook though, I stumbled on a local business that does exactly what DC and the Haus: provide you with handmade, artisan fragrances and solid perfumes.
Aromateria Scents & Sensibilities, owned by Shani Tan.
It looks as if they’re a relatively small and new business, having started in 2011, and making appearances in craft fairs and the upcoming Yabang Pinoy bazaar (November 10-11, 2012, in the Rockwell Tent). They have around 22 scents in three categories: Men, Women, and Unisex.
This is their scentlist, as of February 2012 (I think they classified the Unisex fragrances under the Men category):
Aromateria perfumes come in the form of solid perfume sticks (which look like lip balms and gloss, although they warn that you shouldn’t use them for this perfumes). Solid perfumes (I have the DC fragrances in tin form) are very convenient to carry around – they take up little space and you don’t have to worry about spills in your bag.
I like that they’re packaged so conveniently, with design that’s a little bit arcane, and a lot artistic. The ingredients, scent descriptions, and ‘instructions’ are also printed on each label.
What I LOVE, however, that they’re inspired by books and comic books, and tv shows and movies and whatnot. The fangirl in me is dying to own fragrances inspired by Game of Thrones, Agueda (which, I think, references Nick Joaquin’s May Day Eve), Jane Austen, alcoholic drinks, and even Shakespeare. I mean, the business name itself references Austen – and I’m sure you’ll be able to spot familiar characters and names in the picture above. And it’s Filipino-made.
The price isn’t explicitly stated on the website (which I think could also use a complete list and descriptions of all fragrances offered), but from clicking around Facebook, I’ve found that an Aromateria solid perfume stick goes for P250. Which makes them reasonably-priced, especially for a handmade fragrance that’ll last you for a long time.
Right now, I really want to try:
- Sto Helit (dark chocolate, grapefruit, and tangerine)
- Beach Bunny (Florals, mossy marine with a touch of sugar)
- Van Pelt (lemon & musk with warm ginger)
- Holy Basil (fresh basil, sweet lime with a hint of mint)
- And maybe Sherlock (bergamot, patchouli, oakmoss, basil, and cedarwood) for my boyfriend.
Aromateria has me very intrigued. This was actually not in my line-up of posts, but I got so excited when I stumbled on their website that I just had to write about them. I will most likely, be unable to control myself, and place an order by the end of the week!
Are you interested in any of their scents? Are there other unique, Filipino-made products you’ve discovered?
[All images were taken from the Aromateria website and Facebook page. No copyright infringement is intended.]