Enchanted Fragrances by Meredith Smith for Sweet Anthem


Post by Azar


Every year I find at least one new fragrance to love from Sweet Anthem, Seattle. In 2014 I fell for Lolita. This year Meredith Smith has created a collection of perfumes representing fairy tale villains and heroines. Here are my impressions of the four “characters” in her 2015 “Enchanted Fragrances” Collection.

Enchanted Fragrances by Meredith Smith for Sweet Anthem

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Black Queen – listed notes: Apple, Linden Blossom, Oakmoss, Tonka Bean.

The Black Queen introduces herself as a luscious, fruity concoction wrapped in the comforting warmth of grassy, dried linden blossom and velvety tonka bean. At first I wonder how such a beauty could be a wicked queen? After five minutes the truth is revealed as the villainess proffers her apple, a genetically modified peachy pomme, smelling of potpourri, scented candles and apple pie. As I am heading to the sink to scrub her away the Black Queen once again entices with oakmoss, vanilla, cream and a pinch of salt. I take another bite. Perhaps she is the poisonous gourmand I have been searching for – a fruit from Rappaccini’s garden. The Black Queen is a powerful, long-lived personality. I crave her opening and dry down and am developing a taste for the “toxic” apple.

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Red Queen – listed notes: Cardamom, Fig, Honey, Leather, Rose, White Pepper

As Portia is wont to say “Pow – right in the kisser!” The Red Queen grabs attention with a jab of smoky leather and honey. Within moments the scent of deep red rose and dry white pepper add another punch to the honeyed leather. As Red Queen dries down she mellows out and bursts open with sweet fig and cardamom, finishing with a vague reference to white patchouli. This villainess is a big, take no prisoners, long lasting leather and I love her. Red Queen is a new take on two of Meredith’s older fragrances, the Queen of Hearts and Maleficent. I can also detect something of my mother’s personal Sweet Anthem creation – Ruby.

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Briar Rose – listed notes: Beeswax, Rose Otto, Tomato Leaf, White Amber

Briar Rose offers very little of her namesake rose. She is all tomato leaf, beeswax and amber from start to finish. I adore tomato leaf in perfume and for years have enjoyed Briar Rose’s scent sister, Sweet Anthem’s Joan. The fleeting rose I detect in Briar Rose comes only with the finish. This heroine is essentially a linear, one-dimensional beauty with a moderate to strong presence and amazing longevity.

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Snow White – listed notes: Osmanthus, Petit Grain SFN, White Musk, Vetiver

Snow White is a shy girl with a split personality. She greets the wearer with sharp, green petitgrain-neroli then suddenly warms to golden osmanthus suffused with apricot and vanilla. Too soon Snow White displays her icy nature, a chilly combination of ozonic notes, hints of heliotrope, vetiver, frozen dirt and musk. I usually don’t care for snowy accords in fragrances but Meredith has handled the phantom heliotrope and obvious musk with care, creating an airy, invigorating chill, light as a feather and fresh as frost. These personalities conflict for an hour or so, finally settling as new fallen snow, melting and drying after 8 hours to a thin, musky vetiver.

Sweet Anthem perfumes are available online at Sweet Anthem (USA), Anthropologie (USA), Pretty Indulgent (Canada) and in several retail shops across North America.

Azar xx

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This week we will have 1 winner who will receive:
1 x Complete set of 1 ml of the Enchanted Fragrances
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me (portia underscore turbo @ yahoo dot com dot au) so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

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Please tell us a favorite fairy tale character and a perfume he/she might wear


Entries Close Thursday 14th May 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org
The winners will have till Monday 18th May 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.


41 comments on “Enchanted Fragrances by Meredith Smith for Sweet Anthem

  1. Jaybee says:

    Love the question! Let’s see, the Little Mermaid might wear Mer et Mistral by L’Occitane. She could wear it when she felt homesick. I do think Sleeping Beauty deserves a rose though, maybe a Lutens like the gorgeous Fille de Berlin or Sa Majeste la Rose. I follow by email. 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jaybee,
      A perfect perfume for a mermaid! And I can’t help but imagine how Sleeping Beauty would look wearing these two roses! Great images. Thank you and you are IN!
      Azar xx

  2. Jackie b says:

    Traditional fairy tales are often dark affairs. I think the local cunning woman living in the forest gave rise to the tales of the wicked witch. I choose Baba Yaga, with her cottage with its own chicken legs. And her fragrance may be the deep green of Ormonde Jayne Woman.
    I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jackie B,
      I loved the scary stories of Baba Yaga. OJ Woman makes total sense for any witch living in a dark forest – or even in a clearing in a dark forest! You are are so IN!
      Azar xx

  3. Bernadette Winfield-Gray says:

    Thought of uber blonde Cinderella, the Disney cartoon version. Before transformation she would smell of grime and Ivory Soap. Post magic it would have to be Diorissimo for the overarching Lily of the Valley purity and sweetness. I follow APJ via email.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Bernadette,
      What great images! I can totally see and smell your Cinderella. Thank you for your comment and for joining the draw.
      Azar xx

  4. flowergirlbee! says:

    thanks for the giveaway : )
    i liked snow white best as a child.i think jo malone’s wild blue bell might be something she would wear.

    • Azar says:

      You are welcome, flowergirlbee! I don’t know Wild Blue Bell. Is it a cool/cold fragrance?
      Azar xx

      • flowergirlbee! says:

        it is sweet and green and really does smell like bluebells to me…it would suit her innocence and creamy skin.

  5. flowergirlbee! says:

    ps.i follow by email : )

  6. Elizabeth says:

    My favorite fairy tale character is the Beast (“The Scarlet Flower”) and he definitely wears L’Ombre Fauve Parfumerie General. It’s gorgeous dry sweet animalic perfume. Incidentally, I have it and love to wear in winter^^
    I follow by email. Thanks for the draw!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Elizabeth,
      I had forgotten about this story. Thank you for reminding me and for entering the draw!
      Azar xx

  7. Kerri says:

    Hey there. I follow via Facebook. I always felt for the witch in the gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel; she must have been so lonely… and hungry! I think she’d love to wear Hearth by Criminal Elements, because all that spicy smoke would remind her of hearth and home. Thanks for the draw!

    • Azar says:

      Hello Kerri,
      I never thought about just how hungry that lonely old witch must have been. The poor thing really deserved a great gourmand perfume 😉 Thank you for joining the draw and for your fun comment!
      Azar xx

  8. Undina says:

    I’ll go with a mermaid as well (just not the one from Disney’s cartoon but the one from actual fairy tale). She wouldn’t be wearing any perfume while in water but when she gets her legs, let’s scent her with Sogne del Mar by Antonia’s Flowers.
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    • Azar says:

      Hello Undina,
      Yes, Dreams of the Sea would be perfect for Andersen’s Little Mermaid. This story has always been very difficult for me, so tragic but with such a beautiful, radiant ending!
      Thank you for your lovely comment.
      Azar xx

  9. Fazal Cheema says:

    I think Sleeping Beauty may wear Dior Poison. I know my suggestion is ironical but she did survive poisonous apple which means she now has natural antidotes in her body :). I follow APJ through email. thanks for the lovely draw. I am in the US

    • Azar says:

      Hi Fazal Cheema,
      Every Dior Poison (and now Sweet Anthem’s Black Queen) remind me of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s totally goth, mid 19th century short romance “Rappaccini’s Daughter” – another tragic love story. I usually prefer Sleeping Beauty’s happy ending;) Thank you for commenting and for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

      • Fazal Cheema says:

        you are so right. you, indeed, have made much better choice for dior poison perfume! I gotta admit it

  10. Connie says:

    I follow by email and my favorite fairy tale character is the girl in Diamonds and Toads by Perrault. Though I haven’t tried them, I would picture her in DSH’s Brillant collection. Gem-inspired perfumes for someone who’s mouth drops precious stones and flowers when she speaks.

    • Azar says:

      I remember this one, Connie! I always felt a little sorry for the girl with the toads coming out of her mouth…aargh! Diamonds might be a little painful too;) I must try the DSH Brilliant collection.
      Thank you for joining today’s draw!
      Azar xx

  11. nemo says:

    I follow by email. One of my favorite fairy tale characters is Cinderella, and I imagine she would wear Cristalle, perhaps, to help give her a little oomph to defy her evil relatives and then into a princess. Thank you for the giveaway!!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Nemo,
      I assume you mean the EDP for a rebellious Cinderella! I see Cecilia Bartoli singing Rossini’s La Cenerentola 😉 You are IN the draw. Thank you for your Cinderella!
      Azar xx

  12. rincoglionita says:

    Thanks for the chance to comment – I follow by email.

    I can’t say she’s my favorite (not much there to like), but I’ve always been intrigued by the wicked stepmother in Snow White. I’m going to put her in vintage Opium!

    • Azar says:

      Hello rincoglionita,
      Thank you for joining this draw! Opium is a totally appropriate and powerful choice for a wicked stepmother. Since I rather like Opium (and am generally not fond of wicked stepmothers) I would put this crazy lady in Obsession – the newer version.
      Azar xx

  13. Michelle Blair says:

    I follow via email and via Facebook. I think that Goldilocks would smell like April Aromatics Unter Den Linden. Sweet flowers and honey-like. I’m sure that would give the bears in the story that much more of a rise! lol 🙂

    • Azar says:

      MMMM! I have yet to try this linden and honey treat, Michelle. Thank you for the tip. My daughter Lauren is the Goldilocks. It might be perfect for her. I will remind her not to use it while hiking, though, lest she attract the bears 😉 You are IN!
      Azar xx

  14. Kandice says:

    So I see Meredith had a perfume for Maleficent, but I would put her in Sweet Redemption By Kilian. I loved the Disney version of the story, how behind the wickedness there was a heart-broken little girl. The incense in this scent would be appropriate for the adult Maleficent while the orange blossom would be the kiss of light representing the little girl. Thanks for the draw. I follow via email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Kandice,
      I love your take on Maleficent! I really prefer the Maleficent character is the 1950s Disney animated version but in either case (old or new version) Sweet Redemption would be a perfect perfume for this villainess. Thank you for your comment and for entering the draw.
      Azar xx

  15. Heather Meyer Boothby says:


    I follow APJ through e-mail subscription. A fairy tale character I have always loved is Puss in Boots and I would imagine he would wear a cologne that would be one part minty cat nip, another part freesia and rounded out be a leather undertone.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Heather,
      Minty catnip, freesia and leather sound wonderful and fresh! Will you make your Puss in Boots perfume available to the public 🙂 ?Great idea and thanks for entering today’s draw.
      Azar xx

  16. poodle says:

    It’s not really a fairy tale but it is Disney which is close enough I imagine. I thought of Cruella DeVille and I imagine her wafting some big 80’s perfume like Giorgio.

    • Azar says:

      Hey Poodle,
      Yes, Cruella would definitely wear Giorgio! Her back up fragrance might be Balenciaga’s Rumba! Hmmm…my students are playing rhumbas today. I wonder if I should spritz a little of that whopper…
      Azar xx

  17. Gina Tabasso says:

    By email.

    Hmmm. Little Red Riding Hood would wear something musky that attracts the wolf. Maybe some Perris Monte Carlo Musk Extreme.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Gina,
      I see Red Riding Hood as a little bit of a ditz and can easily imagine her unwittingly attracting the wolf with her fragrance. But… is it possible she was actually trying to lure the wolf into the hunter’s trap? A sweet, come hither musk would definitely work for that purpose 😉 You are so IN this draw!
      Azar xx

  18. ems says:

    Love the question. First, I thought of the evil fairy in the Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose story. I think a dark rose perfume to match the thorns growing around the castle, and also in some way matching or reflecting the more innocent rose association with Briar Rose herself. Maybe Strange Invisble Perfumes Black Rosette, since the mint in it makes it interesting (but difficult to wear!) Then, this is cheating a bit, I thought of Etat Libre d’Orange’s Secretions Magnifiques for the Snow White character in Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, Apples. It’s cheating because I’ve never actually smelt it, but the concept of blood and bodily secretions in a perfume works so well with the monstrous, vampiric Snow White character in that short story.

    I follow by email. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Azar says:

      Hi ems,
      I have not read Snow, Glass and Apples. Thank you for the tip and I am off to the library! You are so IN! Thanks for joining the draw too.
      Azar xx

  19. Lauren B says:

    Bummer missed the giveaway! Good post though… these fragrances sound really nice:)!

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