Hi APJ! How are you all doing? Can you believe we are nearing the end of the year already?
Where has the time gone? We are in full autumn swing here, buckling down for the coming winter. The heat is on and there is a chill in the air outside. I have been here in Rotterdam for soon to be eleven months! It definitely feels like home now, but I still have not hung any paintings on the walls – what is up with that?
Autumn is a time of closure for me. Summer is over with its long days and warm air kissing my skin. My son goes back to school which ends the innocent joys of childhood summers. The trees show colours of vibrant yellows, oranges and reds and then loose their foliage all too quickly. Even the birds are changing – many fly south and yet others arrive for the milder winters here. I have not seen the hedgehog in a while, perhaps he is already hibernating? All of this closure has brought me to think about my first year here in The Netherlands.
When I am completely honest and look past the challenges here and there of navigating a new language and culture, it has been a year of awakening and coming back to myself. I have lovely friends and neighbors and this is now home. I am no longer weary, I am stronger and more self assured than I have been in years.
With this new awakening I am now ready and excited to try and test new perfumes and there are two perfumes that fit into this new self quite well.
NEW! April Aromatics + The Different Company
Pink Wood by Tanja Bochnig for April Aromatics
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Sandalwood, Agarwood, Cistus, Labdanum, Oakwood, Rose Otto, Rose absolute, Geranium, Rosewood, sweet pink fruity notes
Pink Wood is my first experience with April Aromatics. I eagerly sprayed my first spritz of Pink Wood and was taken by surprise by the beautiful rose and wood opening. Many roses turn sour on my skin but this is actually remaining rosy which is a big plus in my books. There are no pink fruity notes for me though. The warmer my skin is the woodier the perfume. The roses stay more in the background leaving me with a wonderful woody rose perfume perfect for autumn days and walks in the park.
Santo Incienso, Sillage Sacré by Alexandra Monet for The Different Company
gives these featured accords:
Top: Calabrian bergamot, petitgrain, nutmeg
Heart: Palo santo, atlas cedar, hedione
Base: Incense, myrrh, musk, vetiver, guaiac wood
This is not your usual incense perfume at all. For me it starts with a blast of bergamot with an air of spice. There is something citrusy in there but it slowly fades into the background leaving behind a warm woody accord. I have no idea what Palo Santo smells like, so I cannot assume that this is what I am smelling, however, it is beautiful and intriguing pulling me in. In the middle stage through to the dry down there is a magic happening with the incense and myrrh where the woods are warmed through. What I love about it most of all is that the incense tendrils waft up to my nostril throughout the day and bring me such joy and calm.
Both Pink Wood and Santo Incienso, Sillage Sacré are getting a lot of wear time. The days are shorter and colder but the lighting is stunning taking my breath away on an almost daily basis when the sun is shining. This is my favorite season of the year.
Do you have a favorite perfume for autumn or spring walks? Do you have a favorite season?
Sending sunny hugs to you all.
9 thoughts on “NEW! April Aromatics + The Different Company”
It was so heartening to read how you have come alive in The Netherlands. How wonderful and unexpected. What do you put it down to? I can’t believe it’s nearly been a year…
These two perfumes sound lovely and perfect for this time of year. Spring is my favourite season, followed closely by Autumn. I wore Cuir de Lancôme yesterday and it was as amazing as ever.
Hi Tara, yeah – it kind of snuck up on me! I have been extremely lucky with the neighbors, school and people in general and that helps tremendously especially since hubby is always gone. I adore Cuir de Lancome in autumn and spring. You smell amazing. Sandra xo
Ah, of course. People make all the difference. I’m really happy for you.
Good morning Sandra I ‘m with you re favourite seasons; Autumn is the best, followed by Spring, then Winter and finally the blazing hot Summer. It is amazing how ‘settled’ you now seem , considering how ‘nervous’ you were when you first arrived in Rotterdam. The Pink Wood sounds right up my alley. This year in my home Winter dragged on for at least an extra six weeks than usual. And Spring has ‘disappeared’ because we are experiencing Summer early.
I’ve been wearing Blue Grass a lot, and as I write this, I’m wearing Amazing Grace by Philosophy.
Hi Saffyishere. Oh wow – six extra weeks of winter sounds like an absolute nightmare to me. How are you doing with the early summer? I prefer the warmth over the chill – any day! Have not smelled your perfumes but must say I love the names. Have a great day. Sandra xo
I love autumn! I’m wearing a lot of Van Cleef & Arpels’ Les Saisons Automne this season (link is below). I haven’t yet pulled out the spicier, boozier scents — I love Arquiste for J. Crew No. 57 in the fall and winter, for example. Spring may be even more of a favorite season than fall, and I especially like to wear Penhaligon’s Ostara (https://scentsandsensibilities.co/2016/02/20/fragrance-friday-ostara/). I also really like muguet/lily of the valley fragrances in springtime. I’m sure you have seen some amazing springtime bulb displays in the Netherlands in your time there! Glad to read that things are going well!
Hi Sandra, how nice to read you have come home here. I always find it a treat to read about the Netherlands through non Dutch eyes, it wakes up mine too.
Coincidentally Pink Wood is what I have been wearing mostly too, alternating with Rosenlust which I adore. Needless to write I love Pink Wood, and April Aromatics as a house.
Hope you will have wonderful feestdagen!
Hey Sandra! What gorgeous pictures. Makes me wanna move back to Holland. I will try Pink Wood soon, been waiting to meet up with a friend to do so. I’m thrilled you are settling down so well. It does offer a better quality of life with kids there I reckon. See you SOON!!! xxxxxx
Hi Sandra! Gorgeous pictures to represent April Aromatics…Lovely!
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