superdumb supervillain: Miss Anastasia Smells Divine

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Miss Anastasia Smells Divine

Nothing can change your mood more than fragrance. I'm a firm believer in the power of aromatherapy to perk up the body and soul. Scent memory evokes time, place, feelings… it's a pretty amazing thing.

When I had kids, I stopped wearing perfume. Not so much because I thought the scents were harmful but because it was weird smelling myself on the babies. Now that they're older and less prone to be laying all over me, I have returned to my quest for the perfect signature fragrance. I've found a prime candidate in Miss Anastasia, a sultry minx hailing from Seattle.

I think the packaging is lovely, don't you? Well, the scent itself is even better. It has a sweet base of vanilla but instead of being sugary or overly flowery, it layers on some heady Oriental florals and a bit of musk and patchouli. Don't let that last note scare you! It's very subtle.

Actually, my first thought when I dabbed it on my wrists was "posh head shop." This might not sound immediately appealing if you're not a lover of old school record stores and thrift shopping. I've been pawing through bins of junk and treasure since junior high, so finding a scent that reminds me of the crazy old hippie incense from my youth as well as a bit of retro glamour was pretty thrilling. Miss Anastasia is what I was hoping the Agent Provocateur perfume would smell like but that has way too much of a powdery whiff for my liking. It's a bold fragrance but also very soft-spoken.

Miss Anastasia is the creation of Julie Wray, proprietress of Olivine's Charm School. Keep posted on her many fruitful endeavors on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and the WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that I received a sample vial in order to facilitate this review. As usual, all thoughts are my own.

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