sophisticated fragrances for fall/winter {Archipelago}

Only the finest fragrances can evoke whole experiences, and that is just what the sought after Archipelago does.  The scents are refined, sophisticated and anything but one-note.  Hand crafted with soy wax, these candles burn much cleaner and longer than conventional wax candles.  These aromatic beauties are my picks for the season, ideal gifts for family and friends.

archipelago fall Archipelago is well known for their AB Home Collection, which features hand-poured soy wax candles and home diffusers.  Each season, new fragrances are added and this fall/winter the new stars are Birch and Macaroon.  The Birch tree has long been a favorite of mine for its majestic white bark, and now it is my favorite candle scent as well.  Archipelago interprets birch’s fragrance to be crisp and woody, smelling of freshly cut pine with just a hint of sage.  To me, this is the quintessential fragrance for winter.  Reminiscent of pure snow resting on a forest of pines but with a comforting, homey touch, Birch brings the outdoors in.

I imagine Macaroon to be the homebody of the fall/winter duo.  Comforting yet uplifting, Macaroon is for the gourmand lover.   It is nutty, toasty and warm with just the right amount of sweet.  It has that holiday dessert scent you love yet rounded off as to not be overwhelming.  As a finicky fragrance person, I was surprised as to how much I loved this scent.  I typically opt for crisp, clean scents over the gourmand family, but this one…it is just divine.  Perhaps it is that sophistication Archipelago brings to their fragrance profiles, how they manage to create full-bodied scents that stop just before they overwhelm, the kind of fragrance that may end with a different note than it began.

archipelage private reserve collection New this year to Archipelago is the Private Reserve Collection.  Five divine fragrances were crafted for this high-end collection using premium ingredients.  The scents still retain their original working titles, which I love.  There is no mistaking what these fragrances will smell like: Leather, Stem, Zest, Grass and Lust.  This collection runs the spectrum of fragrance from the floral Stem to sultry Lust.  On the top of my fresh and crisp list is Grass.  I have encountered other grass scents in my life, and I have always found it overwhelming, as if to be dumped into a sack of day old grass clippings.  Archipelago’s Grass is, once again, sophisticated and refined, the lively grass notes rounded off with subtle floral and clover hints.  Like walking through a dewy meadow, Grass will uplift your mood, even on the gloomiest of winter days.  Archipelago’s Private Reserve Collection candles arrive to you in black soy wax, contained in a sleek black jar.  These are the perfect upscale gifts for your fine fragrance gift needs.

Product was provided by Archipelago to facilitate this review.


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