Perfume Diary: Witchy Brews

Hello all! Today I’m sharing one of my indie discoveries – Hagroot! I’ve never actually tried perfume oils before, but if they’re all like this I may have to rethink my collection.

Everything I tried smells amazing. If you are into witchy, herb-y or foodie scents then these just might be for you. I found them all to be very long lasting – each one wore all day with varying degrees of fade by bedtime. There also wasn’t really a change between the scent in the bottle and the scent on my skin. I’m not sure if this has anything to do with the medium itself or if I just have the exact right chemistry, but whatever it is I’m here for it. As an added bonus, all her stuff is vegan and not tested on animals.

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PACKAGING
Each oil is $16.50 and comes in a 5mL amber glass bottle with a reducer cap. I personally prefer this type of cap (over a rollerball) because I feel it works better with oil distribution. The labels are handwritten, but I’ve had no problem with smearing so far.

SAMHAIN
(Notes of chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin, coffee, blackberry, cinnamon, caramel, patchouli, birch Tar)

Samhain is my absolute favorite of the bunch. The chocolate and pumpkin are right up front and it just vibes Halloween. It lasted quite long, second only to Trick or Treat, and had excellent throw for several hours. I highly recommend this one!

TRICK OR TREAT
(Notes of pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, apple, cocoa, coffee, oakmoss, blood orange, sugar cane)

All right, there may be a bit of a trend with some of the scents I picked, but I just can’t resist the pumpkin! The scent itself was a bit of a surprise. The closest thing I can describe it as is pumpkin incense, with an emphasis on the incense. The pumpkin is quite subtle, and occasionally the blood orange & apple poke out from behind to give it a lovely tart note. This one had the longest throw and really hung around – I could still smell it faintly the next morning. Definitely a standout!

AUTUMN ROSE
(Notes of pumpkin, rose, lemon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, oak)

I love the smell of real roses, but rose perfume usually screams “grandmother” at me. But, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to check this one out. I can safely say this one does not remind me of my favorite octogenarian. It’s surprisingly lovely! Pumpkin and rose isn’t something I would normally think would be good together, but somehow it works here. I’m not sure how much pumpkin I’m getting honestly – it smells more like cinnamon and rose with just a hint of the pumpkin at first. Later in the day, the rose fades a bit and it becomes more cinnamon/vanilla/oak.

LILITH
(Notes of star anise, clove, dark chocolate, cinnamon, orange, patchouli, coffee, cocoa, fig, frankincense, fir)

I found Lilith to be quite soothing to smell for some reason. The star anise really pops here. This oil smells kind of mysterious to me – it’s quite difficult to pick out any other flavors, but I know they are there because they lend a mellow creaminess to the scent that star anise doesn’t have on its own.

KITCHEN WITCH
(Notes of lavender, cocoa, blue sage, sweet orange, thyme, fig, patchouli, tobacco, frankincense, vanilla, rosemary, lemon)

I felt that Kitchen Witch was probably one of the more unusual scents I’ve gotten. It’s quite herbalicious; I found that I smelled the rosemary and lavender most, followed by the sage and lemon. This one was a bit divisive in my house – I love it but my fiance really, really did not (he’s got terrible taste anyway ;-D ). I found that it had a medium range throw and longenvity. By the end of the day it lingered quite close to the skin.

FAIRY REALM
(Notes of melon, peach, apple, pineapple, cinnamon, cocoa, delphinium, ivy, star anise, peony, lily, blackberry, fir, sage, tangerine)

Fairy Realm is a lovely, light, sugary/fruity scent – very different to the others I ordered. Again, there were some notes I thought sounded crazy together but they all meld quite well. I found this one to have the shortest wear time & have the least throw of the bunch, but still great – especially if you want something a little more subtle.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
I loved every scent I tried, and if you like perfume oils (or if you haven’t tried them before) I recommend giving Hagroot a peep. The bottles seem small but a little but goes a long way with this stuff, so they should last a fair amount of time. My two favorites so far are Trick or Treat & Samhain (I do love that pumpkin!). Everything wore as well or better than a lot of perfumes I’ve tried, and the fact that it’s vegan and cruelty free is a huge plus.

Etsy | Hagroot.com

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