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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Manor Collection: Library by Solstice Scents

While hunting for Halloween collections from my favorite indie companies, I stumbled across something special. Solstice Scents, a lovely company that creates some of my favorite perfumes, has an amazing fall collection this year. I was excited to learn that the collection is based on Manor, which just so happens to be my favorite perfume in the entire universe. You can read my blog post dedicated to Manor here:

The perfumes in the Manor collection are all based on specific rooms in the manor (and as an awesome bonus, they're designed to be layered with their inspiration, Manor!). The perfume I'm going to be reviewing today is Library.

One of the great things about Solstice Scents' perfumes is the fragrance's ability to take me on a journey, and Library is no exception. Library really takes me to an enormous, vintage, breathtaking library- a library that would most definitely be found in the Manor. Library consists of a wide array of notes that make it incredibly special and profoundly realistic to its title. I smell everything that should be in an exquisite library: leather-bound books with dust-filled pages, a roaring fire,  an oversized chair that has been freshly polished, and beautiful wooden floors and shelves. It's absolutely magical. I imagine it's what Belle was inhaling when the Beast showed her his immensely magical library.

I'm the first to admit my scent descriptions aren't anything special, so I'll provide the website description of Library from

Leather Bound Books, A Carved Rosewood Mantle, Dying Fireplace Embers, Wood Wainscoting, Cedar Shelving and Aged Paper


Twenty oils are combined to evoke the character of the exquisite library of the Manor.  Ample wood shelving displaying countless works, primarily bound in leather, is found on all four walls of the library.  A fireplace on the west wall features an intricately carved rosewood mantle and heavy dark wood wainscoting adorns the walls beneath the book laden shelves.  Dying embers impart a soft smokiness in the room and the scent of aged paper and a worn brown leather armchair melds with the rich leather and wood notes.

Library begins as a robust woods and leather (brown and black) scent with strong smoky overtones on initial application but after a few short minutes it begins to soften into a realistic and complex fragrance that contains elements you'd expect to experience in the fine personal collection of the Manor.  Library contains a blend of sandalwood EO and FO, agarwood, nagarmotha EO, choya loban attar, guaiacwood, Virginia cedarwood EO, leather, copaiba EO, benzoin EO, rosewood EO, Plai EO, western red cedar EO, rhododendron leaf EO, osmanthus attar and fragrance oils.  The dry down features a combination of woods, leather, embers, dust and brittle paper with a rich lemony-rosewood finish.

Photo Credit: Solstice Scents

I have been wearing this perfume on a daily basis. While I am still in love with Manor, Library is quickly scooting its bibliophilic way into my heart. I'd classify this as a masculine scent, though I personally believe girls can wear it beautifully. I'm a strong believer in wearing what YOU like, not what society tells you you're supposed to like! My boyfriend has taken a couple rolls of Library, and it smells great on him too.

I have tried layering Library with Manor, and they smell divine as a team! I'd recommend that combo for anyone who wants to add a bit of femininity to the wonderful Library.  It's also a great way to simply have fun with your perfume! Library is available at

Thank you guys for stopping by, and have a beautiful Saturday!


DISCLAIMER: All items mentioned were purchased by me for my own personal usage. I am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the companies mentioned. All opinions are my own and absolutely honest!


  1. I've always wanted to try Manor, it sounds gorgeous and so does Library :) I really need to get around to buying from Solstice Scents haha

  2. @Han-omi Manor is absolutely my favorite perfume and definitely worth at least a sample vial. And it lasts all day (sometimes even longer!) , which is a major plus for me :D It really is beautiful. You'll have to let me know if you end up getting anything & how you like it :)


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