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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Twyla ~ The Golden Lilies; Soma

Hey guys! Sorry I haven't been as active around here as I normally am. I've been feeling really overwhelmed about life and jobs and all that crap. But this coming week is my Spring Break, so I hope to have lots of new reviews for you soon! I'm also thinking about doing a post about stress relief, because goodness knows I've tried everything under the sun!

As you probably know, the ever so awesome Dee sent me a lot of imps not long ago. Among them were some Twyla imps. I've been very excited to try the Twyla perfumes, as I've been enjoying reading all of your thoughts on them! Today I am reviewing two of the Twyla imps: The Golden Lilies and Soma. Also, I could have sworn I took product photos, but I can't find them anywhere! I found a couple pictures for the perfumes that I hope will suffice.

The Golden Lilies

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This scent starts off strong on the Lily-of-the-Valley, tiare and apricot, with a beautiful and golden, earthy base of resinous amber to anchor the sweet, almost candy-like tonka bean. Davana is said to have the unique property of smelling differently on every person's skin. I find it to be rather woodsy, with a hint of herbal-vanilla. The smooth, deep sandalwood and unusual, almost musky floral of the fire tree - which smells a bit like a musky lilac with a hint of apricot, round out this unique and lovely blend.

Cold sniff- Vanilla and a crisp, green aroma.

Initial Application- Something went medicinal on me, like straight up cough medicine. Maybe it's the Davana, and my skin is just unlucky with that note.

Drydown- The drydown is a lot more pleasurable for me. The apricot stands out very much on my skin, with a bit of an herbal note as well. It's kind of a "bitter" perfume, but in a pleasant way. I didn't have hope for this perfume, but I'm glad I waited it out.


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This is the second in a series that was intentionally created to fall into the category of both aromatherapy AND perfume. Created to ease anxiety and stress, this oil smells like lovely lemon-flower cotton-candy (due to the sweetness of the vanilla and lemony scent of melissa, not because i used synthetics), white lotus-flowers and sunshine.

With several calming essentials including melissa (a powerful relaxant, some studies have shown it to help ease clinical anxiety and help calm children with ADD - although current research will show more solid results one way or another in time), lotus, which has a calming and some say euphoric effect; sandalwood, which is commonly used in anti-depressant and anti-anxiety blends for it's soothing aroma; rosewood, ylang ylang and vanilla - all three of which are soothing and comforting to the senses.

This is another one that might help some of you sleep (like Migraineur) - i find it extremely calming. Most effective as an inhalant or in a room-diffuser/oil burner for several minutes if used for anxiety - but absolutely LOVELY as a perfume!

I was most excited to try Soma because I am willing to try anything that will help with my anxiety!

Cold sniff- A very clean and beautiful lemon note (melissa!).

Initial application- The beautiful lemon note stays put, and I also get the rosewood. I don't know if I'm experiencing a placebo effect, but I actually feel almost euphoric upon inhaling this perfume. Perhaps it's just that it smells so good ;)

Drydown- I don't really notice a difference between initial application and drydown.

I wish Soma came in shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bajillion gallon containers of perfume. Maybe then I could contain my stress :)

I enjoyed trying these Twyla imps, and I look forward to trying more! I hope you're all having a great weekend!

Disclaimer: The items mentioned were sent to me for free by my lovely fellow blogger, Dee. My opinions are my own. 


  1. I liked Golden Lilies very much! I will be getting a full bottle of this in future :)
    I haven't tried Soma and lemon is not my thing. But this sounds really calming and relaxing :)

    1. Oh that's awesome! I'm glad it worked for you enough to get a full bottle in the future :D

      Soma is definitely lemony (though yes, very relaxing). Do you like lilac or lavender scents? :)

    2. Lemon isn't my thing either Su, but Soma is worth testing if you're ordering anything else. It's not a floor cleaner lemon at all.

  2. I don´t think I´d like Soma very much,but I´d probably enjoy Golden Lilies despite the florals... Twyla florals have been surorisingly enjoyable!

    1. I didn't get anything floral from TGL, so I think you'd like it too! I will try to remember to send it to you since you haven't tried it yet <3

  3. I love these pics Rachel! Very beautiful!
    I haven't tried Soma and I really like sweet lemony scents!
    Twyla's scents, from the ones I have tried until now, don't really work on me but they are definitely unique blends.

    1. I would love to read a post about stress relief. It would be very helpful!

    2. Thank you sweetie! I actually got the idea from you because you always have such wonderful pictures on your posts :) I think you'd like Soma!

      I will work on my stress post today, If I could help in any way, I would be happy to!

  4. I just adore The Golden Lilies - it seems to be quite polarising. Some people love it and some just hate it!


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