*Please note that Gabriel’s Aunt is now Rebel & Mercury, see link below for website.
Gabriel’s Aunt (GA) isn’t entirely new to me. Nikki Sherritt, the creator of GA’s natural candles and perfumes, also pours candles for Ayala Moriel Parfums. I adore Ayala’s White Potion candle, so I figured I should give Nikki’s concoctions a try as well. I wasn’t expecting to be as crazy as I am over GA’s scents. In fact, after I wore the perfume samples Nikki sent me for a couple days, I promptly went to her etsy site and ordered some candles figuring if her perfumes were this good, her candles must be as well.
I will review everything I bought and was given by GA over the next few days (or weeks) but I wanted to start with Royal Couple, a heavenly combination of jasmine and rose that comes in both a cream perfume solid and a candle. Nikki describes her cream perfume solids as having just one or two essences in them to encourage layering. Yet Royal Couple’s short list of jasmine and rose belies its complex bouquet and is entirely lovely on its own.
After smoothing the perfume solid on my wrists and neck, I was reveling in thick and juicy jasmine petals…of the indolic jasmine grandiflorum variety. It’s a potent jasmine, but not so intense that it chokes the wearer or those around you. Rose was not a part of this jasmine-fest at the outset, but slowly made its way onto my skin, along with a spicy jasmine sambac development. I don’t know what jasmine Nikki uses for her Royal Couple blend, maybe it is a combination of the two. Regardless, the evolution of Royal Couple from heady and densely floral to a more piquant yet refined jasmine, was unforeseen and welcomed.
The drydown was equally delicious because I love a well-done vanillic floral base. Only Nikki knows if there’s a touch of vanilla (or maybe benzoin?) in Royal Couple, and if there isn’t she’s got a magic touch with the raw local beeswax she uses in her perfume solids. Organic coconut, jojoba and sweet almond oils are also used in the solids, making them a pleasure to apply to the skin. The scent has excellent longevity and I am seriously elated that Royal Couple is also offered in a candle.
GA’s candles are soy based, made with locally grown, Non-GMO soywax. Nikki never uses soy/paraffin blends which allows for clean and environmentally sound candle enjoyment. And like her perfumes, the candles are made with 100% all natural essences. The Royal Couple candle is a nice accompaniment to the solid perfume, as the rose essence flourishes with heat. It’s a freshly cut rose that is very full, thanks to the support of jasmine. As I began writing this post last night, I had the perfume solid on my skin, the candle burning beside me and I felt like I was in a royal garden filled with the freshest of jasmine and rose blossoms. It was bliss.
Royal Couple EDP (solid is no longer available) and Royal Couple Candle (Royal Couple is now the Rose, Jasmine, Grapefruit Everyday Collection Candle) are now available at Rebel & Mercury.
Posted by ~Trish
10 thoughts on “Gabriel's Aunt Royal Couple, Jasmine and Rose Bliss”
I have a few samples from Gabriel’s Aunt as well but none of the ones you are reviewing today. I adore Audacious from her perfume oil collection it is a pretty feminine floral blend.
I don’t have a sample of that…will have to put it on the list!
I must try this. I love jasmine and rose and solid perfumes. So…this sounds like a match made in heaven. And they’re based in Seattle. I’m all about supporting my Pacific Northwestern companies. How did I not know about them before?
WooHoo Pacific Northwest! I agree, nice to keep purchases local indeed. I think you should try Royal Couple, it’s so beautiful!
Let me know what you think if you do!
I absolutely love the candle!
I’m not really a candle person, but I was floored by how lovely this candle is! I’m tempted to burn it again tonight, but I want to save it!
Sounds like your house is filled with fragrant candles! So wonderful for this time of year…
I think I might be onto a new obsession! 🙂
I am loving the Royal Couple candle, but want to try the Balmoral from Cire Trudon, the new “Red” from Diptyque and of course the FM Santal Cardamom you wrote about.
Egads this could get costly!