Serendipity and Anniversary No 2


I knew I would discover amazing natural perfumes and beauty products when I started Scent Hive two years ago to this day. That was a part of my inspiration, to experience the world of naturals more fully in order to share what, in my opinion, is the best of green beauty available.

Although I am very intentional about Scent Hive, there have been many surprising discoveries that have knocked me out of longheld prejudgements about my preferences. Case in point; my past disregard for rose is now a burgeoning love affair. I did a two part post on this fragrant subject over a year ago, but my appreciation for this classically romantic flower in reality, has just begun. Since that post, I have relished in many gorgeous rose perfumes like Velvet and Sweet Pea Bed of Roses and Gabriel’s Aunt Royal Couplewhich are so compelling that I keep coming back for more.

Serendipity, a new limited edition fragrance from Wing and a Prayer, is another rose perfume that has elevated my adoration of this flower. Like most people, I find the scent of roses easy to love when they are in the garden or freshly cut in my home, but in many perfumes, its tendency is slightly one-dimensional. Such perfumes can be very pretty to be sure, but I like more complexity than most rose-centric perfumes offer. In the right blend though, rose has the potential to take on a rich and multi-layered quality. Such is the case with Serendipity.

Upon first spritz, I wasn’t completely taken with Serendipity. Its opening is reminiscent of a crepey, vintage tea rose which again, is pretty and most die hard rose fans would love it, but I wanted a little more to grab on to. Fortunately, it took mere minutes for a full-bodied woody citrus scent to emerge, and grab me it did! Nowhere in the notes is a citrus of any sort mentioned, but there is no doubt that I feel petitgrain or the essence of a bitter orange rind present when I wear Serendipity. The heart is reminiscent of my favorite citrus perfume, Red Flower’s Guaiac, with thick rose petals pressed atop its bright and sparkling radiance.

After inhaling its blissful heart for a good 45 minutes, the path to the drydown materializes, leading to the herbaceous, fruity-floral glory of boronia. Boronia is an evergreen plant with exceptionally fragrant blossoms, native to Australia. I envision this plant and its little blooms as super hearty, bearing down against intense heat and beach winds to bring us its fabulously woody and warm floral aroma. (I don’t know if boronia thrives by the sea, but it’s an image I enjoy). In Serendipity, boronia bestows its tannic depth and floral nuances that recall honeysuckle and a bit of peppery freesia, giving the rose essential oils more richness and texture. What I love most about boronia, is that for all its complexity, it remains lighthearted and conjures up that insouciant image of a warm, breezy beach.

Serendipity lasts for hours, at least 6-8 on my skin, and in its final stage it evolves into a musky rose that resembles Wing and a Prayer’sFlowers with the same subtly sweet ambrette musk. For an all natural perfume, its longevity as well as its sillage are very impressive, and the price is quite reasonable. Since roses are the quintessential Valentine’s flower, consider Serendipity for the occasion if you want an alluring variation on a classic.

In celebration of Scent Hive’s 2nd anniversary, Wing and a Prayer is giving away a bottle of Serendipity to a lucky reader. Please leave a comment to be entered for a 1/2 oz. bottle of this limited edition fragrance. Extra entries if you follow Scent Hive on Bloglovin, Twitter, or subscribe to Scent Hive. Please let me know in your comment what you did so you get the entries you deserve! Drawing is now closed.

Serendipity is available at Wing and a Prayer’s etsy shop. $45 for 1/2 oz or $90 for 1.7 oz.

Posted by ~Trish


Image: Standing Ovation by sintwister on esty.


105 thoughts on “Serendipity and Anniversary No 2

  1. Of course I already follow you on Twitter, and I read your posts through my subscription to your RSS.

    I started off as a perfumista saying that I didn’t like rose, but now I love it too! I have several rose perfumes now, and I’m always on the lookout for a new one. Thanks for the chance to enter this draw.

    1. Maybe we initially snub rose because it’s seems so ubiquitous and/or pedestrian? Regardless, I’m glad we both came around to realize its beauty in perfume πŸ™‚

      Oh, and that’s 3 entries for you my dear!

  2. This perfume sounds wonderful–i love rose, as well as citrus and woodsy scents, so this just sounds beautiful! I subscribe and follow you on FB and Twitter. Thanks so much!!!

      1. What did you pick for your trio Jordan? Isn’t it a great deal?
        Thanks for the follows and support of Scent Hive. That’s 4 entries I’ve counted….

        Good luck,

        1. I chose 3 from the California collection – San Francisco, Tahoe, and Napa. However, I’m sending them to my friend as a little gift b/c we used to live in SF together and miss it very much. I think i’ll need to get some for myself too, so I can experience some of their fragrances. They all sound so nice! At $10 +shipping I think I can afford that luxury πŸ™‚

    1. Could be, although it seems like longer….I’ve been over there for almost 8 years. Yikes!!

      Best of luck,

  3. Happy Anniversary!
    I wrote about the scent of my last sip of Oolong tea on facebook today and thought of you. Scent Hive and your posts have elevated my appreciation for the olfactory sense.

    I am that much luckier sharing office space with an equally passionate organic scent massage therapist/esthetician-
    try wood sprite organics-BLISS oh my! paired with Evan Healy vanilla pachouli shea butter on my feet.

    You may convince me about rose eventually-we will see.

    1. Wood Sprite huh? I’m off to go looking for it online. Thanks for the tip!

      Glad you have been enjoying Scent Hive Maura, thanks for supporting my blog and good luck in the drawing!


  4. Happy Anniversary Trish! Its such a delight to read your reviews and reccomendations (I can’t imagine my life without EvanHealy!). And heres another rose giveaway-thanks so much! I follow you on twitter, Fb and follow your blog!

    1. I’m so glad you love evanhealy’s products as much as I do! I use them daily and still adore them πŸ™‚

      Thanks for commenting and for the follows, that’s 4 for you!

      Good luck,

  5. I had the same notion when starting my blog about roses. And it turned out I love them. πŸ™‚
    Happy anniversary!
    I would love to enter for Serendipity – especially after trying their creation for the OUtlaw project which was great.
    I’m a blog a twitter follower.

    1. Apparently we are not alone! Poor little rose, why’d it take so long to appreciate its powers?? πŸ˜‰

      Good luck in the drawing Ines, that’s 2 entries for you,

  6. Happy anniversary!
    I subscribe via email so as not to miss a post. I love rose and I am passionate about boronia. I’d love to try this and to share it with my Valentine.

    1. Thanks Zee! I’m so glad you are enjoying Scent Hive. I wish you much luck in the drawing as the boronia in Serendipity is stunning!

      Good luck, you’ve got 2 entries πŸ™‚

  7. Congratulations and happy 2nd anniversary! And thank you so much for sharing the celebration with this giveaway. Serendipity sounds absolutely gorgeous and I would be sooo thrilled to win and wear this limited-edition fragrance! {I’m a subscriber and follow on Twitter too.}

    1. Hi Lisa, I am thrilled to be able to offer this giveaway as well!
      Thanks for reading and good luck in the drawing. You’ve got 2 entries.


  8. Hello, as always, your descriptions are beautiful and I would love to be included in the giveaway to win a sample πŸ™‚

  9. Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on 2 years. I loved your description of your journey through this fragrance — 6 to 8 hours is amazing for a natural perfume. I am a rose fan so do please enter me into the draw. I also follow you on Bloglovin’.

    1. Lindaloo,

      I agree, 6-8 hours is terrific for a natural. Flowers by Wing and a Prayer lasts just as long. Love them both!

      Thanks for the Bloglovin follow, that’s 2 entries,

  10. The scent of a rose is such a likeable scent! I follow ScentHive on FB and bloglovin & I am also a loyal subscribe πŸ™‚

  11. Happy anniversary from your Formalin-lovin’ reader πŸ˜€ I’m so glad you are still having such a good time with the blog!!!

    I was just thinking about ‘rose’ today – wondering if now would be a good time to revisit the lusher, heavier Rosines, like Kashmir (sp?). this would be a fun scent to try.

    I follow you on FB and subscribe to your blog!


    1. You go on with your formalin-lovin-bad-self! πŸ™‚
      You know what’s funny? Of all the Rosine’s, my fave is Mea Culpa….their tuberose scent that is now d/c’d 😦

      Thanks for the follows A, that makes 3 for you!

  12. Happy Anniversary Trish!

    Your site is an oasis at the end of a day, thank you.
    I love the idea of sillage and perfumes that have it, since I cannot often reapply during work. So I’d love to try this one. Thank you and good luck!


  13. Happy anniversary!

    It’s because of your blog that I first discovered Wing and a Prayer Perfume – I still think they’re one of the best deals around in terms of Natural ‘fumes, and I’ve always been impressed with the attention to detail they show. Even the sampler pack is a lovely treat for the eyes as well as the nose. My favorites of the line are Sabra Coco and San Francisco Mist, but come spring I may be craving the lighter scents again. πŸ™‚

    I follow you through a Google Reader subscription, does that count?

    1. San Francisco Mist is one that I need to try, thanks for reminding me πŸ™‚
      And yes, Google Reader counts so that’s 2 entries for you!

      Good luck,

  14. Happy Anniversary Trish! Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our newest fragrance Serendipity. Serendipity Perfume is clearly a rose by any other name, can smell so sweet. The boronia really does lend a fresh take on this scent. Thanks again.
    Fragrantly yours,

  15. You have me curious about this one. I too love Guaiac, so that is a plus for me. And I’ve always been curious about boronia. It is always described in such adoring terms, I need to smell it! I subscribe to SH.Thanks!

    1. Yay! A fellow Guaiac lover….isn’t’ it wonderful? I think you would really like Serendipity.

      Good luck and thanks for the follows, that’s 2 entries for you.

  16. Happy Blogiversary! I just had my three year this month — time flies when you’re having perfumey fun! πŸ™‚

    I am a totally over-the-moon about rose scents, so I will definitely being trying this one. Thanks for the great review, and congrats again on your success.

  17. Oh Boronia and Rose and a nuance of Fressia! Its too poetic-
    I immediately followered you to Twitter and subscribed to your newsletter- thanks so much for providing the opportunity

    1. It really is a poetic scent, I am loving it! Thanks for the follows and best of luck in the drawing, that’s 3 entries for you!


  18. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with us for two years! And thank you, too, to Jane from Wing and a Prayer for such a generous giveaway.

    I follow you on Twitter, Bloglovin and I subscribe.

    1. I think it might be more enthusiasm than knowledge! I’m learning as I go πŸ™‚
      4 entries for you, good luck!

  19. Congrats on year 2!
    I have only been reading you a couple of months, but I hit your site about 5 days a week, just to check and see if you have anything new!
    Please enter me in your draw. I adore roses in perfume, I am on a quest for that perfection as well. My current favorite is Ava Luxe’s Insense Rose. I would love to try this too.
    I am adding your feed now too! Sadly, I don’t do FB.

    1. dervishspin,
      I wish I had time to post more than I do, but I’m trying!! Now that you’ve subscribed to my feed, you’ll get updated as I post πŸ™‚
      Thanks for that follow, you’ve got 2 entries. Good luck!

  20. Happy Anniversary!

    I can relate to not getting overly excited about rose at one time. Maybe because it was so familiar. I’m starting to come around. πŸ™‚ Now that I’ve tried several essences I am appreciating rose more.


    1. I think you nailed it about rose, that’s why when perfumers meld it with lesser known notes, magic happens!

      Good luck in the drawing!

  21. What is the traditional gift for a second anniversary?? Congrats!! You deserve bouquets of roses for any anniversary; yours simply came bottled! :-0 I`ve been permanently in love w/ roses from childhood; Tea Rose from Perfumer`s Workshop (carefully applied!) and Yardley`s Red Roses cologne were my beginner`s scents πŸ™‚ Thank you for sponsering the drawing!

    1. I just looked it up, it’s cotton! Hmmmm, maybe I should treat myself to some thick towels?
      I have a special place in heart for Tea Rose by PW, my grandmother wore it and it always reminds me of her. And that’s exactly what I thought of in the first few minutes of Serendipity πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the comment and good luck in the drawing,

      1. Chuckle- Gump`s has been having a sale on those beautiful embroidered towels they stock – maybe you should look?? I want the dogwood pattern due to being surrounded by those pretty trees! πŸ™‚

  22. Congrats on 2 years! I’m thankful that you are willing to share with us non-toxic and absolutely gorgeous scents with us! And thank you for giving some away to us, too! I’ve always loved perfume but liked pretty much everything, just so long as it smelled good and not gross. It’s only after switching to non-toxic options that I’m starting to figure out what smells I REALLY enjoy (so far it’s lemongrass, almond and roses!)

    I follow you on bloglovin, twitter (@merryfaith), google friend connect (Merry P.) and on facebook (Merry Palachek).

    1. Almond is one of my faves too, have you ever tried Dr. Bronner’s Almond soap? It’s amazing!

      Thanks for all the follows, that’s 5 big ones πŸ™‚

  23. Happy Anniversary! How memorable and meaningful for you and us, like me who follow you.
    Love your reviews and insights as I follow you site. “Serendipity” brought your site to me πŸ™‚
    Rose….I thought I didn’t like it much but found it was the ill way it was done in some of the scents i had.
    Please enter me in this wonderful drawing, wow, a bottle.
    Thank you.

    1. Thanks for your sweet comment Nancy, it means a lot. I’m glad you have been enjoying you serendipitous discovery of Scent Hive πŸ™‚
      I wish you lots of luck in the drawing,

  24. Yes! Bon Anniversaire Scent Hive! I’m a triple follower too – BF, twitter and blog. Trish, so love reading your blogs.

    When can we visit? duVergne

    1. duV,
      You know you can come visit anytime! Would love to have you both:-)
      Thanks for supporting my humble blog and for your comments. And also for the follows, you’ve got 4 entries!

      I hope to have sniffing time with you sooner than later dear friend.

      Lots of love,

  25. Yes, rose seems to be one of those scents that people either love or hate, and most people say “It smells like an old lady”. I’m not one of them of course…..

  26. This sounds amazing! Due to your past review of WAAP, I got their trio sampler (Bella, Tallulah B2, Dorobella), along with a host of other samples (including the Outlaw “Notoriety” – the ladies at WAAP are awesome! Please include me in the draw! I’m SUPER crossing my fingers on this one! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    +1 follow you on Twitter (@DevonTheFoodie)
    +1 subscribe to Scent Hive

    1. That makes me so happy that you ordered some WAAP scents and have been enjoying them. They are such kind ladies indeed.
      Thanks for the follows, you’ve got 3 entries,

  27. Congratulations on your
    2 year anniversary. I have loved Jane and sarah’s perfumes, especially Bella and flowers. I would appreciate being entered in the contest. I follow you on bloglovin and subscribe to scenthive. I am always smitten with a perfume with boronia in it. thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us over the last 2 years. thank you to Jane and Sarah for this wonderful opportunity. ang

    1. Thank you Angie for first introducing me to Wing and a Prayer! I adore both Bella and Flowers and now am in love with Serendipity. πŸ™‚
      Good luck in the draw,

  28. Happy anniversary! Serendipity sounds like a wonderful perfume, and I’d love to try it. I’ve never smelled boronia, and this seems like an interesting combination.

  29. I adore the notes in Serendipity, definitely on my list to “wants”! πŸ˜€

    And Happy Anniversary Scent Hive! I’ve been an avid reader for a long time now and have enjoyed every post!

    Thank you Scent Hive and Wing & a Prayer for this fabulous competition.

    I follow you on bloglovin, FB, google friend connect and also subscribe.

    1. Thanks for the kind words and for all the follows Holly. I am so glad that you have been enjoying Scent Hive!

      Good luck with your 5 entries!!

  30. Beautiful name for a perfume! Musky roses sound so appealing.. I would love to be entered in the draw πŸ™‚ I follow you on twitter and Facebook, and I subscribe to Scent Hive and receive your news on my email.

    Happy anniversary! I wish you a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks Isa! I never thought I’d love a musky rose, but I do now πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the follows as well, that’s 4 entries,

  31. Oh I love Wing and a Prayer! I have so many of their scents. I love her oil form of Tallulah B2, and am dying to grab a bottle of it with Jasmine.

    Happy anniversary!

  32. Trish best wishes and please enter me in the draw. I follow you on Bloglovin and facebook and also subscribe by email. Serendipity sounds scrumptious.

  33. I just want to wish you a Happy Anniversary, dear T! It is lovely to see how beautifully Scent Hive Has grown over the period of two years and how many wonderful discoveries it has led to! Thank you for your reviews of interesting, natural products.

    1. Thanks for the sweet comment V. Your blog was the first perfume blog I discovered, so that means a lot to me. I’ll enter you in the drawing and I wish you luck!


  34. Hello to a fellow Pacific North-Westerner!
    I have just found this blog today and stumbled right into a giveaway! Thank you for hosting. I would love to be entered, and I friended you on FB and subscribed by email. Would love to try the rose, and if it’s not for me, I will find a was to pass it on and introduce it to as many people as I can, since I think that Wing and Prayer is a great brand. I tried their Lemon and Ice and liked it.

    1. So glad you found Scent Hive Olga! And thanks for the follows, that makes 3 entries for you.

      All the best! GO PNW!

  35. I discovered your blog in the bloglist of Γ‡a Fleure Bon; i am very curious of natural perfume. I had misconceptions about it & begin to understand that it is more than the will to be ‘vegan’ that motivates the creators. Spiritual, intelligent & conscious approach is what i see & read.
    I have subscribed to Bloglovin’ to follow your inspirations, i did not know it existed πŸ™‚
    Please add me to your draw, i would like to discover Wing & a Prayer perfumes πŸ™‚
    Cordially, Violaine

    1. Violaine,
      I’m so happy that you are open to discovering natural perfumes, there are some real beauties out there to fall in love with!
      Best of luck in the drawing,

  36. I’ve just recently discovered your blog, and I love that you focus on natural perfumes and smaller perfume companies. Congratulations on your anniversary!

    I adore a good rose perfume, especially those that are multi-layered. Please enter me in the draw, I subscribe to your blog.

    1. Thanks Melanie! Glad you discovered Scent Hive. Thanks for subscribing, that makes 2 entries for you πŸ™‚


  37. wow, just hopped upon your website while looking up ajne and…..I love it! I’ve never heard of these perfumes so exciting. I want to try everything!

    1. I’m so glad you found Scent Hive! Thanks for stopping by and hope to “see” more of you! πŸ™‚


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