Aiyana. An all natural body oil from Tallulah Jane


At some point, we perfume fanatics look at our collections and wonder, “Do I have too many bottles of perfume?” While the answer is obviously “no,” I have  also asked this question about several things I enjoy collecting like scarves, lipstick and body oils. Yes, body oils. I have at least four in my current rotation including evanhealy’s Sweet Blossom Hydrating Oil, Malie’s Jasmine Rose Beauty Oil, Intelligent Nutrients Total Body Elixir in Focus (review to come) and the most recent addition, Tallulah Jane’s Natural Body Oil in Aiyana. There are many more in my stash, but these are the bottles you’ll find on my bathroom counter.

Aiyana is a body oil for those of us who are serious about our body oils. The list of ingredients includes a luxurious blend of all natural oils that are anti-inflammatory (jojoba oil), rich in antioxidant Omega-3 fatty acids (camelina oil), hydrate the skin with exceptional triglycerides (meadowfoam seed oil) and impart regenerating benefits (pomegranate seed oil). With a roster like that, it’s no surprise this oil feels rich and extra hydrating to thirsty skin. What’s more remarkable though is how quickly it’s absorbed as well as Aiyana’s full-bodied scent that lasts for hours and hours.

When I read that Aiyana’s notes include Moroccan Rose, vanilla and pear, I was anticipating a sweet, rosy fragrance. What I didn’t realize, was that I had skipped over the text that mentions rock rose (cistus essential oil) which ultimately dictates the fragrant experience. Rock rose creates a scent that is more deep and resinous than sweet, which is not to say vanilla and rose aren’t present, they are. But their contribution is a subtle infusion of sweetness and petals that curl themselves around the warm and ambery essence of the cistus. Aiyana is also musky in a loamy soil kind of way that’s reminiscent of Weleda’s Wild Rose line, but with more depth and complexity.

Aiyana has found a welcome home amongst my favorite body oils, and I am quite happy to have discovered this uniquely resinous rose that nourishes my skin and makes me smell beautiful all day long. I am however, loath to keep this beauty all to myself, so I’d like to share some with my readers. Please leave a comment if you’d like to receive a sample of approximately 10mls of Aiyana from my own bottle. (I can only ship to US at this time, sorry!) This might be my last post until I get back from a spring break jaunt, so I’m not sure when I will announce the winners. But keep the comments coming and I will let you know the results in due time. Winners have been drawn!

posted by ~Trish

Disclosure: A sample was sent to me for consideration by Tallulah Jane. The opinions in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.


Aftelier Natural Perfumes: New Website + Giveaway to Celebrate!

Mandy Aftel, founder and creator of Aftelier Perfumes is a busy gal. She writes, creates gorgeous scents, collaborates with chefs, and has just revamped her website. The above image is from her art collection and greets the visitor at the Aftelier homepage. Mandy’s new site is visually lovely with beautiful art and stunning images of her products. The best part of the website is its elegantly simple design that makes it so easy to navigate. At the left of every page, you’ll find a list of the website’s pages such as liquid perfumes, solid perfumes, perfumed teas, and my favorite, the samples page.


Since the Aftelier website is much more user-friendly, it’s far easier to discover all of Mandy’s previously hidden gems like the Face Elixirs, found at the Face-Body-Bath page. I have the Violet Leaf, Neroli and Chamomile Face Elixir and I use it as Mandy suggests, which is to apply it to my clean face before bedtime. The Violet Leaf, Neroli and Chamomile Face Elixir smells exceptionally leafy thanks to the violet leaf absolute. I find this essence to dominate the Face Elixir with its damp earthy greenness. Neroli gives the slightest hint of citrus and the chamomile boosts its herbal tones, but violet leaf is the heart of this Face Elixir. The 7ml bottle is a petite thing, but I find I need only a drop or two added to my nighttime moisturizer of choice, typically Kahnia Giving Beauty’s Organic Argan Oil, for an aromatic lulling to sleep.


Another tiny bottle that packs a wallop is Aftelier’s Bath Oil. I’m used to bath oils in large bottles, so when I first laid eyes on the diminutive 15ml bottle, I was taken aback by its size, but once I learned that these Bath Oils are made only with pure essences and no carrier oils, the dainty size made perfect sense. The Bath Oils have droppers to ensure you’ll never use too much in one steeping. And believe me, one dropperful is all you need to create an unbelievably redolent bath. Mandy recommends adding the bath oil after your bath is drawn rather than under running water since the natural essences volatize immediately when exposed to hot water. After I squeezed my Forest Flower Bath Oil dropperful into the tub, the entire bathroom was filled with the camphorous and piney trail of Black Spruce essential oil. Relaxing in a Forest Flower bath soothed my sore muscles, and replenished my mind with a calm energy.

You all are probably wondering about the giveaway part of this post, so let’s get to it. There will be four winners in this drawing, and each winner gets to pick out one of the following: a Face Elixir, a Bath Oil, a Body Oil, or a perfume Mini (except Parfum Privé). You need to do two things to be entered, so read carefully! 1). Go to the Aftelier website and give a little feedback in your comment about the new design. 2) Let me know what item you want if you are one of the winners. You can get extra entries if you follow Mandy at Facebook or Twitter. Extra entries as well if you follow Scent Hive on Bloglovin, Twitter, Google Friend Connect,Facebook’s Networked Blogs, or subscribe to Scent Hive. Please let me know in your comment what you did so you get the entries you deserve! Drawing is closed, we have our winners!

Here are my past Aftelier reviews if you need help picking out a fragrance.


Chocolate and Saffron Body Oil

Lumiere and Tango

Please visit CaFleurBon, Now Smell This, The Non Blonde and PerfumeShrine for more celebration of Aftelier’s new website.

Posted by ~Trish

image from Mandy Aftel’s collection