Long, long ago — 10 years, I should say — on an island far, far away — Great Britain, if you really must know — our hero, young Sean O’Mara, was on holiday in the bustling village of London when something wondrous happened.
Sean, now the creative director for Los Angeles-based Royal Apothic, was browsing a Notting Hill antique stall when he saw the most amazing thing. It was squirreled up high upon a shelf, an Eighteenth Century apothecary manual filled with recipes for scents and other concoctions, many of which had long ago been made for great monarchs of Europe.
“Jackpot!” he must have thought.
Seriously? Dude, the only things I ever get on vacay are tchotchkes and food poisoning.
When Sean returned home to the US, he set to work conjuring the long lost recipes. Et voilÃ , Royal Apothic was born.
I just love a good story, but I’m also a fiend for clean, elegant designs, like the regal packaging (LOVE the font and the crown logo!) of Royal Apothic’s new line of summery roll-on scents. They’re called The Extracts ($16 each), and you should be able to find them at Anthropologie stores.
The Extracts are each single note fragrances, and they come in seven different scents: Orange Blossom, Marigold, Green Tea, Fig, Violette Pastille, Hydrangea and Iris. They’re designed to be worn alone or combined any number of different ways to create your very own signature scent.
The two I’ve been wearing are Hydrangea and Green Tea. Hydragnea smells fresh and … how should I put it? Optimistic? Like a mix of crushed flower petals, warm spring rain and fresh-from-the-shower skin, while Green Tea smells crisper and even more invigorating, like a warm cup of — you guessed it — green tea sweetened with a dash of honey and lemon.
Both scents are light and fleeting, lasting no more than four hours, max. I guess that’s where the convenient rollerball comes in… The small bottles easily fit into a pocket or purse for quick touchups anywhere, but I’ve been keeping both of them in my desk drawer where I can reach them while I work.
Wouldn’t these make cute summery gifts for a friend? Perfect for that certain someone who needs a little cheering up.
Good on ya, young Sean O’mara! I like The Extracts a lot, and I bet that girls who love light, simple scents will dig ‘em, too. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
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