I’ve recently gotten into indie bath and body products. I wrote about my first experiences trying them as part of my January Beauty Favorites post and I was so impressed that I wanted to try more. I bought quite a few Alchemic Muse products as Christmas gifts and they all looked so nice that I had to buy some for myself. Alchemic Muse is a good indie brand to start with because she keeps a lot of stock (so there’s no mad rush to buy things before someone else does) and her turn around time is so fast (I placed a few orders and they all shipped either the same day or first thing the next day). The prices are reasonable and so is her shipping- she ships in flat rate boxes so you can get a lot of items before it kicks you into the next shipping tier. I stocked up on a bunch of products that seemed too good to live without- the Cream Soap, Body Whip, and Foaming Body Scrub, and I received a few Perfume Oil samples to try. Here is my full Alchemic Muse review.
I was really excited to try the Alchemic Muse Cream Soap. I’ve been really intrigued by the idea of whipped and cream soaps and they seemed like a low-risk way to try a new brand. I started with three different cream soaps: Figgy Pudding, Nevermore, and Marzipan. All of the products I got come in two different sizes: a 2 oz mini size and a 6 oz full size. I mostly bought minis as they are a great way to try the products and the different scents but I did end up with a full size of the Nevermore Cream Soap.
The Figgy Pudding Cream Soap is part of Alchemic Muse’s Winter Collection. This scent is described as, “sugary dried figs simmered in brandy with shavings of nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cinnamon leaf spooned over creamy tapioca and drizzled with a honeyed vanilla glaze.” To me this smells very strongly of cinnamon and not much else but I love it. It’s a great scent for winter and it smells very warm and cozy, but skip it if you don’t like cinnamon or very strong scents.
The Nevermore Cream Soap is from the Autumn Collection. Nevermore is described as, “dark and beguiling… dusty casks of warm blackberry wine laden with wild herbs and acrid tea leaves amid whispers of warm skin musk, crackling firewood, and a somber touch of freshly dug earth.” I really like fruity scents and this one has a unique fragrance. I can smell a mix of blackberries, wine, and tea, and it’s really nice. It’s a darker fruit-based scent that still smells light and clean. I really like Nevermore and I’m glad I ordered the bigger size.
The Marzipan Cream Soap is part of Alchemic Muse’s Permanent Collection. This sounded like a sweet scent that would be right up my alley- “a truly delicious confection of sweet almonds creamed in raw sugar with delectable notes of buttery vanilla,” but I don’t love it. I think Marzipan smells like almonds and maraschino cherries, very sweet but not as vanilla-y as I would like. I will use this up but next time I’ll try a different scent instead.
The Cream Soap is a rich whipped soap that has a slight graininess to it. Alchemic Muse’s version is thicker than other brands but it still has that light, whipped feel to it. It lathers really well and leaves my skin feeling pretty soft. I definitely feel clean after using this and the whipped texture is so much fun to use. The scent doesn’t seem to linger after I rinse this off. I only need to use a small amount each time but since the jars are pretty small I don’t think it will take very long to go through them (which can be a good or bad thing, depending on how much of a hurry you’re in to try more scents!).
I also decided to try the Alchemic Muse Body Whip. I don’t use much lotion but body whips always sound so luxurious so I wanted to try a couple out. I love pumpkin-anything so I picked up Pumpkin Caramel and Pumpkin Honey from Alchemic Muse’s Pumpkinfest Collection.
The Pumpkin Caramel Body Whip is supposed to smell like, “roasted pumpkin flesh drenched in buttery, creamy caramel and topped with freshly ground nutmeg.” It smells absolutely amazing. This smells very warm and autumn-y. It has a wonderful golden caramel scent and I can also smell traces of nutmeg and pumpkin. I really like this heavy sweet scent and I can wait until this year’s Pumpkinfest release to pick up more products with this fragrance.
The Pumpkin Honey Body Whip smells so much different than Pumpkin Caramel. I thought the pumpkin scents would be very similar but they are all quite different. Pumpkin Honey is described as, “clover honey and warm beeswax drizzled over pumpkin pulp, sweet cream, and blackstrap molasses over a thick layer of harvest spice.” It smells a lot lighter than Pumpkin Caramel. This has a strong honey scent mixed with spices and molasses. I really like this scent as well.
The Alchemic Muse Body Whips contain shea butter and nutrient-rich emollients to nourish skin. These are really interesting- they have a thicker, dense texture but the whip is very light on the skin. These absorb quickly but still leave my skin feeling moisturized. The scent lasts a long time (I could actually still smell Pumpkin Caramel on my hands 24 hours later) so only use these if you like the fragrance.
I also tried the Alchemic Muse Foaming Body Scrub in Pumpkin Mallow, Tiki Moon, and Pumpkin Cocoa. I like body scrubs but I just don’t use them very often as it’s hard for me to find scrubs that I really like. I took a chance and decided to get three of these.
The Pumpkin Mallow Foaming Body Scrub is also from the Pumpkinfest Collection. This is the first product I got from Alchemic Muse (it was actually a gift in my Advent Calendar) and it smelled so good that I had to order more things to try. Pumpkin Mallow is made with, “sweet pumpkin crème brûlée dripping in melted marshmallow and topped with a darkened vanilla bean pod.” This is sold out and I can see why! This is a wonderful dark sweet scent. I smell a lot of marshmallow and vanilla and it’s balanced by the heavier pumpkin crème brûlée scent. I just love smelling this, it’s so good!
The Tiki Moon Foaming Body Scrub is from the Summer Collection and it’s currently unavailable. Tiki Moon smells like, “freshly cracked coconut floating on a faint undercurrent of island fruits.” This is a sweet, fruity coconut scent that makes me think of piña coladas and the beach. I really like this scent and can’t wait to use it when it gets warmer.
The Pumpkin Cocoa Foaming Body Scrub is also (surprisingly) from the Pumpkinfest Collection. Pumpkin Cocoa is made with, “freshly carved pumpkin drizzled with rich Belgian chocolate and cocoa absolute lightly dusted with warm spice.” This smells like chocolate with some spiciness mixed in. It almost smells a little cinnamon-y to me. This is a sweet gourmand scent but I prefer Pumpkin Mallow and Pumpkin Caramel. Still, I would buy this again.
The Foaming Body Scrub is a thick sugar scrub without much oil in it. It’s a lot drier than other scrubs that I have used. The granules are pretty big but this isn’t too intense of a scrub, you can easily use it a few times a week. I like to put a little in my hands and mash it together with a little water before I use it. This scrub is mixed with cleansers so you can actually use it instead of soap but I like to use the whipped soap first and then scrub with this. I like this scrub a lot and I’m already picking out new scents to try!
Alchemic Muse is also known for their Perfume Oil. I’ve gotten a couple of samples with my orders and I also received a full size bottle as a gift. So far I’ve tried: Ambrosia, Nevermore, and Panettone. They all seem to last a while on me. I love how you can buy samples of the oils before you commit to a full size.
The Ambrosia Perfume Oil is part of Alchemic Muse’s Spring Collection. It’s not currently available but it should be released again soon. Ambrosia is described as, “luscious nectars of apricot and white peach amidst intoxicating mimosa and plum blossoms accented with a splash of ruby red grapefruit and a faint breath of spring air.” I think this sounds really nice but with my body chemistry all I smell is spring air. It’s nice, just a little too clean and floral for my taste.
The Nevermore Perfume Oil is the perfume counterpart to the Nevermore Cream Soap. I really like this scent, it’s dark and fruity and it’s a great cold weather perfume.
The Panettone Perfume Oil is from the Winter Collection. The Panettone scent is based on a traditional holiday cake called Panettone and contains, “tart cranberries, apples, ripe figs, and crunchy walnuts in sumptuous batter of rich golden cake.” I recently tried Panettone and this smells exactly like the real thing. This is a very fruity scent and I can smell a lot of the golden cake, cranberries, apples, and figs. It’s definitely a true representation of the actual cake but I’m not sure it’s what I want to go around smelling like. I think I would like this better as a Cream Soap.
I’m really happy with all the Alchemic Muse products I’ve tried so far. I think the scents are all layered and interesting and even though I got some that I wouldn’t buy again, I can still appreciate how well-designed the fragrances are. The Cream Soap is fun to use and I love the soft texture. The Body Whips feel really nice on and they absorb quickly so they don’t leave me feeling greasy, plus the scent lasts forever. The Foaming Body Scrubs are a nice mix of cleanser and scrub and I can see myself using them a lot. The Perfume Oils are also really nice and I’m interested in trying more scents. Alchemic Muse recently released their Valentine Collection and I’m already trying to decide what to get next!
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