Whoa, it’s been awhile. I’m sorry, but there are a few things to blame – one great, one average, and one bad thing, to be exact. The awesome one is that this summer, I started dating a friend of mine – who happens to be a pretty awesome streamer, so if you’re into RPGs (especially JRPGs like the Shin Megami Tensei and Tales Of series), my loyalty demands that I tell you to go check him out here. The middling factor is that I had a temporary contract job that, while interesting (it involved fragrance and candle testing), had much longer hours than I was used to and left me feeling like I was always kind of wiped out. The bad issue is that my struggles with chronic migraine reared their head again after a few months of receding, and for a few months there, it felt like all my time was basically either working or in bed with a migraine. However, the work contract is over and I’ve been feeling a bit more like myself lately in regards to motivation… which means it’s time to get to work on my massive backlog of intended posts…
Jumping right into it, my first review is going to be a perfume oil that I’ve had for several months and have – spoiler alert – become really fond of when I’m in the mood for a cozy gourmand.
The scent in question is Almond Milk from indie bath and body brand Firebird Bath & Body. I snagged my perfume oil samples from their Etsy shop, but they do also have a standalone website with a wider selection of products. As of this writing, the Almond Milk perfume oil is available from both avenues. There seems to be no difference in pricing between the two, so I personally would probably continue to order via Etsy when it’s available for cashback on eBates or TopCashBack (seriously, why does Etsy blip in and out of existence on cashback sites/apps so much? Pls).
Almond Milk is described as “Soft, sensual, intoxicating: almond, vanilla, musk, a wisp of white chocolate. This fragrance manages to be both a soothing comfort scent and incredibly sexy at the same time (try it- you’ll see what I mean). Sugary perfume haters need not apply, but lovers of all things sweet and gourmand- I think you’ll enjoy this one quite a bit.”
The listed notes are almond, vanilla, and musk.
Upon initial application, I smell all three of the primary notes quite obviously – there’s that sultry, skin-scent musk, an almost iced vanilla, and of course some sweet almond. The interplay between the “cool” vanilla (and I think the almond may also be contributing to this feeling of a ‘colder’ vanilla?) and the “warm” musk makes this feel like a perfect winter scent to me – it manages to be both cozy and frosty all at once. It’s a fantastic effect, in my opinion.
As time goes on and the oil warms on my skin and starts interacting with my body chemistry, I definitely start smelling the white chocolate “wisp” that was alluded to in the scent description. Now, I am an unabashed lover of all things white chocolate, so I was thrilled when I first noticed this additional complexity! It does start making the entire scent feel a bit warmer, but there’s still the cooler undertone that never quite goes away. To my nose, the scent doesn’t evolve more than that on me (beyond almost the barest hint of spice, but it’s so subtle that I almost wonder if I’m hallucinating its presence!), so it’s very much an “as advertised” fragrance. Given how much I like the second stage after it’s softened up a bit with the white chocolate, I’m pretty happy that it stays that way.
Now, I’m going to make the obvious comparison: this reminds me a whole lot of Lea by Calypso St. Barth. If you were online on places like MakeupAlley back in the early-to-mid 2000s, you’ve probably heard all about Lea (here’s the review page at MUA for those of you interested in some time travel). It was a massive cult favorite – I believe it was one of the very first perfume samples that I ordered from LuckyScent, because the hype was real. Now, the problem for me in regards to Lea wasn’t that it didn’t smell good – it smelled amazing – but I don’t know if it was my body chemistry or just the formulation, but it evaporated on me like it was a Demeter perfume. That is to say, it was completely gone within like 15 minutes. Given that I was a broke college student at the time, you probably understand why I never purchased a bottle, no matter how good it smelled for that brief, fleeting moment.
It seems that Lea has discontinued production – I can’t find the precise confirmation of when this happened, but a few fragrance database websites list it as discontinued and it’s no longer available for purchase on LuckyScent or similar websites. So if you’re an ex-Lea devotee that’s been hoarding your last few drops, I’d recommend giving Almond Milk a shot to see if it captures the same magic. They’re not identical – I find Almond Milk to be less powdery than Lea, which is a huuuuge plus for me personally – but they’re very close in my memory, and frankly – Almond Milk lasts significantly longer on me than Lea ever did.
Now, this could be because Firebird Bath & Body uses coconut oil as a base, rather than alcohol – as the FB&B website explains:
Firebird perfume oils are concentrated fragrance in a base of fractionated coconut oil- super light, quickly absorbed, and non-staining. Because they’re rolled on instead of sprayed, the scent is worn closer to the body than typical alcohol-based sprays- so you’re not going to knock over everyone you walk past (which is a good thing, right?) The scent also doesn’t evaporate as quickly as with alcohol-based perfumes, and you don’t have to wait for the alcohol smell to dissipate before you get the true scent of the perfume.
This isn’t an exact science, nor is it universal – here’s a fun blog post that explains the differences between perfume oil and eau de parfum, and it seems to suggest that which one lasts longer on your is down to your specific body chemistry. I assume that if you’re a fragrance junkie reading this, you probably already have an idea of which side of the coin you fall on, and for me it’s definitely oils that stand the test of time.
Regardless, at $12 for a 9mL roller ball, I think that Almond Milk is very much worth its cost. If you’re not sure – or, like me, you poked around the Firebird Bath & Body scents a bit too long and now want to try several of them – you can also purchase sample vials in packs of three for $6, or 6 for $12. The samples are your standard 1ml glass vials, and I received them very well packed and without any leaking – it’s always a joy when such delicate things like perfumes manage to make it to me in one piece given how rough my local package handlers seem to be, frankly.
I will be reviewing the other samples in the upcoming weeks. If you’re curious, they are Woodsmoke & Vanilla, Black Cocoa, Viking, Cocoa Pumpkin, and Cardamom Burnt Sugar. If you have a specific request for which one(s) you’d like me to prioritize writing about, let me know in the comments below!
Almond Milk is also available in bath salts and a body lotion, but I haven’t yet tried either off those formats yet – I am still working on my massive stash of Luvmilk and Bath & Body Works body lotions/butters/creams and as such, I really can’t justify buying any more at the moment – but trust me, it’s on the list! Firebird Bath & Body also makes lip balms and soaps, but it doesn’t seem that Almond Milk is available as either, at least not currently.
Thanks for your time, and I hope that if any of you give Almond Milk a shot, you’ll love it at least as much as I do – if not more!
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I am not affiliated with Firebird Bath & Body or Etsy in any way. All items in this post were purchased with my own money for personal use, and all thoughts are my own and free of bias. The eBates link does contain an affiliate link, though, and if you use it to sign up you’ll be doing me a giant solid – so thank you in advance to anyone who uses it!