Of all the many, many ancient (and recent) ladies of learning who deserve recognition, we have a soft spot for Hypatia. Philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, researcher, avid reader, beloved teacher, friend and valued counselor to rulers; she was a paragon of learning and would doubtless have been just as at home teaching at Harvard and giving TED talks in the modern era as she was corresponding with former students the slow old-fashioned way and constructing hydrometers on request.
We'd like to think she would enjoy wearing this sophisticated treat made from some of the local and imported goods available in ancient Alexandria, and we wish we could gift her with it across the ages: cinnamon-and-nutmeg poached pear, sweet dark myrrh, and warm Egyptian musk.
Posted by Frances on 26th Mar 2016
Probably my favorite scent in the bottle. Delightful spice-poached caramelized pears -- so realistic that I practically wanna eat it. Alas, those lovely pear notes fade in minutes. And within an hour or two, the rest becomes so faint that I cannot catch the scent without literally pressing my wrist to my nose. Guess my skin just does not hold on to this one, although I so wish it would :(
Posted by Dawn on 8th Jul 2014
When I was a little girl, one of my friends' parents ran a country store out of her back room. When you came into the store it smelled of her homemade candles and soaps, sachets of potpourri and delicate wood shavings from the hand-carved toys her husband made.
This smells like that memory: Warm, sweet, faintly spicy and entirely inviting.
When I first put it on I had forgotten what it was supposed to smell like, and my immediate reaction was "Double Bubble and cinnamon!".
Then the pear settles down, the initial sweetness turns into a softer brown-sugar-caramelized pear (yum!) and the myrrh and spices tiptoe in. The effect is delightful. It has a long life on my skin, too! After 8 hours at work, its ghost hovered on my skin. My husband the perfume-hater doesn't mind it at all, and I am in love. Thank you, ladies!
Posted by Unknown on 20th Jan 2014
The pear in this is FREAKIN AMAZING! However, I get no spice at all. I do get a faint...caramelized quality though, so that's cool! I'm really, REALLY pleased with this smell...I just expected more nutmeg and cinnamon.
Posted by Kate on 5th Jan 2014
When I received a small bottle of this, I was pleasantly surprised -- I had only ordered a squee, and I thought it mighty generous of Ariel and Holly to throw in a bit extra :) When I first cracked this one open and had my roommate take a whiff of the stuff, she exclaimed "You smell like sexy cookies!" I've used this scent for the fall and winter (it's a bit heavy for spring or summer), and I have to say that I'm really liking it! However, I can detect a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg and myrrh on me, but unfortunately not a lot of pear. The sweetness gets a bit cloying on me as time goes on, so I don't wear it all the time.
Posted by Unknown on 5th Nov 2012
I couldn't believe it when I opened this little bottle, somehow those two geniuses Holly and Ariel have managed to capture that first whiff of a hot, freshly baked pear crumble ^_^
I really hope that this one might be considered for the general catalogue, there are no spiced pear scents available elsewhere in the world of perfume oils that I know of. Not only does this scent fill the niche, but it would no doubt be the best even if there were a hundred spiced pear scents flying around.
The touch of myrrh is a beautiful finish for this gorgeous creation. I will definitely be buying more for as long as I can. I'm sure that Hypatia herself would have loved this scent.
Longevity is good, I put some in my hair and on my wrists and I could still smell it after six hours. It's nice to finally find a pear scent that isn't a standard white floral concoction (not that there's anything wrong with white florals, but I love fruit and spice).
Posted by Safyr Drathmir on 23rd Oct 2012
Okay, just kidding about that bit. These ones can cook.
In the bottle, lovely fresh sweet pears, with the juice running down your chin. On me, the scent of spicy, buttery poached pears, like I had just finished canning them and the whole kitchen is filled with that Cinnamon, Nutmeg, buttery sweet gorgeous warm smell. It faded to almost nothing really quickly, which made me sad. About a half an hour later I was drying my wee one's hair when that lovely spicy warm sweetness came back, joined by Myrrh. The Egyptian Musk that also came with is rather subtle, which is awesome, because I find it can be a bit headache inducing.
The for Science! factor? Another culinary olfactory masterpiece. In the words of the Jagers of Girl Genius: Dose guys vill neffer know vat heet dem!
Posted by Rayn on 17th Oct 2012
Definitely my favorite of this set of scents. The pear smells natural and manages to convey juiciness, the spices add complexity and sophistication without overpowering the pear or making the scent too sharp. It reminds me of the Lola scents, only not as warm, and the pear is sweeter and brighter than the vanilla as a base (and shows up better on my skin).
I haven't had a problem with the scent being faint (ah, the vagaries of skin chemistry...), and it sticks around pretty well. I smell delicious all day.
Posted by Nachtwulf on 4th Oct 2012
I was a little waffly on this one initially, if only because some blender's pear goes really odd on me. Thankfully, this is neither weird nor 'Yankee Candle'... it does indeed smell like poached, spiced pears. Almost exactly like them, in fact. I'm glad for that, since it's a very nice fruit smell, instead of coming off artificial and 'candle-y' as a lot of pear seems to.
The main reason it's not getting five stars is that I didn't get a lot of musk or myrrh, (in fact, none as far as I could tell), and that it seems like it's really faint on my skin. I like it a lot, I just feel like I have to slather it to make it work. Maybe it just needs to age some, I don't know. Time will tell. Anyway, it's a lovely spiced-pear blend that isn't candles. I'm content with it.