Etsy Review: WickedGoodPerfume
I’m happy to bring you the second shop in my Etsy review series! Please click here to see the first one and read what the series is about and what the posts will include.
Today I’ll be featuring an Etsy shop that specializes in selling perfumes! She has quite a few book related perfumes such as a Disney scented perfume, Cinderella’s coach, Alice in Wonderland and more!
She also has a collection of Jane Austen themed perfumes! I personally chose the scent “Sense and Sensibility” which has the notes of earl grey, vanilla, and lavender. I just HAD to choose this one as the product to review. Other Austen scents she has are Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion and more!
So without further ado, here’s my review for Wicked Good Perfume!
“Cheri from WickedGoodPerfumes has been handcrafting various scents for several years. Her products are all 100% vegan and cruelty free. The perfumes are also made with natural ingredients so you’re getting the best out of your product. All batches are made fresh daily with plant extracts, distilled flower essences, essential oils and luxury oils. She can be found on Etsy as WickedGoodPerfume.”
1. What made you want to start making perfumes?
I’ve always been scent obsessed. As far back as I can remember, scents sparked memories and I found the concept fascinating. When I was little, my mom used to take me to the beauty supply store. I’d plead with her to buy me every tiny bottle of scented shampoo I could find. I’d come home and mix and match them for hours, mad scientist style.
2. You handcraft your scents. Can you talk about the process and how you come up with scent profiles?
Each product is handcrafted and made to order. It basically starts with the raw fragrance. I have a notebook of ideas. Each perfume usually starts with a moment or concept I’m trying to capture. The name Wicked Good symbolizes the balance between evil and good, a yin yang balance of sorts. I believe you need both energies to create an amazing fragrance.
It’s hard to explain, but I see notes in colors in my mind. An idea blooms as I start each project, fine tuning and narrowing as the scent develops. I try to keep an open mind, blending everything together to find the proper balance; top notes, middle accords and dry down. It’s like unwrapping a present, I like add an unexpected surprise within. It’s a lot of trial and error. Some scents take 30 minutes; while others are a work in progress, developing over years. I know when I’m there when; I close my eyes, smell something, and am instantly transported.
From there, I make a master batch and add it to our “fragrance library”. It’s cataloged and added to the Wicked Good website + Etsy. I originally started with two products: a perfume oil and a perfume spray. I then added samples. Although our samples take almost as long to create a full bottle, I feel it’s important to offer customers the ability to try fragrances with their own body chemistry. Scent is very personal. I encourage everyone to start with a mini.
It’s been an exciting month here in the Wicked Good lab. I added a complete, self-care line of bath and body products; from sea salt soak, dry oil spray, whipped shave cream, sugar scrub, bubble brûlée (shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath in one), soy candles, spa gift boxes and more. Customer can pick any of these wonderful at home spa products and have them custom blended with any of our 275 scents. Fragrance really adds a powerful, purposeful dimension to our everyday.
3. Your products are vegan and cruelty free, which is lovely. Why is that something that’s important to you?
Wicked Good is vegan and cruelty free. It’s important to me because I love animals; and can not stand to see them hurt or harmed.
I avoid natural ingredients like of milk, leather, honey and beeswax, but also secretions from animals used to mark their territories, which are often used as fixatives to make a scent last longer like civet, musk and ambergris. For these, I use cruelty-free alternatives.
4. Out of all the scents you’ve made, what is your personal favorite and why?
This is hard to answer. I adore many of my scents, all for different reasons. I don’t believe anyone should stick to just one “signature” scent. It’s fun to mix and match to your moods.
If I had to pick three:
ABSINTHE becuase it’s dark and twisty, but with a fresh green vibe that’s unexpected. I like to lighten it up with fizzy and refreshing Gingerale in the summer; or sometimes I’ll layer it with Apricot Freesia, which sounds bizarre, but gives it a mellow, fruity floral layer that lingers.
UPSIDE DOWN features tuberose, a beautiful and dangerous flower and ten other notes (get it, eleven). I digress. It’s modern floral with a subtle maple syrup dry down that smells divine.
MAGIC AF. I’ve been working on this one for about two years. I’m 95% there. It’s warm and comforting, but sexy at the same time. I was trying to get the feel of a warm embrace. This scent radiates comfort in an ultra-feminine, romantic way. I bet it’s going to be well loved.
I also have to mention, Boy Toy. Hands down, our best seller. It’s smells good, but I don’t think that’s why people are buying it by the gallons. You’ll have to head over to our site to find out why 🙂
As mentioned above, I got the scent ‘Sense and Sensibility’ from her Jane Austen collection. At first whiff, this had a pretty strong lemon tea smell which caught me off guard. I was expecting the tea from the earl grey notes but not the lemon. It smelled great though and clearly had that hint of lavender.
The lemon aspect later mellowed out into the main scent and all three notes came through really well. It was light enough with the tea and lavender, yet had a nice hint of musk from the vanilla. The overall scent of this one was very nice and I think all the notes involved made the perfect blend, especially for Sense and Sensibility.
Cheri was also kind enough to add a roller bottle of the scent ‘Old Books’ and oh my god. At first, it just has an extremely strong smell of parchment paper. It’s like sticking your nose into an antique book. SO good.
However, if you pay closer attention, you can start to smell beyond the parchment and get hints of a sweet musk from the honey, vanilla and coffee beans. The coffee doesn’t come out by itself, it just adds a nice earthy tone to the overall profile. The honey and vanilla are more pronounced and blend really well with the parchment scent. It’s kind of like revisiting a sweet old friend and it’s truly a comforting smell.
The perfumes have good shelf lives so the smell lingers for quite some time and doesn’t just evaporate immediately like some other brands, which is great.
If you’re looking for some 100% cruelty free or vegan based perfume, then this is definitely the shop for you! I’m excited to try some of her other perfumes as well now that I’m certain they’ll be wonderful.