Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Captain Blankenship

Aahwoo! It’s Captain Blankenship!

By Tonie Silver

Captain Blankenship. How could I possibly not review a company called Captain Blankenship for Pete’s sake???! Go on, say it~ Captain Blankenship. Before you know it, you’ll be chanting it to yourself like a mantra: Captain Blankenship, Captain Blankenship, Captain Blankenship, until finally, you’ll be able to stand it no more, you’ll have to go to the website, you’ll see all the cool stuff, you’ll ooh and ahh over the Captain’s adorbs puppy-doggy, and you’ll order! Yay!

Wolf Princess Earthbound Serbian Goddess Mirjana Blankenship makes some mighty fine offerings. Her Meteor Spray and Meteor Hand Balm are two super cool prods, and here’s why: they start off with a beckoning of vetiver, and linger with ylang. In the middle is a pine note. Use the spray on your bod, pillows, kitty, whatever, and the balm on all four paws, lips, wherever. The balm is lightly moisturizing and has a nice soft, smooth texture; it’s easy to scoop out a fingerfull. Housed in a cute little tin, hand stamped with Jana’s scritchy little handwriting and drawings. My favorite thing about the balm is that I get whiffs of different notes at every turn; sometimes I’ll pick up the vetiver, sometimes the ylang, and sometimes the fir. I find meself keeping this by the sink, and it’s almost gone! My favorite thing that Mirjana sent me! Meteor is a very wearable scent indeed~ goes nicely with everything.

The Captain makes seven perfumes~ one for every day of the week!

Wolf Moon is an unexpected rendering that gives new meaning to tuberose. Sharp, green, peppery, and watery. This smells old to me; it reminds me of my grandma~ in a good way! I got little hints of the smoked frankincense, old books, and a boozy, whiskey-like gig.

Mani, which is jewel in Sanskrit, is like a warm blanket, enveloping the wearer in flowers. This reminds me of a classic chyphre. You get the warmth of myrrh and cardamom, with the sweet muskiness of ambrette seed. Smells like really expensive jewelry. I get a metallic twinge in there somewhere. Nice dry down; like a heavy bouquet of dried flowers.

The description of Vrt is a green, gardeny scent, but guess what it smelled like on me? Bananas Foster! Totally sweet with bananas, vanilla and burnt sugar, then a hit of patchouli. Um, as it contains none of these ingredients, it will probably smell totally different on you. I quite like it and find it fun!

Oh yeah. Sea Wolf. Say no more, say no moah! Sweet, jammy forest straight up. Has everything I like in it: fir, vetiver, patchouli, myrrh, et al. Sweet, soft, and warm. Makes you smile. This is my favorite of the seven.

Here’s what Jaune smells like: a handful of freshly cut wildflowers in a sunshiny meadow. Sweet, soft, and flowery. Whiffs of white blossoms. Childhood memories of Summer~ those nodding little pink and yellow blossoms with the sour stems that you used to chew on.

Lila jars you into consciousness with wet, leather, and smoke, and morphs into an overlay of wilted, candy-sweet bouquets. Gives one pause. A scent for thoughtful times. I looked at the ingredients, and the cade is what I picked up as smoke, lilac, honeysuckle, and linden give the flowery tone, and cepes is the wet. Clever!

Aptly named, Phosphorescent. Sea spray on your face. Fresh. Salty, in a good way. You’re sitting on a big rock at the seashore, holding a bouquet of honeysuckle blossoms, and the ocean water is crashing up and spraying you, and you like it. Yup.

Headache. Cramps. Must. Have. Hot. Bath. (Preferably salted, with organic oils, and good smellies!) Ahoy Matey! It’s the Good Ship Blanken to the rescue with her Orla Bath Salts. Sea salt, essential oils, and organic California almond oil are just what the doc ordered. You’ll feel right as rain after a soak in this brew. The ever lovely rose geranium takes center stage in this blend, with supporting cast members blood orange and bergamot rounding out the olfactory trio nicely. Leaves skin perfectly moisturized, and nice and comfy.

The Rusalka Bath Salts are so pretty! Very pink and yellow smelling, with palmarosa, ocean pine, and eucalyptus. These forest sprite salts almost had me snoozing in the tub! Very relaxing indeed.

Do set sail with Captain Blankenship; it’s guaranteed to be a very happy voyage!


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