Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery is the creation of Laurie Stern, a perfumer who blends her artisanal fragrances from carefully selected botanical ingredients. I first heard about this small company from Trish at Scent Hive, who recently shared some trial-sized amounts of Velvet & Sweet Pea's Face & Body Frostings with me. Fancy body creams are everywhere these days, and it takes a little something extra to impress me, so I'm glad Trish put these products right into my hands. They definitely need to be felt and smelled to be appreciated fully.
Velvet & Sweet Pea's Face & Body Frostings in Orange Blossom and Kashmir Rose are both concocted from a base of organic jojoba oil (infused with Tahitian vanilla beans), organic shea butter, virgin coconut oil, and organic oils of marula, avocado, red raspberry seed, rose hip seed, sesame, safflower, and vitamin E. Orange Blossom Whipped Face & Body Frosting is fragranced with neroli essential oil and blood orange oil. Its scent opens with a clean, bright neroli note, one of the nicest I've smelled in a body product in ages, and it turns more citrusy as the product warms on skin. This Frosting would layer beautifully under an orange blossom soliflore or something like Atelier Cologne's Grand Neroli. The Kashmir Rose Frosting includes Himalayan rose otto and Moroccan rose absolute, for a true rose scent with just an underlying suggestion of vanilla (from the infused jojoba). It's so beautiful and simple that you could easily wear it under any rose fragrance in your collection. (Velvet & Sweet Pea also offers a Tuberose Gardenia frosting scented with organic enfleurage butters, which sounds incredibly indulgent, in a rare and old-fashioned way; I haven't tried this one yet.)
Velvet & Sweet Pea recommends its Frostings for all-over use. I haven't tested them on my face, but I've been enjoying small amounts on my hands and elbows. The consistency of the product really is unusual: it looks fluffy and mousse-like, it feels creamy, and it melts into the skin with the lightest touch, leaving no oily or sticky residue. I've also found that the tiniest dab of Frosting, applied to the very ends of my hair, works as a moisturizing finishing product.
A jar of Whipped Face & Body Frosting would make a sweet little gift for someone who appreciates small luxuries, or just a private treat for yourself. It's a bit of an extravagance, but at least it's a wholesome extravagance (floral essences! organic seed oils!). If you're in a truly lavish mood, you might want to browse through Velvet & Sweet Pea's limited edition perfumes; if you're looking for a cheaper thrill, don't miss the whimsically packaged floral hydrosols.
Velvet & Sweet Pea Whipped Face & Body Frostings in Orange Blossom and Kashmir Rose are available in 1 ounce ($20) and 6 ounce ($90) sizes at the Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery website.