PRAISE FOR MOTHER MAGGIE'S!
"The oils are incredible. Each one has such a beautiful scent. The bath salts are perfect. It's hard to put into words how yours are so different. I can pick out the light layers of each one.
"You both are extremely talented. When I wear them, I feel like I'm wearing a fine French perfume from the days of Kings and Queens. Thank you! I'm a happy client!" —Susan B.
“Wow!! I have been more than delighted with the customer service and fragrances that I’ve purchased from Mother Maggie’s!
“I’ve never repurchased a perfume as much as I have the Mother Maggie’s Blessing cologne. I had originally purchased it for myself and now it’s become my partner’s favorite cologne. I’ve been living the Body Conjure line… where do I even start? Genius. I smell soooo good and I get so many compliments when I’m wearing the Arbol de la Noche perfume. I can’t wait to try other fragrances.” —Yvette R.
“There are many aspects of me. Mother Maggie’s understands that. I have purchased three Mother Maggie’s colognes and perfumes, each scent taking me to a deeper layer of who I am. Mother Maggie’s Jasmine Essential Cologne lightens my spirit, lifts my mind, and affirms my transcendent nature. Hidden Promises─Body Conjure #04 sings like a siren, a seductive call to drown in my exotic waters. Vision Condition Cologne dances between my edges, bringing balance to the extremes of my ordinary days. Like me, these products are unique, diverse, and alive. Mother Maggie’s scents are instilled with a magic powerful enough to reveal the mysteries locked inside of me. These scents are blessings that reach in healing spirals to the depths of my secret soul. Mother Maggie’s products define me, and I want more because I know each new item will guide me farther down the path of my authentic self. I will return to Mother Maggie’s again and again. The Mother Maggie’s experience is a journey into the beautiful world of who I am and beyond the potential of what I am becoming.” —Denise D.
“First the fave: Body Conjure Arbol de la Noche. It is rather intriguing how this smells like jasmine in the bottle, but when it gets on my skin it proclaims tuberose, tuberose, tuberose. Love the associations with steamy nights in the tropics, with hints of herbals and woods behind the flowers. Transports me into moods of muggy sensual evenings outside in the South. Your description of it is perfect.
“Then the second: Body Conjure Sweet Wood Desire. This is much 'softer' to me, while being clearly in a more traditionally masculine mode. All in all less loud, and I find myself imagining a room where a lot of champa and sandalwood agarbathies have been burned over time—like that great metaphysical bookstore on South Street in Philadelphia, Garland of Letters. It somehow doesn't make me feel sexy, more devotional. But that is not to say it makes me feel -non-sexual. Hmmm. Maybe it feels this way because I am quite used to pure ouds from Borneo, etc....
“I'll be needing a bigger bottle of Arbol de la Noche... These are successes, Greg, for sure. They are unique and do not kowtow to the current all-smell-alike designer fragrances in this marketed up world. Congratulations!” —Matt W.
Comments on Body Conjure 06 Tempt Fate through Scent Trunk:
“Interesting combination of notes. Well blended, too. Big citrus opening. Mostly lime. Underpinned by Patchouli and tobacco as it dries. This is a good one.”
“I love this. Very high quality with lots of oils. Smells fantastic, and I am ordering a bottle now.”
“I’m definitely a fan. Nice limey citrus with a hint of darkness and mystery in the base.”
“Boom! I’m a sucker for the combination of citrus top notes and patchouli, so I figured I’d know what this was like before testing it. Wrong! The oakmoss and myrrh give the opening a fantastic dirty/earthy character, less juicy/edible citrusiness. The patchouli creeps in and never gets overbearing, and I still get oakmoss and bergamot well into the drydown. This one goes into the ‘yes’ pile!”
“Sharp lime in the opening that reminds me of an air filter/freshener. Next I get myrrh which really grounds the citrus notes. Altogether a nice masculine scent. Would make for a good suit at work scent as it doesn’t jump off the skin and is pretty agreeable.”
“Long lasting. The patchouli stayed very muted on my skin, while the oak moss projected for over ten hours. I’ll be ordering a bottle.”
“One of my favorite ones so far!”
“I really like this. The opening is light, at least compared to the other two from my box. Reminds me of an earthy scent from urban style clothing stores. The dry down is more and more interesting.”
“A 100% steal at this this price. If you like earthy, and citrusy scents, give it a try!”
“Strong enough for the weak. Great for the price.”
“As far as I know, Greg Wharton, the curator and perfumer at Body Conjure, has never been reviewed on YouTube or Fragrantica, and it’s high time to change that. Greg has ten scents, very neatly named one through ten—but they each have their own individual names. I want to use this space to introduce him, his line, and maybe my favorite scent from the entire line—No. 7 (“Dirty Sinner”).
“The notes for Dirty Sinner are: Egyptian basil essential, jasmine sambac absolute, Italian lime essential, Italian petitgrain essential, Spanish rosemary essential, and Indonesian vetiver essential. All of the Body Conjure oils are composed at 33% concentration (essentially a pure parfum, for all intents and purposes.)
“To my nose, all of the notes come at you right off the bat, but it’s not confused or jumbled at all. In fact, when I first smelled this, I told Greg that it smelled like raunchy sex. (Whatever it says about me that I’ve used sexual metaphors in my last few reviews, I don’t know.) This is a big, camphorous, woody jasmine. In the first five minutes, it throws you up against the wall and tells you it’s going to wear YOU. The wood and vetiver make it really masculine, while the jasmine rounds it out with deep, rich effect. I can genuinely say I’ve never smelled a jasmine perfume (or oil) that I’ve liked before, but this is incredibly good. It was the first one I opened out of the box, and I just happened to get lucky.
“One of the fun things about Dirty Sinner is it smells different inside than it does in the outside air. You know how you can reverse the black and white spaces in a black-and-white image to create that creepy “after effect”? When you step outside, the fresh air mixes with the jasmine to create a completely different smell, which is just as pleasant as the first one. I’ve only had this experience with a classical perfume once or twice before. I’m guessing it’s because of the oil concentration – or maybe it’s just something that jasmine does on my skin. Anyway, I love it.
“It’s also fascinating to apply to a pulse point and then just sit and spend the next hour bringing it up to and then further away from your nose. Up close to your skin, you get a big bold bergamot, almost like you’re freebasing Earl Grey tea leaves. As I said above, it’s so strong you almost get a camphor note from the bergamot. As you pull your nose out, you get the lime, soft green, basil, and that stunning jasmine sambac.
“Greg sells his oils in 2 ml, 5 ml, and 15 ml bottles (as well as bath salts, soap, and lotion). None of the oils come with a sprayer, only a dropper. When I noticed this at first, I was disappointed. Now that I’ve smelled and experienced the oiliness of Dirty Sinner on my skin, I know why he does this: a full spray would be far too much, and you would lose a good amount of concentrated oil to the ambient air. A daub on both wrists and behind both ears is how I wore it for two days – as you would wear a traditional parfum—and I was still going strong eight hours later.
“If you want a jasmine that makes a real statement. I’d tell you what that statement is, but it’s X-rated in nature, and that wouldn’t be gentlemanly of me, now would it? If you’re a jasmine lover, this needs to be on your to-smell list for 2016. This is already on my Christmas wishlist for December.” —John M.