Sage Roll-On Perfume Oils

With the tick of the calendar over to 2014, something in my mind also went “tick” — as in, shut off. I focused on one task at a time. I slowed down and enjoyed the moment. I checked my e-mails and texts only a few times a day. It was all very “new year” cliche, and it was great. Some of the choices just felt like the right way to start a new year, but others I am hoping to cultivate as longer term habits.

Along with this mindset, I craved something different in my perfumes. I didn’t want to wear anything mass produced or mass marketed. I reached for a lot of perfumes from smaller companies, and some of those that I wore the most were a set of perfume oils by Sage.

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Created by Sage Machado, an LA-based designer who started in jewelry and branched out from there, the oils are inspired by and named after gemstones. I asked Sage about the process, and she indicated that she looked for a perfumer who would allow her to be involved from A to Z, incorporating her own ideas about the gemstones. “I have researched where the gemstone is found naturally, and tried to use notes from those regions … In addition to really capturing the essence of what that gemstone has meant to me after working as a jewelry designer for 20 years. I try to evoke the color, the total essence of that stone,” she said.

My favorite (appropriately, since it is one of my favorite stones) is Onyx, a blend of black coconut, tobacco, oakmoss, vanilla, amber, and musk. It is heavy on coconut, which of course I love. The difference from other coconut scents in my collection is that it is more sultry than beachy. At the other end of the spectrum, I really like Pearl, which combines sandalwood, vanilla, and oakmoss. It goes on sweeter than I expected, but the milk-cream sandalwood note is great, and after 15 minutes on skin the delicate green notes are a fresh surprise, like mint leaves on a slice of cake. (Although not, obviously, minty.)

Garnet is the biggest surprise, a combination of gardenia, rose, amber, and vanilla that is super rich and full blown. Regular readers know I love gardenia, and pairing it with rose and (I think) some earthy elements that aren’t in the note list lets the gardenia stand out like a bright white thread against the black silk backdrop of the rest of the fragrance.

The last of the four oils I have is Amber. The note list is blood orange, labdanum, amber, and musk. I mostly smell a chocolate-orange-amber that is by no means unpleasing, but I wish Amber was more refined. It doesn’t have the same level of nuance as the others.

For those who are looking for serious longevity: one “squiggle” of the roll-on of these oils lasts 8+ hours on my skin before even beginning to enter the drydown stage. Best of all: Sage perfume oils are 100% cruelty free.

For more reviews of Sage perfume oils, your best bet is checking the reviews Luckyscent. The perfumes are also available on Sage‘s website.

Product provided by Sage. Reviews are never compensated, and posts are never sponsored. See my Media & Disclosure policy for details.

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12 responses

  1. Thank you!
    These sound really good. :)

    I love gemstones and pairing perfumes with them sounds perfect to me. Plus, the notes listed for each of them sound very good too. :)

  2. 8+ hours is fantastic longevity. Like Ines, I’m fond of gemstones (wearing amber, quartz, labradorite and white topaz as I write) so the concept really appeals to me too. Pearl sounds great and what pretty containers.

    • Definitely impressive longevity. I’m not knowledgeable about gemstones, but I would be interested to hear what people who are knowledgeable think about how well the perfumes match the stones. The extent of my “analysis” on the topic was to be disappointed that my birthstone was the inspiration for an aquatic scent, which isn’t really my thing. :)

  3. Eight hours is an impressive longevity.

    Cute boxes and very cure “vanity bottles”. But until I read that people are actually buying any of those perfumes…

    • Ha! Your reaction sounds like my initial skepticism. Then I got them, and was really pleasantly surprised. I felt I was wearing perfume, not a random oil I bought off Etsy (I have had some such experiences, which has made me a bit, or a lot, prejudiced). Then again, I have had some really good experiences doing the same, such as a coffee oil perfume that I really liked. So I should have learned by now. :)

  4. These sound amazing! I love perfume oils because they last. I have one that I’ve had for years (15?!) and it still smells great. I get compliments every time I wear it. So fear not. You just have to find the right brand. Sage sounds fantastic! Thank you for sharing. :)

  5. They look so pretty in those canisters! I have a sample of Onyx buried deep somewhere and must dig it out – I was put off by its oil consistency early on in my perfume hobby and it has been lost to me every since. However, I recently came by a sample of Garnet and was surprised at how much I liked it, bombastic big floral thing that it was! Your post has spurred me on to find that Onyx…;)

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