Hello! Hope you're having a great start to spring! It's been getting warm and sunny here (finally) and I hope this means we're well on our way to spring. Of course, living in Minnesota means you never know when the next snowstorm will be...
For this post, I want to share with you guys my first order from the Black Violet Perfume Vault and Bathory, an indie fragrance and body care company!
As with many of my recent indie finds, I first heard about Black Violet from the Evolution Of A Foodie blog. She had great things to day about Black Violet's products, specifically their Detangler Mist. Black Violet recently discontinued their old formulation and are coming out soon with a new one; I knew I wanted to try the old one first since that was the one that Evolution Of A Foodie had reviewed and, unfortunately, sometimes new isn't always better.
As you may or may not know, I am a huge fan of indie cosmetic/beauty companies. I feel like indie companies offer a wider range of products that are as good, if not better, than many of their mass-produced counterparts. Price-wise, they're pretty comparable; indie products may cost a bit more (though a lot of the times they can be cheaper, too!), but I think it's completely worth it to get a handmade item that someone took their time and effort into making and packaging just for you.
The only real downside to purchasing indie products is that, since they are handmade especially for you, it can take a little longer for your order to ship out. All respectable indie companies are very upfront about their Turn Around Time (TAT; the amount of time they request in order to process and ship your order) and will e-mail you if something happens (which is rare) that will extend that time. The TAT time for Black Violet when I ordered was 14-21 business days; I made my purchase on January 9th and I got my tracking number on February 6th, which was within the quoted time-frame. After my items shipped, they only took a few days to get to me and we were well packaged.
Overall, I am very happy with my Black Violet order! The quality of the products I got was great, especially for the price I paid. I love the Detangler Mist; it works well on damp hair, and I like to spray it on my dry hair as a refresher mist. Plus, it smells delicious. The Glow Body Oil is very moisturizing and it absorbs really quickly; I wasn't a fan of the scent I had picked, but that does not mean it's not a good scent! It just didn't work with my nose and skin chemistry and I will definitely be ordering it again in a different scent.
Thanks for reading! <3