Press is always a thrill, a bit like sugar, sweet and addicting. In this case its Allure Magazine, published by Conde Nast in New York City, where they requested I send them a mini compact. When I asked which of the solid perfume samples I had sent was their favorite they said Vera. Thus, there she is in all her purple splendor with these eloquent words:
Inspired by the techniques ancient artists used to grind pigments from natural sources for their illuminated manuscripts, Roxana Illuminated Perfume was founded in 2007 with the debut of its first fragrance, Vera. Since then, the line has expanded by nearly two dozen scents, in both liquid and solid form. And while the liquid versions may smell just as divine, it's the solid fragrances that really hooked us. Made with beeswax from two hives tended by the brand's founder, Roxana Villa, these botanical-infused perfumes come in simple round tins topped with the company's honey beeswax seal, tiny refillable compacts made from vintage 1940s molds, or statement-making lockets for on-the-go reapplications.