Welcome to the Perfumer Series – Boxwalla’s new scent experience in which they invite us to dive into the personal and universal nature of perfume. Boxwalla is a subscription service platform renowned for curating boxes (Beauty, Book, Film) that keep context and stories in mind – it’s a sensory experience in and of itself. A new box dedicated to experiencing the curious, complex, and memorable qualities of perfumes will certainly find itself at home among the other curations.
Boxwalla‘s very first scent experience showcases Sigil Scent, founded by self-taught perfumer Patrick Kelly in 2015. Why “Sigil”? A sigil is a sign or symbol infused with personal meaning, or “shorthand for one’s whole essence, imbued with special energy and intensity” according to Sigil Scent. Through teaching himself old world perfumery practices, Patrick has created 100% natural eau de parfums that are “mystical yet born of the physical earth”, which serve as olfactory sigils as they invoke the natural world around us.
Sigil Scent’s perfumes are hand-blended and made with all natural raw materials including tinctures, essential oils, absolutes, co2 extracts – based in certified organic sugarcane alcohol for long-lasting wear.
the scent experience
How does it work?
Unlike their standard subscription boxes, the Perfume Box* is a limited edition one-time purchase. This particular box includes 4 samples and 1 full-size bottle, which will ship to you in two distinct phases:
PHASE 1: The Learning/Discovery Phase. Includes 2ml samples of all 4 Sigil Scent perfumes. Sniff, explore, and take notes as you experience each perfume. Your box includes a Boxwalla information card with a bare section for taking notes – feel free to use it! I began my experimentation without reading the perfume notes as sort of challenge to see if I could decipher them myself. I recommend to start with doing a spritz of each perfume on a piece of paper and taking at least 20 seconds or more to inhale and explore new notes in each scent before moving on to the next one. Give your nose a rest, and then come back for further exploration as many times as needed. Natural perfumes are transformative – expect something new each time you come back to explore. When wearing perfumes directly on the skin, take care to exfoliate and moisturize beforehand for a longer wear time.
PHASE 2: The Full Bottle Experience. That’s right – I said full bottle! After you have given your samples ample play time, choose a favorite and Boxwalla will send you a full-size bottle Sigil Scent perfume of your choice.
“Anima mundi or “world soul” represents the intrinsic spirit that connects all living things on the planet—a spirit that exists beyond our consciousness yet is present within each of us. Embodying the vital force of our universe, Anima Mundi balances masculine animus and feminine anima. Like petals floating through curls of smoke, luscious notes of rose and creamy jasmine mingle with spicy hinoki wood. The scent’s intoxicating essence shifts from moment to moment, revealing fragrant notes of tuberose and the candied smokiness of pure immortelle.”
- Key Notes | Immortelle, hinoki, rose, jasmine.
My Impression | Woodsy; hint of floral sweetness upon further discovery. Familiar and comforting.
- I’m starting with Anima Mundi first because this is the scent that became my favorite – it did a total 180 on me. At first, I couldn’t pick up on anything with this scent and found no recognition in any of the notes. I gave it some patience and more exploration and discovered something familiar and sweet – rose! I have a really stubborn nose and it can take some time and thoughtful imagination to find some semblance of recognition. For me, the woodsy and floral notes combine to create something that is really familiar and comforting for me – something that resembles a combination of mine and my boyfriend’s natural skin scents. Funnily enough, after checking out the perfume description, I learned that Sigil Scent describes this perfume as having both a masculine and feminine anima which would explain my own impression.
“Solutio is the alchemical practice of purification and dissolution—a process of coming apart that leaves behind only the true essence of what began. Distilling precious and resinous plant materials into their essential components, Solutio is a green and buoyant blend of aromatic cypriol, bracing lime, and a handmade tincture of wild chaparral that releases the mind from the trappings of the ego. Like a hot coal hitting cool water, Solutio’s effervescent spirit wraps the body and the mind in a cleansing vapor of scent.”
- Key Notes | Cypriol, labdanum, chaparral tincture, cypress.
My Impression | Lemon-lime, zesty and green. Uplifting; invigorating; effervescent.
- While Anima Mundi spoke a language to me that I was drawn to but hadn’t known, Solutio would be considered my love language! I’m always drawn to fresh and fruity uplifting scents – they are perfect for my every mood and season and they will always take me back to happier times. Solutio is not a traditionally fruity scent – there is definitely a bubbly citrus scent that makes itself known, but its met with an invigorating green scent that brings you back down a notch. I’d also like to mention that Solutio reminds me of Sigil Scent’s previous perfumes before the re-launch – there is something incredibly familiar in it. If I hadn’t explored Anima Mundi deep enough, I would have definitely selected Solutio as my top favorite.
“A philosophy beloved by ancient cultures across the globe, amor fati represents the belief that all experiences from birth until death—all the moments of bliss, suffering, and striving—are essential to the cyclical beauty of our existence. Symbolizing both the ashes of death and the new growth of birth, Amor Fati combines smoky essences of oud and opoponax with the fresh and lively scents of bergamot and green pine needles. Resinous galbanum and palo santo ground the scent with hints of sacred incense—a reminder that the spirit remains, even as the cycle of life begins and ends.“
- Key Notes | Oud, galbanum, palo santo, opoponax
My Impression | Smoky, with spikes of green like wet earth. Grounding; cooling.
- I had some trouble deciphering Amor Fati, until I took a look at its description and key notes. At first I kept picking up on very cool notes (think: peppermint) but then it would transform into something green and invigorating, which I now understand to be the bergamot and green pine needles. I completely missed the smoky notes at first, but now that I know of the resins and Palo Santo, I find it quite grounding. I don’t believe Amor Fati has peppermint in it so I’ve considered my nose is just misinterpreting one scent for another. It’s complex and a little confusing to my olfactory senses, but that’s what makes it so enjoyable.
“In ancient times, prima materia referred to the formless root of all matter—a blend of stars and soil from which all things emerge, and an essential component in the alchemy of turning base materials into gold. Uniting the earthly and the heavenly, Prima Materia is a scent rooted in soot yet elevated by sparkling notes of fresh citrus. The creamy sweetness of neroli and the cleansing power of white sage embody celestial matter, while oakmoss and woody vetiver signify the spirit of the soil. As it melts into the skin, the alchemy of the scent begins—revealing a golden, resinous heart of pure amber.”
- Key notes | Vetiver, Oakmoss, Neroli, White Sage.
My Impression | Musky; resinous yet slightly fresh. Masculine.
- For me, Prima Materia smells like a brother counterpart to Anima Mundi as it is more traditionally masculine and musky. The vetiver clearly stood out to me, while the citrus and mossy scents took me further to find while exploring. Prima Materia is one I feel I’d be drawn to in a particular mood – I picture it as being during nightfall on a steamy summer night while exploring the cityscape.
Important to note: I found all of the scents to have VERY long wear time! By the end of the day I can still catch remnant whiffs of each one, especially with Amor Fati and Prima Materia with their richer notes.
I hope that my deep exploration as entailed above is any indication of how thrilled I am for this series! It has been a long time since I have shared a natural perfume line here on the blog and this scent experience has definitely renewed my interest. For me, it’s not just about smelling good – I deeply connect with the aromatherapy that perfumes provide. As briefly mentioned in the Solutio notes, I had actually reviewed Sigil Scent’s previous fragrance line in the past and was intrigued as to what the re-brand was like, and suffice to say the new line has deeply impressed me.
This box runs for $84.95, but comes valued at $170 total for the samples and full size perfume. I hope you will take part in this scent experience with me – in the comments below let me know about your learning/discovery phase and which perfume was your ultimate favorite!