Ingrid Starnes Vetyver and Bergamot

Ingrid Starnes, purveyor of delicate and immaculately tailored womenswear, has to be one of the most generous labels around.

They have a great loyalty scheme, and are always doing giveaways via Facebook and their mailing list. Just last week they announced that they had 100 soaps, the companion to their recent perfume release, to give away to anyone who referred a friend to their mailing list... which is how I came by this little beauty.

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Ingrid Starnes released their Vetyver and Bergamot perfume and complementary soap last year after two years of development with perfumer Yves Dombrowsky, who's also the nose behind Antipodes, Trilogy, and Ecostore -- some of my favourites. I've been sneaking surreptitious sprays whenever I've visited a stockist since.

I won't write about the perfume as I haven't spent enough time with it, but the soap has the fragrance infused into a base of organic goat's milk, shea butter, and organic J. Friend manuka honey (previously seen on the blog here). There is only a very subtle scent left on the skin when I use it; I detect mostly a hint of incense, and can't pick up much on the bergamot at all. 

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What I really appreciate is the attention to detail. The perfume bottle features a wooden top, which is apparently handmade in France. The Ingrid Starnes logo on the soap wrapping is letterpressed onto gorgeous paper, and you can tell it's been handwrapped -- the ends are sealed up by bits of double-sided tape. 

Take a look at the mysterious wee film they made to promote the perfume. It was shot in the famed Ayrlies Garden, and inspired by the imagery of Sir John Everett Millais' Ophelia

That poor model. 

Vetyver Bergamot is now being stocked by Monocle internationally. I'm thinking I'll spring for a bottle before I leave for London. (Will's friend just started working at the magazine. How cool is that?)

Sources:
New Zealand Herald
Idealog
Fairfax NZ News