Maplewood Inn is a quaint historic bed and breakfast in Foxcroft. It has 15 rooms, a sunny dining room overlooking a private courtyard and a small, charming gift shop featuring special maple items such as locally tapped Grade A maple syrup and maple melt candies from Sycamore Sugarworks. As you enter the reception area, you smell the rich cedar construct mingling with sweet maple. This aroma is punctuated by wood smoke from the roaring brick fireplace which dominates the east wall in the cozy lounge. Relax by the fire in one of the overstuffed chairs and sip on a freshly brewed cup of frothy vanilla chai.
Maplewood Inn features notes of sweet maple syrup, cedar, Alaskan cypress wood, wood smoke and benzoin coupled with a subtle waft of vanilla chai (comprised of ten fine fragrance and essential oils) and bridged together with a warm glowing amber. The dominant notes are the maple, woods and sweet wood smoke. It is a sweeter blend but the wood notes and wood smoke temper the maple. The chai is very subtle yet its presence adds a comforting depth and subtle exotic spice that washes over the more prominent notes. Created as part of a collection of fragrances based on the fictional town of Foxcroft, Maine, Maplewood Inn is an eau de parfum, edp.
SOLSTICE SCENTS MAPLEWOOD INN REVIEWS
Fragrantica: It's a crisp fall day in New England, and you're browsing a small shop that sells candles and old books. The floors are the original hardwood and you notice they're slightly dusty as they creak beneath your feet. The quiet shopkeeper is reading a book, and reminds you only once to let them know if you need help finding anything, in between sips of their sweet, spicy tea. You're then left alone to browse at your leisure for the rest of the afternoon.
Fragrantica: Reviewers before me mentioned it is not the syrup that they get with this one ... not sure about the distinction, on Fragrantica, the page with the 'maple' note description says 'Thick, sweetish note that recalls maple syrup with woody hints'. Anyway, tree saps, leaves etc. and whatever is produced from them tend to smell similarly. If I'm pressed to tell maple syrup and the 'maple' note apart, then maybe the maple here does not smell as sweet and condensed as maple syrup. but I do think that people smelling this not knowing these fine differences, they would instantly associate it with maple syrup. If you like woody scents and maple syrup, you cannot go wrong with this one.
Fragrantica: I love this so much! Lots of maple (not like maple syrup, more like the wood) and smoke with sweet vanilla and spice. This is one of my most-complimented perfumes. It is intense at first with powerful smoky notes, but mellows out into a warm, cozy, gourmand. Perfect for fall. It does really well in cold weather IMO.
Solstice Scents Forum: Hands down, this is my new favorite fall scent!!! I am not one who really latches onto anything foody, scent wise, but I had to give this one a try and boy am I glad I did. On me, this scent is slightly smoky, a little woodsy, and the maple gives it just the right amount of sweetness. The scents just blend together so well. I really get the feel of having breakfast by a fire in a cozy cottage in the woods! I honestly cannot tell you how much I love this scent. It is so comforting!
Solstice Scents Forum: Opening with a fanfare that is reminiscent of some of offerings of Serge Lutens or Slumberhouse, Maplewood Inn was a wonderful surprise on first application. Reading through the ingredients, I had expected this to be a overly sweet gourmet maple syrup and chai fragrance, but instead was surprised how the woods and spices prevented it from going too far towards a pure maple syrup fragrance. Don't get me wrong, it is definitely a sweet fragrance but I suspect is caused by the amplification of the sweet attributes of the ingredients as they play off each other, rather than deliberate overkill. The woods and benzoin have a definite tobacco effect, though I did not find it as smoky as some of the other reviewers. The complexity is fascinating and it is a very well blended fragrance. After a few minutes the volume of the fragrance does drop, though there is quite good sillage for several hours. It has wonderful duration on the skin and was still clearly obvious 16 hours later. It is interesting to read the different reviews and I think that this fragrance must be one that behaves very differently on different people's skins - which I also find fascinating.