Runestone is dark, wet, mossy crumbling stone and tons of earthy dirt and leaves. It smells like long forgotten ruins, very deep and earthy. It is a patchouli fragrance with notes of aged patchouli, dirt, oakmoss, cedar, muhuhu (African sandalwood), violet leaf absolute, leaves, vetiver, cypress, spruce, pine and very faint hints of lavender absolute, rosewood, rosemary, hinoki, spikenard and more. It's dirty, earthy, mossy, woody, contemplative and atmospheric.
This perfume is comprised solely from essential oils and absolutes blended in organic cane sugar alcohol. Created as part of a collection of fragrances based on the fictional town of Foxcroft, Maine. Runestone is an eau de parfum, edp.
Solstice Scents Runestone Reviews
Fragrantica: This one took a bit to grow on me but I now love it and have a full bottle on the way. It does seem unisex but at the same time like a classic men’s cologne. I find it to be very lavender and oakmoss heavy. This definitely hits the scent experience description. Stone ruins on a misty dirty hillside. I really love the dichotomy of the dirty soil and the fresh green herby coniferousness together. Yet it still smells clean and sophisticated.
Fragrantica: LOVE! Runestone is a wet, earthy, green/woods scent. It’s the damp forest floor. The wet earth with delicate green herbs and plants growing up out of it and the scent of wet mist clinging to the spruce and pine needles. A mystical green fae type of scent. I absolutely adore it, instant favorite.
Fragrantica: I have fallen head-over-heels for Runestone and will require a full bottle pronto. I don’t know what it is about the combination of herbs, but it transports me home to San Francisco. More specifically, the coastal sage scrub whose scent I miss so dreadfully now that I live in the South. My favorite trail is the Bear Valley trail, a breathtaking hike through forest and fields until you reach the Pacific ocean. The scent of coastal sage scrub is so precious to me. I never thought I would encounter it again unless I visited home. At first the fragrance is all about herbs and a hint of dirt. I notice lavender, which lends an interesting fabric softener edge to the fragrance, as though I just pulled a fresh shirt out of the laundry for my hike. Something about this combo of laundry and outdoors is incredibly comforting, like waking up in your sleeping bag after a night spent camping under the stars. The lavender doesn’t smell like typical lavender to me though. In fact the first time I wore Runestone, I didn’t even notice lavender. It’s very well-blended and doesn’t seem “masculine” nor “barbershop” to me.
Fragrantica: Damp earth uncovered by lifting a stone, among coniferous trees—pine or spruce or fir or similar. There’s something pleasantly numbing-fresh in there, in the style of eucalyptus or mint. A dark green forest, with some sophistication. Musty and yummy at the same time (I mean that in a good way!). Subtler than many of the Solstice Scents; doesn’t throw as far. Herbal-mystical feel. I am thinking this is the scent of the fae realm. Thus I rather love it.