Fragrance Friday | Frau Tonis Veilchen

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Veilchen by Frau Tonis Parfum

NOTES | Violet, Raspberry, Licorice

VIBE | Vintage, Elegant, Sultry, Flirtatious, Eccentric, Mysterious

This dusky scent is nearly 100 years old and smells unlike anything else. The signature scent of 1920s goddess Marlene Dietrich, it has a vintage vibe that is utterly unusual, exotic, and mysterious. It’s what I would imagine a femme fatale in a film noir would wear. While it’s officially been classified as a floral, it’s hard to put my finger on what it actually smells like. It’s a little bit sweet but it’s not a juicy fruity or dessert-like gourmand. It’s powdery with a suggestion of spice but it doesn’t smell like a warm, enveloping oriental. Like the vixen in black and white movie, it’s complex and difficult to define.

I first discovered Veilchen when I was in Berlin a year ago. My boyfriend and I were exploring without any particular direction and I happily wandered right towards Frau Tonis, a German perfume house that has been crafting olfactory confections for a century. The fragrance-obsessed addict that I am, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I was going to leave with a perfume. I ended up leaving with three (Veilchen, the airy floral Linde Berlin, and the aldehydic Akazie, both of which I will review in the future). As soon as I smelled Veilchen I was in love. Seriously, I practically swooned. To me it captured the way I felt about Berlin. It was at once vintage and dark yet modern and vibrant. And when the sales associate told me it was Marlene Dietrich’s favorite perfume, the deal was pretty much sealed. Because it’s so different than any other perfume, I knew that every time I wore it that it would take me back to the beautiful, historic streets of Berlin. Although I don’t wear it all the time (I want to savour it), every time I put it on, it transports me to that shop when I first smelled it.

There are only three notes in Veilchen, which is surprising because it really does smell intricate and extravagant. Violets, licorice, and raspberry are the three magic ingredients that combine to create this beautiful fragrance. After discovering that those were the three notes, it made sense because the overall aroma does smell powdery (like violets), sweet (like raspberry), and spicy (like licorice). The perfume is seamlessly blended though and it is hard to distinguish each note.

Veilchen is not a fragrance that I wear everyday (it’s too special for that and it’s difficult for me to order it) but it easily could be. Even though it smells exotic and sultry, it’s still soft and stays close to the skin, making it a good choice for daily wear. It’s especially beautiful when worn in the evening or during a romantic encounter – I feel that is what Veilchen was created especially for. It’s seasonless and luxe enough to be worn to formal occasions, such as a wedding. Like all timeless classics, Veilchen is gorgeous no matter what the occasion is.

Overall, this is a stunning, complex fragrance that centres around violet with a kiss of raspberry and licorice. If you’re looking for a perfume that is dark and sweet with a powdery, vintage elegance, then you must try Veilchen. Besides, who wouldn’t want to smell like Marlene Dietrich?



Fragrance Find | Lolita Lempicka’s Sweet


NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Sweet by Lolita Lempicka

NOTES | Sour Cherry, Sugar, Iris, Angelica, Cacao, Musk, Cashmere Wood

VIBE | Rich, Decadent, Sultry, Bold, Sensual, Girly, Stylish

I feel like gourmand fragrances are very much a love it or hate it kind of thing. Some people love smelling like dessert and others make their disdain for foodie scents perfectly clear. While I love all kinds of fragrances and really enjoy gourmand scents, I can understand why some people choose to avoid them. When these types of perfumes are made well they are complex, sophisticated, and mouthwatering. When their quality is poor, they are tacky and overbearing, choking you out with the synthetic sweetness of those cheap body sprays we all wore in high school. To put it simply, when gourmand fragrances are good they are amazing and when they are bad they are god awful.

Lolita Lempicka is a French perfume house that is well-known and appreciated for their delicious, confection-inspired scents, as well as their whimsical bottles that look as though they belong in a fairytale. The original Lolita Lempicka perfume comes in a purple and gold enchanted apple and is an intoxicating combination of liquorice, cherry, chocolate, iris, and ivy. It’s a sweet scent, no doubt, but it isn’t the saccharine cotton candy type of scent that a lot of us expect from a gourmand offering – AKA Thierry Mugler’s Angel or Aquolina’s Pink Sugar. It’s soft and ethereal with a warm spiciness that sets it apart from other bakery sweet perfumes. When I came across ‘Sweet‘, a 2014 addition to the Lolita Lempicka fragrance family, I was immediately intrigued because of how much I loved the original. The notes were promising too – sour cherry, chocolate, iris – some of my absolute favourite smells. When I first sprayed it onto my wrist I was a little bit unsure about how I felt about it. It was very, very sweet. Obviously – it’s right there in the name. The opening is like a blast of sugary cherry cola and, to be frank, smelling like I spilled soda on myself is not my jam. After a few minutes however, Sweet starts to develop on the skin, and the rich aroma of chocolate and powdery iris begin to take over. When I was reading the description for Sweet, it said that the fragrance contains a ‘chocolate cherry lip gloss accord’. While the idea of smelling like cherry flavoured lip gloss both appalls and delights me, the fragrance does not smell like lip gloss in any way. Despite its initial blast of sugar, Sweet evolves into a very deep, sensual gourmand that would be perfect to wear during a romantic encounter.

The notes that are the most prominent on my skin are the cherry, cacao, and iris. It’s a decadent, delicious fragrance that makes me think of a box of chocolate dipped cherries. It feels like an indulgence and, like the original Lolita Lempicka, has a sophistication that a lot of other gourmands lack. This is a very rich fragrance and not one I would wear during the summer time or in the office, but it is a gorgeous gourmand scent to wear in the evening or for a romantic occasion that you want to make extra special. The bottle – a deep red apple just like the one in Snow White – is reason enough to add this bad boy to your collection.

Have you tried Sweet by Lolita Lempicka? What are your favourite perfumes? Let’s chat in the comments!



Scent Saturday | Chanel Chance eau Fraîche 

COMPANY | Chanel

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Chance eau Fraîche 

NOTES | Lemon, Cedar, Pink Pepper, Water Hyacinth, Jasmine, Teak Wood, Iris, Amber, Patchouli, Vetiver, White Musk

VIBE | Refreshing, Clean, Elegant, Androgynous, Sparkling

Although Chanel is my absolute favorite couture house and I think that both Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld are geniuses in their own right, I haven’t always been crazy about Chanel perfumes. There are about a handful that I truly enjoy (Beige, Cristalle eau Verte, Coco Noir, and No. 18 are my favorites). Chanel Chance eau Fraîche, however, is an entirely different beast and it lacks any of the abstract florals or heavy aldehydes and spices that a lot of Chanel perfumes are overpowered by (Coco Mademoiselle and No.5, I am looking at you). I tried this perfume on out of curiousity when I was walking through Sephora as I realized it was one of the few Chanel perfumes I hadn’t tried. I expected to feel how I usually feel about Chanel fragrances – indifference at best, promptly scrubbing it off at worst. I was pleasantly surprised by the fragrance’s refreshing opening, lightly floral heart, and woodsy yet powdery dry down. At first spritz it actually smelled a bit like a men’s cologne before softening into a watery floral with crisp greenery and woods and just a touch of powdery iris. It’s bubbly and refreshing – if it were a cocktail it would be a French 75, with sharp gin, sparkly champagne, and bright lemon. It’s a flanker of Chanel Chance and it is definitely related to Chance eau Fraîche in terms of its notes. However, the original is sweeter, with a note of pineapple and a heavier dose of patchouli. I don’t hate the original, I just much prefer the refreshing, green scent of eau Fraîche. There is also another flanker, eau Tendre, which is in a similar bottle but with pink fluid as opposed to the golden juice of the original or pale green juice of eau Fraîche. It’s actually very nice as well and I may review it in the future. It’s softer and more overtly feminine with sweeter fruits to counter balance all of the patchouli that is signature to the Chance formula. Overall, out of the three versions Chance eau Fraîche is still my favorite. It’s the perfect scent for everyday and is uplifting and bright – just the thing to wake you up on an early Monday morning (it also has a subdued sophistication that is very appropriate for the office). It’s pleasant and not at all overpowering but it’s still interesting. It’s clean and subtle enough not to offend anyone but unique enough to garner compliments and the question “what are you wearing?”. Its not quite citrusy, not immediately woodsy, and it’s not green in the way that oak moss laden chypres are. It really is a bright fragrance that is best suited for the day time. It’s ideal for spring and summer but I find the woodsy elements of the scent make it perfectly fitting for fall and winter as well. While the florals do soften the scent, it could easily be unisex and a man could wear it just as well as a woman could. This is my favorite Chanel perfume of the moment and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves clean fragrances and green, woodsy notes.




Sugar Rush | 6 Sweet Scents I Love

I don’t know what it is, but for the last few months, I have developed an addiction to sweet, gourmand, bakery-fresh fragrances. While I have always enjoyed foodie fragrances, they were never my favorite and I always leaned more towards chypres, woodsy orientals, and fresh, green scents. Still, for whatever reason, I have developed an olfactory sweet tooth in a big way and have been reaching more and more for the sweeter scents on my dresser. Below I have curated a list of six of the sweet scents I love the most. Some of them are definitely guilty pleasures, some of them are iconic fragrances that I don’t own yet but that I really enjoy, and some of them are my go-to perfumes for whenever I am feeling like indulging in something sweet (without all of the calories).


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1 // Aquolina – Pink Sugar

Notes: Bergamot, Fig Leaf, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Red Berries, Lily of the Valley, Licorice Blossom, Cotton Candy, Strawberry, Musk, Vanilla, Caramel, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood

Oh, Pink Sugar. The scent of my youth. This fragrance is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine and is probably the least sophisticated, tackiest perfume that I own. But I absolutely love it. It’s nostalgic, sweet, and almost obnoxiously feminine. Created by Italian cosmetics company Aquolina, Pink Sugar is meant to evoke the sweet, pleasurable aromas of one’s childhood with candy-like notes of caramel, cotton candy, red fruits, vanilla, and licorice. It definitely does stay true to its concept and is very youthful and yummy. Again, Pink Sugar is not a complex scent. It’s not formal or sophisticated but it is distinctive and immediately recognizable. Since its release in 2004, it has become an iconic fragrance and people either love it or hate it. I do enjoy it in all of its flamboyant, cotton candy-esque glory and I think it definitely has an unpretentious, cuddly charm.


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2 // Prada – Candy

Notes: Caramel, Musk, Vanilla, Benzoin

When I first smelled Prada’s uber-popular fragrance Candy, I was taken aback by how sweet this perfume smelled. It’s like caramel-freakin’-city. For some reason, I wasn’t expecting such a sugary, foodie fragrance from a high-end design house like Prada. I was expecting something that was more complex – maybe with some spicy and woodsy notes as well. That being said, I love this rich fragrance. It’s delicious and makes me think of snickerdoodles, creme brulee and cake. It’s not overpowering though, and has a soft, powdery feel that makes it very chic and wearable.


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3 // Thierry Mugler – Angel

Notes: Bergamot, Coconut, Melon, Cotton Candy, Cassia, Jasmine, Apricot, Plum, Rose, Orchid, Peach, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Chocolate, Coumarin, Tonka Bean, Patchouli

Angel is a fragrance that I do not yet own, but it will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine. This is probably  the most iconic gourmand fragrance out there. Created in 1992, Angel has been cited as initiating a global obsession with oriental-gourmand perfumes. This is waaay more complex than Pink Sugar (there is no comparison -seriously, there are over twenty notes in this bad boy) but, like Pink Sugar, Angel is very much a love it or hate it kind of fragrance. It’s incredibly sweet. If Pink Sugar is a little container of cotton candy, then Angel is a whole damn dessert buffet. There’s caramel, chocolate, coconut, fruit, honey, candy… Angel is an incredibly sweet perfume that should be sprayed with caution as it can quickly become overpowering and cloying. In small amounts, Angel is positively intoxicating and I can definitely understand why it became such a global sensation.


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4 // Ariana Grande (don’t judge) – Sweet Like Candy

Notes: Sugared Blackberry, Italian Bergamot, Pear, Black Currant, Whipped Cream, Marshmallow Accord, Jasmine, Frangipani, Honeysuckle, Vanilla, Cashmere Wood

I am not a huge fan of Ariana Grande’s music, I’ll be honest (although she does have a gorgeous voice), but her perfume is just scrumptious. With candy-like notes of sugared blackberry, cassis cream, marshmallow, and vanilla, ‘Sweet Like Candy’ is aptly named and smells like a thick slice of blackberry crumble with a dollop of vanilla cream and powdered sugar. There are floral notes in this scent, but I find that they just smooth out and balance the heavy dose of sugar without being particularly prominent. This is a young fragrance, but I don’t believe that age should come into play at all when it comes to perfume (it’s all about enjoying what you are wearing and feeling happy when you smell a scent). It’s sweet, delicate, sugary and very feminine. This is a casual fragrance with an uplifting, girly vibe that I can’t help but love.


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5 // Victor & Rolf – Bonbon

Notes: Mandarin, Orange, Peach, Caramel, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Guaiac Wood, Sandalwood, Amber, Cedar

Despite the crazy success of Victor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb, I never quite saw what the fuss was about with that perfume. Bonbon, however, I absolutely love. Released in 2014, Bonbon is indulgent and opulent with a rich blend of caramel, florals, fruits, and woods. This is a great choice for someone who wants to smell yummy without smelling like a dessert. The only gourmand note in this scent is the caramel and it is balanced out by the white florals and woodsy notes in this fragrance. In terms of Bonbon’s fruits, I find the peach stands out the most on my skin and creates a warm, sexy trail that lasts for hours. Plus, the bottle is too damn cute.


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6 // Kerosene – Unknown Pleasures

Notes: Earl Grey tea, lemon, bergamot, honeycomb, tonka bean, caramel, vanilla, waffle cone

I love to browse Indie Scents as I always seem to find the most unique, beautiful fragrances there. I discovered Unknown Pleasures by Kerosene a couple of months ago and with mouthwatering notes of earl grey, lemon, caramel, and waffle cone, I couldn’t stop myself from ordering it. Upon smelling it, the fragrance more than exceeded my expectations. I was expecting a dusky, cold-weather fragrance reminiscent of biscotti and London Fogs. And while Unknown Pleasures definitely does create that impression, the lemon in this scent really stands out. It’s not a fresh or astringent lemon – it’s a creamy, sugary lemon-macaroon fragrance with a drizzle of caramel accompanied by a steaming, fragrant London Fog. This is a yummy fragrance that works best for colder days when you want to feel cozy. Unknown Pleasures is lick-your-wrist delicious but still manages to be unique and chic.

Are there any sweet scents that you love that you think I should know about? Let’s chat in the comments!



6 Celebrity Scents That Actually Smell Great

I am a girl with a true passion for fragrance. I have so many perfume bottles crowding my dresser that I hardly have any bare space left on it. And I keep buying more. My shopping habit when it comes to perfume is a little bit out of control. In fact, last Saturday I found myself ordering five different perfumes before seven am while still lying in bed. If that’s not an obsession, I don’t know what is. And although I truly appreciate perfume as an affecting, complex art form, I don’t discriminate between high-end, artisanal, and even celebrity perfumes. If I like a scent, I like a scent and some of the perfumes I enjoy the most are, gasp, celebrity. Now before you sneer and quickly click out, scroll through my list of six, quite frankly stunning celebrity perfumes. Are they guilty pleasures? Oh for sure. But these juices are so delicious you won’t even be embarrassed to tell people what you are wearing. My perfume’s Britney bitch.


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1 // Private Show – Britney Spears

Top Notes: Coffee, Whipped Cream, Nectarine, Clementine

Heart: Orange Blossom, Sambac Jasmine, Dulce De Leche

Base: Amber, Musk

I’m a sucker for Britney Spears. I’ve been a fan of her since I was eight years old, bopping along at her Dream Within A Dream tour. So naturally, I have almost all of her perfumes and when I heard she was releasing a new one, named after a song from her latest album, I knew that I would be snapping it up. I’m glad I did because it is delish. With notes of coffee, dulce de leche, orange blossom, jasmine, nectarine, clementine, amber, and musk, it’s creamy, warm, and soo yummy. It’s very sweet but not cloyingly so, with a subtle edge because of the coffee note (apparently inspired by Britney’s love for iced coffee). It’s energetic but cuddly and lasts for hours. I tend to spritz it on before work (it is soft and sophisticated enough for the office) and at the end of the day, there is still a trace of buttery dulce de leche and musk.

Scent Situation: Date night, Work, Formal dinner



2 // Lovely – Sarah Jessica Parker

Top Notes: Lavender, Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, Apple Martini

Heart: Patchouli, Orchid, White Pepper

Base: White Musk, Woodsy Notes, Cedar, Amber, Salt (I always say that salt makes everything better)

Lovely smells exactly like it sounds. It’s a sheer, unbelievably delicate skin scent with cloudy notes of lavender, woods, and orchid and invigorating aromas of apple martini and bergamot. It’s crisp yet soft, with a classic femininity that evokes images of pirouetting ballerinas, ropes of pearls, and vintage silk dresses. This is a light, elegant scent that works for every day and for more formal occasions like a wedding or work event.

Scent Situation: Everyday, The office, weddings, Formal dinners


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3 // Halle – Halle Berry

Top Notes: Fig Leaf, Bergamot, Pear Blossom

Heart: Mimosa, Hibiscus, Freesia

Base: Cashmere Musk, Sandalwood, Amber, Driftwood, Olibanum

Prior to trying Halle, I had never been a huge fan of spicy oriental fragrances. I tried this perfume when I was given a sample in Shoppers Drug Mart and I was instantly hooked. It’s spicy but sheer and very, very warm. Cuddly notes of cashmere musk, amber and olibanum mingle with beachy notes of mimosa, hibiscus, and fig leaf. This is a sultry fragrance that is most appropriate for the colder months (it can be a bit heavy in the summer) and for romantic occasions.

Scent Situations: Date night, The holidays, A night out

4 // Miami Glow – Jennifer Lopez

Top Notes: Passionfruit, Coconut, Pink Grapefruit

Heart: Cyclamen, Orange Blossom, Heliotrope

Base: Amber, Musk, Vanilla

Miami Glow was my first celebrity fragrance when I was thirteen. I was obsessed and wore it year round, despite it being a very tropical, summery scent. Flash forward a decade and I still love this perfume. It’s bright and sparkling with juicy notes of passion fruit and pink grapefruit mixing with smooth, creamy notes of coconut and vanilla. This is truly summer in a bottle and is a total compliment getter from men and women alike.

Scent Situation: Summer vacation, Beach day, Barbeque, Margaritas with the girls

5 //  Fancy Love – Jessica Simpson

Top Notes: Bergamot, Peach Blossom, Champagne

Heart: Jasmine, Lotus, Rose, Frangipani, Peony

Base: Amber, Woodsy Notes, Patchouli, Musk

Inspired by the feeling of falling in love for the first time, Fancy Love by Jessica Simpson sparkles with fizzy notes of champagne, peach blossom and bergamot. It’s a sweet, peachy fragrance filled with lush blooms. It’s utterly romantic and really does stay true to its concept. While most of the notes are floral, the peach blossom is very prominent in the fragrance and the scent has a very sweet, peaches and cream aroma that I can’t get enough of. It’s the kind of perfume that you smell when leaning in to hug your loved one. It’s innocent, unobtrusive, feminine and one of my absolute favourites.

Scent Situation: Date night, Cuddling at home, Dinner out, Everyday


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6 // In Control – Britney Spears

Top Notes: Loquat Fruit

Heart: Tonka Bean, Black Vanilla Bean, Midnight Orchid, Creme Brulee

Base: Sugared Sandalwood, Musk

Decadent, creamy, deliciousness. I love gourmand fragrances but they can often come across as being very one-dimensional, young, and syrupy sweet. Britney’s scents tend to be very sweet but In Control is much more sophisticated than any of her sugary Fantasy perfumes. Creme Brulee is one of my favorite desserts (I order it anytime I see it on the menu in a restaurant) and it really adds a sultry element to this scent. It’s yummy, decadent and very sexy (my boyfriend loves it and he doesn’t mince words when he isn’t a fan of a perfume). It’s my go-to fragrance for a night out, a romantic evening with my boyfriend, or anytime I feel like being indulgent.

Scent Situation: Date night, Romantic evening, Night out




Fragrance Friday | Walk On Air by Kate Spade

COMPANY | Kate Spade


NOTES | linden blossom, bergamot, fern, neroli, Solomon’s seal, lily-of-the-valley, magnolia, narcissus, Egyptian jasmine, white iris, violet leaf, crinum lily.

If a perfume could be represented by a piece of clothing, this floral concoction from Kate Spade would be a white eyelet lace dress. Feminine, airy and effortlessly romantic, Walk On Air is the kind of unobtrusive, oh-so-pretty fragrance you can spritz on anytime. It’s never offensive, never too strong, and it is light enough to work for casual occasions, with an elegance that makes it appropriate for fancier endeavors. I first tried this fragrance when I received it in my Birchbox a few months ago. I have always loved Kate Spade’s girly handbags but had never paid their fragrances much attention. I immediately fell in love with this fragrance and went through my sample vial in a week and a half. My boyfriend loved it too and it is the only perfume I have ever worn that he commented on it without me asking his opinion first. I have a thing for floral perfumes and so I was easily sold on this crisp, white bouquet.

But how does the fragrance actually unfold? At the top are clean, almost watery notes of linden blossom, fern and bergamot. The flowers are soft and light and are given a zesty sparkle with the slight touch of citrus. Following this airy trail are opulent white flowers – think magnolia, lily-of-the-valley (a diva of the flower world, but it doesn’t overpower the other notes in this scent), Egyptian jasmine, and narcissus. The dry down is equally floral but with a powdery yet green feel that reminds me of classic chypre perfumes from decades past. Violet leaf, white iris, and crinum lily finish off the fragrance which is left on the skin as just a trace of soft flowers, like if you rubbed a freshly picked blossom on your wrist.

My favorite part of the fragrance is the heart. It’s as light and airy as the name of the fragrance but with a richer, almost creamy scent that is intoxicating and romantic. Is this fragrance overly unique or avante-garde? Definitely not. It’s a classic floral fragrance with a fresh sense of modernity that makes it perfect for every day. It’s not showstopping, but it certainly reels in the compliments. Walk On Air is everything one would expect from Kate Spade – elegant, feminine and a little prim and proper, with a contemporary twist. If florals are your bag and you are looking for a breezy scent for every day, Walk On Air by Kate Spade is a must-try.



Fragrance Friday | Nirvana Black


Company | Elizabeth and James

Name of Fragrance | Nirvana Black

Notes | violet, sandalwood and vanilla

Quite a while ago I made a review for one of Elizabeth and James’ two signature fragrances, Nirvana White. While it wasn’t a perfume that I felt needed to be added to my fragrance wardrobe, I did enjoy wearing it. It was a soft,  unremarkable, but undeniably pleasant white floral. Inoffensive and easy to wear, I found it to be a great perfume for any occasion whether one is wearing it to the office or to a wedding (or similar formal occasion). An unassuming classic floral, its the fragrance equivalent of a little white dress and matching cashmere cardigan – elegant and chic, albeit a little bit boring.

Nirvana Black, although meant to be a counterpart to Nirvana White is much more dramatic and creates an entirely different impression and mood. It’s a smooth oriental with intoxicating notes of violet, rare sandalwood and a creamy, rich vanilla base. It’s a much sexier fragrance although with a touch of innocence and a vintage feel, due to the powdery violet.

The Elizabeth and James “Nirvana” fragrance duo was created to be the signature scents for the fashion house with the idea that they would represent the duality and juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity and luxury and urbanity within the brand. Upon the release of the fragrance Elizabeth and James stated “Ashley and Mary-Kate wanted the signature fragrance for Elizabeth and James to embody the same sense of duality inherent to their partnership and the brand. The result was not one, but two blends – distinctly different, but undeniably connected.”. Elizabeth and James succeeded in this sense. The two fragrances are as utterly different as early morning and midnight but are united in their simplicity (each of the fragrances only have three notes) and in their vintage elegance. Nirvana White is a crisp, soft floral while Nirvana White is a dusky, decadent oriental yet they do complement each other perfectly. It is almost as if each of the fragrances could be looked at as two parts of one fragrance, much in the way that Elizabeth and James’ Ashley and Mary-Kate are two halves of their company with completely different outlooks on style and visual tastes but who come together to create a very distinct and unified brand.  I even layered my samples of the two fragrances together and found that the combination of the two fragrances worked really well. The dewy bouquet of florals in Nirvana White acts as a light, airy prelude to the sultry, warm floral oriental that is Nirvana White and the first fragrance transitioned seamlessly into the next in the way that the crisp airiness of morning transcends into night time.

On it’s own, Nirvana Black is a fragrance that I would save for evening and for the cooler months. It has a dark sophistication that would go well with a black tie affair and a sultry feel that would complement an outfit meant to seduce. Its sweet, spicy, slightly powdery and smoky. Unapologetic in its femininity but with a strength and boldness that is reminiscent of a man’s cologne. If Nirvana Black was the sweet little white dress and sweater set than Nirvana Black is the black velvet dress with a thigh-high slit. Sexy but always with a sense of class.

After trying the fragrances together, I do want to purchase both Nirvana White and Black. On their own they are both very pleasant, wearable fragrances. Even Nirvana Black, although it has a vibe that is a little more mysterious and unusual and of the two, it is my favorite. Together they become a fragrance that is much more complex but with an effortless chicness that is very true to the Elizabeth and James brand.