Eric Buterbaugh FLORALS Velvet (Lavender) EDP Perfume Review

Eric Buterbaugh Velvet Lavender

Seven Days of Eric Buterbaugh*

Eric Buterbaugh is a well-known floral designer based in Los Angeles. Last year, he launched a line of perfumes, Eric Buterbaugh FLORALS, inspired by the medium he knows best – flowers. The Noses work with Firmenich, creating many of my most-worn perfumes from designer to niche. I’m dedicating a week to reviewing this line because like Eric Buterbaugh, I too love florals. 

I’ve never really thought of lavender as a flower, but more as an herb. I don’t really know why I have this distinction other than when I smell lavender buds, they never come across as “floral” but more fresh/herbal. Regardless, I adore lavender. It reminds me of summers in Washington. When it comes to lavender-centered perfumes, I’m picky. There are very few that I own and wear. I find them to be more functional (like a nice bar soap) or sharp and reminiscent of designer masculine fragrances (that seemed to be borderline household cleaner with their strength). However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t good lavender perfumes. I’m just saying that when I find one that I like, I hold them dear.

I didn’t know what to expect with Eric Buterbaugh Florals Velvet, but I am always open to new interpretations of lavender. This one opens with a cool, herbaceous lavender with apricot fuzz. Within the first few minutes, I’m really impressed with Velvet. It’s this perfect balance of the coolness of lavender and garden herbs that emphasizes the soothing element of lavender buds. It starts to wear as a cool but creamy and comforting lavender with vanilla and a lactonic, milky apricot.The rest of Velvet ventures into a hazy, dream-like state that has a natural muskiness from herbs paired with lavender and vanilla. It’s hypnagogic but comforting like being wrapped up in a cashmere blanket or in the arms of a lover. The dry-down is like herbal musk, incense woods and a boozy vanilla. The base is the epitome of cozy.

I’m starting to think that next to the classic Caron Pour Un Homme de Caron, Velvet could be my second favorite lavender, pushing Chanel Jersey and Serge Lutens Gris Clair out of the picture. This is an interesting lavender. I love how it is paired with apricot and “Midsummer Night’s Dream“-ish herbs.


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Notes listed include lavandin, bergamot, apricot skin, lavender, clary sage, armoise (mugwort), bourbon vanilla, sandalwood and musk. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Harry Fremont

Or if you like perfumes like Chanel Les Exclusifs Jersey, Caron Pour Un Homme de Caron, By Kilian A Taste of Heaven, Oriflame Lovely Garden, Serge Lutens Gris Clair, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male and/or Annick Goutal Eau de Lavande.

I like this lavender, but I do want to add that if you prefer sharper, crisper or spicier lavenders (like Diptyque Eau de Lavande or Penhaligon’s Lavandula), you may find this lavender too sweet for your tastes.

Projection is average. Longevity is above average.

The 3.4 oz retails for $295 and the 8.5 oz for $495 at Eric Buterbaugh Florals. A travel size is also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONMilky apricot lavender. One of the most interesting lavenders that I’ve tried in years. It’s now one of my favorites in this genre.


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6 thoughts on “Eric Buterbaugh FLORALS Velvet (Lavender) EDP Perfume Review

  1. It seems a lot of people don’t like lavender but I’ve always loved it. This one sounds nice. I like when the herbaceous elements are played up. One of my favorites is Vera by Illuminated Perfumes, especially in the solid form where the herbs are very present. I’m afraid a sample set of these is in my future. Wish they weren’t so spendy.

    1. Vera is a really good lavender perfume. It showcases all those delightful herbal elements.

      I wish they came in 1.7 oz bottles which would be cheaper/more reasonable.

  2. Great series, thanks for writing these. Would love to try the hyacinth and LOTV. Love those flowers. Not sure I’d wear them, but would like something that is little closer to type than what I’ve tried. Price is a little steep and I really don’t need 100 miles of anything anymore. Would love smaller sizes. *sigh*

    1. “Smaller sizes” is my suggestion 90% of the time. I don’t need huge bottles of perfume because I wear too many different things. I also appreciate travel sizes but I don’t care if they look fancy, etc. Many luxury brands (Malle, MFK) have travel sizes but they come in these gorgeous atomizers that I don’t care about.

      I realized I haven’t seen LOTV in ages. I was walking the dogs the other day and there’s this gorgeous Victorian on the corner, I smelled LOTV. I look down and the entire lot was covered with them! It was glorious.

  3. I don’t typically love lavender (which is unfortunate since my hubby really likes lavender in general), but your description of this sounds really lovely. I mean, really all of your reviews sound of his line sound lovely, but this one really stands out to me. Perhaps I’ll attempt to get a sample or something. Thanks for highlighting these – I’ve had fun reading your takes on them.

    Also, in reference to your comment above about LOTV, I was walking through the front door path of my house (we moved into this house in December, so spring has been fun to see what comes up) and there were these tiny white flowers that smelled amazing. They were LOTV. I had no clue, haha.

    1. I’m so picky about lavender so was shocked that I like this one!

      I stumbled upon a lot of them in the city! It was instant nostalgia. I love that those little bells can pack such a perfumed punch.

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