The Beach Eaus – A month of beach and ocean inspired perfumes.
Out of the Nateeva line, Jamaica is one that seems the most “beachy” to me. That doesn’t mean that it necessarily smells like an actual beach but it smells more like perfumes marketed as tropical and beachy.
Jamaica opens with spicy, ozonic tropical florals over warm sand. It smells like an oceanic breeze through trees covered in flowering vines. There’s a brightness from citrus that fades rather quickly. At first, I thought Jamaica smelled like coconut. Then it started to come across like woods, like a creamy, spiced sandalwood. The heart is like salt, palo santo and citrus blossoms. It’s almost like the citrus blossoms have been sprayed with saline. Jamaica dries down to driftwood and a sharp, dry vetiver. This is paired with vanilla bean. This mix of vanilla and vetiver vaguely reminds me of the base of Lancome Hypnose.
Jamaica is one of those perfumes that smells like perfumes that are supposed to smell like the beach! If you like things like Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, then you’ll like something like Jamaica. I finished reviewing the line yet, but as someone that has been a Bronze Goddess stan since from way back when it was Estee Lauder x Tom Ford Azuree Soleil, I’m going to tell you that so far, Jamaica is my favorite from Nateeva. Perfumery has done a wonderful job of brainwashing me into thinking warm sand and beaches smells like this.
Notes listed include lignum vitae flower, mandarin, plumeria, vanilla, vetiver and white musk. Launched in 2016. PERFUMER – Laurent Le Guernec
Give Jamaica a try if you like “beach scents”. Or perfumes like Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, Maison Martin Margiela Beach Walk, Armani Sun di Gioia, Kate Spade Live Colorfully, Bobbi Brown Beach and/or Lilly Pulitzer Beachy (discontinued). I think of Jamaica as the child of Bronze Goddess and Beach Walk.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 3.4 oz retails for $125 at Nateeva.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Warm sand and ozonic white florals. Being that I have like 5 back-up bottles of Bronze Goddess, I don’t *really* need something like Jamaica. But, this one is spicier and more woodsy, which I can justify a bottle, right?
*DISCLAIMER – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from the brand. Kai Newman giving her homeland of Jamaica some love in Allure 2016 “Body and Sol” editorial photographed by Benny Horne.