The Beach Eaus – A month of beach and ocean inspired perfumes.
Nateeva is a perfume house that is inspired by islands; this is what I call “destination inspirations“. I’ve decided to dedicate the rest of August 2019 to reviewing perfumes that are inspired by or smell like the “the beach”. Because of this, you’re going to see me review the entire Nateeva line. Let’s travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands…
Saint Thomas is a heady white floral. It opens with bergamot and a blast of plumeria/frangipani. For the most part, that’s what Saint Thomas is. It’s a frangipani soliflore. It’s inspired by the Caribbean but Saint Thomas smells like Hawaiian leis to me. In the heart there is an addition of an orange blossom, jasmine and something that reminds me of gardenia. Somehow the white florals linger throughout the dry-down except now they’re paired with an ozonic breeze on a warm, humid night. The florals also get warmer, creamier in the dry-down.
Saint Thomas is one of those floral perfumes that many of us will immediately associated with subtropical or tropical climates. It’s a heady, white floral, like jasmine and gardenia, but with subtle “tropical fruits”. A lot of people think soliflores are boring but I am a fan of the subversive nature of flowers. Saint Thomas is a literal frangipani (AKA plumeria) soliflore. It’s pretty in a way that is too pretty, like an unreal pretty. And to me, a human smelling like angelic florals and paradise is weirder than smelling like a smoky campfire or whatever.
Notes listed include frangipani, rose, orange blossom, vanilla and musk. Launched in 2017. PERFUMER – Laurent Le Guernec
Give Saint Thomas a try if you like frangipani or white florals (like jasmine or gardenia). Or perfumes like Coqui Coqui Flor de Mayo, Malie Plumeria, Tommy Bahama for Her, and/or Lucy B Pink Frangipani.
Projection and longevity is average. Honestly, I don’t want a frangipani soliflore that is any “louder” than this or it’ll start reminding me of stuff like Coty Sand & Sable.
The 3.4 oz retails for $125 at Nateeva. There’s also a lotion available with this fragrance.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A lei: a frangipani soliflore. It’s really pretty. I think it’s too pretty for my life which includes miserable commutes of shoving myself into a metal tube but sometimes I really need an olfactory escape like this. Actually, I need an actual escape but that’s a totally different issue. For now, I’ll settle for smelling like flowers.
*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from the brand. Tarita Teriipaia pic from Tribune.