Phoenix Botanicals Ella Natural Perfume Review

Phoenix Botanicals Ella

I usually do a “Purple Flowers” week on EauMG. However, this year I was too busy moving from coast to coast. I missed out on Nowruz; I missed out on Purple Flowers Week too. I missed out on some of my favorite spring rituals. Or so I thought. This past weekend I was out and about New York. Hyacinths and tulips were in full bloom. I haven’t missed out; these joys were just delayed.

Hyacinths are my favorite florals. And green floral perfumes are one of my favorite genres. Saying that, there aren’t many hyacinth-centric perfumes on the market. And there  definitely aren’t many botanical hyacinths on the market. Phoenix Botanicals Ella is a vintage-inspired floral perfume with hyacinth, real hyacinth. Ella opens as a spicy, green hyacinth. Ella is a peppery, green floral. It’s the most realistic hyacinth that I’ve ever smelled that wasn’t actually a hyacinth in a bloom. Ella progresses into a powdery tobacco with vetiver.

Ella is a gorgeous perfume but it’s really ephemeral. I guess it is like a spring blossom. It’s there and then as quick as a spring frost, it’s gone.

Marian Anderson

Notes listed include galbanum, hyacinth, Tahitian gardenia, ylang ylang, honeysuckle, jasmine, clove, vanilla, tobacco, sweet clover, vetiver, hay, sustainable sandalwood and moss. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Irina Adams

Give Ella a try if you like natural florals. Or if you like perfumes like Serge Lutens Bas de Soie, Penhaligon’s Ostara and/or Diptyque Jardin Clos.

Being a natural perfume, projection and longevity are below average. This is my biggest complaint with Ella. It doesn’t last as long as I wish it would.

The 5ml retails for $48 at Phoenix Botanicals. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONFresh hyacinth and tobacco. It’s really pretty. Now stop reading my review and go out and enjoy spring while you can, before it’s gone.


*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my review. My opinions are my own. Product pic from the brand. Marian Anderson pic from

8 thoughts on “Phoenix Botanicals Ella Natural Perfume Review

  1. *** Happy Birthday, Victoria! ***
    Thank you for trying Ella. The exciting challenge for me was working with vintage botanical absolutes from the 1920-30’s including Hyacinth, Vetiver, Hay. Will be presenting on the perfume and the materials at Sniffapalooza Spring Fling, May 17. 😉

    1. Thank you!

      It’s a lovely perfume. I’m sure the folks at Sniffa will be smitten by it 🙂

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