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.
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 EauPINION – Fresh 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.