Phoenix Botanicals is a line of botanical perfumes and all-natural skincare located in Brooklyn. I’m going to go ahead and let you know that I love this line and highly recommend that you give it a try. There’s Absinthe Lip Balm, Bonfire Rose Perfume, and healing skincare for the face and body. Everything that I’ve tried, I’ve loved. My first formal review of the line is going to include my favorite (well, as of now), Night Bloom. It’s inspired by moonlight walks by the Pacific. On my skin, it’s 100% opulence.
Night Bloom opens with intoxicating jasmine and an orange creamsicle. The orange blossom in this is top rate, naturally stunning. The scent is heady with indoles and really does smell like being in warm Southern California when the orange blossoms are in bloom. It continues to wear as this creamy jasmine white floral (and I love every second of it). The dry-down is a sweet, boozy vanilla-tonka with ancient resins and a creamy sandalwood. Decadence, that’s what it dries down too.
Night Bloom does remind me of Southern California and warm nights. However, I get “flirty flapper in her boudoir”. And she could possibly be in Southern California…
Notes listed include orange flowers, jasmine, rose, vanilla, sustainable sandalwood, resins and myrrh. PERFUMER – Irina Adam
Or if you like perfumes like By Kilian Sweet Redemption, Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger, Smell Bent Sunshine, Esscentual Alchemy Orange Cream, and/or Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli. I find this fragrance unisex, for anyone that wants to smell “sultry”. Seriously, I prefer Night Bloom over By Kilian Sweet Redemption. It’s the same theme but Night Bloom has more soul, more warmth, more sensuality.
Not that this matters, but my husband goes nuts for this one. I wear so many perfumes and none of them illicit any reaction (unless, they’re really “gross”), but this one, he won’t stop sniffing. He says I should wear it all of the time. It’s nice that we agree on a fragrance because that never happens.
Longevity is below average in comparison to other parfums. I get about 4-6 hours of wear (which isn’t terrible for an all-natural perfume). Projection is average to above average, depending on how much you apply.
The 1/4 oz oil retails for $48 at Phoenix Botanicals. Other sizes and samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Decadent orange blossom-jasmine with a boozy, amazingly high-quality vanilla-tonka. This may be one of my favorite natural finds of 2013. If I had a seal of approval (which I think about creating sometimes), I’d slap it on every bottle of Night Bloom in creation. But for now, just take my word for it. If you like white florals and excellent vanillas, try this.
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