I feel like I’ve spent most of the month of March recovering from the flu. I’m just now wanting to smell things again. Natural fragrances like these from Phoenix Botanicals are great for “reintroducing” fragrance into my life.
Notes listed include Mexican vanilla beans. Launched 2013. PERFUMER – Irina Adam
Triple Vanilla smells exactly like vanilla extract. That may sound simple, but it isn’t. Vanilla is naturally complex. This one smells sweet yet balsamic. It reminds me of vanilla pipe tobacco. It’s warm and cozy and the brand recommends it for layering. It eventually becomes this “pure” vanilla. And I do imagine it’s great for layering. I also think the oil base would help traditional alcohol based perfumes “stick” to the skin.
I haven’t tried this, but reading the ingredients, I bet this would smell amazing in the hair. Plus, it would help with frizz and dryness.
It comes in a few sizes with the 1/2 oz bottle retailing for $55.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Vanilla extract. I’d recommend it to anyone that wants a high-quality vanilla that wears closely to the skin.
Notes listed include citrus blossoms, neroli, cocoa, tuberose, rose, vanilla, tonka, vetiver, myrrh, smoke and oud. PERFUMER – Irina Adam
This limited edition fragrance was initially commissioned for Madre Chocolate, a chocolatier in Hawaii. Cocao Noir opens like orange chocolate. Honestly, I expected this fragrance to be a straight-forward chocolate scent. It’s not. The heart is an earthy cocoa with a cool, mineral-like tuberose. It dries down to a sweet tonka bean with a hint of smoke. Like Triple Vanilla, it reminds me of vanilla pipe tobacco, except in this composition, it’s being smoked.
It comes in a few sizes with the 1/2 oz retailing for $110. Samples are also available for purchase at Phoenix Botanicals.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Smoky chocolate floral. It’s still sweet but it’s balanced. It’s like chocolate lava.
Being that both of these are botanical perfumes in an oil base, I find longevity and projection to be below average. They wear closely to the skin and last about 1-3 hours. SUBTLE, this is the word you need to know if you’re sampling these.
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Beauty Huile – Review of Triple Vanilla
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