One of my favorite indie (and natural) brands, Providence Perfume, has launched six perfume oils…due to customer demand. Providence Perfume Co. has been in business for years but their brick and mortar perfumery has only been open for year. And the perfumer has found out a lot about her customers and perfume lovers. For example, they wanted perfume oils because of their portability. And well, some people just like oil based perfumes.
I usually like to write “single” perfume reviews where I focus on one perfume per post; however, I was so excited to try these that I decided to review them in trios. Are you ready for Round 1?
Rose 802 with notes of rose, black currant, cedarwood, fir, vanilla, bergamot and myrtle.
Rose 802 is a perfume inspired by summers in Vermont. It opens as a fruity, jammy rose with hints of hay and evergreens. It wears as a delicious rose with a glimmer of citrus and “boxwood hedges“. It dries down to warm, sweet woods and cedar bark. I’ve never been to Vermont but I can say that this does remind me of a “summer rose” – roses, sunshine, berries and shade trees.
Give it a try if you like roses. Or perfumes like LUSH Rose Jam, Tauer Rose Flash, Giorgio Armani Si and/or Diptyque L’Ombre dans l’Eau.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Summery cedar rose. You guys know I love rose, so I was immediately drawn to this.
Sweet Jasmine Brown with notes of vanilla, tonka, pink pepper, jasmine, cocoa nib, ylang ylang and musk ambrette.
Sweet Jasmine Brown is inspired by jazz, standards like “Sweet Georgia Brown“. I’m just going to say that I immediately feel in love with this one. It opens as a heady white floral that reminds me of a lei. It’s so heady and gorgeous; it’s completely intoxicating. It’s a warm white floral with jasmine and ylang ylang. There’s a hint of spice that balances out the sweetness from vanilla and blonde tobacco-like tonka beans. I’m aware that I love Sweet Jasmine Brown so much mainly because the “ingredients” are just so splendid. However, it’s “done right”. This is a perfume that truly showcases “natural beauty” but don’t underestimate the perfumer’s “natural talent”. It’s a really great jasmine.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Intoxicating white floral. If bliss were an aroma, it’d smell like this (or at least a lot like it).
Violet Beauregarde with notes of ylang-ylang, violet leaf, vanilla, sandalwood, jasmine and mimosa.
Where Sweet Jasmine Brown showcases the beauty of a warm, tropical ylang-ylang, Violet Beauregarde shows us its cool minty side. Violet Beauregarde is a perfume inspired by the magical world of Willy Wonka. It opens with a fresh, minty ylang-ylang. The scent reminds me of a cool rain. After the sudden rain shower, it has this excellent violet pastille thing going on. It’s like frozen raspberries and ylang-ylang. The sandalwood adds a “sweet and sour” element to the composition. Violet Beauregarde wears as a playful blend of violets, banana candies and mushrooms. I don’t know how to really sum it up other than “groovy”. It’s like a carefree, psychedelic violet.
Give it a try if you like fresh florals or violet perfumes. Or perfumes like LUSH Tuca Tuca, Diptyque Eau Moheli, A Perfume Organic Green and/or CB I Hate Perfume Wild Pansy.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Groovy rainshower violets. It’s a delightfully “bizarre” violet that manages to be familiar yet “far-out”.
I’ve concluded that I wouldn’t complain if all three of these ended up in my possession somehow. I do see myself buying Sweet Jasmine Brown – my collection needs a pretty, natural jasmine anyway 🙂
Projection and longevity are average for a perfume oil. These do wear close to the skin. I get about 4-6 hours of wear with these. But, reapplication is “no biggie” with these since they’re portable.
Also, I love the packaging of these.
Each 5ml rollerball perfume oil retails for $50 at Providence Perfume Co. Samples are also available for purchase.
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*Disclaimer – Samples provided by Providence Perfume Co. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pics from Providence Perfume Co.