I’m not the Naturals Police nor do I want to be. I could care less whether a perfume is 100% natural or not (unless they are marketing it as such, charging a ton, and it isn’t, that’s a different story). Concerning the perfumes that I enjoy and wear, I don’t care about what goes in it. I’m about results and not the process. Now saying this, I’ve tried many perfumes and I do have a feel for what is believably natural (or mostly natural) or not. What I’m surprised by is when I talk to those interested in perfume is that they are easily influenced by some shredded recycled brown packing paper and rustic labels. I’ve heard people say they only wear naturals and then I ask which are their favorite brands and they say, “L’Occitane and Jo Malone London“. This leaves me internally debating if I should mention that those are not 100% natural but that makes me feel like I’m the Naturals Police and that makes me uncomfortable.
Where I’m going with this is that I’ve heard people say in person and on-line for years that Sonoma Scent Studio “smells amazing for a naturals line”. Somehow Sonoma Scent Studio was lumped in with brands like L’Occitane, Jo Malone London and Kiehl’s even though the line has never marketed itself as natural or said it was natural. I think people mean this as a compliment. They are saying that the line smells “3-D” and actually smells like its namesake. Well, Sonoma Scent Studio has launched a new collection of 100% natural perfumes. I don’t know it if was more about demand (people upset to find that their favorite incense was not 100% natural) or about wanting a challenge (you have to think differently when you restrict your palette), but the line now has three perfumes that are being marketed as natural.
Spiced Citrus Vetiver opens almost like a hard candy. It’s a ginger-orange that is sweet and tart. Spiced Citrus Vetiver starts to remind me of a fizzy ginger beer with a wedge of juicy blood orange. It gets spicier like something that would cure a sore throat. It reminds me of yujacha, a fruity-floral Korean yuzu tea you drink when you have respiratory issues, with a dash of subtle cinnamon. The dry-down is that sandalwood one often picks up in Sonoma Scent Studio (and one of the many reasons why the line is great). It’s a warm sandalwood-vetiver.
Notes listed include blood orange, bergamot, ginger, cinnamon bark, clove bud, jasmine sambac, osmanthus, Sri Lankan vetiver, Indonesian vetiver, Virginian cedar, Indian Mysore sandalwood and vanilla. Launched 2013. PERFUMER – Laurie Erikson
Give Spiced CItrus Vetiver a try if you like juicy citrus or vetiver perfumes. Or if you like Chantecaille Vetyver, CdG Vettiveru, Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien, Diptyque L’eau de Tarocco, Ramon Monegal Entre Naranjos and/or Jo Malone London Vetyver. Spiced Citrus Vetiver is one of those perfectly unisex vetivers. It’s a good eau de cologne substitute or a “daily” perfume. It works in every season.
After my long intro, you do not have to be a fan of all-naturals to enjoy Spice Citrus Vetiver. It’s rather 3-D and realistic. It’s very well done.
Projection and longevity are below average. It wears more like an EDT on my skin.
The 34 ml bottle retails for $125 at Sonoma Scent Studio. Other sizes and samples are available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Juicy blood orange, ginger beer and vetiver. It’s a full-bodied citrus vetiver. I think it’s a must try for anyone that likes vetiver. Or anyone that likes some ctirus with some “heft”.
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