Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose is one of two new perfumes that launched for the Fall 2016 season under Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen’s creative direction. I spoke to you yesterday about the new Nirvana Bourbon and I must admit that Nirvana Rose is likely my favorite of the two.
Let’s find out why.
Apologies for the promo images used in this post but I don’t have the actual bottle available to take photos of.
Rose is a note I like very much! It tends to go candy on my body chemistry so, the note isn’t a cloying floral one on my skin but has more of a playful sweetness. I think rose is commonly disliked though because people associate it with their elderly aunt or grandmother at times. But there are fragrances out there that take the note and create beautiful blends with it. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose is one of those blends.
Unlike Nirvana Bourbon, I don’t think Nirvana Rose is a unisex blend, this is a fine feminine fragrance. It does contain notes of geranium which I commonly associate with masculine fragrances but this note only acts to add dept and complexity.
For me, this smells like walking through a rose garden on a warm, humid night after a rain storm. Rose permeates the air but there’s also a touch of wet, dewiness that clings to the grass and a tiny hint of drenched ceder in the background. The interesting thing about both this scent and Nirvana Bourbon is the fact at first mist you never get an alcohol note. The fragrance delves right into the notes and they immediately hit you in the face. I recently misted myself with a brand new fragrance from a very high end brand that shall remain nameless and I was terribly disappointed that the first thing I smelled was alcohol. Nirvana Rose jumps right into its notes and only gains more momentum at the dry down. There’s no waiting for that beautiful fragrance gratification, you’ll get it right away at first mist. The unusual aspect of the blend is it manages to retain all its notes from first spray to dry down. Rose only plays one important role in this fragrance. The complexity of the fragrance comes from the other notes of geranium and vetiver which add sultriness. Rose alone can be cloying but rose with geranium and vetiver is pure mysterious and old Hollywood glamour. Surely this is a fragrance that Fay Wray would happily mist herself with.
I liked Nirvana Bourbon but I love Nirvana Rose. This is the complex mysterious roses I tend to lean towards! It’s a scent that makes rose very wearable and utterly sexy.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose is available now at Sephora.com and will launch at other retailers for the Spring 2017 season.
Have you smelled it yet?
What are your impressions?