Scent Sundays: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Welcome to week three of Scent Sundays! This week features a scent I've heard a lot about, Elizabeth and James' Nirvana Black ($30-$120 CAD). This scent only has three notes, and I ended up liking it a lot better than last week's selection.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is an addictive blend of alluring violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla that strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine. Launched in 2007, Elizabeth and James embodies the duality of sophistication and feminine detail balanced with downtown edge and masculine tailoring. The fashion brand's contemporary-yet-timeless aesthetic offers the modern girl clothing and accessories that make stylish everyday dressing effortless. Ashley and Mary-Kate wanted the signature fragrance for Elizabeth and James to embody the same sense of duality inherent to their partnership and the brand. The result was not one, but two blends—distinctly different, but undeniably connected. 
Notes: Violet, Sandalwood, Vanilla. --Sephora

It wasn't until I looked up the info for Nirvana Black that I found out it was designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Huh. And here I thought Elizabeth and James just really liked 90s grunge... There's a corresponding version, Nirvana White, which is meant to be more feminine, while Black is more sensual.

Nirvana Black opens with a burst of a sandalwood and a hint of violet on my skin. The heart is, again, sandalwood, with lots of vanilla and that hint of violet. I think the vanilla actually drowns out the violet, at least on me (I think my body chemistry just loves blasting vanilla at me). The drydown is very vanilla.

The blurb above claims Nirvana Black is a balance between masculine and feminine, but I think it definitely leans more feminine. The addition of sandalwood keeps it from being too sweet, which I appreciate. The blend does still lean a bit more vanilla than I prefer, so I'm not jumping up and down to buy this fragrance, but I can see myself reaching for it. I wish I detected more violet when I wear this, but at least the addition of sandalwood keeps it balanced.

Overall, I like Nirvana Black, but I don't love it. I do recommend it though if you enjoy vanilla and woods!

Check back next week for the next installment of Scent Sundays!

Product was a free sample. Post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

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