I have never been much of a fragrance collector, but then again I wasn’t much of a makeup hoarder in general until the last couple of years. As my love for beauty has grown, my love for fragrances has grown with it. I used to only own two perfumes (DKNY Be Delicious, a tried and true favorite which I’ve had for like five years, haha, and the Daisy Eau So Fresh by Marc Jacobs that my boyfriend’s parents bought me for Christmas- which smells amazing, by the way), but over the last few months I’ve definitely started dabbling more in the perfume department.
The newest additions to my growing collection are the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Perfume Oils. I’d never tried a perfume oil before these, but I am loving the concept. These perfume oils are perfect for me because the fragrance isn’t quite as powerful and headachey as regular spray perfumes can be if you accidentally go a little overboard (but hey, if you love your pretty smells, give layering a perfume oil with a regular perfume a try!). I feel like the oil really absorbs into the skin and makes the scent last a lot longer without being too overpowering. I also can’t complain about the alcohol-free formula that’s made with natural evening primrose oil and safflower oil- my skin will definitely take all the hydration it can get!
Let’s start with packaging, because that’s always a big selling point for me and beauty products (I totally judge books by their cover, I’ll admit it). Any product with gold anything on it is a big thumbs up from me. Gold is insanely “in” right now and I always want #allgoldeverything, so I was very happy to see these come in a gorgeous gold box. The bottles themselves are black and white (obviously each color with their corresponding perfume name) and they have a gold dropper. I love the bottles of these so much that when I run out of perfume oil, I am sure I’ll save them and either just have them on display or find some sort of use for them.
The Nirvana Black Perfume Oil has notes of violet, sandalwood and vanilla. I find this to be a little more masculine than I would usually wear, so I don’t reach for it as often as I do the Nirvana White Perfume Oil. While I used the word masculine to describe it, it’s still a feminine perfume. It’s super hard to explain- it’s just a bit of a heavier, darker scent than the White. The Sephora site describes this as “sensual, mysterious, warm” which I would say is quite accurate.
The Nirvana White Perfume Oil is definitely my favorite of the two. It has notes of peony, muguet (a sweetly scented flowering plant) and tender musk. I find it to be much lighter than the Nirvana Black Perfume Oil and this is a scent that I like to wear on a pretty regular basis. I usually am not big on floral perfumes, but this one is just the right amount of floral. The Sephora site describes this as “sophisticated, feminine, captivating” and I agree with all of those!
If a perfume oil isn’t your thing, the Elizabeth and James Nirvana perfumes also come in a rollerball set (which would be a great stocking stuffer- look at me thinking about Christmas in advance for once!), as a solid perfume (Nirvana Black/Nirvana White), and as a regular perfume (Nirvana Black/Nirvana White).
Have you ever tried a perfume oil?