I love perfume, it was one of my first beauty obsessions ever. First, hair products. Then, fragrance. Lastly, everything else ;o) I’ve reviewed some natural fragrances here and there, but honestly – I haven’t reviewed nearly as often as I should! So without further ado, here are my latest favs.
Official description: Dry woods mix with crisp citrus notes and sweet bergamot to produce this effervescent yet balanced fragrance.
If you had asked me – hey Cori, do you want to smell like dry woods? I would look at you as if you sprouted a third eyeball. But you know what, after smelling BS003, I DO want to smell like dry woods! BS003 is a woods-type scent, but the citrus notes (think bright citrus like fresh lemon peel, not a sweet orange or floral neroli) makes it stand out from your traditional woods fragrance. The woods and citrus balances so well with the bergamot. This almost reminds me of the scent you would get from drinking a cup of hot tea with lemon in the woods in the fall. It’s a truly lovely, calm-yet-bright scent that is perfect for the fall and winter season.
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Official description: A woody, floral fragrance reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A perfume to empower you!
What is it with me and woodsy florals? I really can’t get enough. Little Black Dress is mix of sandalwood, jasmine, ylang ylang, and rose. At first application, it has a very woodsy scent but quickly calms to a woodsy rose. As time passes, the woods continues to fade and you are left with a soft jasmine-rose with a hint of ylang-ylang. The woods is still there in the background though to keep this from being too overtly floral. This is also similar to BS003 in that it is woodsy, but when you smell them side by side, they are quite different. This is more smokey and does not have that fresh crispness that defines BS003. If BS003 is a having a cup of tea on crisp fall afternoon, then Little Black Dress is a being snuggled up by a fire later that night. It’s a little more seductive, like that little black dress in your closet ;o)
Official description: Luxuriate in a California garden in bloom, nectar-rich, dappled with peppery-leaved citrus trees of orange and lemon.
I tend to lean towards woodsy florals, or smokey florals, or something dark or rich to balance out the brightness and sometimes almost astringent quality of the typical floral fragrance. But Noble Floral changed all that. This is a straight floral and it is absolutely beautiful.
When I was at A Night for Green Beauty, I was lucky enough to get to chat with Hillary, the founder of True Nature Botanicals. They had recently launched their solid perfumes and she wanted to show me what they meant by ‘noble’ essential oils (because of course, me being me, I had a ton of questions). First, I smelled the typical lavender essential oil. It smelled nice, like lavender. Perhaps a bit alcohol-y but that usually dissipates with oil extracts quickly. Then, I smelled their noble lavender essential oil. I can honestly say I have never smelled anything like it. Both my friend and I were completely amazed. It was lavender, but like this wonderful lavender from another planet. It was clean but not astringent, almost minty yet also sweet. It was, in short, beautiful. And that’s all the explaining they had to do with regards to explaining the quality of their noble essential oils. I was hooked.
And that is what sets this floral perfume apart from so many other floral perfumes I have smelled before. It’s the quality of the oils. This floral is bright, sweet and rich all at the same time. I love it.
And that is it with my latest favorites! Have you tried any of these before? What are your current favorites?
Disclosure: Samples were provided to me to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write. This post contains affiliate links.