Sample Review, Round Two: Elizabeth and James Nirvana White

I received a small sample of Nirvana White by Elizabeth and James from Sephora a while back. The product page describes it as “a captivating blend of delicate peony, chic muguet, and tender musk for a feminine scent with dark sophistication.”

Nirvana White

 

My immediate reaction to the scent was something to the effect of holy floral top notes, Batman! 

Peony hit my nasal passages hard. Not in a bad way, mind you–I just want to make it clear that whoever named this a floral musk definitely emphasized the “floral.” It’s a pretty heady scent with a strong, verdant top note. When the initial shock of peony subsided, I could detect a little lily-of-the-valley action that was reminiscent of Elizabeth Arden’s 5th Avenue. The sillage is strong with this one–not recommended for office wear.

The initial scent, though powerful, was not terribly long lasting; I would describe the longevity as moderate, at best. What really disappointed me was the way this particular fragrance dried down. What started as a nice, true-to-life floral devolved into a synthetic, almost cheap-smelling musk. While I truly enjoyed the first hour or two of Nirvana White, I merely tolerated it for the rest of the day.

The Verdict: I know several people who loved Nirvana White, but it just wasn’t for me. You could do a whole lot worse, but at this price point ($75 for 1.7 fl oz) you could do a bit better, too. As an alternative, Stella by Stella McCartney is a comparably priced floral perfume with peony that dries down nicely.

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