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53%
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3.5
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Overall rating
53%
would repurchase

Latest Elizabeth and James Reviews

Nirvana Bourbon Eau de Parfum

This is such a weird fragrance for me. When I first sampled it I wasn't even sure I liked it. It was mostly dry woods rounded out with a somewhat modest amount of clear vanilla extract. But I kept going back to it and kept almost craving it and here we are, with a heavily used full bottle that continues to smell better every time I wear it. I can't account for this. I think it may have had to do with how much I was applying. The more restrained I am in application. e.g. 1-2 spritzes, the dryer and less interesting this seems to smell. If I spray 6-8 times then this seems to develop a lot more. It wears extremely close to the skin so 6-8 sprays really isn't overdoing it. I can tell you that at this point Nirvana Bourbon smells of rich, creamy, vanilla and woods. It has a boozy quality to it and is sweet in a boozy way; like a spiced rum and coke verging on root beer (but without any trace of powder that most root beerish fragrances seem to have). It's not as dry anymore but is now only occasionally dry, like walking through a forest right before the weather turns and stepping on the occasional dry twig. Longevity is 10+ hours when using 6-8 spritzes, otherwise it just disappears on me.

Nirvana Bourbon Eau de Parfum
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a year ago

This is such a weird fragrance for me. When I first sampled it I wasn't even sure I liked it. It was mostly dry woods rounded out with a somewhat modest amount of clear vanilla extract. But I kept going back to it and kept almost craving it and here we are, with a heavily used full bottle that continues to smell better every time I wear it. I can't account for this. I think it may have had to do with how much I was applying. The more restrained I am in application. e.g. 1-2 spritzes, the dryer and less interesting this seems to smell. If I spray 6-8 times then this seems to develop a lot more. It wears extremely close to the skin so 6-8 sprays really isn't overdoing it. I can tell you that at this point Nirvana Bourbon smells of rich, creamy, vanilla and woods. It has a boozy quality to it and is sweet in a boozy way; like a spiced rum and coke verging on root beer (but without any trace of powder that most root beerish fragrances seem to have). It's not as dry anymore but is now only occasionally dry, like walking through a forest right before the weather turns and stepping on the occasional dry twig. Longevity is 10+ hours when using 6-8 spritzes, otherwise it just disappears on me.


Nirvana Rose Eau de Parfum
4.0
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a year ago

This is rose--tart and sweet, green and jammy. It's quite nice and quite different to other rose-based scents I own but it is not the dirty, spicy rose I was expecting based on reviews of this fragrance. I was quite looking forward to smelling like Miss Havisham but I don't think this is it. For dirty, spicy roses I think of Agent Provocateur EDP, AP L'Agent or Amouage Epic. Nirvana Rose is not in the same vein as those at all. Nirvana Rose is a clearer, brighter rose that still has some depth and character to it, and at some times smells more tart and green and at others more sweet and jammy. It's a really nice balance and a lovely interpretation of rose. Sadly only lasts 4-5 hours on me.

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a year ago

This is rose--tart and sweet, green and jammy. It's quite nice and quite different to other rose-based scents I own but it is not the dirty, spicy rose I was expecting based on reviews of this fragrance. I was quite looking forward to smelling like Miss Havisham but I don't think this is it. For dirty, spicy roses I think of Agent Provocateur EDP, AP L'Agent or Amouage Epic. Nirvana Rose is not in the same vein as those at all. Nirvana Rose is a clearer, brighter rose that still has some depth and character to it, and at some times smells more tart and green and at others more sweet and jammy. It's a really nice balance and a lovely interpretation of rose. Sadly only lasts 4-5 hours on me.

Nirvana Amethyst
4.0
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a year ago

I like that all the Nirvanas that I’ve tried (Amethyst, Black and Bourbon) evolve on the skin quite significantly as time goes on. Amethyst opens with a strong cedar note for the first 30 minutes (to me smells just like cedar shavings). The cedar then takes a backseat to a slightly sweet and floral vanilla that is very pretty. A few hours later, I’m left with an easy white musk. I’m not sure yet if I can get over the cedar shavings phase, but I’ll continue sampling since the dry down is lovely.

Nirvana Amethyst
4.0
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a year ago

I like that all the Nirvanas that I’ve tried (Amethyst, Black and Bourbon) evolve on the skin quite significantly as time goes on. Amethyst opens with a strong cedar note for the first 30 minutes (to me smells just like cedar shavings). The cedar then takes a backseat to a slightly sweet and floral vanilla that is very pretty. A few hours later, I’m left with an easy white musk. I’m not sure yet if I can get over the cedar shavings phase, but I’ll continue sampling since the dry down is lovely.