On a trip to Hawaii, I wanted a scent that reminded me of the islands, but I didn't find what I was looking for while I was there. After I returned from the trip, I did some web research and discovered Saffron James. I ordered samples from The Perfumed Court, and loved all three scents--Le'a, Punono, and Ume. The bottles are pricey ($85 for 30ml) so couldn't justify buying all three...but I finally decided on Le'a. Why Le'a? I had purchased a necklace with a plumeria charm on it while I was in Maui, and Le'a is based on plumeria!
Le'a is a tropical floral - a perfect reminder of the islands! I wear it whenever I want to daydream of beaches, warm water, and the Hawaiian aloha spirit. :-) The scent comes beautifully packaged in a large patterned red box that opens like a book. The back of the box gives a dictionary-like definition of the word le'a. The inside cover describes the history of the plumeria flower. And the scent itself is nestled in the floral fabric covered heart of the box. Well done.
Interesting trivia that I discovered while researching, the owner of Saffron James, Kate Growney, worked with perfumer Sarah Horowicz-Thran to develop the three scents. Also, I just saw in my August copy of Elle that they have an article on Kate!
I highly recommend these scents if you like tropical florals...and if you, like me, love Hawaii. :-)