Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose

3.4

10 reviews

60% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

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on 5/19/2017 12:19:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

A solid 3.5 stars. I guess I'll start by saying it is hands down my favorite from the E&J line. I scored a 1oz bottle from a Sephora sampler but have since gotten rid of it and replaced it with a rollerball. So I guess I can say to me it still isn't "full bottle worthy".

I can't sum up any perfume with one word except this one. Every time I apply it to my skin my first thought is that it is "unapologetic". 'Unapologetically what?' I guess depends on my mood when I apply it.

I got this desperately wanting a deep and sultry patch/rose combo. This did not deliver. Rather I find it to be a virile, sharp, loud vetiver/geranium mix. Lots and lots of vetiver!

It's unapologetic. There's all edges and no smooth contours to even it out. There's no come hither base musk. No approval seeking sweet notes. No easy to understand floral-ey tones..
Theres just tons and tons of vetiver sitting on an ultra-green, almost tomato-leafy geranium. And the result is in part men's aftershave and in part laying down on the forest floor and hoping that you're not accidentally laying next to something poisonous.

In short I don't know why I own this. The harsh woods note is kinda nice. It makes me feel like a badass who needs no approval. This is also great for layering. Makes any fruity floral a bit more complex.

I don't think I'd buy it again. Packaging is gorgeous-- both for bottle and rollerball.

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on 5/10/2017 9:38:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I received a sample of E&J Nirvana Rose and the first few times I wore it, I was shocked that I liked it at all as I do not care for rose scents as they all remind me of Grandmothers and Afghan blankets. However, this rose is deep and subtle. Although not listed in the notes I detect a citrusy burst which according to some other sites is Bergamot (not listed in the simple 3 note description of this scent. Nor is the Patchouli which clearly shines in this mix with the geranium lending a clean herbal scent to the vetiver base which is just plain lovely woody and earthy.

Overall this is a different kind rose perfume and one that I find I can tolerate. I may even purchase a large bottle as I found myself reaching for the sample over and over.



Notes: Rose de Mai, Geranium, Vetiver, (but I suspect many more)


on 1/26/2017 1:38:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I've tried all the other Nirvana variations. The ones I was SURE I'd love soured so badly with my body chemistry (especially Bourbon, sadly...it's so sexy when it's not on me) that I didn't even bother with Nirvana Rose. I'm also not huge on florals. It doesn't really vibe with my overall fantasy of laying on oriental rugs day in and day out, being annointed with sacred, lovely-smelling oils by an army of men in loincloths. Well, I got a sample of this with a recent Sephora order and it's pretty great.

That scary rose is in the very first blast but then retreats to the background; it's not a big blooming floral but emits a spicy-skin vibe. It smells like feminine aftershave. The vetiver almost dominates, but my skin has a tendency to mellow out sharper scents, making them creamier, and that note plays with the rose to evoke skin rubbed with crushed rose petals and leaves. Spicy floral tang with the musk of rained-on skin. It reminds me of that scene in Atonement where Keira Knightley is angrily stomping around in the outdoor fountain at her family's English countryside home (I don't like to be reminded of the rest of that movie...).

I can't go anywhere wearing this without people sniffing me. A dab'll do ya, and it has great longevity and throw.

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on 1/5/2017 4:18:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I got this as a sample from Sephora and when I first sprayed it, the words that immediately came to mind were "grandma death bomb" for some reason. It's not a classic rose scent, and it's not even necessarily "old" smelling, but something about it, to me, is just... stuffy. I wasn't a fan. But, I've worn it a few times when I don't want to waste my good perfume and I get SO MANY COMPLIMENTS. Seriously, when I'm wearing this, I can't go anywhere without having a full on conversation about what perfume I have on. It's weird. I don't think I've ever worn a perfume that's illicited so many enthusiastic compliments. And it's cool, cuz when they ask what brand it is, I get to gleefully reply "Mary-Kate and Ashley!" Because even though Mk&A are too cool to brand stuff with their own names these days, I will 100% always take joy in calling them out ;)


on 12/20/2016 2:26:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

OK, I'm not hating this rose scent, which is rare for me. I dislike most strong, floral rose fragrances, so if that's what you're looking for here, you might be disappointed. For me, most rose fragrances feel old lady-ish, but this definitely doesn't. It's as much a woody fragrance as it is a rose, maybe more so. The vetiver is strong, and it makes the rose (which IS there), something more modern, a little edgier, a little less ladyish. I'm digging it. There's a powdery tone that comes in after a few minutes, and it softens a little, but it's still like you mixed a rose perfume with a dab of a great men's cologne. Not unisex so much as both sexes combined.

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on 12/16/2016 4:20:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I got the Sephora Play box variation with this perfume sample, and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be! Nirvana Rose is a simple blend comprised of just three notes: Rose de Mai, vetiver, and geranium. However, that isn't necessarily a bad thing: in the world of fragrance, simplicity is just as difficult as complexity to pull off masterfully. I think Nirvana Rose definitely did succeed in that regard.

Rose-centric perfumes are one of my favorites but this flower definitely can be very finnicky. I think we've all smelled rose perfumes that were "old ladyish", astringent, or inundated with sugar to the point of being almost unrecognizable. However, if done right, rose is one of the classiest flowers of them all.

Nirvana Rose feels like a classic rose perfume in a very sophisticated, modern sort of way (if that makes sense): cold, dark, with a twang of metal and just the faintest hint of jam and honey in the background, turning softer and muskier over time. There is no straight-up sugary sweetness here, which may or may not be to your liking. I absolutely love it, especially on these dreary, rainy days. As a lover of well-done rose fragrances, I think I may have to pick up a full-size of this.

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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

This scent reminds me of walking into a funeral parlor. It's sort of "generic roses. " It's not bad, but I think there are better roses for around the same price. I recently had a Roses de Chloe edt sample which I found superior.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Smells stinky and awful like a musk and amber and rose in one. Not a good one. It's very spicy and loud.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

The house of Elizabeth and James, though not expensive as fragrances go, and definitely more mainstream than indie/niche, has produced some of the best, most unique and complex, and yet also beloved fragrances from the last decade in my opinion.

I enjoyed the complexity of the sultry masc-femme of Nirvana Black, but found that the licorice note, played out too strongly and sharply on my skin in the end. Nirvana White, what I think is the line's most popular as of now, is a senuous but universally pleasant peony-topped skin musk that I adore, but found just a bit too light and linear for my personal liking, although I do love it for warmer months when my woodsy spices and dark roses get too much to bear.

This, however, being Nirvana Rose is right up my street.

Out of all the rose fragrances I've tried and have reviewed here on Makeupalley, this one too me, has a snug home in between the smoky yet resinous and sharp Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme (third favorite rose of all time next to Tauerville's Rose Flash and Velvet Rose & Oud by Jo Malone) and the fizzy ambery rose of the limited edition and now-discontinued Jo Malone's Tudo Rose and Amber.

In Nirvana Rose, you get a rose, but one that is realistic (almost like Stella) less sharp than Rose Anonyme and less dense, but less powdey than the Tudor Rose and Amber. This is a rose in mid full bloom, but it is sweetened and freshed by a healthy touch of shampooy like geranium (again the brightness this renders is what adds some Stella traits into this mix, but it is not at all citrusy like Stella is) and the overall effect is darker but is brightened by the fizzy amber that, thankfully, is more effervescent than sweet, which compliments the darkness of the rose.

This is Stella's more earthy and wicked stepsister. She wears plum lipstick vs. pink or nude. She smokes in the woods, reads alone as opposed to running for student council. A young and modern rose but one that is more off the beaten path than a people-pleaser (although I think this still has potential to be a very popular and well-liked rose fragrance for the masses), but the character of this is ever so slightly more sinister, but not totally as dark as any Rose/Oud combo or as classic and vintagey as Agent Provocateur scents or Mad Madame by Juliette has a Gun or any of the 70s floral chypre roses like Magie Noie by lancome.

For the modern girl or woman who enjoys being darkly differen but still wants to be on tend.

Try it. Lasting power and projection seem great as in all other Elizabeth and James Nirvana creations


Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

To anyone who is seeking a mainstream perfume that isn't a fruitchouli - rejoice! Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen have delivered yet again with Nirvana Rose. This scent is a spiced rose that references older rose perfumes while remaining modern. Upon first spray, it's got a strong medicinal/herbal lead followed by a traditional rose scent. Likewise, the scent profile aligns well with Tom Ford's Cafe Rose or Serge Luten's La Fille de Berlin in terms of a superior execution of a few notes. and is an excellent value for the price point. The perfume has great sillage and only requires a tiny amount to remain present during the day.

With this all in mind, I wouldn't do a blind buy of Nirvana Rose unless you're certain you want a peppery rose with no vanilla or other sweetness to cut through the intensity. If you're looking for something different and want to find a perfume that exudes a confident sensuality - this is worth a look.

Likewise, I'll be updating my review as I pair the Rose with White and Black (and likely Bourbon if I can get my hands on it!).

EDIT: In terms of mixing Rose with Black and White, the results were mixed. Rose + Black yields sandalwood, vanilla, and a peep of rose. Nothing too exciting or interesting. Rose + White is more dimensional - I get a mix of spicy ivy and lily of the valley with a fair amount of freshness. The medicinal qualities of Rose are toned down in this mix and much more approachable. I think it'd be great to wear in late winter/spring. Rose + Black + White results in muted version of Black which was disappointing.

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