Image from phoenixbotanicals.com.
So I have three samples of the great new natural perfume line Phoenix Botanicals, courtesy of owner/perfumer Irina Adam at Sniffapalooza. Irina started her Etsy store in 2010, which also has skincare and lip balm. She worked with herbal specialists in Brooklyn to learn which natural ingredients are best for what purposes. From there, she’s been featured on Fashionista, NYLON magazine’s blog, and even French Vogue.
Saffron Veil is my favorite of the trio. It’s a sunny, lush fragrance which teeters on foodie but doesn’t cross that line. The tag notes on Etsy are saffron, tuberose, magnolia, smoke, and green floral.
I like saffron scents anyway, but this one is particularly easy to wear. It opens as a bright earthy saffron floral. The saffron is strong from beginning to end. I’m pretty sure I smell citrus too even though it isn’t included. As the fragrance moves forward it gets muskier. I’d say the florals are more magnolia than tuberose or green. Overall Saffron Veil has the effect of a really hot day in a flower garden.
The overall effect is lighthearted. This isn’t a femme fatale scent. The wearer might have on something like this:
It would be better if the dress were short, but that was the best example I could find.
Night Bloom is a big, musty, musky jasmine, like Victoria at Eau MG says. It also has orange blossom, but to me it smells like a wild bouquet of flowers. This one is a femme fatale fragrance, maybe for someone a little mature.
Zephyr was hard for me to figure out, which is why it took so long for me to post this review. When I put it on I got a milky woody scent, which makes me think sandalwood. I also smelled gardenia and neroli. I was at least partially right, because the notes listed on Etsy are neroli, gardenia, Hawaiian white ginger, and it’s a romantic floral. It’s meant to remind you of breezes coming from different places and the longing they might carry with them. If you’ve ever stood at the top of a mountain like this and looked out, with a little bit of a breeze in the background, then you know what I mean.
To me Zephyr smells good, and it does sort of smell like summer breeze after reading the copy. That’s a great name, because Zephyr literally means a breeze from the west. (Source: Merriam-Webster) Maybe I’m just not a romantic breeze kinda gal- I like my sexy scents unsubtle and non-profound.
Perfumer: Irina Adam
Price Range: Relatively Inexpensive
Recommended Occasion: Any
Ca Fleure Bon reviews a lot of Phoenix Botanicals’ fragrances.