I really do love trying new things, so a collaboration with Victoria Jess seemed like something fun for both of us. I also love using natural products when I can, so natural perfume sounded awesome.
Victoria Jess is described as, "a boutique perfume company offering hand-blended Natural Perfumes and Spa Products. Each fragrance contains rare and precious ingredients sourced from around the world including Essential oils, Absolutes, Concretes, Tinctures, and Resins. Organic, Sustainably-derived, and Wild crafted essences are used whenever possible. Synthetic, petro chemicals and aroma chemicals are never used. All of our perfume is blended into a base of Organic Grade Alcohol, with the exception of the solid perfume which is in Organic Jojoba and Beeswax. We do not test on animals and only source ingredients from companies doing the same. Our perfumes do not contain any animal ingredients except for Beach Harvested Ambergris and Beeswax."
Victoria sent her Jasmine perfume in both spray and solid and For Always perfume (a roses and chocolate perfume) to try. She gave me the heads up that natural perfumes behave differently than commercial perfumes and don't last as long (and it has to be reapplied more often).
I will say that I had no problem with the scent lasting...it smelled great all day. I also liked that it didn't have a strong scent like some perfumes that give me a headache. It was a light, natural scent that I smelled throughout the day. I've gotten lots of compliments when I've worn it..."What's that sweet smell that you have on?" I liked that the perfume left no random perfume spots on my clothes (you know you've had that happen) and I could feel comfortable knowing that I wasn't putting any chemicals into my skin through the perfume.
I had never tried a solid perfume, but I thought it was awesome how it worked. I particularly liked that you could put it in a concentrated spot (wrists, neck, etc) and not worry about it getting on your clothes if you didn't want it on there. The scent also stayed for a long time and I really enjoyed having this option.
Victoria describes her Jasmine perfume as, "This limited edition fragrance is a blend of the worlds most precious Jasmine from India. Jasmine Grandiflorum Flower, Jasmine Sambac Flower, and Jasmine Concrete combine to form a lush floral heart, enhanced by citrus floral top notes and a powdery Sweet Indian Sandalwood finish. Une Fleur de Jasmine contains only natural essential oils and absolutes hand-blended into Organic Grape Alcohol. This is a truly feminine fragrance."
I loved switching it up to the For Always perfume. Victoria describes it on her site as "For Always is a very romantic natural perfume, combining the floral beauty of Moroccan Rose, deliciously sweet Cocoa Absolute, and the sensual warmth of Amber. Bulgarian Rose Flower, Moroccan Rose Flower, and Turkish Rose Otto infuse the heart of this perfume with the scent of love. Cocoa Absolute adds the perfect subtle compliment to rose, and the warm amber base includes rare beach harvested Ambergris. For Always contains only natural essential oils and absolutes hand-blended into Organic Grape Alcohol. This is the perfect fragrance for someone who loves romantic movies, roses, and of course chocolate!" It definitely has a fun, flirty scent...I'm pretty sure the husband liked it ;)
One thing that Victoria and I talked about with scents is thinking of our favorite scents. One of my favorite scents is fresh cut flowers. I am a girly girl when it comes to flowers and just about anything. There's nothing I love more than a warm spring day, windows open and fresh flowers on the table.
Victoria is offering one lucky reader the opportunity to win one of her fabulous perfumes! You'll get to choose from the Jasmine or the For Always perfume and receive a 6mL spray. All you have to do is comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org about what your favorite scent is. Maybe your favorite is something that reminds you of your childhood or a certain perfume your grandma wears. Get creative...I'll randomly draw a winner next Friday (April 4)!
Interested in trying natural perfume? You can purchase Victoria Jess on etsy!