Now that the world of natural perfume has really taken off, there is speculation regarding the “greenness” of some of them. For those of us who prefer naturals, we have our own individual barometers as to what is “green” enough. Only you can decide what works best for you in terms of your lifestyle and beliefs. But we all should be savvy consumers since it’s well known that just because a company touts themselves as “green” or “natural” or “organic” does not necessarily mean its products are free of synthetics, parabens or petrochemicals. So if it’s important to you, read the labels. Also check a website’s fine print and if the language is fuzzy, you should be skeptical.
One of the newest natural perfumeries on the scene is Tallulah Jane, and when they state their fragrances are natural, they mean it. They use botanical essences, resins and balsams that are organic and wildcrafted whenever possible. They also use certified organic alcohols and carrier oils and their extracts are only from plants and trees that are sustainable. In addition, all of their products are vegan, not tested on animals, and free of parabens, phthalates and petrochemicals.
Tallulah Jane’s Tallulah is their signature scent and my favorite of the three offerings. Tallulah is described as a creamy jasmine in the PR info. I experienced more of a spicy jasmine sambac note with a fizzy lemon/lime accord and it remained bright and citrusy throughout its progression. A background of woods and charred frankincense, in the heart and drydown, did ground Tallulah’s upbeat disposition a bit. Describing a jasmine scent as “upbeat” might be interpreted as girly. Talluah is not. In fact, this is the first time I can remember thinking that a jasmine based fragrance would be wonderful on a man’s skin.
Tallulah Jane’s 333 fragrance has three different types of chamomile and lavender, as well as neroli, petitgrain and bitter orange. On my skin, this medley became a delicious Gin and Tonic, garnished with cilantro. 333 is boozy and fresh and entirely appropriate for either a man or a woman. I haven’t tried this on my husband, but will as my intuition tells me it’ll meld even better with his skin than mine. I might be one of the few that gets the soapy, herbal tones of cilantro from 333, and I’m curious about that. So if you’ve tried this, let me know. Like Tallulah, 333 is uplifting and I would anticipate reaching for both of these when the promise of warmer days is in the air. If you’re a man (or have a man in your life) that’s unsure about wearing fragrance, 333 is a great choice. In spite of its herbal/cirtus effervescence, 333 wears close to the skin and would not overwhelm the wearer or anyone else for that matter. It’s also short-lived which calls for more frequent applications, but that’s not a deal-breaker for me if I love a fragrance.
Gotham seems to be more of a wintery scent, as its rose and patchouli blend feels quite composed. My first impression of Gotham was that of a lovely rose scent, punctuated by a tame patchouli note. But after an hour or so, it did an about-face and became a patchouli perfume, softened slightly by rose petals. I enjoyed wearing Gotham, but it was lacking the deep vintage patchouli redolence I have become accustomed to in *Mandy Aftel and *Julie Elliott’s work. Having said that, Gotham’s patchouli is not your typical health food store patchouli, and if you’re a lover of rose and patchouli, it would be worth your while to at least get a sample.
If you’d like to have a full-size of Tallulah (that has been used gently by me), please leave a comment and I’ll enter you in the giveaway. You can get extra entries, one each, if you follow me on Bloglovin, Twitter, Google Friend Connect, Facebook’s Networked Blogs, or subscribe to Scent Hive. (Check the right sidebar for those as that’s 6 possible entries!) Please let me know in your comments what you did. You have until Sunday January 24th at 9pm PST to enter. We have a winner!
Sample sets are available at SpiritBeautyLounge, the only place you’ll find Tallulah Jane at the moment. You can pick 6 samples from their online shop for $15. The full-size of Tallulah Jane’s Tallulah, 333, or Gotham are $58 for a 8ml roll-on.
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