First of all I fully realise that the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums are not available in the UK and are exclusive to Sephora. My reasoning for writing this review is that I do have a lot of readers in the USA/Canada and others who travel to such locations fairly regularly. I have no idea why the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums haven't made it to the UK when the Elizabeth and James clothing line is readily available via Net-a-Porter with items forever sold out. I'd imagine such site to be a natural stockist in the coming future.
I decided pretty much as soon as news that the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums would launch that I would try each scent at the first opportunity. Honestly I am a fan of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen purely because they have nailed hobo-chic and that is something I am forever jealous of. However I wouldn't deem the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums to be your typical celebrity fragrance launch - as one online reviewer stated this is no more akin to a celebrity fragrance than the Versace line up is to Donatella. I agree, J-Lo Glow this is not.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums come in two scent variations Nirvana Black and Nirvana White which have been created to be worn both separately and combined should you wish. I like to think of Nirvana White as the safer and more day friendly choice and Nirvana Black as the slightly more sultry and night ready option. The packaging smacks of understated cool and I adore that not only can you purchase each scent in various sizes of eau de parfum including travel friendly roller balls but that there is also a long wearing, skin treating fragrance oil. Very high end and well though out.
Yet on the other hand the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums in terms of overall scent composition really aren't anything new. You have Nirvana Black with notes of violet, sandalwood, and rich vanilla. Sound familiar? Yeah it is pretty much identical to Tom Ford Black Orchid, eerily so as a matter of a fact. Nirvana White (notes include peony, muguet, and musk) also reminds me of a well loved and best selling fragrance - Stella McCartney Stella. Perhaps the Nirvana fragrances are based on the ladies signature scents? Who knows but I can say that they are not ground breaking. If you do happen to be a fan of the likes of Tom Ford Black Orchid at least you know you can pick up a cheaper alternative should you visit Sephora and the nifty rollerball options should not be overlooked. In fact why don't we have more rollerball fragrance options here in the UK? Stateside just about every scent has this option!
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums range from $20 to $75 via Sephora - link.