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Nirvana Rose (2016)
by Elizabeth and James

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Nirvana Rose information

Year of Launch2016
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 25 votes)

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About Nirvana Rose

Nirvana Rose is a feminine perfume by Elizabeth and James. The scent was launched in 2016

Nirvana Rose fragrance notes

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Most of us growing up in the 1980's watched the sitcom Full House, with the cute Olsen Twins playing Michelle Tanner, never realizing that some day those two would grow up into paparazzi drama magnets, let alone founders of a perfume house. Well here we are, with Elizabeth & James, named after their two remaining siblings. Founded in 2013, Elizabeth & James came onto the scene with Nirvana Black (2013), and Nirvana White (2013), both meant to symbolize the contrasting personalities of those siblings. With Nirvana Rose (2016), we see a more conceptual piece, presenting a rich, dark, gothic rose experience that is surprisingly not sold at a niche price point. Fans of Portrait of a Lady by Editions de Pardums Frédéric Malle (2010), Amouage Lyric Man (2008), Montale Black Aoud (2006), or Tom Ford Noir de Noir (2007) should see Elizabeth & James Nirvana Rose as a downright steal, since it brings to the table a similar dark rose vibe at a designer price point, with no visible seams of quality inequity. The basic idea of Nirvana Rose is to lay Rose de Mai over geranium and vetiver, as the box graphics show. Rose de Mai is a hybrid often referred to as the cabbage rose, and it's parentage includes the Damask rose, which is often (but not always) richer and sweeter than most others found in perfume. Rose de Mai is a good choice of species for perfume, as it has a sort of "inbetweener" kind of smell that touches on the best facets of most preferred rose types.

There is a lot more going on in Nirvana Rose than Rose de Mai, geranium, and vetiver, but that's just the oversimplification present in most modern niche transposed into a designer tier fragrance, which much like the style this exhibits, shows that the Olsen twins really were trying to copy tit-for-tat the vibe of much higher-end perfumes but make them available for the average mall walker. Nirvana Rose opens with a thick rose nose grafted to sweet lemon oil, offering a jammy effect similar to the Lush staple Rose Jam (2011), furthering that comparison by utilizing the greening effect of geranium in the heart. There is clove and nutmeg in the heart alongside the geranium, with a leathery note showing up in the base that might be something synthetic, but it pairs well with the listed vetiver, and a huge hit of saffron. the base is mostly sandalwood and musk beyond that, with the rose parting long before the saffron does, imparting some oriental sensibilities in the end which help reassert the gothic theme of the fragrance. Nirvana Rose has good longevity and close sillage as an eau de parfum, with no context provided for wearing this because it is a love or shove kind of accord, which is the norm for most serious rose fragrances out there. The fact that Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were the main creative minds behind this scent, regardless of who the unknown perfumer is, just blows my mind. I guess it just goes to show that judging by outwards appearances or publicly-held knowledge is a mistake.

Nirvana Rose is listed as a feminine fragrance, but this is 100% unisex to my nose, especially considering how dark and rich this is compared to many others of its ilk. I can see how most of your general CISHET male population might be afraid of this, but for the modern dandy not afraid to wander out of the men's section of Nordstrom to discover untold goodies in the realms beyond what is assigned to him, this is an appropriately heavy, almost morose rose that would serve well in fall though spring climates. Since there is no bergamot, galbanum, or any other real verdant accords throughout Nirvana Rose, this simply won't do in the dead of summer, with something like Lauder for Men (1985) or Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose (1972) being a better bet in those situations. The flat magenta version of the standard Elizabeth & James bottle with its gilded sides goes perfect with the smell within, and helps encapsulate what this perfume is really all about: a quality decadent rose without the decadent price tag. My hat is definitely off to Mary Kate and Ashley, even if I think whatever they call that Full House reboot on Netflix (Fuller House?) is a total disaster. At this rate, we're likely to see Steve Urkel from Family Matters producing his own line of oud perfumes. Anything is possible! Looks like this one is only available in Sephora outside the internet, so if you want to sample in person, you'll have to drag yourself into one. Fans of niche rose perfumes owe it to themselves to investigate this one, even if the rest of what the rest of this pseudo-celebrity house has to offer may potentially not stack up. Thumbs up from me!
27th January, 2019
On me, this is a photorealistic rose, from the petals to the leaves to the stem to the water in the vase to the slight rot that sets in about a day after the stems have been cut. I was taken aback when I first tried it because I honestly expected something more recognizeably synthetic. I'm still blown away.

I'm sampling Clinique Aromatics in White on my other arm, and it is a wonderful rose/patchouli fragrance, but I can clearly distinguish the patchouli and its rose is much drier.

Both are designer offerings that far surpassed my expectations, and I could see myself owning and enjoying them both. Bravo, Olsen twins. Bravo.
24th June, 2018
Much more wood than rose. The top is pretty in a full-on goth sort of way, with jammy rich rose played against pitch black saffron. The jam quality is presumably the result of patchouli in the background, while a dash of clove mixes with a touch of kitchen spices to add depth to the darkness.

Given a few minutes, the star of the show turns out to be a mix of sawdusty sandalwood and oak. The saffron goes leathery, while the rose mix ends up smelling vaguely like wine dregs, so the whole thing ends up smelling like an old oak wine barrel wrapped in leather sitting in a lumberyard. This mix is exceptionally well done, and takes what could have been just another saffron rose and elevates it considerably.

Hours in, when the rose is long gone and the leathery saffron fades, I'm left with mostly sandalwood, sprinkled with lingering kitchen herbs. This drydown reminds me of Santal Noble, with its legendary "opulent sawdust" smell.

I'm honestly quite impressed with Nirvana Rose. This is an original take on a complex concept that could easily sell in the $300 niche range, and I'm impressed as well with the way it fully embodies a gothic artistic space, taking it beyond just smelling good. My pick for the thing to sniff if you find yourself overwhelmed at Sephora...
28th March, 2018
This smells like rose and patchouli to my nose. It actually smells something like Rose Flash by Andy Tauer. Rose Flash is better in my opinion, but Nirvana Rose isn't too bad. It doesn't smell quite as well made, or as well blended as the Tauer creation, but it's worth sniffing if you're into the rose.
01st April, 2017
Nirvana Rose by Elizabeth and James has a tart, boozy opening that sticks around well into the dry down. Earthy rose fragrances usually remind me of red wine and NR is no exception. My favorite part is the unapologetic vetiver-musk base that lends a perfect counter balance (darkness) to the ferocious red rose. The rose gives everything lift and dimension and turns the fragrance into something special, almost formal, without feeling like a costume. It deceptively simple, yet everything you want a perfume to be. To me, NR, seems to transcend gender and age barriers. I’m also impressed that it isn’t loaded down with vanilla and candy. Homerun—a true standout among the other designer offerings.

The bottle is gorgeous; the longevity is decent, and it’s not stupid expensive.

Highly recommended. 4.5/5
30th October, 2016

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