Monday, July 15, 2013

REVIEW -- Pure Natural Diva Botanical Perfumes

Image Source: PND Botanicals Website

Hey everyone! I hope you're all doing well. :) I'm thrilled to officially be back from my blogging maternity leave with a review, and I promise that it won't disappoint!

Fellow blogger Tania Reuben has recently launched her own line of 100% natural botanical and organic perfumes! The Pure Natural Diva line is free of all synthetic ingredients, phthalates, and ingredients that contain gluten... plus they are not tested on animals. 

There are 4 Eau de Toilette scents:

PURE is sensually uplifting, like a sunny day in a mixed field of lemongrass and Lavender. Notes include uplifting cassie, soothing chamomile, lemon, lime and an Egyptian neroli.

NATURAL is fresh and inviting: Imagine a picnic in a rose-bordered citrus grove. Notes include a hint of clary sage, exalting pink grapefruit, Moroccan rose, and soothing ylang ylang.

DIVA is full of soul--sultry and mysterious. Notes include a natural musk derived from Ambrette, sinfully smooth New Caledonian Sandalwood, blended together in a lusciously robust Vanilla.

ELIXIR wakens the senses, like a lingering morning with an ocean view. Notes include aphrodisiacal vanilla, a hint of oakmoss, exquisite osmanthus, married with rejuvenating pink grapefruit and red mandarin.

Full size bottles are 1.69 fl oz and come in atomized spray bottles that are imported from France and decorated in Los Angeles. Pure, Natural, and Diva retail for $100; Elixir retails for $150. You can also purchase a sample set of all four fragrances for $16 to try before investing in full-size bottles. Plus, if you join the PND VIP List, you will get free shipping on orders over $50 along with members only benefits and exclusive access to preview beta products!

I actually received my samples months ago and about the time I got around to reviewing them, my pregnancy had made me unable to wear any fragrances without either getting a headache or becoming horribly nauseous.. or both. And if you know anything about me, you know I love me some perfume! It was SO sad. Thus, my PND samples sat on my blogging desk, staring forlornly at me for months until I was finally able to start using them a couple of weeks ago.. and I have to say that they were well worth the wait!

Synthetic, mass produced fragrances have never worn well on me. They either turn very sour on my skin, or simply don't last more than an hour.. which means that I've resorted to spraying them on my clothes instead. This isn't always the best option, and it's also how I've ruined many a shirt. Naturally, I was curious to see if natural perfumes would be any better. Plus, with baby Carey being a newborn who loves to snuggle, I didn't want to wear any fragrances that could irritate his sensitive skin.

I've worn all 4 on my skin, and the wear time on them is excellent! So much so that I woke up the next morning and still smelled a bit of Elixir on my wrists. That was a first for me! Another thing I like about the PND perfumes is that they're noticeable without being overpowering. I don't know about you, but I hate when I'm near someone and I feel like I'm literally choking on their fragrance.

But now.. on to my interpretations of each one!

Pure is fresh and clean, while being slightly spicy. It reminds me of a cup of chamomile tea: relaxing and soothing.

Natural is warm, classic and luxurious. If you're a fan of traditional "classic" fragrances (like Chanel No. 5), I could see you enjoying this one as well. It has definite notes of citrus. 

Diva is one that I can't quite place. It's deep and pleasant, almost like fine incense. 

And last but not least, my favorite of the four: Elixir. 
Elixir is warm and sensual with strong notes of orange and vanilla. It's heady, and wears very well on my skin. Bonus: it's also my hubby's favorite as well!

I enjoy all 4 of the natural perfume selections from Pure Natural Diva! They're very pleasant and wearable. As I mentioned earlier, their wear time is exceptional without being overpowering. I also like that they are organic, and I can wear them without worrying about irritating my skin or my son's.

I'm excited to give them 4.5 out of 5 stars, and hope that Tania plans to expand the line in the future! I would love to see more scents!

RATING 4.5 out of 5 STARS

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