The Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black eau de parfum (50 USD for 1oz) is a crazy sexy scent. I first picked it up in the rollerball size quite a while back because I’m finicky with scents and wanted to test it thoroughly first, and unfortunately I only realised how divine it is after I left the US. I’ve wanted the full size bottle ever since and have only got my hands on it recently because it’s not only a Sephora exclusive, but a USA Sephora exclusive. They don’t carry this in Singapore (where I deperately searched for it in October) or even in smaller Sephora branches in the US. Thank goodness my sweet cousin remembered me on her recent trip to Hawaii and brought this home for me as pasalubong. Just look at that piece of badassery! While you most certainly shouldn’t be picking your fragrances based on packaging, it doesn’t hurt when the bottle happens to be kick-ass too.
For those of you who are not familiar with the brand (as I was not), Elizabeth and James happens to be Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion brand. It was established in 2007, but the Nirvana perfumes (White and Black) were released in 2013. Before you write this off as one of those cheesy celebrity scent releases, please note that there is no tacky over-branding on the product. You don’t see the Olsen twins’ faces plastered all over the bottle and you don’t see their signatures splashed across the box. It’s a far cry from the tacky, money-making merch the girls sold in their tweens, and to be fair they haven’t done anything new of that sort in a long while. I’m not too much into fashion, but even their clothing line seems far from mainstream.When I picked up Nirvana Black and smelled it for the first time, I had no idea it was an Olsen product and –frankly — I don’t mind it even now. I kind of like their vibe of late anyway. I mean everyone wants to be a blonde waif of a girl dressed in black, yeah? No? But really, this is about the scent! The glorious scent! So let’s get into that without any more delay.