Hope EDP by Tallulah Jane


With a name like Hope, one might assume this new fragrance from Tallulah Jane to be softly floral and maybe a little familiar. I know I did. But it’s not. It’s completely unique and while there are floral touches, they are sewn into Hope with sharp green threads and golden strands.

Like most of Tallulah Jane’s fragrances, Hope starts off green and citrusy. Galbanum is not listed in the notes, but its sharp-leafy likeness feels present to me. Green merges with mandarin and neroli which serve up a healthy dose of juicy orange and possibly some lemon zest found its way into the mix as well. While all of this sounds quite culinary, it quickly transforms into something more perfumey and really interesting.

Some high pitched floral notes weave their way into Hope’s evolution, mimosa being the most prominent, augmented by neroli’s lingering sweetness. It’s right about now, in the heart of Hope, as the blossoms emerge, that something really interesting happens. I believe it to be the presence of white champa leaf which I have never smelled on its own, but I’m certain that it is what I’m experiencing.

According to Eleanor Jane, the creator of Hope, white champa leaf is fruity and herbaceous and because of its tenacity, it behaves as a bridge throughout the progression of the perfume. It reminds me of boronia’s earthy-fruity-floral quality, but less tannic and more sweet. White champa leaf, also known as magnolia leaf oil, wraps itself around the greenness, the herbaceousness, the sweet blossoms, and even the sparkling citrus to merge them as a whole, yet singular experience.

The Tallulah Jane description of Hope states that it has a powdery, amber base. I would agree, but only within the context of wearing this perfume from start to finish. If you were to only smell the drydown of Hope, you might not think it particularly soft or powdery, but in comparison to the vibrancy of the opening and the heart, the drydown feels like a cuddly pillow full of vanilla and benzoin. And it’s lovely. If you’d like to smell Hope for yourself, leave a comment and I’ll send one lucky reader a sample! Drawing now closed.

If natural perfumes and animal friendliness mean a lot to you, then you’ll be pleased to know that not only are Tallulah Jane’s perfumes 100% natural, their products are also Leaping Bunny certified to be cruelty free and vegan. Additionally,Β 50% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society.

Hope is available at TallulahJaneNYC.com and is $48 for 1oz bottle of EDP.

Illustration byΒ Cecilia Carlstedt

Disclosure: A sample of Hope was provided by Tallulah Jane. Opinions in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.


46 thoughts on “Hope EDP by Tallulah Jane

  1. I’d would enjoy trying Hope. The mix of green, citrus, mimosa and white champa sounds intriguing. I love that they are donating 50% of their proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Thanks.

  2. The whole development of this perfume sounds beautiful! I’ve never tried Tallulah Jane before, please enter me in the drawing.

    I also love the fact that TJ is donating 50% of their proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Hope is an appropriate name in this case. This hits a soft spot as my mother is battling stage IV lung cancer (she never smoked) and November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month which unfortunately not many people are aware about.

    1. Maddy, thank you for your comment. I agree that lung cancer needs much more awareness, as most cancers in general. I think the large scale “pink” campaign is great, but maybe at the expense of cancers other than breast. I was so happy to see the proceeds going to the ACS as a whole.

      Best of luck in the draw and I hope your mom is is getting the care she needs and deserves. XO ~T

  3. I love green scents with citrus notes. This one sounds like it’s aptly name, bright green fragrances always feel optimistic to me and remind me of spring and for me, spring is the season of hope.

    1. Yes, it is an uplifting fragrance and I too think of spring given the notes and the name. But, it is well suited for the fall crispness as well.

      Good luck!

  4. Oooo that sounds lovely! I love Tallulah Jane perfumes, I have 2 others – and sounds like this one may get added to my collection! Thanks for the beautiful description, as always :o)

    1. Cori, since you are already a TJ fan, you have to try this one. It’s both reminiscent of their other fragrances, but with a unique and interesting spin.

      XO πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks for reviewing Hope so others will try it. Bought a FB unsniffed because of the American Cancer Society contribution–turned out to be a winning purchase all the way around. Hard to find many independent perfumers turning out high-quality scents like Hope at such a reasonable price point; Laurie Erickson at Sonoma Scent Studio is another favorite. Ordered samples of her other perfumes; am looking forward to trying them. (Don’t need to be entered in the draw.)

    1. Sharon, thanks for chiming in with your recommendation of Hope. I am so glad you FB/unsniffed purchase turned out to be a good one! And I am in full agreement that the price point is very reasonable for an all natural perfume with such lovely ingredients.


  6. oh I love this description of a magical perfume. So important to keep putting these natural perfumes out there. I HOPE more and more people discover the infinitely greater beauty and mystery that natural perfumes create. Thank you.

  7. Wow, awesome description. I especially appreciated the info on White Champa Leaf, that is a new one for me!

    Thanks so much!

  8. Thanks for reviewing this perfume. I’d seen another (brief) review of it on a blog I don’t know, so I wasn’t sure what to think…but you’ve made Hope sound wonderful. I own several TJ fragrances and especially love Leotie and Misae–and it sounds as tho Hope bridges them (the floral/amber from Leotie, the green from Misae), at least to a degree. So please enter me in the drawing–I’d love to try it. And thanks for the detailed and thoughtful review!

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