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, 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 by 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.


Aiyana. An all natural body oil from Tallulah Jane


At some point, we perfume fanatics look at our collections and wonder, “Do I have too many bottles of perfume?” While the answer is obviously “no,” I have  also asked this question about several things I enjoy collecting like scarves, lipstick and body oils. Yes, body oils. I have at least four in my current rotation including evanhealy’s Sweet Blossom Hydrating Oil, Malie’s Jasmine Rose Beauty Oil, Intelligent Nutrients Total Body Elixir in Focus (review to come) and the most recent addition, Tallulah Jane’s Natural Body Oil in Aiyana. There are many more in my stash, but these are the bottles you’ll find on my bathroom counter.

Aiyana is a body oil for those of us who are serious about our body oils. The list of ingredients includes a luxurious blend of all natural oils that are anti-inflammatory (jojoba oil), rich in antioxidant Omega-3 fatty acids (camelina oil), hydrate the skin with exceptional triglycerides (meadowfoam seed oil) and impart regenerating benefits (pomegranate seed oil). With a roster like that, it’s no surprise this oil feels rich and extra hydrating to thirsty skin. What’s more remarkable though is how quickly it’s absorbed as well as Aiyana’s full-bodied scent that lasts for hours and hours.

When I read that Aiyana’s notes include Moroccan Rose, vanilla and pear, I was anticipating a sweet, rosy fragrance. What I didn’t realize, was that I had skipped over the text that mentions rock rose (cistus essential oil) which ultimately dictates the fragrant experience. Rock rose creates a scent that is more deep and resinous than sweet, which is not to say vanilla and rose aren’t present, they are. But their contribution is a subtle infusion of sweetness and petals that curl themselves around the warm and ambery essence of the cistus. Aiyana is also musky in a loamy soil kind of way that’s reminiscent of Weleda’s Wild Rose line, but with more depth and complexity.

Aiyana has found a welcome home amongst my favorite body oils, and I am quite happy to have discovered this uniquely resinous rose that nourishes my skin and makes me smell beautiful all day long. I am however, loath to keep this beauty all to myself, so I’d like to share some with my readers. Please leave a comment if you’d like to receive a sample of approximately 10mls of Aiyana from my own bottle. (I can only ship to US at this time, sorry!) This might be my last post until I get back from a spring break jaunt, so I’m not sure when I will announce the winners. But keep the comments coming and I will let you know the results in due time. Winners have been drawn!

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Disclosure: A sample was sent to me for consideration by Tallulah Jane. The opinions in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.


Tallulah Jane: Misae & Leotie (+ Giveaway and Discount Code)

The new fragrances by Tallulah Jane are really green. I mean super green. Green because they are made in an eco-friendly manner using only botanical essences, resins and balsams, and they ensure never to use extracts from plants and trees that are considered unsustainable. Their organic and wild crafted oils are in a base of certified organic grape alcohol or jojoba, and are free of parabens, phthalates, and petrochemicals. Tallulah Jane adds even more to their conscientious profile as all of their products are vegan and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free.

These perfumes are also green because they smell green. The technicolor green that only nature can supply, and there’s plenty of it in both Misae and Leotie. Misae is the greener of the two, as lemongrass and galbanum predominate throughout its evolution. Lemongrass of course is lemony, which is fresh and vivid. It reminds me of verbena, only with less floral sweetness, and more balsamic woodiness.

Geranium is present as well which is floral but in keeping with the green/citrusy theme without dominating the perfume. It bolsters the green aspect of the balsams as the lemongrass slowly fades. Misae includes sandalwood from Vanuatu which is smoky with a buttery smoothness. Elemi which is also an essential oil from wood, adds a slightly peppery note to the mix, and both unfold more boldly as Misae moves into the heart and drydown. Misae is for those perfume lovers who like it really green and loaded with woods, specifically sandalwood.

Leotie, like Misae, starts citrusy and green with notes of yuzu and geranium. But rather than taking a stroll through the sandalwood forest as you do with Misae, Leotie takes you to a garden, teeming with warmed blossoms of lavender and a few beds of roses. The green liveliness makes way for a powdery softness giving Leotie a feminine air as opposed to Misae’s more unisex nature. Cedar is also one of Leotie’s essences, but it’s just a touch. It’s perceptible enough to give some earthiness, but without any hint of hamster cage shavings. Warmth and a vanilla-hay note surface thanks to tonka bean and I’m not sure where the touch of cinnamon comes from, but it adds a bright spiciness which balances well with Leotie’s powdery/floral side.

If you’d like to have a full-size of Misae and Leotie (that have been used gently by me), please leave a comment and I’ll enter you in the giveaway. Just leave a comment telling me which of the two suits your style and you’ll be entered. You get extra entries if you follow Scent Hive on Bloglovin, Twitter, Google Friend Connect, Facebook’s Networked Blogs, or subscribe to Scent Hive. Please let me know in your comment what you did so you get the entries you deserve! We have our winner!

In addition, the lovely folks at Tallulah Jane are offering 15% off all purchases for the month of June. Just use code SCENTHIVE15 at checkout.

Misae and Leotie are available at Tallulah Jane and SpiritBeautyLounge.com. $48 for a 30ml bottle. You can also read my reviews of Tallulah, Gotham and 333.

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StyleCaster has chosen Misae as one of their top nine natural summer scents!

Innocence by Arthur Hacker at ArtMagick.com

Disclosure: Samples from Tallulah Jane were provided for this review. The opinions in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.


Natural Perfumes by Tallulah Jane (And Giveaway!)

Now that the world of natural perfume has really taken off, there is speculation regarding the “greenness” of some of them. For those of us who prefer naturals, we have our own individual barometers as to what is “green” enough. Only you can decide what works best for you in terms of your lifestyle and beliefs. But we all should be savvy consumers since it’s well known that just because a company touts themselves as “green” or “natural” or “organic” does not necessarily mean its products are free of synthetics, parabens or petrochemicals. So if it’s important to you, read the labels. Also check a website’s fine print and if the language is fuzzy, you should be skeptical.

One of the newest natural perfumeries on the scene is Tallulah Jane, and when they state their fragrances are natural, they mean it. They use botanical essences, resins and balsams that are organic and wildcrafted whenever possible. They also use certified organic alcohols and carrier oils and their extracts are only from plants and trees that are sustainable. In addition, all of their products are vegan, not tested on animals, and free of parabens, phthalates and petrochemicals.

Tallulah Jane’s Tallulah is their signature scent and my favorite of the three offerings. Tallulah is described as a creamy jasmine in the PR info. I experienced more of a spicy jasmine sambac note with a fizzy lemon/lime accord and it remained bright and citrusy throughout its progression. A background of woods and charred frankincense, in the heart and drydown, did ground Tallulah’s upbeat disposition a bit. Describing a jasmine scent as “upbeat” might be interpreted as girly. Talluah is not. In fact, this is the first time I can remember thinking that a jasmine based fragrance would be wonderful on a man’s skin.

Tallulah Jane’s 333 fragrance has three different types of chamomile and lavender, as well as neroli, petitgrain and bitter orange. On my skin, this medley became a delicious Gin and Tonic, garnished with cilantro. 333 is boozy and fresh and entirely appropriate for either a man or a woman. I haven’t tried this on my husband, but will as my intuition tells me it’ll meld even better with his skin than mine. I might be one of the few that gets the soapy, herbal tones of cilantro from 333, and I’m curious about that. So if you’ve tried this, let me know. Like Tallulah, 333 is uplifting and I would anticipate reaching for both of these when the promise of warmer days is in the air. If you’re a man (or have a man in your life) that’s unsure about wearing fragrance, 333 is a great choice. In spite of its herbal/cirtus effervescence, 333 wears close to the skin and would not overwhelm the wearer or anyone else for that matter. It’s also short-lived which calls for more frequent applications, but that’s not a deal-breaker for me if I love a fragrance.

Gotham seems to be more of a wintery scent, as its rose and patchouli blend feels quite composed. My first impression of Gotham was that of a lovely rose scent, punctuated by a tame patchouli note. But after an hour or so, it did an about-face and became a patchouli perfume, softened slightly by rose petals. I enjoyed wearing Gotham, but it was lacking the deep vintage patchouli redolence I have become accustomed to in *Mandy Aftel and *Julie Elliott’s work. Having said that, Gotham’s patchouli is not your typical health food store patchouli, and if you’re a lover of rose and patchouli, it would be worth your while to at least get a sample.

If you’d like to have a full-size of Tallulah (that has been used gently by me), please leave a comment and I’ll enter you in the giveaway.  You can get extra entries, one each, if you follow me on Bloglovin, Twitter, Google Friend Connect, Facebook’s Networked Blogs, or subscribe to Scent Hive. (Check the right sidebar for those as that’s 6 possible entries!) Please let me know in your comments what you did. You have until Sunday January 24th at 9pm PST to enter. We have a winner!

Sample sets are available at SpiritBeautyLounge, the only place you’ll find Tallulah Jane at the moment. You can pick 6 samples from their online shop for $15. The full-size of Tallulah Jane’s Tallulah, 333, or Gotham are $58 for a 8ml roll-on.

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*Mandy Aftel of Aftelier Perfumes and Julie Elliott of In Fiore offer Antique Patchouli and Patchouli Royale respectively if you’d like to experience a deep, lush, earthy patchouli.

Disclosure: Samples from SpiritBeautyLounge were provided for this review. The opinons in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.