Anjolie Ayurveda Full Bloom, Grove Promenade, Nectar Oriental & Orchid Vanille ~ fragrance reviews

Anjolie Ayurveda Full Bloom, Grove Promenade, Nectar Oriental and Orchid Vanille

Four years ago (!) I reviewed a line of scented soaps made by a small company called Anjolie Ayurveda. I'm still impressed by the quality and fragrances of those soaps, and I've tried to keep up with the brand's more recent releases. I blame the dreadful, seemingly never-ending winter for the fact that I somehow missed Anjolie's launch of a quartet of natural perfumes. In any case, I've finally learned about them and sampled all four, and I'm happy to report back with some brief but favorable reviews.

Full Bloom is "a beautiful bright floral that captures the bouquet of spring" with notes of magnolia flower, jasmine absolute, bois de rose, rose absolute and ylang ylang. The magnolia note is creamy and lemon-tinged, and the rose-jasmine accord and rosewood note are subtle and mellow. This is a perfect scent for a walk in a park when the flower trees are in bloom, or even as a substitute for such a walk. It's feminine but not frilly.

Grove Promenade is composed to evoke "an afternoon stroll through a citrus grove," with notes of grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, petitgrain, vetiver and sandalwood. This fragrance also feels outdoors-y, with its suggestion of rough-edged citrus leaves and stems as well as its almost-bitter fruits. It has good heft for a citrus fragrance, and it should please fans of traditional Eau de Cologne-inspired blends.

Nectar Oriental, on the other hand, is "spicy, seductive and sophisticated," with notes of sandalwood, guaiac wood, rose absolute, jasmine, oakmoss, bergamot, orange, clove and pepper. I expected this one to be a citrusy wood fragrance, but its fire-y clove and piquant pepper notes are very apparent, and the dry-down reminds me of a traditional pomander. This is an instantly warming scent; I wish I'd owned some last winter.

Orchid Vanille, which rounds out the collection, is described as "enchanting, comforting and smooth," with vanilla complemented by sandalwood, labdanum, rose absolute, magnolia flower and frankincense. This fragrance is my personal second-favorite in the line, after Bloom. Its woods and resins make it an earthy vanilla with a hint of smokiness; it stays close to the skin, lasts well, and is definitely not a basic vanilla gourmand.

Anjolie Ayurveda packages its perfumes in slim roll-on bottles; I haven't seen them in person yet (I'm sampling from small vials), but they look very pretty in photos. Despite the delicate ornamentation on their containers, three of these four fragrances (with the exception of Bloom) could easily be worn by men as well as women.

If you're looking for something more truly "natural" than the fragrances offered by LavanilaPacifica or Kiehl's (fine brands in their own right, but all prone to a certain degree of "green-washing"), you should try to sample Anjolie Ayurveda's perfumes. They're also reasonably priced, they're produced by a small family company, and they're a pleasure to wear.

Anjolie Ayurveda Full Bloom, Grove Promenade, Nectar Oriental and Orchid Vanille are each available as 8 ml Eau de Parfum ($32) at the Anjolie website and at Abe's Market.

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  1. melissa says:

    These sound lovely! May I ask how you found the lasting power?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi, Melissa — they’re all-natural (or possibly *nearly* all-natural?), so they’re sprinters rather than marathon-runners — but I was pleasantly surprised by the longevity of Grove Promenade and Vanille Orchide. The other two are lighter, and I needed to “refresh” after 2-3 hours. In other words, pretty standard and acceptable for botanical scents!

  2. scentfromabove says:

    Nectar Oriental sounds really nice. Too bad they only come in roll-on form. I like to be able to spritz a fragrance all over myself. Full Bloom seems like it would be nice for the summer. I can see myself putting these roll-on scents in my purse and use them when I need a quick pick-me-up of a pretty fragrance. They seem to be worth a try.

    • Jessica says:

      Exactly — as I said above, they’re not super long-lasting, but they’re a pleasure to touch up throughout the day. And they all made me smile, which is rare for *any* line of four perfumes!

  3. Rappleyea says:

    Interesting, natural, and reasonably priced! It doesn’t get any better than that. I’m definitely trying these. Thanks for the review. Happy Oaks Day!

    • Jessica says:

      I love that they offer small bottles for this price — and although the scents aren’t as complex and surprising as something from a natural brand like Aftelier or Ayala Moriel, for example, they’re very satisfying on their own terms, and certainly more affordable…!

  4. austenfan says:

    I love the term “greenwashing”. As I’m not a native speaker I had never heard of it.
    I remember reading that soap review when it was first posted. It seems only yesterday!

    • Jessica says:

      I know… I had to double-check the date of that soap review! I really can’t say that I’ve found any better soaps since then. Those, and COPA Soaps, are still my two favorite brands.

      I love the term “greenwashing,” too — I think I learned it on the Green Board of MakeupAlley.com!

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