Body Care, Perfume, Reviews - November 10th, 2011
Lavanila is one of those cool brands I see/read about but haven’t personally explored much, so it is with some excitement that I got to check out the Pure Vanilla Luxury gift set (and tell you all about it)! Lavanila was created by Danielle Raynor and Laura DiGirolamo, two ladies working in the beauty industry with a sad problem in common: the inability to wear fine fragrances without some unpleasant allergic reactions like headaches, sneezing, and itching. They set out to create a luxury fragrance full of natural, skin-friendly ingredients and free of everything else. Lavanila was born!
The Pure Vanilla Luxury set features three Lavanila favorites: The Healthy Fragrance, Healthy Body Butter and Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave, all in the Pure Vanilla fragrance. The Pure Vanilla scent is a blend of Madagascar vanilla, tonka bean, and heliotrope, and is a really nice warm scent. It’s definitely more vanilla bean than vanilla cookie, and has the sophistication of a fine fragrance.
The Healthy Fragrance in the set is a 1 oz. size, perfect for travel. The full notes on the perfume are madagascar vanilla, freesia, patchouli, heliotrope, and tonka bean. I sprayed my wrists a few hours ago, and I can still smell it – good staying power. I hate to use the word inoffensive to describe a fragrance because that makes it sound unforgettable or wimpy – neither of which describes Pure Vanilla. It’s just really nice, and unless someone really HATES vanilla, they’re probably going to like it. The formula also contains a slew of botanical extracts, so the whole “Healthy” angle isn’t just greenwashing – it’s going to be beneficial for your skin, in addition to smelling good.
The Healthy Body Butter is a yummy thick formula, with such goodies in it as shea butter, cocoa butter, and olive oil. I am particularly loving this formula as a hand cream, as it is not greasy AT ALL. It soaks right in like no one’s business and just feels good and smells good. The 2.75 oz. size in the set is also going to be travel friendly, as well as being a handy size to keep in your desk or on your nightstand.
The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave is a good addition to the set, especially if you are into fragrance layering. I loved this as a body wash – lots of nice lather, no dry skin afterwards. It was a little weak as a shaving product but I could see it working in a pinch. It’s certainly well-scented, I could smell it on my skin after my shower.
This set would make a great gift for anyone who loves vanilla, or just to any lady who likes nice bath things. The Pure Vanilla scent is a crowd-pleaser, in my opinion, so I’d call it a safe gift for any woman.
Altogether, the Pure Vanilla Luxury Set will retail for $40 and can be found at Sephora.com and Sephora stores as well as Lavanila’s own website. So far, it’s not online yet, but I expect it to be very soon! I give Lavanila two thumbs up!