Pure Natural Diva, Elegant Organic and Botanical Perfumes

Founder of Pure Natural Diva, Tania Ruben has made it her mission to craft a luxurious alternative to chemical fragrances. She offers an elegant organic perfume alternative to lab created fragrances, using only botanical ingredients. PND botanical perfumes are hand crafted in micro batches. Tania relies only on naturally sourced ingredients such as essential oils, absolutes, tinctures and minerals. PND products are perfect for the 30-40% of Americans that are allergic to mainstream scents. The majority are able to enjoy Tania’s perfumes without any adverse reactions.

 The Pure Natural Diva Scents

The Pure Natural Diva line of organic perfumes consists of 4 scents, Pure, Natural, Diva, and Elixir.

Pure is sensually uplifting, like sunny day in a mixed field of lemongrass and Lavender. Notes include uplifting cassie, soothing chamomile, lemon, lime and an Egyptian neroli.
Natural is fresh and inviting: Imagine a picnic in a rose-bordered citrus grove. Notes include a hint of clary sage, exalting pink grapefruit, Moroccan rose, and soothing ylang ylang.
Diva is full of soul—sultry and mysterious. Notes include natural musk derived from Ambrette, sinfully smooth New Caledonian Sandalwood, blended together in a lusciously robust Vanilla.
Elixir wakens the senses, like a lingering morning with an ocean view. Notes include aphrodisiacal vanilla, a hint of oakmoss, exquisite osmanthus, married with rejuvenating pink grapefruit and red mandarin.

I love each scent, and think Pure Natural Diva offers a scent for every occasion. My favorites, are Diva which smells deliciously divine, a spicy and rich vanilla scent that feels slightly gourmand. Elixir is somehow soothing and enlightening at the same time. It’s scent is zesty and fresh, juicy and bright. A perfect scent for spring!!

As far as wear time, Diva lasts the longest on my skin, as I am able to smell it all day without a retouch. Elixir and Natural follow, lasting a solid 6 hours. Pure starts out robust, but settles into a soft and barely there calming scent.

Pure, Natural and Diva are available in a 5ml to go spray for $40 or $100 for a 50ml signature bottle.  Elixir is $45 for 5ml and $150 for the 50ml bottle. Alternatively, you can purchase sample vials of the four scents for $16.

Pure Natural Diva also offers soap, body and room spray, organic hand and body wash, organic lotion, Whipped organic body butter, bath soak and Polished organic sugar scrub. I have been using the Whipped Body Butter, scented with Diva. I can’t even possibly begin to relate how amazing this coconut oil and shea butter cream is through words. I wish you could smell it! If you love a rich body butter, but don’t like the heaviness, you will LOVE this! It’s lightweight and fast absorbing but it’s a super nourishing cream!

The Whipped Body Butters are available in all four PND scents, and are vegan and cruelty free. A four oz glass jar is $30, with the exception of Elixir being $35. I can’t recommend Pure Natural Diva enough, whether you are looking for a less chemical/toxic scent or if you just love to try fragrances of all kinds. If you are looking for a unique and super special pampering Mother’s Day gift, consider a few goodies from Pure Natural Diva!

You can find Pure Natural Diva online here: PND website
I’d love to hear which scents and products you are most looking forward to trying!
xo Amber

Violette Fumee by Mona di Orio

VioletteFumee-MonadiOrionotes: Lavender, Bergamot, Oakmoss, Violet flowers and leaves, Turkish Rose, Vetiver, Clary Sage, Opoponax, Myrrh, Cashmeran
Violette Fumee is available from Olfactif for $330 for 100ml edp.

January’s Olfactif collection brought Violette Fumee, from Mona di Orio’s Les Nombres D’Or collection. This is a scent that reminds me of a breath of fresh spring air. Considering the hellish winter we’ve had, it couldn’t have come at a better time!

Violette Fumee opens with a fresh green violet and citrus scent. It feels smooth and relaxing, like sunshine on an early spring day. The dry down brings a warmth and sweetness, less green, and with a whisper of lemon. My favorite way to wear this lovely scent is just a very light spritz on my wrist. I’ve found a full spray or two a bit overwhelming with violet, though I do get a much longer lasting time. A pretty scent, but with the high price tag, I’ll just be savoring my sample vial from Olfactif!

Have you tried Violet Fumee? Are there any scents you are loving for spring?

xo Amber

Botrytis Ginestet Perfume Review

This month’s Olfactif box theme was Coming To Our Senses, guest curated by Alyssa Harad. Her memoir, Coming to My Senses:A Story of Perfume, Pleasure and an Unlikely Bride, is available this month on Olfactif’s website. I’m really pleased with this month’s scents, and consider it to be one of my favorites. You can see my other favorites from November’s Leather scents, Bombay Bling and Perfect Coconut Milk.

Botrytis Ginestet notes: Honey, dried fruits, white flowers, vanilla and pain d’epices (a French spiced bread similar to Gingerbread). Described as “the raw sweetness of wine and wild honey.”

My take:  I knew I’d love this, as sweet scents are usually my favorite. I typically get along very well with honey notes. On first spray, it smells edible and candy-like. The honey pops out quickly. It’s a creamy, raw honey rather than a sticky, syrupy honey. The white flowers peek out within ten minutes, softened by the vanilla. The scent still has an edible quality, with  a wet and juicy aroma. Upon dry down, the scent has a hint of grain to it. It remains sweet throughout and lasts about four hours on my skin.

The 100ml edt bottle retails for $110, however, Olfactif subscribers receive their $18 subscription cost taken off the full bottle price, as always.  This month, when you purchase a 6 or 12 month subscription to Olfactif, you will receive a free copy of Alyssa’s book.

Have you tried this months Olfactif scents? What other scents are you liking these days?

xo Amber


Olfactif January Perfume Box - Winter’s Cocoon

I’m terribly late with my January Olfactif post, for which I’m sorry! I’ve been having a tough time getting back into my blogging routine after the holidays and two weeks with the kids home! Let’s have a look at what beautiful scents Olfactif chose for us this month.

Lightscape by Ulrich Lang New York
notes: Galbanum, Sicilian lemon, violet leaves, iris, rose, violet flower, cyclamen, cedarwood, ambergris, tonka bean, cashmere wood, musk and ambrette seeds.

Field Notes from Paris by Ineke
notes: Coriander seed, orange flower, bergamot, tobacco flower and leaf, patchouli, cedar, tonka bean, leather, beeswax and vanilla.

Violette Fumee by Mona di Orio
notes: Mediterranean lavender, Calabrian bergamot, Balkan oakmoss, violet flowers and leaves, Turkish rose, Haitian vetiver, clary sage, opoponax, myrrh and cashmeran.

I’m still doing some testing with this month’s scents. Stay tuned for individual reviews!
Have you tried any of these scents before? Let me know in the comments what perfumes you’ve been liking lately!
xo Amber