I know I sound like a pre-teen girl, but I ADORE vanilla scents. There is something so comforting about that warm, spicy smell. Because I know they are so personal, I try to make it a rule not to recommend perfumes. But just in case some of you out there love vanilla just as much as me, I wanted to mention LAVANILA.
LAVANILA was created by Danielle Raynor and Laura DiGirolamo, both beauty industry veterans. Their goal was to create fragrances that were healthy, natural and skin-friendly. They selected vanilla as their anchor for its warm and natural qualities. LAVANILA, Madagascar’s native word for the ingredient, was adopted as the company’s name. Traditional beauty products contain fragrances formulated with ingredients that can irritate skin and aggravate senses. Because your skin absorbs up to 60 percent of what is applied, LAVANILA set out to create formulas from 100% organic and natural ingredients, free from harsh chemicals.
The couple of scents I have sampled are definitely not sweet. As they say on their website, this is more “vanilla bean” than “vanilla cookie”. The collections include:
- Pure Vanilla Collection: Known to the LAVANILA creators as the “Perfect Vanilla,” this is their standard scent. Blending the freshness of Madagascar vanilla with warm patchouli and pure Tonka bean, the combination is soothing and sweet for both your skin and senses.
- Vanilla Grapefruit Collection: This citrus scent uplifts and refreshes with hints of grapefruit and lime. Blended with rich Madagascar vanilla, this unique, crisp fragrance is accented with warm cedarwood for a comforting aroma.
- Vanilla Coconut Collection: Young coconut, Tahitian white flowers, and Madagascar vanilla bean create an indulgent aroma in this collection. Feel like you’ve bee transported to an exotic island with this rich, tropical fragrance.
- Vanilla Lavender Collection: For a feeling of tranquility and serenity, embrace this rich vanilla and lavender mixture. Spanish lavender, rose absolute, violet leaf, and Madagascar vanilla combine to create a rich, all-natural fragrance.
Vanilla Blossom, Vanilla Blackberry and Vanilla Passion Fruit are also available on lavanila.com.
The brand also carries lip butter, body wash, deodorant and a baby-friendly collection. And I love the Mini Roller Ball Set as a stocking stuffer.