I put Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Coconut Perfume on my bigger Christmas list because it seemed like something that I would love. At around $60 a bottle, though, I didn’t get my hopes too high. Imagine my surprise when I actually got it, and imagine my disappointment when I didn’t care for the scent at all. I should’ve known better than to ask for a perfume that I’d never even smelled before. Lesson learned.
Ingredients (provided at lavanila.com)- “Alcohol Denat. (from Organic sugar cane), Botanical Fragrance Blend (Cocos Nucifera & Gardenia Taitensis – Coconut Oil & Tiare Flower), Deionized Water, Lycium Barabrum (Goji) Powder, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb) Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive Leaf) Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum (Chamomile) Extract, Oat Amino Acids, Glycerin (Vegetable), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil.”
This product is not in the Cosmetic Safety Database, and guessing an accurate hazard score would be pretty difficult considering all of the data gaps. I’ve linked to each ingredient’s hazard score page so you can see for yourself.
Some great things about this product:
2. This product is cruelty-free.
Product Description (provided at sephora.com)- “Sweet Paradise Found.
Escape with Vanilla Coconut filled with an indulgent blend of young coconut, hints of monoi Tiare (a Tahitian white flower), and a warm sensual base of Madagascar vanilla bean. You’ll instantly be transported to an island of healthy delights.
LAVANILA carefully infuses pure essential oils with 100 percent active botanicals for natural fragrances that are fresh, clean, and nurturing. With each spray, proprietary natural technology wraps the skin with super antioxidants goji berry and kakadu plum, soothing willowherb, and hydrating olive leaf for a healthy dose of 30 essential vitamins and minerals and 19 amino acids. Imagine, a fragrance that not only smells good but also is good for you!”
Price-$19.00 for 0.32 fl oz, $39.00 for 1 fl oz, or $58.00 for 1.7 fl oz.
Performance– This perfume has serious staying power; a couple of spritzes in the morning are still detectable as I am getting ready for bed.
Scent– I was really hoping that this perfume would smell more like coconut than it does, but the scent is so overwhelmingly vanilla that I honestly can’t smell anything else. It’s not an altogether unpleasant scent, but it’s not what I was expecting and it’s certainly not something that I want to smell like. It’s very heavy and rich, and it seems like it would be better suited for an older woman. Maybe I was expecting something a little more tropical? I guess I only have myself to blame; I shouldn’t have presumed to know what it would smell like. Also, the problem could be that it just doesn’t work with my body chemistry. Perfumes are weird like that sometimes, you know? I used to have a friend who wore Body By Victoria, and she always radiated this lovely, warm scent. I bought a bottle and eventually gave it away because it smelled very soapy and kind of weird when I wore it. Another thing that bothers me about this perfume (and I know that it’s a ridiculous complaint) is that my bottle isn’t filled with the clear liquid that is pictured online. The bottle that I received (which is pictured above) contains an amber-tinted liquid, and I find this off-putting for reasons that I cannot explain.
Rating– I’m gonna go with a 5 out of 10. The scent lasts all day and the ingredients could be worse, but I’m not a fan of the way that I smell and feel when I wear it (and that’s obviously a deal breaker when it comes to perfume).
Would I purchase this item again?– I would not, but I’m not suggesting that this perfume isn’t right for you. In fact, you might love it! What I am suggesting is that buying a bottle of perfume (or asking for one for Christmas) without ever having smelled it is a horrible idea.
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