My first fragrance purchase in what feels like forever (okay, almost a year) is Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black, which is simply made up of sandalwood, vanilla, and violet. It's nothing new, but it's lovely on its own and simple enough to layer with other fragrances without clashing. Violet notes usually smell like a powdery mess on me. With this fragrance, the sandalwood and vanilla are the most prominent notes while the violet lingers. It's never harsh or overly powdery. Vanilla works well with my body chemistry, usually pulling more sweet than anything, and it's a nice balance with the sandalwood. The lasting power and sillage could be better, but overall I really like it. The packaging is beautiful and simple as well, it reminds me of a lighter. I love how Nirvana Black looks alongside Nirvana White, which I hope to have a bottle of some day.


  1. im glad it wears so well! i do hope you get the white soon. i actually loved the black at first smell, but as soon as i purchased white, i fell in love with it. plus, layering it....i did try layering i think tainted love by tokyo milk with white and it was interesting as well!

    1. I know, I really want it! I'm a sucker for white florals, but I went for Black first to shake things up. I have a sample vial though, it should last me a while. From what I remember of Tokyo Milk Tainted Love, that layering combo does sound interesting!

    2. well both black and tainted love had sandalwood so i felt brave. it comes off a bit strong but i thought it was fun! and after awhile of owning tainted love, i didnt like it as much as when i initially purchased it. i think i love arsenic way more, and will stay loyal to that for a while (when im not wearing either of the nirvanas)


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