Perfumes are a personal affair and I don't write about them too often. I've tried many different scents so far and currently in general prefer stronger woodsy scents, but still reach for something fresher and lighter in the summer months. Lately I've been fascinated by mixing individual scents or fragrance notes into something more personal, and after trying the Le Labo Discovery set and the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rollerball Set I'm only becoming more intrigued by it.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rollerball Set comes with two mini rollerballs with Nirvana White and Nirvana Black EDP. They each contain 7 ml of product which is a perfect size to really test the scent before committing to purchase the full sized bottles. They are housed in a glass bottle with a golden lid; quite minimalistic and sophisticated packaging. Because of the size they are perfect to carry in a purse and reapply during the day and also travel friendly.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is an dark and mysterious blend of barely there violet and stronger notes of sandalwood with sweet and creamy vanilla which balances the fragrance between masculine and feminine.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana White is a captivating light and airy floral blend of delicate peony and muguet (lily of the valley), with added musk for a sophisticated and very feminine scent.
I honestly can't choose between the two right now, but I go through phases of preferring one slightly over the other, mostly depending on the season. Nirvana White is perfect for late spring and now in the summer, because the scent is not too heavy and has a slight floral sweetness to it. Nirvana Black is one of the best scents with sandalwood I've tried to date and love wearing it year round, but it wears especially well in drier and cooler months. Combining the two into a more personalized fragrance makes a harmonious blend and takes the scent to another lever. With rollerballs it's easy to control which scent you want to be more dominant, but the Nirvana Black usually tends to be somewhat stronger. The lasting power is around 5-6 hours, which isn't the best for an EDP, but I think this has mainly to do with the fact that rollerball doesn't dispense as much product as a spray would and also can't be sprayed onto clothing which usually prolongs the wear time.
The Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and White EDP Rollerball set is available here, larger sizes are available individually here (White) and here (Black).