The Elizabeth and James Nirvana fragrances embody the brand’s inherent duality. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black’s sensual, woody scent with notes of violet, sandalwood and vanilla is contrasted by Elizabeth and James Nirvana White’s alluring floral musk with notes of peony, muguet and vanilla. Two blends: distinctly different, yet undeniably connected.
Nirvana White clarifies. Peony is a celestial orb, beaming beneficently on skin. Though sharp and somewhat acidic, this flower is also softened by spice: as peony lowers its palm shaped petals a sensual piquancy peeps out, similar to the soft burn of pink peppercorn or the subtle shimmer of vetiver. Muguet is a similarly luminous flower, but unlike peony it’s light and shadow emanate less from spice and acid. Verdant and slightly steely, muguet contrast seems to emanate from its natural versus man-made scent profile: at once metallic and lushly green, this bloom is the second point on the triangle of White Nirvana, a compliment and counterpoint to peony.
Vanilla is the third point in the trine, the anchor that allows both these blossoms to open and extend their full potential. A rich twine of black and white, cream and sepia, vanilla reiterates and supports the balance between peony and muguet, and balance in general. Sweet, light and luminous, Nirvana White bravely paves the way onwards.