One major issue with perfumes is that plenty contain harsh scents and other chemicals that those with sensitive skin can’t tolerate. As the owner of some skin that has reacted to various skin creams and detergents through the years (but thankfully never a perfume), I was intrigued when a few samples of Acorelle (http://www.acorelle.com/index.php?id_lang=2) landed at my home. I tried natural perfume once in L.A., and I must say that I wasn’t impressed. The smell just wasn’t right. But let’s just that this French brand that’s free of phthalates, parabens and synthetic materials has changed my (and my nose’s) mind.
Vanilla Blossom http://www.acorelle.com/index.php?id_product=66&controller=product&id_lang=2
The packaging of this product was downright gorgeous. I immediately fell in love with the rounded bottle complete with a round clear top and the flower on the box. It would look pretty on just about any dresser. But you can’t judge a perfume by the bottle. Even before spraying, this perfume has an earthy, almost musky smell. After spraying, it has a harsh, chemical smelling odor—almost like a mix of vanilla extract and rubbing alcohol. I wish I could say that the initial smell dissipated, but it gives way to the earthy smell and then faded out entirely far too quickly. If you’re looking for an all-natural vanilla perfume, you’ll have to keep searching.
Citrus Infusion, Lotus Dream and Divine Orchid
These three plant-inspired perfumes came packaged in a hollowed out, square-shaped package with the word “Calm” on the print. Again, this brand scores major points for the pretty packaging. My favorite thing about these scents? They actually last. But unlike a lot of other perfumes, they won’t get into your clothes and stay there. Now, you shouldn’t expect it to last all day. But they do stick around a lot longer than other natural products that I’ve tried.
Lotus Dream had a similar citrusy feel, with a strong woody undertone. I could see someone who prefers more masculine perfumes enjoying this one. It’s well-balanced and a perfect scent for a cloudy or rainy day when you want a heavier option.
Citrus Infusion was probably the most energizing of the trio. The perfume features a lemon, mandarin and verbena leaf with orange tree hints. I really enjoyed the light lemony and orange scent this left behind. It felt energizing without being too harsh—like a peppermint might feel to some.
Divine Orchid was the sweetest smelling of this group. If you like a strong floral and fruity scent, this would be the perfume you’d pick. I appreciated this strong scent. Sometimes you just want everyone to smell how good your perfume is.
If you’re searching for a chemical-free brand because you’re concerned about the chemicals in perfumes or have sensitive skin, I’d suggest giving this line a shot. Just be sure to avoid the vanilla.