I can't get my ish together, I swear. I've been meaning to post a review for DAYS but I have so much going on lately I'm behind! Haha. Anyway, I had a request recently, a couple of days back, to do a review of NAVA's Studio Limited (SL, for future reference - I should make a glossary page) Ember Vanilla, so let's jump right into that.
This is one of their most recent Studio Limited releases, and instantly it became a classic. I haven't run across a single person saying, this is not for me. I haven't seen anyone selling theirs, for that matter! That's usually pretty indicative of a fantastic perfume, y'know? I waited a while before I purchased mine. The notes had me worried this might be foodie.
Here are the notes from NAVA's description:
A haunting Vanilla cream with accents of caramel and a sweet kiss of brown sugar, in which we mean, the vanilla is underneath teasing and sweetening the woods of exotic Indian Sandalwood, American Cedar, California Redwood and the haunting decadence of our ICON Egyptian Oudh as part of this blend. A vision of smoked vanilla but only by using the finest of NAVA SL ingredients. Can be layered with more of any of our SL Sandalwood perfumes, more SL Vanilla, SL Diamond or SL Amethyst. A log fire with vanilla accented in the smoldering wood.At first I thought, oh boy. Caramel and brown sugar. Sigh. I love them, but they really don't love my skin, and foodies generally don't work for me. I should know better by now! NAVA are magicians, and what you see isn't always what you get. I read many reviews and nobody seemed to get a foodie vibe from this. I asked a dear friend of mine her opinion and her response? NIKI JUST GET IT. So. I took the plunge needless to say, because she convinced me it was a must have!
Right out of the gate, in the bottle, you get a bit of a sweet, carmelized vanilla. Scary for me. But then on further sniffing (huffing like a madwoman, read) the smoke comes out to play. Oh boy. This is AMAZING. GET ON MAH SKIN.
Wet on the skin it's much the same as you get from the bottle sniff. So, I back off, give it some time to settle. Whoooaaa. Holy bats. This is sexy. You may remember from my introduction to NAVA post that my guy hates vanillas. Hates with a passion. Says they stink. This, when it's dry, I find him nuzzling my neck. It's so good! Smoky. Rich. The vanilla has a hint of carmelization, but it's in no way foodie. This is sexy, grown up. The drydown brings out the woods in it more, and they are all melding into something crazy good. This is the magic of NAVA. It's like on drydown their blends kind of flop onto a perfumed pillow of delight. It's very different from OP Pakhet but for me? They're sisters. They are not a typical vanilla. The smoke, the wood in this definitely pairs with the more woody Pakhet, although she's got that base of incense behind her. Also, Ember Vanilla is great straight out of the gate. You don't have to let it age to have it completely become glorious - it's glorious already. However, I've had mine a couple of months, and I can tell you it keeps getting better. It's also delightful layered - try pairing it with Kashmir, for instance. I can't word enough for that description, but my Gods, is that amazing. They're both so rich and interesting alone, but paired they are a killer combination that garners quite a bit of compliments when you step out into the world.
How's the staying power, you might ask? I've worn this without showering at night, and the next day I'm still getting wafts of it when I get up. This one is strong with the force, I tell you. Hah.
So in conclusion? You should just go ahead and throw your money at Ember Vanilla, I promise, you won't be disappointed.