Regina Harris is a famous makeup artist and perfumer who's work has been featured in Vogue
, Marie Claire
as well as many other publications. Her artistry doesn't end there as she's also branched out into sculpting. Pictures of her work can be seen on her own website
and through L'Atelier NYC
Hearing both major rants and raves on Regina Harris' Amber Vanilla I was incredibly anxious to test it out myself. Especially since I love both amber and vanilla!
You know that scent you get when you walk into a used book store? Like a slightly dusty, aged wood type of scent. That's what I got as soon as I applied this oil on my skin. While I love that scent, it's certainly not one that I want to wear. Thankfully, it goes away after the oil is warmed by the skin, then come the vanilla and amber. The amber is sweetened significantly by the vanilla although, the vanilla itself isn't overwhelmingly sweet. If you're expecting a very dry amber fragrance, you won't find it here. They compliment each other very nicely.
I also smell spices (mainly ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg) as well as incense in here, the incense starts off a bit stronger than the spices. I was incredibly pleased with this scent until I could detect something else in the mix, coriander! I think with coriander you either love it or hate it. I happen to love it but it seems to stand out in this mix and won't let you forget it. While it's a nice fragrance, It would have been far better with the exclusion of the coriander.
The staying power of Amber Vanilla is really good and I think it's absolutely perfect for autumn. This is one I could see adding to my collection but not one that I necessarily need.
Amber Vanilla retails for $125/15 ml and can be purchased through Barneys
, La Creme Beauty