Now, technically, this isn't the first time the actors-turned-designers have released a scent, since they had teen-themed ones back in the day. But, this is the first time they've done it on a more sophisticated level. The result is less typical "celeb fragrance" and more "fragrance that happens to have some well-known people behind it." And, there are two, actually: Nirvana White and Nirvana Black.
"After going through the process of the first fragrance and getting to a place where we loved it," Ashley says, "we felt like we were doing a disservice by not offering two, due to the duality of the brand having masculine and feminine qualities. It just felt right." White, a floral musk, has notes of peony and lily of the valley; black is a warm take on violet, sandalwood, and vanilla. We've had a sniff of both, and they're pretty and sophisticated — two reasons we're reconsidering the "celebrity fragrance."
Elizabeth and James Nirvana, $22–$75, available in January at Sephora.
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