Guest Contributor Jessa Moore Talks about Heaven in a Bottle- Nateeva!
I love hearing about new fragrances. It’s one of those topics that always captures my attention. Hopefully, it is something you like to read about if only to find something new to wear. Fragrance can make a bad day better, and a good day blissful. Beauty writer Jessa Moore is the perfect person – and writer- to find an elusive artisanal brand of fragrant gems!
Nateeva means Heaven in a Bottle
By Jessa Moore
We all dream of vacations spent in the surf, frolicking among the waves. A getaway from the every day, an escape. Sometimes fragrance can transport you, like the new line Nateeva. Nateevaa was specifically created to inspire the wanderer in the wearer.
Nateeva Jamaica has a Caribbean feel, where coconut hides behind Lignum Vitae, a local fragrant wood. It is a very sweet perfume that wafts in the heat, extraordinarily feminine, and a little heavy in the heat and humidity. In perfume, the Middle East has the precious Oud, and the tropical paradise Jamaica has Lignum Vitae-although the name is not as easily able to roll off the tongue. Both are woods that ground a fragrance, adding a resinous quality that deepens the flavor. Nateeva Jamaica is a perfume memento for a very particular place in a very particular region of the world, and the perfumer clearly spent a fair time creating a local fragrance. This perfume smells expensive, if a bit linear. The longevity is lasting, and it has nice sillage. It reads as a bit gourmand, with the Lignum Vitae referencing Tonka. It has coconut water peeking through, and it smells like you wore coconut tanning oil under a fancy fragrance-but all very, very high end.
All fragrance related photos courtesy of David Lewis Taylor.
Nateeva Bahamas is an elderflower scent, but actually is very heavy on the Orange Flower, and Neroli notes-which make it sweetly intoxicating. Elderflower is very light, so it does not surprise me that the elderflower is lost. This actually isn’t a complaint, and the dry down of musk makes it a little sharper than just the Orange Blossom notes. It’s a pretty, sweet, light fragrance-not as sexy as Jamaica, but still alluring and fresh.
The most sophisticated of the three is Nateeva St. Martin. It has almost a vintage quality, and I smell baby powder underneath. The notes listed are Hibiscus, Amber, and Orange Blossom, but the amber deepens it and grounds it much like the Lignum Vitae grounds Jamaica. It is the grown up scent out of the group, more sensual than fresh. Date night in a bottle.
These fragrances were created by Laurent Le Guernec, for Nateeva Creative Director Hope Freeman, and are reminiscent of his Bond #9 work where he created several fragrances, as well as the oddly heavy scent for Michael Kors, which was far lusher than most designer spritzes.
My takeaway is that this is a wardrobe of fragrances that will fit a variety of occasions. The quality is very good, and these are all very feminine scents. In a sea of unisex, I actually enjoy that feminine presentation- and am very happy that I had the rare opportunity to sniff these in NYC. They are available exclusively online at www.nateeva.com. For Perfumistas, the retail price of $125.00 is actually a bargain for the quality-and the rarity of the bottles. The packaging is simple, elegant, and looks as expensive as the nose.
These are fragrances designed for the traveler, and to transport you to exotic locales, but in reality are high-quality perfumes suitable to be worn daily. A memento fragrance is nice to have, but these are actually designed to be worn on a daily basis. They linger.
The founders Hope Freeman, and her partner Jay McSherry also donate a portion of proceeds to the Nateeva Fund, which rescues animals. They will be launching a home fragrance line, as well as body care, in the near future.
Bio for Jessa Moore:
Photography by Kevin Rendon
Jessa Moore is the founder of Jessa Moore Media, where she specializes in Beauty/Lifestyle. She loves fragrance and beauty with a passion that has led her into a career where she marries her eye for taste with her love of people. She lives in NYC, and consults with startups, as well as lifestyle. An actress, she prides herself on connecting with people so that their vision becomes a reality. She also is an expert in the media landscape, and reads 12 papers a day.
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Thanks to Jessa Moore for this great piece on what sounds like a gorgeous fragrance collection. Nateeva sounds so yummy that it’s giving me a craving to explore some tropical islands! If you try any – or all- of these scents, please post a comment here on this blog post. We both (Jessa Moore and I) will want to know your thoughts!
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