Gimme Some Green, Green Love

Finally! I’ve treated myself to an eccentric haul: four GREEN LOVE perfume oils, clean & tox-free. Should you give them a try (or not) and why?

Do you remember “Swedish Summer in Your Pocket“?
That’s when I fell in love with this green, “leafy” wild strawberry scent by Green Love.green-love-wild-strawberry-blurredHowever, in their minuscule 10 ml and 15 ml roll-on bottles at €22–€56 Green Love perfume oils are not exactly a bargain, and there are no sample sizes – obviously – to the tiny original sizes. So the next purchase had to wait.

UPDATE March 2015

The Green Love perfume collection now consists of only four scents. Find them all here.
I asked founder Jenny Jahn to comment and here’s what she said:

Today I have only 4 perfumes left. I re-designed the range because I found Miron glas, it protects essential oils and essences from degrading for many months. We realized that the scent faded during storage and changed when it reached our end customers. This was not a solution for us.
Beside that a Swedish scientist had discovered that essential oils that contain 26 particular allergens (almost all essential oils with a few exceptions such as: vetiver, cedarwood, patchouli) create allergies when used in a long term. And it did not matter if you had any allergy before or not, the skin would develop an allergy.
We can’t stand behind that and have now removed all allergens from our line, almost every perfume needed to go and we needed to reformulate the 4 last ones to be most sophisticated perfumes that wouldn’t fade.”
– Jenny Jahn, Green Love founder

//UPDATE END

So, Wild Strawberry is awesome = I decided to splurrrrrrge.
Just as I announced in my interview over chez Olfactoria’s Travels.

Green Love Perfume Oils, Reviewed

green-love-perfume-oil-haulGeneral PROs: Clean, tox-free, minimalistic formula; stable roll-on (no leaks occurred, ever, and I tend to rather bounce my shoulder bag – otherwise you’re an easy victim to being run over by the masses in Berlin); pleasant unisex scents.

General CONs: The price whispers luxury (a “standard” size of 50 ml would cost €110 to €280, that’s goddamn luxury in my book!), but the packaging looks Granny, not Gorgeous. Also, as some oil got onto the surface of Blackberry Vanilla, the entire print peeled! A no-go. As for the fragrance combinations – read on! The longevity isn’t anything to make a song about it, but – on the PRO side – you can refresh to your liking.

(For my earlier review on Green Love Wild Strawberry, read here)

NOOB ALERT: Individuals that are not used to natural fragrances might find natural perfumes “stale”, “niffy”, “earthy”, “dusty”, “joss-stick-like” and some more – a common mishap with green noobs. *shakes head* I’m not judging you. Oh I totally am. No, seriously. I’ve been there, too. For a softer transition to non-toxic fragrance, you might want to try Balm Balm’s Single Notes.” 🙂

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Tart, sweet, grown up and alluring: Green Love Blackberry Vanilla

10 ml, approx. €22
Ingredients (full declaration): Organic jojoba oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), organic blackberry (Rubus Fruticosus), organic vanilla (vanilla planifolia).green-love-blackberry-vanilla{See? The colours on the label – peeled completely!}
This fragrance is close to Wild Strawberry but has a much stronger, and jucier tart berry note.
Vanilla doesn’t give blackberry any meek innocence or childish sweetness; the scent – even though it’s a blackberry and not a blackcurrant essence – strongly reminds me of the taste of Creme de Cassis and calls for a delicious Kir Royal…

Would I buy a 50 ml version priced €110?
Most likely.”

Liquorice explosion in a patchouli field: Green Love Black Knight

10 ml, approx. €34
Ingredients (full declaration): certified organic jojoba oilIllicum verum, Pogostemon Cablin, Theobroma Cacao extract.
Info for allergy sufferers: natural oils contain linalool and limonene.green-love-black-knight2{These weird-looking dark “stains” are… cacao}
I’ve reviewed this in-depth in my Gorgeous Scents for Gents post earlier, and all I have to add is that this perfume oil will cause vegan excitment among most Goths (helloooo, sweet patchouli, please meet liquorice and cacao). Also, if you love being a modern-day luxury hippie, all in Hermès slouchy pantalons and Saint Laurent caftans, this is your dope.

Chocoholics are not the target group here though; this fragrance does not have a prominent cacao scent.

NB:
You can totally layer Lovely Citrus over Black Knight – just make sure the roll-on of Lovely Citrus doesn’t catch any Black Knight.

Would I buy a 50 ml version priced €170?
No; since my love for patchouli and liquorice only goes as far as 10 ml last.”

Jasmine ghosts: Green Love Jasmine Deluxe

10 ml, approx. €34
Ingredients (full declaration): Organic jojoba oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Organic jasmine (Jasminum Grandiflorum), organic rose (Rosa Damascena), organic ylang ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina).
Info for allergy sufferers: naturally occurring in all jasmine, rose and ylang ylang essential/extact oils: Benzyl alcohol, linalool, geraniol, eugenol, benzyl benzoate, citral, farnesol, citronellol, benzyl salicylat, Isoeugenol.green-love-jasmine-deluxeI was a bit disappointed by this fragrance: they should’ve called it Ylang Ylang Deluxe.
Ylang Ylang is a headstrong flower, and it really steals the show.
Now, you can perceive Jasmine and Rose in that mighty YY-goodness, but the eponymous flower is not central here, and the rose is rather faint.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Ylang Ylang, but I was expecting more Jasmine here.

Would I buy a 50 ml version priced €170?
Certainly not. Jasmine deserves more sophistication.”

Sparkling, refreshing, delicious: Green Love Lovely Citrus

green-love-lovely-citrus15 ml, approx. €37
Ingredients (full declaration): Organic jojoba oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Organic cold pressed Orange (Citrus cinensis ), organic cold pressed Pink Grapefruit (Citrus paradensis). Info for allergy suggerers: occuring naturally in essential oils: Citral, linalool, limonene.

Pleasantly sweet but not sugary, the fragrant Lovely Citrus smells like a fresh pressed orange and pink grapefruit juice – invigorating, mouth-watering; the scent of happiness.
Downside: this is the least lasting of the five Green Love perfume oils that I have.

Would I buy a 50 ml version priced €170?
A tough one.
I love the delicate sweet citrusy halo of Lovely Citrus.
But it should last at least one hour, seriously guys, make it last and I’m sold!”

Adventurers, I hope this has been a helpful olfactoric journey into natural, tox-free fragrances for you.
If you’re looking for natural fragrances, you might like my earlier reviews and musings, so follow the tag Safe Perfume.

If you’re new here and wondering what’s the fuss with natural fragrance anyway, you should read this post from my Knowledge Base.

Do You wear perfume?
Or are you sensitive to any scent?
Share your story in the comments!

5 responses to “Gimme Some Green, Green Love

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    • so far everyone* liked lovely citrus, and a second would be wild strawberry.

      * basically, I just kept enthusiastically shoving it into the nose of everyone who’d not hit the road by the count of three 😀

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