What’s Your Nirvana? Influencers Discover Theirs With the Power of Perfume

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Scent has the power to change your mood, evoke memories, and transport you to a faraway land – all with just a whiff of your favorite perfume pick. That’s why Elizabeth and James created the ‘Nirvana’ collection – four fragrances that represent “the ultimate state of happiness: an idyllic memory, feeling, moment, or experience”. With each bottle bringing a new feeling and state of Nirvana to your beauty routine, there’s no better way to spray your way to fragrance bliss.

Savoir Flair tapped four creative Dubai influencers to discover their Nirvana and what perfume means to them. From their top scent tips to their favorite fragrance from the collection, read on to find out more.

Hannah Rasekh

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What is your earliest fragrance memory?
My older sisters and I are eight and nine years apart. I remember watching them in awe as they got ready to head out on the weekend when they were in high school. My sister Diana would always spritz a few sprays from a star-shaped perfume bottle. The strong vanilla and patchouli notes in that fragrance remind me of my childhood and those times I watched my sisters getting dolled up. In retrospect, this scent reminds of the first time I ever fell in love with clothes and the art of dressing.

What do you love most about the ‘Nirvana White’ perfume?
The peony note in ‘Nirvana White’ makes the fragrance incredibly feminine, whereas the hints of vanilla make it quite playful and the musk gives it warmth. It makes for a perfect summer fragrance, and the scent transports me to an afternoon by the beach with a good book.

What is your top perfume tip?
I like to layer my perfumes, as I’ve found that some fragrances I have work so well together. But as a rule of thumb, I try to stick to fragrances that are within the same family, so I’ll layer my florals together, or my woodier scents – for example. I also never spray perfume directly onto my skin, but instead onto my clothes. It leaves my clothes smelling beautiful after a night out and it won’t harm my skin. But I’ll always spray from a distance so I don’t stain them!

What’s your nirvana?
I find nirvana in solitude. I love having time to myself and to be able to disconnect from the rest of the world for a few hours. A walk on the beach gives me clarity and the ability to make decisions without the outside world clouding my judgment. I think it might be the vastness of the ocean – a reminder that the world is so big and we can do so much.

What’s Your Nirvana? Influencers Discover Theirs With the Power of Perfume

Elizabeth and James ‘Nirvana White’

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Layla Kardan

What is your earliest fragrance memory?
I will always remember the frangipani tree outside my grandmother’s house. When we would visit, and I was four years old, the fragrant smell of the flowers would make me so happy. I would always run up to find a fallen flower from the tree, smell it with my eyes closed, and place it behind my ear.

What do you love most about the ‘Nirvana Black’ perfume?
I like to consider myself a grounded person sprinkled with flighty and dreamy tendencies, and the Elizabeth and James ‘Black Nirvana’ is reflective of that thanks to its deep sandalwood base, which is one of my favorite scents. This is sweetened with the violet and vanilla, so it’s earthy and woody yet floral, too.

What is your top perfume tip?
Don’t overload with too many sprays! And always apply the scent to your pulse points and let it breathe before getting dressed.

What’s your nirvana?
My nirvana is most definitely when I am singing — in particular, my own songs. When I perform, I have an opportunity to escape and channel my deepest and truest self, and also to tap into the energies and souls of my audience. Singing also gives me an opportunity to vent any pent-up emotions and recalibrate.

What’s Your Nirvana? Influencers Discover Theirs With the Power of Perfume

Elizabeth and James ‘Nirvana Black’

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Nisa Tiwana

What is your earliest fragrance memory?
My mom’s perfume — I remember it being a light floral scent, and something very jasmine-y. It’s a very cozy fragrance for me and reminds of my childhood, so whenever I need to pick a perfume I always end up going for a floral scent.

What do you love most about the ‘Nirvana Bourbon’ perfume?
I love tuberose, and this perfume is a mix of oakwood, tuberose, and bourbon vanilla. I tend to wear mild perfumes with a hint of floral. The bourbon note makes for a stronger scent, but I love how feminine it is at the same time. It’s perfect for a night out with friends or for a fashion event. The best part is, it stays on for a long time!

What is your top perfume tip?
Always spray some on your hair – it lasts longer! I also always keep a perfume in my car or in my bag so I can apply it just before I get to a party or a meeting. This ensures the scent is still new and fresh, which is always good when you greet people!

What’s your nirvana?
My nirvana is when I’m in a creative state of mind – one where I can execute my creativity into fabrics and designs that define me and my fashion aesthetic. I believe that everyone has their own sense of style and aesthetic that defines them as a person, and I love channeling that.

What’s Your Nirvana? Influencers Discover Theirs With the Power of Perfume

Elizabeth and James ‘Nirvana Bourbon’

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Zahra Lyla Khalil

What is your earliest fragrance memory?
My earliest fragrance memory is being in my grandmother’s beautiful garden. As a child, I used to spend most summers at her house and I always remember the floral smell of roses and jasmine filling the air in her backyard.

What do you love most about the ‘Nirvana Rose’ perfume?
I am instantly attracted to floral scents, especially ones that contain rose, but what I love about ‘Nirvana Rose’ is that it also has notes of fresh geranium and vetiver that make it more seductive and sexy.

What is your top perfume tip?
Dab a little Vaseline on your pulse points before you spray your perfume for the scent – this trick helps your scent last longer!

What’s your nirvana?
My nirvana is being able to be myself without hesitation – to exude my creativity and love for beautiful forms, whether that is on paper or my surroundings.

What’s Your Nirvana? Influencers Discover Theirs With the Power of Perfume

Elizabeth and James ‘Nirvana Rose’

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Credits:
Photographer Jeremy Zaessinger Editor-in-Chief Haleh Nia Head of Content Noor Tehini Producer Maya Itani Stylist Shannon-Paris Cross Hair and Makeup Artist Sarah D. @ MMG and Ammara @ MMG


 

 

 

 

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