It took me awhile but I finally got on the Leahlani bandwagon. I cannot believe that it has taken me this long to try this magical goodness. Yes, MAGICAL. I have never been to Hawaii, but these fragrances have given me a taste of what being a magical mermaid goddess on the beautiful island might be like, and I’m hooked.
If you are familiar with Leahlani then you would have definitely heard wonderful things about the lovely sweet lady behind the brand, Leah. You would also know that her glorious Mermaid Mask is synonymous with the brand. I have heard countless praises over how amazing her line is, and inspite of the deal I made myself about not buying any new products until I emptied something out first, I went ahead and purchased some goodies. All I will say is, no regrets.
Apart from the Mermaid Mask, I was also excited to try her line of perfume oils. You see, I am a major scent girl. I indulge in essential oils and have more perfumes than I do lipsticks; and trust me, I love lipsticks. However, since making the transition to natural beauty, I have found it hard to find natural, non-toxic options. So when I read all the chatter on Instagram over how amazing Leahlani’s perfume oils are, I was intrigued and knew I had to try them out for myself. The idea smelling of coconuts mixed with sweet vanilla, and fresh jasmine flowers (3 of my absolute favorite scents in the world!) was hard to resist.
So what did I purchase? I got the Mermaid Mask (I will do a review of this in a separate post) and the perfume trio in Kauai Orchid (this one already comes as a standard), Mahana, and Lychee.
They are beyond amazing! I cannot even begin to describe how remarkable they are, but I will try.
Let’s begin with Kauai Orchid. Blended in an organic jojoba oil base, it is described on their website as the ‘perfect trifecta of tahitian gardenia (Tiare), Plumeria and sweet orchid’. Personally, the first thing that came to mind when I took a whiff was, this smells like jasmine! Similar to what fellow natural beauty blogger Nic from Organic Obsessions described, it smells very much like fresh jasmine bushes on a warm summer day.
It is light, gentle and absolutely refreshing, unlike most jasmine scented fragrances which typically come across as quite overpowering. Kauai Orchid is nothing like that, instead it is perfectly balanced, being neither overbearing nor too sweet. When first applied, the jasmine appears as the top note, and as the day goes by, it dries down to where the creamy Tiare and sweet orchid remain. I honestly have never come across a more beautifully crafted jasmine scented perfume than this. This one is truly perfect.
Next, we have Mahana. Leahlani describes this as ‘creamy and soft coconut infused with sweet, warm vanilla marinated gently in an organic coconut oil base’. Does this sound delicious to you? Because it is exactly that! It is creamy, coconutty, a little pineapple-fruity, with hints of sweet, warm vanilla; kind of like a really delicious piña colada, but wayyyy better. We all know that coconut and vanilla are BFFs, and this is truly a match made in heaven. I imagine myself sitting by the beach, with wafts of Mahana blowing in the ocean breeze, a bowl of Hawaiian Poké in one hand, and a fresh coconut in the other. Ahhhh… bliss.
If you enjoy lychee martinis then you would love this last one. Unlike most fruity themed fragrances which can come across quite flat, Lychee doesn’t; instead it carries a certain depth. For a fruit based perfume, it is surprising but thankfully not cloyingly sweet. The lychee scent comes through as a top note, with hints of papaya (which I surprisingly manage to detect) in the middle, and freesia towards the end. It is a nice balance between fruity and floral.
Out of these 3, my favorites are Kauai Orchid and Mahana, the latter smelling the sweetest. The great thing about these perfume oils is the ability to layer them which I often do.
My favorite way to wear these oils (a little trick I picked up from Leah) is to roll a little Kauai Orchid in one palm, and Mahana in the other, rub my palms together and run my fingers through my hair. The idea is so that when the wind catches my hair, I get hints of sweet florals mixed with warm vanilla and creamy coconut enveloping me. It’s no secret that most natural perfumes do not boast lasting power nor sillage, an issue most of us have when looking for a good natural option. However, Leah’s formulations have broken those boundaries; they last for hours, and I often catch myself taking a whiff of my wrists or hair. I can’t help obsessing! They are so, so good!
For those concerned, these perfumes are made with a blend of essential oils and fragrance oils, and are alcohol and phthalate free. They are also vegan and cruelty free.
I purchased my items direct from Leahlani’s website on Etsy, and they ship worldwide. The mermaid mask is $22, and the perfume trio $60; individually they would cost $24, so if you want to try more than one I suggest going for the set. (Note: Prices are quoted in US dollars) For the level of quality and price, I feel that Leahlani’s products are priced at an affordable price point which most people can appreciate. I will definitely be repurchasing them, and trying a couple more items next! I have my eyes on Pikake, Pua Lei and the Honey Love Microdermabrasion Cleanser.
Have you tried anything from Leahlani? What are some of your favorites; I would love to hear your thoughts. 🙂