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Grasse Roots Perfume Oils

The world of perfume is ever mysterious and seductive. For me, perfume is a little like wine—I love it, but I only grasp the bare bones of it. I know enough to understand what someone means when they say “top notes,” but I couldn’t tell a “mossy woods” from a “dry woods.” I can only vaguely sense the layers of complexity within each fragrance blend—but this complexity is the exciting part. When I left behind my conventional perfumes for healthier, natural options, I accepted the fact that I was trading complex, unique scents for simpler, often single-note blends created with essential oils. As many a natural beauty can relate, I’m used to coming across natural fragrances that are overly-dominated by either vanilla or patchouli notes. I love me some vanilla—it’s comforting, sweet, and sometimes even sexy—but I missed more complicated aromas.

A few weeks ago, I received my first Petit Vour—a monthly vegan beauty subscription box. Inside, I found what was to become my newest, favorite beauty good: a sample set of Grasse Roots Perfumes. Enter complex, pthalate-free scents! When I wear any scent from the Grasse Roots collection, I feel like a real lady—a manicured, chignon-sporting, chic-smelling lady.

In perfume oil form, these fragrances tend to be longer-lasting than other natural scents I’ve tried. (And yet they are preservative-free!) Read on to learn more about these perfumes and their fragrance families.


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Floral

The floral family is truly feminine—bouquets often containing rose, jasmine, and lavender. Floral scents were my first perfume love—they range from flirty to romantic to delicate and are perfect for spring and casual events.

If you love florals, you may consider trying “Beloved” by Grasse Roots. Described by its creator as “tender,” this floral-dominated fragrance borrows form other scent families for a highly developed perfume: grass and orange flowers complement the sweet sent of rose.


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Fruity/Citrus

I’m probably committing a perfume sin by lumping fruity and citrus together here, but please forgive this non-expert.

I’ve always thought of fruity scents as youthful, invigorating, fresh, and sporty. For me, fruity scents conjure halter tops, ponytails, and outdoor gatherings. Fruity blends may contain notes apple, bergamot, peach, lemon, and grapefruit. Both youthful and cheerful, “Blood Orange” is lovely take on the fruity/citrus family.


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Woody

Ah, the woody fragrances. This family has probably been my favorite of late. Woody scents range from mossy to smoky and often contain sandalwood, cedar, and patchouli. These earthy scents are perfectly suited for cooler months and evening outings.

“Janus” and “Delicacy” are my latest woody perfume addictions. “Janus” contains notes of wood resin, patchouli, and bergamot while “Delicacy” leans more floral with a touch of sweet geranium. There is certainly something sexy and sophisticated about these two blends.


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Green

Green fragrances often feel lighter and more gender-neutral than other fragrance families. Greens are light, crisp, and perfect for the individual new to wearing fragrance. These youthful scents wear beautifully during spring and summer. “Ingenue,” full of lemon leaves and grass is a fresh, sweet, citrusy green. One of the most crisp fragrances in the bunch, it recalls the early months of spring when everything feels fresh and clean.


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Oriental

The seductress fragrance, orientals are heady, sensual, exotic, spicy, and warm. These heavier scents are often blended with vanilla and musk and add the perfect touch to that little black dress ensemble. To be honest, I am still working my way up to orientals—they’re often easily overpowering if not applied with care. “Geisha,” containing jasmine, ylang ylang, neroli, and rose with hints of wood and spice, is mature, sweet, warm, and classy. “Tuberose Musk,” another rich oriental in the collection, is at once smoky, spicy, and boldly feminine. Either fragrance would be a great choice for a cocktail party or other formal affair.


Photo: Andy Ciordia
Mary Hood Luttrell

Mary Hood Luttrell

Beauty Editor at Peaceful Dumpling
Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.
Mary Hood Luttrell

Mary Hood Luttrell

Beauty Editor at Peaceful Dumpling
Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.
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