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Wit & West Natural Perfume Review (I Tried 9)

Today I’m excited to share my Wit & West review of their natural perfumes. Wit & West Perfumes is a 100% all-natural botanical perfumery with a focus on rare natural ingredients and unique scents for those who don’t want to smell like everyone else. Plus this is super duper rare for me to ever be able to do this with a niche perfume brand, but I’m beyond thrilled to say you can use “OBL” for 20% off at Wit & West!

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There’s a huge focus on using only the finest 100% natural botanicals and their perfumes are made with a combination of wildcrafted and organic essential oils, CO2 extracts, absolutes, naturally derived isolates as well as custom handmade tinctures and enfleurage extraits. Wit & West handcrafts their perfumes in small batches in Colorado, USA and they’re Leaping Bunny Certified.

Honestly, it’s a total shame that majority of people will never discover perfume beyond the department store and Sephora aisles. They will never discover perfume as it should be, as it used to be, before labs and big corporations took over. I’m hoping to change that one post at a time. Wit & West perfumes are full of depth, complexity and interesting note combinations that are totally addictive.

Out of all the Wit & West perfumes I’ve tested, my five top picks are:

  • Jasmine Bae Saranae
  • Honeysuckle Halycon
  • Yuzu Pop (cologne)
  • Habari (cologne)
  • La Valse (cologne)

Jasmine Bae Saranae

  • TOP: Asian Mint, Red Mandarin
  • HEART: Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Neroli
  • BASE: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean

This is a neroli and jasmine scent that’s utterly feminine with a unique twist. Asian Mint works so well with jasmine and orange blossom, while creamy sandalwood and Tonka Bean base brings the brighter notes down. It’s a perfectly balanced floral that’s not too sharp nor too sweet. A whiff of this makes me feel like I’m in an actual garden smelling the real flower, and I forget I’ve just sprayed a liquid bottle. I don’t get only the flower, but also the stem, roots, and bits of dirt clinging on.

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Honeysuckle Halycon

  • TOP: Mimosa, Peach
  • HEART: Honeysuckle, Jasmine Sambac
  • BASE: Patchouli, Haitian Vetiver

This is a warm honeyed perfume that dries down to a rich, earthy floral. It opens with a punch of sweetness from mimosa and peach, making you think this is going to be a very sweet fruity floral perfume. But it soon develops into a heady perfume of dark earthiness mixed with jasmine and honeysuckle, that’s very Coca Cola-esque.

Fleur du Riad

  • TOP: Moroccan Neroli, Green Mandarin
  • HEART: Orange Blossom, Jasmine
  • BASE: Vetiver, Oakmoss

I’m surprised Fleur du Riad is part of Wit & West’s cologne collection, because it’s very feminine to me. The opening is narcotic and heady, but it deepens into a grounding floral with an undercurrent of sweet amber. This smells like flowers oozing with honey and is easygoing, light and lovely.

La Valse

  • TOP: Black Pepper
  • HEART: Rose Bourboniana, Rose Absolute
  • BASE: Vanilla Bean Tincture, Patchouli, Benzoin

La Valse is also one of Wit & West’s colognes, but oh my goodness it’s absolutely beautiful. If you’re looking for a demure rose La Valse is not for you. This is a rose perfume for those who want a rich, earthy, dessert rose. La Valse is a boozy, yummy, dirty rose that enraptures my senses. This is not a beginner friendly scent and you’ll probably find it too out of box or masculine if you’re new to perfumery.

Yuzu Pop

  • TOP: Yuzu, Coriander Seed
  • HEART: Jasmine Sambac, Orange Blossom
  • BASE: Sandalwood, Frankincense

Yuzu Pop is part of Wit & West’s cologne collection, but I find this completely unisex and able to be worn by women too. I would totally wear this and love the combination of zesty citrus with grounding frankincense and florals lacing throughout. I think the only note that makes this lean masculine is coriander seed. It opens with bright fresh Japanese and Korean yuzu and quickly comes down with earthy frankincense and sandalwood while narcotic jasmine and orange blossom dominate.

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Habari

  • TOP: Black Pepper, Cardamom
  • HEART: Clove, Jasmine, Tuberose
  • BASE: Amber, Agarwood (oud)

If you’re a fragrance nerd, I think you’d definitely be intrigued by Habari. I feel like Habari was one of the most interesting scents in the Wit & West line. It actually reminds me of Christele Jacquemin’s Memory Lane, which is a scent I adore. Habari opens with a strong spicy “kitchen spice cabinet-y” clove prelude and dries down to a sensuous, resinous, warm and medicinal oud. The first hour or so is strongly masculine, and not for everyone, but the lingering scent afterwards is quite beautiful.

Rose L.A.

  • TOP: Pink Grapefruit, Red Mandarin
  • HEART: Rhododendron, Davana, Rose Otto
  • BASE: Ambriene, Sandalwood

Rose LA has a super bubbly effervescent citrus opening that’s a tad offensive and had me skeptical about this perfume at first whiff. But the dry down is much more lovely. Once it simmers down, Rose LA  is a very powdery rose with plenty of sweetness and a hint of woodsiness.

Wit & West Website

If you want to try Wit & West, they offer a set of any 5 samples of your choice for $25.

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