In college I had a lab partner who smelled just like Play-Doh. Bless her heart. She was a cool girl, and we got along well, but whenever she was around, the air was thick with the doughy scent of edible modeling clay; consequently, I couldn’t titrate to save my life.
It wasn’t until later that I put two and two together and figured out the reason why: vanilla body butter. She was wearing some kind of vanilla body butter.
Makes perfect sense, too, because it can be tough to find a vanilla body butter that doesn’t smell anything like cookie dough or plastic. So many of them do, especially to people with very sensitive noses.
I guess that’s why I was so surprised by the new Pacifica Island Vanilla Body Butter ($18 for an 8-oz. tube; $12.50 for a 2.5-oz. tube), a Sephora exclusive scent. It’s made with Tahitian vanilla, and whether that’s responsible for the floral quality Pacifica claims the butter has, I don’t know. I think the product does smell more authentically vanilla than usual, though, and it makes all the difference in the world.
“Something magical happened to vanilla in Tahiti. It changed from its native South American flavor to become sexier, more lush, with floral notes and a little fruit deep in the structure of the scent. Inspired by this beautifully distinct version of the classic fragrance note and many surfing trips to the South Pacific, this is my vision of the perfect vanilla.”
– Pacifica Co-Founder and Lead Perfumer, Brook Harvey-Taylor
I don’t think the floral notes are strong (or stereotypical, for that matter), and I feel like they temper the sweetness and artificiality that accompanies many vanilla scents. I also detect a hint of tea, which gives the fragrance a subtle, yet refreshing kick. Most importantly, there are no signs of Play-Doh here.
Like the other Pacifica Body Butters I’ve tried, Island Vanilla is a moisturizing dream. If you like vanilla, give it a quick sniff on a future trip to Sephora.
- It’s formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs or triclosan
- It doesn’t contain any animal-derived ingredients
- Because it wasn’t tested on animals, it gets two big paws up from Tabs!
- Available exclusively at Sephora stores and online
PRICE: $18 for an 8-oz. bottle, $12.50 for a 2.5-oz. tube, $22 for a 1-oz. perfume spray and $22 for a 0.33-oz. roller ball
AVAILABILITY: Available exclusively at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,