I arrived home from work a few days ago, and was delighted to find a little gift box from Riva waiting for me. Tingling with excitement, I took apart the box in a matter of seconds, and nestled within, were another two boxes. Did I love this game of Russian dolls Riva unintentionally sprung on me – yes! I was basically looking at two of their three brand new summer fragrances: ‘Grace‘ and ‘Velvet Oud.’
Drawn to the name, I opened up the Velvet Oud box first, and what hit me first was how strong the scent is. It’s a very rich fragrance that feels more winter-appropriate, so I wasn’t sure how summery it was. Despite the latter, I find that the sweet raspberry and airy floral top notes marry well with the decadent musk and sandalwood undertones. An hour after spraying it, the fragrance was still strong, but had mellowed out to a soft powdery musk scent. I’d pair this Velvet Oud with a fancy outing – summer or winter.
Up next was Grace. I had a feeling from the yellow box it would be a fresh scent. I was right! I would definitely call Grace a summer fragrance. With top notes of sweet fruits like lychee (my favourite!) and peach, I could also smell deep florals like rose and lily of the valley. The musky undertones are what make this scent rich and well-rounded. I wore this to work last night, and it wasn’t overpowering – just the way I like it. This is a fragrance I’ll definitely make more use of this summer.
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