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Ambrosia - Organic and fabulous - September 10, 2017

Organic Ambrosia by Ecco Bella -

Last week, I was walking quickly out of a local store not looking where I was going, and banged someone hard with my shoulder as they came through the entrance. I hate when accidents like this happen, it’s always embarrassing, but it turned out to be an old friend I hadn’t seen in a long while. So instead of apologizing and going through the formal niceties of strangers, we both laughed and gave each other a big hug. As I leaned in and put my arms around her, I got a whiff of something quite wonderful.

“Oooh, you smell so GOOD!” I couldn’t help myself, I had to ask. “What’s that fragrance? What are you wearing?”

“Isn’t is delicious?  It’s called Ambrosia, and  - you’ll like this, Kay – it’s ORGANIC! Finally, a perfume I can wear and feel good about. I love IT!” she whispered.

She knows me well. She knows I’ve been a cheerleader for natural and organic products all my life, especially where food, health, skin, and beauty products are concerned. Even though I collect and write about perfumes, I’m not 100% comfortable with the synthetics used in most fragrances, so I’m always thrilled when I come across artisanal scents made with pure natural ingredients, essential oils of flowers, herbs, spices, grasses, resins. And I’m super-thrilled when these creations also smell fabulous and last on my skin more than thirty minutes.

Ambrosia was created by Ecco Bella, a U.S. company founded by social entrepreneur Sally Malanga. From the website, “Ecco Bella is a pioneer in natural and organic beauty products. ….Since 1992, we have been dedicated to respectful science…  Sally began Ecco Bella, a name that means "Behold Beautiful!" to celebrate the beauty of her customers…[she]realized there was a world of plant-based ingredients including powerful nutraceuticals from ethical suppliers….

The Ecco Bella fragrances are…”made with sophisticated perfumery techniques using only real essential oils from flowers, fruits, herbs, and spices, our Parfums are concentrated as perfume and last longer than cologne.”

Ambrosia smells fabulous. I know this for a fact because, after catching the waft from my friend, I bought a bottle (you can buy online from the Ecco Bella store) and I’ve been wearing it exclusively for the past five days. It is definitely a Certified Organic product.

Well, what does Ambrosia smell like? First out of the bottle, an aromatic earthy accord of Egyptian geranium and black currant bud that melts into balsamic warmth as the herbal lavender note develops. And then ylang-ylang adds an exotic floral sweetness to the accord, like the waft of white flowers in the heat of a langourous summer day, and Ambrosia starts a sensuous journey into the heart.

The heart is warmed by spicy ginger, cardamom, and clove – the aromatic spices controlled with a creamy dark vanilla as Ambrosia begins to slide into the base accords. The vanilla sweetness becomes more honeyed, highlighting the gingery-spice and floral accords, and circling back to spotlight the lavender notes. Never gourmand, the dark vanilla creates aromatherapy magic with the deep patchouli note in the base, giving Ambrosia a sensual and  lingering seductive finish that lasts through several hours. Spicy-floral, vanillic, and earthy, rich but subtle, calming but sensual, I think Ambrosia is a beautiful vision of Nature’s olfactory tapestry

Ambrosia, according to the ancient Greek myths, was the food and drink of the gods. It was always very fragrant so it could be used as perfume, and whoever consumed it could achieve longevity or immortality. I don’t think I could handle immortality, but I’d definitely consider it if I could wear Ecco Bella Ambrosia, because it smells fabulous. And it’s organic.

Ambrosia is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.