Vanilla Blackberry and Vanilla Grapefruit…yummy scents from LaVanila

LaVanila vanilla roll on fragrances

When it comes to fragrance, I always go the vanilla route. If I see vanilla listed when scanning the notes, I know immediately that scent will be mine! As a result, I am a frequent flyer with the LaVanila Laboratories line, which is all about vanilla. LaVanila recently sent me two fragrances in their Healthy Roller-Ball ($19) packaging which is a favorite of mine because it’s so convenient.

The Healthy Roller-Ball fragrances are all natural and organic; there are no chemicals inside. I carry one in my purse at all times and it is a great option for travel. Plus, it comes in seven different fragrances:  Fresh Vanilla Lemon, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Coconut, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Blackberry, and Vanilla Passion Fruit.

LaVanila Vanilla GrapefruitLaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit is a modern, sexy vanilla scent that is warm but with a bite. I tend to think of citrus fragrances as more spring/summer, but the warmth of the vanilla makes this a perfect cool weather scent. The vanilla is beautifully rich in a very unexpected way.  Vanilla Grapefruit has notes of lime, patchouli, grapefruit, heliotrope, bergamot, Madagascar vanilla and sandalwood. I have to say up front that I detect NO patchouli in this…which a big plus for me because I am usually not a fan of patchouli. For my fellow migraine sufferers, this fragrance has no synthetics so it’s probably never going to trigger or exacerbate a headache. Another plus…men LOVE this scent. Vanilla drives my husband crazy…which is typical for men, from what I read. The top scents that turn a man on are all edible scents, with both vanilla and citrus at the top of the list (so is pumpkin pie, but that’s a whole other review topic!).

Vanilla Grapefruit truly transforms and morphs on my skin. The beginning is more citrus, like a just-cut juicy grapefruit. Then it morphs into a yummy, warm vanilla floating on delicious sandalwood. It still has a bite of the citrus but it’s a little more lime than grapefruit to my nose. The cedar also comes out, but it’s tempered by that soothing vanilla. After an hour or so, it settles into a wonderfully creamy and warm vanilla with that little citrus bite…like a really cute guy who has a touch of danger in him. Gorgeous, delicious, and tiny bit naughty.

If you are looking for a super fresh citrus scent, this isn’t your bottle of heaven. LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit is more vanilla than anything, but if you want a fabulous warm vanilla with a twist of something different, it is exactly what you are looking for.

LaVanila Vanilla BlackberryLaVanila Vanilla Blackberry

The Blackberry Vanilla scent is a totally different sort of vanilla. The top notes are blackberry and raspberry, the middle note is iris, and the base note is vanilla. When I wear this, I initially smell the iris and vanilla, but then the scent matures and becomes more sweet. The sweetness isn’t a sickening sweet – it’s actually super fresh and clean, smelling slightly like jam. I think the Blackberry Vanilla is very different from the other LaVanila scents that tend to be warm, rich twists on vanilla. This one is actually a cool, refreshing scent. Well,  I guess it’s complicated, but in a good way – the vanilla is warm and the blackberry adds an intriguing coolness. And I get comments on this one all the time. Someone always asks me what I am wearing when I go Blackberry Vanilla.

One more thing I notice however, is that at least on me, this scent doesn’t seem to last as long as some of the other LaVanila Healthy Rollerball scents. However, that handy rollerball packaging makes it easy to reapply throughout the day. I really don’t have any other vanilla based scent quite like this one, so I highly recommend this as addition to your fragrance collection.

You can find the Healthy Rollerball fragrances by LaVanila online at and also at Sephora.  – Lisa

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  1. Deb E | 17th Mar 17

    I’ve not tried many roller ball scents but my vanilla products usually last a long time, especially the body butter and body powder. Vanilla and grapefruit are the best scents and get me in a good mood whenever I use them.

  2. Judy | 17th Mar 17

    I’m not a big fan of grapefruit … and blackberry in perfumes is always too heady for me. So these would be a miss for me. But I have to say I really enjoy some of LaVanila’s other products!

  3. Lola Seicento | 17th Mar 17

    I am a huge fan of their fragrances, and actually reviewed two of them today!! I haven’t tried the Blackberry Vanilla, and think that I might have to go and smell this one!

  4. Julie | 17th Mar 17

    I must try their fragrances!

  5. Never Say Die Beauty | 17th Mar 17

    I love LaVanila products – I swear by the deodorant – but even though I love vanilla and I purchased the vanilla rollerball, their scents just don’t work with my body chemistry, boo hoo. So I enjoy sniffing them in the store 🙂

  6. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 18th Mar 17

    I love the Vanilla Grapefruit–it’s so fresh!

  7. Kathryne | 18th Mar 17

    Same here, I love everything vanilla! It’s fragrant but not overwhelming

  8. Anastasia | 18th Mar 17

    I tried Lavanila fragrances before and they also don’t last very long on me. However, I find them very lovely!

  9. Stacie Hamilton | 18th Mar 17

    I really need to try some fragrances from this line since I keep getting tempting from the blogs that I read. I like rollerballs since it’s a way to try out more variety.

  10. Stephanie Louise Telford | 20th Mar 17

    Oh I’d love to try these!

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