If you know me, you know that I love perfumes and I am a bit of an addict..actually an addict on a quest: To find a brand that creates scents that lasts and also cares about the environment, without testing on animals (of course).
As part of this quest I discovered the brand Acorelle. If you want to know if this brand ticked all the boxes after using it for over a year, keep reading!
First off, let me introduce you to the brand :
Not highly popular in Mauritius, I found it while strolling in one of my favourite stores, ‘Zardin Papou’. Described as ‘bio’, ‘organic’ and vegan, these scents are created in France by Grasse perfumers (I see you fellow perfume addict, getting excited by that Grasse mention), along with other products from the brand that are also eco-cert certified.
The website http://www.baudelairesoaps.com describes the composition in the following way : The base is alcohol made from organically grown wheat, and all of the fragrance materials are 100% natural. No fixatives. No preservatives. No synthetic fragrances. Nothing but beautiful, Fine French Fragrances!
But let’s deep-dive into the actual range of perfumes and my experience with them, to go beyond the marketing buzzwords.
Test mode on:
The first one that caught my urm..nose, I guess, was ‘Divine Orchidée’. Slightly sweet and not at all overpowering, this scent feels very feminine and light. I believe it could easily be one of the brand’s best-sellers, as it is a crowd-pleaser. The packaging is also adorable, with simple minimalistic glass bottles which should appeal to everyone.
Other ones I have tried and currently own are ‘L’envoutante’, ‘Douceur de Rose’, ‘Rêve de Lotus’ and ‘Infusion de Neroli’ (these last two were part of a lovely little aromatherapy kit, along with ‘Divine Orchidée’).
‘L’envoutante’ is deeper, and feels like it has more to it than the lighter floral ones mentioned above, even in the dry-down. The warmth of vanilla and ylang-ylang notes can be easily detected, giving it that sensual quality. This is one that could easily be worn in the evenings, even though I do enjoy it during the day too.
Next up is my absolute favorite from the range (so far) : ‘Douceur de Rose’. I absolutely love this one, because it is fresh, yet slightly sweet at the same time. Forget the usual fruity tartness that may come to mind when you picture sweet. This one is more like roses, enveloped in a light veil of delicate sweetness. It’s also very special to me since I got it as a birthday present from my boyfriend ( So I may be a little biased here..). Overall I think this one is highly daytime appropriate and could be worn out to the office, school or even out to lunch with your friends. Also it somehow reminds me of rosewater turkish delights…but, maybe that’s just me.
The other two from the aromatherapy kit, ‘Reve de Lotus’ and ‘Infusion de Lotus’, are really quite faint, on my skin atleast. They are nice pick-me ups to apply at the end of your shower, before bed to create a little cocoon around you, for those ‘me-time’ days. But apart from that, I did not really find anything special about them. ‘Infusion de Neroli’, is more citrusy while ‘Reve de Lotus’ is just plain floral, but quite bland, I find.
So what’s the overall verdict?
These fragrances are definitely nice, and come from a reliable brand. Acorelle as mentioned above is highly committed to ethical practices, boasting a number of certifications to back it up and of course, you will always feel better knowing you are using a product that is not tested on our furry friends. However, the only downside for me is that they do not last more than a couple of hours, so you would have to keep reapplying during the day. Note that all the ones I have tried are qualified as ‘Eau de Parfum’.
Who would it suit best?
This one I think would be great for those who find that perfumes are too strong or tend to give you a headache. Based on how light they are, but also based on the fact that the composition itself is quite natural without heavy notes.
My overall green rating:
If you want to get your hands on them or just sniff one:
They are available at ‘Zardin Papou’ in Mont Choisy Mall and Ruisseau Creole. Non-offensive, yet very comforting, these perfumes come in three different formats: the very cute and easy to grab 10 ml, the normal 50 ml and then for that special scent you can’t get enough of, I believe you can also get a bigger 75 or 100 ml. Price-wise, the 10 ml retails for around Rs 600.
Love & Green Vibes,