Rich Hippie is a company that makes perfume “using the traditional methods employed by perfumers before World War II and the advent of the chemical industry.” It means that their fragrances are produced by combining organically farmed or wildcrafted extracts of flowers and plants and 100% natural "spirits of wine" or wine alcohol distilled from grapes organically grown in the wine regions of California. Rich Hippie’s promise is to offer scents that are safe both for their wearer’s health and for the environment. I must very honestly admit right here and now that I care very little whether the fragrances I wear are made from all-natural or entirely artificial ingredients or (as probably most often is the case) are a mixture of both. All I want is for my perfume to smell good. Rich Hippie most certainly fulfills that requirement.
Rich Hippie website describes this perfume as a “hip, bohemian, seductive floral with extracts of African flowers, Madagascan vanilla bean and light notes of Guatemalan cardamom.” I don’t know about hip or bohemian, but it is indeed seductive. Rich Hippie is a glowing, rich, bright scent one should wear on a honeymoon in some exotic location; it is a happy scent full of summer sunshine. The official list of notes does not include lemon or any citrus fruits, but Rich Hippie starts with a very prominent lemon note, so sweet it makes me think of lemon lollipops or hard candies. That candy-like citrus accord is soon toned down and then completely replaced by a softly indolic jasmine note. It is a beautiful, gentle note that I find very enjoyable. Cardamom note is quite apparent and also very pleasant at the later stage, and vanilla does not overwhelm the drydown, allowing the floral accord and cardamom to be evident till the very end. This is not a loud scent and it stays very close to the skin.
I certainly would not mind owning a bottle of Rich Hippie; it is a beautiful, very wearable, extremely enjoyable scent. Now that I have tried it, I am very curious about other perfumes in the line, however the price of sample sets offered on Rich Hippie site is rather prohibitive, $85.00 for 6 samples. Full size bottle of Rich Hippie costs $85.00 for 1/2oz or $185.00 for 2oz.
*The photo of the bottle is from Richhippiestuff.com. The image is from Jason-Brooks.com