Nerd alert: One of our favorite things to do is read the customer reviews in the Birchbox Shop. You all are an opinionated bunch—and we like it! We especially adore when you write about your favorite purchases. From time to time, we’ll be highlighting some of your extra sweet product love letters on the blog.
If Lionel Richie’s 1984 hit taught us anything, it’s the importance of saying, “Hello.—and nothing says it better than this standout fragrance. A longtime Birchbox best-seller, Harvey Prince’s Hello perfectly balances top notes of Meyer lemons and Satsuma mandarin with summery floral scents like forsythia and pink plumeria. We could wax poetic about its hypnotic powers, but we’ll let these Harvey Prince fans take over:
"I don’t usually bother with perfumes, but this fragrance is so delightful it’s worth making an exception! The scent is light, dynamic, and distinctive. And while scents are definitely a subjective thing (my sister and I are constantly at odds over what scents we like and dislike), I can honestly say when I wore this everyone I interacted with commented positively on how great I smelled! - Beth
"Oh the wonders of Harvey Prince! This is the first perfume company I fell in love with. I love that it makes me [feel] more cheerful and bubbly—Any time I dread having to make an acquaintance of someone, I spritz a little of this and voilà! I’m suddenly much more excited and ready to take on the world. Thank you Birchbox for opening my eyes to such a wonderful fragrance, and thank you Harvey Prince for making such a perfect concoction! Strongly recommend!" - Heather
"As one reviewer said, this is a very "optimistic" perfume, with wonderful floral and citrus scents. My boyfriend, who normally grimaces when I put on perfume, kept coming over to smell the scent! Definitely a keeper." - Kate
These ladies have us convinced—have you tried this one-of-a-kind fragrance?
Behind-the-Scenes: Filming Drab to Fab in One City Block
Have you seen our brand new video, Drab to Fab in One City Block yet? It’s like Mission Impossible and The Matrix meets beauty tutorial—and we had sooo much fun filming it (on a freezing cold day in December). Watch the video below, tell us what you think, and THEN enter to win all the products featured in the video. Details below:
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From a brighteningmoisturizer to a nail polish duo that lets you score a glossy gel-mani at home, we’ve rounded up the best new beauty loot you need to try right now. Upgrade your regimen with these beauty essentials and you’ll be on your way to #mybestyear.
I love brands with a good back story, and it doesn’t get much better than Harvey Prince. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: brothers Shaan Hathiramani and Raj Hathiramani create a scent for their mother; mom loves scent; scent explodes into an international fragrance business. Sheesh, the best present I ever gave my mom was an iPad.
Beyond making legions of kids feel like inadequate parental parent-gifters, Harvey Prince is all about creating functional fragrances. (Read: scents that do more than smell nice.) Their first creation, Ageless, features notes designed to make you feel more youthful; Eau Flirt sneakily includes ingredients proven to attract the opposite sex; and Hello has layers of optimistic citrus and florals.
You may have noticed that Birchbox has a yoga-loving culture. After a long, stressful day there’s nothing better than getting your Zen on. It’s no surprise, then, that so many staffers love spritzing Harvey Prince’s Yogini, the fragrance equivalent to a yoga class. (Fun fact: Harvey Prince designed the mood-elevating blend of exotic essences and oils to counteract stress.) We asked Birchbox’s four biggest yoga gurus to tell us why they love the practice so much—and their thoughts on Yogini.
Welcome to our new feature, Notes from a Fragrance Snob. Every week, Molly, our resident expert, will give her us take on a different scent. Today, she’s talking about a girly chic blend with a sciencey background.
Eau Flirt isn’t just a cute name. The brothers behind Harvey Prince blend art and science whenever they create a new fragrance. For this one, they looked for notes that would enhance your natural flirting capabilities — ie ingredients that would attract men. They found that pumpkin and lavender, which are the two top notes in Eau Flirt, elicit strong positive reactions in men. We think they must work on women too, because this perfume is a favorite in the office. It’s sweet and feminine but also has the base of a classic musk, which makes it sophisticated. It’s beautiful!
Once a week, Birchbox’s resident yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste — so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.
There are many reasons to start a beauty or grooming brand. In my opinion, the best brands and products are developed when the creator looks to fill a gap in the market and really solve a problem for a consumer who is still searching for something very specific. I could write all day about the myriad of interesting and inspiring impetuses for many of the brands out there. However, there are two companies in particular that I think have standout stories. The creative and brave individuals behind each of the brands aspired to make something brilliant that would truly make peoples’ lives easier, better, and more beautiful.
Harvey Prince: When I first met Shaan Hathiramani, I thought his story sounded like something out of a publicist’s dream. In 2008, Shaan and his brother wanted to give their mom the perfect Mother’s Day gift and couldn’t find anything that was just right. They decided to create a custom fragrance and called it Ageless. The scent was such a hit, they decided to create a brand and release another amazing perfume, Eau Flirt. Since then, Harvey Prince has garnered oodles of international press and acclaim.
Anthony Logistics For Men: As an avid user of this line for years, it was a huge thrill to recently meet its founder and CEO, Tony Sosnick. What I love about Tony’s story is that he wasn’t just any kind of a grooming guru, he was just an ambitious guy in real estate that couldn’t find any men’s products with the right blend of luxury, efficacy, and quality. So, he took a leap of faith and launched his line. Ten years later, Anthony Logistics is a leader in the men’s grooming category with amazing products like its Glycolic Facial Cleanser and my new obsession, the Shave Cream. What I love about the products is that they are simple and effective and do exactly what they say they’re going to do.