I can still remember the first time I discovered Pacifica and their amazingly scented line of products to sooth both body and soul. Stef and I were visiting a friend in beautiful San Francisco and had put aside some time to explore a number of quaint neighborhoods scouted out by our host. In other words, between meals, friends and the obligatory cable car ride, we were going to squeeze in as much shopping as possible. Our first stop was Noe Valley and it looked promising; full of coffee shops, indie clothing stores and charming boutiques. The first place to catch our eye was, of course, all about bath and beauty. We walked into the very cozy, packed to the gills boutique and were greeted by a wall of products from a new company called Pacifica. Glass candles with gorgeous labels called our name and we were instantly immersed in sniffing each and every tantalizing flavor. Time lost all meaning as we squealed and passed our latest favorite over to each other for testing. Soon, our host was clearing her throat and tapping our shoulders, “um guys, we have to get going if you want to squeeze in a shower before dinner.” And that’s how our afternoon spent shopping and exploring San Francisco, turned into an afternoon perusing the Pacifica line. Oh well, cable cars are for tourists, we had found a truly exceptional line!
It’s only fitting that we first discovered Pacifica while visiting lovely San Francisco. The company was co-founded by couple Brook Harvey-Taylor and Billy Taylor, who first conceived the company on the drive home from a surfing trip! They decided to launch their own line “that would reflect their talents, passion for nature and beauty, and healthy, surfer lifestyle.” They (smartly) decided to break into the fragrance world by introducing seven of their favorite blends in candle form and instantly, a hip and affordable brand of high quality scents was introduced to the world. Today, the line has grown to 21 scents and has expanded to perfumes and body butters. Their fragrance blends and gorgeous, colorful designs are inspired by “surfing, sunshine, travel, romance, history, world cultures, art, kids (especially their own), flowers, fabulous food and more.”
Finally, we especially appreciate that the founder’s love of nature and dedication to protecting the environment is reflected in their products. In addition to using natural ingredients and essential oils “Pacifica products are free of parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates and lead wicks. Pacifica packaging is both recyclable and made with recycled content and the company reuses and reduces wherever possible. Pacifica is working towards carbon neutrality and is 100% committed to cruelty-freedom. In this regard, the company does not use any animal ingredients, including beeswax, and does not test its formulations on animals or use ingredients that are currently tested on animals.”
Before we get to the reviews, I wanted to add a quick word about Pacifica Candles. They have been my main purchase from the line over the past ten years. As readers of this blog may know, I am a lover of candles and it takes high quality to get a repeat purchase from me. I gladly recommend any candle from this line. They are long lasting, evenly burning natural waxes that emit a fantastic and fresh scent throughout your room (my favorites include Tahitian Gardenia and Thai Lemongrass). Here at we heart this we received a variety of Pacifica items and scents for our lucky testers to review, all based on their signature perfume blends and made with essential and natural oils. Items included:
Solid Perfumes – just in time for summer travel, these tins can be packed and carried anywhere you go! These light blends are perfect for layering (use more then one to make your own signature scent) and are made with organic soy and coconut wax.
Spray Perfumes – Packaged in simple, elegant glass bottles, they are made with natural, pure grain alcohol (corn-sourced and gluten-free). Perfect to layer with their solid perfume for real staying power.
Body Butter – Another one of my personal favorites from the Pacifica line, these rich and luxurious butters will sooth and moisturize even your driest parts (especially great on elbows, hands and feet). Again, these butters are great for layering scents – use one scent to moisturize and another scent from the Spray or Solid Perfume line to invent your own custom fragrance. Pacifica Body butters are paraben-free and made with nature’s best moisturizers – shea butter, almond oil and safflower oil.
Review Team: make sure to let us know what item and scent you received. Let us know if a wall of Pacifica would keep you from further shopping and tourist attractions, and if your item has you dreaming of West Coast getaways and sunny days ahead!