It’s a Trip With the Pacifica Take Me There Set in Island Vanilla

When I think of Pacifica, I think of candles. Specifically, I think of wandering into the gift section of the old two-floor Borders store in St. Paul, Minnesota and smelling all the Pacifica candles on the glass display shelves.

So, the idea of Pacifica as a beauty brand is kind of exciting. In addition to candles, they have 100% vegan fragrances, lotions, lip tints and other natural body products.

I recently got to try the Sephora-exclusive Pacifica Take Me There Set in Island Vanilla. It’s a travel kit featuring products in the Island Vanilla scent.

It comes with…

  • 0.33 oz Island Vanilla Perfume Roll-On
  • 2.5 oz Island Vanilla Body Butter
  • 0.25 oz Island Vanilla Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tint

Notice that each of the products are under 3 oz so they can go in your carry-on as you jet off to your island vacation (or in your purse to only feel like you’re on vacation, as in my case.)

I’ll start with my favorite first.

Island Vanilla Body Butter

Normally when you get a lotion labeled “body butter,” it comes in a big unruly tub. You have to dip your fingers in to get a big glob of the stuff.

pacificaIslandVanilla02When I saw that this Pacifica lotion was called a body butter but came in a tube, I was skeptical. Could it really be thick enough and quenching enough to be called a butter?

The answer is a resounding yes.

The lotion was thick and quenching without being oily or greasy. It soaked right into my skin and made me feel soft for hours.

And then there was the scent (and this is the case for all three items in the Take Me There Set): I loved it. The vanilla was warm and sugary and not perfumey at all. It didn’t irritate my fragrance-sensitive skin. I loved it.

Here’s a bonus: I rubbed this onto my hands and forearms right before bed. In the morning, I woke up to skin that still smelled like lovely Island Vanilla. In other words, this stuff lasts.

I couldn’t find anything wrong with this body butter. Anything. The only downside would be if you don’t like vanilla-scented items, but then you would be avoiding this set anyway.

Island Vanilla Perfume Roll-On

The perfume roll-on features the awesome Island Vanilla scent in a long glass bottle with metal roller ball.

pacificaIslandVanilla03I question their choice of a glass bottle. If I’m taking this on my travels, I ‘d worry that it might break, leaving me soaked in an Island Vanilla scent that would probably take ten showers to remove (any scent, no matter how good, can be too much when spilled all over you.)

I also question their use of the metal roller ball, as opposed to plastic. It has gotten stuck several times through my many uses. But when it does work, it works well.

Despite these few complaints, I still liked the perfume roll-on. The scent was lovely and not cloying or perfume-y, and the scent lasted all day.

Island Vanilla Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tint

This lip tint has the same Island Vanilla scent, though it’s a bit more understated, which I like in a lip tint.

pacificaIslandVanilla04Part of the name of this tint is “Color Quench” and I’d have to disagree. I didn’t find this moisturizing or quenching at all. It felt like a lip-drying balm. But, in that way, it’s preferable for people who don’t like super glossy or wet lip tints.

pacificaIslandVanilla05I also wish the tint was a bit more sheer. The color was a light pink that had a white base. It looked slightly chalky on my naturally-dark lips. If your lips are super light naturally, then you’d probably like it better than I did.

I did like the scent and the shimmer, though. Still, this is my least favorite part of the Pacifica Take Me There Set.

The Final Verdict

If I was grading this purely on the Island Vanilla Body Butter alone, it would get an A+. But I’m not. I’m grading the Pacifica Island Vanilla Take Me There Set as a whole. Since I found some problems with the Perfume Roll-On and Lip Tint, this makes the grade a bit lower. I give the travel kit a…


You can pick up this kit exclusively at Sephora for $18. (Part of the proceeds go to the Ocean Futures Society.)


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  1. This stuff sounds great! I love vanilla.

  2. The body butter sounds wonderful. But what a shame the lip tint isn’t moisturizing.

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