Virgin Island Water Creed

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I’ve been on the hunt for a good niche coconut summer scent and I’ve come to realize they are few and far between.  Not that there aren’t a few containing the note because there are but there aren’t many showcasing it. Regardless, all roads lead me to Virgin Island Water by Creed so I got a decant sample from Nieman Marcus when I bought my Rose d’Arabie last week.

From the reviews I’ve read, I knew this was going one of two directions: I’d get some lime in my coconut or I’d get some coconut in my lime. I was crossing my fingers for the former. Unfortunately, my chemistry delivered the latter.

This is pure lime on me for the first two hours solid.  Not that it’s a bad thing. This is the closest to the natural smell I’ve come across thus far aside from squeezing a fresh cut lime on my skin.

 After the lime dies down it goes straight to sunkissed salty beach sweat skin. Just like I’ve been on a sandy beach all day and the sun is beginning to go down. Like I’ve swam and sweat all of my sunblock away but am left with the final sandy hints of Hawaiian Tropic and the suggestions of body odor (I’m freshly showered so it’s the frag, I swear lol).  Unfortunately I don’t get very much coconut and that’s what I was really after. The rum isn’t very prominent on my skin either but still I can tell it’s there. 

Even though it’s not exactly what I was hoping for, it’s a great summer frag.  Unisex, leaning a bit masculine.  It’s a very ‘non perfume’ perfume. Smells very salty and natural and the more I wear it the more I love it.  The sillage is low and makes me wish this was stronger, especially for the price, but it seems to last a very long time as a skin scent. Takes me right to the tropics.

  So I’m back to square one, still left with a longing for good coconut frag.  And not a sweet vanilla coconut like Friction by FCUK but sunblock coconut or Pina colada.  Maybe I’ll cave and just wear the darn sunscreen for my fix lol. Maybe what I’m looking for doesn’t even exist as a niche. Any suggestions are most welcome!  🙂

Top notes : Copra, White bergamot, Jamaican lime, Sicilian mandarin, Coconut

Heart notes : Jasmine, Hibiscus, Ylang-ylang, Ginger

Base notes : Sugar Cane, White Rum, Musk

Purchase Virgin Island Water Here

 

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Pivoine Suzhou Armani Prive

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Although the name is quite exotic and was inspired by the beautiful and formal gardens of Suzhou, China, the scent is very familiar and safe. It is in no way pushing any envelopes. I feel like I’ve smelled this before. That’s not to say it’s cheap smelling because the high quality is obvious and really, it’s a lovely scent.  But if I smelled anything like this before, it was in no way as luxurious as this. I must say, though, for being on such an exclusive line such as Armani Prive, it is walking a tightrope and flirting with generic. Even still I bought a fb because it’s a beautiful, enveloping floral fragrance. 

It opens up like fizzy rasberry soda.  Carbonated syrup but restrained.  It’s sweet but thankfully not sickly sweet and very feminine. The rasberry carries into the heart, introducing the roses and peony. The roses play a very supporting role and never try to take the lead, nor seem to ever really develop for themselves. They sit quietly behind the scenes and give their all to sweeten the peony, which sparkles and politely dances around in your face, tickling your nose,  giggling, and enjoying the center stage. 

Fragrantica states that this is an EDP but I have the bottle in my hand at this very moment and can assure you it is in fact an EDT and behaves as such.  It’s a very light, airey,  somewhat aquatic, somewhat soapy, fruity floral.  The musk is very clean, as is the entire composition.  It’s an innocent fragrance, not sultry or sexy, but sweet and very refreshing.

For an EDT, it lasts quite a while but maintains itself mostly as a skin scent, although a few extra spritz give it more body and sillage. The dry down is a clean white musk that still hints of the florals.  It smells so clean, I detect no patchouli in the composition at anytime.

  This is a beautiful summer day fragrance.  It makes me think of white cotton sundresses, walking barefoot on lush green grass, and picking flowers in the sunshine as a cool breeze blows by. 

If you’re looking for something different and unique, with paradigm shifting originality, sorry, this frag will leave you disappointed. But if you’re looking for a luxurious, clean summer floral with some inoffensive lasting power, you might want to give this one a try.  It really is a beautiful scent.

Top notes: Mandarin, Pink pepper. Raspberry

Heart notes: Peony, Rose, May rose absolute

Base notes: Amber, Musk, Patchouli 

Purchase Pivoine Suzhou Here

Angel Thierry Mugler

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This is such a strange scent. Angel seems to be very dependent on body chemistry. This controversial fragrance either ‘picks you’ or it doesn’t. I bought it recently as a complete blind buy, knowing the reviews were very polarized. Still my curiosity got the better of me.

I can somewhat pick up the chocolate, cotton candy, and patchouli. But there’s a very dirty note that makes me think of body odor and not in the oud kind of way but more in the Putain des Palaces way, only this one is much dirtier and very offensive, putrid even.  Also there’s a soapy note in there somewhere believe it or not.

 I would never picture an angel smelling like this unless it was, well, the fallen angel Satan himself, ‘the morning star’…  ha!

I’m positive it didn’t ‘pick me’ because I don’t smell divine wearing it or even get the nice gourmands; quite the opposite actually,  a little dirty and naughty. Mostly it confuses me.  It’s scandalous. It presents itself angelic but it’s very carnal and smells like sex. I keep wanting to smell my wrist where I sprayed it but am repulsed by each sniff but somehow keep being drawn back again for another sniff lol I don’t think I’ve ever been so perplexed by a perfume before. I don’t really know what to think. Makes me feel kinda weird actually.  But bottom line: it smells disgusting on me.  

It DOES last a very long time and is a sillage beast. Do not, I repeat, do NOT over spray. You will share this frag with anyone within a meter of you. So it may not be an office appropriate frag. Also, unless you have a little money to burn or just want this icon in your wardrobe, which I did, I would not recommend this as a blind buy.

For being mainstream mass market, it does have the quality of a niche and the bottle is awesome! Also impressed by the fact that, in all its years of production, it has never been reformulated.

Whether you love it or hate it, anyone serious about perfumes must experience Angel at least once and pray it likes your chemistry! 🙂

Season: Winter/Fall

Top notes:  Melon, coconut, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, bergamot, cotton candy

Heart notes: Honey, apricot, blackberry, plum, orchid, peach, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, red berries, rose

Base notes:  Tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel

Chypre Fatal Guerlain

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This isn’t a true chypre in the purist sense, as it lacks oak moss, but the dry down notes certainly give the suggestion of belonging to that group.

Although this frag is fruity and somewhat  sweet, it’s unique and stands apart from the typical ‘fruity floral’.  It undenibly carries the ‘guerlainade’ signature. On my skin it lasts all day, 6 hours easy, with respectable but unobtrusive sillage.

 This isn’t the typical clean, syrupy, and overdone fruity floral fragrance the notes might suggest. This borders on a unisex smell, albeit a feminine one.  There’s something in the notes, not listed, beyond the patchouli, something peppery and earthy, that’s grounding the composition and keeping it from becoming too squeaky and cloying.

This is a mature, sophisticated scent. I couldn’t picture anyone under 30 pulling it off or even being able to afford it for that matter as it is rather pricey.  I could see myself wearing it well into my 90s if I make it that long! Not that it’s an “old lady” scent, because it is not. It’s just refined.

I bought a full bottle but reserve its use for occasions when I mean business, literally, tailored suit and all. This scent means I’m serious, ready to get down to business, and on my toes.  It means I’m not some damsel that needs rescue. No! I have a voice and can hold my own. Even if I AM wearing heels and pearls, don’t underestimate me or I’ll catch you off guard!  lol  It makes me think of Katherine Hepburns’ spirit and independence and Dagney Taggarts’ strength and headstrong stubborness. They make everything look so graceful and effortless. You never see them sweat.

Despite some negative reviews, I think this is the modern ideal of what a Guerlain perfume should be. It’s high quality, sophisticated, and graceful.  Some might mistake it for highbrow snobbery and maybe even highway robbery, especially with its current cost. But I believe it worthy of its exclusivity.  It’s timeless and just beautiful.

Season: Winter/Fall

Top notes: white peach

Heart notes: spicy rose

Base notes: patchouli, vanilla