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Who wouldn’t want to go on a tropical beach vacation right now? Ah, what a lovely thought. I’ve always thought I wasn’t born in the right country – my body is just incapable of dealing with frigid winters. Yes, I’ve adapted and managed, with more emphasis on “managed”. That’s pretty much the state I’m in these days. We got an unexpected temperature jump this week, I shed my down coat and went skipping through the streets of Chicago. Chanel boutique was my destination, actually, but I also made an extra stop at Neiman Marcus where I kindly begged for a sample of Virgin Island Water by Creed. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Creed. I’ve tried most of their fragrances, my favorites being Angelique Encens, Vanisia, and maybe Fantasia de Fleurs, on a rare occasion. Virgin Island Water is their newest one, a very timely release I must say – it filled me with a sudden urge to hop on a plane to the Carribean.
Virgin Island Water features the notes of bergamot, Jamaican lime, Sicilian mandarin, Indian jasmine, coconut, ylang-ylang, ginger, musk. Now, I’ve never been to the Carribean (or any tropical place, for that matter) but that’s exactly where I ended up in my imagination upon sniffing the scent. It starts out with a bright and cheerful burst of lime and bergamot that immediately conjures up images of sweltering sun and bright beaches. Almost immediately there’s a thin layer of milky coconut with ylang-ylang undertones that to me translates into hot sand, warm skin, and sumptuous tropical drinks. Jasmine is more prominent in the heart notes, giving the scent a slight floral feel. The drydown is my favorite part so far – it’s soft and musky, with a nice little touch of ginger. In spite of being a tropical scent, it doesn’t have a distinct suntan lotion feel. It’s definitely more complex than most beach scents I’ve tried. Virgin Islands… I want to go there! NOW!
Virgin Island Water is available at Neiman Marcus.
Image source: neimanmarcus.com
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The wonderful Parfums MDCI have now acquired names! Here they are:
FK #1 – Promesse de L’Aube which approximately translates into “Promise of Dawn”.
FK #2 – Rose de Siwa. Siwa is an oasis in the Egyptian desert that has personal memories for Claude Marchal, the founder of MDCI.
FK #3 – Enlevement au Serail which more or less means “Abduction at the Harem”.
SB #1 – Invasion Barbare. The name came most unexpectedly, from a movie called “Les Invasions Barbares”.
PB #1 – Ambre Topkapi which is another reference to the riches of the Orient, evoking the treasures of the famous Topkapi palace in Istanbul
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