Lili Bermuda recently introduced SunKiss, an Official Fragrance of Sunny Bermuda. This composition opens with an effervescent and super mouth-watering fruity aroma of loquat (which I had to google to learn it belongs to Rosaceae, has a sweet-tart flavor and grows in China, Japan but also in Bermuda). It gives an easy to wear, undemanding impression that instantly transports you to the beach. Loquat is followed by a zestiness of orange peel. It’s kind of fizzy, juicy and nicely contrasts with more sweet loquat. Orange blossom in the heart of the composition adds a lovely summery facet of a sun-kissed skin. When vanilla cream appears it instantly blends together with other notes. It transforms SunKiss into a fruity & milky scent that I associate with melting ice cream, suntan lotion or a marshmallow. It’s funny and feels like it was made to wear ar the beach. Sandalwood in the base gives the perfume more body without introducing much woodiness, while musky notes are very creamy and fluffy, intensifying the fruity ice cream vibe. This perfume embodies a carefree summertime with lots of things to enjoy.
It’s been quite a while since I wanted to try something from Maison Martin Margiela. This line sounded interesting to me but it’s not available in Poland. Just by coincidence last week a friend from Germany sent me a few samples of fragrances I was curious about and he included one named Jazz Club as an extra. Since I’m a fan of this kind of music I gave it a try without waiting. It immediately opens with a boozy scent of rum. It’s sweet & alcoholic, obviously smelling of sugar cane. Within few minutes a bit of spiciness is added with pink pepper but it’s not very strong. What is prominent is a coconut accord that appears shortly after. It’s creamy and tropical vibe is quite intensive, which is especially interesting because coconut is not listed as a note! Further into fragrance development there’s a gentle tobacco note. It’s smoky and balsamic, also warm and sort of sensual at the same time. When vanilla joins the composition it becomes sweeter while vetiver make it feel more dry & woody. Some styrax adds a small portion of balsamic qualities that play nicely on skin. Additional notes that escaped my attention were lemon, neroli and clary sage. The development is quite fast and dynamic, therefore Jazz Club becomes linear quite soon. But lasts for decent amount of time. Not a bad perfume at all but not a standout among others inspired by jazz or shady clubs.
According to my knowledhe Citizen X by Ex Nihilo is the most recent release from this rather quickly expanding niche line from France. First in Iconoclaste Collection, this composition opens with what supposedly should smell like mastic resin. But as soon as the droplets land on my skin, they don’t smell like this aromatic, resinous material at all! Instead I get an impression that lands really close to the smell of Coca Cola. Yes, you read that correct. It smells sweet and fizzy like a freshly opened bottle of this popular beverage. Only later it develops something slightly balsamic with a faint dose of spiciness (white pepper I think) There is some olibanum in this perfume that adds a smoky and woody effect. The problem is that coke is still a dominating impression any time I smell Citizen X. This perfume is also meant to feature iris. But as an iris lover and a person whose nose is sensitive to detecting this note, I would have to rate this new Ex Nihilo with 0 in terms of iris perception, because I don’t smell it at all. Few more notes of this fragrance are amberwood & musk. If any of you have tried Citizen X, I’d greatly appreciate your feedback on it. My impression is so weird that I feel like I might be the only one. I would be curious to learn if there is anybody else who smelled Coca Cola or if you could smell mentioned ingredients.