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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

No Mutiny On This Bounty: En Voyage Perfumes Nectar des Îles & Vents Ardents (And a Prize Draw!)

By Donna

Haven't we all dreamed of the tropics at one time or another, the perfect Paradise where everything is soft and lilting and musical, carefree and full of vibrant life and color? We envy the idea of island life even though the reality of it is certainly not all that easy for those who are born to it, but there is something so irresistible about it, a primordial pull that can make even the most jaded city dweller drift away on thoughts of palm trees, brightly tinted sunsets and lifestyles where no one really cares what time it is. Perfumers have known this about human nature for a long time, and they have given us a multitude of fragrances built around the theme of tropical aromas, from the simplest colognes aimed at the Hawaiian tourist trade to elaborate constructions that reference every possible icon of smell that might be deemed “exotic.” Unfortunately, in many cases the same attention to quality is not paid to this style of scent as it might be for more serious types, with some notable exceptions of course, but cheap and cheerful concoctions with a throwaway aesthetic are frequently the hallmark of the breed. I am here to tell you that it does not have to be that way.

I had heard of perfumer Shelley Waddington's line of fragrances, and I knew that she created custom perfumes for her clients, but I had never tried anything in the line. So I was more than a little curious when I had the opportunity to test the newest launches from En Voyage Perfumes, Nectar des Îles and Vents Ardents, the latest in her Odyssey Collection, as I had no idea what to expect. When the samples arrived, it took me almost no time at all to understand that these are no ordinary perfumes; they are both of exceptionally high quality and deserving of exposure to a much broader audience.

These two fragrances are actually the products of a collaboration. Nectar des Îsles was created by a talented Puerto Rican perfumer named Juan Manuel Perez, whose company Exotic Island Aromatics makes soy candles, soaps and other scented products. A line of perfumes is coming soon, and after smelling this one I can hardly wait for that to happen. It is at heart a gardenia and tiare flower scent, with other ingredients adding much interest and depth, but there is nothing heavy or cloying about it. It reminds me a little of the style of Isabey Gardenia, not as bright or fruity as that, yet with the similar quality of not smelling like a clichéd gardenia soliflore; it does not have that buttery or “blue cheese” aroma that gardenia scents can sometimes develop. It is intended as a feminine fragrance, and it speaks softly and gently, a murmured breeze caressing the skin on a sleepy island day when the humid air carries every nuance of flowery delight. It is nuanced and quiet for a white floral and does not become too heady or indolic on me, and if it were going to do that, my skin is the perfect testing ground; I amplify white florals to a fault, but this one works even in the office, although work is the last place I want to be when I have it on, because it's so transporting and dreamy. It's an unusual combination of distracting sensuality, soothing calm and elegant wearability. Lasting power is very good and it will happily stay with you for many hours; after a long day at work it still smelled fresh and inviting on my skin.

The official list of notes for Nectar des Îles: Top: Wild Oranges, Mandarin, Green Citron, Osmanthus Nectar. Heart: Fresh Gardenia and Tiare petal accord, Absolutes of two frangipani species, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine auriculatum. Base: Sandalwood Absolute from Vanuatu, Tahitian Vanilla, Amber and Fine White Musks.

Shelley Waddington composed Vents Ardents (“Ardent Winds”) to be an idealized masculine fragrance, but there is nothing about it that would make it fit neatly into any category arbitrarily determined by gender. It is a symphony of tropical notes that does not smell like anything else in my experience with this genre. There is no jarring synthetic “marine” aroma, no suntan oil, and no coconut, and any pineapple it may have is subsumed into the delicious mélange of other fruit accords. It's a panoramic blend of every island fantasy yet it's not beachy or overly familiar in the way of so many other perfumes that have staked out this territory. Plump and juicy tropical fruits including my beloved mango, tobacco, rum, dewy florals, Tonka bean, golden amber, woods and just a touch of vanilla conspire to create the island paradise perfume of my dreams. It is exactly what I have wished for so many times and been disappointed by just as frequently, the other candidates being too sweet, too kitschy, too fleeting, or ultimately just not interesting enough; this is what I was foolishly hoping for with the new mango-centric Escada Taj Sunset that I recently tried, and I got something a little bit like it for only a brief time before it faded to anonymous prettiness. Vents Ardents is exponentially better, and it makes one wonder why a company with so much money and clout can't come up with something as marvelous as this fragrance from a tiny niche house!

You might think from a reading of the notes that Vents Ardents sounds a lot like L'Artisan's Havana Vanille, or others scents in that general style, but it's not even close. That one has a “manly” heft to it with its very strong rummy character and lots of wood and tobacco, while everything in Vents Ardents is perfectly balanced and seamlessly integrated, each delicious note folded into the next like cargo tightly packed onto the most fragrant ship that ever sailed the tropical seas. It's sweetly fruity but not too much so, only gently woody, with traces of tobacco and vanilla weaving through the other notes. What came to me when I had worn it for a while was the idea and sensation of bounty, a rainbow array of riches spilling over with exuberant smells and tastes, and Shelley has brought it all together in one place for our enjoyment. I for one just can't get enough of it; the men are going to have to share this one! Longevity is also very good.

Notes for Vents Ardents: Top: Curaçao, Wild Oranges, Bay Rum, Tropical Fruits
Heart: Venezuelan Tonka Beans, Heliotrope, Magnolia, French Narcissus
Base: Amber, Mahogany, Tobacco, Oak, Driftwood, Musky Vanilla, Balsams

These two fragrances were designed to worn by a man and a woman to complement one another, but they can also be layered together and have been formulated with that in mind, so I tried that too. Oh baby, this one goes to eleven! Intoxicating is the word for this effect, as the florals in Nectar des Îles put an extra glow of polish on Vents Ardents' fruits, and in turn the fruit notes make the white flowers in the other even more voluptuous and narcotic. I strongly recommend having both of them so you can try this; it works better than any other fragrance layering experiment I have ever tried. Both are available in Eau de Parfum for $40 USD for 1/2 ounce or one ounce for $70 from the En Voyage Perfumes Web site. Please read other reviewers' impressions of these perfumes on Shelley's Carmel Perfumer blog and Perfume Pharmer.

The prize draw is especially attractive, because Shelley has commissioned a limited number of gorgeously adorned “message in a bottle” glass flacons that look like what might wash up on the shore of a perfect white sand beach in a fairy tale, and the perfume samples, one of each fragrance wrapped in handmade banana leaf paper, will be inside them. These precious vessels will never be for sale, so the winners will have a real collector's item to treasure. The prize draw is open to all: Shelley will ship worldwide directly to the winners! There will be two winners this time, so please tell us which one of these perfumes you would prefer to try in your comment, and if you like, let us know what your own favorite tropical style perfume is.

Image credits: Photos by Rich Waddington, courtesy of Shelley Waddington. The gift box dual presentation is designed for a bride & groom. The “message bottles” shown are what the winners of the prize draw will receive.

Full disclosure: The perfume samples were sent to me by Shelley Waddington gratis for testing purposes.


Blogger DWR said...

What a lovely idea -- the fragrances sound heavenly! I'd love to get to try Nectar des Îsles, so please enter me in the drawing.

12:23 AM EDT  
Blogger The Gastronomic Goddess said...

These sound beyond amazing! I would love to try the Vents Ardent. I don't have a favorite tropical perfume per se, because, as you pointed out, many of them are BAD. I haven't yet found one I can sink my teeth into...but these sound like just the thing! :)

12:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Amy K said...

I would love to try Nectar des Îles. Thank you for the drawing! I think my current favorite tropical fragrance is Creed Virgin Island Water.

1:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Undina said...

My favorite tropical perfume - Beautiful Sheer by Estee Lauder.
I'd love to enter the draw for Nectar des Iles.

1:33 AM EDT  
Blogger Heidi said...

Nectar des Îsles sounds like a dream come true for me. My current most-worn tropical is the lovely Diptyque Do Son. Thank you for the draw!

1:47 AM EDT  
Blogger taffynfontana said...

My favorite tropical perfume has to be Love Coco by Honore des Pres. I just love the deconstruction reminds me of the scents that waft through the air in the carribean. I love that you layered the Nectar des Iles and Vents Ardents to make a superb combo. They both sound refined and masterfully crafted. Vents Ardents sounds lovely,

1:51 AM EDT  
Blogger sara said...

My favorite tropical is Intense tiare by Montale. I would love to try Nectar des Îsles, so please enter me in the drawing.

2:10 AM EDT  
Blogger Martinus Scriblerus said...

Goodness me, Vents Ardent sounds wonderful. I agree with you and the gastronomic Goddess that most tropical fragrances are kind of ... naff and tacky. I don't want to smell like a cheap Mai Tai. (Maybe an expensive one would be ok...) But these scents sound extraordinary and totally spectacular. Thank you so much for running this draw!

3:05 AM EDT  
Anonymous robert said...

These both sound wonderful.I'd love to try Vents Ardent.As for my favorite tropical perfume I'd have to say Idole by Lubin

3:12 AM EDT  
Anonymous Holly F. said...

Vents Ardents sounds gorgeous! Please include me in the draw. I need a new fragrance to whisk me away to paradise!

3:27 AM EDT  
Blogger womo531 said...

I'd love to try both of course but am gravitating towards Vents Ardent! =)

3:36 AM EDT  
Anonymous Maureen said...

favouite tropical Parfums de Nicolai Juste un Reve, though sadly it smells far better on others than on me. I've also got a soft spot for Manoumalia but to sniff not to wear.
Please enter me for your draw

5:04 AM EDT  
Blogger Judy said...

These fragrances sound heavenly! My favorite is Creed Virgin Island Water. Please enter me in the drawing - thanks!

6:24 AM EDT  
Blogger queen_cupcake said...

I don't know that I have any tropical perfumes...perhaps Guerlain Tiare Mimosa (Acqua Allegoria) comes closest. I love the "message in a bottle" concept! Now I will be hearing Sting, singing the tune in the inner music chamber in my head, for much of the day. I would love to win Nectar des Iles.

6:31 AM EDT  
Blogger Proximity said...

they both sound wonderful to me, but I guess if I'm forced to pick one, I like the sound of Vents Ardents the most.
I don't think I have a favorite tropical fragrance ... it's not a category of fragrance I've been lucky enough to smell many things in (or at least not many things that I've actually loved). Oh, I thought of one - does Ormonde Jayne Frangipani count? Because I loved that.

8:44 AM EDT  
Anonymous sybil said...

Ooohh...Nectar des Isles, but I wouldn't turn down Vents Ardent. It's been grey and nasty here for weeks, a tropic scent sounds wonderful!

I don't actually have a favorite tropical scent. I usually run more toward orientals, but these sound very enticing!

8:54 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

They both sound pretty fabulous, but I'd really love to try the Nextar des Iles. Please enter me in the drawing.

9:05 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a huge fan of "tropical," but as always, you review and I'm interested... ;)

I do love Vamp a NY quite a bit, and it feels tropical to me: tuberose, coconut, spice. I'm leaning toward Nectar des Iles - and thanks very much for the draw.

9:05 AM EDT  
Blogger StyleSpy said...

Ooooh, that's a tough choice. I'm going to say Vents Ardents just because I'm curious about the tobacco. But I love all tropical flowers, so they both sound wonderful.

9:06 AM EDT  
Blogger Stacey said...

I'd love to try Nectar des Iles, though both sound great! My favorite tropical scent is the original Jala by St. Barth.

9:07 AM EDT  
Blogger ~elise said...

I'd love to try fav. tropical is SIPs Tropical Vial...yes, I love the strange and interesting!

9:12 AM EDT  
Blogger Katherine said...

I love tropical scents like Songes and Bronze Goddess, and would love to try Nectar des Isles. Thanks for the giveaway!

9:20 AM EDT  
Blogger lovethescents said...

I have never heard of this little house and thank you for telling us about it! I adore tropical scents and try as many as I can get my hands on. That being said, I must find a way to sample these! Please enter me in the draw as I'd love to win Nectar des Iles.

My top niche tropicals are nearly everything by Saffron James, Honore des Pres Love Coco, and FM's Carnal Flower; my top mainstream ones are Beachy by Lily Pulitzer, Kai, Monyette Paris.

Fingers crossed! Thank you so much ;-)

9:39 AM EDT  
Blogger Alice said...

Oooh, I have to pick? They both sound lovely...Vents Ardent. Today, my favorite tropical perfume is Virgin Island Water. Tomorrow it may be something else!

9:40 AM EDT  
Blogger Irina said...

I would love to try Nectar des Îles, please
I hadn't find, yet,a tropical perfume I love, except, perhaps, Fidji
please, enter me the draw
thank you

9:51 AM EDT  
Anonymous hotlanta linda said...

Nectar des Isles, please!! White Ginger soliflore has been a lifelong fave when I can get it (Avon Calling! :-))

9:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Isa said...

Both reviews sound amazing, but I think that I would prefer to try Vents Ardents. Thanks for this chance to win!

My favorite tropical perfume, if tuberose is tropical, would be Frederic Malle Carnal Flower :)

10:03 AM EDT  
Anonymous Cynthia said...

The combination of these two sounds especially great! I would love to try Necter. My favorite tropical is Saffron James Ume.

10:12 AM EDT  
Blogger Janet said...

These both sound perfect. I would like to be in the draw for the Nectar des Isles.

My favorite tropical is OJ Frangapani.

10:12 AM EDT  
Anonymous Monica said...

Love your review Donna, you tell it like it is! My fav of the combo is Nectar des Iles... muchos diamontes! It sparkles! Maybe I just need uplifting! I do have to say that these scents are NO CHEAP replicas and agree wholeheartedly that this company deserves to be more widely known.Ok... I'm off to order Nectars Des Iles!!! XOXO Monica

10:18 AM EDT  
Blogger Tammy said...

This sounds like an amazing line; thanks for bringing it to our notice. I'm intrigued by your description Vents Ardents, and I'd love a chance to sample it. Thanks to you and Ms. Waddington for this generous offer!

10:32 AM EDT  
Blogger samberg said...

Nectar des Îles for me, please. I recently tried Alien Sunessence Or d`Ambre and it makes me wish summer would come faster so I could try it out on one of my annual summer sojourns to the furthest reaches of the Earth.

10:36 AM EDT  
Blogger ololiuqui said...

It's realy hard to choose.How can I deside they both sounds amazing!I would leave to you the choice I would be happy to try both of them equally.

10:40 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Is it tacky for me to say that I'd love to try these as well?

10:58 AM EDT  
Anonymous Denise Miller said...

Oh my! I am drawn to the Vents Ardent so strongly. I would love to win this masterpiece, but will need to own it either way I suppose. Sounds wonderful! Thanks for the draw.

11:20 AM EDT  
Blogger arlene20 said...

These both sound divine, although I think I'm leaning more toward Vents Ardent. LOVE the idea of co-mingling them! My current (only) tropical is EL's Azuree Soleil.

Great write-up and scrumptuous prize draw!!

11:23 AM EDT  
Blogger Ducks said...

Vents Ardent sounds like my partner's ideal perfume -- oh, do please enter me in the draw! Wonderful review!

11:32 AM EDT  
Anonymous grizzlesnort said...

I'm ready to move from the desert to the tropics. Vents Ardents!

11:32 AM EDT  
Blogger Tamara*J said...

Donna what a great draw!
My favorite tropical right now is Amaranthine and I can't wait to try this bebe in the heat.
And I know it's not technically tropical but Amoureuse is heavenly and seems to have that jungle fevah vibe for me. :)
I would love to have Nectar des Iles pretty please. Good luck to everyone!


11:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Nancy said...

Actually I like Shal Nuur in the summer. But I'd love to have Nectar des Iles so please enter me in your fabulous draw.

11:39 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put me in the draw either one I will try.

11:48 AM EDT  
Blogger Daisy said...

O.M.G. you're killing me! I'm waiting on the Nectar des Iles in the mail right now....chomping at the bit...hopefully I can keep from TACKLING the delivery person and ripping the box from their stunned hands.....
But now you've got me drooling over and lemming badly for the Vents Ardents!!! oh how I wish I'd ordered both!!! *sobbing quietly*
Please do enter me in the draw...I'd be happy with either one but if I were to choose I guess I'd ask for the Vents Ardent because by then I'll have the Nectar.....although I'll probably use it up super fast... Daisy :-)

11:56 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to try Nectar des Îles. I'm looking for a perfect gardenia perfume. Maybe this is it, so please enter me in the drawing!


12:19 PM EDT  
Anonymous Ashleyron said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...Sounds amazing!! Whew...Im gonna calm it down now. Id love to try either (of course) but I suppose Nectar des Îles appeals to me more. I dont really have an all time favorite tropical perfume-maybe Un Lys or Lys Mediterranean. Do they count?? Thanks for the draw!

12:23 PM EDT  
Anonymous dleep said...

Such a wonderful offer. The Nectar des Isles appeals to me. I would love to try this special fragrance. Thank you. I would say that Monyette is my favorite tropical.

12:55 PM EDT  
Blogger Balutakat said...

The message in a bottle idea is really attractive. I haven't worn a scent which reminds me of the tropics, but I remember my grandfather wearing a Bay Rum scent in an elaborate bottle that I thought of as manly and dashing. I'm glad you asked, maybe I can find out which it was. Please do enter me in the draw. Katherine B.

1:04 PM EDT  
Blogger Stacy said...

I would like to try Nectar des Îles. I haven't found a tropical scent yet. I'm still hunting for one.

1:31 PM EDT  
Blogger ccdouglass said...

They both sound lovely! I think I would like to try Vents Ardents, but either would be great. :-) Thanks for the draw!

1:36 PM EDT  
Blogger Ellen said...

I would definitely prefer to try Vents Ardents, which sounds really interesting, so please add me to what appears to be a very long list.

I don't have a favorite perfume of any type, including tropical, because I like to change all the time.

Thanks for doing the giveaway!

1:43 PM EDT  
Blogger Fernando said...

Vents Ardents seems more my thing, though it's tempting to see what happens if I wear that one and my wife puts on the Nectar!

I don't know that I have a favorite tropical fragrance... part of it is that, having been born in Brazil, there are no clear associations in my head for the term "tropical".

1:48 PM EDT  
Blogger odonata9 said...

These sound amazing - hard to choose which one, but the Vents Ardents sounds more like my style. Bronze Goddess is my favorite tropical scent. Thanks for the drawing!

1:52 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these sound so enticing! thanks for writing about something i probably would've missed otherwise.

would love to try them!


2:42 PM EDT  
Anonymous ElizabethC said...

Please enter me in the drawing for Nectar des Îles. Amaranthine, Datura Noir and Bronze Goddess have a tropical feeling to me and all are just stunning in the summer heat!

3:22 PM EDT  
Blogger lyrical said...

I used to wear "Vanille Bourbon" by L'Occitane some years back, until my friend made off with the bottle. It was not particularly a triumph of the perfumer's art but I did enjoy it. Now I don't have a tropical perfume, so please enter me into the draw!

4:13 PM EDT  
Blogger Jen said...

My favorite tropical fragrance right now is OJ Frangapani. I would love to try the Nectar des Iles. Thanks for the drawing!

4:49 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lavanya said...

WHat a great giveaway! I'd love to try both, but if I had to choose - I'd say the vents Ardents- love the woody sounding notes..I mean the sound of the woody notes..:)

7:24 PM EDT  
Anonymous David said...

They both sound beautiful, but I'd love to try Vents Ardents.
Please do enter me in the draw!

10:29 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Thanks for visiting, everyone! Your own favorite tropical perfumes have made me curious about the ones I have never tried! I love this genre, and I am fond of even some of the "cheaper" ones because of that, but these two are just - wow!

Please note, if you asked to be in the draw but did not specify which perfume you wanted, I will add your name to whichever list ends up having fewer names on it and then even it up more if needed, so we will have a more even number for each draw and thus a better chance for everyone of winning each one.

The draw is open through Sunday May 1, so there is plenty of time left!

11:40 PM EDT  
Blogger cornlily said...

Lovely. Please enter me in the drawing.

12:50 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Vent Ardents would suit me better. Please enter me in the drawing - many thanks. Alica -

1:23 AM EDT  
Anonymous Gisela said...

These sound really wonderful, especially Vents Ardent. Thanks for the drawing! My favorite tropical perfume is Manoumalia.

2:17 AM EDT  
Blogger woodgirl said...

Vents Ardents sounds right up my alley. Please enter me in the draw. I don't wear many tropicals, but Calypso Ambre is doing it for me right now - beachy-sweet and bright. Thanks!

8:51 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great price point! I would love to try the Nectar des Isles...I still have yet to find the "one" in that category of exotic white floral.

9:33 AM EDT  
Blogger Lexi said...

Mmmm! Thanks for the draw - these sound wonderful! I am particularly interested in Vents Ardents but I love the idea of layering the two! My favorite summer scents tend to be green and clean. I like L'Ombre dans L'Eau especially in the summer.

12:39 PM EDT  
Blogger sunnlitt said...

I know what you mean about trying to find the perfect island scent. I want something that smells like a warm early morning in Maui, but, so far, I've gotten no where close with tropical scents. No subtlety.

I would love to experience Isabey Gardenia.
Thanks so much.

12:53 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The heart notes for Vents Ardents have my full attention: even though Nectar des Îles looks divine, I would very much like to smell the Vents Ardents perfume myself.

Tropical perfumes: I have some Hawaiian perfume oils that I bought in Volcano, and the Plumeria one is simply heavenly. No tropical weather hereabouts, however, so this perfume is my way of getting that "exotic tropics" feeling at any time:-)

cheerio, Anna in Edinburgh

1:02 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'd love to try Nectar des Îsles!

3:11 PM EDT  
Anonymous maggiecat said...

These sound absolutely delightful - and they're affordable! Talk about Paradise...! Nectar des iles sounds perfect for me as I seem to be in a white flower phase, and gardenia's bring back happy memories of life in Florida. Please enter me in the drawing.

3:37 PM EDT  
Anonymous Tiara said...

Tropical often veers into drink with umbrella category for me but both of these sound gorgeous. I think Nectar des Îsles would be me choice but then I'd have to go buy Vents Ardents because I'm intrigued by the layering possibility!

4:32 PM EDT  
Blogger Tama said...

Nectar des Iles for me (but I would happily take either). They sound divine and everyone is raving.

I like tropical scents in general - the Queen being Carnal Flower, which gives me the same waft as a tuberose lei; but I also enjoy the softer Kai, and the "evening gown tropical" Mahora. I also like beachy scents like Bronze Goddess and the salt/marine freshness of Heeley Sel Marin.

5:47 PM EDT  
Blogger sean's jo said...

I would love to try either one based on your review. I love the idea of wearing a scent that compliments my partner. Please enter me in the draw.

9:45 PM EDT  
Anonymous Jiyiin said...

I don't have a favorite tropical yet, but I would love to try Nectar des Iles. Please enter me in the draw, and thank you!

12:16 AM EDT  
Blogger Gustav said...

Thank you for a draw!
I'd like to try Vents Ardent.
I wasn't lucky enough to find a perfect tropical scent yet.. but do the fruits in Eau d'Orange Vert count?

10:35 AM EDT  
Blogger jensun said...

Nectar des Iles would be my choice. It sounds breathtaking! Plus I've seen a few people just RAVE about it.

1:47 PM EDT  
Blogger Lynne1962 said...

These are definitely on my radar. I would love to try Vents Ardent,,,and would not cry to receive Nectar des Isles, either. I love Mahora,,,which is not particularly tropical,,,but contains blasts of spicy tuberose!!

2:14 PM EDT  
Blogger Karin said...

I hope I didn't miss the draw! LOVE Carmel, and only just recently discovered this line. Would love to try these. As to my favorite tropical scent - I love Bobbi Brown Beach!

5:09 PM EDT  
Blogger Karin said...

Oh...sorry. Please include me in the draw for Nectar des Îles - thanks!

5:11 PM EDT  
Blogger Lauren said...

I just discovered this line and so far, all are gorgeous. I would love Nectar des Isles. I don't have 1 favorite tropical scent, but do like Mono Tiere body oil or straight coconut oil in the Summer.

7:31 PM EDT  
Blogger Melissa said...

I'm almost salivating at these! I've just loved reading about them and would love the opportunity to experience these truly artisan scents! I love tropical scents and am so curious about the current leading edge masterpieces...

8:25 PM EDT  
Anonymous RusticDove said...

These two fragrances are so utterly enticing that it would be so hard to decide which one to choose first! But I would go with The Vents Ardents since I don't have a good tropical fragrance in my collection and this one sounds amazing! Thanks to PST and Shelley for the draw opportunity!

7:01 AM EDT  
Anonymous Maureen said...

Beyond Paradise is my favorite tropical fragrance. The picture reminds me of Key West, and an amazing vacation several years ago. I would love to try Nectar des Iles, as it sounds lovely. Please enter me in the drawing.

8:43 AM EDT  
Anonymous Nicholas said...

As first, I would swear both of these perfumes smell irresistible and bewitching! More than simple scents, Nectar Des Iles and Vents Ardents seem to be love potions, an unique olfactive trail that takes you straight to your partner’s senses and soul.
Vents Ardents could easily be my one and only tropical scent: I’ve never liked too much exotical fragrances for what they’re usually meant to be (an incredible mess of fruits, or just tons of aquatic notes), and each time summer time gets near I dream to find The Scent to be with me on days on the beach, on long nights in the open air, or just when I walk down the streets of my city..something able to take me far away, to carry me to some breath-taking landscapes made of high palms, blue sea and white sand.
I really don’t know how this vision would exactly smell, but I feel that Vents Ardents is close to my scented desires right now: narcissus, rhum, vanilla, tobacco.. there’s something slightly sexy and provocative in this combination of notes.
I really hope to be the lucky winner of this gorgeous giveaway. I cross my fingers for Vents Ardents and thank perfumesmellingthings and En Voyage for giving everyone the chance to win such beauties :)

9:56 AM EDT  
Blogger Lisa Abdul-Quddus said...

I keep going back and forth with these two. At this moment I'd love to try Nectar des Îles.

1:38 PM EDT  
Anonymous Flora said...

PLEASE NOTE - the prize draw is now closed. Thanks for participating everyone, the winners will be announced next week! Good luck

4:27 PM EDT  

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