As long as we're on the subject of tropical beach-y scents, I thought I'd give Ensoleille Moi another try. Ensoleille Moi launched last year as the debut fragrance release from French jeweller André Gas, and like yesterday's Azuree Soleil, it is composed around coconut and tiare (also known as Tahitian gardenia). It was created by perfumer Mathilde Laurent, and additional notes include ylang ylang, vanilla and white musk.
Ensoleille Moi is an altogether more tropical scent than Azuree Soleil: the coconut is deeper, the gardenia is more central to the composition, and there is less here to counteract the sweetness of the floral notes. It is brighter and not so warm as Azuree Soleil, and also considerably richer and creamier; if Azuree Soleil is meant to evoke the Mediterranean, here we have moved on to the Polynesian islands.
It is nicely done, and if what you are looking for is something tropical without all the sweet fruits that evoke a Pina Colada, Ensoleille Moi might be just the thing you need. For my part, it is too sweet and heavy, and in the early stages, too close to suntan oil for my comfort. Azuree Soleil, despite its lighter concentration, holds up just as well on my skin and maintains its floral character long after Ensoleille Moi has mostly faded to vanilla musk.
Have a favorite tropical floral? Do comment!
André Gas Ensoleille Moi is an Eau de Toilette, and is available in 50 and 100 ml. For buying information, see the listing for André Gas under Perfume Houses.
Note: image via the forum at Images de Parfums.
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