Ayala Moriel Orcas EDP Natural Perfume Review

Ayala Moriel Orcas

Growing up in a landlocked state, I didn’t realize that dolphins lived outside of aquarium glass walls. This is sad. When I moved to the PNW over 5 years ago, I was amazed. I literally got in my car from Nashville and kept driving until I smelled salt water. Deep within the depths of this salt water amazing creatures dwell: whales, octopus and yes, orcas. This still blows my mind.

Ayala Moriel Orcas opens with refreshing lime and fresh ginger paired with freshly cut herbs. It’s bitter-green-fresh. I do get the sea in this. It’s sort of like an oyster bar – vanillic, salty and like the “coast” on ice. With time I get an astringent sharpness from crisp leaves and cedar. And suede. The dry-down is a salty ambergris with cool fir needles. It’s invigorating like the Northern Pacific.

Real life orcas*

Notes listed include rosemary, lime, cedarwood, fresh ginger, ambergris, boronia, clary sage, Egyptian geranium, seaweed, blue spruce, cypress and angelica. Launch date 2011

Give Orcas a try if you are looking for a natural sea fragrance. Or if you like perfumes like Roxana Illuminated Perfumes Green Witch, Aftelier Muse, DSH Perfumes Arnica, Joanne Bassett Reveiller, CB I Hate Perfume Mr. Hulot’s Holiday and/or Esscentual Alchemy Theo. Orcas is unisex and does make a great replacement for a men’s “eau de cologne”. It does smell natural. And it’s a great choice for hot summer days.

Orcas has below average projection and longevity fin comparison to mixed media perfumes. I get about 4 hours of wear (which is not unusual for all-natural perfumes).

Orcas comes in a few sizes. The 1/2 oz retails for $120 at Ayala Moriel. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Herbaceous Northern aquatic. Good job, Ayala. I smell it and I do think of the Pacific Northwest.

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*One time I went orca watching for my husband’s birthday. I got really seasick and almost hurled all over some Swedish tourists that wouldn’t stop talking to me about Twilight. Orcas are rad. Twilight isn’t.

*Disclaimer – Sample provided by Ayala Moriel. I am not financially compensated for this review or any others. My opinions are my own. Orcas pic is mine. I earned it.

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