Ayala Moriel Parfums newest perfume, Sunset Beach, is one of those perfumes inspired by beaches that manages to not smell like tanning lotion or the sort of functional fragrances we’d associate with a day at the beach. For the most part, this is a rarity in the perfume world. So many “beach fragrances” rely on the sort of scents used in products, not the beach. Sunset Beach is a creamy, warm scent with woods that is like a never-ending summer.
Sunset Beach opens with bitter woods and earthy greens. The pandan leaf, which really should be a note used in perfumery more than it is, comes across like green tea leaves and steamed basmati rice. The woods are bitter like buttermilk – astringent but creamy, reminding me of sandalwood. As the fragrance wears, there’s an addition of cedarwood incense. Sunset Beach wears like a powder of finely milled precious woods with a subtle coconut milk-like sweetness and vanilla custard-like ylang-ylang. The dry-down really does remind me of sun-bleached driftwood and warm, sun-kissed skin. It’s creamy with a sweaty bitterness from woods like sandalwood and massoia.
This new launch has quickly became one of my favorites from the brand (my other one being Musk Malabi). It’s bittersweet, warm and I’m smitten by the pandan leaf¹.
Notes listed include pandan leaf, milky oolong tea tincture, cedarwood, champaca, coffee, nutmeg, ylang-ylang, orris butter, Indian sandalwood, Hawaiian sandalwood, chocolate, coconut and massoia bark. Launched in 2016. PERFUMER – Ayala Moriel
Give Sunset Beach a try if you like woodsy or sandalwood fragrances. Or perfumes like Slumberhouse Pear & Olive, DSH Perfumes Mysore Sandalwood, Diva by Pure Natural Diva, House of Matriarch Coco Blanc and/or Hermès Hermèssence Satanl Massoïa.
Projection is average and longevity is above average (for an all-natural perfume).
The 1/2 oz EDP retails for $120 at Ayala Moriel Perfumes. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Warm, milky woods. It’s a summery, beachy fragrance that isn’t “tanning oil”. Yay!
¹Pandan cake is one of my favorite desserts. This perfume has a little bit of a “pandan cake” thing going on that I absolutely love.
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Fragrantica – Ida’s review
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