Exotic Island Perfumes is a really beautiful line based in Puerto Rico. I love this line’s gorgeous, unapologetic florals.
One of my favorite floral essences ever is blue lotus. We rarely see it used because it’s so expensive. And honestly, it’s so pretty on its own that it doesn’t really need to be mixed with anything. Saying that, it’s nice to see this essence highlighted in Waters of Aswan.
Waters of Aswan opens with grass on a cool river bank. It’s aquatic, green and grassy with a hint of mineral earth. It becomes a green floral, reminding me of heady spring florals like narcissus with crisp green snap peas. The heart blossoms into this indolic jasmine and tart grapefruit-peel-like pineapple. Waters of Aswan dries down to cool woods and roots with saline. It opens as the river bank at dawn and the dry-down is like the bank at dusk.
Notes listed include begamot, mandarin, blue lotus, watercress, water accord, pharaone, jasmine, ginger lily, ebony wood, calamus, vetiver, papyrus root and Egyptian musk. PERFUMER– Juan Perez
Give Waters of Aswan a try if you like sheer florals. Or if you like perfumes like Hermès Un Jardin Sur le Nil, Kenzo L’Eau par Kenzo, Il Profumo Nymphea and/or Mermade Magickal Soma Blue Lotus Oil. In comparison to all of these, I find Waters of Aswan the most beautiful.
Projection and longevity are average to below average depending on how much you apply. I prefer for this to be on the “softer” side and apply less. I actually think it benefits from being dabbed versus being sprayed.
The 1 oz retails for $120 at Exotic Island Perfumer. Smaller sizes and samples are also available.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – River banks and intoxicating blue lotus. It’s an EXCEPTIONAL aquatic floral.
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