MIKMOI Ao is an aquatic floral perfume inspired by the bays and beaches of the Andaman Sea. Ao is one of those new aquatic pedigrees that won’t remind you of anything sold at malls in the 90’s. I love seeing indies newly interpret aquatic and ozonic fragrance genres. Ao is a sheer, veil-like aquatic with tropical fruits and florals that is a lovely olfactory tribute to Thai beaches.
Ao is ripe tropical fruits and tuberose. Salt air and smoky driftwood. When wearing Ao, it’s like being in a different atmosphere¹. It’s salty ozone with a bitter, green coconut and unripe pineapple with a cool, camphoric tuberose. The heart wears as a sheer tuberose with fruits like peaches and mangoes. The base of Ao is smoky but it’s never heavy. It really is like a sea breeze bringing in diffused bonfire smoke from the distance.
Ao is one of my favorite aquatics, even one of my favorite “beach” scents. It isn’t cliché. Yes, there’s coconut but it’s not like coconut. It’s bitter, green coconut and not cheap suntan lotion. The composition is as sheer as mosquito netting which makes it all the more modern.
Notes listed include young coconut juice, tuberose, Thai ginger, blue plai, amyris, and cade. Launched in 2013. PERFUMER – Michael Coyle
Give Ao a try if you want to try a tropical or “beach” perfume that isn’t like the typical offerings. Or if you like perfumes that are in the Hermèssence line or Guerlain Aqua Allegoria line, By Kilian Flower of Immortality and/or LUSH 1000 Kisses Deep .
Projection is below average and longevity is average. I actually like how this scent closely “hovers” over the skin.
The 1.7 oz retails for $90 at MIKMOI. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Sheer tropical tuberose aquatic. I love this fresh indie take on aquatic and ozonic perfumes. Believe it or not, I actually really like aquatic perfumes (well, the new generation of them). Ao is one of my favorite indies to launch in the past few years. I plan on buying a bottle.
¹Well, assuming that the atmosphere that you’re in isn’t like what I described!
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