Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
When I sprayed on Paco Rabbane Olympèa, I had no expectations. Well, I take that back. I thought it would be a generic fruity-floral, a real disappointment for a perfume inspired by an unnamed Greek Goddess. When I sprayed on Olympèa I was confused! This was a weird fragrance that brought to mind beach town boardwalks.
I think there’s a lot of similarities between Olympea and Mugler Womanity. Olympea opens with a red berries and this savory, salty caviar and cotton candy accord. There’s more citrus in the opening of Olympea. In fact, it’s almost more like freshly grated ginger than it is mandarins. Olympea is savory gourmand but it’s also an aquatic floral. The heart is like cotton candy, caramel popcorn and creamy, tropical flowers that come across like old-school tanning oils. It dries down to warm, creamy (and salty) amber with driftwood. It’s a weird fragrance (I mean, an aquatic-gourmand, what?), but I think it’s less challenging to wear than Womanity (which I love).
There are some perfumes that claim to smell like a boardwalk – ocean, carnival food, suntan lotion – and they absolutely do not smell like it. Then there’s Olympea which doesn’t claim to at all and smells like Coney Island or the Jersey Shore. Olympea is a weird one which is why I love it. But, this means that it probably won’t do so well. I only say that because Womanity is currently almost impossible to find.
Notes listed include green mandarin, aquatic notes, water jasmine, ginger lily, salted vanilla, sandalwood, cashmere and ambergris. Launched in 2015. PERFUMERS – Loc Dong and Anne Flipo
Give Olympea a try if you like “weird gourmands”. Or perfumes like Mugler Womanity, Derek Lam 10 Crosby 2am Kiss, L’Artisan Amour Nocturne, Avon Far Away Infinity and/or Shay & Blue Salt Caramel. I love that Olympea is beach-y without being like so many perfumes that are marketed as beach scents.
Projection and longevity are average. There’s an EDT. I haven’t tried it. I’m reviewing the EDP concentration.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – The Jersey Shore. This is such a weird but wearable gourmand-aquatic-floral thing. I’m so surprised by how much I love it! I’m going to pick up a full-size bottle before it’s discontinued so I don’t have another negative “What’d ya do with the my Womanity” situations.
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