[unpaid/sample] Ibiza is a bit of a mystery to me – I’ve been – once – to Pacha, the most famous nightclub in Ibiza town and I can hardly remember anything about it. I do remember very well getting a room upgrade unexpectedly and having a massive apartment all to myself with a hot tub from where I watched the unforgettable sight of twenty Russian men removing all their clothes and running in and around the pool totally starkers. In fact, it’s burned on my retinas *fans self*. Paula’s was a famous boutique in Ibiza in the ’70s known for its loose, floral clothes that attracted anyone with a bohemian bone in their body and for being a hippy cultural hub. LOEWE’s fragrance interpretation of Paula’s Ibiza is an aquatic floral that will speak to your inner kaftan wearer.
I think I’d wear anything at all in this glorious fabric pattern taken from the Paula’s archives. The aquatic element dominates over coconut, galbanum and mandarin. I can easily pick up the mandarin orange but the coconut is a bit distant.
It’s a fragrance that springs to life in sunshine (luckily, we have some today) which allows the florals to warm up and sit behind the aquatic notes. Frangipani and narcissus are in the mix with narcissus obvious and frangipani a bit less so. The effect is dappled – you get a bit here and a bit there, so much so that I don’t even notice the vanilla in the base with has been given a light hand along with patchouli and ambergris.
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There are some woody accords which are listed as ‘driftwood’ and I truly have no idea what that smells like but it’s nicely rounding. Paula’s Ibiza is a fragrance that doesn’t go through many changes in the wear – what you start with is pretty much what you end up with, at least for me. I like it, it makes me feel like there is a pool nearby (minus the Russians in the buff hopefully) … you know when you first arrive at a hotel and just get a little waft of the pool that makes you realise you are now fully on holiday. It was a limited edition from last year so most retailers have sold out – you can find it with some clever searching on Google or HERE at LOEWE EU.
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