Notes: Kauai Waterfalls, Oxygenated Water, Chinese Kiwi, Hydroponic Honeysuckle, Parrot Tulip, Champaca Flowers, Ginger Lilies, Bulgarian Rose, Stephanotis, White Bark Accord, Galapagos Driftwood.
Pros: Fresh, breezey, subtle floral undertones, sweet, woody drydown; great bottle.
Cons: Not entirely an original concept...an ozonic floral...the list of comparisons is endless.
Reminds me of: A less berry-tinged version of Cool Water Woman, perhaps slightly sweeter and more powdery; Body Shop Oceanus.
Development: Doesn't really develop much, but becomes slightly woodsy as it dries.
Longevity: Not bad, not great. The topnotes of lily and champaca fade after a couple of hours leaving a sweet barely-there powdery marine note.
Sillage: Very minimal.
Where can I buy it? $59.99 for a 3.4 oz EDP spray at 1stPerfume.com.
Bottleworthy? At nearly $60 for a 100ml, it's not gonna break the bank, but let's face it...it's a marine floral named Island...As pretty as it smells I'd prefer to wear Ferre's new cologne, Bergamotto Marine, or spend the money and go for Malle's Lys Mediteranee.
The Bottom Line: A very mediocre scent from a designer that I expected better from. Michael was a creamy floral incense; Michael for Men a plum-tinged leather; Kors a rich red Port...Island just doesn't keep up. As mentioned above, there are better alternatives, especially considering Island's pricepoint. This is one island that I'll admire from afar and not visit myself. A beautiful composition, but ultimately uninspired on my skin.
Rating (out of 10): 5
What designer scents of recent release didn't quite bowl you over?