Just when I thought I’d finished reviewing the Micallef vanilla series, here comes another one that fits perfectly with the others. Ylang in Gold starts out as a soft, peachy-vanilla with faint floral notes on top, but ylang-ylang does not dominate in any way. It’s hard to pick out any of the listed notes other than vanilla because the whole blends together so smoothly into a super-feminine, cushy-soft, quasi-gourmand ensemble.
As it dries down, there emerges a baked vanilla note that reminds me of a fortune cookie, along with florals that sharpen up a bit to showcase the lily-of the-valley and magnolia notes that are reportedly part of the mix.
Strength and sillage are in the moderate range, so there’s no danger of getting blasted by screechy florals. The scent is pretty and mild enough that it should be welcome in just about any venue, in just about any circumstances. This may sound like damning with faint praise, but it’s not. Ylang in Gold is not only eminently wearable, it's lovely. Well done!
[Photos courtesy of M. Micallef/Hypoluxe. Review based on a mini bottle kindly provided by M. Micallef]