I got a very generous sample of Virgin Island Water from the Creed counter at Saks during the Sniffapalooza Spring Fling. I wanted to spend a little time sniffing the Creeds, as I haven't yet found a Creed scent that I really like. Fleurs de Bulgarie and Fleurs de Thé Rose Bulgarie are both nice, but not necessarily something I want to wear all the time. But there seemed to be some sort of rules involved with the bottles at Saks...when I walked to a quieter part of the counter, I was told that I was not allowed to sniff from those bottles, only the ones on the other side. Uh-huh. Forget it then. I'm a customer, Sniffa nametag or not, and I should be able to smell or spritz any bottles within reach. But I asked for a Virgin Island Water sample and got it, suprisingly without argument.
Notes: bergamot, lime, mandarin, coconut toddy (a liquid derived from the sap of the palm tree), copra (the white inner portion of the coconut), jasmine, hibiscus, ylang-ylang, ginger, tonkin musk, white rum, sugar cane
The opening notes are all about citrus. We get a little bergamot, a lot of tart lime, lime that's suddenly sweet like sourball candies. Then a bit of coconut wafts in on a breeze, subtly, not at all pushy or obnoxious. It's an obvious coconut note, but not a particularly assertive one. It doesn't make one smell of suntan lotion. I don't catch much of the floral elements of the scent at all before the ginger adds a little bite to the lime and coconut. The final additions to this tasty summer cocktail are a shot of sweet white rum and a teensy bit of musk.
Pleasant, sweet and summery, but not my style. Maybe I'll try to sneak up on a Creed counter elsewhere. Do them make them without SAs?