Micallef Ylang in Gold is a golden, feminine and exotic vanilla/ylang-ylang accord which envelops the wearer in a sort of sultry/oriental sensual olfactory embrace rich of fruity floral nuances and mastered by an hard to be defined coconutty dust with a sort of fresher fruity/fleshy undertone. It seems to taste the coco flesh and enjoy it while drinking an exotic and really orangy/peachy tequila sunrise. I detect a sort milky "stracciatella" undertone but the aroma is far to be just yummy since it performs several spicy/fruity/floral sophisticated nuances you can perceive at distance like subtle sparks of the luxurious wake. The Gold Dust is provided in my opinion by the interaction of ylang/ylang, ginger, cinnamon and may be saffron and it becomes golden in the interactions with fresh fruits as may be peaches and coconut. The sandalwood joined with the floral element lily of the valley/rose imprints a sort of more deep, intense and somewhat melancholic/romantic vibe. The dry down is more fleshy/musky than properly vanillic and it performs that standout fresh and almost humid fruity flesh effect which seems a sort of velvety suede. The aroma is a sort of semi-gourmand mélange conjuring me old concoctions a la Parah and Cashmere Chopard. It means the final aroma perception is somewhat synthetic and captivating in a slightly "childish" immature way.
06th May, 2014 (last edited: 04th January, 2015)
After a bumpy opening where a blast of sugary vanilla is followed by plastic fruity notes, Ylang in Gold settles into the main event which is a calming undulation of wonderfully creamy ylang that I could wear from here to eternity. The vanilla settles and is fully integrated into the backdrop, the fruity notes become more natural and seem like emanations of the soft ylang at the centre. Wearing it to sleep, I felt this was a shortcut to heaven. However, during active day wear I found its trail wanting – which is a shame, because as ylang perfumes go this is up there when judged in terms of scent alone.