For Polynesians, the language of smell is as important as music or dance. Before creating Manoumalia, perfumer Sandrine Videault spent time on the tiny South Pacific island of Wallis immersed in its scents: the exotic fragrea flower used for necklaces and bracelets, the sandalwood powder used to dye hair, and the aromas of tiare, vetiver, and ylang ylang that permeate the island's evenings. In Manoumalia, Videault interpreted her experience in an elegant and unusual way. Manoumalia opens with a brief tingle of sweet citrus, followed by a lush and yet restrained play of tropical flowers balanced against the ocean-like freshness of vetiver. Sandalwood and amber warm the composition. The resulting fragrance is at once tribal and contemporary, luxuriant and spare, summoning centuries of island culture for the modern sensualist. In a word, Manoumalia is extraordinary.