Eau de Toilette

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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.

Manoumalia  Notes

Fragrea, vetiver, tiare, ylang ylang, amber, sandalwood

Manoumalia Sizes Available
50ml $125
0.7ml Sample $4
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Here's what other people are saying about Manoumalia...
This smells sort of like commercial bathroom deodorizer on me. Like a high end public restroom. Not really what I was going for.
By   - Full time Goddess from Minnesota on 3/10/2012
yum, this is nice and unique. Starts of a little sweet but not candy and sugar sweet. Kind of cinnamon sugar sweet. I think the veviter and sandalwood are apparent on my skin, and maybe the fragrea as well, although to be honest I'm not sure what fragrea smells like. I guess fragrea because I don't smell much ylang-yalng or tiare so it's the obvious choice. I'm really liking this. It's exotic and unusual. Even though it has a few heady white flowers in the composition, it doesn't come off floral on me. Silage is kind of close to the skin but acceptable and I haven't had it on long enough to really judge how many hours it lasts. A winner.
By   - from Puerto Rico on 10/12/2011
It's interesting. A very dirty, powdery white floral. I like the opening notes more then the dry down. It has a faint burning tire note in the dry down.
By   - from San Diego on 7/17/2011
This is a gorgeous, heady, tropical white floral with a touch of coconut & creme de bananes. The vetiver is very subtle on me. lt's creamy, smooth & lush, & l love the tiare note, but l prefer lntense Tiare as it's much more powerful & long-lasting on my skin. This may bloom more in warm weather, l'll save my sample for next summer & try it again.
By   - from southampton uk on 10/15/2010
The dense, sweet, banana-vanilla character of the ylang blossom brooks no competition for nearly an hour after Manoumalia leaves the bottle. Only then do spicy accents of cinnamon and pepper emerge to punctuate the big, bold tropical flower accord. Manoumalia’s heart remains thick and sweet, but is also heavily indolic. Sultry, sensuous, languorous and licentious. Definitely not for the office or going to the market.
By   - from Prague, CZ on 3/7/2010
My new sexy fragrance...
By   - from Tranås,Sweden on 11/5/2009
Truly a full-bodied floral...
By  on 8/12/2009
This was a soft, lush tropical floral over an earthy base. It smells like you are sitting in a beautiful tropical jungle. Definitely going on my wish list! I like this better than the Montale Intense Tiare, which is too sweet.
By   - from San Diego on 6/17/2009
Simply beautiful.
By  on 5/4/2009
I get a dirty floral from this that I think is really intriguing. I avoid white/tropical florals (too girly and poofy on me) but the other components really make this a winner for me. This is a nice surprise.
By   - from Portland on 2/6/2009
I found this very sharp, heady and headache inducing. This was not nearly as smooth and lush as Montale Intense Tiare. After about an hour, I did find it nice once the topnotes receded. I was expecting a much softer and personal scent. I won't rate it a 1 due to the nice drydown but it's too hard to get through the first hour to really enjoy it!
By  on 2/4/2009
Sickening. So dense there's no toom to breathe and not a single refreshingly high-pitched note standing out. A mixture of a sweet, heavy amber/vanilla-based oriental and a typical "tropical" floral/fruity/coconutty sunscreen type scent. Too much for me, just too too much. It made my girlfriend sick too, she had to run and wash it off when I tried a little bit on her skin.
By  on 2/3/2009
Beautiful. A tropical scent that isn't too creamy or heavy. I love the contrast between the earthy vetiver and the creamy tropical flowers. It's truly lovely and I loooove how it develops on my skin.
By   - from NYC on 1/24/2009
I loved the opening vetiver then caught the white flowers which I don't usually do well with but as time went on it softened and warmed and I was constantly drawn back to smell my wrist. Lovely tropical and warm scent, almost powdery at one point which I adore.
By   - from San Luis Obispo on 1/21/2009
By  on 1/21/2009
A very unique tropical fragrance. On my skin it's tropical flowers mixed with earth. Very nice. I just ordered the bottle.
By   - from L.N., CA on 1/16/2009
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