Yellow Sea by Micallef
The terms "smooth as butter" or "melts in your mouth" came to mind when I finally got to wear Micallef's Yellow Sea. This fragrance has real presence without projecting a cloud of sillage. It's actually perfect because of this attribute and is akin to the way Chanel's Coromandel wears on my skin.
When someone comes into your personal space, you had better believe they are going to know you are wearing something.....and that something is pretty damn good. This parfum has excellent longevity and THAT is at odds with the reviews I have read. Two sprays are still going strong 5 hours later.
LS has the notes listed as : Bergamot, Lemon, Patchouli, White Cedar, Incense, Amber, Castoreum and Benzoin.
Yellow Sea opens with a blend of citrus, a subtle patchouli and even less incense. I get these immediately and it's a supple rendition. The incense gradually builds momentum, never getting loud, but becoming more noticeable. The citric accord is commendable, not only for its pleasantness, but for its hang time.
After 15 minutes or so, Yellow Sea unveils a woody aspect that compliments the patchouli and incense. This transition is as good as the top accord and what impresses me is that there is no letdown anywhere in the life of this scent. The base is just as the listed notes say they are. An amber arrives, then it transforms into a van-amber with castoreum.
Yellow Sea is a shared fragrance that exhibits a more masculine side than feminine. I can't see why women couldn't pull this off and personally, I couldn't care who I smelled this on. It would smell good to me regardless.
Big thumbs up from Aromi for Micallef's Yellow Sea.