Hawaii Volcano 2017

Hawaii Volcano by Alexandria Fragrances
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Hawaii Volcano is a popular perfume by Alexandria Fragrances for women and men and was released in 2017. The scent is citrusy-fruity. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Sicilian bergamot, Jamaican lime, Sicilian mandarin orange, Hibiscus, Ylang-ylang, Jasminum auriculatum, Tonkin musk, Tropical woods

Ratings

Scent

8.2 | 41 Ratings

Longevity

7.9 | 35 Ratings

Sillage

7.5 | 34 Ratings

Bottle

6.1 | 36 Ratings
Submitted by Flingo71, last update on 04.12.2020.
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DonJuanDeCat
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DonJuanDeCat
DonJuanDeCat
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Vacation at the volcano with bikini beauties?
Hello you snoopers and welcome to another fragrance comment. I recently tried Hawaii Volcano by Alexandria Fragrances. This is a brand that mostly makes clones or dupes of well-known fragrances (especially creed fragrances), but it's not quite as cheap as you might expect from a dupe brand. Alexandria Fragrances (as well as Dua Fragrances, which as far as I know used to be a company) are criticized by some people because they would make money with the cheapest means, or that their perfumers are not really trained perfumers and would rather analyze and reconstruct everything chemically and so on, but well, I don't know more about them yet, except that I've tried some scents so far.

Hawaii Volcano here is said to smell quite similar to the Virgin Island Water of Creed, which by the way is a very nice summer scent, which is especially great on beach areas when you lie on the beach under the sun and get a tan. And because tanning itself is often quite boring, you start to play little games, like how many bikini babes you see in a minute or something like that... yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah, you know me, so don't say anything! :D

Anyway, Virgin Island Water is a nice holiday scent and also the (Dupe or not) scent of Alexandria Fragrances sounds nice from the scents, so let's see how it smells like. However, I don't have the Creed scent 100% in my head anymore, so I can't write a real comparison comment, I think, but try it... :D

The smell:
The beginning really reminds me of Virgin Island Water. There is the nice, slightly creamy citric note that comes across refreshingly. Then there are the coconut notes that add an exotic touch. And there's another, somehow slightly biting synthetic note at the beginning, I don't know if this was also present in the Creed scent. This one goes down a bit soon, but you notice it clearly at the beginning.
It remains citric, slightly creamy and coconut-scented for a while, although the scent is a bit stuffy, although Virgin Island also had a slightly stuffy scent as far as I can remember. I think this stuffy comes from the coconut.
From the middle part on, there is a big difference to the Creed scent, because now the coconut becomes much weaker, so that now the citric (and partly also the flowery scents now already) shine through better. In addition, this scent now seems to be slightly less stuffy.
So it smells for a while, as said before, until a little musk is added to the base, as in the Creed fragrance, giving the fragrance a darker sweetness. Which is nice and everything goes well with the creamy notes.
The base is much more similar to the VIW of Creed, because you can smell the coconut really well. A little bit of stuffy comes back again, but it's not that disturbing now, but the scent doesn't feel fresh anymore, but rather drier. Apart from coconut there are also floral, but not further determinable notes and sweetish scents, which should mostly come from musk.

The Sillage and the durability:
The Sillage is strong, I think it is even stronger than the Creed scent, so it should be even easier to notice here. The scent also lasts quite long, even with not so bad intensity in later hours. I could smell the scent quite well for more than eight hours.

The bottle! The bottle has been kept rectangular and rather simple, it seems almost functional with its tall, chrome-plated cap, which can be found on many bottles. The label is black and shows name and brand. In any case, the flacon is not pretty.

Conclusion:
Soo,... first of all: Yes, as far as I can remember, this scent resembles the Virgin Island Water of Creed. Like Creed, you can smell citrus, coconut and creamy notes. However, the coconut seems to fade more quickly here, at least in the middle note, and secondly, I noticed a slightly synthetic note, especially at the beginning. On the other hand, the Alexandria is a bit less stuffy than the Creed, I think. And because the coconut is less present here in the middle note, it comes across a little bit fresher due to the better radiating, citric notes. At the base, however, the scents seem to be very similar again.

Which is the better smell now? I don't think you can say that, because of the differences everyone has to decide for himself or herself which scent he or she finds better. I like both fragrances, apart from that the differences are not really big, so I would use both, especially on holiday. But the Creed comes in a thousand times more beautiful bottle! Besides that, the Alexandria looks really cheap. But with 50 mL it also costs a hundred dollars less.

So now it is certainly clear what the fragrance is best suited for. To look after bikini girls... argh, I meant for the summer, on holiday, lying on the beach and so on :DD
You know what I mean. Anyway, Hawaii Volcano isn't bad for a dupe and might be worth a sniff.

And that's it. Don't stone me just because I mentioned bikini babes again (as if you ladies never wear bikinis, I've seen hundreds of such pictures of you in your photo albums here, mu ha ha ha.... Uhhhh, or have I seen pictures like this somewhere else? I can't remember exactly.... :DDD). Anyway have a nice evening and see you next time :)
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A comparing review with Virgin Island Water
Seeing that there were no reviews for this clone of Virgin Island Water, I thought that this would make a great opportunity to write my first ever review. I assume that everyone know that this is a clone of a popular fragrance, hence that I will compare the two throughout the review.

With VIW on one hand and HV on the other, both freshly sprayed. First impressions are that they are meant to be alike but there are differences.

Scent:
Upon first spray of Hawaii Volcano, the lime is very clear and rather standalone compared to VIW. In the first few minutes, all I smell is lime but I can also feel that there is some backbone to the lime, but they are not clear until a few minutes have passed. Upon first spray of VIW you can smell the true scent from the beginning: the coconut is there and the rum is there. A very beautiful balanced trio between lime, coconut and rum.

Throughout the life of Hawaii Volcano, after a few minutes of application, the coconut accord slowly appears and stands aside the lime. However, the coconut is not very natural-feeling. Actually, something came to my mind... That the smell of the coconut reminded me of the smell of a tumble dryer or perhaps the fabrics after a tumble drying. Up close the skin, it does not smell very pleasant and Virgin Island Water is clearly the winner here when it comes to overall balance and for the overall artwork of their coconut accords. Also, I get no rum at all which is kinda sad, because the rum is considered to be one of the key ingredients in Virgin Island Water and makes for the overall "special" feel of having a drink by a sunny beach.

Performance:
Looking aside the scent and unto performance, as on my skin, you will most likely get better performance with the Hawaii Volcano. Take into consideration that Hawaii Volcano is an 'Extrait de Parfum' rather than 'Eau de Parfum' with the Creed. It should also last longer considering that the scent DNA is the same. However, a choice of more synthetics would also lead to better performance which most likely is the case as well.

With Hawaii Volcano, I get about 5 hours of longevity. 1 hour before it is a rather close skin scent.

With Virgin Island Water, I get about 3-4 hours of longevity and as Hawaii Volcano, about 1 hour before it is a close skin scent.

With neither you should expect beastmode performance as you will not get that with such scent DNA that consist of mostly citrusses.

Price:
A bottle of 55ml Hawaii Volcano is about 53 british pounds which is equal to 67 USD. For 100 ml juice of Hawaii Volcano the price would be 122 USD, taking the ml price of the 55ml bottle.
If you are in the EU, you can order a 100 ml Virgin Island Water for 165 Euros, which is equal to 192 USD.

Virgin Island Water is a popular fragrance and is readily available to try in stores or sample online. Alexandria Fragrances offers 5ml samples aswell, making it possible to try out before a blind purchase of a full bottle.

Final thoughts:
Between the two, I enjoy Virgin Island Water more. For me, the smell is more important than the performance. When you compare the two side-by-side, you can feel the quality is better with Creed. Between the two, I will sacrifice slightly better performance with a better overall scent and experience.

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ItchynoseItchynose 2 years ago
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Scent
Slightly more musky and soapy than Virgin Island Water and also lacking the subtle, playful rum note. Pleasant but not an exact copy of VIW.

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