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I don't like
FORWARD: The following text reflects my own experience and opinion about this fragrance!
Virgin Island Water had been on my 'watch list' for a long time and for years I wanted to test the fragrance because I liked it very much from the fragrances and I thought: It certainly smells really great! Well... I had never tested the scent, although I always had it in mind, until a few days ago, when I had put all my courage together and tested it.
In the beginning beautiful citric but very pleasant citric and not full pot of lemon in your face as in Chanel allure homme edition blanche. After that a light coconut note is added but the citrus is still slightly present. After some time (at least with me) I got a full pot of coconut in your face, which made me nauseous! There was simply no trace of rum, flowers etc. with me, which I found very sad. I have to admit: The smell held on my skin (completely to my regret) very long and that despite repeated hand washing with soap.
Now who's wondering how? So that's it? Yes, I'm afraid it was! More than citric and coconut just didn't come to me. I really liked the top note and that although I'm not a fan of citric but here it was pleasant. When the coconut came through, I also found it pleasant in the beginning but the coconut became more and more violent, which I disliked very much, although I actually like coconut but it was just too much for me!
Actually I only wanted to give the fragrance a 4 but because of the pleasant citric note it became a half point more.
Many always claim that they have to think of holidays, beaches, etc. when smelling it. The only thing I thought about after a while was: Oh God, how do I get rid of the smell?
This isn't supposed to be Hate versus VIW! If you like strong coconut, you will definitely get your money's worth and for him this fragrance is an excellent choice but for me personally it was just too much.
The current cost (230€ for 100ml) I find in no way justified, even if the fragrance is very suitable for lovers of coconut very well, but that is definitely too much. For me personally this is not worth more than 120€ for 100ml. I'll never buy the scent! But the bottle, lid, spray head and packaging are pretty nice and a little piece of jewellery like you are used to from Creed.
I would have liked to have told you more about VIW but unfortunately (at least for me) there is no more to tell about it.
By the way: I can partly understand and partly not understand most of the ratings of official perfumeries about the fragrance. JA: Yes, more than citric and coconut just doesn't come. NO: The fragrance lasts only 1-2 hours. With me it stopped over 8 hours and was still very good, also in closer environment, perceptible. After a few hours I was asked: Did you do something with coconut? Although I had sprayed only 1x on my hand and had not re-sprayed!
NO, it wasn't a dupe, it was the real, original VIW from Creed!