What really made me buy this scent was my memory of the original Vivara
in the 60's, which my Mother used to wear and whose box and bottle I loved. I still remember how beautiful those flacons used to be - much nicer than the ones nowadays - and a real treasure for any curious little brat (as I used to be, easily amused - and enchanted).
Alas, I cannot quite remember the smell though. I try and try, but I cannot.
A soft Chypre, it is described as, and also as a lighter version of the original, a more modern approach to that concept.
I was absolutely attracted to the lovely flacon, which reminds me of some retro Murano
paperweights - another cherished childhood memory. As one can see, I had some really subjective reasons to buy it, and I don't regret it. Not one bit.
This will certainly be one of those memorable scents (for me at least) of 2007. It is fresh, elegant, subtle, and sometimes I can smell some green pears and limes mixed to narcissus, orange blossom and jasmine in the heart notes. The bergamot in the head also reminds me of beautiful Amalfi
, one of my favourite places in this world. A sudden whiff of Southern Italy, warm sunsets and deep teal seas.
As for the base notes, I can smell some very familiar accords, something that I really have smelled before, a long time ago, perhaps the remains of the original Vivara
: rounded patchouli, a hint of silvery iris (or maybe violet, hard to tell) and a tamed and feminine vétiver note, lingering and striving to live forever.
It sometimes brings me to mind the lovely sweetness of the citrussy notes in Hierbas de Ibiza
, and some almost Penhaligon
-ish freshness also seems to try and make an appearance - but then again, I think it's only my mind playing tricks. Maybe. Maybe not! Smell of good things that I try to locate somewhere, and some time ago.Vivara
is a happy yet restrained little gem, a green fragrance that is sure to bring you many happy moments and fragrant memories.
To be cherished...