My soul and my mind were yearning to escape — away from all troubles, the city hustles and the insanity of living in modern civilisation.
Somewhere in the corner of my mind, I conjured a paradise according to my whims and fancies. I would imagine myself drifting along the Mediterranean coast where the water is as blue as the highest point of the sky.
Subsequently, the wind of the mythical Aeolus gently blow me to the nearest shore – a deserted island drenched in crystal clear blue waters, majestic mountains and a quaint village where the residents welcome you with warmth and open arms.
Inhaling the salty yet refreshing sea breeze, I would wander into the depths of the Mediterranean island where groves of citrus trees grow in abundance, bearing luscious fruits with skin glimmering like pure gold under the afternoon sun with the sweetest flesh any mortal would have ever tasted. Perhaps the fruits belong to the Gods, particularly Hera or to the Romans, Juno, whose the Garden of Hesperides was famous for its fabled “golden apples”.
As the sun begins to set, I would walk all the way to the peak of the highest hill in the island and witness the end of a day before sleeping on the the bed of sweet-scented green grass with stars and the moon as my companions.
While the fantasy above seems too good to be fulfilled, whiffs of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea for Her and Discover Vulcano for Him are enough to send me into the hypnotic reverie.
Inspired by the Aeolian Islands – small pieces of Paradise scattered in front of the coast of Sicily, famed for its rugged yet hospitable volcanic landscape, both fragrances, which are new additions to the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue family, evokes a story of two lovers, starting with Panarea and ends at the slopes of Vulcano crater and black sand beaches.
Portraying Panarea as the island of love, Stefano Gabbana reveals that on summer nights, thousands of candles are lit. “[They] are spent on terraces overlooking the glittering blue waters, with the feeling that you are suspended in time, between the sea and the stars.”
As for Domenico Dolce, Vulcano is a journey full of great discoveries. “When you walk on the crater of Vulcano, you feel the power of nature and its pulsating and profound intensity, even though it is dormant for now. [In a way] It’s not just a vacation on a breathtakingly beautiful island.”
Evoking the sensuous warm caress of the wind, the sea on Mediterranean nights and the scent of sun-kissed skin in the evening, both Escape to Panarea and Discover Vulcano are imbued with citrus tones blend with notes of amber and musk, hence resulting an accord that is rich in joyful romance.
Nuances of Calabrian Bergamot and Pear open the top part of the Escape to Panarea. The juxtaposition of citrus and pomaceous notes brings forth hints of subtle tartness and soft sweetness.
At the heart of the fragrance lies intoxicating accords of Jasmine that blooms at night and Orange blossoms that scent the day. At the base, ambergris, patchouli, Tonka beans and warm musky accords forms a beautiful closure to the juice.
A true blue Mediterranean heartthrob in its own right, its masculine counterpart Discover Vulcano is the epitome of nonchalant desire that blazes in the summer.
The fragrance boasts intense top notes of zesty Italian lemon and Oriental ginger. The East meets West top notes combination is then enveloped by the grassy softness of Cypress and Lavender at the heart. Ending the aria of Mediterranean seduction is the harmonious blend of Haitian vetiver, cedarwood, and the musky wafts of Ambrox.
A perfect olfactory accessory to complement your summer looks, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea and Discover Vulcano are available now at all Dolce & Gabbana fragrance counters, beauty emporiums and selected fragrance resellers. Price starts from RM 206.00 to RM 372.00 for Escape to Panarea and RM206.00 to RM 345.00 for Discover Vulcano.
*Photos courtesy of P&G Prestige