Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Candy- Indult Manakara

While not every perfume I've tested lately has sent me reaching for my credit card, I liked just about each and every one of them. The good scent spell was only broken by Manakara, a cult favorite from Indult, which became quite a scrubber on my skin.

There are only two notes listed: lychee and rose, but since the most prominent impression it gives me is of cotton candy, I'm guessing there's some vanilla in there as well. The cloying sweetness smothers and suffocates the rose, pounding it into nothing every time it tries to emerge from beneath the layers of just-melted sugar.

For the life of me, I can't imagine a grown woman who would want to smell like this thing. Actually, the way it reacts with my skin, I wouldn't even want a little girl to smell. It's beyond Barbie and vanilla gel pens. I hope those who adore this scent and are willing to pay for the outrageously priced syrup experience something completely different when they apply it. One thing for sure: They get their money's worth in staying power. It takes a lot of soap, water, time and patience to get rid of Manakara.


  1. Ahhh, I'm sorry this was so bad on you! One of the unlisted notes has to be cedar or something similar, and my skin really amplifies every wood that touches it. So what I get is mostly a top note of tart fruit then rose, then a nice woody smell all the way. But I guess that's why there's so many perfumes out there, huh?

  2. Gail- I'm so glad to hear that it's not really as bad as it was on my skin. Somehow, knowing that it can actually work for someone else makes it better :)
    You're right- there's always something else to make us forget about an olfactory disappointment.


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