Sex and the Sea Neroli is a 2019 release from luxury nicher perfumer Francesca Bianchi, who treats perfumery as "an intellectual process," inspired by "the power of what it means to be human, by the wish to connect with people’s inner life, the desire to spark an emotion in them and make them feel at home in their own bodies, offer solace, or just a quick fix for a bad day." Sex and the Sea Neroli, a Floral fragrance, has a scent profile of amber, sweet, powdery, animalic, citrus, coconut, vanilla, floral, woody, and musky.
Bergamot, Petitgrain, Honey, Neroli, Mimosa, Immortelle, Rose, Iris, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Labdanum, Benzoin, Ambergris, Civet, Vanilla
From Francesca Bianchi:
"Accords: citrusy, ambery, animalic
Mood: uplifting, modern classic, carnal
Beautiful memories of a fresh breeze at the seaside, while flirting on the salty sand are conjured in this narcotic, almost hypnotic potion. This is a unique, intriguing concoction of sparkling neroli, creamy coconut on a warm, embracing an ambery drydown with animalic facets.
This is an extrait de parfum, so use sparingly as the concentration is 25%. It has a great longevity (an average of 12h).
The Making Of Sex and The Sea + Neroli
This perfume came out just for fun: What happens if I get my Sex and The Sea – an extrovert, sexy, warm scent – and combine it with my Neroli reconstitution – a shy, sharp, hypnotic smell?
Mind you, things didn’t happen that easily, I had to calibrate the whole formula to allow Neroli to stay in the same room with Sex and The Sea.
But the result was so hypnotic and sexy, so refreshing and warm, that I decided to produce this little treasure and not just to keep it for my personal use.
I have to admit that I have a soft spot for an anti-snobbish attitude (though probably being unconsciously snobbish myself) therefore the simple idea of creating something as commercial as a “flanker” was exhilarating.
Sex and The Sea Neroli presents – as the original version – a heart of coconut, the saltiness of the sea, the sweet sweat of a warm skin but this time with a hint of narcotic freshness, which makes the perfume more complex and its evolution more intriguing.
PS: the logo is a drawing of mine, an imaginary union of a Neroli flower and a starfish."
Note: Samples are sold by the 1ml. You may purchase up to 2ml. Samples of 1ml or less will come in a glass vial with a dabber. Samples larger than 1ml will come in small glass spray bottles. All samples will be consolidated unless expressly requested otherwise.
Fragrance Vault is an official stockist of Francesca Bianchi,