In a grade school African studies class, I remember being assigned to report on Madagascar (for the record, this was before the cartoon movie). Madagascar has a devastatingly beautiful array of flora and fauna, often found nowhere else in the world. In fact, 90% of those species are endemic. There are roughly one thousand different orchid species in Madagascar, the majority of which are only found in that ecosystem! Sadly, the orchids alongside much of the other flora and fauna hang in precarious balance due to human destruction.
Lisa Hoffman Madagascar Orchid is a perfumer's attempt to capture the essence of the Star of Madagascar Orchid. Though it was previously thought to be scentless, it was found to emit a perfume just before the break of dawn. Perfumers actually floated above the tropical canopies in a blimp to capture the essence of this ephemeral fragrance without destroying a single petal!
Lisa Hoffman Madagascar Orchid Eau de Parfum is described as 'A modern bouquet of Sheer Jasmine, Ylang Dew, Mimosa Mood & Pink Peony perfectly fram the exotic, unforgettable aroma of Madagascar Orchid.' To me, Madagascar is a modern floral bouquet leaning a hint exotic thanks to the orchid. This scent would be great for pure floral lovers; it's not a fruity at all. Madagascar Orchid has a more uplifting scent when compared to weighty florals like rose or gardenia. However, I wouldn't describe it as a 'light' scent. I think if you like florals like lilac or iris, you would be a fan. There is a hint of sweetness, almost like vanilla. Jasmine and Ylang Ylang lightly smooth out the base. Since Lisa Hoffman is not yet readily available on counters, I thought it would be useful to make an everyday comparison. The closest thing I can think of is the beautiful French scent of my Clarins hand lotion. I've noticed that a couple online reviews compared the scent of Madagascar Orchid to soap. Perhaps it does, though it would have to be quite a luxurious soap.
Overall, Lisa Hoffman Madagascar Orchid is a fresh and beautiful exotic floral. One can see how this would be an award winning scent. Though you may be familiar with the popular jewelry form of Lisa Hoffman scents, the Eau de Parfum is new and can be found online at Lisa Hoffman or on HSN for $65 for 2 oz. Thanks for reading! Do you have a favorite Lisa Hoffman scent? Have you tried any other orchid scents? What kind of florals do you like?
Disclosure: This post contains product(s) sent to Cute and Mundane for consideration by PR. The ideas and opinions in this post are genuine and my own.