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Light Blue Escape to Panarea description
The island of Panarea is the smallest of the Aeolian islands on the Italian coast, north of Sicily. And accordingly Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue Escape to Panarea takes the original Light Blue’s clean, cool vibe in a more island vacay direction.
Instead of Granny Smith apples and cedar at the start, Panarea features pear and bergamot. The freshness is still front and center, but now it has sweet island sugar blended in.
The soft island feel continues in the heart, with orange blossom and jasmine adding their own floral orange-vanilla sweetness to the tropical sugar. (The green, watery bamboo note from the original Light Blue is absent here.)
But before the perfume lifts off entirely on an Air Floral shuttle back to the States, patchouli and musk arrive in the dry down to add a little spicy mystery to the sweet petals. The spices are paired with ambergris and tonka beans to keep the sweet vibe alive as this perfume fades out. This ambergris/tonka duet is cleverly chosen; it mirrors with spice what the orange blossom and jasmine’s sweet, silky heart displays with light floral notes.
So for fans of the original Light Blue, Panarea has plenty of cool freshness to satisfy people who lean towards this kind of profile in perfume. It’s fine to wear to the office, and even a better pick should you happen to be returning after a nice vacation somewhere warm.
The tropical feel is understated and relaxing, and the undeniably sweet texture isn’t overwhelming or cloying. Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue Escape to Panarea has enough personality to tell it’s own travel story, instead of watching a video of the last vacation Light Blue went on when you wore it last summer. Light Blue Escape to Panarea is an original, fun choice for even a staycation to the movies on a Monday night.