Family: Fruity floriental
Perfumer: Eugene Au, Emrys Au
Notes: Pineapple, mango, shikwasa, roselle, hibiscus, Okinawan sanpin tea, plumeria, Okinawan brown sugar, tropical petrichor, coral limestone cave, Okinawan gajumaru banyan, sea salt, sea breeze, musk
A tropical fruit cocktail of sweet pineapple and mango are a tantalizing start to Ryukyu, a fragrance that is meant to provide the wearer with a photorealistic snapshot of the Ryukyu Kingdom, now known as Okinawa. This pictures includes elements of earth, air, sea and vegetation in the form of damp coral caves, salty air, banyan trees, enchanting plumeria and hibiscus flowers. It also features commodities that are special to that region like brown sugar and sanpin tea, a fermented green tea with jasmine that was introduced via trade with China. The perfumers refer to it as a tropical-fruity-floriental-modern-chypre. Sounds about right to us!
We think it's a smoothly blended fragrance. The fruit is powerful, sweet and really sets the tone for the whole fragrance. The florals are an unusual, eyebrow-raising blend. Mossy and mineral notes never become prominent but hover softly in the background, coming out to play as the fruit subsides in the heart. The Okinawan brown sugar is sumptuously rich and moist, weaving in and out while never sending the fragrance into gourmand territory. Truly an intriguing, well-thought out tropical gem.