Yosh Han, Californian perfumer extraordinaire, says the name of this perfume, Ginger Ciao, is actually the name of the heroine of a novella she has written. Ginger Ciao, evocative of every overblown female lead somewhere between James Bond and Austin Powers, surely sounds like a femme fatale.
But what is her smell like?
“Ginger Ciao is the bewitching heroine of a major modern novella; she’s charismatic, daring, and scintillating. Arabian sandalwood, ylang ylang, and black coconut offer the undeniable allure of faraway lands. While touches of Kenya lily, basil, and ginger hint that our charming heroine also has an audaciously intelligent alter ego. This fragrance has enough seductions to go around, but you’ll probably want to keep it all to yourself.”
– from the Yosh website
I wish I had had this sample in summer. (Many thanks to Undina for sending it!)
Made for warm summer nights, it exudes a tropical vibe that is at once relaxing and exciting. Lacking those balmy evenings, Ginger Ciao takes on the challenge of bewitching me despite chilly autumnal winds and the fragrant prospect of first snow in the air.
Opening with a lovely coconut note, that is far from sweet and cloying, Ginger Ciao then brings on the tropical flowers in abundance. Lily and ylang-ylang form a rich and dense heart, accented by the spicy heat of ginger and the cooling whiff of something green which has to be the basil. The drydown is dominated by a soft, smooth and sweet sandalwood with the coconutty lily hanging on for a long time. It is not a perfume of big surprises, it is clear and direct in what it is and I like that. (It actually reminds me of Undina in that respect.)
Ginger Ciao is unrelentingly, unapologetically feminine and drop-dead gorgeous.
Do you wish to have a few more days of sunshine before winter really grabs us? It’s either a plane ticket or Yosh Han’s sensual and seductive creation.