Ylang in Gold by M. Micallef

Hey Posse, You all are heading into fall in the northern hemisphere so I’m thinking you need some beautiful shoulder season spritzes.  One that I have long forgotten but has resurfaced during the New Idea 2023 thunking adventure is Ylang in Gold. My memory is a little fuzzy but I’m pretty sure it first came in a LuckyScent Sample Pack way back in 2012. I then purchased a 10ml from a woman in the UK (yes, this was before the perfume mail ban). I used about 3ml from it and bought a bottle. So this decant has been sitting, forlorn and unloved since then. So I’m going through it and loving the ride.

Ylang in Gold by M. Micallef 2012

Ylang in Gold by M. Micallef

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Citrus fruits, Geranium
Heart: Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood
Base: Vanilla, Coconut

I keep getting all swoony every time I spritz. Ylang in Gold seems to hit EVERY pulse point in my nose and brain. So simple but also so bloody gorgeous.

Sadly the geranium and citrus are so fleeting on me I hardly even notice them. My ride kicks in with ylang, sandalwood and vanilla. It’s glorious. A dream of tropical nights. The coconut is already kinda there but becomes much more pronounced through the heart. I know it’s not mentioned and probably just part of my fantasy but I also get a gardenia vibe and something quite boozy.

After the first hour Ylang in Gold settles into a vanilla rich sandalwood. The ylang is still there but much calmer. It keeps pumping out softly after this for hours and hours till it becomes skin scent that I can just smell next morning.

If you think about perfume gender then this probably skews femme. Longevity is excellent and projection large for the first hour or so.

Ylang in Gold by M. Micallef 2012

Well, the good news is that Ylang in Gold is still available. I was worried when I started looking that it may have gone the way of the dodo. Micallef still makes it in 30ml, 100ml and a nectar. It’s also available on some of the discounters.

Ylang in Gold makes Musette feel pretty

Do you remember? Does it sound like you could give it a go?
Portia xx

  • Musette says:

    Omgosh! I’d forgotten about this one. I’m going to revisit it!
    And…what the heck was I thinking, dissing ‘beach scents’? I now LOVE beach scents!

  • AnnieA says:

    Of that sounds pretty although it’s going to take another 15 years to finish the AA Ylang et Vanille,y only ylang

  • Georgie says:

    It is so rich and fulfilling, stellar scent. I have the white bottle with gold leaf swooshed across it.

  • March says:

    I own a couple of bottles of Micallef but not this one, although it is very pretty. I also love their bottles (not sure how much that might have changed!) I miss all the indie perfume stores that used to carry these and so, so many others. I know some are still around, but a lot of them are no longer with us.

  • Kathleen says:

    Ylang in Gold is very pretty, your impressions are spot on vanilla rich sandalwood and ylang. I purchased the original Ylang years ago for my sister as a gift, and she still has her bottle. It was discontinued and difficult to find when I purchased her bottle. I’m not clear but I think Ylang in Gold replaced the original Ylang and is similar? I wore her Ylang a few weeks ago while visiting her, so beautiful and cozy. M. Micallef bottles are gorgeous. I have Ananda.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Kathleen,
      I think the Ylang in Gold was just added glitter in the fragrance but same scent.
      Ananda was gorgeous. I had the Black Ananda, it was so pretty.
      Portia xx

  • cinnamon says:

    That sounds very enticing. And the new design decoration on bottle is gorgeous. Just visited the Micallef site. The 30ml is 105 euros (91 sterling/112 dollars) which is a bit pricey for a small bottle. But there’s a great ‘offers’ page and a very good sample product.

  • cassieflower says:

    Nooo, I shouldn’t have read this. It had gone right to the back alley of my mind. I’ve already got the queen of sandalwoods in vintage Samsara. But I’ve just had a squint at this on a site. Oh dear Gawd, just when absolutely nothing was on my radar.

  • Tom says:

    I remember liking this but really wanting that tangerine/ geranium opening to stick around. It was very pretty, but my need for coconut in scent is few. So I skipped it..

    And spring is springing on your half of the world. How much would I like to winter where it’s summer!

    • Portia says:

      HA! You know Jin and I are the freaks that follow the winter whenever possible Tom? We flee Australia’s summer as often as possible to the frozen north.
      Portia xx

  • alityke says:

    This sounds gorgeous. I do love ylang but I have half the world supply of EL Amber Ylang & Guerlain AA Lys Soleia . So my Ylang needs are met

  • Maya says:

    I remember. I loved it. Years later I got a decant to see if it had changed. It was different. Was it reformulated? I did wonder if the sample I got had turned. If I could be sure it smelled at least very close to what it originally did, I would get a bottle. It was this perfume that started my love for ylang ylang.

    • Portia says:

      Ahhhhh! Sorry to read that Maya.
      What an amazing place to start your ylang love. It must leave everything else just a little flat feeling?
      Portia xx

  • Maggiecat says:

    Ooh…This sounds GORGEOUS! Very worth hunting down. Maybe by the time I find it we’ll actually have some cool weather in North Texas.