Sunny, spicy, warm, like skin (and perhaps this is where the realistic sour note comes from? Unbathed, sunbathed, un-deodorized skin?), Vivara is as vivid as a sunset on a hot, summer day.
It's been described as a green chypre, and a "sunny perfume of the Mediterranean." The ad copy suggested that, with a whiff of Vivara, "it is always summer."
The writer for The Scented Salamander thinks that Vivara evolves from a green scent, to an aromatic scent to a floral scent, and that it evokes a "walk on a hot day on the beach with cypresses, moss, cold water, and sunkissed skin." She also suggests that the "exquisite woody drydown" is joined with saltiness and beachiness.(Perhaps this marine and skin element is what I was catching as "sour milk.")
Vivara, which seemed so dead and off when I stuck my nose into the nondescript vintage bottle, truly came alive for me on my skin. It's a nice summer skin scent.
Top notes: Galbanum, lemon, bergamot
Heart notes: Cypress, May rose, Bulgarian rose
Base notes: Sandalwood Mysore, Labdanum