Blu Mediterraneo - Bergamotto di Calabria (2010)

Blu Mediterraneo - Bergamotto di Calabria by Acqua di Parma
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Blu Mediterraneo - Bergamotto di Calabria is a popular perfume by Acqua di Parma for women and men and was released in 2010. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesBergamot, Ginger, Cedar
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoin, Musk, Vetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.6 (316 Ratings)

Longevity

5.0 (243 Ratings)

Sillage

4.5 (234 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (233 Ratings)
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Scent 5.0/10
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Pleasant Straight Citrus - Potential option if this is your only such scent
I made a visit to a great little fragrance shop in Houston, TX named Kuhl-Linscomb on Saturday and smelled this one on a strip. I wanted to like this frag and buy it, based on my previous test wearing of its Mediterraneo cousin Mirto di Panarea. Even though I was looking for the excuse to make this an impulse buy, and I'm sort of an Acqua di Parma fanboy to start with, I couldn't quite justify it.

While Bergamotto di Calabria is a nice enough bright, citrus scent, it didn't do anything special for me - at least while standing in the store with it on a strip. Definitely a nice bergamot scent, quite bright and cheery, but very little body to it, and nothing that made it stand up on its hind legs and ask to be purchased. I would've been happier if I'd read any add'l aquatic notes, woodsiness or just something to make it a bit more complex.

Given its reputation for short longevity and sillage, and this slightly lackluster smell test, I didn't pull the trigger. The Colonia flankers (e.g. Essenza, Assoluta) are much stronger offerings, IMO.

I would compare this, in spirit, to several other nice but mediocre offerings that feature a citrus core - Clinique Happy, Eau d'Hadrien come to mind.

This may work great for someone looking for their first summery citrus fragrance, that's willing to accept a very light wear longevity. Unfortunately, this is a category that has many competitors, so I will keep the ones I have already and try other AdP offerings in the meantime.
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 2.5/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 5.0/10
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That's It?...
Bergamotto di Calabria opens with a sparkling bergamot lemon-like orange citrus... and that is pretty much what you get for the duration. Supporting the citrus to a very minor degree is a bit of transparent vetiver, slightly sweet vanilla-like benzoine and non-animalic light musk. The scent is completely linear throughout. Projection is below average and longevity is below average to average.

There is not much I can say about Bergamotto di Calabria... It is a simplistic, pleasant smelling bergamot scent that delivers the goods for what it promises; noting more, nothing less. I happen to love bergamot and enjoy smelling it plenty while drinking Earl Grey tea and also as a dominant ingredient in far superior scents like Coeur de Vetiver Sacre by L'Artisan, but when near isolated like it is here it gets boring rather quickly. The fact that the fragrance is relatively short-lived and extremely linear does not help and I find myself looking to move on to more interesting compositions quickly. If you are looking for a bergamot soliflore, then this could very well be what you seek and worth a sniff but I give Bergamotto di Calabria a middling 2.5 stars out of 5. Agreeable, but mind numbingly mundane and disappointingly very average.

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KingPin 12 days ago
This is a beautiful fresh citrus, probably the best bergamot out there. Unfortunately it lasts less than 1 hour. Top scent otherwise.+2
Bottle 9.0
Sillage 4.0
Longevity 2.0
Scent 10.0
Itchynose 22 days ago
Beautiful citrusy bergamot: very fresh, sharp and zesty but also very short lived. As they say: if one hour goes by, reapply.+2
Bottle 7.0
Sillage 5.0
Longevity 4.0
Scent 9.5
Jazzy76 9 months ago
It's a pleasant and well balanced citrusy scent wearable mainly in summer, but the price in comparison is too high+3
Bottle 7.0
Sillage 7.0
Longevity 7.0
Scent 7.5

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