Blu Mediterraneo - Mandorlo di Sicilia 1999

Blu Mediterraneo - Mandorlo di Sicilia by Acqua di Parma
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Blu Mediterraneo - Mandorlo di Sicilia is a perfume by Acqua di Parma for women and men and was released in 1999. The scent is sweet-gourmand. It is being marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesStar anise, Bergamot, Orange
Heart Notes Heart NotesGreen almond, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesCedarwood, Vanilla, Tolu balm, White musk

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (524 Ratings)

Longevity

6.9 (373 Ratings)

Sillage

6.1 (376 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (370 Ratings)
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MisskMissk 9 years ago

„Surprisingly sugary sweet and refreshing”


I must say that this was a delightful surprise. I did not expect this fragrance to be so sweet and feminine. Blu Mediterraneo Mandorlo...
DrseidDrseid 8 years ago

„Eau de Tussagesic...”


Mandorlo di Sicilia opens with a sweet almond, orange and creamy vanilla combination that resembles one of the worst smelling (and tasting) cream-orange liquid...
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
pudelbonzo
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pudelbonzo
Very helpful Review    13  
Sicilia Insula est...
... that was the first sentence in my Latin book.

It was a pleasure to hold the book in my hands.
And - what can I say? My feeling did not tug me - Latin became my favourite subject and Sicilia my favourite destination.

If I dream of a place of well-being, it's Taormina.

I had spent a "girls' holiday" there with my mother and my aunt - which was to be followed by many more visits.
Since I do not speak Italian, my school Latin helped me with the open-minded Italians.
They have a sunny disposition - just like Il Sole, which bathed the entire colourful island in golden light.

The scent of orange groves filled the air, as well as citric bergamot.
Ylang beguiled the senses and the cedars swayed in the wind.
We sat on the quay wall, looked out over the sea and enjoyed the delicious vanilla almond cakes, which taste best in Italy.

Sitting on the quay
feel nothing but the warmth of the sun
hear nothing from the sound of the sea
And between two heartbeats believe - now is peace.

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Harielle
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Harielle
Very helpful Review    16  
No Vin Santo, please
Cantuccini are a funny pastry from northern Italy, which I was offered for the first time by my late mother-in-law. I took a hearty bite of the little crispy something, which I immediately regretted, as the thing tasted more than crispy, namely rock-hard and extremely dusty. Fortunately I have strong and firm little biters, otherwise the adventure would have catapulted me onto the couch of Dr. S., my Viennese dentist.

Able to learn as I am at times, I quickly understood that Cantuccini can either be chewed nobly or enjoyed with a café or a glass of Vin Santo. The latter is too much of a good thing even for me with a sweet nose and so I always preferred the café, preferably strong black espresso, during my later stays in Northern Italy. By the way, espresso has gradually become part of my life in this way, pure black, strong, without the fuss of milk or sugar.

The Cantuccini, on the other hand, I have somehow forgotten with the passing of this mother-in-law. And then the Corona pandemic came and the time at home became long and my baking skills are quite clear, so that one day between homeoffice, e-learning of my crown prince and after an article about italian delicacies I started to bake Cantuccini by myself.the thing was not that difficult, first the recipe for bloody beginners made of flour, almonds, sugar, eggs and vanilla pulp tested, with not only for me convincing results.

On the second and third attempts I boldly added grated lemons or orange peel with the result that the things were eaten away even faster than on the first pass.

Italy, Tuscany, Florence, oh how much I was gripped by the desire to travel and the taste for dolce vita, especially in this phase of quarantine! But apart from the fact that I would generally refrain from travelling to Italy at the moment, because Corona has raged in some parts of the country and in my opinion the all-clear cannot be given yet, the travel budget, also thanks to "Oasch-Virus Corona", is for the time being too thin for a trip of this format. A small olfactory cheaper trip I promised myself from Mandorlo di Sicilia from the Blu Mediterraneo series of Acqua di Parma, so I quickly organized a bottling. Before I go into the fragrance itself, I would like to briefly explain my expectations and what these have to do with Cantuccini. In front of my inner eye I had the enchanting Beatrice from Il Postino or the young buxom Claudia Cardinale and a powdery almond scent with an overall subtle dry sweetness and slightly citrus notes in the opening and a musky base.

This corresponds more or less to a Cantuccini in scented form and if you study the scented pyramid of Mandorlo di Sicilia on the Acqua di Parma website:

The top note: star anise, Italian bergamot, Italian orange
Heart notes: Green almonds, ylang ylang
Base note: Madagascan vanilla, Lebanese cedar wood, tolu balsam, musk*

To make a long story short: yes, I got the Cantuccini - but with sticky Vino Santo and I hadn't ordered the latter! Mandorlo di Sicilia starts off full-bodied sweet, the listed citric notes in the prelude are reduced to an equally sweet orange aroma for my nose, which reminds me remotely of those refreshment sticks I used to nibble on at my grandmother's when I was a child (does anyone here remember them? Dark, very sweet chocolate sticks filled with a peckish-sweet aqueous liquid that had orange or lemon flavour from the chemilab). In no time at all an almond chord - unfortunately also sweet - appears. The sweetness could come from the listed Ylang Ylang, I have very different scent experiences with Ylang Ylang, sometimes it is flowery - lush, sometimes rather flowery-vanilla, sometimes simply sticky for my nose.

Here I cannot identify it, suspecting the vanilla listed in the base as the actual culprit. I don't notice anything of cedar wood and musk, the whole thing is just a simple sugary vanilla melange and makes me dream of salt crackers, pickles and curry sausage.

Nevertheless, I will not give up bottling Mandorlo di Sicilia so quickly. Perhaps it will serve me well next winter and then unfold its true charm under a woollen sweater and with warm lined boots on my feet. For this reason, I will wait a little longer with my evaluation here.

Furthermore, because of my geographical potpourri, it is perhaps my own fault that my expectations were not met. Between Tuscany and Sicily there are not only kilometres but certainly worlds apart. To search for a Tuscan speciality in a fragrance declared as Sicilian was therefore perhaps doomed to failure from the very beginning.
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7.5
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8
Longevity
7
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7
Bottle
RedVanilla
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Almond biscuits with aniseed flavour!
As actually with most colognes, one first takes a load of citrus fruits. In this case bergamot and orange. And unfortunately, as with many other colognes I have tested, this first citrus impression also disappears relatively quickly. More than half an hour is not in here.

But then the almond strikes more and more. I find this smell very natural. Understandably with a certain sweetness, but the impression of sugar is limited here. Aniseed can easily be perceived in the background and the almond note is well supported by it. But now, unfortunately, one of my absolute scent enemies is added. The herbaceous cedar wood enters the scene and destroys the overall positive impression for me. But this is my personal feeling, because for me cedar wood is generally a troublemaker in the fragrance perception. For a cologne, the silage lasts for about 6 hours and therefore the nose has something to sniff for a long time.

Conclusion: An excellent choice for friends of sweet fragrance development. However, one should also be a fan of the herbaceous representatives aniseed and cedar wood, because they are clearly represented here. The best thing is to simply test it and let your nose decide.
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LeniChanning
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Very helpful Review    3  
"It smells like cocoa here"
I was walking with a friend through the perfume department of a department store looking for a fragrance for him. Right in the middle of it, a switch from Acqua di Parma was set up, and an employee diligently sprayed blue flacons on tissue paper. She held one in front of my nose and I started to test myself with her company through the row and got stuck with Mandorlo. It smells very sweet, therefore at most for feminine men in my opinion, a lot of vanilla and sweet almond, a bit like vanilla crescent. But I don't smell orange. It is really a very sweet scent; but without headache. The other day I wore it to the office after a long time, whereupon my 60-year-old colleague said to me: "It smells like cocoa here" and he is indeed right, when I smell the bottle the image of a cup of very sweet, very milky cocoa comes into my head.
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8
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8
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7
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Basti87
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Top Review    11  
Sweet almond all-yeargourmand
Acqua di Parma - a very interesting brand, which is mainly known for the timeless classic Colonia. A brand I've wanted to test for a long time and now I've finally added three fragrances: Colonia, Fico di Amalfi and this one. I was curious about these 3, some will surely follow. Very affordable and rather inexpensive. This one gets already for approx.100Euro a 150ml. Fair!
The Blu Mediterraneo line has many interesting concepts. This pyramid appealed to me the most. Translated Sicilian Almond Tree it already starts interesting in name and concept. Almond Anise Vanilla, I was curious.

The bottles at AdP are all very noble. Especially the Blu series is an eye-catcher with a nice blue tone. Even the simple labels with beautiful writing look very noble. Great.
Its fragrance is very sweet right from the start. The star of this composition is clearly the almond as the name implies. This almond is accompanied by a modern bubblegum-like sweetness. I like it a lot. Also the anise note is well perceptible. Almond and anise are accompanied by a subtle fruity note and ylang ylang. Well done, especially if you get a lot of sweetness. Here you get a lot of gourmand sweetness without being too heavy. Balanced and well wearable on warmer days. The base becomes much softer with vanilla and soft woody notes plus the almond note which remains throughout.
Not a fragrance everyone likes. Should definitely be tested and not bought blind. He polarizes and will also find some opponents. This is often the case with very sweet fragrances.
Also unisex only conditionally. As a man you should be able to give off very sweet scents. With a conservative attitude, this fragrance is more likely to be classified as a women's fragrance. I also find the scent wearable as a gentleman when you're the type for sweetness. Should definitely fit the type.
The evaluation of the performance often amazes me here. Some that I feel are weak are overrated here and some really good ones like this are clearly underrated here. For me this one has a really good Sillage including very good durability. Shelf life should be between 7 and 8 hours. The Sillage is also very good. Especially at the start very strong and also hours afterwards very long in the nose. Accompanies the wearer well. A sprayer on the hand and it comes for a long time something in the nose, without leading the hand to the nose. Top.
Especially for the evening a successful fragrance. A true all-rounder when it comes to the season. Only to the great heat possibly too heavy. For a sweet Gourmandigen fragrance exceptionally good to wear even at temperatures above 20 degrees.

A fragrance I can recommend for all who like sweet scents. Very good to wear, especially for younger people, as it is very modern even if it has been on the market since 1999.

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10
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7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
10
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MasterLi

375 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Very helpful Review    4  
Sweet bubblegum?
A sweet yet delicate gourmand. Almond and vanilla notes are predominant here. I don't agree with the "bubblegum" vibe but I can see what people mean. It does smell of coffee and sugar a little to me but very much in a delicate way. I find it a very pleasant fragrance and those who like this kind of gourmand will enjoy it very much.
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5
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5
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7.5
Bottle
Drseid

745 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    5  
Eau de Tussagesic...
Mandorlo di Sicilia opens with a sweet almond, orange and creamy vanilla combination that resembles one of the worst smelling (and tasting) cream-orange liquid medications I had to take as a kid for cough and congestion called "Tussagesic." This root beer and Creamsicle monstrous hybrid opening calms down as the orange and creamy vanilla recede, allowing the almond to shine more brightly coupling with a now less creamy vanilla, mild anise and musk from the base that presents itself as support. Projection and longevity are both average.

This is the most unique of the four Blu series scents I have sampled over the past week, and it also is easily the worst of them. Tussagesic's terrible taste and smell left an indelible mark on my childhood memories in the most negative of possible ways, and this scent has brought them all back. No one should have to pay to smell this kind of stuff, in my opinion. To be fair, Mandorlo di Sicilia does improve once you get past the open and early heart notes, but even this improvement is only to the point of the scent now being just "bad" instead of "absolutely terrible." I think I have had my fill of the Blu line and it would take a near-stratospherically innovative and interesting release to get me to return for more. I strongly recommend steering clear of this 1.5 to 2 star out of 5 stinker in particular.
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7.5
Longevity
5
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Helpful Review    4  
Surprisingly sugary sweet and refreshing
I must say that this was a delightful surprise. I did not expect this fragrance to be so sweet and feminine.

Blu Mediterraneo Mandorlo di Sicilia has barely any citrus in it at all, which makes it so different to the other fragrances in this series. Bergamot is the only citric note present and that in itself has been smothered in icing sugar.

The top notes are absolutely beautiful, smelling almost like roasted marshmallows. The frangipani, almond and liquoricey anise establish this fragrance as a gourmand from the very moment it touches the skin.

The introduction of the coffee note in the heart, while it does create an interesting warmth, remains light and Summery in a way that is very likable. Remaining sweet and fluffy all the way through, Mandorlo di Sicilia is exquisitely strange, finishing with a sugary soapiness in the drydown.

The sweetness will honestly not appeal to everyone, particularly the citrus lovers who expected yet another citrusy winner from this series. I prefer the change and I like that its sweetness is light and weather appropriate.

I give this fragrance a huge round of an applause for managing to shock me, because it doesn't happen very often. I'd love for it to be Summer already so I can enjoy this fragrance to the extreme.

The sillage and lasting strength is very good, unlike Arancia di Capri and Fico di Amalfi whose fragrance diminished on my skin in as little as a few hours.

For those that love sugary gourmands and want something a little less cloying for Summer, please give Mandorlo di Sicilia the best chance possible.

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AzucenaAzucena 80 days ago
6.5
Scent
6
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
I can’t help it, all I get is bubblegum vibes, with a slight hint of almond. Quite artificial. Not Sicilian. Bye bye then!
Carlitos01Carlitos01 9 months ago
7
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7
Longevity
5
Sillage
7
Bottle
Excelent almond note but a bit too sweet and feminine. The poor sillage makes it more wearable. I prefer the Guerlain almonds for men :-)
FranknSenseFranknSense 14 months ago
Anised ciitrus in the opening, giving way to a gorgeous almond and a calm wood and vanilla drydown. A gourmand but refreshing summer scent.
KingPinKingPin 15 months ago
5
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6
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
Not at all in line with the others in the Blue Club. Too gourmand:y and sweet for me.
Jazzy76Jazzy76 2 years ago
7
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7
Longevity
6
Sillage
6
Bottle
Sweet and gourmand for its almond notes, it's a pleasant scent expecially for women ,but i find it too expensive
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