Blu Mediterraneo - Cipresso di Toscana (1999)

Blu Mediterraneo - Cipresso di Toscana by Acqua di Parma
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Blu Mediterraneo - Cipresso di Toscana is a popular perfume by Acqua di Parma for women and men and was released in 1999. The scent is woody-fresh. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesOrange, Elemi resin, Star anise
Heart Notes Heart NotesProvençal lavender, Sage, Petitgrain
Base Notes Base NotesBalsam fir, Cypress, Pine needle

Ratings

Scent

7.6 (146 Ratings)

Longevity

6.1 (110 Ratings)

Sillage

5.5 (104 Ratings)

Bottle

7.2 (107 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 04.06.2020.

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The scent was re-released in 2018.
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5.5
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
5
Bottle
Fittleworth
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Fittleworth
Top Review    26  
C'era una volta...
The scent of the dark green cypresses has always inspired me.
The slight bitterness that her needles exude refreshes excellently on hot summer days. Especially when this delicately bitter note is subtly interwoven with citrus fruits and subtly with herbal scents.
Lavender, sage, rosemary, basil, lemon, grapefruit and bitter orange are recommended additions that can turn a cypress scent into an unforgettable experience.
The scents of cypresses can transport us to Italy, can make us dream of Tuscany, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast, the blue Adriatic Sea and white sails under an endless summer sky.

When 'Cipresso di Tosacana' was launched in 1999, there was great enthusiasm.
It was a highlight of the "Blue Mediterraneo" series of the house Acqua di Parma.
Citrusy, unsweet, fresh, surrounded by very subtle woody and earthy dry notes - an Italian dream came true olfactorically.
Herb by the all-dominant cypress, cleverly composed, of enormous durability, with astonishing depth. So quite suitable for hot summer days under the southern sun.
The most beautiful embodiment of Italian lifestyle, captured in a perfume that was a great work of art.
Chapeau, Monsieur Duchafour! Rispetto, signor Duchafour!
Then, all of a sudden, that smell disappeared from the market.
Has been removed from the company's portfolio.
Just like that.

I was angry and could not understand the decision to take such a popular fragrance off the market.
The fragrances advertised as successors, such as Ginepro di Sardegna, were not able to convince me.
They lacked everything that had so excited me about "Cipresso di Tosacana".

But then, in 2018, the Acqua di Parma company decided to relaunch the fragrance.
A pleasant decision, which I nodded approvingly ...

I was looking forward to it too soon, though.
The newly released fragrance has very little in common with the original version. Here and there you can sense the shadows of the former, so successful composition, but these are reliably drowned in a subtle, sweet, unpleasant and permanently present note, which has a lot to do with cream soap and very little with the scent of cypresses.

The top note of the version released in 1999 (I had to search a bit until I found the exact ingredients listed) consisted of the following ingredients: Rosemary, basil, grapefruit and bitter orange A citrusy herbaceous note, which opened the fragrance unsweet, very fresh, almost cool, a little angular and a little tart.
That was great, that was successful, that was Italian in the best sense of the word.

For the reformulated version of 2018, the following elements are given for the top note: Orange, elemi resin, star anise.
This explains the unexpectedly sweet, somewhat sticky top note, which is soft and creamy soapy.
I was unpleasantly surprised A comparison with a remainder of the original scent confirmed my perception - the top notes have nothing, but nothing in common with each other anymore.

Unfortunately this also applies to the heart note.
In the original version of 1999, the following ingredients are listed for the heart note: Pine, coriander, lavender, jasmine, lily of the valley, cardamom.
This heart note was dominated by a wonderful combination of lavender and pine.
That was cool, that was fresh, that was excellent.

In the 2018 version, the following components are specified for the heart note: Lavender, sage, petitgrain.
A comparison shows me that although the heart note of the 2018 reformulated fragrance may claim a distant resemblance to the heart note of the original version - alone, it is not the same. It lacks the depth, the transparency, the lucid freshness of the original. In the reformulated version, everything seems flat, smooth, covered with an indefinable, faint sweetness and, compared to the original version, downright cheap.
Terrifying!

The base note shows me most clearly how much the reformulation has changed.
The following ingredients were specified for the original version of 1999: Cypress, pine, patchouli, vetiver, oakmoss, cedar.
This let the fragrance still fresh but much darker. From the angular top note, the richer heart note to the dark fresh, earthy base, a fragrance was created that was exciting, harmonious and light-footed.
La dolce vita ...

The light, dry earthiness that once so pleasantly rounded off this citrus-fresh fragrance is not even remotely reflected in the reformulated version of 2018.

For the reformulated version of 2018, the following components are listed for the base score: Balsam fir, cypress, pine needle.
It is obvious that one cannot leave out patchouli, vetiver, cedar and especially oakmoss and still hope to create the same scent.

A very complex, wonderfully composed, light-flooded fragrance became a surrogate by omitting many elementary components and adding a few mushy, sweet, soapy notes.
A pleasing, smooth, thinned-out, soul-destroyed surrogate of a once great fragrance.
Why only .. Tempi passati ...
23 Replies
5
Scent
4
Longevity
4
Sillage
6
Bottle
AJG

4 Reviews
AJG
AJG
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Have we met before, like in 1989?
The pusher at Nordstrom in Vancouver wanted to spray me with this to promote the new version, but I was already wearing my new best friend for the summer, Guerlain's L'Homme Ideal cologne.
Today I used the sample of Blu Med Ciprosso I was given.
What follows are my thoughts after the scent settled on my fresh-out-the-tub skin, which faded completely after two hours. I used the whole vial.

Hi Everybody!
I used to be a major player, arguably a classic. But I became outdated and unpopular, which caused me to fall out of fashion and be relegated to the discount shelf (aka the Corral of Shame).
My name is Sung Homme.

So I went out, got a new name, a few tweaks on the inside, a major overhaul on the outside, and a HUGE price jump, which despite the fact that I'm pretty much the same scent from the tall flacon full of purple juice with the untrendy name, has suddenly made me chic and popular again!

Please allow me to RE-introduce myself.
I am Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana and it is my great pleasure to take your money - I mean rather, it is my pleasure to make your acquaintance ;-)

Have a lovely day!
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9.5
Scent
6
Longevity
7
Sillage
9
Bottle
DarkWinterCS
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Top Review    5  
Citric-green and from vacation in Italy
Blu Mediterraneo by Acqua di Parma, a fragrance collection that I have refused for a long time. In retrospect, I don't even know why. I was probably afraid that I would not like or like this kind of fresh scent. Now this has turned out to be a false statement, because the fragrances of this series are so fresh, so Mediterranean and pleasant to wear. Above all, in every area they remind you of a summer day on holiday.

The Cipresso di Toscana is the star of the series for me. Spraying full of anticipation on the skin, it took a little getting used to at first, because this kind of fresh green note was new and different for my personal feeling.
After my nose was ready for it, such a great variety of freshness spread out in the air and flattered my nose
Simply wonderful citric notes, which are combined with a little bit of fine spice. This is accompanied by a green-resin cypress that simply turns a fresh fragrance into a special one.

The shelf life and silage could be a bit better, because there are a maximum of 5 hours in it. But I forgive that for this masterpiece
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9.5
Scent
7
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7
Sillage
8
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Cascade
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Very helpful Review    13  
It's back again - summer can hardly get any better
What was I angry about back then? Just the bottle was empty and when I wanted to order a new bottle of Cipresso di Toscana, Acqua di Parma had taken it off the market.
Of course I stocked up again for a completely overpriced price and then enjoyed my darling only sporadically. Finally it was not clear when and if there would be replenishment again.
What a joy it was when I suddenly read that the scent was coming back. However, it was first said in early summer 2019.
But suddenly I came across the site of an English mail-order company and they actually claimed to sell Cipresso di Toscana exclusively.
What can I say: not even 5 minutes later 150ml were ordered for 117 Euro plus 18 Euro express shipping.
Only then I started to read on and thought to myself, if that was no mistake, because the ingredients listed there indicated a complete reformulation.
A top note of star anise (I don't really like), elemi (a tree resin), orange and petitgrain.
A heart of sage and lavender and a base of cypress and pine.
2 days later it was time, the parcel from England was there, torn open, sprayed on and....
Yes, it's Cipresso di Toscano!!! Apparently star anise with elemi, orange and petitgrain smells just like basil, rosemary and sage.
Maybe it's my nose, but I can't tell the difference despite other ingredients.
After five minutes cypress and pine dominate anyway and catapult you immediately into the summery south.
Also in the comparison with the for 8 years well guarded predecessor both I and the rest of my family came to the conviction that really hardly a difference is to be sniffed out.
And it gets even better: I have the feeling that the shelf life has also improved.
So Aqua di Parma, thanks that my mails were answered with the request to put on the scent again (and I think I was not the only one who bombarded AdP with mails). Now you can top that by adding the fragrance to your normal assortment as soon as possible, and please also with shower gel and body lotion.
7 Replies
3
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2.5
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
Silverfire

130 Reviews
Silverfire
Silverfire
   5  
Like a Southern Bathroom
Cypress di Toscani goes on rather unimpressively. It doesn't smell like any sort of woods that I can tell, initially. What reaches up and attempts to strangle me are the twin tattooed arms of mothball and baby oil. However, I can sense what was intended -- a refined, sedate, laid back experience. As the minutes drag on, a faint scent of woods emerges, but it cannot overcome the bulging biceps of baby oil. Finally, the scent morphs into what a Southern bathroom smells like, something vaguely woody, fecal, and not unpleasant, but not something that you would want to smell like, either. Also, it contains hints of musk. Yet even if you enjoy this experience, Cypress di Toscani has very little projection or endurance. In an hour, I cannot tell that I ever applied it. I think you can safely avoid this fragrance, if your chemistry is similar to my own.
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7
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5
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
Miaw2
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Classy summer scent
Gorgeous cypress and vetiver mainly with some florals and herbs.

Smells really natural, with average lasting power.

Very pleasant and unique.

It has indeed a barber shop vibe, which in my opinion makes it refined and classic.

Updated January 2014
9
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Greysolon

88 Reviews
Greysolon
Greysolon
Very helpful Review    5  
Aura of Tuscany
Missk has already described many facets of Cipresso di Toscana very well (see her review below). Her description of how the citruses mind their manners is perfect. Although when she wrote "it has a beauty that is difficult to describe", I wonder if she was pondering the same indefinable quality that gave me pause?

CdT brings to mind the atmospheric qualities of Umbrian hill towns I visited during a hot, dry summer many years ago. The quality of the air and sunlight in Tuscany and Umbria really is different than anywhere else. There's a light, dusty patina of age that surrounds you as you walk over centuries old cobblestone streets or sit in a piazza decorated by terra cotta statuary and planters. I know, that's a very picturesque yet generic description. Not terribly helpful when trying to choose a fragrance here in the real world. But during the first few wearings of CdT I was taken with its indefinable quality; a kind of atmospheric magic that I couldn't pin down. I could sense the notes CdT has in common with other Mediterranean garden fragrances -lavender, rosemary, conifers, florals, herbs- but it is a very blended fragrance so no one note or accord predominates. So how did Bertrand Duchaufour idealize the aura of Tuscany without highlighting the stereotypical notes that would otherwise indentify it as a specific place?

After a few wearings I remembered that Maestro Duchaufour is known for creating incense accords. With that recollection CdT suddenly clicked for me. I believe Duchaufour has idealized the essence of the Tuscan atmosphere in a kind of warm, dry incense accord. It's not at all a hot, joss stick smoldering, smoky incense. Rather, CdT has an aura that radiates out in a dry, ethereal incense-like way. An incense would be an ideal way to capture the light, dusty patina of age I mentioned earlier. I would love to know if this is what Duchaufour had in mind...
7
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7.5
Longevity
5
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Helpful Review    3  
An island and a pine plantation
When in search of a Summer scent, the contents of these sea-blue bottles seem to be just what you've been looking for.

I almost wrote off Cipresso di Toscana based upon the opening, which to my nose was a typical citrusy lemon and grapefruit fragrance with not much depth. However once settled, this fragrance transformed into something in which its beauty is difficult to describe.

The scent is warm, somewhat herbaceous, sweet, soothing and woodsy. The citruses vanish in a matter of seconds when applied to the skin, making way for a beautiful blend of lavender, pine, jasmine, cypress and patchouli.

Cipresso di Toscana is distinctively unisex, there is enough versatility for this to wear well on both men and women. Some say that this fragrance reminds them of nature and the Mediterranean. I've personally never ventured there, however I do feel as if this fragrance transports me to a picturesque island covered in pine trees, exotic flora and surrounded by clear, sparkling blue seas.

I find this fragrance to be very complex, hence the reason why I enjoy it so much. The absence of harsh citrus and strong fruity accords, places this fragrance in a unique category for a Summer scent.

This fragrance lasted a great while on my skin, and not for one second did I consider this fragrance too masculine for my tastes.

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