Blu Mediterraneo - Cedro di Taormina 2016

Blu Mediterraneo - Cedro di Taormina by Acqua di Parma
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Blu Mediterraneo - Cedro di Taormina is a popular perfume by Acqua di Parma for women and men and was released in 2016. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It was last marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCitron, Petitgrain, Basil
Heart Notes Heart NotesBlack pepper, Lavender
Base Notes Base NotesHaitian vetiver, Virginia cedar, Labdanum

Ratings

Scent

7.6 (167 Ratings)

Longevity

6.4 (143 Ratings)

Sillage

5.9 (147 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (147 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 20.10.2020.
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8
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
Chizza
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Top Review    24  
An elegant fragrance for the summer
So there I was after years back in my homeland, walking at the foot of the mountain down to the city gates of my village in Sicily: Taormina. It felt grotesque to come back here, but I soon realized how much I had missed this idyll. Why exactly I left at that time, I can no longer put into words in a meaningful way in the retrospective. I meandered through the valley towards the village, but I noticed a gentle hesitation within myself. It became clearer: slowly a queasy feeling came over me after all these years, which is why I still had to roam around a bit outside, to disperse myself, to take away the fear of my own courage.
So I walked through the nearby lemon groves and enjoyed the fresh air that made the lemons smell combined with a breeze that seemed to come directly from the sea.
Not far away there were bitter orange trees, which let their branches dance in the wind. I grabbed several leaves and led them to my nose. It was wonderful how this intense herbaceous orange scent rose up to my nose. So familiar and yet so refreshingly new. Mixed with the lemon trees not far away, it felt invigorating. I smiled at the thought, because my homecoming could not begin better.
But subliminally a constant woody and spicy and sublime scent accompanied me...could it...?
Could that be after all these years? All those years of change, of progress but here they had to be standing somewhere. Like nothing but memorials of tradition, of returning to the roots, of the importance of inner reflection. I took a few steps and finally saw them, the wonderful Virginia cedars. There they stood and I came closer to look at their small, almost needle-like leaves. It smelled wonderfully woody, slightly tart. Occasionally I saw ladybirds buzzing around on the cedars, so I was not alone with my impression.
Now I was ready. The reunion with the old acquaintances from the village was imminent and I had gained enough confidence. One last time I looked around me, soaking up all the smells :
The dominant cedar was the fragrance of bitter orange and lemon, with the lavender playing gently around the fresh notes, as well as the tart element of petitgrain and cedar. I set off and noticed how a spicy and peppery note gradually tried to replace the citric character.

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Acqua di Parma is a label that I appreciate very much. Including this one, I own five fragrances which all combine the natural citrus notes and which often radiate enormous elegance in their simplicity. The Cedro di Taormina is unfortunately no longer produced, but it is a refreshing fragrance of a special kind, as it has the cedar as its nucleus, which receives the refreshing facets from the outside. These are astringent in nature, matching the quiet and serious cedar.
Before the scent here, I was looking for a summery refresher of a slightly different kind. I was looking for a complement to the ones in my collection, something for the office or more precisely for customer appointments, which would radiate more elegance than a simple citrus scent. At Cedro di Taormina I like the above combination very much and I will close my search for summer fragrances with this.
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9
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6
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9
Bottle
MajorTom
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   5  
The fresh woods with the woody freshness from Taormina
This fragrance shows once again how different the tastes and noses are. Everything with ratings from 5.5 to 9.5, that's an enormous range in which you could easily park a 40-tonne articulated lorry. In other words, this CdT is anything but everybody's darling. For me one of the best summer fragrances on the market.

CdT launches as I would like a summer scent to, namely shaky fresh. A real kick, a stand-up, a good mood maker. Right from the start various woods play along, only in the background, with increasing duration more and more dominating. Nevertheless, the freshness remains present during the entire time to a very pleasant extent and accompanies its wearer throughout the day. For the fragrance itself I give a glossy 9.
Sillage: hmmm, well, honestly, Acqua di Parma let some air up. Within the first half hour clearly audible, but then gradually flattening out and finally only weakly perceptible to the wearer himself. Too bad. 6 points.
Shelf life: in my opinion it is similar to the Sillage, applied in the morning at the end of the day there is de facto nothing left. Too bad. A scent of this class deserved better. Also 6 points from me.
The bottle is great, fits 100% to the name of the fragrance, looks classy, is of high value, in other words, looks and feel are perfect. 9 points.
Summa summarum 7. With better Sillage and durability would have been here clearly more possible.

As described at the beginning, for me a favorite for the warm months of the year, especially in southern countries Cedro fits like the proverbial fist on the eye. Displaced on cold days. And even if I am of the opinion that rather gentlemen will like him, I can also imagine ladies of creation in this (initial) cloud.

For those here who are still looking for a companion for the summer of 2019, definitely worth a test,
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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
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Top Review    22  
Thèse - Antithèse - Eau de Synthèse Extrême
I wasn't really going to like that scent at all. I was prepared to only test the sample sent to me by Puderduft18 (thank you!) en passant and maybe make a statement about it. But what can I do? Cedro di Taormina is talking to me. He tells me something and I think he's good. And I think he gets off too badly here on average (DaveGahan101s beautiful contribution from 2016 is one of the exceptions).

I must say in advance that my impressions cannot be linked to the name, because no karma connects me with Sicily and Taormina. In Sicily, I think of Commissario Montalbano and a few classic educational offshoots, the Attic expedition, Dionys the tyrant at Schiller. From Taormina I know that there is no figure from the Magic Flute and that there is a pizzeria "Taormina II" in Berlin. There you can get very good pizzas from nice Italians for real prices. I'd say it's almost an insider's tip - if you take it with equanimity or with an amused look for the bizarre, sitting at an ugly busy intersection and between Old-Schöneberg pensioner couples and jogging trousers waiting for their pizza to go. In short, I can concentrate entirely on the inherent qualities of perfume.

First of all: I can't understand the criticism of the shelf life. I dosed with about 5 sprayers (2 of them on my wrist "on top of each other") and after 6 hours I was still clearly enveloped by the beautiful base of the scent, and even after 11 hours there was more than just a last idea to be noticed. For a "light summer scent" (and for the fact that I don't have a very fine nose) I find this very remarkable. As for the projection, Cedro di Taormina (I recently read this in a commentary, I liked it) is an "aura scent", it doesn't kill and you can't smell it over a metre, it rather envelops the wearer, but with substance
This Parmigiano surprises with a strong, striking and hegelsch-dialectischen course: He sparkles first with a fresh, lively, round-balanced hesperidischen prelude, which surprises already very pleasantly, that is not quite everyday, there is something special there. On the other hand there are slight doubts whether this has not too little body and weight and whether it is not too arbitrary
Then, after about an hour, you think you have another scent in front of you: very, very woody, almost a bit pungent and almost unpleasant, pulling into the stinky-oughness and with the typical pencil note already mentioned here
After a short transition phase (about 2 hours after applying the fragrance), which I find to be full, round and almost fruity, a wonderful base emerges, which - as mentioned - lasts for many, many hours and - at any rate - pleases me to the fullest. I perceive them as woody and spicy on the one hand, fresh on the other (almost aquatic), overall a dark green impression of deep forest and rushing brook, the.... i know very well one of the first fragrances I bought consciously and which I still like very much today: It is Eau de Sauvage Extrême by Dior, a fragrance which I think is underestimated, perhaps because it is "only" a flanker, and to which I have already dedicated a defense comment here.

A glance at the pyramids confirms the finding: almost all fragrances are present in the same or a similar way in both fragrances, although they are sometimes assigned to the base note and sometimes to the top note: Basil, lavender, cedar and vetiver are identical, a citrus note combination in the top note both have and in one case we find Elemi, in the other Labdanum, both are tree resins which I suppose are similar in smell.

I am happy about the confirmation that after one and a half years of active testing and perfume membership I have more and more such objectifiable and verifiable rediscovery experiences.

I don't know whether Acqua di Parma has cribbed or whether there is a "pseudoplagiate" in the sense of Stanislaw Lem, at least I like the result very much. Maybe I'll let the two of them compete again in the double test.
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9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
10
Bottle
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The epitome of natural freshness
I have mentioned here before that I am a friend of citrus scents. And because these generally smell of course of purity, summer, freshness and hygiene, corresponding essences are used very frequently, among other things also in shower gels, air fresheners and cleaning agents. Is that why I don't eat oranges anymore, do I forgo the lemon with Wiener Schnitzel, do I stay away from Caipirinhas or do I stay away from lime ice cream? I don't think so! Neither do I try in the evaluations here the eternal same lyre because of "Smells like toilets" or "Reminds me of Sidolin". Who has citrus scents so over, just don't buy them! ;-)

Apart from the tourist Taormina association (of course a clever marketing strategy, possibly sponsored by the Italian Tourist Association), I have rarely smelled a fragrance that smells so natural, authentic and for me as expected of what is in it and what is written on it. Therefore a big compliment to the creators of this EDT. I will certainly try out other fragrances of the Blu Mediterraneo series. First of all, I chose this one because I liked the idea of mixing herbaceous-woody and citrus-fresh. And indeed: Already with the first spray I thought I was in a summer cypress garden somewhere at the Mediterranean Sea.

Of course: Cedro di Taormina is a summer scent and (also an old hat) fresh and light scents naturally do not last as long as sweet and heavy ones, but otherwise the creators here in my eyes have done everything right... not to mention the great bottle, which reminds a bit of pharmacy inventory from the first half of the 20th century. On the positive side, I would also like to point out that, unlike many other citrus scents, a salty note does not appear after a while. For me this is clearly more of a men's than a women's fragrance. That's why Cedro di Taormina moves straight to my now well-filled perfumed water shelf, even though autumn is gradually approaching.

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Addendum: Something about Bleu de Chanel, especially in the top note. Later on, however, it is more citric with slightly less durability and complexity. But stay closer to nature.
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Statements

IondeIonde 3 months ago
8
Scent
5
Longevity
4
Sillage
Another Blu Mediterraneo with beautiful scent but abysmal performance. Earthy and sweet like walking in a Mediterranean island's forest.
TombbbTombbb 4 months ago
7
Scent
Fresh woods like green juniper or pine trees with vetiver and fresh aspects. A bit too vetivery for me, and has a strange aftershave style
PioPio 2 years ago
9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
10
Bottle
The best of the blue line together with Fico di Amalfi.

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