Ah, finally! After a long wait I could finally test the new scent of Acqua di Parma. I was really excited about this one, because I like the Blu Mediterraneo series in general.
All the salesgirls will surely breathe a sigh of relief, as they now think that I will appear less in the shops to constantly ask if the scent is finally out. Ha ha! My ass, they don't know that there will be a lot of new fragrances coming out in the next few months, in which I will of course have to stick my nose into each one of them! Oh no... I think they'll think I'm a plague, oh nooooooo! But I'm always polite, I'm nice, I'm kind, I'm... uhhh,... cuddly?? D
I'm not a pest, really... :D
But of course nobody *again* believes me
But I finally get to the fragrance, and I hope that the waiting was worth it, because as I just said, I generally like the Blu Mediterraneo fragrances very much and my favourite fragrance among them is "Fico di Amalfi". Yes yes yes, of course I like the scent, because there are figs in it, but seriously: everyone I showed this scent to was blown away! If you are looking for a really great holiday scent, then definitely smell Fico di Amalfi. But good, now I really come to the new scent here!
The fragrance begins with the so-called chinotto, a citrus fruit that I did not know before. It belongs to the bitter oranges and that's exactly how it smells. You can smell a fragrance that reminds you of the bitter peel of oranges, which I like because it is fresh and tangy.
I think the tangerine enhances the impression of the citrus fruit, but you can smell it rather less, because the chinotto is in the foreground for some time.
A little later light, sweetish notes are added. But I can't say for sure if these are "caused" by the jasmine or not, because I can't smell jasmine so exactly here. There are also light, herbaceous notes, which I attribute to rosemary. I think herbaceous notes usually go well with summery fresh scents with citric notes.
Still later the citric scents of the chinotto slowly fade away, even if "something" citric should still be there, even if far in the background. Now patchouli and musk are used. But I find it rather difficult to filter out these two fragrances clearly. You have to smell very exactly to be able to identify both of them, otherwise they are contained in the meanwhile smaller scent cloud and together with the other scents described above they smell nice but not exactly determinable. The scent is not very fresh and sparkling later on, but it is still suitable for summer, because it stays loose on the skin. But to be honest, the basis of the scent is a little unimpressive and one should have sprayed here long ago if one wants to continue to experience the scent as great as the first few hours.
The Sillage and the durability:
The Sillage is mediocre, I think he could have radiated a little more. The beginning might still be strong, but the fragrance loses its intensity quickly.
The shelf life is about six hours, after that there is only a mild breeze of it, so it should be sprayed on again a little bit before, as just described.
The bottle is cylindrical and slightly trapezoidal, which means it slowly widens in height. It has a great blue color that reminds me of the sea. On the front, there's a white label with the name and logo, and the name of the fragrance itself is written in a different color, as with every fragrance in this series. The lid is also blue, cylindrical and trapezoidal. A very beautiful bottle, which also fits very well in the hand.
Soo, I really liked the scent. It hasn't become a high-flyer and to be honest, the base is less exciting (so I had hoped for a bit more), but the top note is delicious and nice, with a citric note that smells a bit different than what you're used to from citric scents like bitter oranges. Chinotto as a fruit seems to have hardly been used in perfumes so far.
Hmm... oddly enough this scent didn't seem to bother my cat, as he usually always makes plans to destroy all the citrus fruits in the world (that idiot! :D). And even if he had a plan he would never be able to carry it out, because he is also one of the biggest rug rats I know, because he is scared of all kinds of things and runs away and so he wouldn't get three meters far :D
But of course it could also be that later, when I was back home, there was hardly anything left of the citric note on my skin, ... yes, that must be the explanation why the scent did not disturb him. So as you can read, the citrus notes don't last very long.
Anyway, the fragrance is great to use in spring and summer, you just have to spray it on more often if you want to stay longer wrapped up in the great, citric fragrance cloud, but that's the case with most (citric) summer scents. Therefore it is a nice day scent, which can also be used very well as a holiday scent.
As I said, I liked it very much, even though I think it's a shame that the base was so unimpressive in the end. But you should try it anyway!