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Dolce far niente - holiday feelings in a bottle!
Getting a package from Acqua di Parma is always a treat. The lovely packaging with tissue paper, the yolk-yellow and dark-blue boxes and jars made of haptically wonderful textured paper alone are worth the luxury of a blind order every now and then! This time, I really only wanted to repurchase the excellent shower gel (to match Colonia), but the notes of the new, limited-edition fragrance in the blue range sounded so enticing that I broke all vows never to make impulse fragrance purchases again - and, I must confess, with great inner pleasure.
Blu Mediterraneo - Bergamotto die Calabria La Spugnatura: what a name! Let it roll on the tongue and taste it really - immediately you feel transported to the picturesque coastal villages of Calabria. And a first careful spray from the really extraordinarily beautiful bottle contributes considerably to the olfactory underpinning of this fantasy. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, sit back and relax, because now you're about to enter the Hesperides grove of your dreams. It's all there: bitter, citrusy-zesty, lovely-orangy, tart and juicy-green - and in its entirety it makes for an extremely enticing and promising prelude, with the eponymous bergamot always in the foreground. But let's not praise the day(dream) before the evening, and some of the blue Acquas have had me muttering murmurs of enthusiasm in the top notes, only to either shamefully let me down immediately afterwards or disappoint me with a lukewarm, generic base.
With "La Spugnatura", it goes on for a delightfully long time with this refreshingly clear opening. It changes only very gradually in a slightly more delicate direction. To call it floral would already be saying too much. More like catching a whiff of the floral in addition to the fruit of the orange - and bergamot trees. If I were to name it, it would probably be floral-green, because it remains without sweetness for my nose.
As the afternoon progresses, the scent moves on, becoming pleasantly tart-green towards evening. Unmistakably push two of my favorite notes in the foreground: vetiver and galbanum let "La Spugnatura" softer and deeper and give it new fullness. Mentally, the smells transport me to a terrace, a glass of wine in hand, the sun is setting and finally a breeze from the mountains brings fresh moist air and perhaps a hint of coolness.
The fragrance with the sonorous name accompanied me in the past days to the office, to a bike ride and to extended walks. He is an unobtrusive fellow, but which carries a lot of elegance and Italian esprit in itself. It reminds me (not of the scent, but of the attitude to life!) of the classic Colonia from the same house, which I always steal from my husband's scent cabinet. I will certainly empty the 100 ml bottle with the beautiful stylized bergamot decoration in the course of the summer - and I must confess that I like this limited edition much better than the normal Bergamotto di Calabria. And already I'm starting to consider whether a bunker bottle wouldn't be an extremely sensible thing to do, and in doing so, I'm nimbly suppressing the fact that my perfume drawers are bursting at the seams and I had sworn to myself to finally radically reduce my collection.
PS: a few more words about the addition in the name "La Spugnatura". In my treasure box from Italy was a little flyer describing the process used in the fragrance. The bergamots are processed by hand - using a mini rake the size of a spoon to extract the pulp. The peel is then pressed onto sea sponges, which absorb the bergamot essence. Apparently, this is a process that was used in ancient times and is said to be capable of preserving a special variety of aromas. Be that as it may - the result is an extremely pleasing summer fragrance, a test is recommended to all lovers of bergamot fragrances.