Profumo di Montecatini by Borghese / Princess Marcella Borghese
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Profumo di Montecatini is a perfume by Borghese / Princess Marcella Borghese for women and men and was released in 1993. It is still in production.

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Elemi resin, Exotic plants, Freesia, Woody notes, Minerals, Tuscan flowers



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A Low-Key Dried Grass and Lily of the Valley Composition
Parfumo is the first perfume community website I've encountered to actually list Borghese PROFUMO DI MONTECATINI in its database. That may have something to do with the fact that it was a limited-edition fragrance launched in plastic bottles which accompanied spa sets. Borghese has launched an entire series of these limited edition fragrances, but they usually disappear from the shelves by the end of the year. Who knew that PROFUMO DI MONTECATINI was supposed to be a perfume, as opposed to a body spray?

Well, I certainly didn't! I recently spotted a couple of bottles of the stuff in the back of my armoire: one is half empty; the other entirely full. So that was the first clue that I did not fall in love with this composition at first sniff. It is not at all aquatic, despite the aquatic blue color of the liquid--or is it the bottle?... hmmm... let me check...

Okay, I'm back. It is indeed the liquid itself which is a deep aquatic slightly greenish blue. It has not turned brown or anything else over the years since I acquired these bottles. It's a bit hard to say, in fact, when exactly they joined my collection, but it definitely has been a while. As an avid user of Borghese bath and body products, I have probably owned nearly all of their gift sets over the years. My tonnage consumption of Fango (the face and body mud mask) alone no doubt qualifies me as a most valued Borghese customer.

In recent years, this company has branched off in all manner of absurd directions, producing reading glasses and nail polish sold at drugstores and cosmetic sets peddled at big discount stores such as Sam's club, but back in the good old days they were the absolutely best source for bath and body products, and fortunately the quality of their spa line has remained in tact, despite the dubious management forces now operating. For years, this house's primary perfume, IL BACIO, was one of my favorites. I have not worn it in quite some time and have heard that it has suffered under accountant-driven reformulation.

So what about PROFUMO DI MONTECATINI? This has a dried grassy, vetiverish quality with the same lily-of-the-valley note that I recall from IL BACIO. Although this fragrance was obviously intended to fill the same functions as Clarins EAU DYNAMISANTE and Christian Dior's tragically discontinued EAU SVELTE, in fact, PROFUMO DI MONTECATINI, touted as an all-natural perfume, is not nearly so aromatic and refreshing as those other two "spa fragrances". I think that this smells all right, but I'm not altogether smitten with it, and I do not think that it smells all that natural. It reminds me vaguely of something from Orsay, and seems entirely unisex to me. Anyway, now that I've dug it out from désuétude, I'll have to test it out again this summer in the heat.

At this point, it's probably safe to say that I'm neutral toward this scent.
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