Clean and bright
Assolo opens as a really natural, albeit really subtle and almost unperceivable orange-lime blend with a graceful whiff of crisp white flowers. The feel is really airy, invigorating and breezy. I honestly don’t get almost anything else except for a really clean, light woody accord (clean and plushy like “cashmere wood” plus some more ordinary cedar note), with a sweet-dusty kind of incense-like note, and a really subtle greyish musky base – or something similar. That’s it. Once the zesty head notes vanish, you remain with a still enjoyable “fresh” cedar-floral blend. As much pleasant and bright as really light and discreet; nonetheless, it’s there, and it provides a thin yet distinctive veil of crisp freshness – a faint shadow more than a “sillage”, but really classy and sophisticated. By “distinctive” I mean here that it has that particular feel of fresh, classy understatement of – for example – many compositions by Ellena, so if you’re into the fresher and more “minimalistic” Hermès on the market (like the “Jardin” series), chances are you’ll like this. Or anyway it may be worth a try if you are into clean light scents smelling natural and refined. Nothing groundbreaking but really pleasant and well done.