Bergamotto Marino (2006)

Bergamotto Marino by Gianfranco Ferré
Bottle Design Serge Mansau
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Bergamotto Marino is a perfume by Gianfranco Ferré for women and men and was released in 2006. The scent is citrusy-fresh. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Perfumer

Pierre Bourdon

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Melon, Blackcurrant
Heart Notes Heart NotesLily-of-the-valley, Neroli, Egyptian jasmine
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Oakmoss, Mahogany, Musk

Ratings

Scent

7.1 (56 Ratings)

Longevity

5.7 (32 Ratings)

Sillage

5.1 (34 Ratings)

Bottle

6.4 (41 Ratings)
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WildGardener

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Semi aquatic, semi oriental, semi original
A thick layer of powdery sweetness beneath which lies a dark, bitter kernel of orange bergamot with a petitgrain woody undertone.

There's a salty aspect which seems to be built from a discrete melon type marine background, with the hard dessicated lemony essence of hydroxy adding its yellow crystal aura, and a denatured blackcurrant that feels like its been put through a boil wash before going in.
And here's a neutral oily note expressing olives and pollen and which meets up half way with a sweet floral accord dominated by neroli - rather methyl anthranilate like, and where linalyl acetate adds it strong sweetness. Also some Jasmin petal with its characteristic plasticy texture.

This is good classical perfumery in the semi synthetic mode.
While there may be some real flowers from north Africa here, and I am inclined to believe there are, it is disingenuous to imply that mainstream perfumery is the product of bee nourishing flowers grown under wide sun drenched skies. Bergamotto Marino is obviously made of aroma chemicals in the main, and its no worse for that. In fact, this juice would not be half as good if it were 100% natural. Seek out some 'natural' perfumes in a health food store and you will see what I mean.

This is not one of Pierre Bourdon's most avant garde works. After all, its necessary for creative perfumers to demonstrate a safe pair of hands from time to time to reassure the bean counters, but it is original - in a derivative way.

The genealogy is Aquatic - salty, which descends from Cool Water via Voyageur, sweet amber Oriental somewhere between Shalimar and L'Heure Bleue, and it tips a nod to Roudnitska's melon.

It settles as a salt air, sweet powdery oriental with dark orange colour value.
Not bad at all, but too sweet for my taste which is why I sometimes layer it with Jo Malone's LB&M.
7.5 5.0 7.5 8.0/10
Drseid

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Drseid
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Very helpful Review    4
Look No Further For a Fresh Marine-like Bang-For-Your-Buck Scent...
Bergamotto Marino opens with a very sharp blast of green and semi-bitter bergamot, with a extremely nice melon note joining in shortly after the open to soften the bitterness while giving the scent its "marine-like" vibe. In the heart notes joining the bergamot and melon duo is a fine citrus-floral neroli note that melds with the bergamot to continue the slightly bitter nature of the scent while similar to the melon, a supporting jasmine note softens the overall profile further while adding just the faintest hint of sweetness. Base notes of ambergris and oakmoss add a nice backbone to to the citrus-floral and marine nature of the scent. Projection is average to above average and longevity is very good.

I really did not have much in the way of expectations for my blind buy of Bergamotto Marino going in except that Bourdon was the nose behind the scent, giving it some nice pedigree. I need not have had any worries, as Bergamotto Marino is a very fine release by Ferre that largely has gone unnoticed. It is a very different take on bergamot than I expected, instead using the green and slightly bitter aspects of the bergamot fruit more-so than I have seen elsewhere, while utilizing the melon effectively as a marine-like support, with an overall sea-side like semi-sharp aqueous feel to the overall combination without the dreaded use of calone. The neroli and jasmine both support the bergamot and melon with the same juxtaposition of sharp and slightly bitter with soft and slightly sweet. That is brilliant stuff that only one of the best noses around could pull off so well. Finally, the ambergris in the base is trademark Bourdon all the way and fans of his other compositions will recognize his fingerprints on this one pretty quickly. Bergamotto Marino is a very pleasant surprise that not only exudes quality in its Frederic Malle-like classy upscale bottle, but the juice inside is every bit as nice as its housing earning a very good to excellent rating of 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5 and a strong buy recommendation at the "silly money" price it sells for on eBay and at discounters online.

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