Argento (1997) Eau de Toilette

Argento (Eau de Toilette) by Renato Balestra
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Argento (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Renato Balestra for men and was released in 1997. The scent is fresh-chypre. It is being marketed by Eurocosmesi / Coswell.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLime, Mandarin, Cardamom, Neroli
Heart Notes Heart NotesRose, Cyclamen, Lily-of-the-valley, Coriander
Base Notes Base NotesCedarwood, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Musk

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Scent

7.2 (11 Ratings)

Longevity

5.9 (10 Ratings)

Sillage

5.5 (10 Ratings)

Bottle

5.6 (15 Ratings)
Submitted by Joe, last update on 13.08.2018
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Nofretete

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Rosen, where have you been?
Argento disappointed from the beginning. Other than promised, there is no view of a citrus grove with radiant white flowers, bright fruits and brimming foliage, just a blurred idea of cardamom, like from a flipped shower gel bottle, pre-2YK. Not vintage, dear friends, unfortunately, so quickly continue into the garden.

Here a mixture of fairly fragrant, softly coloured flowers is emblazoned on the green. But where does this muff come from? From the coriander green (who doesn't know this in Thai soup and fish it out like the proverbial hair)? Or is it the cyclamen? I'm sure the shy lilies of the valley don't. And the roses, where are they?

Nefertiti loves roses, that's why she came here, but first she doesn't see any. She goes looking in the garden. Funny, there was something... Yes, again... Oops, an aquatic ghost! Nefertiti is not afraid, but with the water spirits she almost always takes to her heels, immediately. At the exit a simple wooden gate like from the hardware store, through and outside. No roses today.

Nefertiti reflects: actually it was quite nice here, but nothing more. No, there was something else, a fuzzy firey haze, quite secretly now and then, brownbagging thus. If already high percent for the throat, then she likes single malt from the Scottish islands - she thinks the sea is okay there.

Conclusion: Since I trust the noses and judgments of Cappellusman and Joe, I suspect that this fragrance, so beautifully described by the two years ago, is a poor reformulation victim in 2018. I therefore recommend picking your bouquet somewhere else if you are approaching a cavalier or caballera of roses.
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Elysium

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Scarlet rose kissed by droplets of the silver morning dew
Argento is a men's cologne playing on the stage for 20 more years now, though I've never got a chance to test it, or better I've never got any attraction to it thinking it was an old-school cloying chypre for grown men, thus I always overlooked it willfully. It was only on a recent evening that I noticed it on the shelf of a perfume store, there was just one EDT left together with the AS, the price was a bargain lesser than 10 bucks, plus an additional 30% for the summer sale. "Why not?" I wondered myself. A quick search on the web got me promising results, so I blind bought it. Once back in my car I couldn't resist any longer and gave it a try...
Oh man, a blast of pureness, brightness, and clearness saturated the car. I let the alcohol fade away and then a gentle citrusy, rosy, and mossy accord raised from my skin, so delicate, so comforting, and so contemporary disregarding its mature age. I closed my eyes and tried to figure out what sensation it brought me... a summertime scarlet rose kissed by the droplets of the silver morning dew.

Argento opens up with a blend of citrus and spicy accords, the aroma is full of citrus blossoms, peel of mandarin orange and bergamot, with a touch of tangy cardamom. This blend is reminiscent of another scent I used long ago, Comme un Evidence by Yves Rocher, the rosy aura kicks in the top notes since the very beginning, I have to say, I quite like the use of the rose in here, it doesn’t feel feminine like some other scents that utilize this note. I’m a big fan of the smell of rose, especially in the winter's oriental colognes, but I like what Balestra has done here. From the start, let me state that Argento, probably isn’t for everyone. It is a fairly unique scent that will work very well for guys who have a certain taste.

The heart of the cologne is comprised of cyclamen, rose, lily of the valley, and coriander. This combination deepens the floral of the aroma while adding a dash of woodiness. The rose is a lovely note and it's incredibly smooth and soft but ultimately linear and a never boring.
Not more than 30 minutes later the rose turns up and doesn't leave till you are just left with a rose smell that gets fainter and fainter and dies after about six hours. The heart is elegant due to the dominant note in it being the smell of rose, mixed with mossy notes and lots of spices as well as hints of cardamom and coriander to make it a very masculine rose fragrance (which is pretty rare). The rose is also extremely well done and smells like fresh rose petals.

Patchouli, oakmoss, cedar, and musk blend together to create of a woody base that grounds the cologne in an earthy accord. A strong note of patchouli makes it very authoritarian and the cedar reinforces the structure of the fragrance. It's long lasting and very close to the skin. The rose-geranium duet is conservative and the base is woodsy-musky with a touch of creamy resin.

Ultimately, Argento is a spicy, based on rose chypre with a deep woodsy temperament and a patrimony of discreet elegance, a white flower/ rose/woody fragrance for the summer, which works for men, although I think women could wear this too just due to the rose note. The rose note is really well done as well and smells like real roses. Actually, aside from the change after the first ten minutes or so, this cologne stay pretty constant. What you smell is what you get. The overall quality doesn't feel synthetic. Good longevity on my skin with moderate projection, all qualities that make this scent good for office and leisure time. Definitely a daytime summer scent, fresh, airy, light.

-Elysium
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Elysium 16 months ago
Like a scarlet rose kissed by the droplets of the golden morning dew. Great spring and summer day cologne, the purity and the freshness!+3
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