A flurry of powder
This eponymous fragrance by one of the great masters of Italian pop fashion is not at all what I was expecting! Cavalli's clothes are 'sex kittenish' and sometimes downright wanton ... while this fragrance is quite conservative and meek.
Perhaps Louise Turner was going for a dichotomous effect here, and if so this fragrance does exhibit a certain level of success. The sample package touts it as, and I quote "an ambery, floral fragrance: addictive, sensual and radiant'. I can't say that it's a horrible fragrance because it isn't ... it just strikes me as having the sensuality of a tin of baby powder!
An initial burst of the dreaded Pink Pepper is thankfully short lived by the emergence of Orange Blossom ... which settles nicely into the (very) powdery base of Benzoin, Tonka and Vanilla. I felt the need to look up some of the listed aroma chemicals included and the usual suspects ( citronellol, isoeugenol, geraniol, linalool et al) are all present in this concoction :) ... but the one that truly made me giggle was Benzyl Benzoate.
"Benzyl benzoate, as a topical solution, may be used as an antiparasitic insecticide to kill the mites responsible for the skin condition scabies, for example as a combination drug of benzyl benzoate/disulfiram.
It has other uses:
- a fixative in fragrances to improve the stability and other characteristics of the main ingredients
- a food additive in artificial flavors
- a plasticizer in cellulose and other polymers
- a solvent for various chemical reactions
- a treatment for sweet itch in horses
- a treatment for scaly leg mites in chickens" ........ quoted from Wikipedia.
Horses? Chickens?? SCABIES??? LOL ... not very glamorous right? It seems to be used here for fixative purposes, but other research informs me that it does indeed carry a "faintly sweet balsamic" smell ... well good :) ... at least it's performing some sort of function then! One pauses to think if the great man himself knows what Benzyl Benzoate is ... or is even aware that it lives in bottles of fragrance carrying his name :).
Suffice it to say that Roberto Cavalli EDP is a nice, generic, powdery floral completely out of line with it's provocative advertising campaign. Methinks this would have been much better suited to a short lived celebrity release. Then again, perhaps it is :).