Roberto Cavalli (2012)

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Roberto Cavalli (2012) is a perfume by Roberto Cavalli for women and was released in 2012. The scent is sweet-floral. It is being marketed by Coty.

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Perfumer

Louise Turner

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesOrange blossom
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoin, Tonka bean, Vanilla

Ratings

Scent

7.0 (281 Ratings)

Longevity

7.9 (199 Ratings)

Sillage

7.6 (201 Ratings)

Bottle

7.4 (219 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 21.12.2018
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1
Pity
Honey, I don't think we'll ever make a pair.
The pink pepper in the top note is somehow interesting, but before you know it, it's already gone.
Orange blossom? Apparently there's a twig with only one flower in the game! Unfortunately I don't notice it at all, because the tonka bean spreads immediately after the pink pepper has left. Very broad, in fact.
I like tonka beans, no question. But so affectionate and persevering that everything else is slain, that again is less my case. Even the vanilla hides and only peeps out stealthily.

For some ladies a wonderful fragrance for very elegant occasions, for me unfortunately not. Sorry, sweetheart!
Bottle 9.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 3.0/10
2
Fruity floral wax polish
I have tested this perfume from a manufacturer's sample many times since 2015 and having seen it on sale at allbeauty.com for £24.95 (a whopping 61% off apparently) I decided to have another go.

So according to the note pyramid this has Pink Pepper as a top note, Orange Blossom as a middle note, and a base of Benzoin, Vanilla, and Tonka Bean.

Not to me it hasn't.

I find this perfume to be extremely fruity with citrus and melon. This fruity achord lasts for several hours, and in fact becomes stronger during the wear until irritation sets in. Underneath all that fruityness there is quite a whallop of vanilla and tonka with a slightly sour benzoin.

The whole has a waxy floor polish scent to it, like a Mr. Muscle or Mr. Sheen pot pouri polish. I don't find it smells like orange blossom or neroli (I'm thinking of Rubj for comparison) but rather a sharpish, sour jasmine. It never developes to a base note skin scent on me and next morning the fruity notes are prominent.

For half an hour or so I find this quite enjoyable, longer than that and the intrusive fruityness with waxy floor polsih florals irritates. It doesn't wash off easily and sticks to fabric tenaciously, so much so that my chair has quite a scented smell from where my arm rested.

On the whole if I wanted a summer perfume with this type of feel I would go for Grossmith Shem el Nessim although at triple the price (undiscounted Roberto Cavalli) it won't be hitting my collection anytime soon.
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 6.0/10
Helpful Review    1
Needs some time to grow....
It feels like it must have a little time to grow. It feels a bit 80's inspired. In your face. Very powerful orangeflower. It was what I felt the most initially, but later it got a little warmer, softer and more woody feel and I must admit that I love tonka beans, so it would not surprise me if it will win in the long run. Need to try it a few more times really.
Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 6.0/10
Helpful Review    5
A rich, syrupy white floral
Roberto Cavalli has been relatively well-received since its release, and in my local department store posters and promotions are everywhere. I was forced to try this fragrance when a sales assistant handed me a scented card and encouraged me to take a sniff.

First of all, I was shocked by the slightly fruity and warm opening. I somehow expected something more floral or more woodsy. I smell zesty orange, pink pepper and perhaps even a hint of peach schnapps.

The fruitiness is fairly short-lived. The heart is where the white florals are at their strongest, with orange blossom settling on the skin in a somewhat syrupy and tonka-bean infused fashion. Essentially, Roberto Cavalli is all about creamy white florals drowning in golden syrup. It's a lot more likable than you'd think.

Roberto Cavalli has grown on me. I can almost see why it's so popular. It has this pleasing depth, which smells quite warm and sensual on the skin. I find both the bottle and the scent rather stylish and rich.

White florals are making a bit of a comeback, and for that I'm very glad. This is one example of a recent release that has done it right. I expect that Roberto Cavalli will appeal to quite a diverse audience; both young and old. It has that hint of classic charm that will most likely draw the older consumers in.

Honestly, it's not the best fragrance that I've ever smelt, but it does have its plus points. The longevity and sillage were good and the composition developed nicely. I recommend.
Scent 5.0/10
Helpful Review    5
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 :).

Statements

DorothyGrace 21 months ago
Reminds me of a jasmine wax polish mum used when we were kids. Smells quite nice but I can't get past the association with furniture polish+1
Bottle 9.0
Sillage 10.0
Longevity 10.0
Scent 3.0
Lexa 2 years ago
Brings up a beautiful smooth orange blossom,sweet and well made.Give it a chance+1

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