Città di Kyoto 2005

Città di Kyoto by Santa Maria Novella
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Città di Kyoto is a popular perfume by Santa Maria Novella for women and men and was released in 2005. The scent is woody-smoky. It is still in production. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesHawthorn, Bergamot, Orange, Ylang-ylang, Jasmine
Heart Notes Heart NotesFlorentine iris, Lotus, Peach, Lavender
Base Notes Base NotesPrecious woods

Ratings

Scent

7.9 | 56 Ratings

Longevity

6.0 | 46 Ratings

Sillage

5.5 | 47 Ratings

Bottle

7.7 | 45 Ratings
Submitted by Ripieno, last update on 14.01.2021.

Interesting Facts

The fragrance was created for the 40th anniversary of the town twinning Florence - Kyoto.
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Toppine
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Top Review    25  
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At the urgent suggestion of a highly esteemed perfume, I am chasing my comment on 'Acqua di Cuba' after another one on 'Citta di Kyoto'. Both fragrances have made a big impression on me, although they couldn't be more different.

First of all, a few words about the Santa Maria Novella brand as a whole: all fragrances - whether light or dark, delicate or strong, loud or soft - captivate with their amazing quality and flawless composition. Some have a clear flow, others are quite linear. The impression of synthetics does not arise at all, rather they leave a completely natural basic mood. How something like this is done is beyond my knowledge. But they always smell expensive, never cheap. Considering the price/performance ratio, profit cannot be the driving force behind the manufacturers. An extremely likeable brand, even if not everything is to my taste.

Citta di Kyoto is a filigree, finely woven web of scent, which for me paints a picture of old, past Japan. An ink drawing that could not be more delicate. White flowers with yellow and orange speckles are flooded with smoky light. The smoke is as light as a feather, but present and intensifies the magical aura of airy lightness. Nothing is too much here, neither the white flowers nor the lavender nor the fine sweetness that flows through the fragrance like clear water. A feeling of peace and harmony overcomes me, which is strengthened and grounded by the fine wooden construction of the fragrance.

This fragrance means purity to me. A quiet purity of spirit, which can hardly be achieved in this form today. Maybe I should take a closer look at Zen......:-)

In any case, the honouring of the town twinning with Kyoto with this fragrance is a complete success.
A decision between the warm, deep Acqua di Cuba and the feathery and disembodied Citta di Kyoto is of course not possible. It will therefore come down to both. So both!!
With thanks to the above mentioned perfume colleagues...
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NuiWhakakore
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Top Review    26  
The origin of the sun
We took off in the middle of the night. We didn't notice much of the narrow path leading up the mountain to the ruins of the abbey. In the light of the lamps through dark woods and past dilapidated fortifications we went up steeply. Further up it became flatter and in the light of the stars we could see the dark outlines of the ruined buildings.

Now we sit in front of the old wooden shrine, the only preserved building here. In the east the sun slowly rises and sends its rays to our waiting faces. We look around and recognize a meadow still wet with dew. And flowers everywhere. They sprout from every crack in the old walls and blossom at the same time as the sun's first touch.

In the shrine there are incense bowls in which incense burns. Like a translucent veil, the smoke of the fires and the incense lies gently on the meadow. Everything sparkles in the still low sun. We lay our heads in the damp grass, listen to the gentle wind and look up at the slowly changing colours of the sky. The carved Kitsune figures at the entrance to the shrine watch over us. On the right day of the year, at the exact hour, one can attain immortality through meditation. So says the legend. Today we want to believe it, at least for five hours
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Città di Kyoto opens fresh and fruity with bergamots and oranges before a whole bouquet of flowers takes over. I can only name jasmine and lotus. Green notes are also perceptible, as well as flowering lavender. The whole thing is not sweet, exuberant or even sultry, but very natural, harmonious and pleasant.
The whole thing is captured by a dry smoke note. It reminds me of a mixture of incense and burnt wood. The whole is subtle and forms a perfect counterpart to the floral. Underneath you can still perceive some wood later, but actually not much changes in the fragrance, but it doesn't have to. After 5 hours maximum the meditation is over.
Città di Kyoto is a floral-smoky scent that I would recommend not only to Japan fans, because I have never smelled flowers like this before and that may mean something, because flowers are usually not mine at all.

With meditative thanks to Gandix!

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For those who want to know more about the abbey and the completely different kind of immortality that could be found there, his The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell is highly recommended.
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Can777

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Top Review    43  
The Silk Dragon
How does Città di Kyoto smell? Come over here and sit down. I'll describe it to you!

Imagine you are in a beautiful garden or park somewhere in Japan. You just bought a silk kite and you want to fly it in the park. The wind is gentle but strong enough. He's got a lot on him. The air is enriched with delicate tones of citrus fruits. Their smell is slightly bitter-green. You run along the endless path through the park leaving more and more kite line free while you run and run faster and faster. Smells will brush your nose. You perceive the scent of delicate blossoms. They're not classified, but they're beautiful. Its fragrance is fine and delicate. The silk dragon is now already very high in the bright blue sky and is making its way there in calm and gentle movements. It has the shape of a Koi and has also been painted like this. The painting is like a precious Japanese ink drawing in the most watery-pastel colours. Gently the silk ribbons flutter at the stylized fins of the kite in the airy height as if it would swim up there.

Then you lie at a big pond on your back in the wet grass and look into the sky where the silk dragon stands almost like meditating in the sky. The lotus has blossomed and blends with the delicate scent of moist woods and roots. A gentle touch of fresh water is in the air. You hear a soft giggle behind you and look around easily. Three Geishas are walking the way behind you along the pond. They fall silent as they notice you and nod to you friendly and synchronously. Their faces are immaculate and painted with iris-like rice powder. They seem to float above the ground as they cross the wooden bridge where the irises grow. As you continue to lie on your back and watch the silk dragon still standing meditatively in the crystal blue sky, you slowly become more tired. You still hold the dragon shear tightly stretched in your hand. And then you can hear it! It sounds like a geisha is playing a string instrument far away. But it's not! It's the wind you can hear through the kite string in your hand. It is the song of the wind in endless height. You still notice how slowly your hand opens while you gently slide down and fall asleep releasing the kite. And then he flies off gently. Like all your worries and sorrows in the wind in this one moment

That's how Città di Kyoto smells. Like a silk dragon in the wind. Carefree, meditative, light and infinitely free!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BTZl9KMjbrU
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Turandot

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Top Review    38  
East wind - west wind
Even as a young girl I was fascinated by the simplicity of Japanese spaces. At that time I wished to be able to furnish my later apartment in this style. Well, at 15 you don't think about how to heat rooms with paper walls, nor where to put all that stuff if you don't have cupboards. The only thing that has remained of these dreamers is the aversion against dust catchers of any kind and decorations for the apartment may only ever move in as a single piece and then always only one at a time with me. I'd rather take turns.

I'm not quite sure, but I think my love for the books of Pearl S. Buck was not innocent of this phase. Today she is also accused of having written more trivial literature - she has that in common with Rosamunde Pilcher. But I can remember that I devoured especially "The women of the house Wu" or "Ostwind - Westwind". Of course, I did not envy the torments the main character suffers because of their tied feet. Even today, 13 books dream of Pearl S. Buck on my bookshelf. I think I'll do it again.

Città di Kyoto, of course, was created much later to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the twinning of Florence and Kyoto. So this fragrance is understandably not a Mediterranean feeling to experience, but the fragrance reminds me much more of L`original by A. Putman. For me he embodies the simple beauty of Japanese rooms or ink drawings and lets me breathe a sigh of relief.

Since our Japanese customers either used very light fragrances or loved everything that came from France, I'm not sure if Città di Kyoto would have met their taste, because the fragrance captivates with clarity, clean floral notes and actually a hint of woodiness in the base, but amazes me with its unexpected durability, at least on my skin. The Italian perfumers have obviously taken the trick, because the pyramid sounds much more flowery and violent than the fragrance is, but accompanies me for many hours with its almost meditative aura.

The issue of partnership between East and West is well illustrated here. Italian craftsmanship meets Asian ambience, and Santa Maria Novella is not the only perfume to show all its skills.
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MemoryOScent

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treasures from the attic
Citta di Kyoto is one of the most recent releases (2004) of a house that claims a continuous production since 1612. Anyone who is familiar with their releases knows that they are quirky, not always easy to wear but always come through as unpretentious, clear and yet sophisticated fragrances. So how is this managing with its recent releases? In one word, perfectly.

Citta di Kyoto was released to celebrate the 40 year old affiliation of Florence and Kyoto and what better way to do that than combining notes of florentine iris and japanese lotus. I must admit I am not familiar with how lotus smells but had I read the official note listing I would have been put off: “The perfume opens with vibrant, fruity and fresh top notes of jasmine and ylang-ylang, which are punctuated by the deeper hints of bergamot and orange. These are followed by base notes of Florentine iris and lotus”. No, no, no, no! It starts with a magnificent paint diluent note (admittedly this can be attributed to ylang ylang as it sometimes has a mentholated aspect)that quickly fades into the driest, palest, softest cedar. The most opulent orris butter kicks in to smooth out the rough woody surface. The overall effect is that of velvety, dusty suede. It makes me think of smelling uncooked rice. Much to my astonishment this is listed as a feminine scent which together with the official description are doing a great job at restricting this fragrance’s target group. This is dry, woody, leathery iris at its best and Dzongkha lovers please give this a try. In another perfume world Citta di Kyoto could very well pass as a masculine version of Equistrius. It wears close to the skin, feels like it sinks into the skin and radiates from there but it has an exceptional longevity even though it is an eau de cologne.

Notes from my nose: paint diluent, cedar, butter, iris, rice, incense tears

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The gentle powdery breath of mellow bloom, wood, smoke, and leather. A scent displaying noblesse and delicate beauty.

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