I gave up trying to understand why I like Essenza del Tempo so much. It doesn’t have anything groundbreaking, still it feels great and “special” to wear, much more than one may assume at first. It is a fresh-woody scent with a slight tomato note (or something equally sitting halfway leafy/greenish and juicy/bittersweet) and a crisp cedar-vetiver base with a dusty and warm amber-powdery feel, definitely smelling to close to some of nicest Hermès of the past years. That exact same “transparent citrus woodiness” is here too, classy as well, and quality as well. The difference is maybe a subtle feel of mellow, dusty warmth, the tepid sun of an Italian afternoon, with a sprinkle of spices and a hint of powdery musk adding some colour and thickness to the woody notes. But basically, it’s a fresh woody-ambery-powdery scent, just – for some reasons – incredibly warm, rich and extremely refined while keeping it subtle, discreet and refreshing. Close to skin (a tad too much, maybe), but classy as hell. The name translates into “essence of time”, and indeed it conveys a concept of suspension, of time lazily passing by in a dreamy sunny mood. Great quality. An underrated keeper.