Spigo by Profumo di Firenze
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Spigo is a popular perfume by Profumo di Firenze for men and was released in 2008. The scent is spicy-sweet. It is being marketed by Arnoway. Pronunciation
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Enzo Galardi

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCalabrian bergamotCalabrian bergamot Sicilian lemonSicilian lemon Italian lavenderItalian lavender
Heart Notes Heart NotesProvençal sage Texas cedarTexas cedar Lavender absoluteLavender absolute
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber Brazilian tonka beanBrazilian tonka bean Bourbon vanillaBourbon vanilla

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Scent

7.753 Ratings

Longevity

7.340 Ratings

Sillage

5.837 Ratings

Bottle

7.437 Ratings
Submitted by Schoen, last update on 14.04.2021.
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NikEy
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NikEy
NikEy
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A kiss of the muse vanilla
When you meet Spigo, it seems impossible not to think of the lavender-vanilla reference combination from Caron. This unites both fragrances, as does the fact that they are apparently old, classic men's fragrances. As is so often the case, these fragrances were composed so long ago that they have long since lost their supposedly old-fashioned flair.
When I hear the word classic men's fragrances, I think of spicy, leathery or herbaceous scents, all of which express supposed masculinity with their unsweet and tart nature. Quite different with Spigo (or Pour un Homme de Caron), it's hard to believe that such sweet-soft scents were established long before the era of the spicy leathery-green 70s-80s scents, purely in the men's segment. It's much funnier that many consider today's powdery vanilla men's fragrances to be too feminine, but classics like this one to be masculine and old. I can see almost more similarities to today's fragrances than to those of 30-40 years ago.

Enough philosophizing! Spigo does not demand screaming attention because of his soft, calm nature. On the contrary, it combines a wonderfully fresh and radiant blue lavender top note with a soothing vanilla base. While I find it difficult to perceive clear woods or herbaceous notes, I can at least sense a citrus prelude for the first few seconds. Although it plays no role in my perception. The actual course of Spigo takes place more in the lavender-vanilla combination, which - funnily enough - for me has a clear resemblance to the WD-40 spray already in the Caron (where we are back to the real men's smells). But unlike the genre-forming older brother, I like the kind of vanilla in the Spigo much more. After the lavender has warped as much as possible, a rich, dark bourbon vanilla peels out. Sweet? Yes, but much less than the vanilla sugar sweetness in the PuHdC. And thus for me in a certain way more masculine, ambry and reassuring.
And when do they wear Spigo now? For me the scent fits perfectly into autumn, sunny days, cool nights. A warm hug is already good - and it will certainly still do it in the approaching winter!

In conclusion, I find it hard to understand why a lavender-vanilla fragrance can be worn more by men than by women, so ladies, please test it! If you like beautiful lavender notes and one of the most beautiful bourbon vanilla notes, you are absolutely right here. I like Spigo better in every aspect than the - not really - fragrance twin from Caron!
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Elysium

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Elysium
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Simplicity is a virtue and Simple does not mean Simplistic
First, I must confess that among all the six little gems allied to the Profumo di Firenze Odori Collection -namely Cuoio, Spigo, Tabacco, Zafferano, Iris, and Gli Odori- Spigo was the one I have completely overlooked and passed by. My bad, just because I miserably thought, "Ummm... It is nothing but just another lavender-centric bomb in the universe! of scents". At that time, Cuoio was sold-out, and the clerks told me it was a pity being one of the better in that collection, perhaps the best one. Damn! You know what? I didn't give up. Instead, I decided to seek another shop selling it, and once I was there, I thought, "If I didn't buy it now, I might not be able to cope with my collection incomplete," hence I bought both Cuoio and Spigo. Under the fact I paid for the entire collection a ridiculous bargain price, nearly 20€ each, I now thank all the Gods for not having let Spigo out in the cold.

That said, I have to say a word about the bottle. Each perfume of the collection is offered in a lovely wood encased glass bottle, decorated with details of most beautiful leather from Florence, entirely prepared and finished by hand, so captivating when exhibited. Spigo is nothing but lavender absolute, vanilla, and amber. In Spigo, the glowing brightness of lavender remains unadorned until the fragrance dries down to the musky vanilla finish.

Upon first utilization, you get a burst of brisk, astringent lavender. It is so harsh and sharp, it pierces your senses, but soon it mellows out, and what follows is smooth and bittersweet vanilla that stays for the rest of the day or for however long it lasts on your skin, yet never annoying or cloying. The powdery touch of bergamot and tangy lemon is smooth and tempered, never too intrusive nor covering the floral aspect of the opening. The excellent noses will detect a lot of nuances in the juice, like a whisper of rosemary on the top note that magnifies and strengthens the lavender.

The floral bitterness of lavender marries perfectly with the sweetness of creamy vanilla, with the freshness of the former tempering the warmness of the latter. The dominating dialogue between the two is so perfectly balanced that at times it becomes hard to tell the lavender and the vanilla apart as they dance enveloped around one another, revealing surprising qualities in both. When vanilla has the upper hand, lavender makes itself known similar to the breeze over the Tuscany valley breathtaking landscapes of the Crete Senesi, Orcia Valley, Garfagnana, Chianti, and the Maremma, gently prickling your snouts. When lavender has the upper hand, its daring scent is lightly tempered by the warm and well-rounded vanilla, which in turn gets a slightly herbal edge. And the two play, discuss, change seats, but always with great responsibility while you've got your back turned.

Spigo is undoubtedly a masterwork, both comforting and comfortable, very delicate and easy to wear, so uplifting, calming, and very relaxing. Its longevity is relatively good, leaving behind your shoulders a little. Still, noticeable and pleasant sillage making this scent suitable for business and leisure times, a soft veil of fragrance that stays pretty close to the skin. Its incredible balance makes it a very versatile perfume, fresh enough for the early days of spring and warm enough for the dead of autumn. The "washed" feeling and the energizing qualities of lavender make it a pleasure to wear in the morning, while the vanilla and the musk work wonders after the evening shower when it acquires a very relaxing sensation. Lavender lovers presumably already own a bottle of Spigo, the others would do well to give this timeless classic a whirl.

-Elysium

P.S. now that I have added Pour Un Homme by Caron, I can say that the two share a strong similarity, the aroma of herbaceous lavender combined with the delicious one of vanilla is practically the same
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