I don’t know why I’m always surprised to find myself a bit melancholy in Summer. After all, it’s one of the few times when weather really does allow me to just …stop. Spring and Autumn usually find me really bustling about in the garden, prepping for planting or putting away The rest, please…
So let’s talk about some new summer scents. I’m hoping playing with Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi and Costa Azzurra breaks a little of my summer perfume dropsies.
Let’s start with Tom Ford Costa Azzurra. Notes of oak, driftwood, lavender, vanilla, seaweed, agarwood, ambrette seed, celery seed, cardamom, armoise, juniper berry, myrtle, basil, lemon, yellow mandarin, lentisque, olibanum, incense and vetiver. This has a really lovely crisp slightly herby open. It’s bright and sunny with some incense and vanilla to smooth it out. I really like those additions, along with the lovely myrtle, lavender and celery seed. It make is more than a refreshing summer scent and is one I’d love to wear year-round. These kinds of scents aren’t normally the thing I love the most, but Costa Azzurra is perfection, giving both the crisp freshness summer yearns for, but with a lot of extra depth that keeps it really interesting. Easily my favorite of the two.
Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi has notes of tarragon, spearmint and lemon, blackcurrant, bergamot, grapefruit, basil, black pepper, coriander, orange flower, clary sage, jasmine, shiso leaf, vetiver, amber, labdanum, musk and civet. This one has some different angles to it, being a little more pepper-vetiver. It feels more cooling after the open. The open is pretty traditional, and I was a little worried it wouldn’t have enough something extra to it. Eventually it did change from that not so interesting open to a much more engaging drydown – cool, dry, a wee bit incensy and kinda great.
I did wind up liking both Mandarino di Amalfi and Costa Azzura for different reasons, and they are soothing my summer perfume doldrums a little bit. But, yeah, the Costa Azzurra is the one of the two I’d add to my perfume wardrobe.
I was hoping to have some other new scents today to review, but the mail delivery system failed me. I hope to have them in my “needing something new” hands to review next week.
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