Tom Ford Italian Cypress is big salty, earthy cypress. It feels very masculine, but I think women who like strong wood scents will be quite taken with this. I can’t find a list of notes on it, except it mentions wood resins and scents of Italy, whatever that means. I’ve put it next to CdG Hinoki, and they’re not close on the open. The Italian Cypress is greener wood, not as sweet. It’s not so much rich as it is … um, fierce? There’s something that feels like ocean breezes in it, but it doesn’t strike me as being marine or aquatic, mostly a little salty and earthy. In the drydown, it does veer more to Hinoki as Hinoki loses that sweeter aspect that it has on the open. There are similarities between the two that become more apparent on the drydown. I think those who like the drydown of CdG Hinoki will find a friend in Tom Ford’s Italian Cypress. Tom Ford’s seems to lean more into an earthy quality where Hinoki is more incensey or smoke.
Another gem that a lovely friend picked up while in Italy is the second perfume put out by the same people who put out The Party in Manhattan – The Ten Party. These two could not be more different. Where Manhattan wants to shock and offend in an understated way, The Ten Party bubbles up and just laughs at you and all your seriousness. Notes of bergamot, provenà§al lavender, lemon from Sicily, cumin essence, petitgrain from Paraguay, pink peppercorns, tarragon, jasmine, clove, maté absolute, incense essence, cedar wood, Indonesian patchouli, oak moss, white musks accords. It’s like bubbling woods filled with champagne. Bergamot provides all the laughter over the wood nymphs flitting around in the trees. I don’t get a lot of the spice notes in a way that they bite me on the nose, they seem to just frolic in the background nicely adding interest, but not pronounced. I very much like this in the same way I adore Santa Maria Novella’s Eva. It has that same joy. And for some reason… I think it would layer pretty beautifully with The Party in Manhattan. One of those understated perfumes that grow on you and you wind up reaching for very often.
Now for a very serious question. For the cooks out there, what is you most beloved tool/pan/thing you have in your kitchen? I’ve got the big All Clad stainless steel pan that is terrific, and I’ve got a Le Creuset cast iron Dutch oven on the way. What else do I really have to have? We learned how to handmake pasta at class, so I’m stoked to try out my skills there. Whoever said that it’s easy to love someone that makes handmade ravioli was bang-on right. What else is essential in the kitchen?