What to wear in the warm weather? Sometimes I get tired of green fragrances, marines aren’t what I need and the smell of suntan lotion isn’t exotic enough right now. With this in mind I went stalking the elusive “something different” at one of my local perfume counters. With no success at the ladies section I turned to the men’s department and saw a beautiful array of blue bottles by Acqua di Parma. The first one I tried on, Acqua Profumata Blu Meditrraneo’s Mandorlo di Sicilia, left me a bit stunned. “OMG do people actually wear this?” I thought. So I walked around a bit as it dried down. It was a bit shocking at first but then the fun started and I became intrigued.
It’s initially a surprising and unexpected mix of anise, orange and vanilla, some say root beer float, other writers recall an almond-y, marzipan note which I really can’t locate, maybe in a distant spot. As the drydown continues it produces bergamot, ylang-ylang and white musk. After the initial orange almond shock it smooths down and the cedar wood and white musk linger for several hours. It’s a great gourmand for warm weather and wearing it makes me feel like I’m in an Italian movie from the ‘50s: its alittle hot, feeling a little reckless, are we on Capri? My hair is overblown. The ocean is so blue. Is that the mainland? Do I have too much showing? No more red wine, I’m hungry. Let’s go for a drive. It’s so sunny here. Where are my sunglasses? I feel beautiful. I smell oranges.” Its alittle quirky, it transports me and I love it for that.
Do you have an offbeat summer fragrance that you love?
Mandorlo di Sicilia available at:
sample at Beautyencounter