Hey Perfume Posse People! Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies back and today you are trying a newish gourmand with me. There has been so much dislike aimed at today’s fragrance that I admit my interest was tweaked. I have read that it’s too synthetic, cheap smelling, not enough chocolate, next to no orange and a disgrace to the house that brought it out. More than one blogger has dissed it and torn it to shreds. On the flipside, our own Patty and a couple of the less well known to me bloggers found it wearable, fun, yummy and praised it enough to make me very curious. So what do we do when we’re curious? I, for one, get my “I Wonder” hat on and that brings us to today.
Sorriso by Profumum Roma 2013
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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Dark chocolate, bitter orange, vanilla, exotic woods
Big boozy vanilla on the first heady swoosh of fragrance, the vanilla smells like the vanilla they use to flavour expensive teas. Not the cheapy stuff that clogs your vision it’s so nasty, the pricey teas where they use vanilla as a soft focus additive rather than the main event. Yes, I get orange chocolate but not like the smell more like the taste in your mouth after eating a Terry’s Chocolate Orange wedge 10 minutes ago, milky chocolate orange. With a kind of fur scent wafting through, a funky, musky, fur feeling.
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Then it turns all car air freshener, like one of those 3 for $2 hanging felt things that cab drivers and grandfathers have. Often in the shape of elves, farm animals or houses, and in the gaudiest intense pastel colours. Maybe it’s an Australian specific smell. It doesn’t stay like that for long but it was a surprise.
I decided I needed a respritz, now that I’ve been wearing Sorriso for a couple of hours I wanted to see if it’s opening was in fact bitter orange and I think it may be, kind of, but a citrus more than a bitter orange. An amorphous, citrusy something that is quite pithy and fuzzy rather than skin or flesh. People complain bitterly about how synthetic Sorriso is, and I can understand that they are wanting something else but I don’t find the artificiality annoying. I get a powdery, musky, vanilla that is not a big flamboyant fragrance.
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The complaints of Sorriso being a bit generic, unformed and as an underperformer are all valid if you are a dedicated perfumista. I also feel that at this pricepoint I want something that will make my eyes roll in the back of my head before it does the can can, washes the dishes and gently fellates me. What I get is a soft, powdery vanilla that would be excellent at a MUCH lower cost but at $265/100ml from LuckyScent I think I’ll give it a pass.
Do you have a Chocolate Orange favourite you’d like to share with me? I am loving most of them sick right now.