Scents of the week Aug 23 – Aug 29

This week, Facebook Fragrance Friends had a theme of Italian perfumes! Now, I would have been totally prepared for this, had I been able to honeymoon in Italy, like we planned! Since we did not (*shakes fist at COVID*), I had to dig through my samples to find enough Italian perfumes, lol. Here they are:

Sunday: Amber Aurea by Profumum Roma
Grey amber, Incense, Myrrh
Many describe this as the ultimate amber perfume, and I can’t argue. It is absolutely stunning. Warm, comforting, and not too sweet. Definitely unisex. This was on my list to buy in Italy.

Monday: Versace Crystal Noir
Top – cardamom, pepper, ginger 
Middle – gardenia, peony, orange flower
Base – amber, sandalwood, musk

I like this one better than I did when I first got it. It’s very musky, more than I usually prefer – and I like musk! With the gardenia, it almost came across as a little too mature. But after wearing it a few times, it’s growing on me.

Tuesday: Valentino Donna Rosa Verde
A radiant fragrance that captures the shimmering sunlight of Italy. A clash of noble ingredients with the bright florals of rose absolute and lily of the valley lifted by the sparkling freshness of lemon and green tea accord.
I get mostly green tea and ginger at first, then as it dries down, the florals come out, and it’s very fresh and pretty. This is a very unique scent, but I don’t feel like it’s really “me”, and I don’t think I would wear it that often. I currently have my Scentbird decant of it listed on Mercari.

Wednesday: Bvlgari Au Thé Blanc
Artemisia, pepper, tea, abelmosk, ambergris, musk.
This is a very pretty white tea scent, fresh and clean. It doesn’t last super long, but I just have a sample, so it was easy to carry it with me to reapply.

Thursday: Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano I
Parco Palladiano I Magnolia evokes the early moment at the beginning of the day, when the sun begins to shine on a garden that is still dew-covered, immaculate. The most noble and refined tree of the gardens is the magnolia, and this fragrance captures not just the flower but the full sensory experience of sitting under the magnolia tree: the woodiness of the bark, the cool shade of the leathery leaves, the strong sweetness of the petals.
My favorite flower is magnolia, and this perfume captures exactly the scent of them that I remember from early morning runs in the park. Love it, and definitely getting a bottle.

Friday: Just samples!
I actually never put on a perfume on Friday, just samples from the Love Potion set that I posted about that day, lol.

Saturday: Magnolia Nobile by Acqua di Parma
Top notes of Italian bergamot, lemon and citron blend seamlessly with magnolia accord, a rare essence that can only be extracted with time and dedication. The heart evolves with refined notes of rose, jasmine and tuberose and the base notes unfold with sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver and vanilla.
I love this magnolia perfume, too. It’s just so perfect and pretty. I get mostly the magnolia and lemon, a little bit of vanilla. This was on my list to buy in Italy also.

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What are your favorite Italian perfumes? Tell me in the comments below:

3 thoughts on “Scents of the week Aug 23 – Aug 29

  1. Many of my favourite perfume houses are Italian – namely Prada, Dolce&Gabbana, and (pre-L’Oreal) Valentino. So for me it’s hard to choose a favourite Italian perfume, lol!

    Maybe Prada Infusion d’Iris, Prada (Amber) and Prada Candy. I also really like Bottega Venetta’s pillar scent.

    Oh, I love Donna Rosa Verde! It does evoke the image of a fresh (tea-sprinkled!) green rose bud, and grass… It’s such a shame it’s been discontinued. I’m sad with the direction Valentino is going with L’Oreal. Even the beautiful original Donna doesn’t smell the same, anymore…

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      1. It’s probably my favourite iris scent. A bit green, a bit “carroty”, a bit cosmetic… I find it very similar to Chanel Nº19 Poudré, but a bit more reminicent of makeup, very “ladylike”. (I made a full review of it in my blog).

        If you try it, do tell me what you think. 🙂

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