Monday, February 7, 2011

Acqua Di Parma, Mandorlo Di Sicilia


Fragrance type: Oriental 

Notes: Bergamot, Anise, Jasmine, White Peach, Green Almond, Coffee, Cedarwood, Musk, Vanilla (First In Fragrance

Where can I buy it? First In Fragrance stocks both the 60ml and 120ml bottles for 50 Euros and 75 Euros respectively. 

The island of Sicily is sometimes referred to as “God’s Kitchen” because of the many different foods and wines produced in the area. Sicily is known for, amongst other things, olives, citrus fruits, cannoli, and almonds – and Acqua di Parma pays homage to this last food with their fragrance Mandorlo di Sicilia (literally Almond of Sicily). 

I enjoy eating most things with almonds in them – marzipan, amaretti and macaroons, torrone (nougat), and even on their own! [Oh...and a little bit of Amaretto is great as well!] So when I saw this on the shelf at the perfume store I worked at, I knew I had to try it! Long story short: I fell in love! Unfortunately, it would be over a year before I got a bottle of it to call my own, and until then I wore it as my scent-of-the-day as often as I could when I was at work! 

Looking at the notes above, you would think it was a quite complex scent, with the mix of floral, wood and gourmand notes. I guess it depends on the person wearing it – but on my skin, this is a very straightforward fragrance. (Please note that I am NOT saying that I don’t love it any less because of its simplicity.) The dominant notes are almond and vanilla, with possibly a slight hint of anise and musk. None of the fruit and floral notes come through, nor do I get any coffee/cedarwood in the base, but in this case I don’t really care. I appreciate that the focus is on the almond/vanilla blend, and that the other notes are just there to back this combination up.

Mandorlo Di Sicilia is a fragrance that I reach for any time of the year. It’s not just perfect for the cooler months, but wearing it in summer brings out more of the almond, and it reminds me of marzipan... except this scent isn’t full of calories! :)

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from First In Fragrance back when I worked with Perfume Critic. I earned no monetary compensation from the company. All opinions are my own.

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