Spring Fragrances: Passport to Italy
France may be home to many fine fragrances, but it took an Italian to bring perfume to Paris. When 14 year old Catherine De Medici, moved to France from Italy to marry Henry II, she brought her perfumer, René le Florentin with her. In fact, the word perfume is from the Latin “per fume”, through smoke. Centuries later, Italy is the rising fragrance capitol of the world. Benvenuto warmer weather with our favorite scents for Spring. Che bello.
Sicily, the large island off the Mediterranean Sea is famous for its citrus groves and especially for the Sanguinello, the blood orange that bursts with a sweet scent that is reminiscent of berries. 1 Million Cologne for Him by Paco Rabanne, with its grapefruit and woody notes is refreshing and refined, just right for Spring. For her, Hugo Deep Red is composed with blood orange and tangerine with a heart of freesia for a fresh and fruity aroma.
Prada Infusion D’iris reminds us of an early spring sunrise; we feel the cool air, but under the warmth of the Sicilian sun the iris and orange blossoms unfurl to greet the day still covered with evening dew. Cedar and green galbanum at the base add freshness. A timeless and sophisticated scent for Spring.
Milan is recognized as one of the world’s fashion capitols and home to Giorgio Armani one of the most renowned fashion designers in the world. Known for his clean lines and crisp tailoring, Armani designs are worn by such luminaries as Alicia Keys, David Beckham, Richard Gere, Jodi Foster, Leonardo di Caprio and Cate Blanchett. For the Fashionista perfumista Acqua Di Gio is a stylish floral scent for Spring with notes of Amalfi lemon, a pinch of pink pepper and fresh mint with a blooming jasmine heart so magnificent she’ll be dodging the paparazzi. For Him, Armani will fit his classic style like a well cut tuxedo.
When in Rome… the city of the Vatican, the Pantheon and Julius Caesar calls for a majestic scent. Aqua Di Roma for him by Laura Biagiotti is redolent of ancient woods and spices and is a great transition scent for chilly spring nights. For her, try Holy Water by Demeter, a fruity floral scent at a humble price.