THE SCIENCE OF SCENT
Generally speaking, Italian scents tend towards the Mediterranean, with classic, yet predictable citrus notes. This offering gives the clichés short shrift by opening with the intense cashmere-powdery aroma of black violet – it’s a ballsy choice, but its cool botanical nature is well complemented by a touch of saffron warmth.
More unusual choices here, with the familiar lavender elements overlayed with honey. Although this combination may sound as traditional as a church picnic, it’s more powerful and left-field combination than it seems at first glance. In other words, it’s sweet and savoury in just the right measure.
To keep this scent from becoming too avant-garde, perfumer Christophe Raynaud chose a single note of cedar in the base to tie things together with a timber finish. This too is a highly assured step, showcasing a single element. In fragrance, as in so much else, less can definitely be more.