December is the month that I start to crave chypres. I blame it on the decadence of the holidays. All the tinsel, lights, spicy aromas must rub off on me. I too, want to be decked out like some sort of suburban Christmas tree. I want to be covered in jewels, sparkles, tinsel, silk and velvet! But, I can’t walk around like a human version of a Macy’s Holiday tree. However, I can wear perfumes that remind me of the decadence of the holidays. I start wanting those perfumes that have it all – aldehydes, flowers, spices, woods and moss. This is the time of the year that I want “perfume-perfumes”. And Acqua di Parma Profumo is one of those “perfume-perfumes” that I find myself wearing this time of the year.
Profumo opens as a spiced citrus with peachy aldehydes, reminding me of classic perfumes like Guerlain Mitsouko. The adehydes are dry, fatty and perfectly accent the lush floral bouquet. The heart opens to a dry, spicy floral with hints of dried orange peel; the aldehydes have fizzled. As the florals bloom on the skin, they become spicier with more powder. I’m reminded of like some sort of “vanilla clove ice cream” meets a heady jasmine bouquet meets “rose velvet”. The dry-down is mossy with patchouli and like some sort of floral incense.
Notes listed include bergamot, orange, ylang-ylang, iris, jasmine, rose, patchouli, oakmoss, ambergris and vanilla. Originally launched in 1930. Relaunched in 2008.
Give Profumo a try if you like vintage-style florals or floral chypres. Or if you like perfumes like Guerlain Mistouko, Dior Miss Dior (original), Estee Lauder Knowing, Caron Lady Caron, DSH Perfumes Vert pour Madame and/or Niki de Saint Phalle.
Profumo is vintage-y but it’s not a suffocating fragrance. Projection and average are average for an EDP but I’d say below average in comparison to 80’s style chypres or vintage perfumes. It’s still a lush perfume but it won’t “wear you”.
The 1.7 oz retails for $236 at Sephora.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A lovely floral chypre. It’s one of my favorite floral chypres to wear.
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