Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I’ve been in a perfume funk where nothing new has really interested me but there have been some expectations.¹ Before this “Late Summer 2016 Reawakening”, I can only think of a few new things that I felt like wearing. Oddly enough, one of the things that I’ve enjoyed wearing over the past 2 years has been a designer perfume, Giorgio Armani Si.
Si opens with a blackcurrant candy floss. It’s sweet, fruity and slightly like burnt sugar. The rose comes into the picture making this smell like rose cotton candy. In that Mugler Angel-ish gourmand fashion, this is paired with a camphoric, cool patchouli which keeps it from smelling 100% edible. Most of the wear is like a vanilla pudding rose (like malabi)² with patchouli that eventually dries down to a sweet, delicious vanilla-amber.
As someone that loves roses and likes the occasional gourmand, I really enjoy Armani Si much more than I probably should. It’s a rose that doesn’t take itself too seriously. And as far as gourmands go, it’s a little more “sophisticated” because of the floral and patchouli notes. When I try designer perfumes I like to compare them to the brand. Initially, it may seem as if Si doesn’t really “match” Armani’s tailored coats or Dietrich-like suits for women (if this is what you associate the brand with). It’s more playful. I mean it’s like rose cotton candy. That doesn’t really bring to mind double-breasted jackets or somber, practical shades like gray and black. But, if you follow any runway fashion, you can see that Armani will get playful from time to time, introducing non-neutral colors and fabrics like tulle. Armani Si fits if you pay attention to the brand’s “off duty” aesthetic.
Notes listed include cassis, freesia, rose, vanilla, patchouli, amber and woods. Launched in 2013. PERFUMER – Christine Nagel
Give Si a try if you like sweet scents or like the thought of a cotton candy rose. Or perfumes like Mugler Angel Muse, Tauer Tauerville Rose Flash, INeKe Briar Rose, Montale Candy Rose, Lancôme La Vie est Belle, Lalique Amethyst and/or Annick Goutal Rose Pompon.
Projection and longevity are average. There have been many versions/flankers of Armani Si. I haven’t tried them all so I can’t comment on the differences between this one and Intense, EDT or Si Rose. I actually see myself buying a small bottle once I decide which formulation I prefer the most.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Cotton candy rose. It’s frivolous, fun and I enjoy wearing it. It may not seem like much but it works well for me. It’s something that I’ll end up buying because there needs to be more frivolous and fun perfumes in my collection.
¹Here’s some of the perfumes that have me interested in perfume again.
²Malabi is a rose-scented pudding popular in the Middle East.
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