Salvatore Ferragamo F for Fascinating Night is a perfume or stronger formula of Ferragamo’s F for Fascinating. Described as a sophisticated floral-woody-chypre, it wears more like any other pink fruity-floral.
Fascinating Night opens up like many generic “pink” florals on the market. You sniff it and it smells pink. I really do get lots of mandarin “sorbet”. It really doesn’t smell citrusy like grapefruit zest or lemon juice. It’s more like mandarin cotton candy. It’s very sugary with a hint of berry. It’s almost Pez like. There’s pink pepper, a note that I’m frankly tired of. But, it’s needed. It adds some spice to the sugary, candy pinkness. The opening of Fascinating Night really reminds me of the opening of Thierry Mugler Womanity (my review here). Fascinating Night is sweet with enough radiance. It’s energetic, young. I get a bit of jammy rose mixed with heady florals. My nose doesn’t really identify the identity of the heady florals, I just get white floral humidity mixed with jammy rose. It smells girly and pretty. These flowers smell warm and solar,but not over the top. These aren’t “mature” florals, they’re very soft. There’s still a hint of mandarin cotton candy. It wears closely to the skin at this stage, close but not to close. The patchouli isn’t overwhelming. It adds depth to this girly-girl scent. When the warm woods and musk show up, I start to like Fascinating Night. It hugs my skin and it just works out. I notice more of the white musk at the dry-down than anything else. It dries clean, and not super woody. It almost has a stone fruit peach or apricot quality to the musk-woods. It smells like fruity musk.
I don’t mind Fascinating Night because it really is pretty in pink. I’m not going to add it to my collection because it isn’t special enough. But, it isn’t too bad for the overplayed fruity-floral genre, oh, I mean “floral-woody-chypre”.If I’m going to wear something like this then I’ll wear something a bit more obnoxious like Thierry Mugler Womanity. I associate fruity-florals with younger people, so I have to say that I see Fascinating Night as a night fragrance for the 15-25 crowd. But, overall it’s super wearable and does well on the skin. I don’t think many perfumistas out there are going to rush out and add Fascinating Night to their collection, but people that like to smell girly-girl pretty may 🙂
I really do not like the name of this fragrance. I know it’s a play on other “F” Ferragamo fragrances, but I don’t like it. It makes me think of the “f” word and it’s paired with night, soo….I wish it was just “Fascinating Night”. Leave the letter identification out of it, Ferragamo. We all know our phonics. I think the name and the price point is keeping Fascinating Night out of the spotlight and letting perfumes like Gucci Guilty and Dior Addict II steal the hearts of the fruity-floral crowd (oh, I hate those names too!)
Notes listed include mandarin sorbet, pink pepper, jasmine, rose, patchouli, amber, and white musk.
Give this a try if you like “pink” smelling fruity florals with a rosy edge or if you like Thierry Muglar Womanity, Lancôme Hypnôse Senses, Bond No. 9 Bryant Park, Dior Addict II, B&BW P.S. I Love You, and/or Gucci Guilty.
Am I the only person sick of fruity florals especially when they are described as floral-woody-chypre? It isn’t that I dislike fruity florals, I’m just tired of them. There needs to be a “5 fruity-florals launched a year” law. And with floral-woody-chypre label, this makes me think of Guerlain Mitsouko which Fascinating Night is nothing like.