New York City is having one of those springs where it went from gloomy and mild to BAM blindingly bright 90º+. Hopefully we’ll be pleased for some spring-like days before it turns into summer. However, today has reminded me that I really need perfumes that pair well with warm weather. Since moving, my perfume collection is still predominately very Seattle-ish (AKA perfumes that always evoke autumn and go with rain). I’m seriously lacking in the “cool and refreshing” category. In anticipation for another hot summer, I’ve actually been collecting all those Italian-style “colognes” in hopes to find something worthwhile to add to my collection. Let’s start off with Laura Tonatto Profumi Magnifico.
Magnifico is an aromatic citrus. It’s really one of those perfumes that gives the impression of the Italian and French Riviera in late summer. It’s opening is like pine needles and the bitterest of lemons. As it wears, it’s like a dry landscape of cypress, olive and fig trees. It’s dry and green. There’s an herbaceous lavender and dry mosses. Like so many citrus perfumes, it wears like this until it just disappears.
One could say Magnifico is one of those figs for people that usually don’t like figs. Because it’s not really a fig; it’s an aromatic citrus. Yes, there’s fig. But, it’s really green and bitter (no sweetness at all). Even the leather and the lemons in this aren’t sweet. All the notes seem to lean bitter, green and aromatic.
Notes listed include orange, amalfi lemon, fig, ylang-ylang, myrrh, lavender, licorice and sandalwood. Launched in 2000. PERFUMER – Laura Tonatto
Give Magnifico a try if you like aromatic citrus perfumes. Or perfumes like Dior Eau Sauvage, Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien, Jo Malone London Verbenas of Provence and/or Profumum Roma Acqua Viva. This citrus does have enough “heft” that I think it could easily transition into fall/winter.
For a citrus, projection and longevity are above average. For an EDP, projection is average and longevity are below average.
I like Magnifico but I don’t think it’s “the one”. I want something like this but possibly with more neroli or citrus blossoms (but is still dry and green). Any suggestions? I want one of those fresh citrus aromatics that makes you think you’re really on holiday where Alps meet the sea. I’ve tried quite a few that fit into this category, but so far, nothing that I’ve sampled has convinced me to buy it.
The 3.3 oz bottle retails for €80 at Laura Tonatto (I don’t think it’s available in the US). Body products and home fragrances are also available in this scent. Honestly, I’m all about the concept of a home fragrance smelling like this.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – An aromatic citrus of late summer. I really like it but I’m still shopping around for my “perfect” Riviera holiday perfume.
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