Acqua di Parma Profumo

SephoraAcqua di Parma smells like sand and seawater. Not so much in the actual notes, but in the effect.

There’s 3 different types of bergamot in here. Bergamot usually lightens up a fragrance, hence its use in cologne. But there’s too much in here for AdP to be flimsy. It smells light in a heavy way, if that makes any sense. It’s like the perfume gods were playing tug of war with a proverbial rope between earthy and ethereal scents, the rope broke, and Acqua di Parma is what they got.

AdP feels summery. But it’s a bit heavy for a summer fragrance. This is a good time of year to wear it: when it’s still warmish enough for you to feel like it’s summer but the brisk evenings are starting to steal your thunder.

Makoniky_Beach_fall_2007_

Here’s the rest of the note list, from Sephora: Bergamot, Orange, Ylang-Ylang, Orris Iris, Jasmine, Grasse Jasmine, Rose, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Grey Amber, Vanilla.

I can’t pick out the rose or patchouli. They’re probably invisible players whose role is to flesh things out. I can smell the amber, some overripe ylang-ylang and a substantial iris accent. I smelled some citrusy jasmine the second time around.

Overall though, Acqua di Parma Profumo is more of an effect than a perfume. I don’t really think about the notes.

Price Range: Very Expensive
Recommended Occasion: It’s what hippies could wear when they want to be prim.
Release Year: Released in 1930. Rereleased in 2000.
My Rating: 8

 


Check out more reviews at EauMG, The Scented Hound, Donna at Perfume Smellin’ Things, Marina at Perfume Smellin’ Things, I Smell Therefore I Am, That Smell, Odiferess.

Note: Everybody says this is a chypre. I’m not getting that. To me it just isn’t dry, dark, or mossy enough. It was apparently reformulated in 2008, so due to restrictions there no real oakmoss in it. I love it though.

 

*Top image from Sephora. Bottom image is a 2007 image of Makokiny Beach from Wikipedia.

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4 Responses to Acqua di Parma Profumo

  1. abby says:

    Nice review and nice visual – I love the pictures in your reviews!
    And I like the image/idea of the perfume gods playing tug of war… for me,
    that makes the scent real and understandable. As does the recommended
    occasion you suggest! Thanks.

  2. formaggio says:

    I have smelled the present version of Femme (Rochas). It’s a striking bottled smell without any clear utility. My roundabout reaction to Acqua di Parma Profumo was that this Femme had been transformed into a wonderful perfume. Acqua di Parma Profumo has a notable oriental quality as well – the sample I have, at least.
    So I am in very general agreement with Scentsate’s much more interesting use of the language: this is a good one.

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