Saturday, September 21, 2013

Acqua di Parma Mandorlo di Sicilia

Acqua di Parma Colonia is as famous as the celebrities that wear the lemony-herbal bergamot cologne (Audrey Hepburn for one), but the other fragrances in the line are on the obscure side. Aficionados of niche fragrances might like it to remain that way, lest their secret signature scent becomes too mainstream, but I must sing praises out loud about this utterly delicious scent called Mandorlo di Sicilia (Sicilian Almond) in Acqua di Parma's Blu Mediterraneo line.

This scent is for the sweet Gourmand lover; the overall impression I get is that of orange vanilla more so than almonds per se, but there is a very subtle spiciness weaving through that makes it distinctively tasty, like biscotti but sweeter. It smells to me almost like a cross between Lostmarch Lann-Ael or Amande de Ble, the wheat almond scent by Acorelle (an all-natural brand), and the non-creamsicle orange vanilla Rich Hippie Psychedelic (another 100% natural and certified organic brand, but astronomically expensive).

The sweetness of Mandorlo is honeyed with depth, like maple syrup or baklava, as well as vanillic enough to smell cakey like Angel Food, but the perceived heaviness is ephemeral, the sillage becoming light and fluffy, sweet yet refreshing somehow, like olfactive cotton candy concocted by a master chef. Wear it to the street festival in Little Italy and celebrate the end of summer smelling as delectable as a pignoli from Arthur Avenue.