If I close my eyes and sniff the mid notes of this perfume on my wrist, I think “water”. Crystal clear waves gently lapping at my toes on a soft sandy beach with the green / blue – azure – hues of the ocean stretching for as far as my eyes can see. A salty humidity in the air. Shade. Warm but not hot. I can smell the water in my nose. Fragrant water. Obviously hard for me to describe in words but you’ll know it when you sniff it – wait for the mid notes.
The opening notes smell like jasmine on my skin for some reason. It’s supposed to be lavender by all accounts but I absolutely dislike the smell of lavender and can’t get even a whiff of it in this fragrance.
Paradiso Azzurro by Reoberto Cavalli was designed by parfumier Louise Turner. The beautiful bottle was designed by Eva Maria Duringer. ( I photographed the bottle on my white board and a couple of times when I dragged the bottle on the board for better placement, it left behind blue-colored streaks. I’m guessing the color of the bottle is a resiny / rubber-type coating on the glass on the outside and the glass itself is not blue. ) It’s a pretty bottle nonetheless – especially the bottle cap. I had fun photographing it.
The fragrance is floral, not oily but not powdery either – can be worn in the summers but my guess is it’ll do interesting things in the winter season. I prefer wearing summer fragrances in the opposite season because I miss the sun in the winters. Just I’d go for a beach vacation during local winter season.
Opening notes weren’t impressive but the fragrance has grown on me since I got it a couple of weeks ago. Sillage is medium at best. Longevity is medium to long. My nose can detect it on my skin till about six hours, after which there’s barely anything left. But it fades beautifully after a strong opening. Doesn’t just disappear. The end-notes are my favourite – more woody floral.
The brand was going for a “vacation floral” with top notes of citrus, bergamot and lavender; mid notes of wild jasmine and end notes of cypress and cashmere woods.
It smells “clean”. You’d have to nose it yourself to know what I mean – also, on your skin it could do completely different things than the descriptors I’m providing, which is THE thing I love about fragrances.
Would be interesting to see how it would react to sea water. If you’re at a beach somewhere with a bottle of this, tell me. I’m only going to be next to a beach in November now.
It is a sublime fragrance. Feels luxurious. End notes being in more sensuality than the opening strong “bright” florals. Definitely worth checking out if you can lay your hands on a tester. I wasn’t sure I’d like it because of all the gold and the blue in the press release photos – seemed overkill – but I ended up liking it. It’s subtle enough to be worn on a daily basis but be warned that it might make you miss the beach even more so. The clear smell of “water” is something I haven’t yet encountered in a bottled fragrance, so that would be the most interesting thing about it for me.
Thank you for sending the fragrance Roshni! Roberto Cavalli does some interesting fragrances. The first time I mentioned one on this blog was in 2013!
Jewellery in the above photos by Malleka Studio.
All photos by me of course.
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