Lorenzo Villoresi takes a dry, herbaceous approach toward its featured note, as opposed to the sweet floral route explored in Caron Pour un Homme or Jicky. Whereas those two classics pair lavender with vanilla for a creamy olfactory texture, Villoresi leans on tart citrus, aromatic herbs (including rosemary and sage), and black pepper to emphasize lavenderís crisp, green qualities. The result is closer to Serge Lutensís craggy, austere Gris Clair or Vero Kernís idiosyncratic Kiki than to most conventional lavender scents.
Though it offers moderate sillage and projection while it lasts, Wild Lavender exhibits very little staying power on my skin. Iím lucky if I get three hours out of it before it shrinks away into a nondescript clean musky-woody drydown. Iíd be more inclined to rate Wild Lavender highly if it lasted longer, but with itís poor endurance Iíd hold out for the admittedly harder-to-find and more costly Gris Clair or Kiki when seeking a hard-edged lavender scent.
A nice astringent lavender hampered by very poor longevity and projection. It does nothing to raise it's head above a dozen other lavender fragrances.
I would give this one a miss and look into Oxford & Cambridge by Czech & Speake. It's a lavender with peppermint and oakmoss and gives you more than this offering.
Ain't nuthin 'wild' about this lavender...
A natural-smelling, clean, dry and mildly-spiced lavender with low projection and poor longevity. I wish it had more oomph - it needs to do more to justify its price. Even with a heavy application I found it (whispers) a bit boring. Caldey Island Lavender may be a more simple composition but it is much less expensive and smells just as good to me. For 'complex lavenders' there is a lot of competition from the likes of Mouchoir de Monsieur and Gris Clair...
Overall, a disappointment.
This is an excellent masculine lavender.
It is very dry and dark in tone -- no pretty florals or soft musks here. It starts off rather herbal and then picks up earthy notes from the clove and sage. The lavender recedes but does not disappear as the spice core develops. This spice core is expertly blended, and has an affinity with Piper Nigrum. The scent is somber and serious in style -- lightened and cheered a bit by some rosemary mint. The ultimate dry-down has spice, dry musk and little hints of lavender.
This is the most harmonious lavender blend I've found thus far. It seems every note is working with the lavender to showcase it. Clove and ginger are the biggest supporting acts to my nose. I usually don't like clove, but here it works ingeniously with ginger and other notes to create a lavender hologram once the top notes are depleted. This is not powdery to me at all. It is spicy, herbal, dry, and a little resinous. It captures the spicy herbal-ness of lavender essential oil. A scent for lavender lovers like myself. It is indeed a gentleman's scent, but anyone who enjoys lavender could pull this off. I wanted to keep Wild Lavender a secret, but I don't think it gets the praise it deserves. Sure you could say it lacks longevity, but with a liberal application of 5 sprays or so, I have been complimented how nice I smell the day after wearing this. Truly genius work Mr. Villoresi!
I've done a 360 degree reversal on this one. I loved it from the samples I'd tried, so I bought a big bottle. However with the bottle in my cupboard, I almost detested it when I first tried it and tried to get rid of it but never succeeded. So I tried it again and began to appreciate it. It is very clean and fresh though quite short lived. I love lavender in its astringent incarnation so this partly gives me that. Villoresi frags are unlike other perfumes, it is true. You can tell Villoresi is not working in the French tradition but just experimenting and finding his own way. The results are striking smells that are very evocative and 'artistic'. So after that journey, I give it thumbs up and recommend it to lavender buffs.