Nostalgia (2002)
    by Santa Maria Novella

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    Darvant's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    Nostalgia opens slightly lemony and spicy, with an herbal/medicinal (birch tar) shy undertone before to develop all the aforementioned characteristic burnt rubber (warm tyre)/warm (semi-synthetic) leather effect so uncompromissing and realistic. I see the association with the olfactory idea of an old car's interiors smell under the roaring sun (leather/rubber with a touch of smoke). The aroma ends slightly gasseous but warm and almost yummy/vanillic. Masculine with no compromises. The smell, so faithfully reproducing such an "industrial" type of aroma, hardly seems the outcome of an artisanal kind of handmade work. A really particular take on rubber (more than leather) from an artisanal glorious brand unfortunately too much "closed in itself".

    30th November, 2013 (Last Edited: 01st December, 2013)

    RichNTacoma's avatar
    United States United States

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    Motor oil, flowers and honey

    Motor oil, flowers and honey is what I get right off the bat. There is something both intoxicating and repulsive about this. It is one of those scents that I am fascinated by, but not sure I can think of too many times I would wear this. Perhaps at my annual punk show or a darker photography exhibit. Clearly it does exactly what it is designed to do, which makes it a good scent. I get a fair amount of longevity with it, and I do find there is some progression over time toward the more floral elements.

    15 September, 2013

    odysseusm's avatar
    Canada Canada

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    The front end of this is oddly compelling -- the rubbery smell of warm tyres in the sun. The note is clear, strict, focused, quirky and fun in a strange way. There's things in the background but essentially on me that was it.
    The second half didn't please me to any great extent. A somewhat sweet, vanilla and light wood combo.

    04 May, 2013

    alfarom's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    If you'll ever have the chance to visit Florence don't miss the opportunity to go to the Santa Maria Novella's museum / shop / headquarter located in an ancient chapel from 1200 that's absolutely breathtaking for its beauty and majesty.

    Said that, Nostalgia it's not the kind of scent you would expect form a company founded in 1612 as it's quite modern and somehow weird. Rubber and leather that smell exacactly like the interiors of my grandad's old FIAT 500 during the summertime, when odors were emphasized by the high temperatures of the season. A great fragrance if you like challenging smoky rubber/leather scents a-la Knize Ten / CDG's Garage / Lisa Kirk's Revolution. I do.

    Downside: the drydown is quite conventional if compared to the opening, but still pleasant.

    One more thing. In italy SMN is sold at a reasonable price. 100 ml for 75 euros.

    13 April, 2011

    vitaman's avatar
    United States United States

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    After reading the reviews, sent for a sample of this for my brother. He is so much of a car nut that his license plate guessed it....CARNUT. He could not stand it but I loved it. It is an odd one to be sure. Starts with a blast of creosote. Does not jive a bit with the old-timey bottle and traditional sounding moniker. The scent starts to morph after about 15 minutes and goes from beast to beauty. Just following the changes is fascinating.
    Winds up slightly sweet, very rich and captivating. The beginning would offend many. The ending will charm most.

    27 March, 2011

    Oh_Hedgehog's avatar
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    Similar to that other scent mindful of the past, Nostalgia opens like Tauer's Lonestar Memories on a roaring kickstart of gas, motor oil, vinyl, and rubber, with powerful decongesting properties. For the first, petrol-doused thirty minutes it is a great big car-interior leather in the style of Knize Ten. However, it's not long before Nostalgia shifts gear and increasingly relies on a coarse imitation of Bulgari Black's rubber-and-vanilla pairing, caught somewhere between solvent and talcum powder. Not bad, but sorely disappointing.

    21st March, 2011

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