Although Carthusia's initial scent from 1990, Fiori, is supposedly made up of only six notes, three floral (two sharp, one rounded) and three bases (one sharp, two rounded), it most strongly resembles Givenchy's Ysatis, one of my all time favorite floral melanges.
Note the 16 notes in Ysatis:
Top notes: Rosewood, Coconut
Heart notes: Tuberose, Jasmine, Narcissus, Carnation, Rose, Ylang
Base notes: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Castoreum, Civet, Oakmoss, Amber, Honey, Cistus
Amazing the Fiori can accomplish a dead ringer for this complex scent by the manipulation of only six notes. This is a very old-fashioned, heavy, floral. To modern noses, it is the embodiment of "old lady" perfume, meaning dense and room emptying.
You either appreciate this type of scent or you don't. I wear it, but only at home. Hard for a guy to pull off in society, it's very feminine.
Still, a great scent. Here, the homage to Givenchy's creation is heartfelt.
Carnation, citrus, and a very bright orange blossom open this sunny composition, all driven by an aldehydic burst that’s perhaps a bit too emphatic to avoid an impression of artificiality. The citrus top note dissipates rapidly to leave a crisp, aldehydic white flower and carnation heart resting on a lightly sweetened vanillic foundation. In time the carnation creeps further to the fore, while some very light woods emerge in the base.
Fiori di Capri is a happy scent, but a delicate one, without a great deal of projection or aggressive sillage. Nor is it terribly potent. It is instead one of those quiet, subtle scents that can easily be worn in any number of settings, from work to dinner parties. Its sunlit nature might suggest that it’s primarily a hot weather scent, but it has a nice “pick-me-up” quality in winter, too. In sum, it’s versatile and appealing, if not terribly distinctive, and while it certainly doesn’t excite me, I think it’s worth a try for anyone who likes carnation, but finds the carnation offerings from Caron and Comme des Garcons too sharp or heavy.
This is a beautiful, tantalizing scent. It may become my 2nd favorite. Just got the perfume today, and I believe it's wonderful. Would recommend to anyone who loves flora frags. I purchased because of a recommendation by someone who knows my taste. ( I have to admit that I was also curious as it was a scent that Jackie Kennedy wore). Hopefully when my nose becomes educated I will be able to describe what I smell better.
If Italian people wore that beautiful fragrance in 1390, the late 14th century was not as bad as I thought! I just wonder why they waited exactly 600 years to reissue it! Fiori di Capri must be one of the most complex fragrances predating traditional post-renaissance perfumery (unless the 1990 version is a modernized concoction that has no bearing on the original). The early "glover perfumes" were extremely simple compositions that were attempts to reproduce fragrances found in nature. Fiori di Capri is a wonderful chypre floral with a very complete olfactory palette but it does "smell simple" if that makes any sense! It is quite soapy but in the most positive way. It is fresh and breezy and it is very evocative of the Island of Capri, as it was meant to be. If you like fragrances such as Ysatis (Givenchy), White Diamonds (Elizabeth Taylor) or Oleg Cassini for Women, chances are you will love Fiori di Capri. It has a lot in common with these fragrances yet it is much more delicate and refined. Carthusia fragrances are not easy to find though. In a way, it can be a plus if you are looking for exclusivity.
I just bought a 50ml bottle of this perfume and I have to say it is one of the finest perfumes I have ever smelled. I bought it without knowing what it would be like (merely because of the fact that it is meant to be a recreation of a 1390 perfume) and I am definitely not disappointed.
It is very sweet and floral - definitely tending more towards the feminine than masculine. Nevertheless I am happy to wear it. It has incredible longevity on clothing - after eight hours it is still almost as strong on my shirt as when I sprayed it this morning. On my skin it is less long lasting but it is definitely still there.
I can't recommend this enough - it is likely to be my fragrance of choice from now on (replacing Amouage's Tribute and Chanel's Pour Homme). Oh - incidentally, the perfumer who recreated this is Laura Tonatto.
Quite a large turnout at the party. Everybody showed up: Poison, Douglas Hannant, Diorissimo, Choc, L'Air du Temps, Gucci pour Homme, CDG 2 Man...
This is an amazing clash of notes. So romantic. Whenever I sample five or six different scents simultaneously, smells eventually mix and then I always think to myself 'God, why can't there be such a concoction...'. Well, this is exactly it - ten fragrances merged into one.
My skin has a very distinctive smell and it works so well with Fiori di Capri. I shall most certainly buy a full bottle. It is not very aggressive, but it does linger for many hours and amplifies my natural smell.
One of the best fragrances ever. I love quirky scents and I can't be totally objective when it comes to this brand. I just love it so much.