I gave up trying to understand why I like Essenza del Tempo so much. It doesn’t have anything groundbreaking, still it feels great and “special” to wear, much more than one may assume at first. It is a fresh-woody scent with a slight tomato note (or something equally sitting halfway leafy/greenish and juicy/bittersweet) and a crisp cedar-vetiver base with a dusty and warm amber-powdery feel, definitely smelling to close to some of nicest Hermès of the past years. That exact same “transparent citrus woodiness” is here too, classy as well, and quality as well. The difference is maybe a subtle feel of mellow, dusty warmth, the tepid sun of an Italian afternoon, with a sprinkle of spices and a hint of powdery musk adding some colour and thickness to the woody notes. But basically, it’s a fresh woody-ambery-powdery scent, just – for some reasons – incredibly warm, rich and extremely refined while keeping it subtle, discreet and refreshing. Close to skin (a tad too much, maybe), but classy as hell. The name translates into “essence of time”, and indeed it conveys a concept of suspension, of time lazily passing by in a dreamy sunny mood. Great quality. An underrated keeper.
A very pleasant fragrance. Fairly light, though. Has the same smooth citrus and unisex vibe as ck One and Ferragamo Tuscan Soul though the former is much brighter. Essenza Del Tempo puts some coffee beans in the base which smooths out any bright citrus. Nice to wear but not essential.
There is a lot to love about this fragrance, but it takes time to appreciate. The overall feel is spiced leather, though there is no leather in the ingredients. If you have sampled Kenzo Pour Homme Eau Indigo, this is a lighter version of that also well executed scent. I wore this all summer long and could not get enough of it. If you have actually visited Italy, the country side like Umbria and Toscana, you will totally 'get' this fragrance. Think effortless warmth and naturality. Wearing linen through the fields. Warm breezy afternoon. Its everything a lazy summer frag should be. Highly Recommended.
I like the bottle so much, it brings images of vast sunny rooms, french windows with a view of the seaside, wearing white linen, daydreaming. I would buy it solely for the bottle, just to have it around during a long vacation somewhere at the sea. Otherwise I wouldn't be so impressed by the fragrance itself. It goes somewhere after CK One but with a different twist. It's light and citrusy but in the same time there are undertones of leather and amber. A little darker undertones which help the fragrance escape the "natural" realm and present something more "human", more artisanal yet not artificial. I'm not quite sure I understand completely the reason for this name but I'm quite sure that's Italy. It's a fragrance you don't have to analyze to enjoy it. The perfect object to take with you on a summer vacation.
Although not listed above, I remember hibiscus mentioned as ingredient in some Trussardi brochure about this perfume. The smell is not simply citrusy, but something similar. It reminds me of taste and smell of a cup of red hibiscus and mallow tea - very nice. I'd rather find it relaxing than refreshing or energizing. And it is something simple.
I do not smell some of the ingredients listed above, especially not any expressive components such as coffee or iris.
The perfume is unisex and very discreet, it could do as an office scent or any situation when one would not like to stand out for wearing an expressive scent.
Opens with some pleasent and very very smooth citrus to evolve into a hint of a soap. It remains pleasent but you don't really get the impression of wearing a fragrance.
It doesn't last on my skin at all and when I put it on in the morning by the time I get to work it's hardly there.
So why bother wearing it, if any shower gel has the same effect.