Bergamotto di Calabria embraces the semi-bitterness of the eponymous bergamot note, which stands out above all else and is mainly paired with a musk base.
I haven't tried many fragrances that rely solely on bergamot, not coupling it with another citrus or top note, but this is almost a refreshlingy bitter take on a citrus-heavy fragrance. Its opening only is slightly saltier and more acidic than its dry down. Longevity and projection are on par with most other ADP fragrances, good but not great.
Most reviews cite similarities to Dior Homme so I'd have to try that to compare, but as it stands, this is a pleasant warm weather day fragrance. Still debatable if it merits the Acqua di Parma price, cheaper designer options notwithstanding, but something that I imagine most men and some women could pull off in the summer especially. I probably wouldn't opt to buy this as I get a similar-enough experience from the cheap, grapefruit-based Elixir White by C.O. Bigelow, but some may find ADP BdC more compelling.
7 out of 10
Pleasant, powerful opening, not much deep neither rich (we're in quite a chemical realm here, forget the "Bergamot of Calabria" – more "Autan insecticide" - maybe purchased in Calabria, that's fine). Classic summer cologne base of delicate flowers, ginger, aromatic woods. After a while you get the vetiver note better. Mellow soft musky feel. Must say it is barely pleasant, and plus, it "tones down" in a matter of minutes, becoming a subtle, close-to-skin floral/talcum scent with fresh notes and a slight aromatic vetiver feel. Basically a decent, super safe and quite elegant "eau de cologne" like plenty of others. Strictly for "parvenus". Short persistence.
On me, this smells like sweet grape candy mixed with the stench of hot toner ink and rubbing alcohol over the smell of a wooden board. Some jasmine comes in eventually, but it just makes the fake grape smell like grape bubblegum, before the sweetness dies away altogether, leaving nothing but a sneezy rubbing alcohol smell for most of the day.
There's a very ubiquitous mix of windex and grape drink that's incredibly popular in the men's designer scent market - Bergamotto is obviously trying to appeal to fans of that combination, with just an extra pinch of flowery sweetness and that odd ink smell to keep it from smelling like everything else. To be honest, when I first sprayed this without looking, I assumed it was a Hugo Boss or maybe a Kenneth Cole or a Nautica. If you're a diehard designer fanatic looking for his first niche, then Bergamotto may be a good entry point, but it's not really for me.
Bergamotto di Calabria opens with a sparkling bergamot lemon-like orange citrus... and that is pretty much what you get for the duration. Supporting the citrus to a very minor degree is a bit of transparent vetiver, slightly sweet vanilla-like benzoine and non-animallic light musk. The scent is completely linear throughout. Projection is below average and longevity is below average to average.
There is not much I can say about Bergamotto di Calabria... It is a simplistic, pleasant smelling bergamot scent that delivers the goods for what it promises; noting more, nothing less. I happen to love bergamot and enjoy smelling it plenty while drinking Earl Grey tea and also as a dominant ingredient in far superior scents like Coeur de Vetiver Sacre by L'Artisan, but when near isolated like it is here it gets boring rather quickly. The fact that the fragrance is relatively short-lived and extremely linear does not help and I find myself looking to move on to more interesting compositions quickly. If you are looking for a bergamot soliflore, then this could very well be what you seek and worth a sniff but I give Bergamotto di Calabria a middling 2.5 stars out of 5. Agreeable, but mind numbingly mundane and disappointingly very average.
This is a pleasant, well-made scent. It doesn't make a big statement nor it is particularly original. However, it wears well and is enjoyable.
Phase one is a very good citrus basket of lemon and plummy bergamot. This is clean, refreshing, and renders the citrus notes accurately.
Phase two brings ginger and a bit of wood. These work well together. A hint of grassy and even nutty vetiver lurks in the background.
The scent is not heavy or sweet. It sits quite close to the skin.