Ortigia Sicilia Lime di Sicilia is an aromatic scent for lovers of straightforward and natural classicism. This minimalistic but not simplistic fragrance will unfold on your skin a bright aroma of "redolent" and greenish lime wood, perfumed flowers and oil from the scented Lime Tree (one of the vegetal symbols of Sicily and part of the mediterranean area more in general). I'm able to catch a soapy/detergent (slightly medicinal and neutral) appeal, typical of the hyper classic aromatic/woody fougere. Probably balsamic herbs and green peels are included in this recipe (soothing final balsams??). A Classic timeless composition, freshly aromatic yet complex, a versatile perfume which projects on skin the serious twist of traditional men of the past, a green/hesperidic/woody aroma standing out in any situation. Appreciable despite being surely one of those scents I don't use to feel confortable with.
27th February, 2016 (last edited: 28th February, 2016)
When the Ortigia line showed up at a local store, I loved the bottles and was in the mood to buy something, so I picked up their Lime di Sicilia. Since then, I've worn it off and on and never really fallen in love with it. In a way that's hard to describe, it's a very simple traditional cologne recipe of lime over orange blossom and petitgrain, but it's very rough.
The orange blossom hits me first, dark and slightly honeyed, like when you walk past a blooming citrus tree in the middle of the night. The petitgrain provides a very stark woodiness, verging on unpleasant. The lime itself is candy-sweet and just kind of sits on top of the dark, menacing, angry woody florals, briefly creating an interesting illusion of linden blossom, but mostly cowering in fear of the threatening petitgrain and the menacing florals.
In all, I don't hate Lime di Sicilia. It's interesting and evokes a lot of emotions, so I can't dismiss it as a bad perfume. I just don't think it fits with my personality. As a side note, if you're on the lookout for angry masculine flowers, I think this may be required sniffing - I've never smelled them this raw elsewhere.
19th November, 2012 (last edited: 02nd January, 2017)