Legno Amaro
by I Profumi di Firenze

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Legno Amaro is a masculine fragrance by I Profumi di Firenze.

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Don't be fooled by the name and most of all by the top mentholated/hesperidic/woody (humid) presence since Legno Amaro is mostly/basically a salty-soapy (more than vaguely animalic) performance from I Profumi di Firenze. Soapiness is extreme, a sort of bath foam kind of soapiness. Despite Legno Amaro means "bitter woods" in english I have to note that any kind of bitterness is traceable by my profane nose and that the woodiness is in here faint, accessorial and anyway super fleeting. Legno Amaro is substantially a weird misleading performance from the little artisanal maison I Profumi di Firenze. At the beginning it seems that, if you are in to aromatics, love the aromas of wet woods, forests, dark woods and the woodsy balsamic concoctions, this juice could be easily taken as your master choice. Over the first bracing blast it seems indeed that, combining ideally classic barber-shop aromatic/chypre-fougere from the forest a la Pino Silvestre, vintage Ralph Lauren Polo, Capucci Pour Homme, Aqua Velva by Williams and Acqua di Selva Visconti di Modrone (and keeping under control the synthetic soapiness), this juice will materialize its essence under your nose. Actually the "situation" is sensibly different since this juice smells finally (yet after ten minutes) closer (at least conceptually but even a tad as smell itself) to scents a la Profumum Roma Acqua di Sale, Il Profvmo Pioggia Salata or Chopard Heaven For Men than to Polo or Acqua di Selva. Legno Amaro roots actually its backbone on a dominant soapy accord of hesperides (mostly bergamot but also orange), aromatics (sage, artemisia, petitgrain, verbena), salty/animalic notes, forest resins (pine, cypress) and soapy-musky sandalwood. Aromatics and forest resins smells initially boise, hesperidic and balsamic but it's just a misleading flash. The forest vibe ends indeed to be absorbed and overwhelmed by saltiness and soapiness. Woods are initially wet, "perfumed" and realistically appointed while finally the general woodiness appears quite warm, almost sultry and soapy (more than vaguely synthetic). In the opening you can easily catch this sort of balsamic (vix vaporub like) minty effect shortly durable and soon fading away. Anyway the very main feature of this juice is this bombastic connection of saltiness and spicy/lemony-orangy/animalic patterns. The connection is endly warm, spicy and pheromonical (an improvement in comparison with the starting banal cosmetic soapiness). Anyway this salty/soapy/animalic vibe conjures me vaguely the synth one we get in Chopard Heaven for instance. Petitgrain and forest resins preserve a tad of grassy vibe but overall the effect is un-realistic despite a final sensual/attractive spicy warmth. The final salty/soapy muskiness is kind of "sweated/simil organic" and sort of gymnic. Saltiness is sort of simil-organic and kind of reproducing the aroma of salty moisturized skin under sun. Legno Amaro and Tabacco are among the most renowned juices from this artisanal florentine apothecary but while Tabacco is a great classic concoction (together with the balmy Sandalo Indiano) Legno Amaro is a pure modern (risky) experiment disconnected from tradition. Virile and durable on my skin.
P.S: finally, after 3/4 hours the bitter/lemony woodiness (mostly sandalwood) appears (spicy, piquant and warmly masculine), the soapiness tank God recedes and the juice appears more elegant, classic and attractive.
03rd January, 2016 (last edited: 04th January, 2016)
After the initial blast of lemon-bergamot, this fragrance turns into the realm of classic cyphre-leathery colognes (Aramis, Capucci, Bel Ami....).
The execution however is quite nice, with aromatics and herbs (bitter orange, lavandin, salvia sclarea?) balancing and making translucent what could be the otherwise childish-dull feeling easily experimented with "great classics" of this kind.
The result is luxurious and the base note impressive (both oak moss and tree moss sustain the composition). Highly reccomended. As for other scents of this line, the "green" vibe is here, so you'd better like this interpretation, that as I noted - is frequently referred as "italian".
I agree with other comments that the entire line is not an "easy wear" (Cuoio di Russia, Patchouly Rosso, Muschio dell'Hymalaia...), but is rewarding for the purpose which every perfume should accomplish with: to please senses, and spam them into other dimensions. I Profumi di Firenze seems quite succesful in this.
08th November, 2013

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