One of the families of scents I love the most is the "classic Italian eau de cologne" family, and Estroverso is a remarkable surprise and a great contemporary representative of this group. I admit I am a fan of Nobile 1942, which to me is the epitome of simple, well-crafted, old school scents with just the right amount of "fresh" modernity (their Patchouli Nobile is still my favourite patchouli around). Estroverso is a noble, essential citrus cologne with mossy, floral (violet?) and hay notes, aromatic woods, a subtle and thin but soft and mellow powdery/talcum layer. The citrus notes are fresh, fizzy and long lasting, pleasant and realistic. Natural and relaxed elegance with top quality materials: the Italian heritage at its best. Extremely refined and pleasant, not that distinctive, but that is not what it aims at: this is more of a cozy, self-conscious, modern and well-crafted "everyday's scent" for "the elegant man". Despite being quite a classic scent, it's not austere (in other words, not a "grandpa's aftershave"): it's sophisticated but fresh, lively, "light" in the sense of without any "old-school heaviness".
Estroverso, namely nothing but a versatile and traditional cologne that is basically astringent (for a certain part of its development), citrusy (lime and orange) and cedary, with a barely aromatic vibe, a starring citrusy vetiver and may be a touch of lavender in the blend (or just aromatic herbs). Nothing extrovert about this one but a serious, discreet and almost moody juice. I catch a lovely link of orange and aromatic herbs in the background while the beginning is mostly lemony (lime and bergamot). Well made and high quality type for sure, comforting for the lovers of the genre but a bit common and in the same vein (probably in a classier way) with tons of Gucci by Gucci Sport, 4711 EK Wasser or Imprinting il Profvmo. Fizzy (or better invigorating) at the beginning, slightly dusty ( i would say better virile by ambergris) and aromatic by perfumed herbs of mountain (artemisia, oregano, rosemary?), with a conventional woody mossy and vetiver dominant dry down. Classy and conservative with a more than average duration.
03rd September, 2012 (last edited: 28th December, 2013)
An elegant rendition of Coca Cola. Estroverso (italian for Outgoing) is sparkling, fizzy, invigorating and incredibly easy to wear. Takes its main inspiration from the typical EDC type of stuff and to the bright citrusy opening adds a consistent dose of astringent artemisia and lime giving an overall effect of lime flavoured Coca Cola (minus the burnt caramel espect). In this phase Estroverso is transparent, refreshing but never dull.
Dries down to a discreet and well blended mixture of light cedarwood and clean musk with hints of patchouli. Maybe not groundbreaking but it can surely make a terrific option for anyone who's looking for a new take on the typical EDC theme. Really, really nice.