A fragrance rainbow
A complex top note combines jasmine, chamomile and rose - like a tea infusion assortment - with the bright freshness of neroli and mandarin - a wonderfully combined mixture. A more floral drydown - I get mainly geranium and carnation develops to the slightly darker base, where wormwood and patchouli grant tart bitterness, whilst cinnamon and anise grant warmth. The whole gamut of the pure, natural and intense ingredients oscillates in various permutations and never bores. The silage and projection are good, but this is not a loud scent and well wearable in the office. Longevity is shorter than that of most other O'Driu's, but still very respectable at five hours. Great in spring for cooler days, this is one of my favourites of this fabulous Italian house that redefines and resurrects true niche qualities. Do I detect excitement....
What a wonderful floral/grassy aromatic beginning, really romantic and cool as an english garden in a sunny early winter morning. I detect soon lavender for sure (yes a mentholated and balsamic grassy lavender), a sort of herbal tea feel (a bit rustic and tart by citrus), bergamot and a background made of saffron-chamomile-mimosa and aromatic anise (flanked by some mint or aromatics as artemisia). Over this bed some light floral notes (more jasmine and geranium than rose) and light spicy orange project dreamy sparks, ethereal and far in the memory. The grassy vibe is steady till the end that is woody, floral (with a light fresh rose-mimosa coming out) and aromatic with a grassy rough feel still notable. Cool, tenacious and multifaceted by dozens of natural whiffs.
Laltrove 1002 opens on skin with the trademark O'driu house mix of herbs including dill, although this time the dill and other herbs are not quite as prominent as in most of their other offerings. I get a now familiar subdued rose that hangs in the background (another house trademark), mixed with a slightly camphorous, almost mentholated lavender and chamomile combo that appears early on as well. The mentholated lavender and chamomile remains in the heart notes, joined by just the faintest hint of carnation and remnants of the early dill spice that now takes more of a supporting role. I detect just a bit of wormwood peeping through into the heart notes as well. That wormwood strengthens just a bit in the base notes, joined by anise that takes the more prominent position at this point joined by saffron spice, and much later mildly sweetened by patchouli. Projection is below average to average, while longevity is average to above average.
Laltrove 1002 impressed me from open to close, but the semi-sweet dry-down that does not appear until well after the heart notes begin to dissipate (similar to what I experienced earlier when wearing Linfedele 1004) is the best part of the scent and is quite impressive. Also impressive is the use of the mentholated lavender here... Menthol and lavender are not notes I usually enjoy, but the combination is put together here with tremendous skill and competence by Pregoni. I think the dill may be the "glue" in facilitating that combination to work, as even in the background it adds just enough hint of sharp spice to counter the menthol; brilliant! Laltrove 1002 is yet another scent from the house of O'driu that I can highly recommend without any hesitation. 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5.
The juice is a golden, light olive oil colour.
On paper, it is a floral, sweet-spicy scent. The dry-down quicly moves to a dusky green note like clary sage and celery leaves.
On skin, it is aromatic, woody, and not spicy at all -- in fact, very dry. It is quite satisfying. I get herbal notes (mint, anise, artemesia), floral (jasmine and rose), as well as hints of wood and leather. The spices are good and well blended. This has an interesting "dirty" sort of note, a bit smoky and like an old ashtrasy.
An intriguing scent, I like it.