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    Versilia Vintage - Ambra Mediterranea by Profumi del Forte

    I normally only like amber as a supplementary note, not a leading player, but this fragrance is something else. A very subdued, beautiful amber permeates throughout, which is touched later by some vanilla and incense. AM has grand sillage and longevity and is glorious to wear (if you have the money).

    PS. Another fragrance for men from this House is 'Versilia Platinum' and is also lovely. Opens up quite citrusy with grapefruit to the fore before moving into a floral fruity phase -- I can smell rhubarb and freesia before bottoming out with some vanilla and frankincense. It actually reminds me of a more refined, better quality version of Byredo's 'Pulp'. However, I think you have to buy in to this whole 'made by hand' concept together with this 'vision' of Tuscany and over the top packaging. VP will set you back 220 ($350) for 100ml.

    Stop Press: Lubin have now produced two flankers to their lovely 'Le Vetiver' . The one I like best is called 'Itasca', which is a lake in Minnesota and is supposed to represent the great pine forest that surrounds it. It opens freshly like the original using juniper berries though -- followed by the pine mixing with amber, incense and vetiver. The overall effect conjures up a sweet tobacco aroma which is very handsome. Lasts for ever -- needs checking out.

    23rd February, 2011

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