Originally Posted by maisonstinky
This is the information I got from The US sales manager. According to her the composition has not changed, I am waiting for the US marketing manager's call. I will find out more about this.
Meanwhile here are the notes on Mediterraneo.
Top Notes: Â* Â* Green Tea, Verbana, Lemon, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Â* Â*Jasmine, Rose, Iris
Base Notes : Â* Cedar, Vetiver
Thank you for the information about the notes and publishing them here. Â*I thought I'd detected a light dry down of cedar along with the green tea top note, but wasn't sure and also wasn't sure what else was now in this fragrance. Â*The other floral notes really surprised me.
However, the US Sales Manager was incorrect - Mediterraneo WAS changed a few years ago and I was told so by Carthusia in Italy. Â*In Spring 2004 I had ordered another bottle of the scent from a boutique in NYC, and when it arrived Â*and I smelled it, I knew something was off. Â* Â*The packaging was identical, except that I think it didn't say lemon or lemon leaf on it or something...I'd have to get my old bottle to check this. Â*By the store manager absolutely insisted there hadn't been a change in the scent, so I emailed Carthusia and at that time they replied that Mediterraneo had been changed about two years before. It was now composed of lemon leaves and sparking notes of green tea, while the first fragrance was just lemon.
So that would mean it was altered about 2002. Â*I never thought to ask them about the notes at the time, thinking that they were only lemon leaf prior to the change; the original one was that lemony. Â*In all fairness, Carthusia was completely forthcoming about the fact that they changed it. Â*But as I'd love to know what was in Mediterraneo before the change so that I could find a good substitute, I'm revisiting the issue. Â*Thank you very, very much for your detective work! Â*I look forward to hearing if there's any information on the notes of the old formulation.
Herb Lady Â*