I was introduced to Mariella Burani by way of a miniature -- a miniature that leaked out into its own little salmon-colored box which successfully absorbed the liquid, keeping it from actually getting on other fragrances in the large package. But, OMG! The scent was heavenly. I loved it immediately and ordered a large bottle. I wore it quite a bit a couple of years ago. Last year, however, I had some difficulty with it, most likely my own fault due to major surgery, followed by the flu, followed by an upper respiratory infection. This past summer, while packing up my fragrances for a move to a new house, I spritzed some Mariella Burani and swooned from its loveliness, yet I'm fairly certain that once I finish this large bottle I won't repurchase.
Classified as a floral/fruity, it's not at all like most of the floral/fruity fragrances that have been launched in the last few years -- this one actually has depth and interest and is mercifully spared that obnoxious, cheap-smelling, ultra-sweet fake musky odor. I find it very difficult to dissect Mariella Burani, note by note, through development. It's a beautiful blend and one where I'm more aware of composition -- citrus fruit, florals, woods -- I sense, feel, the notes more than smell them individually. While it's enormously aldehydic on opening, Mariella Burani dries into a dreamy, powdery (mossy and almost dusty), vanillic-woody floral fragrance.