Last Sunday, I went to Takashimaya NYC to browse their frags. I like browsing frags at Takashimaya because nobody minds how many you try but not because they don't care. Once you ask for assistance, they are very attentive and polite. Out of the blue, an SA approached me and without saying a word handed me two paper strips that she had sprayed. I tried the first one and wasn't too impressed, it's good but smells like a typical Italian cologne. Then I tried the second one. It smells really good so I asked her which one is it. It is Santa Maria Novella Ginestra (Broom). I've tried SMN's before but I've never heard of this one and I don't think it's something I would've tried anyway since I don't know what Ginestra is and it's English name is not something I would associate with smelling good. I liked this one a lot so I bought a bottle on the spot. I since have learned that Ginestra is also known as Scottish Broom grass and its flowers are intense yellow in color. It is not a very common ingredient in perfumery. I did a search here on the board and only one Basenoter (Griff) has consistently raved about Ginestra. Anyway, if you guys have the chance, you should at least try it and don't let the English name fool you. The SMN website classifies it as a green floral scent. Is anyone here familiar with this flower and is there any other perfume/cologne that you know of that has it as the main ingredient? BTW, the first one the SA asked me to try was SMN Russian Cologne.
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11/12/07 at 6:02pm