T simply stands for "Teresina", the fantastic lady who worked for many years at ESCO (Essence Company), side by side with Mr. Gianni Varon and later on with my father at Bruno Acampora Profumi. She was simply a hard working, tough professional, who spent a lifetime blending perfumes, as she was deeply in love with them. Back in 2007, when I had not seen Teresina for well over ten years, I got in touch with her daughter who told me that Teresina - in her nineties, I think - was still in good shape and living in Milan. I wanted to meet her again and introduce my wife Sonia to her, so we went to Milan and spent a full day with Teresina. She was in fact still a smart lady, who kept her mind sharp and her body fit for her age. It was obviously a day full of memories and, of course, we spoke a lot about perfumes, blending techniques, the best kinds of ingredients to be used, ageing, smelling and so forth. I had brought a full set of samples of different batches of our seven scents with me and Teresina wanted to smell them all: over and over, for hours and hours, I even had to go and look around Milan for some smelling strips (stealing them from close by perfumeries) because the ones I had brought with me were not enough....but the end result was very helpful, Teresina gave us many small tips, but she was generally very impressed with the scents, which she had not smelled for at least ten years. We really did pass the test...well almost: Jasmin, the 'old' Jasmin, according to Teresina, had something which was not quite perfect. As she was smelling her Jasmine's strips, with astonishing power, we were reviewing the formulas: basic ingredients, middle basis, intermediate compounds; question after question, she eventually decided that we should slightly modify one single ingredient, just one, switching to its edible natural version rather than the basic commercial perfumery format. This, according to Teresina, was going to make the new Jasmin much 'rounder', smoother than the original one, of course at a price. It took us more than one year to actually find the revised ingredient, which was not only very expensive and difficult to get, but its introduction also imposed to rebalance the entire formula. We experimented a bit with it and finally had to agree that the new Jasmin was a superior product, especially after a few hours of wearing, as it proved to be longer lasting and more compatible with a broader range of skins. So we now had to resubmit our full administrative papers to the competent authorities to market the new Jasmin, with its revised formula and its new name: a 'T' was added after its name, in loving memory of Teresina who, sadly, did not see her last contribution to Bruno Acampora. We owe a lot to this charming lady and both Sonia and myself feel that Jasmin T is now a real masterpiece.
PS: Funny enough, we do not know what the T after Prima stands for, as it was already there. There were rumours, but we have no true evidence and, in any case, we feel that Prima T has nothing to do with Teresina's initials