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    Default Burr reviews Acqua di Parma (Blu Med) Mandorlo di Sicilia

    'The sensation on application is of walking into a pastry shop the instant a baker in back has thrown open the doors of the oven — you’re instantly awash in a sweet nutty feast...'

    More here: http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2...cqua-di-parma/

    Mr. Burr gives Mandorlo di Sicilia by Acqua di Parma (Blu Mediterrano) 3 stars. Personally - I found MdS a little too synthetic-almond smelling. How about you?
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    Default Re: Burr reviews Acqua di Parma (Blu Med) Mandorlo di Sicilia

    It reminded me of those icky low-quality vanilla/almond scented candles you always see at disount outlets or .99 cent stores. More Dupont than Gourmand. While I'm not a fan of these types of scents, ETRO Heliotrope seems the better choice to me (where it gets interesting is when the sweet bakery spiel is blended with pipe tobacco - Caron's Aimez-Moi, now that's a really good perfume). I actually find that nothing in the AdP line comes anywhere near the quality of the original Colonia. Must be the LVMH curse.
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    Default Re: Burr reviews Acqua di Parma (Blu Med) Mandorlo di Sicilia

    I agree, Mike - too synthetic; too unsubtle, and - surprisingly for this lover of sweet gourmands/orientals - too cloyingly sweet.

    I've tested all those still available in the range, and this one is easily my least favourite. Only Fico di Amalfi and Arancia di Capri impressed [and even Arancia was put in its place by the peerless [but admittedly more expensive] Bigarade Concentrée].

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    Default Re: Burr reviews Acqua di Parma (Blu Med) Mandorlo di Sicilia

    Cologne Blanche by Dior does almond way better IMO. It's just that CB is too powdery for me to own.

    In addition, I think there's a nice 'bakery / pastry' effect in Bois Farine by L'Artisan Parfumeur (with iris) and Sticky Cake (Sweet Series) by Comme des Garcons.
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    Default Re: Burr reviews Acqua di Parma (Blu Med) Mandorlo di Sicilia

    I agree with you, Bois Farine is a much better almond-vanilla-sandalwood scent. I don't think I like any of the Acqua di Parma range.

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    Default Re: Burr reviews Acqua di Parma (Blu Med) Mandorlo di Sicilia

    I find the smell exquisite, refined, with its gourmand touch perfectly balanced.
    I do not see it synthetic at all.
    I understand the analogy of Burns may seem somewhat exaggerated, but as a analogy that it is, suggests feelings with some truth inside.
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    Default Re: Burr reviews Acqua di Parma (Blu Med) Mandorlo di Sicilia

    I couldn't stand the stuff... It reminded me of a terrible tasting and smelling cough syrup I was forced to take as a kid. Really bad stuff, IMO. The blu line disappointed me in general but I found this the worst of the lot.
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    Default Re: Burr reviews Acqua di Parma (Blu Med) Mandorlo di Sicilia

    my aunt actually told me it smells synthetic i dont care i love this!!!

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