"The hard part about reviewing LV is finding one that is neither vile nor trivial."[LT in his Uomo review] "This, along with Uomo, was one of Villoresis first fragrances, and it is hard to believe that on the basis of this he was encouraged to go on." [TS in her review of LV Donna]
If it's true that love makes you blind, it may have made me anosmic. It's all in the nose of the beholder, and I smell nature and paradise, because I love the Villoresis. Uomo is the only one I could do well without as it is more conventional. I still have to get Dilmun which is so different from the sombre energy of Yerbamate, Spezie and Piper Nigrum. And I'll have to at least have a good sample of Teint de Neige before I can say I am complete. Villoresi, as well as Santa Maria Novella are not by accident perfume makers in Florence. Whats behind the heavy stone walls and wooden gates (more than doors) of those palaces in that city is in these perfumes - anchor of and counterpoint to French perfumery of the nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.
Maybe I just inhaled too many Guerlains by the time I reached my goal to own them. I now may not need the two that are missing in my collection. Perfume houses of Malle, Villoresi, Montale, and Lutens took me somewhere else. I still want more of those Italian treasures which are so direct, and yet hold a myth for me.