Violetta is very nice; if I didn't already have so many violets perfumes, I would have bought it. Garofano is a nice straightforward carnation. I like it well enough. but hubby doesn't care for it on me, so no purchase. It is more long-lasting than LV Garofano; I tested them both side by side when I was in NYC.
Have I told you about the scent of jasmine? Have I spoken about the smell of the sea? The earth is scented. And I perfume myself to enhance what I am. That's why I can not wear a perfume that bothers me. Perfuming is an instinctive wisdom. And like all art, it requires some knowledge of yourself..."
Clarice Lispector ( 1920-1977) - Perfumes da Terra / Earth Perfumes
I visited this wonderful "farmacia" in Florence a few summers ago and
found it to be a magical, peaceful oasis full of marvellous products.
They sell all kinds of skin and bath preparations, as well as the famous
eau de colognes.
My favourite scent is the Classica (Catherine of Medici's own perfume)- it is
sharply citrus with a spicy kick. I also own Melograno (the Pomegranate one) which is very strong and I have to be in the mood for!
Where do you live, Maya? Do you have a SMN outlet near to you?
I buy my Santa Maria Novellas in a pharmacy that carries the line!I don't know any retailers that ship Santa Maria Novella to Europe.
So far I've tried Melograno,Colonia and Caprifoglio.I loved them all!
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I've tried some SMN, both in my city and also in London and Rome.
Acqua di Colonia. A classy and classic EDC, very citrusy and fresh, softened by florals.
Colonia Russa. A slightly heavier version of the above. Soapy, bit of civet lends longevity and an animalic note.
Cuba: tobacco and leather.
Potpourri -- amazing, powerful spicy STEW! Quite an experience. Not a little "pot-pourri" at all. Something that could fumigate rooms in a plague. But... oddly appealing.
Gold Musk: powdery, soapy
Caprifoglio: sweet, honeysuckle
Melograno, very soapy, pomegranate note
Ginestre: hay-like and somewhat sweet/grassy
"The force that through the green fuse drives the flower // drives my green age..." Dylan Thomas