i visited the firenze shop few years ago and wasnt too impressed with the line. i think it had to do with my lack of experience with niche perfumery. i am going to visit there again and now with more experience and open mind and purchase one frag. in your opinion which one of SMN frags stand out and has this "wow" factor? i like frags with presence like Antaeus and Bel ami and i guess the" immediate suspect" will be Acqua di cuba according to the reviews. which is your pick?
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All those mentioned are worthy. My vote for Nostalgia (petrol note, which is fleeting though), or Acqua di Cuba (strange honey).
However, I actually prefer their soaps and related products. A favorite are the "Carta d'Armenia" (scented paper) for the drawers or to burn (it's a benzoin-spice mix). Or the tabacco toscano soap (intense tobacco). The "carte per conservare la lana" (paper strips to keep wool against moths) are a spice blast.
Not a fan of the colognes, but I'm a big fan of the soaps. Sapone Alla Mandorla (almond scented) is the greatest soap yet created by man. Of course, at $16.00 a bar, it better be. The one SMN cologne I've always wanted to try is its tobacco cologne -- TPC didn't have it in stock when I tried to order a sample.
Acqua di Cuba is gross...thick, honeyed tobacco. It makes me nauseous...but ymmv.
I can't say I adore the line...Nostalgia is good, but Bvlgari Black is cheaper (albeit much more tame). Many of the scents rely on terrific, natural top/heart notes, then fall into soapy-musk bases that I dislike.
I'm starting to be turned off of Acqua di Cuba. I loved it before, but I don't wear it anymore.
Damon, if you like Bel Ami and Antaeus, give Opoponax and Spanish Leather ( aka Peau d'Espagne) a try. They don't smell alike, but I'm just putting two and two together....
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I'm female, but I love Citta Di Kyoto. It has been a while since I last tested it. I'm not sure if it is too femme. Sample it and report back, please. I've been wanting to buy a decant or bottle of this, but the opportunity to do so hasn't presented itself. If I were to visit, I would also sample Peau d'Espagne. I'm a leather fan though. Have fun
Potpourri and their lavender products (esp Acqua di Lavanda Ambratta).
I would have chosen Nostalgia but then I happened to test Ottone. OMG!
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From SMN I have bottles of Patchouli, Potpourri, Peau d' Espana, Toscono, Sandalwood and Maresciella. I like all of them, but by far my favorite is the often overlooked gem Maresciella . Out of the bottle it is a medicinal blast of purifying rubber squeaky cleanliness that flows nicely into the mace + nutmeg incense heart of the scent. It is a very old world scent full of mystery and spirit. I never get tired of wearing it. It is nice to experience some of the natural alchemy the Dominican monks were creating back at the monastery ( circa 1828).
I love my Citta di Kyoto. Not feminine at all by the way.
Their Patchouli is also amazing. Most of their scents have a nice soapy, old-timer feel that manages to remain dry and in the end comes off as being avant garde.
I wonder who their perfumer is. Ideas anyone?
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