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    Default Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    from first in fragrance:

    Testa Maura - When Nature meets Luxury

    Through the diversity of its landscape and unspoiled nature, Corsica, surrounded by the Mediterranean, is an island of unparalleled beauty .

    Xavier Torre’s expertise in contemporary art took him across continents but the aromas and feelings of nostalgia inspired by his native Corsica led Xavier to return home in 2008 and create Testa Maura.

    Testa Maura uses a very personal olfactive identity, partly with new perfume notes but always 100% natural. Thus the company has returned to the origins of traditional French perfumery, enabling an artistic reflection on ingredients and composition.

    The inspiration for the Bucolica collection was to create a range of eaux de parfum that were richer, deeper and wilder. These new accords move the trends and leave a very specific trail for people who want to be unique and have a real wish to live in harmony with the earth.

    And for those who travel the world in search of a lost paradise, Testa Maura has created Capo di Feno; a range of body products based on the organic essential oil of Immortelle. Find paradise and share precious moments lying on the beach when the sea melts with perfume of these yellow flowers burned by the warm sun.

    “From raw material to modern art.” Testa Maura creates unique, quality, poetic and avant-garde fragrances.



    Testa Maura - Collection Bucolica - Carticasi
    Topnote: Mastic Resin
    Heartnote: Galbanum, Rose, Ylang-Ylang
    Basenote: Cedarwood

    Testa Maura - Collection Bucolica - Aleria
    Topnote: Orange, Lime, Lemon, Tangerine
    Heartnote: Myrtle, Ylang-Ylang
    Basenote: Woods, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Beeswax

    Testa Maura - Collection Bucolica - Loriani
    Topnote: Bergamot, Lavender, Thyme
    Heartnote: Orange Blossom, Lavender
    Basenote: Vanilla

    Testa Maura - Collection Bucolica - Aqua di Casta
    Topnote: Black Pepper, Ginger
    Heartnote: Rose, Ylang-Ylang
    Basenote: Vetiver, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Chestnut

    Testa Maura - Collection Bucolica - Mia Murza
    Topnote: Bergamot
    Heartnote: Immortelle
    Basenote: Patchouly, Labdanum (Rockrose), Balsam of Peru


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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Carticasi sounds nice. And if is used in reserve then Mia Murza may be very nice too.
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    Thanks for the heads up, looks interesting!

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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    Mmm, chestnut!

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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    Nice! I'm feeling a pull toward Aleria, but Mia Murza sounds nice, too.

    I will look for these in NYC for sure.
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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    The notes of Aleria, Loriani and Aqua di Casta look appealing.

    Thanks for the heads-up, alfarom.
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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    I had a sample of Aqua Di Casta and while I still have to figure out if I like it or not, I've to say it's quite severe. The giner/pepper opening is whooaaaaaaaa.... Let me test it properly and I'll report back soon...


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    Loriani sounds rather wonderful.

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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Well Ajaccio and Paris = France. Now the question is "Do they come in 100ml bottles?"
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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Thanks for sharing.

    Well Ajaccio and Paris = France. Now the question is "Do they come in 100ml bottles?"
    LOOL NO, Just 50ml (as far as I know)


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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    interesting ... thanks for the heads up ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    LOOL NO, Just 50ml (as far as I know)
    Oh....Well I will still respond to threads to say how wonderful they are - regardless if I have actually smelled them or not. But I will pass on purchasing them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Thanks for sharing.

    Well Ajaccio and Paris = France. Now the question is "Do they come in 100ml bottles?"
    Ajaccio = Corsica.

    Call any Corsican French, and you'd probably be shot !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HDD8 View Post
    Ajaccio = Corsica.

    Call any Corsican French, and you'd probably be shot !!
    I know where it is - and have been there. But it is still part of France.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I know where it is. But it is still part of France.
    You better hope they don't know where you are though......

    I can hear those guns being loaded......
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    I met Xavier Torre while I attended Esxence last year in Milan. He is a very charming guy and likes to talk about his perfumes. He is very proud of them. I got to try the entire line. A couple of them were favorites at the time, but I cannot now remember which ones. They were all very natural smelling, and I think they might have been all natural in composition. It's hard for me to remember. Esxence is a big exhibition with many brands represented and it's difficult for me to keep everything straight after visiting so many booths, especially after nearly a year. I do definitely remember liking Xavier and his fragrances. At the time I believe that the fragrances had extremely limited availability. I'm happy to hear that they are becoming more widely available.

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    Noggs, it seems that opinions on this guy are basically the same everywhere. A lot of people talked me about his charme, his genuine passion for fragrance and his personal propension to talk extensively to people interested in his brand. I attended Fragranze 2011 in Florence last september (which is basically the same kind of event as Esxence in Milan) and he was there "re-launching" his brand but it was impossible to talk to him due to the huge amount of crowd gravitating around his booth.

    At Fragranze I've been able to grab a sample of Aqua di Casta but now I've heard that one of my favorite shop in Florence just started to carry Testa Maura and I can't wait to test the rest of this line....


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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    I finally got to sample the whole line...report will follow soon...

    any further experiences anyone in the meantime?


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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    my full report on this brand is available here.

    In the meantime, this line is now available via Luckyscent...


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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    I just ordered samples of the line from LS, as they had a great July Sampler Pack of all the TM scents that included 4 new Micallef scent samples thrown in at no additional cost that I wanted to try anyway.
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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    Great Drseid...I'm very curious to hear your thoughts...My favorite is definitely Acqua Di Casta that after the modern peppery-ginger opening turns into an extremely dry sandalwood-vetiver base which is just terrific IMO. As often happens with all-natural fragrances, longevity is just right below average but still somewhat satisfying. I also quite enjoyed their citrus (Aleria) and Carticasi (an extremely bitter-green foral).


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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    my full report on this brand is available here.
    Very nice! Aqua di Casta seems to be calling my name.....

    ( 50 mL format notwithstanding.... )
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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    Will have Luckyscent send samples of these with my next order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Great Drseid...I'm very curious to hear your thoughts...My favorite is definitely Acqua Di Casta that after the modern peppery-ginger opening turns into an extremely dry sandalwood-vetiver base which is just terrific IMO. As often happens with all-natural fragrances, longevity is just right below average but still somewhat satisfying. I also quite enjoyed their citrus (Aleria) and Carticasi (an extremely bitter-green foral).
    Just got my samples last night and while it is way too early to write any kind of meaningful thoughts, it was pretty clear that Acqua di Casta with its great ginger opening was going to be the most appealing of the lot to my personal taste. I liked what I smelled with all of them save one that I was having a hard time smelling anything at all (probably sensory overload by the time I got to it). Probably my second favorite early-on was indeed the citrus one that had a somewhat weird but still appealing lemon and concrete-like concoction to open that got better and better as the lemon developed. A very promising line from my brief experience with it so far.
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    à l'iniziu c'era a voce...


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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    Rem, aren't these guys from Sardinia?


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    They are from Corsica. The name of their band, A Filetta, comes from "Un ti scurda di a filetta!" which means "Don't forget the fern!"

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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    I am wearing the eau de cologne Capo di Feno right now and really like it. I am getting a grassy green vibe from it, combining with subtle citrus and mild herbal accents including maybe a bit of lemongrass. It smells great on the whole and while dissimilar in its actual smell, I kind of get an Eau d'Orange Verte vibe from the scent with its citrus and herbal-green combo. My main gripe with it is its longevity is extremely fleeting with almost no projection (think skin scent). The bottle is reasonably priced but it has to be, as I suspect frequent liberal re-application will be necessary with this one. My guess is this will be an eventual purchase for me. Good stuff.

    Edit: My more complete thoughts follow:

    Capo di Feno by Testa Maura


    Capo di Feno (an eau de cologne) opens with an invigorating blast of grassy green herbs and citrus including a touch of what appears to be lemongrass. The opening notes quickly tone down to what amounts to a skin scent with subtle remnants of the lemongrass laced greens and herbs remaining into the heart of the scent. If there are any base notes here I could not detect any, as the scent is so fleeting it is gone for all intents and purposes within minutes of application. As alluded to previously, projection is minimal and so is longevity.

    Capo di Feno is a frustrating scent. On the one hand, it smells absolutely incredible and is one hundred percent natural. On the other its performance is abysmal. As a completely natural ingredient based eau de cologne, you have to assume relatively low longevity as “par for the course,” but Capo di Feno brings new levels of brevity to edc longevity assumptions. Still, I keep coming back to the captivating open of the scent that really peps you up and just is so well done, despite its minimalist nature. In the end I think the pros (the scent itself) definitely outweigh the cons (performance) and a buy is recommended at its relatively low price of $95 for a 100ml splash bottle, especially if you enjoy scents like Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermes and can live with the performance shortfalls. Capo di Feno is a strong eau de cologne release from Testa Maura and earns a “very good” rating of 3.5 stars out of 5.
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    Default Re: Testa Maura: A Re-Launch!

    Capo di Feno could make a terrific alternative for those who'd like an immortelle-centered fragrance but don't stand the burnt-sugary-syrupy aspect of this Flower.

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    Capo di Feno could make a terrific alternative for those who'd like an immortelle-centered fragrance but don't stand the burnt-sugary-syrupy aspect of this Flower.


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