I have to admit that I’m somewhat at a loss for words for today’s review. Fragrance reviews are notoriously hard to do, because everyone has his or her own personal preferences when it comes to scent. I think that by now, I have done enough fragrance reviews on this site for you fine readers to know what I like: I am Joey, of the stinky man pits. I love strong, woody scents, or a good spicy oriental. Throw a musk at me, and I’m yours forever. On the more feminine spectrum of my perfumed preferences are heady rose and violets. I abhor aquatic scents, and most florals make me cringe. Citrusy-fruity scents? Forget it!
Whatever, that’s just me though. Elvira is the total opposite, preferring womanly florals and the like. I assume most women like to smell “pretty” - the perfume I’m about to describe to you is definitely a “pretty” smell. So, with this, I’m going to try to remain as impartial as possible, because - and I think you can tell by now - I didn’t quite like this perfume.
Linari is a German perfume house whose latest scent is Acqua Santa Eau de Parfume. Acqua Santa was created by Maurice Roucel, who's created such scents as Hermes 24 and Armani Onde Mystere. Now, the press release for Acqua Santa notes that Roucel’s artistic style breeds “streamlined, fearless, and courageous creations.” Ok, fine. Nothing about this scent screams fearless and courageous to me. It’s just...pretty. Acqua Santa is the kind of perfume I would buy as a present for someone, since I feel like there’s a note or two that will just appeal to most people.
The first spray is unbelievably fruity, which of course greatly upset me. I haven’t ever smelled something this fruity in what’s supposed to be an adult women’s fragrance. My first thought was “Well hell, this makes Pink Sugar seem almost sophisticated!” On my skin, the cassis (aka blackcurrant) note is so strong that it overpowers almost every other note. I get whiffs of ylang-ylang and lily of the valley as well, but it all has a cassis overlay. The drydown is more acceptable to my nose. The cassis (and bergamot, but I don’t really smell the bergamot on me) note melts into a strong floral, but not so strong that the base notes can’t come through. The base notes almost transform this into a gourmand - there’s a caramel note that mingles with a soft musk and wood. It reminds me a bit of Angel, almost, but is nowhere near as obscene - and that's a pity.
Admittedly, I do smell pretty delicious when I wear this. I can imagine being complimented on it, which is nice but that's never what I look for when choosing a fragrance. Elvira would have adored this, I know. It is quite nice, but it’s just not for me. I can imagine many people disagreeing with me, though!
Linari Acqua Santa is available at MiN NY, in a lovely 100ml wood and glass bottle. It retails for $195.