You wouldn't know it to look at me but I am actually 1/2 Italian. And that Italian part of me is Calebrese. That means my Italian side of the family comes from an area in Italy called Calabria.
Calabria is in Southern Italy. The Tip of the boot. It covers from the tip of the boot to beginning of the arch. The area is mainly mountainous and hilly. I like to call my cousins that live there Italian Hillbillies. But I mean it with love.
|Cliffside homes in Tropea, Calabria.|
Calabria is so incredibly beautiful. The flora and fauna is breathtaking. The scents of the mountains mixed with the salt air from the coast makes the air so fresh. Trust me, after being in Rome for a few days you are going to need fresh air to escape all that pollution. If you ever get a chance to go to Italy, Calabria is worth a visit.
|Capo Vaticano, Calabria|
So what does Calabria have to do with perfume? Well I'll tell you! Acqua di Parma 's latest fragrance in the Le Nobili collection is Gelsomino Nobile. (In Italian, Gelsomino means Jasmine) This fragrance is centered around an exclusive and highly unique species of Jasmine grown only in the Calabria region of Italy, this new Floral Green-Musk style of eau de parfum creates the sensation of walking through lush Italian gardens, in bloom with Jasmine, while the breeze brings in the soft, salty air from the Mediterranean. Gelsomino Nobile is also launching with a sumptuous body cream in addition to two sizes of eau de parfum spray.
Acqua di Parma added to the elegant and regal women's collection which celebrates Italy's famous Italian gardens. The collection already includes the acclaimed Iris Nobile and Magnolia Nobile fragrances.
I fell in love with Gelsomino Nobile at first spray. The fragrance opens up with a sharp citrus note combined with that exclusive Calabrian jasmine. The citrus keeps the Jasmine from smelling powdery. The orange blossom and rose are apparent after a slight dry down but when mixed with the Jasmine the scent starts to mimic that of fresh Honeysuckle. I swoon at the thought of honeysuckle. A most delicate scent that is hard to replicate without smelling "manufactured".
Acqua di Parma mixed in pink peppercorns to give the scent a more spicy feel but it also gives the white floral part of this scent some balance. While Jasmine has a tendency to get a "fecal" note to it, so Acqua di Parma countered with cedar and musk for the dry down. Once the fragrance settles on your skin you are left with a pure jasmine that is not powdery, it's slightly sweet and fairly green (from the cedar) at the same time.
Best of all, the scent lasts for hours on my skin. I normally lose the fragrance after a few hours...that's probably because my skin is so dry and I'm dehydrated. But the eau de parfum of the Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile lasts for hours and hours and I can still enjoy it without having to re-spray.
Acqua di Parma use only the highest quality of ingredients used in fragrance making today. All of the products are made by expert artisans in Italy, and even the labels are still applied by hand. Neiman Marcus will feature the new fragrance in their stores starting in August, and the world wide launch is set for September 1, 2011. Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile Eau de Parfum, 1.7 oz. retails for $108 and the 3.4 oz. will retail for $170.
So what say you? Are you a white floral lover?