Friday, June 10, 2011

Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia Di Capri

Acqua Di Parma is one of those brands that have been around forever. I sniff them every now and then and keep thinking "Wow, this will be great for summer". Unfortunately summer is not a thing one can take for granted here. Some years it's cold and rain for 3 consecutive months and then it's autumn with just more cold and rain coming. But when genuine summer does show up the whole society gets transformed; everyone eats outdoors trying to soaking up as much sun as possible, nobody gets any work done, there is a smile on every face. Right now we do have summer here. The weather has been near perfect for the past few days, 27 degrees Celsius and sun all the time, so it's time for Acqua Di Parma.

Arancia Di Capri means Orange from Parma and it opens with the nicest, liveliest and most authentic orange note I might ever have encountered in a perfume. It's an orange that has had the benefit of ripening in the Mediterranean sun until it's perfect. There is sweetens, tartness, a hint of bitterness and, above all, juiciness that makes your mouth water.

After 10 minutes or so almost all scent disappears, very odd and a bit sad, but if you hang on for some 10 minutes more it's back again in a new guise. The initial power fruit is gone and what is left is a soft and (to me) very feminine citrus with floral qualities and a classical feeling. It reminds me of orange blossoms without that little funky dirty note they sometimes carry (non-indolic?), softened by caramel. The scent is not very strong but I find that the staying power is great, it lasted all day on me.

The Blu Mediterraneo series consists of 6 scents with aromatherapheutic values. When I think af aromatherapy I think of something sharp and herby that smells refreshing in a spa like setting but maybe not on myself. Aranca di Capri is nothing like that. According to the card that came with my sample it's supposed to be "cool and relaxing".

I'm rating it 5 out of 5. It's my new favourite orange scent for uncomplicated sunny summer days.


  1. I'm happy to hear you're having such great weather. :)
    Btw, this sounds very interesting. I don't think I ever tried a perfume with a real orange feel.
    And how incredible that it disappears and then re-appears, is it possible you might be a bit anosmic to something?

  2. I think that the issue is that the top notes fade before the heart notes get fully mature, several of reviews on Fragrantica complain about how there is no smell after 10 minutes, so they are probably experiencing the same thing but didn't have the patience to wait a bit longer.