Taking an olfactory tour of Acqua di Parma’s Blu Mediterraneo fragrances recently re-inforced for me the notion that fragrance is often the ultimate travel agent – whisking you off to far flung places with the merest hint of sage or whiff of tangerine. The Blu Mediterraneo range now takes in everywhere from Calabria and Capri to Amalfi and Sicily and the latest addition to the range, Ginepro di Sardegna aims, as the name suggests, to capture the essence of the beautiful island of Sardinia. With that in mind, it puts at its core a sparkling gin-like juniper note (the juniper bush flourishes on the island), then adds sage, pepper, pimento, bergamot and cedarwood. The result is a fragrance that’s spicier, warmer and altogether more ‘eveningwear’ than some of the other fragrances in the range and also one that’s a touch more mainstream and commercial. Well worth a sniff, particularly with summer on the horizon. Available now from House of Fraser
It might not seem like summer to you but in the fragrance world things are already hotting up so expect a plethora of summer fragrance releases in the next few months. Certainly one of the nicest I’ve come across so far is this sparkling number from Yves Saint Laurent.
Fresh, without being predictably summery, it contains the citric notes of traditional colognes (in this case madarin, lemon and bergamot) but mixes them up with geranium (one of my favourite notes), spicy black pepper and warm cedarwood to give the fragrance a deeper, more sultry character that won’t just see you through the day but well into those hot summer nights too.
The bottle’s fun too – a frosted version of the La Nuit de L’Homme flacon. Like the original one it’s chunky, clunky and almost heavy enough to count as a murder weapon. Colonel Mustard, on the Lilo, with the YSL Frozen Cologne anyone?
Available from 18th April priced £38 for 60ml eau de cologne.