Friday, March 18, 2011

Hilde Soliani: Conaffetto

I'm sure most of you found some information regarding this perfume among other blogs out there. Conaffetto (con affetto) meaning "with affection" and the confetti reference of weddings.

For that matter, I remember my parents bringing home confetti when going to weddings, it used to be a tradition here as well.
There is still the tradition of giving your guests a little gift but it evolved and can now be almost anything.

This is my first perfume by Hilde Soliani and if I were to choose where to start with her line, it probably wouldn't have been with this one. But as I won a draw on Fragrance Belles-Lettres, I was eagerly awaiting this to see for myself what the fuss is about.

There is not a wealth of notes for this one: orange blossom, almonds, sugar.

I seem to be smelling gourmands these days. :)

Btw, I am ashamed to say I had my suspicions when first trying this and getting hit with the smell of vanilla and almond ice cream. Vanilla-sweet and almondy? I thought, Oh, please, it's not going to keep smelling like that?!

Luckily for me, and really ashamed here for being the doubting Thomas (is that the phrase in English?), that opening didn't last long and next time I braved my arm, I was surprised by what I found on it. The ice cream sweetness was gone and something different was left in its place.

I've been trying to figure what exactly it is for several days now but the best I came up with the 3 little notes given for this is - the smell of almonds turns slightly bitter (and for a little while citrusy) and the orange blossom maintains the balance between the sugar and almonds. It's not like I can actually smell sugar , well, now I think of it, yes I can. I know the smell of sugar, I just never thought to look for it in perfume.

The bottom line is, I'm glad if I were to win something by Ms Soliani, it was this because it made me realize there is hope for me and almonds in perfumes without me even getting the hint of the idea of marzipan.
And bravo for making these notes into a perfume (I would never have thought this possible before).

So, as I was lucky, I want to spread it around a bit more, and if anyone is interested in trying this, first 3 commenters to state their interest will get a sample. :)

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  1. Ines, Conaffetto is one that I haven't tried, so would be very interested to sample it!

    Like you, I have mixed opinions about almonds in perfume, but the non-marzipan version sounds intriguing.

  2. Hey fellow Red & Happy mid-March! I'd too Love to try this out! Her line is yet a mystery to me, and you make me wanna start right where you did. I love when a perfume does what I've never thought possible. (btw, my latest such experience is Oltre by Laura Tonnato - Wow Wow, what a realistic sea scent! I'm addicted already).

    Zanne :)

  3. Oh how wonderful. Like you I've heard so much about Hilde Soliani, and m so curiuos, but have yet to test :-)

  4. Glad you liked it! It's a soft, lovely powdery almond and not too overwhelming like some others. In general the HL scents are well-mannered, behaving like scent rather than globbing you down on the head.

  5. Haha, love the picture of a perfume "globbing you down on the head". Trying to think what kind of evil perfume that would be...?

  6. Ellen, I wonder then, what will you say about this almond creation. :)
    Please email me your address.

  7. Hey Zanne!
    I will have to try Oltre as I only sampled one LT perfume before and was unimpressed (to put it mildly) but this one sounds interesting. :)
    Please email me your address and I'll send the sample.

  8. Hi Asali,

    does your finding this interesting means you are interested in getting the third sample? If so, email me your address. :)

  9. Hi Helg!
    I'm still surprised I liked it. :) I mean, it shouldn't work for me at all which just makes me think Ms. Soliani is obviously extremely good at what she does.

  10. Don't know too much about Hilde Soliani - except that she makes perfume names that usually end in an exuberant...isssisssiima (I think!), but orange blossom and non-marzipan almond go great together - or they did in Dior's Escale à Portofino. What gives me pause is the sugar. I wore Spiritueuse Double Vanille yesterday (or it wore me!) and it was...sweeeeeeeeeeeet. I'm not sure I'm a sweeeeeeeeeet kind of person...;)

  11. Oh yes Pleeease:-) I was perhaps being a bit understated, but I would love a sample. I find it very generous of you sharing your winnings. I have emailed you now. So looking forward to testing Soliani, have a great weekend.

  12. Hi Tarleisio,
    I have to admit I'm not a fan of those exuberant names but I guess Italians can't help their exuberance. ;)
    I have no idea if I ever tried Escale a Portofino but now I might.
    Btw, I looooooove Spiriteuse Double Vanille (and it never wears me). :)