Friday, March 18, 2011
Hilde Soliani: Conaffetto
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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