9 posts tagged "Acqua di Parma"
Brief history lesson: The story of eau de cologne dates back to the 16th century in Cologne, Germany, when a perfumer supposedly concocted a simple yet elegant blend of citrus notes combined with herbal ingredients. The formula wasn’t meant to be incredibly rich or powerful, but rather a subtle, even humble, mist of zest on the skin. And yet it turned out to be quite the olfactory hit—nothing short of insanely popular among European locals and travelers on holiday who often splashed it on like a refreshing tonic during the hazy summery months. Fast-forward to today and the allure of the classic, old-world citrus cologne hasn’t faded a bit. Indeed, the latest versions prove that no two are exactly alike, and that each rendering can produce a slightly different mood, thanks to the nuances of the botanicals used. Here, a thoughtful look at the newest twists on this summertime favorite. Click here to view the slideshow.
In addition to forgetting my new, extremely coveted Chloe Susannah boots and a Proenza T-shirt that has become a fashion week wardrobe staple this season, I also apparently neglected to bring body lotion with me when I left for Milan last night. (I’ll spare you the details of my harried packing experience and the brutal traffic on the Van Wyck Expressway that nearly made me miss my plane; needless to say, I earned that in-flight glass of white wine.) I’m still mourning the loss of the boots, but I kind of liked the idea of pilfering the Milanese pharmacies in search of something to slather onto my parched limbs in lieu of my regular moisturizer—until, that is, I arrived at my hotel to discover a full amenities lineup from Acqua di Parma. The quintessential Italian fragrance house, whose Colonia is one of my all-time favorite unisex eau, makes a mean body lotion that keeps you subtly smelling like citrus, lavender, and verbena all day while soothing dry skin. The house is also well known for its Blu Mediterraneo collection, which is about to get a packaging makeover replete with a line up of new scented salves. The five-piece range includes fragrance combinations dedicated to Italy’s famed resort destinations: Arancia di Capri is rich in mandarin, lemon, and cardamom; Mirto di Panarea is ripe with notes of myrtle, basil, and jasmine; Bergamotto di Calabria packs a hefty bergamot, citron, and red ginger punch; Fico di Amalfi boasts wafts of grapefruit, fig, and pink pepper essences; and Mandorlo di Sicilia has the sweet scent of star anise, green Mediteranean almond, and vanilla Tolu balm. Starting next month, the entire line will be rebottled in a blue version of the brand’s original cylindrical glass flacon, and each scent will get its own corresponding 200 ml body lotion. Note to self: Don’t leave home without it.
Available beginning March 2012 at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and select Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom locations.
Acqua Di Parma’s original Colonia is one of those scents that we’re pretty sure has universal appeal. Even if you’re not a fragrance fan, it’s near impossible not to fall for the neroli, verbena, lavender, and Bulgarian rose eau, which manages to be sweet, fresh, and powdery all at once. While originally created for men, the perfumed splash has a gender-neutral quality that makes it a particularly good holiday gift, especially since the almost 100-year-old citrus blend has been repackaged in a new limited-edition flacon that is itself a work of art. Acqua di Parma has teamed up with renowned Italian architect and artist Luca Scacchetti to create a black, Art Deco-inspired design emblazoned across the brand’s classic, cylindrical glass flacon. As a bonus, the refillable bottle comes with a metal funnel, so you can continue to use it once you run out of its precious contents. And run out you will: Another thing we love about the Colonia is that as an eau de cologne, it boasts a significantly lighter concentration of essential oils than an eau de toilette or an eau de parfum, allowing you to spritz it liberally and often.
Jasmine is a polarizing fragrance note, in my humble opinion. It’s the cilantro of the scent world; you either love it or hate it, with little room in between for indifference. I tend to fall on the “don’t care for” end of the spectrum when it comes to the white-petaled bloom, and so I struggle with excessively green scents that use jasmine extract in high quantities. But seeing as how Acqua di Parma secured my allegiance to its Le Nobili collection six years ago with its Violet Nobile, only strengthening the bond in 2009 with the release of Magnolia Nobile, I put my distaste aside to properly review the line’s latest offering, which is jam-packed with the floral note. Gelsomino Nobile is centered around jasmine, albeit a special strain of it grown in Calabria, Italy. This jasmine essence is used primarily to achieve a light and airy effect—two words I would never typically associate with jasmine, as I typically find it to be a bit cloying. The eau succeeds in this pursuit, evoking the bright Mediterranean sun and fresh sea breezes with additional hints of pink pepper, orange blossom, tuberose, and musk. For the record, my favorite of the three Le Nobili offerings is its Magnolia iteration. But Gelsomino has made me reconsider my stance on jasmine, which is a feat in and of itself.
Summer has officially arrived in New York, which means it’s time to get the hell out of Dodge on the weekends. We’re vacillating on whether to focus on quick trips upstate or to the beach, but more pressing are certain packing issues. Getting your weekend bag ready on Thursday night before coming to work on Friday can be challenging, particularly when you’re obsessed with assembling the perfect collection of tiny beauty products, as we are. More difficult still is locating a miniature flacon for your signature scent. Short of decanting said fragrance into a plastic spray bottle via a thimble sized funnel—which we’ve attempted unsuccessfully—preparing for out-of-town spritzing can prove tricky. But it can also be an utterly chic experience, if Acqua di Parma has anything to say about it. The brand’s delectable woody floral Magnolia Nobile has just been released as a purse spray that’s housed in a gorgeous ivory, leather-wrapped cylinder. Slide the gilded notch up to reveal a previously hidden nozzle. As a bonus, once you’ve drained the gorgeous juice, there’s no need to toss the keepsake bottle, as the company has also debuted a three pack of refills. More of an Iris Nobile fan? You’re in luck. There is a vibrant purple version of the travel-friendly flacon to make those cool Hamptons breezes that much more fragrant.