I haven't met , truly, an Acqua Di Parma fragrance I haven't liked or usually, loved. I'm beginning to think that despite my love of so many vaunted fragrance houses, that the Italians just may have most of my heart. They love to reference villas , palazzos and gardens overlooking the Mediterranean and I am so there, in my mind at least. So perhaps that's part of it. It helps that they really do smell that good.
So we have Acqua Di Parma's newest -Gelsomino Nobile, based on Calabrian Jasmine, known for being green and fresh. There is a trio of Nobile fragrances now ,with the previous two being the equally gorgeous Iris Nobile and Magnolia Nobile.
The jasmine is mingled with mandarin which makes a fabulous combination and orange blossom builds the white flower presence and then the cedarwood and musk notes temper the flowers a little bit and ground it. I don't find it to be very green , but there is just enough there to balance those white flowers and not send into hothouse territory ( not that there is anything wrong with that .) The overtly big floral theme doesn't suit here, and Gelsomino Nobile is fine just as it is. It's elegant but not never too much and has a sparkling zip to it which might be the mandarin. That note sticks around here much longer than usual as citrus is so volatile .
It will wear well most any day and anytime. Sillage is medium and it lasts nicely .
3.4 oz/100ml EDP Spray: $170
1.7oz/50ml EDP Spray: $108
5.25oz/150gr Body Cream: $80 (4% concentrated fragrance)
Avaialable at Neiman Marcus, Sephora.com Bergdorf Goodman, Saks and select Nordstroms .