Romeo di Romeo Gigli (1989) vs. Di Romeo Gigli (1999). Why create two scents with such confusingly similar names? And a decade apart?
I am reviewing an edp sample of the original 1989 formula. Heady white floral mix of freesia and jasmine immediately envelop. This is a powerhouse floral. Extremely feminine. Quite sweet due to orange blossom. I can understand how other reviewers believe that honeysuckle is center stage, but it does not appear in the note tree, so I believe it is the intense freesia/jasmine oil mix that may give that impression.
As the scent progresses, dry notes enter to tone it down. This must be the basil, marigold (tagetes), muguet and orris. So, we have a dry herbal undertone bent on reigning in the florals. It works, keeping them in check as the dry down continues, balancing the two opposites.
Sadly, I got none of the citrus top notes and I dont really experience any of the base notes.
I can see it being a signature scent for a mature woman. A little bit goes a long way. It has the power of Piguets Fracas, as a strength and composition comparison. I also find it almost identical to Byblos. Even the bottle shape is reminiscent of that scent and both Romeo and Byblos debuted the same year, 1989.
To sum up, a powerhouse white floral, tamed a bit by dry herbals/florals. Very pretty, very feminine and quite strong.
You know what immediately keeps a freesia-heavy fragrance from smelling like a hair care product? Basil. What a sharp idea, that, taking the white floral bouquet into the spice garden. Romeo here is like the Mediterranean, kitchen savvy alter ego of vintage Diorella; yellow citruses, green herbs, white florals, and golden resins create a sunset palette of an accord. Very natural and very good.
It could be honeysuckle. At any rate, its a beautifully fresh / floral fragrance. The top notes are citrus, fruit, and, lets say, florala wonderfully singular floral that flaunts its beauty and purity, supported by a demure plum note and some reticent citrus notes. The floral top eventually joins in the full floral bouquet in the middle levelpractically every flower including orchid and rose. This middle level is superbly balanced, surprisingly non fru- fru, and lasts as only a pre 90s scent can last. The base is a traditional amber, musk, sandalwooddelicate and lovely. All the accords are full, beautifully structured, and tasteful. Theres not a trace of synthetic ambiance in the entire movement. This is a light and refined fragrance that is warm, comforting and absolutely lovely.
Very strong on the jasmine and freesia, this is a southern belle floral. Lovely when in the mood for...jasmine and freesia! The notes sound chypre-like, but it's really a heady floral. (Notes: Bergamot, jasmine, orange blossom, freesia, sandalwood)