This is apparently the biggest seller for Orto Parisi in Harrods.
So its a crowd pleaser. The manager eulogised over the dry down. A creamy Sandalwood. So I gave my arm 3 good sprays and sauntered off to the Stephane Humbert Counter - in short I found nothing of interest there with the exception of Black Gemstone which they had run out of suggesting that is their own crowd pleaser . Back to Orti Parisi:
It opens smoky spicy and almost sweet and a touch of incense. In fact not bad at all. Very versatile. Day time, night time, cold weather, and a tiny spray for warm weather. Was this truly going to be a purchase?
Unfortunately there as a dry down. The smoke and incense left and all you were left with was a bland creamy sandalwood.
I think this is what is called a phantom fragrance: Its all in the opening so that punters at the perfume counter will spray it , sniff it, want it and buy it only to take it home and found out they have been conned.
I would not have minded creamy sandalwood with depth, maybe some spice and lurking whisps of smoke to prevent you feeling that you are looking into an empty box where once was your fragrance. But then it would not be a phantom fragrance.
Fragrance: 7.75 in the opening for about 30 minutes. Then 5.5/10 for 2 hours.
PS: Judging from another reviewer who commented that this is potent juice it looks like Orto Parisi has been subjected to the disgraceful watering down most of the Nasomatto range has been destroyed by. Nasomatto Pardon was a rare masterpiece. Now it is a thin crumbling mask. I am too upset for further metaphor.
Just sampled from First in Fragrance.
Terroni starts with a note very similar to Interlude man (but more sharp), then after almost an hour Interlude dies and all that's left is Black Afgano...so i give my disappointment because in this juice as in BA i find more marketing than...juice. Nice bottle, nice red coloured liquid, a great hype around it's name and what it should evoke, all things that shares with BA but the content is not worth the price to me. It's a shame because the strenght and longevity and sillage, are all at highest level but at that price i WANT a 360 degrees parfum!
To my nose it's too flat, i can smell blonde tobacco, ashes and some kind of vetiver. I think Gualtieri should explore more ingredients than the 12/15 on his shelf.
Waves of smoke, vetiver and incense make for a powerful earthy aroma. A dark scent that is combined with spices and dusty cacao and with barely sweet notes that appear later in the development. As a whole it smells synthetic, a bunch of aroma chemicals put together, yes. But it does evoke the earth, the soil, the smoke. You can tell it's a Gaultieri creation, because it has the same DNA as other of his perfumes. And it has some strength to it, which is nice.