This is a scent for an emotionally evolved soul. Vintage Tuscany Per Donna is, in my opinion, the essence of femininity. Everything about it is sensuous, and womanly, from the beautiful bottle to the creamy sandalwood-jasmine juice within. I could wax lyrical about the excellence that is Tuscany Per Donna, but no words can conjore up the emotions this brings about. This is the smell of the mother that loves you, feeds you, and think about you day and night. This the smell of the woman that you respect and admire. One that radiates calm, serenity, love, and kindness. We can talk about reformulation, yes all perfumes have gone through it. But Tuscany Per Donna smells as wonderful and opulent as always to me.
It feels familiar, because...sandalwood (even if most perfumes use a synthetic rendition of it nowadays, no matter how perfected the accord is), without a hint of screech. The opening is fresh and bright strong fruity presence. Then it cools to right away to lily, citrus and green notes. The scent develops into flower heart but it does not get too sweet, as rose and jasmine duo is balanced by cool and distant notes of violet. This creates very pleasant tranquil flower combination. It is strong but it is not loud or distracting. The woods are not sharp and heavy on the dry down, like recently falled trees, but softer, rounded, as if they had fallen years ago and are weathered and a bit of mossy and subtle styrax. Totally It is an oriental woody, but in daylight, perhaps after a light rain.
Not being able to find a vintage mini, I have to compare Tuscany per Donna to a 2012 bottle of Trésor; which, according to Bois de Jasmin (who describes Sophia Grojsman as her mentor) has changed, and changed a lot.
In the light of that, I'd still say Tuscany per Donna is a blatant rip off of Trésor (1990) even down to the (Aramis) bottle shape and colour of the juice. I suspect it's based on the same quartet of chemicals as Grojsman's ground breaking invention : Hedione, Iso E Super, Galaxolide and methyl ionone; just the ornamentation has changed.
Tuscany per Donna is darker, more fruity-acid, much sweeter, and a bit woodier. It's less milky than modern Trésor, and overall, more of a bludgeoner. Even so, I think I prefer it.
I got a bottle of this way back in 1994, and loved it. Even when it ran out, I kept the bottle, because there was a teeny tiny bit left in it (which I couldn't get out) because I just loved the smell of it so much. I was most upset when I went to get another bottle and I found out that it wasn't being made any more. Then several years ago, I found out that Estee Lauder were making it, so I went looking on the net and found some. The box and the bottle were identical to my old bottle, and it smelled exactly as I remembered - awesome!! I haven't worn this for a while, so I hauled it out this morning and then wondered why I had neglected it. It's just lovely. While I get a bit of the fruit at opening, it very quickly becomes a soft cloud of beautiful, warm, spicy vanilla-amber-sandalwood, with a touch of sweetness from the carnation. There is something so deliciously warm about this it's very feminine, without being girly. It makes me think of a sexy little black dress, and champagne glasses, backlit by a toasty warm fireplace, just waiting to be picked up and sipped. Don't ask me why that's just what springs to mind whenever I smell this. I do understand why some people think of Tresor when they smell it they have a lot of notes in common. This, however, is more spicy. I still love it as much as I ever did.
A warm summer's evening in the hills of TuscanyWhat an unexpected surprise. I haven't worn Estee Lauder fragrances in many years, and this "oldie but goodie" has captured my attention in a big way. (Orignially released by Aramis, the fragrance was taken over by Lauder at some point in time. I don't know whether this frag changed in any way during the ownership change since I've not sampled the Aramis release.)A complex fragrance in the "old school" tradition of perfumery. I really like the warm, fruity opening; peaches and warm dry grass. I get a sense of sun-baked grass, like that in the hills of Tuscany during the summer; dry but still herbal. The heart notes bring in a lot of sweetness, mostly jasmine and honeysuckle to my nose, and the basenotes of sandalwood, vanilla and warm amber evolve quickly into a lovely drydown of warm woody goodness. The drydown reminds me of vintage Samsara, the sandalwood is of very nice quality here.I really think this should be worn in the heat of summer--the heat makes the fragrance bloom in a beautiful way. Sprayed lightly, it's an evocative fragrance that is a pleasure to wear. Longevity good, about 6 hours, and sillage also good, use with a light hand. Pros: Warm, fruity, and herbal, sandalwood and amber: rich and resinousCons: None"
This is a good safe fragrance for people who want to go the floriential route, but like to keep it light. I found it to be not bad but somewhat ordinary, not exciting enough for me to buy a full bottle, but throughout the 90s you always got a generous "gift with purchase" sample at the Estee Lauder counter, which I would occasionally wear. I agree with Exciter76 that you can smell spices though none are listed in the notes.