A Terry Cloth Robe – Review: Il Profumo Nuda

Il Profumo Nuda was part of a sample pack I won from the generous folks at First in Fragrance last fall. Since then, it has been languishing unseen and unloved in my sample box. That is the effect I wanted from my embargo, to give myself the chance to find hidden treasures in my own stash that would otherwise be steamrolled over by newer, more attention grabbing scents.

Nuda was released in 2010, the newest of the Italian line Il Profumo created by Silvana Casoli, a former aromatherapist. She states: “Each product from Il PROFVMO consists of purely natural ingredients. They are obtained in hand using traditional methods of craftsmanship and meet the highest standards of quality. “

Notes for Nuda include Red Berries, Honey, Grape, Blackberry, Iris, Vineyard Peach, Opium, Ginger, Musk, Oakmoss and Pistachio.

This list sounds over the top on paper, like a fruit basket in a Turkish opium den. It is nothing of the sort. The accompanying marketing copy speaks of an “aphrodisiac power that stimulates suffusing an intimacy that leads to ecstasy and passion.” Weeeell, I give you intimacy, okay, but ecstasy and passion? I don’t know.

Nuda is really lovely. A fruity musk, reminiscent of Mure et Musc, Nuda is a soft, unobtrusive skin scent.

If I hadn’t hundreds of options, if I wouldn’t love perfume so much, if I didn’t want to smell like something else everyday, if I wouldn’t want my perfume to be distinctive and recognized as such, I would want to smell like Nuda.

It is more of a good smell than a perfume to me, a scent where people say, “You smell great!”, not “What perfume is that?”.

Nuda smells innocent to me, soft, child-like and tender. I doused myself in it to get enough of it, since it is very light, but when using it liberally it has a lovely intimate sillage and stays around for about three hours.

Nuda makes me feel comfortable. It smells like a freshly bathed child. I am reminded of my own childhood, of being rubbed dry by my Mom after a bath and having body lotion applied, then hopping into a soft terrycloth bathrobe that has been pre-warmed on the radiator for me. It reminds me of my own children, when I do the same to them now.

Nuda smells of warmth and home and the intimate relationships between Mothers and children to me.

As I said, it is simply lovely.

It is available in 50 and 100ml Eau de Toilette and a matching body cream (which ties nicely into my fantasy, don’t you think?).

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22 Responses to A Terry Cloth Robe – Review: Il Profumo Nuda

  1. Marie says:

    It sounds like the body cream might be the way to go with this scent 🙂 I imagine that it would make for a very nice and calming evening bathing ritual after a long, hard day. Hmmmmm.

  2. Tara says:

    This does sound very comforting and probably perfect for lazy days when you’re just lolling round the house (admittedly not much lolling going on when you have children). Interesting point about your embargo, that you are pushed into making the effort to try neglected samples. That is a good result.

    BTW I read that Mon Numero 10 will be exclusive to Barney’s, New York, but guess that won’t be problem if they’re all be available online.

  3. Jane says:

    Oh this sounds so lovely! What a beautiful image and I love the name. Sounds like the perfume that people like Us wear when we just don’t want to think to hard about what we are wearing….I must try it.

  4. deeHowe says:

    I tried this just the other night!

    … and I agree, it is a very tender scent. I did not find it to be sensual in the least—very pretty, very soft, cuddly even! I have a difficult relationship with musks (many go wrong on me), and this musk was borderline for me—I could very faintly detect that kind of musk that goes “cat puke” on me, but just on the periphery of my sense of smell. It’s well-blended, for sure!

    I really, really liked the powdery aspect — giving a sense of gentleness without actually smelling like baby powder. Nicely done! (and nicely reviewed too 🙂 )

    • Olfactoria says:

      I was curious what you would think, we are on the same page here it seems.
      I was afraid it would be a scrubber for you since you hated Mure et Musc so much, I find them very similar. Another smell-alike is Milly la Foret from the Dior Collection, I received a sample in London, I love it too…:)

      • deeHowe says:

        Mure et Musc is full on cat puke on me, and I can’t detect any other actual notes (must be hypernosmic)—so I’m guessing that Nuda has several musks (including the one in MeM), and the combination obscures the offender!

        But, if this is what MeM smells like to you, I can see why you like it—very cozy and comforting! 🙂

  5. Undina says:

    I liked the review but the perfume itself doesn’t excite me. I wouldn’t refuse to try it if it just happen to find me but I do not envision myself actively seeking it.

  6. vanessa says:

    I might have overlooked this one just based on the note list – as you say, a lot of fruit, on the face of it – but it sounds like my kind of thing completely! Will keep an eye out on my travels.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I think you would love it, its is very soft and understated, but comfortable and simply beautiful. Let me know how you like it, should you get the chance to try it.

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  10. ninakane1 says:

    This sounds utterly gorgeous. I will check it out. Have you ever tried the Il Profumo Patchoulie Noir? I had a bottle a few years ago, and loved it. It was a very warm, grounding scent, with just a hint of sweetness. I’m not very familiar with ingrediants, so don’t know what was in it, but it was superb. Unfortunately my local stockist stopped supplying it, but I hope to obtain another bottle some day!

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