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?).