Vanessa of Bonkers about Perfume has been extremely generous with me and one of the many, many samples and decants she shared with me, was Farmacia SS Annunziata Fiore di Riso, a perfume she very much likes herself.
Fiore di Riso is a soft gourmand, tender, sweet and comforting. A short citrus burst immediately ushers in a floral duet of rose and jasmine spiced by ginger. That spicy heart is a lot more subtle than it might sound, everything about Fiore di Riso is delicate and softly understated. As it develops, the sweet base of vanilla, tonka and sandalwood gets more and more prominent taking over the florals eventually. Something green (oakmoss) keeps Fiore di Riso from being all out gourmand and make this fragrance cozy and delicious without being edible in the least. On some days I get all sweet warmth, on others there is a bit of a soapy facet.
Fiore di Riso is very lovely, and easy to like. It does not make it hard to love it, it is highly wearable and stays close, but is not so inconspicuous that you won’t notice it yourself.
What Fiore di Riso is not, is spectacular, memorable or making a statement. It is quiet and pretty. What sounds like damning it with faint praise, is actually the contrary. In a normal life of people like us, who probably have more days where we need a quiet, but beautiful companion for a day at work, rather than a hauntingly beautiful but distracting or challenging statement perfume, Fiore di Riso will be highly appreciated.
It is most certainly the name that starts the fantasy, but the scent lends itself to accompany me on an inner journey to the terraced rice paddies of Thailand or China. I love the look of them, this landscape seems so peaceful and somber. A little peace and quiet during hectic days, a quick escape, instant travel right there on my wrists, often is all I need, and that is a good thing, because it is all I get too.
What are your preferred soft and understated fragrances, the ones that never fail you?