Dama Bianca is a classic case of: attractive bottle drawing in shallow perfume blogger.
Aside from the eye-stabbingly dangerous looking top, this bottle and even more so the packaging are gorgeous! Or are they? The strange thing is, one moment I’m bewitched, the next I think it looks tacky and over the top. Whatever it really is, however you see it, it successfully reeled me in in any case and I’m glad I followed my eyes. And even if my aesthetic sensibilities are of two minds here, my nose couldn’t be happier.
Dama Bianca includes notes of lime, Chinese kumquats, Florentine orris, Egyptian jasmine, lily of the valley, violet, lilac, Indonesian sandalwood, cedarwood, Zanzibar vanilla beans, ambrette seed, white musk and burnt malt.
“Dama Bianca, the White Lady, is a story of a lady trapped within her dreams as high above the vistas, she gazes out into what lay beyond. Locked behind walls of jealousy and deception, her only escape is the fragrant notes of fruits and flowers outside her reach. Daily bounties are brought to her by a mysterious figure as her only sense of what the outside holds.”
-from the PR material via MiN
Um, yes. Be that as it may, Dama Bianca smells pretty good.
Opening with a quick citrus burst, it soon shows the fruitier, fleshier side of limes and kumquats before fully falling into an opulent white floral heart. The real star here is the base though. A totally sumptuous vanilla holds court for hours, artfully accompanied by woody notes and an almost treacly-chewy booze note that is probably to blame for the perfume’s addictive potential.
Dama Bianca is lush and full, sweet and rich, but not heady or cloying in the least. It is similar in style to its golden colleague in the Casamorati line, Lira, and both are reminiscent of the great vanilla-centric Guerlains like Metallica or Mon Precieux Nectar.
Dama Bianca is like a white fur stole, warm, soft, enveloping and slightly too much for going to the corner store for a pint of milk.
This Dame needs a glamorous venue, possibly even a stage, to match her own allure.
Well, a girl can dream and Dama Bianca definitely helps with that.