Dearest and most delightful Olfactoria’s Travelers,
I wanted to show you a perfect summer fragrance this week because you all are coming to the end of summer up north and I think I’ve found a super easy wear, well priced frag that could be a summer signature scent that will happily take you from lazy Sunday brunch to chi chi drinks with the boss and clients, from the footy to the ball. A no worries spritz both refreshing and pretty…
Giulietta was created by Ellen Molner and James Bell for Tocca in 2009.
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Ylang ylang, green apple, pink tulip
Heart: Bulgarian rose, lily of the valley, palida iris, vanilla orchid, lilac
Base: Heliotrope, cedar, musk, amber, sandalwood
Everyone talks about the green apple opening in Giulietta, it’s not photo realistic but it is crisp and refreshing and I can definitely see why it’s such a winner for so many people. I had never associated tulips with fragrance, but there is a green sappy wetness surrounding the apple that could well be tulip turned up 1000 times from nature, maybe. I also get frosty morning, metallic hint of snow or ice. This is a sweet, as in ‘she’s a sweet girl”, uncluttered, fresh fragrance that is shy and retiring. A cool breeze on a warm day. That first sip of slightly flavoured sparkling mineral water when you really need some liquid refreshment.
As the opening is overtaken by the bouquet in the heart I am completely at a loss to pick individual notes, though I think I can smell iris or heliotrope in their most powdery forms and something quite delightfully soapy; there is a lovely fresh green-ness that stops Giulietta turning into a soapy/powdery mess and keeps us firmly in fragrance land. I’m not sure if it’s me or if the fragrance then skews a little lived in, after the flowers do their thing and the whole scent heads towards dry down I am enjoying a healthy, clean but not recently bathed, human fleshy fragrance underpinning everything and making it interesting. It doesn’t stay in this mode for long though, the generic soft powdery vanilla woods and laundry musk style blows in and Giulietta takes a fairly predictable fade to gone, predictable but nice. Sadly my skin never gave me the sorbet moment in dry down that Jessica got at NST.
So wearability? Absolute and utter wearability from jeans to gowns, t-shirt to dinner suit. I think Giulietta would smell even better on a guy than a girl just for the fun of it. Date night, work, the opera or party night out, if you are a one frag person this is probably the kind of thing that you will spritz and wear to the bottom of the bottle, which BTW is really lovely, heavy and feels a good deal more expensive than Giulietta sells for.
What is your summer spritz for 2014?