I do not usually pay attention to the name of a perfume. But when one as beautiful as La Danza delle Libellule comes my way I sit up and pay attention. It means The Dance of the Dragonflies. This is a perfume which came out I believe in 2012 and when I received a sample in Rome I wore it and loved it for 3 days. I received another sample this summer and have been dreaming ever since.
Autumn has arrived and although the days are shorter and the temperatures have cooled off, the sunshine (which is unusual here in Vienna in November) and the crisp blue skies is making me dream of lazy summer days and I am searching for the perfect vanilla perfume. I pulled out my sample of La Danza delle Libellule from this summer and quickly used it up. The search was now on to find it in Vienna!
The Nobile 1942 website gives a beautiful description of this perfume. It is quoted here so that you understand of how spot on they describe it.
LA DANZA DELLE LIBELLULE (THE DANCE OF THE DRAGONFLIES)
… claiming some time for frivolousness, cuddles and the gentle insouciance that all women deserve. All these elements form the background to the melody conceived by Franz Lehar, who composed the “Dance of the Dragonflies”, an operetta that met with great success. With this spirit, the new fragrance by Nobile 1942, brings all the lightness necessary to soothe even the most troubled hearts.
Pure vanilla, a gourmand fragrance that warms the heart and envelops you in a sweet cloud, around which three frivolous dragonflies flutter, as in the operetta by the celebrated composer of “The Merry Widow”.
It is good for our senses to be pampered and loved, in an Epicurean joie de vivre, with moderation but also indulgence with ourselves. (by the homonymous operetta with music by Franz Lehar, Libretto by Carlo Lombardo).
Fragrantica lists the notes for La Danza delle Libellule as follows: Top notes are bergamot and red apple; middle notes are cedar and cinnamon; base notes are musk, vanilla and coconut.
I spray it on and get a blast of freshness with vanilla and musk intertwining ever so delicately. The apple is not dominant at all and quickly morphs to something more cuddly with the cinnamon. Thankfully it is never an apple crumble or pie – it is more of a marriage between fresh and sweet.
For the last year or two I have finally understood musks and that is what makes La Danza delle Libellule stand out on its own. The vanilla and musk shine together and tame the fresh opening after about 10 minutes. This is where I start dreaming and where my heart is comforted. The vanilla is not as sweet as Tihota for instance – which is also a great love of mine. This is a year round vanilla scent for me. To be honest I cannot smell a distinct coconut note at all. Perhaps it is rounded together with the vanilla and musk to make this such a gorgeous perfume.
This is not a complicated vanilla perfume which will rock your world with new direction. No, it is a subtle perfume which will caress and comfort and ease my mind into a state of dreaming.
I love colour in my life – from bright colourful paintings to colourful fruits and vegetables and La Danza delle Libellule is a colourful dream indeed. I was taught to dream and to add as much colour in my life as possible. I am transported back to lazy summer days as a child poking holes into lids of jars so that we could catch as many fireflies as possible. We wanted to be princesses in a castle or fairies in a garden at dusk making sure everything was set for the night hours. We were taught to paint our lives full of colourful experiences.
This past summer I was sitting by a pond full of lilypads and a single dragonfly danced amongst the lilypads – light shining on its delicate wings – bringing out the beautiful shimmering colours of its body.
La Danza delle Libellule is a beautiful addition to my collection making it possible for me to fondly remember what childhood and summer is all about – especially with the looming cold months ahead.
While there is an Extrait version of La Danza delle Libellule available, I caved and bought the Eau de Parfum. The Extrait is stunning in the opening – it really brings out the apples and cinnamon together but the perfume as a whole is just like the Eau de Parfum. The Eau de Parfum is beautiful and smooth and definitely gives me the serenity that I need these days in dealing with the challenges of life. I certainly don’t mind respritzing this during the day either.
What do you dream about? Does perfume help you dream a little bit more during the day?