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Aedes de Venustas Palissandre d’Or ~ fragrance review

Aedes de Venustas Palissandre d'Or

In May, West Village niche perfume boutique Aedes de Venustas will launch Palissandre d’Or,1 a new unisex fragrance developed by perfumer Alberto Morillas.

For rosewood lovers like myself, it’s good to know Palissandre d’Or does not aim for any realistic representation of rosewood, and there’s no rosewood in the formula; banish that idea from your mind or you may create disappointment for yourself before giving the perfume a chance. Palissandre d’Or aims to create an “imaginary wood…”

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Bvlgari Aqva Divina ~ perfume review

Magdalena Frackowiak for Bvlgari Aqva Divina

Bvlgari’s new Aqva Divina was inspired by Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and is “graced with the most sun-kissed wonders of the Mediterranean”.1 Translation, as executed by perfumer Alberto Morillas: it’s a “Floral – Solar – Watery” fragrance.

The start is appropriately dewy, with a “salty bergamot” note, although if you assumed such a thing would be light as air, think again — it doesn’t feel heavy on skin, but it radiates farther than you might expect…

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Salvatore Ferragamo Emozione ~ perfume review

Malgosia Bela for Salvatore Ferragamo Emozione

Salvatore Ferragamo’s new Emozione is geared towards older women — older, of course, in the relative sense, since fragrances geared towards really older women are as rare as unicorns. Anyway, it’s geared towards older women, and you’d know this even if Women’s Wear Daily hadn’t said so.1 Exhibit A is the model, Malgosia Bela, who at the ripe old age of 37 is a good 10 years older than Bianca Balti was when she introduced the brand’s 2012 pillar, Signorina. Balti turned on her pink radio, danced around on the bed in a pink dress and talked on her pink telephone before sitting demurely in a chair to wait for her man to arrive; Bela’s ad is slower and calmer, and according to the model is “about laughter and tears and everything that is important in life” — “I can be seen in reflections of cities“, she says to the camera. There’s no pink (it’s shot in black and white) and no man, or at least no man we can see.

Exhibit B, the juice…

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