Getting a Whiff of Summer by Belinda Morris
I don’t want to count chickens/tempt fate/generally jinx things… but it could be that we’re seeing the start of Summer (British-style obviously, let’s not get above ourselves here). Which means that you might want to have a rethink about your signature scent. Something with a hint of the Mediterranean might get you in the right frame of mind before putting away your woolly sweaters and donning those shorts.
And you can always rely on Acqua di Parma to get you off on the right olfactory route – nothing quite says sea and sun like their Blu Mediterraneo fragrances… and here comes a new one: Chinotto di Liguria. Chinotto is a rare, bitter sweet fruit that grows in Italy’s Liguria region “on rocks that tumble steeply into the sea”. In this fragrance, that bitter sweetness is mixed with mandarin for a sparkling crisp opening note. Jasmine and geranium with hints of cardamom and rosemary sit at the heart and as the scent settles on the skin, the base notes of musk and patchouli quieten the mood, and add a touch of sensuality.
If you know your A di P, you’ll know that the bottles all follow the same iconic Art Deco lines, and in this case the bold blue bottle references the colour of the Mediterranean sea.
Fall in love with the fragrance and you’ll be happy to know that there is also Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Hand Cream and Lip Balm.
The fragrance retails at £66 for 75ml and £98 for 150ml, and the Shower Gel for £32. Available from Acqua di Parma stockists nationwide.
And should you have become rather taken with the idea of bathing in the Mediterranean (sort of), or at least soaking up the spirit of the Italian Riviera, then you might like to treat yourself to Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Shower Gel. A blend of citrus oils, floral notes and a hint of amber in there too create an all-over-the-body scent that is wake-you-up, delicious (and a tad sexy). Olive fruit oil, grape seed oil and date seed extract ensure that the skin is cleansed gently – and without drying it out.
Shower Gel: £44.00 – 250ml