Greetings my little sexual deviants,
I was recently given the opportunity to try a new fragrance by the Artisans at Salvatore Ferragamo. The exchange went something like this;
Them: Hey Alice, would you like to try-
Them: Um, try the new fragrance by-
Them: Fragrance by SALVATORE FERRAGAMO GOD DAMMIT STOP INTERRUPTING ME.
So here we are! A few days later I received my little sample in the post (as opposed to what, instant message? idiot.) and have been wearing it for a few days.
The first thing I need to address, as it is the first thing I noticed, is what seemed to be a similarity between Signorina Eleganza and Miss Dior. As I don't have Miss Dior, I therefore hot tailed it into town to get a sample. Upon sniffing both rigorously, I can whole heartedly say that they are completely different. Whilst, sure, they do live in the same family of perfumes, they don't smell alike at all really. They're both classy yet youthful fragrances and that's where the similarities end.
Also I prefer Signorina Eleganza, Miss Dior is much to Talcum Powder smelling for my tastes. #justsaying #sorrynotsorry
End of Blathering/Start of Actual Review
The packaging for Signorina Eleganza is beautiful and classy, soft nude and beige with gold detailing. I always think you can tell a lot about a perfume by it's packaging, and with Signorina Eleganza that holds true. The bottle is also lovely, I especially adore the little bow made with actual fabric. I don't get excited easily (that's a lie) but I am so taken with that.
|So. Frickin'. Cute.|
Signorina Eleganza first hits you with fresh and fruity, citrusy notes briskly followed by something sweeter and gentler like pear. It's fun and flirty and a tiny bit cheeky. It really draws you in and not gonna lie, I salivated a little bit. There may have been drool (there wasn't really). It just smells delicious.
Then the second wave hits you. The scent turns much richer and is much more floral, but not overpoweringly so. This, I feel is the part that sticks around the longest. Throughout the day as I was wearing this, I'd just be thinking it had worn off and KAPOW- the nose is softly caressed by a summer evening where the heat of the day has caused all the flowers get freaky with each other.
Not sure the previous sentence is quite what they had in mind when they made the perfume, but hey. Shit happens. That's what it reminds me of.
Finally; the over arching underlying part of this scent, the base notes, are a super luxurious blend of patchouli and leather. According to the internet, these are the "dry down" notes which I assume means they are the longest lingering. Alls I knows is they are classy smells and combined with the floral scents I mentioned (which are also long lasting) make for a smell that is classic, expensive (you don't get to touch) and, word repeating, luxurious. You wear it and you just feel "yeah, I'm a classy bird. You can take me out if you want to, but only to a champagne bar and because I'm classy you'll get a peck on the cheek at the end of the date and that's it. Just kidding, I'm a massive flirt so you can probably get to second base. Maybe more. Who knows? I'm also quite mysterious."
I really enjoyed wearing this fragrance and will continue to do so. This scent transcends, not only is it perfect for date night but also lunch with the girls, an interview, taking your dog to the vet to be dewormed; it is a gentle fragrance, not over powering. You know how sometimes you walk passed ladies in the street and you can taste whatever perfume it is they've drowned themselves in? This is exactly nothing like that. It's subtle, but tantalising.
You can find Signorina Eleganza at all good retailers, with prices ranging from £42 for 30ml to £60 for 50ml.
Just a little reminder with perfume, this will also make your bottle last longer, after you first spray it you're not meant to be able to smell perfume on yourself. If you walk around all day constantly able to notice the perfume you're wearing, you've got way too much on. The occasional whiff is fine, constant is so very, very wrong.
Take note, old lady who nearly suffocated me on the bus. Take note.