Fiore di Riso by Farmacia SS. Annunziata

Year: 2011

Notes: bergamot, mandarin, ginger, white flowers, marigold, davana, benzoin, tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood, oakmoss
Fiore di Riso is a beguiling and elegant floral gourmand, which comes as an unexpected surprise.

With a citrus and vanilla opening, Profumum's Dulcis in Fundo vaguely springs to mind. But while there may be an initial similarity, Fiore di Riso isn't as dense, with the citruses being crisper, brighter and more ethereal. The differences become even clearer when the emergence of dainty white florals add a feminine touch – with neroli, orange blossom, jasmine and ylang-ylang being possible undisclosed contenders.

As the creamy zestiness persists, the floral tone intensifies with a touch of marigold. A faint booziness is also evident, from the davana, but its volume never increases. As it progresses, the white florals soon give way to an ambery-vanillic drydown, accompanied by some sandalwood and a hint of oakmoss.

In summary, it's a soft skin creation, with dreamy vanillic facets, which isn't syrupy sweet or overtly floral. Even though its lasting power is somewhat lacking, it's still a lovely olfactory experience that's harmoniously bended in a skilful manner.