You had me at the opening! The top is elegant and beautiful. Just like Sole Nero, it is well blended and well balanced. The florals are soft and exotic without the need to be ‘in your face.’ The warmth of the amber adds to the mild sweetness of the ylang-ylang and jasmine creating a very welcoming experience. The patchouli and sandalwood come out toward the end but seem to stay muted for the most part, which I think was a smart move. A strong minerality shows up about 10 minutes in and is there for the long haul. It can seem metallic at times or the smell of wet stone. I know, totally weird, right? I have tested this in both warm and cool weather hoping the minerality of it would abate. However, it has not, which totally sucks because the opening is beautiful.
Well, this is just downright wonderful! It’s musky, bright and creamy all at the same time all the while growing warm with incense and spice all with a mild sweetness in the background. This to me is so well blended and balanced. The opening is a tailored toned down citrus thanks to the musk and its gently sweet with the help of vanilla. The sweetness is by no means in your face or overly vanillic. Almonds add creaminess to the composition. And about 10-15 minutes in the incense and pepper meander into the mix slowly adding warmth. I do get a smidge of sandalwood adding the smallest touch of dryness towards the end. Although I can’t pinpoint the cumin, I do think it helps by adding a vibe that I cannot put my finger on. I just can’t put a word on it. If I was to purchase this would be the one out of the three. But I think this will stay in the “like” category instead of “gotta have or I’ll die” category.
Noche Del Fuego
Before I received my three samples from Spadaro, I really had a preconceived notion that this would probably become my favorite of the three. So, I was slightly disappointed when it wasn’t, I had built up something ‘more’ in my mind. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t dislike it. It actually reminds me of my father’s wood workshop and growing up with the smell of sawdust in the air. The sandalwood and patchouli come across as dry and dusty. When I first spray it I do detect the honey and vanilla but it is fleeting. It then stays liner on me with the dry dustiness of the sandalwood and patchouli. It resides close and quiet on my skin.
These 3 fragrance seem to share the same base and you can tell belong from the same family.