On my last visit to Naples with old-time friends, an entire night was spent first playfully and then intensely (after we realised how utterly graceless we were!) trying to recreate what is the most famous “walk” in the history of movies – Sophia Loren’s languorous sashay through the rain-soaked streets in The Gold of Naples, wet fabric clinging to her skin. The Italian diva was pure sensuousness… femininity, glamour and sophistication all rolled into one voluptuous package.
Last week, I stumbled upon Roberto Cavalli’s new perfume (simply called Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum) while browsing in Sephora. To be honest, I’ve never been a huge Cavalli fan (leopard print just isn’t my thing) so I wasn’t overly optimistic. Plus, from the packaging I was expecting it to be overpowering and sweet, something along the lines of Thierry Mugler’s Angel.
But after a spritz from the shop assistant I was really surprised by this scent. I sprayed, blinked, sprayed more and inhaled… this is definitely not a sweet or fresh fragrance. Neither is it for those who prefer light and fresh spring scents. Rather, it is clearly for lovers of exuberant, womanly, grown up scents… those who like sunny, ambery florals like Paco Rabbane’s Lady Million and Gucci Guilty may find it to be love at first sniff.
Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum opens with pink peppercorns that exhilarate and mesmerize from the very first contact. Then comes the luminous heart, replete with all the majesty of orange blossom absolute. Sensuality then wraps itself into an ultra-feminine trail with the tonka bean, a captivating aromatic that leaves an appetizing imprint on the skin.
I went home and couldn’t stop sniffing my arm. The perfume brought back to mind all the romance of rain-soaked cobblestones and starry Italian nights. If I had been blindfolded at that time, I probably would have felt Sophia Loren channeling right through. So, by evening my purse strings had caved. I went back out, bought the 100ml bottle, whose artistic lines, golden seal and wild tiger stripes are emblematic of the designer. That night, I positively doused myself in the perfume and announced on Twitter that I smelled so good, I …. well, never mind what I said. Suffice it to say, it made me feel like a siren and a slithering panther, all in one. And that was before I watched the video!
I can also see this as a perfumed oil in a tinier version of the current Eau de Parfum bottle. The medallion lid would have a dabber attached to it. And I would position it as “precious” to be dotted “intimately” over the body. Anyone listening over at Roberto Cavalli?
I believe this could very well be somebody’s signature scent and they could make it work in any weather or occasion.
Have you tried Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum? Did you love it or hate it?