Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile

Acqua di Parma, Gelsomino NobileI wanted to introduce you to a new-to-me fragrance brand: Acqua di Parma. I was familiar with the name, actually — Mr. Salt used to bring me pilfered bottles of their lotion from business trip hotels. But I hadn’t realized they were an esteemed fragrance house with a nearly 100-year history.

By chance I ended up sniffing their latest release: Gelsomino Nobile (Noble Jasmine), and it was so beautiful I knew we had to talk about it.

On first spritz, Gelsomino Nobile is truly like walking into an incredibly fragrant garden. It smells like jasmine and sweetness — truer to the actual flower than other “perfume interpretations of.”

Acqua di Parma describes Gelsomino as a “floral green musk,” informed and inspired by a particular variety of jasmine grown only in the Calabria region of Italy. The fragrance contains notes of mandarin, pink pepper, orange blossom, tuberose, Calabrian jasmine, cedar wood, and musk (so, several white flowers, actually).

Jasmine is a night-blooming flower, and I found Gelsomino to be evocative of night. It reminded me of walking down the street in India, where women sell small garlands of jasmine for ladies (on dates, in rickshaws) to tie in their hair. The lingering sweetness reminds me… of grape juice (and I mean this in a good way). Fruit juices usually have a base of grape or apple, and in the same way, Gelsomino has pleasantly sweet backbone that complements the jasmine perfectly.

White flower fragrances can be domineering, but Gelsomino is quite delicate, making it the first white flower scent that I find I can not only can wear, but intensely like.

Neiman Marcus (and Bergdorf Goodman, I presume) has the exclusive on Gelsomino Nobile for the month of August. By September it will be available in Saks, Barneys, some Nordstroms, and Sephora.com. It comes in 3.4 oz spray ($170), 1.7 oz spray ($108), and a 5.25 oz body cream ($80).

Acqua di Parma fragrances can be broken down into several groups:
Acqua di Parma, Nobili

  • Le Nobili (3 women’s fragrances, all eau de parfum, with a secondary EDT for Iris. The “Nobili” are Iris, Magnolia, and the new Gelsomino.)
  • Colonias (4 mens/shared fragrances, all highly concentrated eau de cologne. These are Colonia, Assoluta, Intensa, and Essenza.)
  • Blu Mediterraneo (6 shared fragrances, all eau de toilette. These are the “Roman Holiday,” laidback aspect of the Italian lifestyle: Cipresso di Toscana/Cypress, Mandorlo di Sicilia/Almond, Arancia di Capri/Orange, Fico di Amalfi/Fig, Mirto di Panarea/Myrtle, Bergamotto di Calabria/Bergamot.)
  • Profumo is a pure Chypre-style fragrance, a completely feminine eau de parfum.

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2 Responses to “Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile”

  • Heather says:

    I just wanted to post a little thank you for doing reviews of scents! It’s pretty rare that anyone will review them because ‘they smell different on everyone’, but it helps to know which ones I might want to try out or order samples of.

  • Susan says:

    Thanks Karla for giving me something else to ponder! Saw this post right before I left for vacation to Disney, and sure enough, Gelsomino was featured at the Italian store in Epcot – in case anyone is traveling to Disney World :) It really is beautiful, and I went back twice to spritz, but finally decided to bypass since I had just purchased Tocca Cleopatra before the trip.

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