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Eau D'Italie

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Eau D'Italie is the signature scent of La Sirenuse, the five-star hotel and spa located in Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

La Sirenuse is run by Marina Sersale and Sebastien Alvarez Marina, but was started by four Neapolitan brothers from the Sersale family who settled in Positano just after the second world war. Looking to make a better living, they turned their family home into a hotel and opened La Sirenuse in 1951.

In 2004 Marina Sersale and Sebastien Alvarez Marina wanted to do something special to commemorate the 50+ years of the hotel so they launched the Eau D'Italie brand with Eau D'Italie being the first fragrance in the line. Working with Bertrand Duchaufour they wanted their signature scent to be of the place –smelling of sun on skin, shrubs that grow along the coast, warm terracotta tiling, incense from the church on the hill and the salt sea air.

That’s quite a wish list, but they chose the right nose for the job because M. Duchaufour delivers all they asked for and more in an original, evocative FBW fragrance coils itself around my heart like a lover every time I wear it.

Eau D'Italie opens with a surprise – frankincense, usually used as a base note, but here it’s at the top shouldered by brisk bergamot and fruity, green black currant buds. Resinous, citrusy and green - right here is where I acquiesce and let the fragrance take over. At the heart, there is the smell of clay tiles warmed by the sun – no kidding! I don’t know what chemistry or magic is involved and I don’t care. There is also a watery, metallic note which Duchaufour coaxes from tuberose that does give Eau D'Italie a salty skin/sea scent. It’s nearly too much – too sharp, too acrid, until magnolia shows up and gives it a floral soul. Citrusy and sweet, it prevents Eau D'Italie from becoming unpleasantly odd or weird while preserving its character. But the real magic is at the base where lichen, cedar, honey, patchouli clover and musk combine to make the drydown sensuous and enticing – you know, like a siren call.

Eau D'Italie is a chic scent that smells of summer by the sea – perfect for summer but with enough character that it can be worn in cool weather too.
Notes: bergamot, frankincense, black currant buds, clay accord, tuberose, magnolia lichen, cedar, honey, patchouli clover and musk

Type: EdT

Parfumeur: Bertrand Duchaufour


Price: $5.00