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Acqua di Parma’s Cedro di Taormina:

I admit it: I am a fan of the Acqua di Parma house. Acqua di Parma produces wearable, clean, and impeccably stylish fragrances. With the release of the Blu Mediterraneo line, Acqua di Parma moved away from their more traditional Colonia style and into an emphasis on atmospheric scents. Each and every fragrance of the Blu Mediterraneo line smells natural and atmospheric, and are uniquely spa-like in their ability to relax the wearer. Cedro di Taormina is no exception.

Like many of the other fragrances from this line, one spritz of Cedro di Taormina will transport you to Italy’s coastal regions. The citruses (cedrat, I am told) come across as juicy, slightly acidic, and very bracing. True to the name, the cedar note is detectible from the opening to the middle of the dry down, and probably due to the trademark oceanic feel of the Blu Mediterraneo line, it never overpowers the wearer with its nose-tickling dryness. Pairing the cedar with guaic wood and vetiver was ingenious, as it ensures the simultaneous impression of dry woods and damp earth. In the opening and early mid of the fragrance, mint and petitgrain give the scent lift and a sense of natural freshness, while the heart of lavender and pepper offer it a traditional masculine edge that make it smell a little more like a cologne than the other fragrances from the line.

The dry down is lovely. As the brighter notes fade away, the woods in the base meld with the sweet and resinous note of labdanum. One might think that such a heavy base note might detract from the freshness of this fragrance, but in this case it does exactly the opposite. Because of the inherent dry nature of the woods, the resinous, viscous quality of the labdanum adds a healthy sap-like effect to the woods which helps the fragrance avoid descending into that boring dry cedar base that we are all familiar with.

Incidentally, from the first spray I was immediately reminded me of another fragrance, Creed’s beautifully delicate Cedre Blanc, which has a similar emphasis on cedar that is framed with different notes. If you like that fragrance, chances are you will also love Cedro di Taormina. The most relevant difference to me is that the Acqua di Parma comes across as a coastal cedar that avoids the extreme dryness of many other cedar fragrances in the genre, including Cedre Blanc. Order samples and wear them side by side so you can see what I mean.

Performance with this fragrance was excellent. It lasted a good while on my skin, between 6-10 hours with moderate projection, depending on the weather. Similar to other Acqua di Parma fragrances, Cedro di Taormina positively explodes in the heat, developing additional complexity, projection, and sillage (pro tip: if you live in a cooler climate, a long exhale of hot air on the spritzed area will demonstrate this quality).

Would I buy it?: Certainly. This is a beautiful fragrance (especially for lovers of cedar) and a worthy addition to the Blu Mediterraneo line. Due to the somewhat similar atmospheric vibe, some folks may not wish to own more than one fragrance from this line; however, others might take a collector’s approach, since each offers a unique take on one of Italy’s coastal regions.

Acqua di Parma’s Cedro di Taormina… Fantastic for a summer weekend!

The fragrance “Cedro di Taormina” by Acqua di Parma is available at Essenza-Nobile.

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