AQUA DI PARMA, you could say one of the most luxurious, expensive juices on the high street. They take their fragrance very seriously, if the press release is anything to go by. I clicked open and scrolled through what looked like a mid-century romance novel on this one scent. I am not taking the piss, I actually enjoy fragrance so much that anything that has a strong and true narrative behind it I can totally get on board with. In fact this mean press release was so inspiring and beautifully written I had half a mind just to copy paste the whole thing into this blog. REVIEW DONE! Alas, it is for my own opinion you come to this blog, I hope (?!). So here it goes; Peonia Nobile, a radiant femininity…
Acqua di Parma’s Peonia Nobile is the newest addition to ADP’s Nobili collection; a line of feminine fragrances dedicated to precious flowers: iris, magnolia, jasmine and rose and now of course the peony.
If you are scratching your head trying to envision what a peony looks like it’s that super Pinterest trendy flower that everyone is loving right now. So beaut, so Insta-chic..
Peonies have been popular for centuries being both the flower of the gods during ancient mythical times due to their opulent appearance and given in a woman’s dowry during the olden days when women were owned by their dads and traded off for social status and stuff.
The fragrance opens with vibrant accents of black pepper blended with soft notes of raspberry which adds some zing and spice to the rather underwhelming delicate scent of the peony flower itself. It smells refreshing and fruity. The heart of the scent is true floral. A bouquet of geranium, Turkish rose and fresh freesia s mixed with the peony scent. The velvety base is woody amber with tones of musk and patchouli which makes the fragrance more assertive yet still graceful and elegant. Your mum would love it.
The bottle is a beauty; heavy bottom glass in a vase-like shape topped with a gold lid. The Aqua di Parma branding is understated but luxurious and the bottle is presented in a yellow and pink mounted style gift box.
The fragrance is beautiful, for sure but not abstract enough for me personally. It would make the most ostentatious room scent and I quickly chastise myself before spritzing it on my curtains reminding myself this is one of the most expensive scents I have ever owned. It has however open my eyes to the Aqua di Parma brand, which until now I have never even smelt a whiff of.
Peony, geranium, turkish rose, freesia
Amber, patchouli and musk
Available at House of Fraser.