Valentino releases Valentina Acqua Floreale

by Katie on February 14, 2013

It’s a flanker. But, as it’s a good one, I can tell you that if you liked the beautiful heady scent of Valentino’s quite lovely Valentina (released last year), all big blooming elements of jasmine, orange blossom and tuberose, then the ‘Acqua Floreale’ version will be right up your ‘strada’.

The new Valentina Acqua Floreale is a lighter, vaguer, fresher version of the original, created by the same perfumer, Olivier Cresp. 
On first spray (or squirt would be appropriate as the nozzle delivers big watery splashes rather than a fine mist), the rush of fresh bergamot is large (combined with neroli) as is the follow up shades of orange blossom, mimosa and jasmine. More difficult to decipher are the more sensuous elements of amber and patchouli, though there is a very grounded, delicate softness that calms in its air of refinement.
This is less Valentino Miss Minx causing havoc with her new found sensuality in her native Rome and more “Mama Mia, I’ve had two glasses of prosseco, someone call me a cab.” Valentino’s trademark femininity and grace is still there, for sure, but the lightness of touch while still innately appealing is much gentler and luminous. As with it’s counterpart, Valentina’s beauty is its appeal to a wide audience of women who embrace womanhood instead of overblown pink sticky girliness. 

Valentino’s Valentina is, after all, a cultured choice whether she’s full on or not.

Valentina Acqua Floreale is priced £50 (50ml) and £66 (80ml) and available from all good dept stores.

Detail image by kind permission of www.style.com from Valentino’s Spring’13 couture show.

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