Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile swoops in like a smooth, beautiful Italian aristocrat caressing skin with sparkling watery rose, smoochy, sweet kisses. This is a cut above rose perfumery. A light, rose tinged hint of high Summer, spent languidly strolling through Italianate classic gardens, amongst fountains that spill fresh streams of water luxuriantly, appeasing the senses in the dry heat as much as refreshing the soul.
Neither too much nor not enough, Rosa Nobile’s strength lies in its subtlety. Its ability to be great without being noisy, overbearing or trying too hard at being distinctive. And yet, it is exactly because of its good-mannered restraint that it stands classic head and shoulders above others who’d seek to be seen as the all feminine, all flouncy, all Summer choice of rose perfumes. Like Acqua di Parma’s other superior releases, this will appeal to the connoisseur who seeks out greatness instead of big shouty brand labels. Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile relies on the quality and taste of its consumers as much as it does its premium ingredients. This is no acquired taste. This is taste.
It’s first spritz of green tinged, tingly freshness, all tight stems and bustling with layered potential, opens up to a huge burst of dew filled rose absolute and then relaxes back to a dryness that lingers like a whispered love tryst.
A drop of pure Italian rose centifolia picked in the first breathe of dewy morning tempered with a drop of honey sweetness and the faintest robust tinge of green woodiness, Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile cleverly nods to classicism while striding it’s own contemporary line. Perhaps not a perfume for all seasons, but definitely the choice for superior Summer and early Autumn leanings.
Acqua di Parma’s Rosa Nobile will be on shelf exclusively in Selfridges, London for the month of August and from September will be on counters nationwide. The prices are £70 for 50ml EDP, £98 for 100ml EDP and £47 for the 150g Body Cream.