Sea Candy (Perfume Thoughts, Riva Solari, Bvlgari Allegra Collection)

Bvlgari’s Allegra’ collection is a series of scents expressing ‘Italian emotions,’ and I had a chance to sample ons of them, ‘Riva Solari,’ and the fragrance is meant to evoke a boat ride on the Mediterranean. I have always liked the Bvlgari house, and always thought their perfumes have a distinct and unique character.

This isn’t bad, if a bit slight and colorless. It is a powdery citrus, and is pleasant, but in my opinion lacks a distinct character. It also has a slightly salty feel (probably the sea reference)but kinda faintly sweet the same time. I think faint is the big takeaway here – there is very little projection from it, thought the fragrance lasted a long time (I did use the whole sample though)

All in all, it’s on the unremarkable side. I do like the candy bottle though.

From Tea To Shining Tea (Perfume Thoughts: Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au the Bleu)

idblI first tried Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Eau the Bleu last year when it first arrived in the US, and I don’t know why, but I didn’t feel it. I remember it was a hot summer night, and I couldn’t smell anything. I remember saying I couldn’t smell the tea, and what’s a tea fragrance if you cannot smell the tea, right? My initial reaction was that I was kind of glad I didn’t like it – one thing to not put on my buy list. Cut to today when I was at Sephora, and I wanted to try something to write about. I glanced all teh commercial scents and couldn’t settle on one. And then I saw again Eau the Bleu, and I remember a lto of reviewers were putting this on their best of 2015 lists, with some even saying it’s the best department store brand release of last year. So I spray.

I still think it’s weak, longevity wise. I made sure to spray generously, as I wanted to be wrapped by it. And since I now know that this was signed by Daniela Andrier, I was envisioning it as a Prada scent, and all of a sudden, it starts to get to me. The oolong tea which is in the first blast quickly disappear, and then we get a very gorgeous and gauzy lavender here. This isn’t the lavender from the barbershop – it’s framed by vanilla and iris so it comes across as classier – you are looking at the flowers through a frosted glass, so it’s a cool fragrance. I like it better now, of course. And perhaps this works better in colder weather, because I find it more a warm perfume. But, I wouldn;t consider this a tea scent through and through – I don’t get the slightly smoky and dirty tea note that I look for in tea fragrances. So, bottom line: it goes back to my want list.