Saturday, February 18, 2006

REVIEW: Antica Farmacista, Aria

Notes: Citrus fruits, Bergamot, Mimosa, Marine Algae, & White Musk.

Pros: Great, light scent for summer; perfect for mimosa lovers.

Cons: I'm not a mimosa lover...

Longevity, development and sillage: Opens with a somewhat harsh, almost chemical smell, but then quickly settles to dryer sheets. Begins to fade out about 15 minutes later and stays quiet and close to the skin.

Reminds me of: Motu meets Calypso Mimosa; the smell of the men's room at Bergdorf Goodman, and I mean that in a good way...the scent of the soap, cleaning products, etc....not urinal cakes...Could make a good fabric softener.

Bottleworthy? Hmmm, I'll stick with Antica Farmacista Aqua (basically the same composition
but without the powdery mimosa).

Where can I buy it? $58 for a 50ml parfum (edp) spray at

The Bottom Line: Aquatic floral with marine notes, heavy on powdery mimosa in the beginning, though somewhat synthetic smelling. Fades quickly to a very "clean" aroma and really, is that such a bad thing?

Rating (out of 10): 5

Aria is Italian for "air". Any other scents that you feel evoke the feel or smell of air?

*Note: Image is of Nordstrom exclusive "Medina".


Mark said...

is there anything in this line that you enjoy and might recommend?

marlen said...

Mark - I do like Acqua, I love Vaniglia & Mandarino Di Sicilia, and enjoy both Terra (like an updated Polo) and Fuoco (spicy incense). I was able to get a discovery set of 5ml mini's in a swap and these were my favorites.