40 Days and 40 Nights of Beauty Brand Reviews
Day 17th, I Profumi Di Firenze
Cavewoman: From the beautifully illustrated packaging to the hand-written-in-gold-ink script labels to the elegant parchment romance card tucked inside the box, everything about I Profumi Di Firenze suggests an old-world refinement and a dedication to perfection by the founders of this lovely little line of scents from Florence, Italy. Inspired by 16th century perfumes that were commissioned by Caterina De Medici, the fragrances are hand-made in small batches, using only natural ingredients, and containing the loveliest florals and botanicals that come mainly from the area around Florence. The famous Florentine Iris is found in many of the fragrances from I Profumi Di Firenze, and others contain the splendid herbals and citruses that come from other areas of Italy.
Miryana Babic brought her line of I Profumi Di Firenze to Barney's New York, and she is as gentle and regal as the perfumes themselves. On my first visit to the tray of testers at Barney's, Miryana helped me to find an I Profumi that would suit me. After just a few minutes, she handed me Caterina De Medici to try, knowing this was "the one" for me, and she was right. A full, lush floral of Damascus rose, lily of the valley, and the Florentine iris, Caterina De Medici is my favorite floral blend of all time. Nothing green or citrusy or sharp at all, and no musk or other notes that might detract from the perfect floral balance.
But, as you can see from the photo, there are so many other I Profumi that I have come to love! I have to say that choosing a favorite for this review has been difficult. I must talk about Violetta Di Bosco, made of wild violets from the Appenine hills. It's the sweetest of violet scents, without the crisp green note of some other violets I've tried. Think of candied violets that melt florally-sweet in the mouth.
My latest addition to my I Profumi is Miele Rosa, an unexpected and totally delightful blend of orange blossom honey, Damascus red rose, beeswax, and woods. The honey stays close to the skin, adding gentle support to the rose and keeping it soft. This rose is home-grown, not hot-house. Miele Rosa is the most unusual rose fragrance I've ever tried.
So head to Barney's and say "Hello!" to Tyler from the Ohio Girls, and check out the I Profumi Di Firenze fragrances. In the most modern and cutting-edge store in New York, you'll find yourself taking a step back in time.
Tussah: I have just recently been introduced to the I Profumi di Firenze line of fragrances, and I’m not sure why I have overlooked them in the past. They have some of the most wearable and enjoyable scents that I have tried. And they have so many!!
One of the first that I tried, and a favorite now, is Incenso. It is an incense that even a non-incense wearer would like. It is not overpowering, but instead, becomes a light, woody, almost skin-scent. Ebay is your best bet for finding this one, as it is not being sold in the U.S.
My very favorite of their scents that I’ve tried, however, is Zenzero. I absolutely adore ginger fragrances & this one combines ginger & vanilla orchid. The initial ginger burst dries down to a soft, elegant vanilla-base. Not foody, it is a spicy/oriental that definitely deserves a place on the 40 days and 40 nights of beauty list.
What are your favorite I Profumi di Firenze products?
Disclosure: The products were purchased by the reviewers.