This is from the TI AMO series, in which each scent is focused on a flower that begins with the letters in the phrase. T is for Tulip, and Ms Soliani has commented that this fragrance reminds her of her father’s voice and his warmth. Tulips, of course, have very little smell, but this take on them does smell very vibrant and cheerful. Il Tuo Tulipano was released in 2009.
My favorite part of this scent, which I’ll refer to as “Tulipano,” is the opening, because it’s one of the most delightful, cheery, sparkling fruity florals I’ve ever smelled. I know these days “fruity floral” is a despised phrase among many perfume fans, and I’ve been known to wrinkle my own nose at much if not most of the ubiquitous genre, but there are a number of fruity florals I like. The criteria? It has to smell like real fruit, not froot flavor, and the florals have to smell pretty close to real flowers. Should be simple to do, right? Fact is, due to their bare-bones budgets, most fruity florals are highly synthetic and do smell like functional products: soap, shampoo, “spring fresh” bleach, that sort of thing.
Tulipano starts out smelling something like rhubarb, which by the way I don’t like much and try to avoid eating. It’s got a weird sour whang that grates on my nerves (yeah, yeah, so sue me: I don’t like mango either). And there’s no rhubarb in the notes. I’m guessing that lime and blackcurrant are combining to say “rhubarb” to me. But the tangy, fruity bit plays against the soft, powdery base of woods and musk, and the juxtaposition is very pretty. Tulipano is quite fruity; the list of topnotes includes bergamot, blackcurrant, lime, peach, kiwi and passionfruit. (If you just shuddered, you’re probably going to hate this, so do yourself a favor and don’t even try it.) It stays fruity for quite a long time, but the fruit becomes tempered by other notes.
The heart notes are freesia, lily of the valley, and jasmine, and I honestly don’t get much of any of them. The freesia is the only note that registers much to me, but it’s so nuanced by the Technicolor fruit basket that I don’t notice much floral. What does stand out is this creamy, musky base. The official notes list according to Fragrantica says “woods, oakmoss and musk,” and LuckyScent clarifies this with “vetiver and sandalwood,” but what I’m getting out of this is mostly musk and sandalwood, with a powdery aspect that might be the oakmoss but which seems to me to be more about iris, and a creamy one that suggests both the sandalwood and maybe some tonka bean. Fragrantica calls Tulipano a Floral Woody Musk, but I think the focus is on a creamy fruit salad thing that is, however weird it sounds, really enjoyably wearable.
Il Tuo Tulipano (“Your Tulip”) is eau de parfum strength, and has average lasting power (4-6 hours on me), with moderate sillage. Since it was dedicated to Ms Soliani’s father, I’d expected it to be more unisex, but this one seems straight-up femme to me. I don’t know any guys who might want to smell like creamy fruit, which is not to say that they don’t exist, of course. If you liked Justin Bieber Someday or Taylor Swift Wonderstruck and were looking for something that smelled more like real fruit, with a cheerful, sprightly jaunt to its walk and a speaking relationship with actual flowers and woods, check out Tulipano for a thrill. Lovely stuff.
Another review to check out: Marina at Perfume-Smellin’ Things. Nobody is talking about this scent much lately, and that’s a shame. It’s delightful.
NOW. On to the giveaway: I’m going to be passing along some of the samples I reviewed for the Top 20 Bestselling series as well as a few other mainstream offerings. If you’re like me and your local mall doesn’t carry all of them, or you’ve somehow missed smelling these and would like to, here’s your chance!
To enter the drawing, please mention which of the Top 20 Bestselling fragrances you enjoy or have worn in the past. Or you can talk about which one of them you hate most, or whether you plan to test any of the Top 20 soon – in any case, talk about the Top 20 to get your name tossed into the hat.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude
Fan di Fendi
Taylor Swift Wonderstruck
Thierry Mugler Angel
Most samples have been used; most are spray vials but a few are dabber. Most are carded manufacturer samples, some are handmade samples. The Burberry Body sample is one of those wet-wipe things (sealed). I am having terrible luck sending things overseas, so unfortunately I will limit the drawing to US residents. It will remain open until Monday, May 7, at midnight Eastern Standard Time. Good luck!
DRAWING IS NOW CLOSED.