Perfume Review: Hilde Soliani Il Tuo Tulipano, plus a giveaway

Tulips

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. Continue reading Perfume Review: Hilde Soliani Il Tuo Tulipano, plus a giveaway

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By Kilian sample giveaway

I have a lovely velveteen pouch, courtesy of the lovely people at By Kilian, with five generous 2ml sample sprays in it, to give away to one lucky commenter.  This pouch contains five of the fragrances from the L’Oeuvre Noire series: Love, Love and Tears, A Taste of Heaven, Straight to Heaven, and Back to Black.  (I reviewed these here, if you’d like a refresher on the notes lists.)

 To enter the drawing, you must be a real live human being living somewhere on the planet Earth, and leave a comment below mentioning either your favorite By Kilian fragrance, or the one you would most like to try.  I will face the inquisitorial crocodilian Visigoths at my local US Post Office to get this package to the winner, so non-Americans are welcome to give it a shot.  The drawing will be open until midnight Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Good luck to you!

Draw is now closed.

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