Brand: Roberto Cavalli
What I liked:
– pretty oriental floral fragrance
– good staying power
– the packaging
What I didn’t like:
– the price
I’m not usually a fan of designers’ perfumes. They tend to be boring, predictable, and smell all the same. But Cavalli is one of the very few designers that takes risks with his scents. Of course, his risks are really small. His perfumes are particularly original or groundbreaking, but they are beautiful and smell a bit different from all the other offerings on the aisles of department stores.
My favourite perfume from Cavalli is Serpentine. It’s an oriental floral built around mango blossom. At least that’s what the press release says. My nose can barely detect the mango. Instead, it opens with a fresh, slightly bittery note of citrusy mandarin mixed with artemisia. The heart is a warm and tropical floral bouquet of frangipani, violet leaves and tiare. Finally, the base is a woody and ambery accord that smells sensual, but predictable.
Serpentine is a sensual and warm perfume perfect for the summer. I prefer to wear it in the evening, for a date or a night out with my girlfriends, but, after the opening notes have disappeared, it becomes tame enough to be worn during the day. You’ll have it spray it on again if you’re going out at night though. The fragrance lasts a few good hours, but not all day.
I also love the packaging. The bottle is round with a snake (snakes eat mango blossoms apparently) on the front and a gold cap. I think it’s very elegant and makes me think about some exotic place.
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Serpentine by Cavalli is a sensual and warm oriental scent that lasts for hours. The packaging is very pretty too.