Product Review: Laura Biagiotti Essenza Di Roma Uomo

by Gio

laura biagiotti essenza di roma uomo

Name: Essenza Di Roma Uomo
Brand: Laura Biagiotti
Size: 40ml
Price: €34,95

What I liked:
– if you like sweet and aromatic wood scents, this is for you
– the scent is sweet, but in a masculine way
– can be easily worn by women too
– good sillage and staying power

What I didn’t like:
– if you dislike sweet woody scents with a floral heart, stay away from it
– not particularly original

This year, Laura Biagiotti, one of the largest fashion houses in Italy, turns 25. To celebrate this important milestone, the brand has released a new duo of scents, Essenza Di Roma (Essence of Rome) for women and Essenza Di Roma for men. Like the name suggests, Essenza Di Roma was inspired by the classic and timeless beauty of Rome with its ancient monuments and stunning sights, but also pays homage to the Dolce Vita, the legendary decadent, glamorous and passionate period embodied in Fellini’s movie.

As such, the fragrances are targeted to the modern man and woman who are looking for elegance and pleasure in everyday life. The male version, which I had the chance to try, is also genderless. Well, it is advertised as a masculine scent, but it’s one that a woman, because of its sweetness, can effortlessly wear too. Don’t get me wrong now. The scent is sweet, but it’s not sickly sweet. This is not a fruity floral or a gourmand concoction, but an aromatic woody blend with a floral heart. It’s sweet but in a way that won’t put men off. After all, it was created with them in mind.

Laura Biagiotti Essenza Di Roma Uomo starts with an aromatic green note of bay leaf. In the background, there’s a really soft and subtle citrusy scent (lemon?) mixed with something dusty. This dustiness, which is actually quite pleasant, will hang around till the end. After 15 minutes, the geranium begins to bloom, lending a certain sweetness to the composition that, again, will linger for hours. You can still smell a remnant of the bay leaf, which is what prevents Essenza Di Roma Uomo from getting too sweet.

The drydown is a sweet and balsamic blend of woods and vanilla, with a touch of courmarin, which, again, ensures the scent remains, but only slightly, on the masculine end of the spectrum. Essenza Di Roma Uomo is a warm, cozy scent that would work best on early autumn days when the weather is getting chiller and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees. For summer, I’d stick to the original Roma Uomo, which is brighter and more citrusy. Essenza Di Roma, though, has good sillage and excellent staying power. I spritz it on in the morning, and it stays with me until evening.

Laura Biagiotti Essenza Di Roma Uomo is a cozy, sweet and aromatic woody scent with a floral heart. It has good sillage and staying power, and can be easily worn by women too, but it’s not original.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Janessa July 12, 2013 - 8:17 pm

I don’t like scents that aren’t unique anymore.
But before I discovered you… I had already built up an unimpressive stash of fragrances that now sit in my room as decor. Then there are the few fragrances I don’t find repulsive, just a bit too ordinary which I occasionally use. For all those boring and generic scents (not artificial-smelling as I can no longer tolerate those) I have, I layer them. I often go by my mood or what I am wearing (clothes or makeup), then pick the fragrance that best represents me in that moment. Since I have too many mediocre fragrances, I’ll layer one or two on different areas of my clothes or body. Sometimes I’ll spray the hood of a jacket one scent and my hair, another!

I might have been repetitive. I was writing all over the place! 🙂 brings me smiles to comment and read your posts again!!!

beautifulwithbrains July 13, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Janessa, once you step away from mainstream scents, there is no going back, is there? They all just smell the same. But I’m glad you’ve found a use for those you had already bought, and I think it’s so cool that you wear different scents in different areas of your body or clothes. You must smell very interesting. 🙂

Janessa July 12, 2013 - 8:30 pm

Hmm, seems this fragrance can’t make up its mind and isn’t attractively mysterious, rather simply indecisive. Hmm, a modern man and woman should have the smell of technology on them haha whatever that means! I was thinking about that and the dusty smell description. I feel like a person at that level of prominence wouldn’t wear this scent because he or she is rare and original! Someone so fashionable should surely know about about fragrances? I always feel like designers never create the scent they’d want to wear but rather what’s safe and appealing to consumer.

If I were at her level, I’d prefer a custom-made fragrance by a perfumer, even if it is not complex. Cause then, I’d layer it. I hope I make sense. I have so much imagination when I read your perfume descriptions. I want to tell a story but I don’t want to do three rough drafts and hire myself as an editor before I comment, you know? 😉

beautifulwithbrains July 13, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Janessa, I agree about designers. It seems that whenever someone has a cool and innovative idea, they just water it down until it smells just like everything else on the market. That way, they are sure it is gonna sell. I feel quite sorry for parfumeurs sometimes. I think a lot of them would love to try and do something different, but aren’t given the chance.

And I’m with you on the custom-made fragrance too. Sadly, these can be so expensive!


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