Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Nobile 1942 PonteVecchio
To be honest, I'm not a fan of colognes. It's simply a preference and nothing more. Once I noticed this was a "Colonia Maxima" on the LS site, I decided to purchase a sample out of curiosity. After wearing this, I'm not sure this is a maximized anything. The sillage is very close to the skin, but I will say that PonteVecchio does transcend the "cologne" vibe beyond the top accord more than a conventional cologne would.
Do I like it? I'm stuck between liking it somewhat and "meh". I find nothing striking or special about it. It smells pleasant enough, but for a full bottle purchase, we all need to love something about what we are smelling. After all, we are the ones stuck wearing it for hours. If you are anything like me, I wear scent for myself and if others like it as well, then that's icing on the cake.
LS has the notes listed as : Bergamot, Mandarin and Frankincense, Grapefruit, Geranium, Orris root, Rosewood and Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Vetiver.
PonteVecchio opens with a nice citric accord that has a subtle implementation of incense. To me, the bergamot, mandarin and grapefruit are blurred, but smell good regardless. It doesn't take long for the Ylang to smooth out any wrinkles. The woodiness is buried underneath and I have to really get down on my skin to notice it. If I bury my nose on skin, I can distinguish them and wish they were amplified.
A slight soapiness accompanies the heart and stays for the duration of the wearings. I cannot detect patchouli in PonteVecchio and it may possibly be trumped by the other players. The vetiver becomes more apparent once the first two transitions are completed. What's left for the base and drydown is a slightly soapy incense with some earthiness thrown in.
The longevity of PonteVecchio is average and possesses low throw. I find it a mediocre fragrance that leans masculine, but you may like it better than I. Neutral rating from Aromi for Nobile 1942's PonteVecchio.