Thursday, July 19, 2012
Mediterraneum by Proteo ( Versace ) revised
Jasmine, Carnation, Geranium, Rose, Cinnamon, Fir, Fern.
Amber, Benzoin, Moss, Musk, Labdanum, Patchouli, Styrax, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Sandalwood.
This Versace creation is little known outside of fragrance circles since its release in 1993. Marketing used Fabio as the face of the launch and even now, I find that rather appropriate.
The floral heart is compact, but extremely fitting. On me, none of the floral components seem to fully open and realize their individual potential, but together function as a thick unit of aroma. There's a spicy quality present throughout the life of Mediterraneum, but it's well tuned and subtle. The implementation of notes and accords is on the substantial side and gives the illusion of being more linear than it actually is. There is development going on here, albeit in a plodding fashion.
The citrus is still viable, but is now surrounded by whiffs of subtle animalics, earth tones and woods. If there is any issues with this fragrance at all, it's that it doesn't possess longevity that exceeds 4 hours. Personally, I have no problem reapplying a scent I like, so between that and the economical price of Mediterraneum, it's a win-win. Thumbs up from Aromi for Versace's Mediterraneum.