Notes: Italian bergamot, peach, white truffle, tuberose, jasmine, Madagascar vanilla, oakmoss, patchouli, and cedar.
Serious perfumistas know better than to make a purchase sight un-sniffed, as it were. And yet, I think we’ve all done it. Whatever the reason is, pretty packaging, a good name, or just the need for instant gratification, we’ve all been guilty of fragrance-related blind buys. I certainly am, anyway!
My most recent adventure in blind buying is Valentino’s Valentina Assoluto. The delicate pink packaging reeled me in. Then I was caught by the promise of an absolute version of Valentina, which I sampled at Nordstrom a few years ago but never really fell for. The price ($79 for the 80 ml size) helped as well. There was no tester in sight, but I snapped up a box anyway and got in line to check out. How bad could it really be?
Luckily, it turns out that Valentina Assoluto is very pretty on the skin and my chemistry seems to work nicely with it. Similar to the original Valentina, the Assoluto is a pretty white floral. This 0ne has a fizzy champagne quality to it, reminiscent of a bellini when the peach note comes through. The white truffle note is noticeable and it adds a dash of playful weirdness to a composition that might otherwise come across as a bit pretty-but-boring.
It now appears that Valentina Assoluto is out of stock on Valentino’s US website. Considering that I bought this for a discounted price at Saks off Fifth, I’m hoping they aren’t phasing this one out. It’s quite pretty, with a bit of interest and depth to truly make it worthwhile.
Image taken by me.