Looks like the house of Ermengildo Zegna is off to a great start this 2016 with the Philippine release of the latest addition to its Essenze collection: the famed Mediterranean Neroli.
Perfumer Pierre Negrin completes the trifecta of citrus extravaganza with the addition of Mediterranean Neroli. This bitter orange blossom-centric scent sits well between sharp, zesty and slightly metallic Italian Bergamot and sweet, crisp and cool Sicilian Mandarin.
With highlighted notes from petitgrain, bergamot, neroli, rhubarb, cypriol, sandalwood, musk and ambroxan, Negrin wanted to capture the setting of orange blossom scents across the Mediterranean coast. There’s freshness yet a bitter earthiness to its component that keeps the fragrance from being too citrus-floral.
As with the rest of the Essenze line, Mediterranean Neroli also continues the same pristine quality that all the rest embodies.
While the scent isn’t groundbreaking per-se, it’s really the super clean quality and ingredients that you’re paying for with Essenze line. Utilizing Zegna’s Italian bergamot from their own farm, Zegna’s attention to absolute quality is unquestioned. This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill typical lab-crafted cologne. From the clean and joyful youthfulness of Sicilian Mandarin, the more poignant refinement of Haitian Vetiver or the classic gentleman cologne scent of Italian Bergamot, Zegna has toyed with showcasing the multifaceted imagery of masculinity – and Mediterranean Neroli is no exception.
According to the website, the heart of the fragrance is the distinctly masculine, invigorating woodiness of Cypress, placed beside Neroli for a touch of softness: the effect is a refined masculinity rooted in earthy sensuality.
More than the delicate fragrance, what I love about Mediterranean Neroli is its vast improved performance over the other citrus-centric offerings of Essenze. Among the three (Bergamot, Neroli and Mandarin), Neroli has the longest staying power and a stronger projection. For a citrus-centric scent this is quite a feat. Of course don’t expect it to out-perform Indonesian Oud, Peruvian Ambrette or Florentine Iris. But it could rival that of Haitian Vetiver’s & Javanese Patchouli’s projection and longevity.
You can sample Zegna’s latest creation at any Rustan’s department store or Zegna boutiques in Shangri-La Plaza and Greenbelt 4, Makati.
The Essenze Line costs Php 11,500 for 125ml bottle and Php 7800 for the 75ml bottle.