I Dream about a Voyage in Italy with Acqua di Parma Mirto di Panarea!

It’s that time of the year again. The days are getting shorter (feels like winter sprang up on me with the end of daylight saving time), temperature lower, and the cats never leave my side/lap (mostly because I am wrapped up in a blanket all the time). I know I should look forward to Christmas, but all I can think about sometimes is a bright blue sky, sea breeze, and chilling out in a light and floaty summer dress… This is when I take Acqua di Parma Mirto di Panarea out and dream about a voyage in Italy!

Acqua di Parma is an Italian perfume house that will turn a century old in 4 more years. They specialize mostly in light scents, which I think has something to do with the warm climate of Italy. Mirto di Panarea is part of the Blu Mediterraneo range. If you visit the Blu Mediterraneo website, there is a little travel guide for each of the 5 destinations that inspired the fragrances you can flip through!

Acqua di Parma Mirto di Panarea comes in blue cylinder packaging that screams tradition. The bottle itself is simple and sturdy. It is not your typical mass-market fragrance that attracts attention with fancy packaging. Instead, you can easily see this comes from a perfume house that has a long, solid history.

Mirto di Panarea opens with a fresh burst of myrtle, basil, lemon, and bergamot. It seems like the majority of the perfumes nowadays have citrus in the top notes, but coming from an Italian house it makes total sense. I have smelled other Acqua di Parma scents, and I have to say they do citrus justice!

After the fleeting citrus-y burst, the perfume moves on to its heart notes: sea breeze, jasmine, and rose. I have always thought “sea breeze” is such an abstract concept in perfumes, but Mirto di Panarea shows me how it is possible for a fragrance remind people of the ocean. It has this “saltiness” that is merged well with the flowery notes!

Finally, it matures into lentiscus (Mastic), juniper, cedar wood, and amber. I am a fan of juniper, so it’s nice to be able to pick it out here!

Even though it is an eau de toilette, Acqua di Parma Mirto di Panarea lasts well on me. It is not a scent that shouts, as it wears really close to my skin. I can see myself wearing this on a beach holiday, or in summer in general. It is so light and pleasant that I don’t think it can ever smell heavy even when it’s warm and humid! Also, the Blu Mediterraneo line is unisex, so feel free to spritz some on your man!

Have you tried any Acqua di Parma fragrances? Are you into light and refreshing scents? Also, have you been to Italy? I’m almost a little ashamed to admit I haven’t, even though I live pretty close!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    ik heb een zwak voor blauwe flesjes :)

    • Sunny

      Haha I actually have a friend who used to collect blue bottles. Maybe I should give this one to her if/when I finish it! It’s quite big, so I don’t think it’ll happen anytime soon :)

  • http://followmarla.blogspot.com/ Marla

    I’ve never seen these scents anywhere but they sound yummy. I am a light-scent sort of person and the description of these sounds great.

    • Sunny

      Hey Marla, if you like light scents definitely take a look at the whole range. In my humble opinion they’re all done really well!

  • http://www.strawberryblondebeauty.com/ Strawberry Blonde

    What a beautiful bottle – this sounds completely divine! I love Juniper too…. have you tried Penhaglions Juniper Sling? A-mazing!

    Nic xx

    • Sunny

      Hey Nic, I have sniffed that and I like it as well! That reminds me: I got little samples of the new Penhaglions Peoneve. Should review it soon!

  • http://www.mirror-reality.com Philippe

    Delicious! Love the blue range from Acqua di Parma.

    • Sunny

      I actually love all of them! I normally dislike fig and ylang ylang, but the two that have these notes are actually pretty nice as well.

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.be/blog Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    I have never tried anything from this perfume house. I don’t think this one does it for me, not a big fan of citrus.

    • Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean. The citrus is very very fleeting in this one though. I don’t think you’d be too bothered :)

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    This sounds divine! I love ocean scents! I will need to sniff this one out for sure!

    • Sunny

      Hey Tracy, if you love ocean scents then don’t miss out on this! The ocean note is prominent in this one!

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    Citrus is not really my cup of tea but I do like the idea of warm Italy. I can already see myself spritzing with an Acqua Di parma perfume on Capri, while sailing my yacht ( big dreams yeah :p).

    • Sunny

      Hey Eva, the citrus is very short-lived in this one so if you don’t like it you won’t have to suffer for too long! I’d totally love to take this with me if I ever go sailing in a yacht as well ;)

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I always hear about how great these are but have never taken a sniff myself. The descriptions call to mind a summery day though–so lovely! and the bottle is gorgeous too

    • Sunny

      Hey Becca, I bet they’ll be great in Cali to be honest! Light, refreshing, but not boring!

  • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    Hmm! This sounds really interesting! I never even noticed this scent, although I have contemplating finding some of their other scents to sniff. That reminds me, I probably should find some to sniff! hehe :)

    • Sunny

      Haha you go ahead, Joyce! Most of them are light and refreshing!