Fendi L’Acquarossa has been around for about a year, and it is not a scent you could forget. As it is with most (if not all) mass market luxury fragrances nowadays, L’Acquarossa now has a little sister. If the original eau de parfum is for a confident lady who knows what she wants, the new eau de toilette feels like a younger girl who is more easygoing and personable. Oh and the peony, the peony…
The Fendi L’Acquarossa Eau de Toilette (RRP for 30 ml/1 oz: 55 euros) flacon is identical to that of the eau de parfum except for the color. While the EDP version is crimson with black and gold accents, the EDT is a brighter pink-based red. One thing that struck me this time is how fine the mist is. Not all fragrance pumps are created equal. Some squirt the perfume out, leaving a little wet patch on the skin. This one on the other hand, produces a fine veil of mist in a much more pleasant manner.
L’Acquarossa Eau de Toilette opens with citrus (Sicilian mandarin, blood orange, Calabrian bergamot) and a pinch of Sichuan pepper. I don’t tend to have much of an opinion on citrus, but in this case I appreciate how smooth yet uplifting it is.
If you remember one note from the original L’Acquarossa Eau de Parfum, it is probably lantana. The slightly bitter and almost leathery flower is what sets L’Acquarossa apart, and I think you either love it or leave it. Lantana is hidden somewhere in the Eau de Toilette’s heart along with violet, but the most prominent note throughout the scent’s wear time is peony.
Fun fact: while peony is a fragrant flower, it is impossible to extract any oils from it the way you can with jasmine or rose, for example (although, even if it were possible, I don’t want to know how much it would cost. Peonies are notoriously hard to cultivate with a fleeting bloom season). All the peony you smell in perfumes is rather an “accord” synthesized with different notes. Most of the time the perfumers leave the acidic aspect out (or maybe they just don’t play it up), which is probably a smart move as it could easily go wrong on the skin.
Let’s go back to the heart of L’Acquarossa Eau de Toilette: oh the peony! It is very slightly powdery, a little tangy, and very, very soft and feminine. The interesting thing about this fragrance is this is also pretty much how it dries down. Towards the end, I sense a little more of its base notes (musk and red cedar), but the peony lingers. Despite the fact that it is an eau de toilette, it lasts a good 9 hours or more on my skin before it truly fades. If you are looking for a predominantly peony fragrance that lasts, I think L’Acquarossa Eau de Toilette will be right up your alley!
It might be the season, but between the eau de parfum and eau de toilette, if I had to pick one now, I’d go with the eau de parfum. The vibe seems more right for autumn. Come spring and summer however, I see so much potential in the eau de toilette! I do find myself wishing for a bit more lantana, but peony can hardly ever go wrong.
Have you already had the opportunity to take a whiff of the original L’Acquarossa? Where do you stand on peony?