First, a little history: in 1964, Nina Ricci launched her first men’s fragrance, Signoricci. When the company followed up on the theme with a second scent, Signoricci 2 in 1976, the name of the original changed to Signoricci 1. Upon the sad discontinuation of the original, the "2" was dropped from the name of the newer scent and today we simply have "Signoricci" — are you still with me? Ok… This 1976 incarnation has notes of mandarin, petitgrain, sage, alpine lavender, haitian vetiver, exotic woods, and oak moss.
Signoricci is a unique fragrance in that this is one citrus scent that, thankfully, doesn't remind me of bathroom cleaner! The zesty top notes give way to a fresh, slightly green herbal middle, ending in a light trail of white woods (I smell birch or cedar, and sandalwood) and vetiver. It is primarily a citrus scent, but the warmer notes in the base (and by the way, I'm not a vetiver fan, and here, the note is barely detectable as it merges harmoniously with the other notes) provide depth and fullness that other citrus scents lack.
Where Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien stops at being a simple lemon scent, and doesn't last on my skin, and Creed's citrus scents usually offer only a hint of top notes, moving quickly to the complex millesime base, Signoricci is so much more, offering a more complete composition, excellent lasting power, and a gentle, comforting warmth in the base notes.
A popular scent that has been the source of many compliments for me, Signoricci is by far one of the most beautiful citrus fragrances I've encountered. It has been a staple scent of mine since I first discovered it about 10 years ago, and a bottle is always present in my wardrobe. To me this eau de toilette has a quiet sophistication that no other men’s fragrance manages to capture. It is as easily worn with shorts and sandals as with a business suit, and considering that it was created 30 years ago, let me add one more adjective — timeless.
Nina Ricci Signoricci is an Eau de Toilette, and is sold as both 50ml and 100 ml sprays.
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