Bergamotto Marino is a new unisex fragrance from the house of Gianfranco Ferré, intended for use as guest cosmetics by luxury hotels and for purchase by discerning customers. This Pierre Bourdon creation, housed in a Serge Mansau bottle, is highlighted by 25% Calabrian marine bergamot and blended with black currant, melon, lily of the valley, Tunisian orange blossom, Egyptian jasmine, mahogany, oakmoss, seaweed, ambergris and musk.
I’m a sucker for anything orange blossom and often find that the scent of bergamot ever-so-slightly reminds me of it. So often used as a top note, accenting the opening aroma of a thousand fragrances, in Bergamotto Marino Bourdon uses bergamot as a centerpiece, a starting point from which to introduce whispers of white florals set against a fresh marine accord of seaweed, ambergris, and musk.
Imagine standing on a yacht with seats crafted from dark coffee-toned mahogany wood, floating somewhere on the coast of Italy in the warmth of summertime. As you pull away from shore and gain speed, the propellers kick up a salty foam that combines with a breeze blown through blossoms of sweet white petals, and dark green leaves.
Somewhere between Aqua di Gio for Men and Thierry Mugler Cologne, Bergamotto Marino sets itself apart with alternating echoes of jasmine and orange blossom set against a warm, rich base. For me, this scent is really all about 3 notes — bergamot, orange blossom and jasmine. Though these are popular florals, rarely have they been presented so purely and with such honesty.
A beautiful scent, like most Ferré fragrances, I’m worried that this one might be destined for the shelves of TJ Maxx in a year or two (remember GiEffeEffe?). Success will depend on product placement and creative marketing, but for now, this is a great moderately-priced summer cologne that I’m sure will be a strong player in my spring and summer rotation. I love it.
Gianfranco Ferré Bergamotto Marino Eau de Cologne is available now in Italy (35 euros for 50 ml and 50 euros for 100 ml) and Russia, and is due for wider release this spring. A bath and body line is also available and the way the cologne is packaged and labeled, I wonder if additional colognes might follow.