I've been experiencing spring fever lately, so it seemed like a good time to pull a sample of some fun-and-fruity fragrance from my sample basket. I ended up with Plenilunio, a recent release from Italian niche line i Profumi di Firenze. Plenilunio's concept of "a voluptuous bouquet of summer strawberries" with "an enchanting kiss of silver moon beams on the skin" seems appropriate for the season.
In addition to strawberry, Plenilunio features notes of mandarin, white musk, amber and soft woods. What you read is what you get, which is fine, actually; lately we've seen way too many poetic lists of fantasy notes ("'angel mousse' and 'gardenia spasms,'" as Angela sort-of jokes) dressing up the thinnest and most prosaic of fragrances. Plenilunio pairs a succulent strawberry note with a velvety vanilla. Imagine the olfactory equivalent of a trifle or some other satisfying fruit-and-custard dessert, add a touch of powdery musk, and you're set. This fragrance has moderate sillage and good longevity on skin.
Basically, Plenilunio is a sweet, simple berries-and-cream scent that wears well. It reminds me of Hanae Mori's original fragrance (now known as "Butterfly"), although I don't have a sample of the latter available for wrist-to-wrist comparison. It might be too gourmand for the hot weather, when I'd wear something more delicate or sparkling to satisfy my red-fruit craving, like Annick Goutal Quel Amour! or Ava-Luxe's Sunday Girl. For these balmy late-spring days, however, it feels just right.
Do you have any favorite strawberry scents? Feel free to share recommendations in the comments!
I Profumi di Firenze Plenilunio is $110 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum. For buying information, see the listing for i Profumi di Firenze under Perfume Houses.
Note: top image is Bavarian cream with strawberries [cropped] via Wikimedia.