I didn't go to Florence with the Sniffapalooza gang - it was a bit spendy for me and the trick of getting from Baltimore to a NY airport would have entailed still more expense. Ahh...so I missed out on a good time. But...maybe I'll get a chance to go sometime in the future. Of course, I won't have the same fascinating experience with Italian perfumers....
My friend Nancy did go on the trip and she brought back some fragranced goodies. I'll be sharing my impression of several Italian scents with you here. The first one is Sofron, by Farmacia SS. Annunziata.
By the name, one might think Sofron is a saffron scent, but it is not. It opens up with sweet apricot, apple, and orange blossom spiced with nutmeg. But rather than being edible, it's very soapy. The combination of a fresh green note like apple with lots of warm and woodsy notes is an interesting juxtaposition. But it still smells like soap. In a good way.
I can smell a little sandalwood in there but get no patch, nor cedar. Bottom line, Sofron is a...wait for it...clean scent. Unisex too. Doubtful it will ever be available in the U.S. but it was fun to try it!
Notes: cedar of Lebanon, neroli, apricot, green apple, nutmeg, sandalwood, patchouli, and myrrh