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Valentina Acqua Floreale description
If you loved the original Valentino Valentina but found it too rich for your blood, then give Valentino Valentina Acqua Floreale a try. It is like the original put through one of those Photoshop programs where you can de-saturate the colors by 80% until only a ghostly image remains. But sometimes, when it is hot and muggy outside, and your fringe has stuck to your forehead, the words “watery” and “translucent” start to sound very good indeed.
This is one you can bathe in, and it will never be too much – not for you, and not for the people around you. Acqua Floreale opens on a medley of sparkling, fresh notes of sour bergamot, green neroli, and tender little marshmallow tufts of orange blossom. The effect of this is as refreshing as holding an ice-cold cloth sprayed with Florida water to a hot brow. If you don’t instantly feel 20° cooler, then see a doctor.
The citrus notes fizz like sparklers and then burn out, but not before opening up a heart full of sweet, fluffy white flowers – tuberose and jasmine mostly, but given a cheerful little lift by way of a powdery, cucumberish mimosa. Delicate and milky rather than heavy or creamy, this floral heart hums along in a clean, pure register, like the choir boy in a symphony. It is lightly green and herbal, too, thanks to the crisp radiance of the jasmine note used here.
Mood? Totally carefree, light on its feet, and full of pep. When you’re feeling down, or you’re stuck in the office and you find yourself needing a little pick-me-up, why not spray on a bit of this pretty little floral water and see if it doesn’t turn that frown upside down? Acqua Floreale is simply good summer vibes in a bottle.
Of course, towards the base, we all need a little something sweet and sexy, and that’s what we get thanks to a caramelized amber and patchouli pairing that turns up the heat. It feels soft and bosomy, without being heavy – a scant teaspoon of cream and sugar to go with all those healthy greens. It’s an under-the-radar summer stunner and we adore it.
Acqua Floreale is the watercolor version of the oil painting that was the original, full of sparkling citrus, gentle white flowers, mimosa, and a light amber base. Impossible to overspray and impossible to dislike!