Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Valentino Uomo description
One style of perfume that clearly doesn’t get enough love is the bright-eyed coffee scents.
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans is one of the most indulgent and enjoyable scents in our environment, and being able to wear it around town is a total blast. Coffee scents are difficult to pull off, however, because it’s the roasted tone that lights us up, and if you don’t have enough scorched bean smell, it’s like you just launched an extra-large drive-thru cup of cheap java all over yourself driving to work.
Luckily for virtual coffee aficionados, there is Valentino Uomo. Uomo is a coffee lover’s dream scent – not only are roasted coffee beans the main note in the heart, but they’re surrounded by chocolate, hazelnut, leather, and cedar as well.
Valentino Uomo starts with a zingy tandem of bright orange bergamot, spiked with myrtle’s whoosh of cool, eucalyptus-like energy. This sudden wind of citrus is important to how this fragrance continues, as without it, the full, roasted flavor of the coffee bean accord in the heart wouldn’t grab you half as much.
You need the acidic pop of citrus in the top notes to balance the dusky richness of the coffee, chocolate, and hazelnut. (It’s the same principle behind drinking champagne with chocolate – the bubbly fizz cuts through the rich fat of the sweets.)
The myrtle note is also a lovely textural balance to the thickness of the gourmand notes – it aerates the density of the heart, so all that deliciousness doesn’t turn into a chocolate avalanche OD and ruin the fun.
Valentino Uomo is also remarkable for the amount of time the heart takes to offer up all that dessert tray distraction – the chocolate, coffee, and hazelnut notes linger for a long while before the dry chirp of the cedar base note starts to chime.
But when the dry down does finally arrive, Valentino Uomo quickly becomes your olfactory wingman. Because let’s face it – after all that sweetness in the middle of this scent, someone you want to notice you already has, and the leather note buried in the base is exactly the masculine smell you want in the air afterwards.
It’s extremely hard to resist a stunning combination of chocolate, coffee, and hazelnut icing AND supple black leather. But just in case, Valentino Uomo follows up all the gourmand-and-leather fireworks with that bright cedar note to end the fragrance on, so you don’t have to rock the unibrow Brando vibe all night, and just be yourself.
Uomo is a gourmand scent that has your back, and intuitively knows what makes a man smell the most attractive, whether it’s date night or you’re making an emergency run to the coffee shop in your pajamas on Sunday morning.