Launched in 2016, Castagna eau de toilette is from Tuttotondo, a new Italian a line of toiletries and fragrances. Their website describes their products as ‘unusual “postcards” of travel adventures which have taken us on the exploration of the world and the discovery or rare and unusual ingredients.’ Castgana is one of five fragrances that makes up Tuttotondo’s their first fragrance collection and each one which was inspired by travel adventures through Italy.
Castgana was inspired by the chestnuts grown in the area of Mount Amiata, a dormant volcano situated in the province of Siena in Central Tuscany. Oh, I do love what Castgana smells like!
It opens with notes of bright bergamot and powdery, earthy iris that merge into creamy, smooth heart of sweet, earthy chestnut, warmed by spicy clove and sweetened with vanilla-tinged heliotrope. A note of maple syrup gives it a caramel facet. It smells gently boozy and rich at the same time and is the kind of gourmand fragrance I can’t resist where the sweetness is a supporting player not a dominating main character. All of this hovers over a woody base of vetiver, sandalwood and guaiac wood. The vetiver and guaiac wood give it a seductive smokiness. Vanilla adds sweetness and so does Tonka bean, but it’s a warm spicy sweetness. Musk finishes it off.
For all of this, the drydown is surprisingly delicate and refined, so that while chestnuts are associated with cooler temperatures, Castgana can be worn anytime. And, it’s not so sweet that it can’t be worn by both men and women. In fact, I like the smell of it on a man when it can have more of a sweet/salty contrast.
Notes: bergamot, iris, clove, heliotrope, maple syrup, chestnut accord, vetiver, vanilla, guaiac wood, sandalwood, tonka bean and musk.