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The bottle of Roma I found in a small perfume store was the unique frosted glass bottle shaped like a fluted Roman column. It had dust on it, and as I hoped, this Roma is an older, if not original version of the opulent floral-oriental which was launched in 1988.  Roma may be from the 1980’s when Orientals were meant to seduce, but it’s different from its typically decadent pleasure-seeking relatives, such as Opium and Poison. Roma has a quirky intelligence, an abstract character, a soul and heart, as well as a libido.
The distinctive tart citrus and black currant notes are fresh and sparkly in the opening, and blend seamlessly with the white florals into a sunny fruity–floral accord in the heart, but I can’t call it fruity or floral  - is it the hint of mint floating in and out that transforms it? It could be the rich base notes, the creamy sandalwood, dark earthy vanilla and patchouli, the warm amber and musk, the musty oakmoss, and the civet lending animalic magic early in the dry-down.  
Whatever the reason, Roma smells so luscious and so alive, as it dries down, floral-spicy with a tart edge, never too sweet but with a green earthy warmth, never too strong or too loud. The end result is that none of the notes dominate, instead they support each other, creating a fragrance that’s fresh, sunny, invigorating, warm, lush and magnetically sensual, all at the same time. Roma makes me think of the iconic Italian actress, Sophia Loren at her peak  – she had it all in one incredible package -  intelligence, character, spirit, sex appeal, as well as that beautiful body and face. 
Roma is as gorgeous now as the day it was launched twenty-five years ago. Viva Italia.
Notes: black currant, sicilian bergamot, pink grapefruit, mint and hyacinth; carnation, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose; amber, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, civet, vanilla, oakmoss and myrrh.
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Unknown

Price: $4.00