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Tuscany per Donna - Feminine, warm, airy and relaxed

Cortona, Tuscany

A few years ago, I wrote about a men’s fragrance, Tuscany per Uomo, or Tuscany for Men, by Aramis from Estée Lauder. Today is about Tuscany per Donna, or Tuscany for Women, the 2012 version from the Estée Lauder Classic Collection, not the original 1992 version from Aramis. Both these fragrances truly capture the scent of the beautiful Tuscan region in Italy, but let’s set the scene before I tell you more about Tuscany per Donna… 

Halfway through university I took time out and travelled through Europe, not by train like many students, but with a best friend in her brand-new Austin Healey 3000 MKIII sports car which she had just bought in London. This iconic car was British racing green with tan leather interior, plus  it had overdrive, which meant it was FAST. It was the perfect vehicle for two young women barely adults, who understood and spoke only English, and who had little experience with anything that actually related to real life. Needless to say, we were noticed wherever we went, especially in Italy.

It was mid-summer in Italy. We drove with the top down wearing our RayBans and Audrey Hepburn head scarves. Any similarity to movie stars was totally intentional. Italians love beautiful design and appreciate fine craftsmanship, and Italian men love fast cars and pretty women, and the shiny Healey 3000 sports car showcasing the two of us embodied all those elements. Our best times happened in Tuscany where that sleek little car connected us with fascinating people, leading to the discovery of beautiful old towns and homes and experiences that were beyond our wildest imagination. Someday I may write a book about it.

For one entire week we drove through the Tuscan hills visiting small towns, at dawn, at high noon, in the golden light of late afternoon and in the warm hazy dusk, and what I remember most vividly is the palette, the colour of the lansdcape. The intense blue of the sky, the golden hills edged with elegant tall cypress trees, red tile roofs, yellow-ochre buildings, dust, heat waves shimmering on the horizon. And I remember the smell of the countryside - sun-warmed earth and stones, grasses and herbs, lemon and olive groves, sweet white flowers, vineyards, pine trees, the aromas on the breeze. I close my eyes, and I’m there. 

Tuscany per Donna takes me there, too. A single spritz on my wrists and I’m in that special place in the Tuscan countryside, a villa with a wide-lens view of olive trees and grapevines covering the terraced hillsides, lemon and orange trees scenting the patio. Tart juicy citrus and ripe fruit blend with herbal garden notes into an enticing waft, which leads into the floral heart.  The distinctive indolic white petals of jasmine and sweet honeysuckle are spiced with rose, carnation, and peony, a heady mix of lush romantic flowers which becomes relaxed and expansive in the drydown with the addition of airy sandalwood and ambery vanilla. Notes of soft musk add a mellow warmth to the dry down, echoing the golden afternoon light, and giving Tuscany per Donna a luminous relaxed sensuality that is unmistakably Italian.

Perfume The A-Z Guide describes Tuscany per Uomo, the men’s fragrance: “Tuscany has an open-collar ease and generous airy feel, with plenty of room for big gestures, without ever overwhelming either wearer or passerby”. Tuscany per Donna has that same unique quality. Never too intrusive or provocative, the eau de parfum is appropriate for any age, fresh and radiant, then warm and airy and relaxed, the kind of fragrance that feels timeless and serene and confident in its natural feminine beauty, the kind of fragrance to wear anywhere or anytime, and which makes people want to lean into you because you smell so good!

Tuscany per Donna captures the romance and soul of the Tuscan countryside, exactly as I remember it. I’m so glad I finally decided to buy a bottle. Easy to find at the Estée Lauder counter, and moderately priced, Tuscany per Donna is proof you don’t have to empty your bank account to own a beautiful fragrance.

Tuscany per Donna is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.

Image - Wikimedia Commons - by Helle Krog, August 5, 2009