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Ninfeo Mio – An Italian garden


DISCLOSURE: I have a weakness for Annick Goutal fragrances. I find the line quite elegant in general, but that doesn’t mean that I love all the scents. And fair enough, I say. After all, I don’t love all shoes (“You only buy black ones” says the spouse), all bracelets or all sparkling wines. But AG has given us some beauts: Eau d'Hadrien, Sables, Encens Flamboyant and now Ninfeo Mio.
Developed by Camille Goutal, along with Isabelle Doyen, who have been designing fragrances for the line since Annick’s death in 1999, Ninfeo Mio was inspired by the idea of the mythical Garden of the Hesperides – Hera’s orchard in the far west, which the nymphs tended. The inspiration was given life by a visit to Il Giardino di Ninfa – the real medieval river garden just south of Rome.
Ninfeo Mio gets your attention with a citrus blast from Italian lemons and bitter orange combined with a warm peppery note. As this fades a green note appears, which to me smells like urine. This could be from the hundred-headed dragon Hera had patrolling her orchard but is probably from galbanum.
Into the heart, ripe fig appears and softens the green and sweetens the lemon, while giving it a creaminess. Well, NM had me at urine, but what makes this really spectacular is the final drydown -  lavender and woody/grassy lentisque envelop the citrus in a soft herbal cloud, and settle it down on a bed of soft musk and satinwood.

Ninfeo Mio is a walk in a garden, an Italian garden - citrus, figs, lavender, wood and grass. Truly unique, there is nothing else like it. Delicate, divine and definitely FBW.

Ninfeo Mio is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.