I was first introduced to Salvatore Ferragamo a couple of years ago when I was watching a television show about established, unknown, and up and coming fashion designers. During this time, I knew nothing about Ferragamo, but now I know that their fashions are extremely beautiful. After seeing these great designs, I became so excited to smell their first fragrance, Signorina.
If you haven’t seen Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, let me just tell you that they are to die for! I thought to myself, “If their fragrances smell as beautiful as the shoes, then I’m officially a fan”.
I often get excited about first fragrance releases. When a designer releases their first fragrance, they have so much to prove and they must come out with a bang. Now I won’t lie to you, I was a little nervous once I saw the Signorina bottle. It was rather…cute. Yes, that’s a bad thing to me. Cute bottles usually mean super feminine, practically girly fragrances–which I am not personally a fan of. I am an adult now, so I’m into fragrances that smell a little more grown up–more grown up than the scent of fruity blends and sugary potions.
The Signorina bottle has a pink metallic lid with a pink ribbon tied around it. The perfume liquid is also light pink. See what I mean? Barbie would love this bottle, but I was a little afraid. However, I still felt like it was worth a try. I mean, it’s Salvatore Ferragamo here!
The fragrance is described as having top notes of pink pepper, blackcurrant, mid notes of jasmine, peony, rose, and base notes of patchouli, musk, and pannacotta. When I smelled the fragrance, it smelled a lot like pound cake. I assume that this is the “pannacotta” note that the fragrance description speaks of. The cakey notes definitely play with the teenage girl inside me. I would have loved this fragrance 10 years ago. All the pink and sweetness would have been perfect. Then there were some floral notes that emerged, but it was hard to pinpoint what it was just by smelling it. To me, it smelled like water flowers, but the description says that there is jasmine in the fragrance. Pretty interesting right? Pannacotta and jasmine? Who would think to mix those two scents together? Well, Salvatore Ferragamo of course!
There is a touch of spiciness and bitterness to this fragrance that smells like dried leaves and a not-so-ripe grapefruit. It’s all a very creative scent, but I can’t necessarily say that I like it. The fragrance has unique individual notes such as pink pepper and pannacotta, but the overall scent is very innocent and slightly boring. To me, it fell a little flat. I kind of like the pound cake note in it, but even that note was rather mild.
Signorina is very clean and buttoned down. It’s not very edgy at all, which is a problem because I am looking for edgy fragrances to add to my “fragrance wardrobe”. I’m a little disappointed because the teen inside of me really wants to like this pink bottle of cake mix, but I don’t think I would recommend it for women over 21 years old.
You can find Signorina for $74 (1.7 oz.) at www.shopnordstrom.com. But look on the bright side: if you don’t like the fragrance, you can always buy the shoes…only if you happen to have an extra $450 to spare.