Name: Roberto Cavalli Eau De Parfum
Brand: Roberto Cavalli
What I liked:
- if you like amber-based, honeyed white floral scents, this is for you
- good sillage and staying power
- beautiful bottle
What I didn’t like:
- very unoriginal and bland
When I first heard that Roberto Cavalli signed a deal with Coty I was both sad and intrigued. Sad because this meant that all previous Cavalli scents had to be discontinued and while I wouldn’t shed a single tear on the disappearance of most designer fragrances as they all tend to smell the same anyway, Serpentine was one of the few I actually liked. But at the same time, I was also intrigued to see what this new partnership would create.
The first scent they brought out was Roberto Cavalli Eau De Parfum, which is described as “an exuberant and sensual floral amber”. Was it good enough to console me of the loss of Serpentine? Definitely not. It doesn’t even come close to any of the discontinued scents, and I can’t believe they got rid of them all to replace them with this cheap and commercial concoction. So, what does it smell like?
The opening is warm and fruity: fizzy wisps of pink pepper dance over a background of zesty orange blossom. The heart is a blend of honeyed white florals and woody musk. The sensuality of the golden flower bouquet is however hidden under a huge dollop of synthetic musk. I am a huge fan of musk, but here it breaks the scent instead than adding depth to it. And it gets worse. The drydown is a sweet and faint oriental accord of amber, vanilla and tonka that’s been done a thousand times before. It’s even more disappointing when compared to the opening of the scent.
The scent would definitely have been more interesting if some of those spicy top notes had lingered long enough to be smelt in the drydown too. Roberto Cavalli is a mature, sensual and warm scent that’s very easy to wear, especially in the summer, but it is also very commercial and, once the pink pepper disappears, it becomes quite bland and somewhat cheap. However, the perfume does have its plus points. Sillage is one of them: the scent is not so strong to give you an headache, but it does leave a nice trail behind. And it lasts for a few good hours on the skin too.
Roberto Cavalli is a sensual, amber-based white floral scent with spicy accents and a huge dollop of synthetic musk. After an interesting, fizzy opening, this unoriginal and warm scent becomes blander and cheaper as the hours pass. Sillage and staying power are good though.