Master Perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, inspired by his love for Italy, has created a collection of Parfum Cologne that are portraits of Italian happiness. Bergamotto, Limone and Mandarino are fragrances in the collection “Viaggio in Italia” (A Journey to Italy).
Limone was created in 2021 and is a unisex citrus fragrance that celebrates the incredible Amalfi lemon. It features notes of Italian lemon, ginger, orange leaf and white musk.
From Jean-Claude Ellena: Limone has its origins in one of my journeys on the Amalfi Coast. The coast road is narrow and runs alongside the cliffs, which plunge into the blue of the Mediterranean. At each bend the landscape surprises you. Understanding nature’s magic, men and women have built terraces to lovingly cultivate lemon trees. It is impossible to resist the beauty of these places where the yellow lemon cuts across the coppery blue of stone walls. Between the bright and cheerful yellow and a lavish, princely blue, I found the theme for a new Cologne, unquestionably aristocratic.
Laboratorio Olfattivo Limone Reviews
From cafleurebon: Here I sit in the midst of a Massachusetts heat wave – when fellow native poet and professor Henry Wadsworth Longfellow comes traipsing across my memory palace. It’s 1875; at this writing, he is 68 years of age and recalling his youthful trips along the Amalfi Coast with immense tenderness. Pray tell: how could he not? Between the brilliant Mediterranean blue of sea and sky, unrelenting sunshine and extraordinary abundance of lemon cultivation, one envisions it clearly and can even smell it. All of this streams forth, triggered by a single spray of Laboratorio Olfattivo Limone, created as part of his Italian trilogy. Maître Ellena possesses an uncanny ability to capture terrain and evoke a specific locus. Recently he has turned his gifted nose and hand towards Italy: Laboratorio Olfattivo Limone, Bergamotto and Mandarino. They will prove a magic wand in winter, as they transport you somewhere warmer and more welcoming, hospitable.
Confession time: lemon and I are embroiled in an ongoing love affair. With Limone its radiant citrus fruit appears tonic and somewhat floral at first; eventually it evolves into a Muscular Lemon. Limone’s first flush resembles a first love: it illuminates everything it touches – expansive, generous, unaffectedly lovely. There is a jolt of ginger in it which seems perfectly natural (yes, I’m particularly partial to a lemon-ginger pairing in most anything as well) and companionable. The orange leaf note which is present possesses a bitter greenness, a touch of sweetness and even a marine facet.
What surprises me is what follows white musks – those which we’ve come to associate with a baby-soft character, a pillowy-ness. Somewhere along the line, I smell a potent cedarwoody/slightly scratchy musky wood note which anchors the fragrance. At this point Limone assumes a more linear character; I feel that it also assumes a more yang-like attitude – which is where my impression of a ‘muscular lemon’ arose. There is nothing fluffy about Laboratorio Olfattivo Limone’s drydown – and it gives rise to the distinct image of a swarthy-skinned, dashing dark-maned male replete with hairy chest. You might not envisage this way, and if so – there it is. Any comparably forceful person with a strong personality will suffice. My point is that Laboratorio Olfattivo Limone is no giggling, lemony vanillic musk; it’s a cologne to be reckoned with, a fragrance rooted in gravitas. I think that this aspect makes it far more intriguing and sophisticated.
From Fragrantica: If you want to know how a lemon smells you either try this or squeeze a real one.