Chinotto di Liguria is the latest perfume of the Italian brand Acqua di Parma from the line of Blu Mediterraneo. The backbone of this line are fresh, citrus and aquatic perfumes that resemble the blue of the sea, resinous and salty air filled with fragrances of Hesperidic fruits that the western coast of Italy is full of.

The name Chinotto di Liguria owes to very rare and specific citrus fruit – chinotto, a type of bitter orange that is grown on the west coast of Italy and the best are from the northwestern area, south of the city of Milan, Liguria. It is tiny, inedible fruit, the size of a ping-pong ball, with tempting aroma used both in perfume making and as a flavor for liqueurs, most famous of them being Campari.

The origin of chinotto fruit is mysterious, the name itself says that it originated from China, but there are no written traces about it and is currently the mostly grown in Italy, and to a lesser extent in Malta, France, and Libya. The tree can be up to 3 meters high, and if the climate allows it, it can be grown even in home gardens. August is the harvesting month for chinotto, the green fruits are used in the perfume industry while the mature ones are being peeled because the skin is bitter, although less sour than lemon, lime and bergamot, and the peeled fruit used to make marmalades. The most famous drinks that are made from this citrus are San Pellegrino, Chinotto of the same name and the aforementioned Campari.

The opening of the perfume Chinotto di Liguria is one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever felt. Those who read my reviews know how much animosity I have for most perfume novelties that have nothing new or quality to offer to perfume lovers. Acqua di Parma surprised me pleasantly, because, apart from a couple of creations, I am not a fan of the Blu Mediterraneo line perfumes (khm, Bergamotto di Calabria, khm). A mix of top notes of chinotto and mandarin is divine and innovative like the exotic culinary philosophy of the Far East, which says that in order for the dish to be successful, it must satisfy all the tastes, for salty, sweet, bitter, sour and hot. Similarly, Chinotto di Liguria hits all the right notes. Sweet, fresh, slightly bitter, everything is there, nothing should be added or taken away. After a refreshing opening, the perfume calms down with fragrant notes of jasmine, patchouli and musk combined in a chypre composition that is very breathable and easy to wear. Contemporary transparent interpretation of the classical chypre base reduced and direct Italian perfumery style that can be worn all year round, except for the coldest winter days. Chinotto di Liguria is the most successful perfume creation I’ve tried this year. Who would say, LVMH did something right, finally.

[Scent notes] top notes: mandarin, cinnamon; middle notes: jasmine, geranium, cardamom, rosemary; base notes: patchouli, musk. 

[Scent group] chypre floral.