Palazzo is a perfume by Italian fashion house Fendi, the only one that has survived the cut when LVMH giant decided to cancel all the Fendi perfumes and keep only one – Palazzo. Sadly for both its fans and the perfume industry, this perfume was also canceled. And it is a shame because we are talking about an exquisite perfume. Knowing it was made by a genius Annick Menardo, it is no surprise Palazzo is so good. Annick knows her powdery, oriental perfumes. Just remember the avantgarde Bvlgari Black perfume and the mysteriously seductive Lolita Lempicka perfumes, both made by this talented creator. Palazzo comes in an interesting bottle, done in the style of classical Italian architecture that Fendi Palazzo in downtown Rome, on the corner of Via Condotti and Piazza di Spagna, mimics through its 17th century.

The fullness and the seductiveness of scent Palazzo own to its floriental composition made out of powdery, sweet, woody base upgraded with intoxicating and lush notes of white flowers: jasmine and orange flower. Despite its heaviness, Palazzo’s opening is fresh, juicy … almost edible. The most dominant scent is the tangerine that brings freshness to the composition. Citrus notes have that ability to cut the sweetness of middle and lower notes and contribute to the overall perfume harmony and lightness. Certain citruses like bergamot do it abruptly and sharply, like the swords from Damascus, so thin and sharp they can easily cut a falling scarf. In Palazzo’s case, tangerine cuts the heavy notes like a hot knife through butter. There is nothing violent in it, just the buttery freshness and softness and above it a happy tangerine known as the “scent of child’s joy.”

Palazzo has some likeness to Guerlain Insolence and La Petite Robe Noire, in that powdery-syrupy scent so characteristic for Thierry Wasser’s work, the main creator of Guerlain perfumes who was one of the co-authors of this perfume along with Jean Pierre Bethhouart. For me, the biggest impresion was the woody notes of guaiac and sandalwood on one side and white flowers on the other. A bit cold but sensual without a doubt. And loud. Opera singer on steroids loud. Silvia Fendi wanted a perfume that draws attention and when a woman who wears it walks in a room, all the clamor stops and the only thing that lingers is the question “who smells so good?” She succeeded in that. Its been hours since I applied the perfume and its projection are high above average. but I doubt one could find a gentleman who would complain to the lady who smells this indecently good.

[Fragrance notes] top notes: lemon, bergamot, tangerine; middle notes: orange flower, jasmine, rose; base notes: sandalwood, guaiac, patchouli.

[Fragrance group] oriental floral.

Perfume creators are Annick Menardo, Thierry Wasser and Jean Pierre Bethouart.

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