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March 26, 2012

Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina : Perfume Review


Rated 4.5 out of 5.0

Star rating: 5 stars--outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars--very good, 3 stars--adequate, 2 stars--disappointing, 1 star--poor.

She wears her pink bow with panache. She is in a perpetually cheerful mood. She is pretty and bubbly. That’s Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina for you, a new fragrance that has all the attributes of a best seller — easy, fruity and radiant. Picking up the bottle, you already know that it is going to be a trendy and lighthearted fragrance. The perfume is aimed at the younger market, and for the target audience it hits the spot.

The adorable Signorina will not overwhelm you with her loud laugh (she is not Chanel Coco Mademoiselle) nor would she drag you to the candy store (for that, you can turn to Vera Wang Princess). She is mild mannered and pleasant from top to bottom, with nary a rough edge. I enjoyed the juicy top notes of red berries and crushed leaves, which contrasted with the soft jasmine and rose.

The drydown makes me lose any interest in Signorina, however. The pannacotta accord mentioned in the marketing copy translates into a sweet milky note with a touch of caramel. Whatever the case may be, this pannacotta is made with a small dose of sugar, and it never turns cloying. Instead, it turns predictable. The creamy vanilla, musk and patchouli are such a popular combination that I experience déjà vu every time I smell Signorina. Is it a shadow of Chanel Chance Eau Tendre that I am smelling there, or maybe, Christian Dior Miss Dior Chérie? Or maybe, a bit of everything.

Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina includes notes of blackcurrant buds, pink pepper, jasmine, rose, peony, vanilla, musk, patchouli, and pannacotta accord. Salvatore Ferragamo fragrances are available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and other major retailers.

Sample: my own acquisition



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