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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hilde Soliani Mangiamo Dopo Teatro: Perfume Review...and a Prize Draw

It seems to me, upon reading reviews, comments and forums, than melon and watermelon notes are not particularly popular among perfume connoisseurs, and their presence in a scent is more often than not a turn off. Correct me if my impression is wrong. Personally I have a weakness for all things melon in perfume. Perhaps because what I consider to be my formative years were spent wearing fairly melony Marina de Bourbon. Having said that I like melon in perfume, I must specify that a melon has to be ripe and sweet and a perfume non-aquatic.

Just like Mangiamo Dopo Teatro. Inspired by Hilde Soliani's memories of eating out with her friends and colleagues after theatrical performances, it is most definitely delicious. It is honeyed melon and pretty much nothing else, but boy oh boy is it enjoyable. Wearing it makes me want to cut a melon (ambrosia, canary, honeydew, cantaloupe...I don't care, any will do!) in half and bite into its flesh, without minding my manners and appearance, to let the juices run and make my face all sticky. The scent arouses in me the kind of craving and the kind of greed that is borderline obscene. As any melon fragrance, it does have a certain fresh quality, just like the smell of actual melons combines syrupy sweetness with wateriness. Having said that, Mangiamo Dopo Teatro is not the dreaded aquatic at all. So if you are aquatic-phobic, have no fear. But if you are afraid of melons in perfume, stay far away and leave more for me.

Available at New London Pharmacy and Luckyscent.

If you would like to be in a prize draw please say so in your comment. One lucky commenter will receive samples of Bell'Antonio, Il Tuo Tulipano, Mangiamo Dopo Teatro, Sipario, Stecca and Vecchi Rossetti. The winner will be announced next Monday.

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56 Comments:

Blogger Noy said...

Mmmm...one of my favorite food-memories is of eating honeydew the color of a luna moth, so sweet, and flavored with fresh orange juice and orange-flower water in Morocco. I'd love to be entered into the drawing, thank you!

12:18 AM EDT  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I would love to try all of these -please count me in the drawing, thanks. They sound lovely! I also love that the word verification for this post is "scent" - is that coincidence or what?

12:25 AM EDT  
Anonymous maitreyi1978 said...

I love melon. Please include me in the draw.

12:41 AM EDT  
Blogger cusut said...

I always love edible scent. And your review sounds soooo yummy to me!!

Please include me in the draw!
Thanks,
Hieu Hoang

1:28 AM EDT  
Blogger Julie said...

I would love to be entered. Thanks!

2:29 AM EDT  
Blogger spiroushkinamama said...

Mmmm, meeelon... I should love to try it!
Thanks

4:48 AM EDT  
Anonymous Chris G said...

Sounds like summer! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.
Chris G

5:25 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My "fear" of melon is actually my dislike for aquatic scents. I was recently surprised that I likes Vanille Galante more than I thought I would--maybe because of the sweetness if the melon. Anyway, please enter me into the drawing!

Suzanne

5:39 AM EDT  
Anonymous KathyT said...

This melon sounds interesting...please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

6:22 AM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

Oh, I could happily survive on eating melons alone in warm weather and, actually, two of my all time favorite scents have strong melon notes - Amoureuse and Parfum de Therese. I can even enjoy D'Orsay's Tilleul (watermelon note) in the summer. But if its too aquatic, I choke (and Hermes VG went aquatic on me - completely unpleasant). Don't need a sample - already ordered. Can't wait to try this one! I'm thinking that this and Stecca may be summer essentials for me from this second group of hers.

7:27 AM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Well I love the Parfum de Therese so how melon-phobic can I really be? I think what I do not like is this new melony calone-ish molecule that seems to be having a mini-trend.

All of which is to say--you have made me greedy, too. Please put me in the draw!

P.S. Hilde Soliani seems to have spent a lot of time attending theatrical performances, between this one and the "after performance smokes+coffe" of Bell Antonio. I would love to know what she was seeing at all those performances...

7:49 AM EDT  
Blogger Karin said...

Hi Marina. Well, I can't really say whether I like melon in perfume or not. Have I sniffed it and liked it or disliked it? No idea! This would be a great opportunity to find out. Thanks for offering this draw!

8:14 AM EDT  
Blogger ahsu said...

A melon note is hit-or-miss in my experience, so I do approach with caution. But I'll still try anything once! Please include me in the draw, would love to try all the Hilde Solianis.

8:31 AM EDT  
Anonymous kathleen said...

I don't know that I've experienced melon in a scent. These frags sound wonderful and I'd luv to try them - please inlude me in the drawing, thank you..

8:57 AM EDT  
Blogger judith said...

Thanks for the review! My current melon faves are Ralph Wild and Prescriptives Potion. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

9:47 AM EDT  
Anonymous London said...

I thought I hated melon but someone mentioned Amoureuse so I'll give it a try. I'd love to be in the draw. Thank you.

9:51 AM EDT  
Blogger aya said...

I love Margherita, and would really like to try more from Hilde Soliani. Please include me in the draw.

10:09 AM EDT  
Blogger molly bloom said...

oooh, i would love to sample these! please include me in the drawing.

10:09 AM EDT  
Blogger Tara said...

I would love to be in the drawing and be able to Hilde Soliani's fragrances. Thanks...I considered buying samples, but have already blown my budget on vintage perfumes! Have a great day.

11:12 AM EDT  
Anonymous sybil said...

Hmmm...not sure if I like melon in a fragrance or not...but your review was great! Please put me in the drawing.

11:16 AM EDT  
Anonymous Kate B. said...

I like melons but I have no idea if I like them in perfume. Would love to find out via a sample as you make Mangiamo Dopo Teatro sound pretty heavenly. Please do enter me in the drawing!

11:39 AM EDT  
Anonymous dleep said...

Your description is mouth-watering. I would love to be included. Thanks.

11:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Miranda said...

Maybe we can count on Hilde to do something lovely with strawberries too?

please include me in the draw!
thanks
Miranda

12:14 PM EDT  
Anonymous Patricia said...

Hi! I'd like to be included in the draw.

12:32 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sooooooooo craving melon now! What a delicious review. I really like melon in perfumes, both aquatic and non-aquatic varieties. This Hilde Soliani sounds incredibly interesting. Since I live no where near where it might become available (wrong country even!), please enter me in the draw.

Thank you so much,
Lovethescents

1:03 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to be in the draw. barbara

1:06 PM EDT  
Anonymous Janet in CA said...

Please enter me in the draw. I don't think I have ever tried any melon perfume. Sounds like a great Spring/Summer scent.

1:10 PM EDT  
Blogger sunnlitt said...

You're right--there seems to be quite a disdain for melon scents. But, I do love the possibility of freshness that they offer.
Please enter me in the draw.
thanks!

1:25 PM EDT  
Blogger knidonovan said...

I love melon and cucumber but I have found that in perfume they give me a raging headache. I am not sure what the chemical it is but I have yet to find a perfume or an oil that doesn't have this effect.
Might as well put me in the draw though. I am still looking.
Thanks! -K

1:48 PM EDT  
Blogger double.bound said...

I'd love to be in this drawing. I'm not sure I've ever actually smelled melon-y perfumes before.

1:52 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need summer. This sounds just like it to me! I'd love to be entered in the draw, NicoC

1:53 PM EDT  
Blogger Amy said...

Mmmm, I don't know if it's because spring is in the air or because I'm pregnant and full of fruity cravings, but melon sounds fabulous! Please include me in the drawing.

1:56 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds lovely. Please include me in the draw!
Thanks,
Molly

2:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Meilily said...

Sounds delicious- Please enter me into the drawing!

btw I am a fan of watery scents, and apparently Le Labo's Neroli 36 has watery notes + watermelon! It's a good one for melon fans.

3:56 PM EDT  
Blogger Natalie said...

No need to enter me in the drawing (I prefer to eat my melon), but I just wanted to comment on how marvelous the name "Mangiamo dopo Teatro" is for a perfume! Evocative yet prosaic... I love it.

5:18 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so inspired by your mention of the new Hilde Soliani scents not too long ago, that I ordered samples of the whole line from LuckyScent.

I am NOT a big melon fan - I don't mind it, it's just not anything I'm particularly drawn to - but the evening that I slathered Magiamo Dopo Teatro on the back of my hand, I had my hand glued to my nose for most of the night! I agree, it is decadently delicious....sweet, but not sickly sweet, just enough to make my mouth water.

I do NOT need to be entered in the drawing, as I already have a sample....just wanted to share my/your/our adoration of MDT.

Marko

5:27 PM EDT  
Blogger Janet said...

Ooooh, I'd very much like to be entered into the drawing, thank you!

5:36 PM EDT  
Anonymous Jane said...

Thanks so much for entering me, I would dearly love to try these as I don't know any of them yet.

6:06 PM EDT  
Blogger maggi said...

I love melon, thought the note can go wrong, but please enter me into the drawing--Maggi

8:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Oh, please enter me too - I love melon! In fact, I even love (GASP!) Un Jardin Apres le Mousson, which I finally tried recently. Yes, I admit it!

Since I said that, is it significant that the security word for my comment is "rainglyt?" Weird! :-D

9:29 PM EDT  
Blogger cuntilocks said...

I would love to be entered in this drawing! :)

10:22 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love melon too! (I don't know about prosciutto e melone though, if one is both eating after the theater and creating a perfume...) Real watermelon are cantaloupe have such subtle smells, so it is probably tough to work with even in a lab. Please enter me in your draw. Thanks,
Laura M

4:18 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the draw as well.
Thank you, JenM

4:22 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

I love melon, but only in food. So I'll pass on the drawing, but think I might get some honeydew for lunch!

11:59 AM EDT  
Blogger Eleven European Mystics said...

yes, yes, yes...your description invites an imagination of comfort and enticement. It sounds, well, tempting. I wish to be counted in for the draw. Fabiana

12:06 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina (Colombina) said...

Fabiana, and you are the winner of Puredistance draw, please do send me your contact details.

12:07 PM EDT  
Blogger Eleven European Mystics said...

Mangiamo Dopo Teatro......what a lovely name. It brings summer dining al fresco, with something light to one's barely covered skin and not too much jewellery on. Mangiamo Dopo Teatro.

12:08 PM EDT  
Blogger Eleven European Mystics said...

Am I that lucky? I'm already in an exalted mood. No matter what, the idea of discovering a new fragrance with your seal of approval is exhilarating.
Thank you so much! :-)
(how do I send my details?)

12:12 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina (Colombina) said...

email me using the contact me link on the right top side of the blog :-)

12:13 PM EDT  
Anonymous MJ said...

Please enter me! Thanks!

butterflyrouge(at)yahoo(dot)com

1:36 PM EDT  
Blogger Esri Rose said...

Even if I didn't like perfume, I would love reading your descriptions, Columbina.

I like most foody scents, so please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

3:23 PM EDT  
Blogger moss1310 said...

sounds great, please include me in the drawing!

3:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Cynthia said...

In my mass collection of perfumes, I don't think there is one melon. I would like to be in for the draw. Thanks!

8:13 PM EDT  
Blogger Deanna said...

Enter me! Thanks :)

12:04 AM EDT  
Anonymous stella p said...

I would very much like to be included in the draw, as Hilde Soliani's scents have been on my "wish-to-smell"-list for a long, long time!

6:37 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please enter me in the draw! -svitlana

9:04 PM EDT  

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