Acqua di Parma Profumo

First released in the 1930s, Acqua di Parma Profumo for Women was re-released in 2000 after a reformulation. The chypre vintage shares very little to its re-released version aside from the name.



In Bottle: Mild, slight sharp citrus on the opening with a heady floral background.

Applied: Aside from a slight citrus bite at the beginning, this fragrance goes on thick with the florals. I’ve never tried the original, so I didn’t expect very much in the way of chypres. Still, this newer iteration is a pleasant enough composition. Heavy on the florals, almost smothering me in a jasmine and rose composition. The dry down is an earthier floral with a couple of dust bunnies flying around (it reminded me of how dust smells, is that weird? Am I weird? I must be). Profumo smells like it’s trying hard to be sophisticated and live up its original version, but the smothering floral angle didn’t capture my interest and at times it came on a bit too strong. A nice fragrance to test out to see how it works on you.

Extra: The original vintage’s chypre build has piqued my interest and maybe I was a little biased because, oh, I love those chypres. I had gotten this one before reading up on vintage vs. reformulation. Someday, I’ll find a reformulation that I like more than the original. It’s going to have to be something rather drastic.

Design: Fairly simple design, a little outdated to me with the banding on the bottle. Reminds me a bit of the 70s or 80s. Otherwise, nice bottle.

Fragrance Family: Floral

Notes: Citrus, rose, jasmine, iris, ylang-ylang, woods.

Profumo can be purchased at major stores online and offline. Sephora, for example, carries it for $228.00USD. With that price tag, I’d rather snatch up something else I like a bit more. Didn’t work out this time, but I’d definitely smell the vintage if I could get my hands on it.

Reviewed in This Post: Acqua di Parma Profumo, ~2000, Eau de Parfum.

6 thoughts on “Acqua di Parma Profumo

  1. LOL about the dust bunnies. I’m with you, there is something lightly dry about this that isn’t heavy… so therefore dusty. I do like this a lot, but it’s not something I would wear regularly. I would love to smell the vintage too!

  2. I didn’t realize Acqua di Parma’s perfumes were that expensive. For somereason the brand doesn’t appeal to me so after trying a couple of scents I wrote it off completely. This review doesn’t suggest I was wrong: I have at least a couple of other perfumes (some of them I even like) smelling which I think: “Hmm.. It smells dusty.” Now I’ll think “dust bunnies” – thank you for the image 🙂

    • I was somewhat shocked by the price too. It almost seems too ridiculous because you could get better juice for less if you ask me.

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