Milano Caffe by AbdesSalaam Attar for La Via del Profumo 2013

Heya Frag Hags,

Recently there has been a flurry of excitement because La Via del Profumo, the natural perfume house from Italy, run by a French ex-pat who dresses like a fairytale Arabian desert bedouin (plural of badawī بَدَوِي,) is releasing a series of fragrances in honour of his adopted country Italy. The first of these arrived today with samples of two others for me to try. VERY EXCITED!!

Milano Caffe by La Via del Profumo 2013

Milano Caffe FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Coffee, cappuccino, chocolate, iris, woody notes, spicy notes, opoponax, tonka bean, amber

Milano Caffe, the name alone is fabulous. I have a 15.5ml spray bottle and love its aesthetic. Chunky square glass with a smaller version repeated in the lid in plastic, its simplicity is exotic, feels expensive and is so perfectly simple. I have only had Milano Caffe 3 days and have worn it all three mornings, just for myself, completely selfishly and have enjoyed it immensely.

A warning: Give Milano Caffe a minute to soften off before you put nose to wrist, or in my case down your top, it will burn you out very quickly and some of the enjoyable development will be lost for you.

Milano Caffe Bar Brera Özge Okcuer  FlickrPhoto Stolen Özge Okcuer Flickr

OK second go. First spritz gives me a blast of woodsy, resinous amber that could be the creating of coffee at the barista bar, that blast of hot water meeting ground beans, the milk being heated and the street smells of cars, pets and humanity all encompassed in that five minute rush of excitement. It is big and loud and in your face, just like a busy Summer streetside coffee house (though I’ve only done Florence, Rome and Venice, assuming similarities) in the middle of the tourist section.

Milano Caffe Corso Vittorio Emanuele 1890s WikiMediaPhoto Stolen WikiMedia

Interestingly here I get the amber and other resins through the heart of the fragrance with some totally gorgeous smoke, still with a coffee teinté over the top. The whole fragrance then softens off and becomes a sweet/woodsy very sensual wash before drying off to cool, earth and woods, then just wood, dry wood alone and then gone. Around 4-6 hours before I lose the scent completely depending on the day, it may still be hovering over my skin but I can’t smell it. That’s pretty good longevity for a natural.

Further reading: Perfume Shrine and Now Smell This
La Via del Profumo has €12,40/5.5ml (Splash), €33/15.5ml (Spray), €71,40/33ml (Spray), €98/50ml (Spray)

Giveaway Kesha&CoPhoto Stolen Kesha&Co


1 x 2ml Manufacturers Sample of Milano Caffe
1 x 2ml Manufacturers Sample of Palermo Don Corleone
1 x 2ml Manufacturers Sample of Venezia Giardini Segrett
P&H Anywhere in the world

These are remains after I have sampled them so not exactly 2ml (1.5-2ml)


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

Go to La Via Del Profumo and find me ONE perfume and ONE of its ingredients. NO DOUBLE UPS!! EASY!

Extra Chance?
Tweet: @OzPerfumeJunkie La Via del Profumi ITALIAN SERIES GIVEAWAY @LaViaDelProfumo #Giveaway


Entries Close Sunday August 4 2013 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by putting names on same sized papers, folded similarly, put on a tray and Jin will pick a winner.
The winners will have till Thursday August 8 2013 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

Good Luck Everyone!
Go To It.
Portia xx

65 thoughts on “Milano Caffe by AbdesSalaam Attar for La Via del Profumo 2013

  1. Tawaf sounds amazing from their Arabian line, I love murrh in perfumes along with the other ingredients (I’m not telling!!) I follow via e-mail!!
    Thanks for the lovely review, I haven’t tried any of them yet, will surely do now!!


  2. Holy Water has sandalwood. I could maybe get behind that idea of holy. I follow by email. Enjoying it very much!


  3. Ooh, so excited for this. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I follow via WordPress. I choose Tasnim and ylang ylang.


  4. Hi, I receive your e-mails. I have chosen Holy Water because of the orange blossoms. Thank you for the giveaway!


  5. I follow by old school e-mail and I love it. Mecca Balsam is one of my favorite labdanum scents ever. Gorgeous stuff. This new release looks promising too. Thanks for the draw!


  6. Thank’s for another amazing giveaway, Portia!
    I follow the Australian Perfume Junkies by e-mail, for my own delight.
    They have an interesting website, now I´m even more interested! I´ll have to go with Tabac and its tonka note. (Have you tried it yet?)


  7. Hi Portia,
    Wonderful review! I went to La Via del Profumo and found Night Blossom with what sounds like an overdose of tuberose. It’s e-mail for me.
    Azar xx


  8. Hallo, Portia,
    amazing new aromas to dive in, right? Thank you for the generous draw! I am followin by e-mail.
    I bumped into Tea of the Isles hoping to find my favorite green tea somewhere inside but the description says its like a cake out of the oven or a warmed mulled wine!!! What a surprise! And a favorite ingredient of mine – cinnamon! Sounds yummy and promising!


  9. Seawood with vetiver sounds interesting. “Wear it at your solar plexus” is quite the interesting instructions in the description. I follow you by email.


  10. I follow on wordpress. Let’s see… African Night with ylang-ylang. The anti-stress perfume. I’ll take a gallon, please.


  11. Hello again Portia!
    Still following through e-mail (: Gypsy Queen is said to have rose, which shows Carmen’s fragility. I thought that the creation story was super interesting, to think about how a person becaime who they are today! Will try to get a sample of that as soon as possible (:


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  13. I choose African Queen Pink Panther for its mouth watering Manadrin. My fav fruit at the moment! Following via email & twitter! Xo


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  15. I’ll choose Tea of the Isles (because I like iced tea and hot tea) and an ingredient in that one is cloves. I am now using RSS via Feedly.


  16. There’s also peppermint in Gringo. I love the sentence in its description: “He declined and thought the perfume too audacious and feared that his customers were not mature enough for this perfume.”
    So, I’m probably enough mature for this one!
    Love your experience of Milano Caffe: “… just for myself, completely selfishly and have enjoyed it immensely.”
    I follow on FB(like your new APJ page there),Twitter, WordPress… It is not only matter of following, but also of sharing.So, I retweeted and favorited two days ago, shared on FB at the same time…
    Have a great day, evening, all of you.


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