Manto di Rugiada by i Profumi di Firenze 2011

Hey HeyGorgeous APJ!

Back in 2013 when I went on the Perfume Posse ScentSation Bus tour of Los Angeles we were introduced to the American importer of i Profumi di Firenze. She was extremely knowledgeable and I really loved her passion for the products. I really wanted to buy two fragrances on the spot but they were out of Ambra del Nepal at the time (they were also out of it in Barney’s Chicago and NYC in 2014) so I grabbed their Dolce Patchouly, a very refined fragrance that I adore. So I always get excited when I grab a new decant or sample from the line and this one I got in the 5ml Fridays at Surrender To Chance..

Manto di Rugiada by i Profumi di Firenze 2011

Manto di Rugiada i Profumi di Firenze BaseNotesPhoto Stolen BaseNotes

BaseNotes gives these featured accords:
Top: Verbena, Basil, Bergamot
Heart: Amber, Sandalwood
Base: Opoponax, Musk

From Beauty Habit: An i Profumi di Firenze bestseller in Italy, now available stateside, this delicately sensual fragrance quietly mesmerizes with its duality of lightness and ambery depth. Top notes of verbena, basil and bergamot flow effortlessly onto a base of sandalwood, amber, opoponax and musk. Opoponax (“sweet myrrh”) is renowned for its protective qualities by increasing awareness and intuition, hence the poetic name, Cloak of Dewy Mist.

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Opening with a fabulously fun hairspray sizzle that quickly calms to a herbaceous sweet creamy green, a bit like Matcha Tea Powder. It’s not long before lovely soft balmy resins, beautiful resins, sweet and cuddly and some floral action but it’s all so beautifully blended I am finding it hard to parse stuff out. I can see why Manto di Rugiada is cloakish but I get very little of the dew or any coolness at all. Maybe the cloak is warmth against dewy mist? I see it as a warm red cloak with soft velour inside. MMMMM. Doesn’t matter.

As the heart warms up the word amber perfectly equates, like light shining through a beautiful clear piece of amber and as balmy and smooth as the feel of vintage body warmed opaque amber beads. Really, though the notes are there all I want to do with Manto di Rugiada is lie back and float away on the lovely fragrance, the combination that works so beautifully together. Interestingly, the green comes back through the heart, it’s a dry raspy green, quite nice as a layer through the soft cuddly balms.

Manto di Rugiada i Profumi di Firenze Sweet-dreams-dreaming-of-snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarves WikiCommonsPhoto Stolen WikiCommons

Manto di Rugiada will be my bedtime scent tonight. I can imagine myself floating away on it to the isle of nod.

This is not a BIG fragrance, I think it would be wearable even in an office. Very pretty, good longevity but not overpowering in any way.

Further reading: Now Smell This
Beauty Habit have $110/50ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/.5ml

Have you spent any time with the i Profumi di Firenze brand? Do you have a favourite?
Portia xx

9 thoughts on “Manto di Rugiada by i Profumi di Firenze 2011

  1. Great and quite romantic review!

    Unfortunately I didn’t try this one when I went to their shop in Firenze last September, the store was about to close so I had to make a quick decision and in the end I went for the concentrated fragrance of Plenilunio (a really lovely scent which I’d define as a gourmand amber).
    I definitely need to go there again and sniff much more! The ones I tried and liked were Vaniglia del Madagascar and Frangipane e Cocco. The very few florals I tried let me a bit confused (their Iris didn’t smell like iris, at least to me), but their fragrances are for sure unique and well done 🙂


    • Hi there DarkRose,
      Interesting that you were confused by their florals. Loads of fragrances are not named for their key features. I think they do it to torment us.
      Portia xx


      • Hi Portia!

        Yeah definitely, or maybe that’s me having some troubles with identifying notes sometimes LOL

        Another good one from IPDF is Frangipani (in this case I am not sure if it’s supposed to contain frangipani as the description on their site is not so clear in this regard, but the fragrance is utterly lovely). You know, we don’t get the chance to smell frangipani flowers here in Italy so most of us have only a vague idea of what they smell like and I feel like we are often left with a – very subjective – interpretation of a certain scent. That could be pretty interesting but also very confusing 🙂



  2. I’ve been craving a green tea latte something fierce lately (I just keep thinking about how easy they were to find in Seoul), and so the mention of Matcha Tea Powder has piqued my interest! Since I’m curled up in bed fending off the frightful winter weather, a cuddly scent sounds just wonderful. I’d like to give this one a try! Thanks for the review 🙂


    • Hey Sun Mi,
      You will find Manto di Rugiada perfectly wearable in all weathers I think, it’s an easy peasy spritz and leave frag.
      Portia xx


  3. Apparently this is one of the 118 unread blog posts I have accumulated. MdR sounds pretty great (opoponax!) I think the AdN is on my “to try” list, but I’ve never tried any of the I Profumi di Firenze line.


    • Hey LaurelS,
      They are hard to find. Barney’s big stores have some of the line and so does Beauty Habit. You have to go to Italy to try them all though.
      Portia xx


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