Sballo Oil by + for Bruno Acampora 2012


Post by Portia


Heya Niche Nerds,

Today I’m looking at the largely ignored piece of the Bruno Acampora line. It’s like no one even noticed it after the success of Blu & Musc. So I never bothered to even try it even though I had a sample here the whole time. Sometimes things have to happen in their own time.

Sballo Oil by + for Bruno Acampora 2012


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Rose, geranium, violet, orange blossom, musk, resins, sandalwood, vetiver, hay, sage

You know I like green right? Here is a green both stark and comfortable. Hay, green grass just mown, dank water, willow leaves trailing in a sluggish stream. Cool shade found under a burning summer sun but the shade is full of ominous shadows.

As Sballo wears it becomes less ferociously green and lightens up, still full of dark the sun is creeping in . Funny thing about the light, the brighter it is the more marked the contrast that is shadow. While Sballo does brighten it never looses it dark underpinnings. Vegetal, humus rich soil so full of life smells like this after a light rain if you dig through the mulch to get to it.


I think vetiver takes charge, dry grass, slightly oily vetiver. Useful in so many situations including leaching running water of toxins in you leave the roots dangling exposed across the river and grow it on the banks. It’s being used in poorer countries to clean up waterways that they though beyond repair.

An hour in and Sballo is a cuddly dry green and softly warming resins, is it galbanum and frankincense. This soft focus woody, creamy green in dry down is my favourite part of a lovely scent. I can’t help wondering now what the EdT is like……

Who could wear Sballo? Someone who wants to be, or give the impression of being, connected with Mother Earth. Someone who needs grounding or strength. I think you need to be slightly unconventional in modern day terms and unafraid to be what you are in front of others.


Further reading: Non Blonde
LuckyScent has $200/10ml + Samples

could this one be for you?
Portia xx


7 thoughts on “Sballo Oil by + for Bruno Acampora 2012

  1. Bruno Acampora!!!! My favorite is Jasmin, runner up Prima T.
    I bought samples of the line back when I had just discovered Luckyscent. I was a total newbie to niche perfumery and to much of perfumery in general, having loved fragrance through a narrow vision of shopping mall scents and a few perfume oils.
    I had just discovered that I was obsessed with the aroma of jasmine, and was on a search for an intensely concentrated jasmine perfume. Holy hell did I find it with Jasmin! Anything more than a fraction of a drop was overwhelming! Jasmin is ultra-concentrated, more intense than pure jasmine absolute. It is one of the first niche perfumes I fell in love with and somehow, more than 10 years later, I still haven’t purchased a bottle. Maybe I need to rectify this 🙂
    xxxooo loved reading your experience with Sballo!


    • Hey Erica,
      I LOVE that story. One day it would be very interesting if you went back to the Acampora set with your hardcore perfumista skills and smelled them again. It would make a wonderful post.
      Portia xx


  2. Hey Portia! Thank you for this, I’ve never even heard of this one! Not usually one for uber-green scents, something in your description just resonates with me. Probably my old San Francisco hippie clawing to get out!😂 Off to find a sample… xoxo


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