Friday, August 16, 2013

La Dolce Vita in Morocco: Bruno Acampora's Volubilis

It's no secret that I've fallen in love with Italian perfume house, Bruno Acampora. From the moment I first sniffed their incomparable Musc (original review here) I knew that the brand's creative note combinations would continue to be right up my alley. I've tested samples of Bruno Acampora's fragrances and oils from Blu to Sballo and have long since added Nero to my wish list. Naturally when I recently discovered that a new perfume oil had been released I was over the moon, and patiently awaited the arrival of samples at Lucky Scent. 

Per the excellent write up on Lucky Scent, Volubilis is named after an ancient Roman outpost in Morocco a moniker that perfectly describes the notes that meld in this beautiful "floriental" fragrance. I'm always pleased when a perfume is so unique that I am nearly left without words to describe it, and Volubilis has achieved that level of individuality at least to my palette. 


There is a certain watery quality about Volubilis that speaks to the Mediterranean sea that serves as the channel between north Africa and southern Europe. It is this unquantifiable combination of other notes that give Volubilis it's liquid personality that makes the fragrance so unique, both Roman and Moroccan, soft floral and spicy oriental. When I consider more traditional "florientals" I often think of heavy fragrances with petals thrown throughout to soften the intensity of ancient resinous base notes. This is where Acampora's newest perfume oil defies expectations. 

Though grapefruit is listed as a top note along with pink pepper, its only detectable influence on the overall impression Volubilis creates is a certain crisp and characteristic citrus brightness immediately upon the opening of this perfume. More dominant pink pepper is bold and comforting, but surprisingly not dry as middle notes of Volubilis such as iris begin to soften the fragrances' bright and bold debut. The stars of the show are unquestionably may rose and mint which speak to the contrasting cultures that inspired Acampora's latest creation. Coupled with iris, these notes give the perfume it's watery character: it's as though one is swimming through a pool of rose water that's been perfumed with mint. I tend to steer clear of maratime fragrances such as Heeley's Sel Marin there is something about my chemistry that just doesn't respond, but I haven't been able to get enough of Volubilis. There is something about Bruno Acampora's latest release that is at once light and airy, as it is sensual (dare I say sexual?), spicy and unquestionably Roman. (Hello, Bacchus!) This floral perfume gets its "floriental" badge from the base notes that emerge after about two hours on my skin. Patchouli, amber, vanilla and musk soften the fresh floral notes and call to mind the spice markets that are famous in Morocco to this day. 


I challenge you to look at pictures of the ruins of Volubilis without feeling the spirit of this fragrance. One can almost picture the vitality of the ancient outpost, the air perfumed with the scents significant to two different cultures meeting to make one unique scent, one unique place. Indeed even now if the winds between Rome and Morocco meet, they would surely smell of Bruno Acampora's masterpiece, Volubilis. 

I tend to be a fan of heavy oriental fragrances, but Bruno Acampora's Volubilis is the exception. Sensual watery roses and crisp refreshing mint coupled with a warm dry down make this an absolutely divine scent to wear in any season: it's combination of varied notes make it seem somehow right for spring, summer, fall and winter. I'm in love.

Have you tried Bruno Acampora's Volubilis? Which of Bruno Acampora's fragrances is your favorite?