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Etro Gomma & Lemon Sorbet

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, August 31, 2006 11:53 AM (Eastern)

I slept on Gomma last night (literally). I've concluded that it smells a bit sour on my skin. A tiny bit bitter, but more sour than bitter, if that makes any sense.

I can see what the big deal about Etro is though. Whether you like the individual scents or not, they are, in a word, evocative. The guy is using notes that no one else seems to use, or else is combining them in such a way that they smell unique. Gomma...for some reason I kept picturing wet concrete, a sidewalk after the rain. A building that's getting old. A girl in a leather jacket waiting outside such a building. I know it sounds, well, next to insane, but there's much more here than the traditional "steak and three veg" of vanilla, woods, and pretty floral notes. These fragrances are more like miniature slices of real life.

Today, before my shower, I dabbled a bit of Lemon Sorbet on. My daughter turned me on to lemon scents by the way...I used to, lemon? Joy dish detergent, what you squeeze on fish, and so on? But interwoven with your everyday life. Who can forget this fragment of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's?

"She was still on the stairs, now she reached the landing, and the ragbag colors of her boy's hair, tawny streaks, strands of albino blond and yellow caught the hall light. It was a warm evening, nearly summer, and she wore a slim, cool black dress, black sandals, a pearl choker. For all her chic thinness, she had an almost breakfast-cereal air of health, a soap and lemon cleanness, a rough pink darkening in the cheeks."

As quoted by moviediva.

I've long lost my copy of this, I had to find it on the Net...I read it easily more than twenty-five years ago, but the lemon reference never left my mind.

Lemon Sorbet, so far, is almost pretty. It's very lemony, rind and all, and has a bright, sparkling feel to it. From the Etro site:

Head notes: citrus (bergamot, lemon, orange, petit grain)
Heart notes: spicy (lavender, rosemary)
Base notes: woody (sandalwood, vetiver)

I'll write more on this later on.

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