Monday, June 22, 2015

Il Bacio by Princess Marcella Borghèse c1993

Il Bacio by Princess Marcella Borghèse: launched in 1993. The name means "The Kiss" in Italian. Created by Givaudan Roure.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fresh fruity-floral fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: freesia, lily of the valley, bergamot, mandarin and lemon
  • Middle notes: melon, peach, rose, cassis, honeysuckle, plum, osmanthus, passion fruit, pear, cyclamen, jasmine, cattleya orchid and orris
  • Base notes: amber, sandalwood, Virginia cedar, musk and violet leaves


The bottle was designed by Marc Rosen.

From Marc Rosen & Associates:
"Creative Challenge: How do you capture the spirit of a ‘kiss’? Metaphorically, of course. In our research we came across an ancient piece of Etruscan jewelry — a love-knot — which became the symbol (stopper) of this uniquely Italian fragrance. All design elements link back to Italy, and it’s rich design heritage. Special attention was paid to glass distribution to create a truly premium experience."

Fate of the Fragrance:

Unfortunately, Il Bacio has suffered from reformulation and many of the ingredients present in the original are now lost to time and no longer appear in the new formula.
  • Top notes: freesia, honeysuckle, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose
  • Middle notes: melon, peach, plum and passionfruit
  • Base notes: musk, amber, sandalwood and Virginia cedar

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