Profumum Roma Dolce Acqua Eau de Parfum is primarily a scent dedicated to creamy, cherry-almond and vanilla that goes from incredibly sweet to more lightly spiced vanilla over time. There was some powderiness about mid-way through but didn’t linger through the drydown, which was characterized by sweet almond-vanilla.
- top notes: coconut
- heart notes: vanilla, almond
- base notes: tonka bean
It opened with a trio of coconut, almond, and vanilla with almost alcoholic and harsh feel for the first minute before it smoothed out with almond and vanilla. The coconut wasn’t a particularly discernible note to me beyond that first minute, but it may have given the sensation of over-sweetening everything for early moments. The coconut ultimately seemed overpowered by almond, vanilla, and tonka bean, which resulted in bouquet of spiced marzipan and maraschino cherries projecting a foot or so off my wrist.
Dolce Acqua was full of creamy, nutty almonds, spiced vanilla, and honey. It had a rich, underlying feel and aroma of golden honey that gave body to the sweetness that enveloped the almond. The more the honey came through, the less like Play-doh it smelled like, and I write that as a neutral descriptor; Play-Doh’s scent is trademarked as “musky, vanilla-like” with “slight overtones of cherry.” For the most part, it didn’t call to mind the long-lost memory of Play-doh as the spice and honey typically made it less reminiscent of it.
There was light powderiness that started to come through after three hours. As it wore on, the shifts were minimal until the drydown, which was mostly almond and barely-spiced vanilla and had lost its powderiness.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 1ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise.
It lasted for six hours until it was a skin-scent and about 10 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were moderate with the sillage dropping faster than the projection within two hours of wear.
- 100ml for $275
- 18ml for $93 (harder to find size in the US)
- 0.7ml sample for $6