The round and transparent bottle of Idole d’Armani by Giorgio Armani for women, plus the fact that it’s an Eau de Toilette (which means less concentration than in an Eau de Parfum) would suggest a light and “easy” fragrance. What you’ll have is a strong personality instead. On the skin, the opening is a tangle of sweet fruity notes with a powdery layer all around; as intense as an Eau de Toilette can be. On the paper blotter on the other hand, it will be a no-frills half fruity, half floral fragrance, similar to Emporio Armani Diamonds.
The way Armani Idole develops on the skin is more interesting and complex: there are florals as well, but the powdery notes offer a warm and slightly bitter/spicy aroma. Jasmine and ginger are the main responsible for this, although I would swear that there is also some musk in it.On the blotter, warm notes will eventually show up, although they will remain gentler. At some point, a certain green harshness comes out. The warm powdery notes have clearly evolved, but it all happened so subtly, that I wondered if maybe those green notes had been there all along and I just hadn’t noticed them.
It’s far from being fresh and aromatic at this point, but the herbal greenness is quite distinct, although softened by the florals. It’s like being in a Mediterranean garden: the severe afternoon sun is softened by a timid breeze, there are plenty of kitchen herbs all around, but also flowers in every corner. Yet, there are no herbs among the notes: this Mediterranean garden turns out to be an illusion created by a wonderful patchouli. It’s green, soapy and with only a hint of sweetness, and will come out more clearly in the dry down, when all asperities have been rounded off, and even blotter and skin finally agree completely.
Idole d`Armani by Giorgio Armani is a fragrance with personality. Not too quirky for an everyday use, but sure different from the usual sweet or fruity-floral fragrances around. By all means it’s quite elegant spices never fail and are most suitable for ages closer to thirty.
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