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Not of fan of Fan di Fendi
Fendi Fan di Fendi Eau de Parfum
Member Name: lillamarta
Fendi Fan di Fendi Eau de Parfum
Date: 18/02/11, updated on 13/12/11 (243 review reads)
Advantages: Quality ingredients, not the usual sugar pop
Disadvantages: Too sharp on me, isn't versatile enough, only 5 - 6 hours staying power
Group: Floral fruity
I have a sample of Fan di Fendi in my perfume collection and I was eager to test the new addition to the banckrupt Fendi house that's been bought by Lacoste. Consequently all previous additions have been discontinued, many of them a legend on their own (Theorema, Fendi).
Fendi is a luxury house so presentation is a must. The bottle actually reminds me of a cross between two Fendi fragrances, Palazzo and the original Fendi. The square-shaped flacon is shaped in the two epitomous F plated with gold and decorated with a small, square lid. Elegant, classy and golden, the Fendi image is kept in its entirety.
Top notes: tangerine, blackcurrant, pear
Fan di Fendi starts out fresh, tart and orange-y with a hint of sweetness that comes from the citrus rather than the other fruits. The blackcurrant isn't fruity but bitter and woody. A juicy but tart pear completes the top accord that lasts for almost an hour before the huge, sharp projection softens up and the first florals start to appear.
Heart notes: jasmine, tuberose, rose
During the next few hours the theme was centred on a clean, watered-down and slightly bitter jasmine that left the other players in the dark. Yes, no big and fleshy tuberose or peaking rose hit my nose as they either blended in too much or were in short supply to be noticeable.
What was present though, it a sort of sharpness combined with the ever present bitter overtone that basically ran through the entire composition from start to finish. The floral accord was soft and pre-sent but still couldn't offset the bitterness the whole fragrance seemed to be focussing on.
Base notes: patchouli, leather
About 3 - 4 hours later the florals disappeared and I caught sniff off the beginning of the base notes. First to come was patchouli, a clean and dry one and isn't at all dirty or earthy. I felt it clearly lacked warmth as I really like patchouli in orientals (Le Baiser du Dragon, Grain de Soleil) where they are amazingly grassy, warm and fragrant.
The cold, flat and pretty lifeless watery and sharp patchouli was eventually saved by a savoury, dark and resinous note, the leather. This modern leather didn't recall its predecessors in classics such as Habanita (Molinard) or Toujours Moi (Corday) where leather tends to be animalistic, musky and even milky.
Overall, the final accord of Fan di Fendi was a quite thin, lightly spiced, resinous patchouli that un-fortunately only lasted for a couple of hours.
Considering this fragrance was launched in October and meant to be worn as an evening, partying autumn - winter scent, I didn't find anything complex or warm about it. I'm afraid I wouldn't be wearing it even for the summer, so sharp and bitter it was most of the time. The off-balance and long-winded start, the underdeveloped and muddled floral heart or the base notes that were too short-lasting and boring were it not for the interesting accord with the leather are the main reasons for that.
The ingredients were well-worked and high-quality and definitely miles away from the cheap in-gredients many fashion houses use. The bitter orange-jasmine theme was a close nod to recently discontinued Fendi Palazzo I got gifted once but it wasn't a hit with me. Fan di Fendi is a less lumi-nous, less floral and rounded, so ultimately a sharper, fizzier, more casual and less luxurious version of Palazzo. I wouldn't be surprised if Fan di Fendi got discontinued just like its sister Palazzo that failed to bring in the sales.
Recommended for fans of the discontinued Palazzo or for those whose skin chemistry works well with sharp florals all year round and preferably as an office scent.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Fendi fragrances don't come cheap, except to pay £40 for a mere 30ml, £69 / 75ml Eau de Parfum or slightly less online.
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İpowered by lillybee also posted on ciao.co.uk
Summary: A sharp and somewhat bitter orange-jasmine-patchouli scent with poor staying power
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