“ Brand: Trussardi / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum / Gender: for women „
Group: Oriental floral
~ INTRODUCTION ~
I decided to order this fragrance on Ebay France following a recommendation from a fellow Fragrantica member (online community for perfume enthousiasts). It also attracted me because I love and collect scents having coffee notes in them (Cacharel Noa, Torrente L'Or, Isabel Deroisne Ilaya). So that's how I got Inside, a limited edition bottle, the same as Trussardi Inside Delight is housed in.
~ THE DESIGNER HOUSE ~
The House Trussardi has been around since 1910 when it was opened as a glove then jewellery making family venture but it wasn't until the early '80s when they introduced their first fragrances and women's and men's ready to wear collections and some years later in 1987 their possibly most famous 'Trussardi Jeans' branch.
~ THE PACKAGING ~
The clear and heavy-ish glass bottle has an unusual rounded-off rectangle shape that's partially covered at the back and the side with a ribbed silver-coloured cover. The lid is oval and comes with an attractive and thin cream-coloured leather bow. The front of the bottle dons a nice leather label with the name of the fragrance on.
~ THE FRAGRANCE ~
Top notes: passion flower, nut leaf, bergamot, rose bay
The first initial scent after application is passion flower, the one that is given off as well when I spray Lancome's Hypnose, so I immediately got reminded of it. Inside's passion flower also has a woody-nutty quality to it, apart from that, it's joyful, almost a gourmand candied fruit accord sharpened by some bitter citrus, that's overall light and quite sweet.
Middle notes: heliotrope, freesia, coffee
About half an hour later I detected a fairly close heliotrope smell that blended in with some of the top notes and lending a deeper, creamier backdrop to the passion flower that's fading away. I didn't detect a lot of typical flowery notes, the milky caramel - vanilla scent of heliotrope dominated the middle phase. These notes with the characteristic heliotrope in the centre lasted for 3 - 4 hours which isn't particularly short though the whole composition has somehow lost its oomph of the beginning and felt a bit linear to me.
Base notes: teak, amber, musk
By this time, Inside pratically wore as a skin scent, only detectable very close to the skin as a vanilla-ish caramel mixture with a hint of woods. Later as Inside became drier with more amber and coffee. The amber was very woody on me and combined with the coffee note it felt dry and smoky only slightly tempered by musk and the rest of heliotrope trickling in. The final, subtle and dry accord of Inside were gone after about 6 hours.
~ CONCLUSION ~
As much as I liked Inside initially, I'm fairly disapponted by it now. It was okay in the hot summer months when I could spray as much as I would have with a greener, lighter summer scent and it wouldn't become cloying or heavy. Now in autumn, its lightness turned out to be its weakness. Inside is such a skin scent that with practically zero sillage I wonder if anybody will ever notice I'm wearing it. My boyfriend never commented on me wearing Inside, though he notices from afar when I wear fragrance, especially heavier orientals. Recommended if you're looking for a pleasant, but unobstrusive and subtle oriental fragrance.
~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~
Trussardi Inside, or Trussardi fragrances in general aren't readily available at perfume counters. I haven't been to any Trussardi outlets so I don't know if they sell their perfumes there.Amazon.co.u stock it at a reasonable price of £16.95 / 50ml Eau de Parfum which is quite a bargain if Inside is one of your favourites.
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