The Untitled perfume series is a line commissioned by Luckyscent/Scent Bar in Los Angeles from some of the most talented independent perfumers. These are limited edition perfume oils (note to self: go on and get all the ones I don't own already before they're gone), representing the artists' special point of view and Luckyscent's own commitment to perfume excellence.
Untitled #7 by Hilde Soliani is the first perfume in the series not created by an American perfumer. Hilde Soliani is based in Parma, Italy, where she creates her own line. Those familiar with Ms. Soliani's perfume have experienced their quirky charm, unusual combination and the way each perfume tells a story and illustrates a scene.
Untitled #7 is somewhat more abstract than what I usually expect from Hilde Soliani. Not in a bad way, of course. It focuses more on an emotion, a feeling of joy and exuberance. It's sunshine and sweet skin, vanilla and musk. The perfume opens lemony and bright, quickly turns into creamy vanilla and sandalwood. Did anyone say Shalimar?
Obviously, Hilde Soliani didn't try to recreate the classic Guerlain, but there's something about the combination of notes that appeals to the Shalimar lover in me. Untitled #7 is brighter and happier from the very beginning and becomes a musky skin scent as it settles on skin. A tiny drop does all the work and lasts all day (and most of the night). It's more sexy than comforting, but there is an almost cozy element to the sweet sandalwood. Untitled #7 is uncomplicated but not really simple as the way it interacts with the body is almost flirtatious. It's a pleasure to wear in every weather; I'd risk a guess that men who like Shalimar but are not comfortable wearing it would find Hilde Soliani's Untitled #7 to be a good option.
Untitled #7 By Hilde Soliani ($80, 8ml) is available from Luckyscent.
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