Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Profumum- Sorriso

I was very excited about Sorriso, the new fragrance from Profumum. How could I not be? The notes are simply described as bitter chocolate, bitter orange and  exotic woods. It sounds like a gourmand heaven for my chocolate-loving heart. The problem started right away: Sorriso greeted me with a harsh and loud saccharine confection that reminded me of dairy-free whipped desserts. It's frothy, sweet, vanillic, and utterly artificial. The worst part? On my skin this perfume smells cheap.

No matter how much I tried, the chocolate Profumum had promised never arrived for me (neither did the bitter orange). I tested Sorriso in the cold air and while working out. No chocolate, but I can tell you that this is not the perfume to wear at the gym (luckily I have an elliptical at home, so no innocent bystanders were harmed). I kept getting this piercing not-really vanilla foam. I did not enjoy the process. The husband's skin was not much help, either. Sorriso on him was a bit fatty with a hint of a coconut-like suntan lotion. Not real coconut, just that manufactured oiliness. No chocolate either.

As is often the case with overly sweet perfumes that trigger my Do.Not.Want reflex, Sorriso has the tenacity and  determination of Her Majesty The Queen. Admirable, but in this case I could have used a little less of that. I enjoy several Profumum creations, mostly the masculine woody ones. I guess Sorriso will join Dulcis in Fundo and Acqua e Zucchero, two other hugely popular Profumum gourmands that I simply can't stand.

Profumum- Sorriso ($265, 100ml EDP) is available from Luckyscent.

Image via Fresh Magazine.


  1. Hmm, may need to try this, as I love Dulcis in Fundo and Vanitas.

  2. Glad to see I'm not the only one for whom this did not work. The notes sounded like the perfume gods had arranged this creation just for me to compensate for this hideous winter. It was a particularly wet, frigid day when I read about it and I was in a foul enough mood that I was tempted to just skip the sampling phase and go for a full bottle, but reason (and a tight budget) elbowed its way in and I ended up with a decant as a compromise between sample and bottle. The first thing that sprang to my mind when I tried it on was not chocolate heaven, but, instead an all too cutesy pseudo quaint old fashioned soda shop near here. When you go in, your nose is met by the smell of all sorts of sweet artificial drink mixes and, although not very strong, the distinct smell of some sort of industrial cleaner underlying it all. Not pleasant. At all. I can't wear Sorriso without thinking of being trapped in that soda shop (which, sadly, my father in law adores). This is not one of those perfumes I'm going to make myself continue to try in the hopes that it will eventually work for me. It won't.

  3. Oh my goodness, it is such a relief to finally find someone else who experienced Dulcis in Fundo and Acqua e Zucchero as big fat fails! The first Profumum I tried was the only one I ever loved (liked, even), and that was Ichnusa. The rest have been unmemorable at best, and downright awful in a few cases. You have definitely saved me the trouble of sampling Sorriso, which had mildly piqued my interest with the promise of chocolate and orange. Ichnusa works well for me (grassy, green-figgy goodness), but the rest of the line just does not love me at all.


  4. You know which fragrance from this line really terrifies me? Confetto. I spilled about 1/4 of a small vial onto my wrist and the table below my arm. I had to wash my shirt to get it out of the cuff, and although I've scrubbed the table with cleanser more than once, I can still smell the Confetto vanilla-musk in the wood nearly a month later.

  5. I was waiting for Sorriso eagerly as well (I was thinking perhaps it was a riff on the chocolate-orange accord in Theorema) and as soon as it hit my skin... I got a massive cloud of pungent synthetic cocoa butter combined with melted plastic bags. Really, really nasty stuff; I couldn't scrub it off quickly enough.

    I love Ambra Aurea, but I haven't found another fragrance from Profumum that isn't too synthetic, too sweet, or just plain icky.

    Oh well, back down the vintage rabbit hole!



I love comments and appreciate the time you take to connect with me, but please do not insert links to your blog or store. Those will be deleted. The comment feature is not intended to provide an advertising venue for your blog or your commercial site.

Related Posts Widget