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.
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