After loving Wood Sage and Sea Salt by Jo Malone I thought I would seek out some other scents developed by the same nose, Christine Nagel.
Armani Si was her latest non-Malone release so I figured it was a good place to start. I do tend to like Armani’s feminine scents because they are an artful blend of both masculine and feminine notes, my favorites being She and Mania. I also like their entire Privé line. Armani Si is between their mass market line and the Privé line in terms of packaging. I’m not sure I’d say the same of the ingredients or the overall impression.
Cassis nectar, chypre accord, musky wood, vanilla, rose de mai, freesia, patchouli and orcanox.
When I first sprayed Si, I immediately thought of Love’s Baby Soft but done in a more sophisticated way. A few moments later it smelled like a less sweet version of Aquolina’s Pink Sugar. I stopped smelling my wrist for about 30 minutes, not expecting much since it had such a soft opening. At exactly 31 minutes into the development I had a perfume Wylie Coyote moment. I went to sniff my wrist and before I even finished raising my arm, I got hit in the face with a perfume mallet the size of the state of Kentucky. Holy freesia and cassis, Batman! Normally, any “chypre” fragrance is nothing but fake oakmoss on me and this never really went there. I never really got a strong sense of the base notes either. The immense freesia and cassis train just kept chuggin’ along for about 14 hours. I’m not even joking. At some point, it began to fade into the rose aspect while still keeping the tartness from the cassis. Then, it was back to Love’s Baby Soft where it still is right now a full 24 hours later.
Armani Si is certainly a fine fragrance. It’s exceptionally tenacious in it’s wear time and people seem to like it. My husband rarely comments on what I’m wearing but he really seemed to like this one. I will say that it might be the fact you can smell it from half a mile away. I’m assuming he liked it because he can strongly smell it. As for me, I like it but I’m not sure I love it. There isn’t much development on me and I was hoping the florals and fruits would be accents to the base notes and not the shining stars. Based solely on my personal preferences, I’d give this a B.
Have you tried Armani Si? Let me know if you have and how you feel about it in the comments below!