I am a purist, this flacon is not my taste. With choosing the Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen, who seems to be a muse for everyone nowadays, Valentino surely has thought of a very young target group. The strawberry note reminds me of rather girly scents with a sweet and playful structure, like the former Miss Dior Chérie.
When I first tested Valentina I thought “Why do they all create this 90’s stuff now?“ You know trends – it always takes some time and then you get used to them. Same story with the 90’s comeback in perfumery. Suddenly you are very into it.
Today I have taken some time to give Valentina a second chance. A friend of mine told me that she has bought it, because it makes her feel ‚well dressed‘. I tried to forget the bottle, thought “it’s not that bad“ and there are two glorious perfumers behind the creation. But: it is, what it is, a well done mainstream scent – a white floral fruitchouly. If you like it sweet, go for it. Okay, it’s not the next Flowerbomb, but it smells too familiar, strawberry and tuberose are way too dominant. The scent becomes sweeter and sweeter as time goes by – like a 90’s model wearing too much makeup. I don’t even get a hint of cedar. Elegant, well, maybe in the opening.
Have a look at the spot, I really love the black Valentino dress. And of course Freja is wonderful! Click here.
Perfumers: Alberto Morillas & Olivier Cresp
Notes: bergamot, white truffles, strawberry, jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose, amber, vanilla, cedar wood