Laboratorio Olfattivo is a niche perfume brand from Rome, Italy. So far they released 9 fragrances, the earliest was introduced in 2010 while the newest come from 2012. Perfumers collaborating with Laboratorio Olfattivo are Enrico Buccella, Marie Duchene, Pierre Guillaume and Rosine Courage. Noblige is one of last year’s releases. Its name means noblesse oblige.
Noblige is a fragrance that combines citrus, lavender, iris and musk in the most beautiful way possible. Noblige begins with a bursting citric notes of lemon and bergamot. The smell is juicy, intensively and pleasantly citric. A sparkling feeling that it brings is so energetic and happy that it almost makes me want to start jumping around the room. It’s a morning dose of optimism, a citrus shower, kiss from a sun. Citrus notes stand alone for like 20 minutes and then lavender appears.
Here I should make it straight that lavandin comes second adding a hint of herbaceous, herbal aromas. Then, after another few minutes an actual lavender appears, with its green and floral smell. The smell is very natural, peaceful, like a walk through lavender fields on a sunny day with a glass of lemonade in your hand. After a while Noblige goes from bursting joy to comforting pleasure. Combination of velvety iris and sheer neroli resulted in a smell that is both intriguing and well-balanced. Neither of these two notes is clearly noticeable, they just co-exist in harmony.
When Noblige dries down one can find an ultimate cosiness element in it. Ambretta seeds make it for warm, sensual and delicate perfume while vanilla that appears shortly after is sprinkled over it to add a very gentle touch of sweetness. An embracing aura is created by iris wood accompanied by tonka bean which gives it more depth and adds really light spiciness to it. In the end everything settles on a musky base that is creamy, voluptuous. Beautiful ending for a beautiful perfume.
I wouldn’t stand a chance to sample Laboratorio Olfattivo Noblige if it wasn’t for Perfume Posse Swapmania. Seriously, swapping is like best method of smelling perfume that are hard to try where you live. My final thoughts on Noblige are that it’s a great quality perfume that is well blended, sophisticated and definitely not boring. Bursting citric tones make it a wonderful choice for upcoming spring while at the same time those warm notes will do the trick when it’s a little bit colder. I’m seriously considering a bottle purchase since I’m longing a nice citrus perfume and this one is great.
Noblige was developed for Laboratorio Olfattivo by perfumer Marie Duchene and is available in a simple and elegant 100 ml bottle. It’s eau de parfum concentrated. Noblige has sillage of moderate power and nice longevity.