If someone is a fan of church music and plays organ you’d probably think that this person is very spiritual. If that same person actually designed robes that Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis wore you’d probably add artistic and religious to the mix. That very same person – Filippo Sorcinelli also creates fragrances. He’s inspired by gothic, so his compositions are often dark, incensy. By now he’s developed 6 fragrances under UNUM, then in 2016 three fragrances under Sauf. Last year Nebbia joined his portfolio with three fragrances depicting a phenomenon of a fog. Let’s have a look closer.
Nebbia Densa – a dense fog. It opens with a full-bodied scent of Vetiver. Initially it smells very dry, almost peppery but then it calms down a little bit and also changed direction. It becomes much more aromatic after 5 minutes, spreading its aroma around the wearer in a big volume. The impression I get is rather masculine but it’s not set in stone. It’s a fluid fragrance. Weirdly enough it has substance and airiness at the same time. Later sandalwood appears, making Nebbia Densa more heavy. The woody note that is introduced here is calm and meditative. But there’s also something eerie about it. This perfume draws a picture of a murky forest that scares and fascinates me. Continuing to smell it further reveals a moss accord that adds this slightly powdery, dusty vibe to the scent. There’s also gaiac wood to add some darkness to it that hides within a trunk of this tree. Generally speaking Nebbia Densa is very focused on different aspects of woodiness. Much later the perfume is enveloped with a moist veil. It becomes more watery, dewy – as if the fog condensed and formed small drops of water on trees and on the ground. It’s a weirdly beautiful creation.
Nebbia Fitta – a thick fog. The start of this one is very aromatic, slightly reminding me of eucalyptus. However this impression fades away almost immediately and I can smell something camphorous. At first whiff it goes deep inside my nostrils. It takes a while longer until it evolves into a recognizable note of patchouli. It’s still aromatic and very leafy but there’s that specific vibe of something earthy and dirty that defines this note. Afterwards the perfume warms up, becoming much more pleasant. It’s thanks to use of amber that Nebbia Fitta gains more character and turns more friendly. With amber it smells warm, resinous and lightly spicy. We’re still in a mysterious forest though, so there’s no light really in this perfume. Later on a truly earthy vibe appears. It smells as if someone picked up a handful of soil, its wet smell combines earth and slightly rotting vegetal note. Luckily I get over this phase quite quickly. Drydown once again is more woody and substantial , however in case of Nebbia Fitta they used ‘precious woods’ rather than mentioning specific kinds that were used. Compared to Nebbia Densa, this one is more spooky and more disturbing from my point of view.
Nebbia collection features one more fragrance called Nebbia Spessa (deep fog) with notes of lichen, aquatic notes and dew drop. Because I didn’t like that one I decided not to write about it. To summarize these two I can say that Nebbia fragrances are pretty original and unique, I didn’t smell anything similar before. They are these rare kind of fragrances that are so weird that they become nice. All three fragrances are in extrait concentration and come in 50 ml bottles. They have very interesting caps with white cloud-like fluff (made of glass wool I think) on top. In the juice there are pearlescent particles that give a swirling effect of ‘fog’ when you shake the bottle.