Il Profvmo is an Italian Niche Perfume House founded by Silvana Casoli with a price range of $95 to $110. If had I choose a particular country for niche perfume it would likely be France as many of my favorite brands are from France but if there wasn’t France I’d always have Italy. There are many, many prolific Italian Niche Perfume Houses to love and Il Profvmo is one of those houses.
Il Profvmo has been around since 2004 but discovered the fragrances in 2013 when a friend of mine gifted me with Black Dianthus because they knew I was a fond fan and collector of Annick Goutal.
I hated it on first smell but it taught me a valuable lesson about fragrance. Never, ever judge a perfume by first sniff alone! As not to insult my friend I quickly tried to mask my disapproval of the pungent aroma of Black Dianthus when sniffing it from the bottle. I quickly understood why it was gifted to me after trying it. Black Dianthus is a sophisticated oriental with interesting floral notes like carnation and belladona swirled with fruity layers of berries, rhubarb, and vetiver. To me, it smells like a rainy day in an English garden. It’s actually a unisex fragrance so it has some warming notes from thyme and licorice but it also has a clean, yet deep, complex layer of floral notes that’s reminiscent of fragtrances from Annick Goutal like Eau du Sud.
When you’re playing with niche fragrances there are two things you have to realize. 1. You’re not going to always find a store or a shop that has the brand you’re looking for and 2. You’re not going to want to splurge on a $110 or more bottle of fragrance without at the very least sniffing it first.
Il Profvmo is sold at Lucky Scent so if you live in California it might be easy enough to take a trip over and smell some of their offerings. I live in New York and I haven’t found anywhere here that sells Il Profvmo. I purchased many of their scents blindly in the past but I’m happy to say that isn’t something you’ll have to do.
Il Profvmo offers a very, very generous sample set that includes 13 of their fragrances in 2 ML vials for $25!
- Voile Blanche
- Quai des Lices
- Pioggia Salata
- Musc Bleu
- Patchouli Noir
- Vanille Bourbon
- Fleur de Bambu
- Black Dianthus
- Caramella d’Amore
You’ll find out that many of these fragrances are keepers and you will want to end up splurging on a larger bottle! Although, this is a great way to experience the fragrances without blindly purchasing a larger bottle you might not like.
If you’re just starting out in the niche fragrance world, the Il Profvmo sampler is an excellent way to introduce yourself to not only a new niche line but also a gorgeous range of European fragrances.
Shop the sampler now at www.ilprofvmo.com.