Hilde Soliani Una Tira ‘Altra Perfume ($160) oddly reminds me of the decadence and flashing red lights of Amsterdam’s De Wallen. Cherry somehow brings to my mind the black backdrop, red neon lights, and beckoning ladies flirting with you through the windows! When you walk through the alley way at night the entire street and the canal are bathed in a cherry glow giving it it’s signature sinful, odd welcoming.
Maybe it’s a bit weird that cherry brings to mind sex and sun as I’m pretty sure Hilde, an Italian perfumer, wasn’t thinking of either when she created Una Tira ‘Altra considering she’s from a culture where food is such an important part of life and social events (She’s Italian! I’m half Italian, on my mother’s side, and food is EVERYTHING!).
Una Tira ‘Altra launched in 2014 and I tried it for the first time in 2015 when it was gifted to me from a very good friend who knew my love of gourmands. It actually started my love affair with Hilde’s gourmands and at this point in my life I own most of her gourmand fragrance collection (and a few of her non-gourmands which people tend to forget she makes since everyone gets caught up in the frenzy of her foody and dessert inspired fragrances).
What’s old is new again as they say since Tom Ford launched his Lost Cherry Perfume a few short months ago and I’m hoping it’ll also give birth to some new cherry scents for Spring and Summer as I do so adore the note. Escada did a wonderful scent in 2013 called Cherry in the Air and I’d love to see more scents like it launched this year! P.S. Hilde may not have had sex on her mind but Tom Ford sure as hell did! Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Hilde’s fragrance is nothing like Lost Cherry. Her scent embodies cherry completely where as Tom Ford plays with the addition of more complex notes that gives his fragrance more sultriness. Hilde’s scent is more sweet and true to what a real cherry scent. It’s been likened to cherry cough syrup in many reviews but I don’t really get that. It seems like a fragrance with a singular note but does contains others such as tonka and almond but to me it’s straight juicy, slightly tart cherry. Throughout the wear the scent remains true to cherries. Tonka nor almond are never smelled on the opening nor the dry down. The first mist is sweet succulent cherry. On this first application the scent is very strong, very sweet, very cherry! As it dries down I think it isn’t as sweet but it never morphs. Cherry remains the star in this fragrance and never goes down any other road. The beauty of this scent is it’s simplicity which is one reason the $165 price tag does make me wince. But it is oddly addicting and it’s a scent I’ve repurchased twice since I was originally introduced to it.
Although it reminds me of sin and decadence, the fragrance is very sweet and playful. It’s a scent you can wear happily on a Summer day. It’s not intrusive, it’s not sexy, but more flirty and fun. As far as Hilde’s scents go this is probably a bit subtle. It wears long but also subtly in the background. It’s not weak by any means and the projection is good with fairly long wear but again, not super strong or heavy!
If the single sweet note of cherry is something you love I think Hilde Soliani Una Tira ‘Altra might just be a love.
Have you tried it?
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