Mysterious and complex sensuality.
Ricci Ricci was the first perfume that I bought to wear exclusively in the evening. Unlike Nina L’Elixir, another Nina Ricci favourite of mine, Ricci Ricci is a far more sensual fragrance compared to its lighter cousin. Slightly less girly, but still undeniably feminine, Ricci Ricci combines rich fruit with oriental flowers and delightful woods, and is undoubtedly one of my favourite fragrances.
Ricci Ricci’s opening is relatively fresh, with rich top notes of rhubarb and bergamot combining beautifully to create a fruity and ever-so-slightly spicy first impression. The rhubarb is undeniably present in the top, contributing both jammy-like sweetness and a hint of sharpness. Bergamot adds an additional zing with its citrus qualities, put also presents a subtly floral element; the two dimensions of this note come together and refine what would otherwise be an overly sweet opening.
A delightful floral heart, comprising of moonflower, Indian tuberose, and centifolia rose, begins to emerge after around 30 minutes of wearing the scent. The tuberose, with its heady and exotic floral qualities, is perfectly complemented by the oriental moonflower and the softly spicy centifolia rose – if you like both floral and oriental scents then you should definitely try Ricci Ricci. It’s quite hard to give a definitive and succinct description of the heart of this fragrance; it’s neither too floral and heady, nor too sweet and sickly – it’s warm and pretty, but with a sensual and oriental twist.
The oriental qualities of this perfume continue as it reaches its conclusion and patchouli combines with sandalwood in the base. Sandalwood, with its creamy woodiness, provides a deep smell that’s earthy, sweet, and smooth. Meanwhile patchouli, with its further earthiness and herbaceous nature, tempers the sweetness of the sandalwood. The finish is warm, sweet and seductive, with a hint of floral remaining.
The overall impression of Ricci Ricci is floral and warm, tempered with a faint oriental edge and woody accords. Combined with just the right amount of projection, and fantastic lasting power, I think that this is a wonderful scent to wear in the evening. It’s both mysterious and sultry, but also feminine and flirty. If you’re looking for a new evening scent then Ricci Ricci may just be the one for you.
Have you tried Ricci Ricci by Nina Ricci? If so, what do you think? Have you got a favourite evening perfume? Let us know in the comments below!