Giorgio fragrances have played a big part in my life. One fateful Saturday afternoon in my teens, out shopping with my Mum & my best friend at the time Gemma, we were spritzed in Debenhams with the Giorgio Beverly Hills perfume 'Ocean Dream'. I instantly fell in love & it became my signature fragrance for years to come.
Around 2002 it became increasingly difficult to buy, as the scent must have been discontinued. Besides the odd bottle my Mum would track down on her Saturday afternoon trips to towns all over NI with my Dad for shopping adventures, I had to accept my favourite scent was now a goner.
Since then I've tried many a perfume, but never fallen in love with any of them as much as I loved my Ocean Dream.
So in the last couple of years I've had a few perfumes I've bounced back and forth between. I like the freshness of Clarins' 'Eau des Jardins', the sweetie-esque scent of Benefit's 'Something About Sofia', and for on the go I like the tiny price tag of M&S's fruity 'Butterfly' (it totally smells like Marc Jacobs 'Daisy').
So given my history with Ocean Dream, I was pretty hopefully I would love the new Giorgio Armani fragrance 'Sì'.
Mr Armani drew inspiration from the strength of his mother, and designed a scent to represent modern femininity.
Sì comes in three incarnations. The Eau de Toilette is playful & free-spirited. It's my favourite of the three as the pear, blackcurrant and vanilla tones remind me most of the lightness of Ocean Dream. It's £42 for 30ml and works as a perfect daily wear fragrance. I'm immediately swapping it in as my daily scent.
The Eau de Parfum has extracts of cassis nectar, with darker fruit tones lifted with freesia and rich rose. It takes Sì from day to night and stays stronger for longer. It's priced at £47 for 30ml.
Finally the richest version of Sì, the Eau de Parfum Intense. It's £72 for 50ml but with its more condensed scent you don't need to apply much to carry off the elegant fragrance all evening. It's a more sensual, heavy scent with blackcurrant, for balsam and golden benzoin.
My favourite Sì is the light Eau de Toilette, which I will be wearing for the foreseeable future. Could it be I've finally found a perfume to live up to my first love, Ocean Dream? I say, "sì ".