Acqua di Parma's Blu Mediterraneo line ($36–$92) looks so fresh and springlike with its blue packaging. That drew me in, but the concept — a quartet of fragrances inspired by Italy's Mediterranean coast — is intriguing. Plus, it's the closest thing I have to an Italian vacation right now. (Ahem, if you're reading, George, I am free for a Lake Como trip whenevah.)
Of the four scents, one stood out: Mandorlo di Sicilia. It's a gourmand fragrance, which means it'll appeal to foodies and fragrance fiends alike. While it features essential oils of orange, lavender, bergamot, and almond, it was difficult for me to discern those notes. Instead, the scent pleasantly reminded me of climbing sassafras trees as a child. It wasn't precisely the same, but it still had an outdoorsy, vaguely root beer fragrance that's fresher than the soda itself. Later, I learned that mandorlo means "almond tree," so my nature-girl association wasn't so far off.
I didn't buy it, simply because there's only so often I'll want to smell like trees and root beer. But if you love fresh, outdoorsy, and slightly food-like scents, you'll like this warm and comforting perfume.