By Michelyn Camen

You have experienced it before… the moment when a whiff of perfume transports you to another place or time. This month, Beauty News NYC handpicks scents that recreate the olfactory journey to Italy’s coastlines, beaches, orchards and cities, without leaving home.


The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana in Italian) is a stretch of coastline on the southern side of Italy, renowned for its rugged terrain, scenic beauty, and picturesque towns. The Island of Capri, located on the south side of the Gulf of Naples has been a celebrated beauty spot and beach resort since the time of the Roman Republic. Aqua di Parma captures a holiday in the sun with its new Blu Mediterraneo Travel Set available in two scents: Arancia di Capri, a sensual and relaxing blend of petitgrain, cardamom and musk and the slightly wild Fico di Amalfi which balances fig wood, cedar pink peppercorn and jasmine.Each set is elegantly packaged in a waterproof case and includes an eau de toilette, shower gel and body cream. Available at Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York.


Milan is Italy’s fashion capitol, and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are the kings of the catwalks. Known for their sexy silhouettes and signature leopard print accents, this designing duo are a favorite of Madonna, Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Alba to name a just a few red carpet regulars. You’ll feel like your sitting in the front row chatting with J. Lo when you wear BY Dolce and Gabbana, available on, a great site that offers thousands of classic and designer perfumes for less. BY’s “come hither” scent is an intoxicating blend of vanilla, sandalwood, tiger lily, coffee, and cedarwood. Use the code MYMOM and receive a 10% discount through May 20, 2007 on all orders from


Tuscany (Toscana) is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. Its capital is Florence; the area is known for its diverse landscape and its artistic legacy. Bring out the Renaissance woman and let down your hair with Santa Maria Novella’s Angels of Florence, a true masterpiece of fragrance with top and middle notes that include jasmine, lilac, rose, gardenia, peach, prune and melon, and a touch of violet leaves and cinnamon rind. The bottom of the perfume unveils the presence of sandalwood, notes of vanilla, white musk and grey amber. Available at


Explore the intoxicating gardens and orchards of rural Tuscany, with just a spray of Antica Farmacista’s Pomegranate and Currant Personal Perfume. You will be dreaming of Tuscany for quite a while, since this fragrance’s pure oils last up to eight hours. Warm, spicy notes of pomegranate and currants are enhanced by mandarin orange. When you order from, all of your purchases are lovingly gift wrapped and sent to you with a personal note card. Fantastico!


If the first thing you imagine is pizza and the Cosa Nostra when you think of Sicily, think again. Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is home to world renowned citrus groves. Elements of Surprise by Beth Terry- Creative Universe is a personal favorite of this editor; a crisp and refreshing scent of Sicilian lemon and lime, white tea and jasmine. Available at and at Barneys New York.

Ciao Bellas!

Originally published May 2007
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