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III-II Romanza 2016

III-II Romanza by Masque
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7.3 / 10 105 Ratings
According to EssenceVitae Research Team III-II Romanza is a perfume by Masque for women and men and was released in 2016. Furthermore The scent is floral-green. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.
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The fragrance is part of the "Opera" collection.

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jtd

484 Reviews
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Top Review 5  
Spring!
Romanza plays Spring as the season of bittersweetness, with fresh, young stems, flowers and leaves all crushed together. Narcissus perfumes are a rarity yet Romanza bears a resemblance to Parfums de Nicolai le Temps d’une Fete. Both perfumes set narcissus’s green reediness in a woody, resinous setting, albeit with different orchestration. Romanza’s absinthe topnote performs a role similar to le Temps’s chalky galbanum, ushering in a grassy, green-floral range centered on narcissus. In the heartnotes the two perfumes diverge, though both transition from flowers to woods. Imagine Romanza’s basenotes as sitting an octave or two below le Temps.

I have no idea if Masque Milano even knew of le Temps d’une Fete, but if they are taking on de Nicolai, they’re running directly into the fire. Le Temps d’Une Fete is one of Patricia de Nicolai’s strongest works, a Green Floral that has earned a place next to the other heavy hitters of the genre like Guerlain Chamade, Chanel 19 and VeroProfumo Mito. Romanza’s passing similarity in shape to le Temps is less important than the difference in its intent. Le Temps’s fresh-scrubbed freshness is pure sunlight next to Romanza’s midnight narcissus.

Romanza is based on the attraction of opposites. Bitter angelica accentuates narcissus’s sweet vitality and from the very topnotes Romanza is filled with shadow and texture. The amber drydown has a growl that does not go gentle anywhere. Narcissus might be the image of spring, but the scent is the furthest thing from the stereotype of Spring prettiness. It’s mucky, muddy and messy. Romanza doesn’t hide narcissus’s chaotic side. It liberates it, offering a beautifully defiant take on Spring. The romantic fiction of the season is a birds-cooing, hand-in-hand cartoon of courtship. Romanza reminds us that Spring is brief and there’s no time for subtlety. It dispenses with the niceties and reaches a hand down the front of your pants while it looks you dead in the eye.

Masque Milano’s framing of their perfumes as literary, operatic and episodic is well thought out and has led to a sumptuous style of perfumery. The perfumes are detailed and specific and I don’t question the producer’s/perfumer’s process, but plot and narrative aren’t a requirement to enjoy the perfume. Shear the story from Romanza and you’re left with an exceptional perfume with a detailed, calibrated aesthetic. Romanza is a provocative perfume from a young perfumer and I’ll keep my eyes peeled for future work from Christiano Canali.

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Kurai

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Kurai
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Narcissusist
Every other perfumer complains about how the disclosure of fragrance notes forms a limitation to their framing of the perfume experience. They would very much prefer to ditch the semi-mandatory note pyramid and replace it with an artsy storyline. Yet, most of those mini stories are so abstract and hollow that they completely miss the mark. Then there is Masque Milano. They manage to realize a context of quality, where each of their perfumes is an episode in a broader work of art. Their inspiration, notes of choice and the intended effect all come together in a readable backstory that actually makes sense. Go check it out on their website. Watch and learn, creative directors of the fragrance world.

Since it is impossible to introduce this perfume better than Masque does, I will get to the point and stick to describing my personal impressions. Romanza appears to me as a fairly mellow narcissus. Mellow in the sense that its development is kind of subtle and low-paced. This is not so much the typical fresh character that announces the early spring, though. There is a certain bite to it, a darker bittersweet side, as notes of angelica, violet and hyacinth stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the narcissus. This magnificent floral accord forms the long long bridge between the green-herbaceous opening and the ambery end phase.

Its animalic facet is mentioned a lot, but it is used in a classical supportive way, not harsh at all. In fact the whole composition feels classical, but not oldish or retro. I would wear this in any casual setting, without being bound to any season in particular.
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KimJong

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Romanza Review
The fragrance that I never imagined. It's a strong green overall and it's dominated by bright and clear narcissus. The notes of other flowers spread in turn, and among them, bitter violet stand out. The dirty black musk creates a very decadent atmosphere among the bright flower buds. The crazy huge projection and the longevity that lasts forever, somewhat reminiscent of Kouros. A very complex fragrance, with a mixture of pure smiles and immoral aggression.

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DrB1414

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She's one of many colors
Romanza is such a poetic perfume. Created by Cristiano Canali for Masque Milano. This one made me follow Canali's work closely and he sure is talented. But in my opinion, this is still his best composition thus far. It is the only perfume from the house that really impressed me enough to not only own a bottle but a backup as well.

It's a sultry Victorian floral perfume with a dirty, edgy, resinous base. Bourgeois afternoons, classical music, good wine, and lust in the air. It is a perfume of transitions, from innocence to sin. Quite a dramatical evolution, from the green, spring-like opening and the fleeting burst of absinth, to the rich narcissus-loaded floral bouquet in the heart. And oh, how ravishingly beautiful the narcissus is. Playing on its honeyed, grassy, and indolic facets. Harmonized with the help of a metallic-green violet leaf, an innocent hyacinth, sultry jasmine, and waxy beeswax. The base heats up with resins, cedarwood, and lots of civet, completing the fall into sin, imminent from the very first gaze. It is a brilliant evolution, and one would not believe that something that started as inoffensive could end up so pagan. If you try this perfume in-store and purchase a bottle on the spot, I don't know what to say. You'll either love it for how much more it has to unveil or be simply repulsed but how unashamed it is in truth.

For Narcissus lovers and vintage perfume lovers, romantic-minded ones, and maybe even agrestic lovers, this is one to try. I can draw a parallel to a similar composition, in style, not in smell, the infamous Une Fleur De Cassie.

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Nikander

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Dirty flowers
After sampling this for over a year I finally pulled the trigger and bought a full bottle, because this is such a masterpiece. I love me an innocent and bright springlike floral perfume at times but this is truly a tribute to the animalic and procreative side of spring, to put it mildly. It offers what I was hoping to smell in ELDO’s ‘Afternoon of a Faun’. I smell a sweaty animal that has chased nymphs all day in the woods, taking a nap in a meadow filled with daffodils. Very impressive and sexy fragrance!
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NicheOnlyNicheOnly 8 months ago
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Feminine floral in the air, spicy-green & kitchen herbal on-skin (bit like the wasabi note in Wabisabi). VERY WEAK.
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OlfactologyOlfactology 3 years ago
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Herbaceous bitter green venom, very 1970s like but without "an old perfume" sound.
Leans feminine. Great projection.
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JoaoMartinsJoaoMartins 5 years ago
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Flowers are way too strong on this one. The animalic undertones make it even more daring with a cat piss like smell popping off frequently.
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