Acqua di Parma Zafferano is the latest release from the storied Italian House, adding a new olfactory scent to their long list of gentlemanly accords. Better known as Saffron, Zafferano is a herb renowned for its opulence and lavish usage in food.
Acqua di Parma Zafferano: The Story
Cultivated in Iran, “red gold” induces some of the most burdensome harvestings of herbs and spices. The flower blooms a mere one time a year in the fall. When the time comes, the herb is harvested rather vivaciously in the early morning. This is done in order to catch the small corollas as they’ve just spurt into buds, preserving the red stigma which holds the spice.
Moreover, Zafferano harvesting around 1 kilogram of the spice would involve over 15,000 flowers. The Zafferano variant is known as the rarest Saffron adaptation in the world. To hold 1 kilogram of the ingredient, you would need around $13,000 USD.
Acqua di Parma Zafferano: The Fragrance
Acqua di Parma Zafferano is packaged in their classic cylindrical bottles which progressively bow outwards. Painted a midnight black, the bottle features a stark contrast with gold lettering and a gold cap. Amidst the label is the Harrods cursive logo, presenting the other half of this release.
The fragrance begins with citrus aromas coming from Bergamot, Bitter Orange and Mandarin, as well as the crisp aroma of Coriander Seeds. Below in the heart is a floral concoction. Jasmine Sambac merges with Geranium and Rose which then dances with Orange Blossom. These aromas produce their final form once combined with the star of the show: Saffron. Finally, the scent concludes with Vanilla and some broad, White Floral notes.
“Acqua di Parma takes this much-loved spice to the next level in the form of this eau de parfum, interjecting the warmth and dryness with luminous citrus. It doesn’t stop there, however; before it settles, expect to meet gentle white florals and a woody, vanilla-tinted base – notes that blend together to result in an unforgettable interpretation of saffron.”– Acqua di Parma Team
Zafferano marks an eventful and creative year for the house thus far. Not too long ago, the house offered fully customizable bottles of their infamous Colonia. These scents were hand-painted by artists emerging from the Istituto Europeo di Design.
Acqua di Parma Zafferano is a collaborative fragrance that is currently available on the official Harrods website. The fragrance is concentrated as an eau de parfum and features an atomizer below the gold cap. Zafferano is available in a 100ml size, retailing for $222 USD.