The World began with an explosion. The terrain was created by a burning volcanic lava swallowing the surface underneath. There’s something powerful and fulfilling about putting your hands in the soil, the sense of belonging to Earth. In order to develop a natural beauty one needs to bind with traditions and grow strong roots to maintain the true light of Self. The roots play a strong part in the growth and development of a character.
The easiest comparisons with this unique and heavy fragrance are visual. When first applied, Terroni conjures up visions of dark red with streaks of black like a thick stream of lava slowly flowing and cutting through its path. You see everything it touches catch on fire, spit up smoke, and then leave only charred wood and stone behind.
While invoking such imagery, it’s easy to get lost in the obvious references of smokiness that tend to come along with them. This is not smoky like a wood burning stove or a campfire with lingering wafts of soot and creosote. It’s more like a steam rising up from the flames and the hearth surrounding it. Terroni envelopes but never chokes. The scent is sharp but never bitter.
After time, Terroni begins to surrender its smokier notes and settles into its final form as a damp, earthy fragrance. However, instead of forests and grasses, Terroni finds its roots in the dirt and the layers beneath it. It’s dense and humid. It’s the remains that have been buried below over time. You get leather, clay, and petrol breathing up through the moss and soil. It’s primal and raw. It’s sexy.
Wearing this fragrance, like all from Alessandro Gualtieri, is a commitment. A few spritzes and it’s going to stick to your skin for at least 24 hours and will nestle its way on to your clothes for even longer. If you’re an admirer of his scents, it’s always the gift that keeps giving, and you will be reminded of how much you love it down the line when you put on that coat you haven’t worn for months.