Notte Romana 

Notte Romana (Bosari 1870 1939) is one of the prettiest Bosari fragrances I’ve sampled yet… The white lily is lush, blossoming and marshmallow sweet, as are the other accompanying florals. And while this is listed as acquatic and ozonic on Fragrantica it’s also very vintage and so frothy with its sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean and musk that I can wear it.  And I love it. 

Top notes: white lily, galbanum and iris.  Middle notes: rose, lotus, and lily-of-the-valley.  Base notes: sandalwood, musk, vanilla and tonka bean.  

Il Mio Sogno

With a powdery and soapy vintage beginning a bit like Je Reviens, Il Mio Sogno (Bosari 1870 1939) is dreamy, fresh and almost romantic.  Rosewood, neroli and orange blossom blend very well and an old perfumery rose, gardenia and vetiver are hard to miss.  Oakmoss and frankincense add warmth and depth.  This is one of the scents you want to breath in, slowly.  It’s almost a little reminiscent of vintage Bourjois fragrances like Mais Oui and Soir de Paris…   

Top notes:  coriander, rosewood, neroli, mandarin and bergamot.   Middle notes: orange blossom, muguet, rose, gardenia, and ylang ylang.  Base notes: oakmoss, frankincense and vetiver.  

Acqua Classica 

Reminiscent of Acqua di Parma Colonia there’s a sunny citrus, herbal green brightness and an airy, cool and crisp floral charm in Acqua Classica (Bosari 1870 1880). It’s actually even almost watery in the manner of much more contemporary fragrances… like L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme. But regardless of what you compare it to, it’s a genuinely elegant and refreshing classic that a well dressed individual might enjoy in warmer weather… Could easily be paired with linen.  

Zagara (Orange Blossom) 

This stunning orange blossom is clean at the start, then fruity and bursting and then a sort of green edge emerges. It’s very vintage though and could easily be compared to No. 4711, Cordon Rouge and intriguingly Narcisse Noir. It’s a very, very lovely gem. I may have to hunt down a larger bottle. 

Garofano (Carnation)

This spicy green carnation is a… bit wild.  It’s the sort of scent you encounter while walking innocently outside through someone’s garden path.  It hits you and suddenly you feel affected by fragrance.  I can almost smell some sort of ozonic tinge to this as well…  And perhaps a tuberose?  However, it is appropriate and despite the brazen and gorgeous spices (cinnamon?  cloves?!) it’s very well mannered. 

Violetta di Parma 

Vintage Violetta di Parma (Bosari 1870 1970) is a bright, brilliant violet. It’s sugary. It’s green tinged and a bit spicy… It’s like a violet confection with rosy florals and a vanillic base… Very fun.  

Notes: rose, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth, heliotrope and musky and woody notes. 


Ultimately very musky, Balalaika is also a violet and bold Gardenia scent. The florals are green, spicy and woody. Doughy vanilla is sweet then smoky. Rosewood is aromatic like an old rosewood trinket box. The fragrance heats up as you wear it. Balalaika starts as a traditional woody floral, although somewhat mysterious, musky and sugary, but then develops into a simmering, hot vintage fragrance. And the orange, like a pomander ball, is dry, almost overly ripe and of course… spicy.

Top notes:  mandarin orange.   Middle notes: violet, gardenia and palisander rosewood.  Base notes: woody notes, vanilla and musk. 

Acqua di Rosa Thea 

Rosa Thea (Bosari 1870 unknown) is a very pretty tea rose with possible hints of jasmine, lily, and green notes. I believe I detect a warm and soothing sandalwood and vetiver into the drydown and ylang ylang throughout. But despite the other hints (my guesses) this is a very definite rose.