Isabella Rosselini is a very beautiful woman. Oozing the class of her mother, Ingrid Bergman, but with a warmer, less glacial beauty, Ms Rosselini’s smile and wide set eyes have gazed down from many a billboard and movie screen during her long career as a model and actress. On retirement, she went into design and fragrance. Her fragrance Manifesto, was a hit, and although it’s playing hard to get right now, it’s still on Amazon, eBay and other stockists: not High Street, but still out there. (This is my way of trying to avoid saying it has been discontinued, as I cannot find out for sure).
My very first thought on smelling Manifesto was of Cinzano Bianco: the sweet and herby drink of my gilded youth! Must be the Basil and Green notes. Manifesto is delicate and light. Greener than Kermit, this almost fills the gap in my heart left by Gucci Envy.
It is everything you need on a hot sticky summer’s day. Basil, Bergamot, a light touch of Pear, gentle flower petals. It’s never overpowering, but as light and refreshing as mint leaves and ice cubes. As the opening green notes meld into a leafy herbal background, the Jasmine , Neroli and Rose come out gently. Even in the basenotes, it’s green as can be, and that suits me down to the ground (today was the hottest day of the year at 31C).
Manifesto is beautiful, and I love it, and I wish just one of the numerous new launches coming out every week would risk being the first to stick their toe in the pond and say “How about a nice green scent that starts like Cinzano Bianco and ends up a bit like Herba Fresca without the mint? We don’t have enough of those.”
The still beautiful Ms Rosselini is pure class, and with the help of Nose Alberto Morillas, she has created a thing of beauty. Her Manifesto states that the best luxuries in life are the simple small things. In her fragrance, she leaves out the fanfare, and just keeps nature’s best ingredients.