Italian niche perfumer Tiziana Terenzi brings the mystique of the heavens down to earth through luxurious fragrances inspired by mythology and astronomy. Based in Florence, Terenzi draws creative influence from Greek goddesses, zodiac symbols, and celestial bodies when crafting her elaborate eau de parfums. Each scent in her collection conjures an aura of luxury while paying tribute to the beauty and intrigue of the night sky. Utilizing high quality raw ingredients, Terenzi’s niche perfumes feature exquisite compositions centered around gourmands, florals, woods and musks. Standouts include the sensual floral Al Contrario, spiced vanilla Kirke, and mysterious woody Ursa. With their celestial essences encapsulated in ornate bottles, Tiziana Terenzi’s perfumes offer wearers a heavenly escape into the realms of gods and constellations through scent. Transportive and intoxicating, they exemplify the transformative power of fragrance.
1. Tiziana Terenzi Al Contrario
Tiziana Terenzi’s Al Contrario is a seductive and sensual floral woody musk fragrance for women. Released in 2018, this intoxicating scent opens with bright, citrusy top notes of neroli, petitgrain, and elemi. The floral heart blooms with creamy white florals including jasmine, ylang-ylang, and rose, lending a romantic and feminine touch. The fragrance dries down to a warm base of earthy vetiver, clean musk, and marine ambergris that provides depth and skin-like sensuality. This beautifully balanced composition contrasts fresh, effervescent florals with woody, oriental musk in an elegant way. Al Contrario is mysterious, addictive, and perfect for special occasions and romantic evenings out. With excellent longevity and sillage, this is one of Tiziana Terenzi’s most seductive and luxurious fragrances for women.
Top Notes: Neroli, petitgrain, elemi
- Opens with a bright, citrusy accord of neroli and petitgrain. Elemi resin adds a balsamic, honeyed undertone.
Heart Notes: Jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose
- Floral heart of sensual white florals including lush jasmine, creamy ylang-ylang and fresh rose. Romantic and feminine.
Base Notes: Vetiver, musk, ambergris
- Drydown is a woody musk base with earthy vetiver, clean musk and marine ambergris. Provides depth and sensuality.
- A beautifully balanced floral woody musk. The neroli and citrus top notes contrast nicely against the rich, oriental base. The white florals add a romantic, feminine touch.
- Has a mysterious, intoxicating sillage. The musk and ambergris lend a skin-like sensuality.
- Longevity is excellent, lasts 8-10 hours on skin. Sillage is moderate.
- Elegant and seductive. Perfect for date nights or special evenings out. Smells expensive and luxurious.
- One of Tiziana Terenzi’s sexiest and most beautiful fragrances. Highly recommended for floral musk lovers.
2. Tiziana Terenzi Kirke
Tiziana Terenzi’s Kirke is a gorgeous gourmand oriental fragrance for women centered around addictive vanilla. Launched in 2019, this rich elixir opens with a spiced accord of saffron, mate, and lemon before unveiling its floral heart of magnolia, peony, and Bulgarian rose. The star of Kirke is the base, which blends creamy vanilla with ambergris and sandalwood for a sweet yet sophisticated effect. This vanilla is opulent rather than cloying, elevated by the florals and hint of spice. Both elegant and seductive, Kirke is ideal for date nights or special occasions that call for a memorable signature scent. Long-lasting with a refined sillage, this fragrance lives up to its mythological muse, tempting the senses with its irresistible vanilla temptations. Tiziana Terenzi has crafted a superior gourmand in the decadent, womanly elixir that is Kirke.
Top Notes: Saffron, mate, lemon
- Opens with a burst of saffron and mate tea, providing a spicy, exotic start. The lemon adds a touch of fresh tartness.
Heart Notes: Magnolia, peony, Bulgarian rose
- The floral heart is creamy and romantic with heady magnolia, peony, and rose absolute from Bulgaria.
Base Notes: Vanilla, ambergris, sandalwood
- The star is the vanilla in the base. It’s rich and opulent but not overly sweet. Paired with earthy ambergris and smooth sandalwood.
- A gorgeous gourmand oriental focused on elegant, addictive vanilla. The spice, florals and woods provide depth and prevent it from being too linear.
- Excellent longevity, lasts over 8 hours on skin. Projection is intimate but noticeable.
- Perfect for date nights, special occasions and evenings out. Has a womanly, seductive vibe.
- The vanilla drydown is opulent and sophisticated. Never gets too sweet or cloying.
- Packaging is ornate and beautiful, like the juice inside. One of Tiziana Terenzi’s standout feminine fragrances.
- Fans of Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille or Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium will appreciate this superior vanilla.
3. Tiziana Terenzi Orion
Tiziana Terenzi’s Orion is an invigorating men’s fragrance that captures the refreshing aroma of a pine forest. Part of the 2020 Constellation Collection, Orion opens with a spicy medley of ginger, black pepper, and grapefruit before transitioning to a crisp pine tree accord in the heart. Cypress, sage, and woods like patchouli, vetiver, and cedar round out the aromatic woody composition with earthy depth. This vigorous scent conjures the great outdoors with its photorealistic pine note while remaining easy to wear. With excellent longevity and projection, Orion is perfect for daytime wear and casual occasions when you want to feel confidently energized. Its sleek bottle channels the Orion constellation, making this a stellar release from Tiziana Terenzi for men who appreciate the revitalizing allure of aromatic woody fragrances.
Top Notes: Ginger, Black Pepper, Grapefruit
- Opens with a spicy ginger and black pepper accord, given a fresh twist with grapefruit.
Heart Notes: Pine Tree, Cypress, Sage
- The heart is an aromatic blend of coniferous pine tree, cypress, and herbal sage.
Base Notes: Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedarwood
- Earthy woods like patchouli, vetiver, and cedar provide depth in the base.
- A invigorating, woody aromatic fragrance for men. The spicy opening transitions to a refreshing pine and woods drydown.
- Performance is very good. Longevity over 8 hours, projection is moderate but noticeable.
- Perfect for daytime wear, the office, and casual occasions. Uplifting and confident.
- Not a groundbreaking men’s scent but a solid, reliable option for fans of woody aromatics.
- The pine tree note is photorealistic, providing an almost forest-like vibe.
- Packaging is sleek and masculine. Represents the Orion constellation.
- A safe blind buy for men who enjoy fresh spicy scents with woody drydowns.
Tiziana Terenzi takes gourmand fragrances in a unique direction with Ursa, a 2021 launch crafted for both women and men. Inspired by the Ursa Major constellation, this mysterious oriental combines aromatic spices and woods with a sweet vanilla drydown. The fragrance opens with a burst of bergamot, lemon, pink pepper and cardamom before unveiling its distinctive heart of davana, coffee, licorice, and saffron. The star is the gourmand base, which blends opulent vanilla and tonka bean with earthy sandalwood and musk. Ursa defies gender classifications with its bold blend of masculine coffee and licorice against feminine vanilla. Unpredictable and addictive, it excels in cooler weather for nighttime wear. With excellent longevity and projection, Ursa demonstrates Tiziana Terenzi’s talent for putting creative twists on familiar fragrance families. Its darkly alluring juice lives up to the intrigue of its constellation namesake.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Pink Pepper, Cardamom
- Bright opening of citrus and spices like pink pepper and cardamom. Uplifting and energetic.
Heart Notes: Davana, Coffee, Licorice, Saffron
- Exotic heart of davana, aromatic coffee, licorice and saffron. Provides depth.
Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Musk
- The gourmand base features rich vanilla paired with tonka bean and sandalwood. Musk adds warmth.
- A unique gourmand oriental with a spicy, aromatic opening and sweet vanilla drydown.
- Unisex – marketed to women and men. The coffee and licorice add a masculine edge.
- Longevity is very good, over 8 hours. Projection is intimate but noticeable.
- Creative, mysterious and addictive. Does not smell like typical designer fragrance.
- Perfect for cooler weather and evenings. Too heavy for hot summer days.
- Bottle features a bear constellation. Nice addition to the Constellation Collection.
- For gourmand lovers looking for something different from mainstream vanilla scents.