LACERAZIONI ! ~ Chanel Cristalle



How do you escape the noise, pressure and the maddening crowds of a city? It is something we all can do; all you need is a park and the sky. Lying on the soft grass on your back looking up at the sky is an instant escape. Everything sinks into the earth beneath the soft damp grass you are lying on. Work, time, pressure, anger, frustration, worry, they all slide away as you seem to levitate toward the sky. The one thing that doesn’t slide way is your sense of smell.

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My friend and fellow blogger Roberto Alborghetti is a wonderful artist. When I became enamored of his new collages entitled Lacerazioni “lacer / actions” I got to know him over time. Roberto creates his amazing collages from decomposing publicity posters and city signs. It is really amazing to see because there is not a trace of the source material in the finished pieces and you would never guess where they originated. He photographs details of posters and street signs and then transfers them to canvas, and video, and even to silk scarves. He is a renowned Journalist in Italy as well as the author of over 30 books and a television producer. But it is obvious from his passion about his collage work that this is where is heart resides, in his wonderful art. He is currently having a show of his work at Aldobrandesca fortress in Piancastaganio, Siena Tuscany.

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(Italian Artist Roberto Alborghetti)

Roberto came to me with a challenge recently. Was it possible to find inspiration in one of his paintings that could lead to comparison to a particular perfume? Could I unlock the connection between visual and sensual? That was indeed at first a baffling idea to me, so I accepted the challenge.  It took months of looking at the painting once a day and smelling a different scent in conjunction with the visual. Each attempt lead to zero, nothing clicked and I was beginning to think the task was an impossible one.


(The Collage Challenge)

In Thursday’s mail I received a bottle of perfume I had been looking for and waiting to try for many months. Filled with that anticipation we who love perfume all share, I opened the box and tested the perfume on my arm. Instantly I understood what had been missing in my quest for the perfect scent to go along with Roberto’s painting. Chanel Cristalle Eau De Parfum entered my senses and opened my eyes with a fresh point of view about the painting.

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I was transported to the Villa Borghese, the wonderful and enchanted park in the center of Rome. The smell of the earth moist after a May rain shower meets the nostrils with a primal pungent primavera punch.  Flowers washed clean in the rain add to the aroma as you look up look up into the same sky in which Michelangelo must have envisioned God creating Adam amongst the clouds. There is a deep rich smell of bark in the background, the unmistakable smell of a city park. This is what I saw when I looked into the painting by Roberto as I was entranced by Chanel’s Cristalle’s very deep green and floral Chypre notes. I was lying on my back looking up at the most beautiful sky in the world.


Cristalle opens brightly through the sun dappled leaves of the trees with a superb blending of exotic Mandarin, with hardy warm Sicilian Lemons. These are perfect Mediterranean citrus notes.  There is a little juicy peach in the back of the park warm and fuzzy in the sun adding a bright lush taste, up front at the entrance to the park Lilly of the Valley and bergamot join in right. It is going to be lovely here in the Villa Borghese.


In the middle notes just far enough into the park that the city sounds fade with the there is the “Chanel” Jasmine, like no other jasmine in the world it enfolds you in pure delight like the laughter of a beautiful woman in the dark. Rich earthy Iris adds a note of dangerous glamour and reminds you to dig your fingers into the moist richness of this experience. Hyacinth and Rosewood are found in this part of the urban forest and only enhance and deepen the sensuality of this fragrance.

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At sundown near the edge of the park the base notes of green woody vetiver and oak moss enhance the beauty of your visit to this place where the sky meets the city and there is escape for anyone seeking it.

Cristalle is marketed as a female perfume yet it is not at all overwhelmingly feminine. I would categorize it as a very bold uni-sex scent. Longevity is good and the silage respectable.


So at last I found the scent that met the challenge, at least for me. I am sure when you look at the painting or any of the works by Roberto Alborghetti you might find a special scent in your perfume wardrobe that it inspires.


To learn more about Roberto and his magnificent art please visit his blog:


ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S ART Five Platinum Stars *****

Chanel Cristalle Five Gold Stars *****


  1. Ahhh, Villa Borghese! Unintentionally I stayed next to the gardens last year and each morning I walked through them to explore the city’s tourist attractions and perfumeries. I love your connection to Cristalle. Everything you describe can be found in both the bottle and the Villa Borghese. I hope you are enjoying your bottle of eau de parfum and thanks for the introduction to Roberto Alborghetti’s work.

    • Thank you Clayton! Yes the Villa Borghese is one of my favorite spots in Rome. I am loving my Cristalle very much…a trip to Rome in a bottle! (Not Paris…isn’t that funny?) Roberto’s work is truly beautiful and he adds to the wonderful artistic history of Italy with his talent.

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  3. Thank you so much Lanier! I’m really struck and moved by your wonderful post! I have no words to thank you!!!!

    • Oh, il mio amico Roberto! Thank YOU for bringing me the challenge and for sharing your wonderful art with me. I really enjoyed finding the key to the scent for your painting .

  4. Wow. A beautiful post. I will now experience parks differently

    • Thank you… Parks are the lungs of the city and keep it fresh.

  5. Thank you for the picture of Roberto! I’ve been a follower and fan of his blog forever.

  6. I never thought about it before but I bet you’re right and I bet Cristalle is pretty awesome on a man. You’ve got me thinking I should see what my husband thinks of it. I’d rather smell that on him than some aquatic nightmare.

  7. I love Roberto’s challenge to you! I’ve only ever worn the EdT for decades but it’s not as rich as the newer EdP which I’ll definitely have to try, too. The shots from Siena are lovely and so is his work.

  8. What a fascinating challenge and I love that it eventually clicked and fell into the lovely space for your descriptive eloquence. Visual and sensual very much connected!

    (Look fwd to exploring more of Roberto’s collages!)

    • I was getting worried Patti and feared I would let Roberto down and never make a connection. But it all turned out perfecto in the end! Yes Roberto’s work is wonderful spread the word!

  9. I think the idea of pairing a scent with a painting is genius. Roberto’s collage is beautiful—I love his use of color, and for some reason I find the image sad. In a moving way, though, not in a depressing way. Maybe bittersweet. It’s fascinating how differently you and I interpreted it. I’m not sure what scent I would have paired with it, but I love how you paired it with Cristalle, and why!

    • My lady Weebles doth honor me so! That is what is so wonderful about art and perfume. Everyone experiences them in her or his unique way.

  10. Fascinating… Scent and art. Thank you.

  11. Such an interesting idea! I’m pretty sure Kandinski was a known synesthete (synesthesia?) He was able to hear colors. I think any crossing over of the senses must be heavenly, and I mean that quite literally. Lanier, your gift reminds me of what awaits us on the other side. It’s like someone at the gates allowed you to move into mortality with a treasure that could only be described as divine. You’re not supposed to have it, but you do, and those of us who read your words sense something of the beyond.

    • Oh my but that is really a wonderful complement. I am so flattered that you feel that way. But don’t tell anyone else or the Gods might get wind of it and miss the treasure I stole from Mt. Olympus. And you know how they can be when a mortal snatches a bit of heaven.

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