Nobile 1942 La Danza delle Libellule Perfume Review



Nobile 1942 La Danza delle Libellule Perfume Review
Nobile 1942 La Danza delle Libellule Perfume Review

Nobile 1942 La Danza delle Libellule Eau de Parfum seems like it would be most suitable to gourmand lovers and those who want their apple so amped up that if it ended up being so intense that it had to be coming from something synthetic, that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker. There was no suggestion of apple here; it was syrupy, caramel apple through and through, only marginally cut by lemony tartness for a brief time in the opening and then later extra sugared vanilla custard. In the end, the clean musk won out, which did shift the scent more dramatically than I anticipated based on the first six hours of wear!

  • top notes: apple, bergamot
  • heart notes: cinnamon, cocoa
  • base notes: cedarwood, vanilla, musk

Imagine the ripest, juiciest red apple possible, and the opening smelled like the taste of first bite. Within two minutes, the apple sweetened considerably, almost liked it had been cooked in vanilla and spiced with cinnamon and left to reduce to an ooey-gooey apple compote before adding a splash of lemon juice. The apple regained some of its crispness and was less caramelized, which seemed more the result of lemon coming through.

The cinnamon was considerably subtle in the composition than I’ve come across previously, so it was a sprinkle for warmth and adding nuance to the fragrance without making it truly spiced. Instead of it being like apple compote, it was more like hot apple cider–a little lighter, fresher, less syrupy. After a half hour, someone drizzled caramel on top of the cider and let it melt through as everything sweetened again.

As the base notes developed and seeped in, they created an undercurrent of decadent vanilla custard, which served to give the lightly spiced apples and caramel a creamier, smoother base to sit upon and cut some of the sugariness, but it was still incredibly sweet, sugary, and heavy on red apple. A clean musk made its presence known after six hours of wear, reminiscent of fresh laundry, and though it took another couple of hours, eventually subsumed a lot of the apple.


For testing, I used half of a 1ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise. 


It lasted for eight hours until it was a skin-scent and about 12 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were moderate with the sillage and started to drop after four hours of wear.

Personal Thoughts

The intensity and sweetness of the apple note seemed almost artificial, which I think could be the wrong side of apple for some, as it was for me. It needed something to cut through the sugar and tone down the over-the-top apple. I wanted to squeeze more lemons over it to add freshness and tartness!

Available Sizes

  • 75ml for $135
  • 0.7ml sample for $4

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