WHAT I SMELL: One Night in Rio opens with a luscious sweet and juicy passion fruit; like a bowl full of fruit and melon goodness, so ripe and with just picked freshness. Quickly a dash of pepper comes to sit on top of the fruit extracting the almost too much fruity juicy goodness to more of an exotic spiced cocktail. The perfume rapidly starts to dry and moves from fruity to floral. The florals are pretty, very sexy and round and robust…but still topped with a grounded pepper. After around 10 minutes, the vanilla slowly enters giving the perfume a slightly sweetened tinge. Add to that a light coconut and waxy suntan lotion note and the perfume now makes you feel that you’re walking along the beach at Impanema. One Night in Rio is interesting in that it lives in this other worldly state of sweet and spice, floral and pepper; which means that the perfume is completely and utterly exotic.
From from the A Lab on Fire website:
Night air strokes skin, cheek against shoulder, neck bare. Night air against curved back, touched gently, a new love—his open-armed embrace. Music catches up to you and everyone is dancing, the road is dancing, the cars are dancing. Guarded by its jungled hills, their wide leaves too green, night sky too blue, the city pools. Immerse yourself. Spread your arms out, lithe and swaying. The music plays inside you. Bright street, dark alley. One night to discover a delicate moment in full bloom.
Top~ black pepper, neroli, Mid~ passion fruit, tiare flower, magnolia, Dry~ musk, white amber, vanilla bean
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The perfume is modern, yet very nostalgic…and invokes visions of a Latina Bombshell surrounded by big print 1940’s upholstery.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE ONE NIGHT IN RIO: sexy, easy, lively
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ONE NIGHT IN RIO: I was unable to find any other reviews, except for a few comments on Fragrantica.
BOTTOM LINE: One Night in Rio is developed by A Lab on Fire, but is being released as “unbranded.” I’m not sure what that’s all about and does it really matter? The fact is that One Night in Rio is a fun and sexy perfume to remind you that even though it’s going to start getting colder soon in the northern hemisphere, you can always head down to Rio for a little summer fun.
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral Fruity
- Nose: Jean-Marc Chaillan
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $110 for 60 ml Eau de Parfum
Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary
August 24, 2015 at 8:34 am
Hi Steven, wonderful review ! You had me at Latina Bombshell ! Sounds amazing. I have not seen One Night in Rio here but I Will see if I can find it.
Winter is coming (Game of Thrones pun intended 😉 here as well so this might be a good fragrance to be reminded of summer. Reading your review I am wondering about the melon note. How ripe is it ? Is it THE idea of Frederic Malle Le Parfum de Therese almost decaying melon ?
August 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm
There is nothing decaying about the fruit in this at all… but the pepper nicely contains the sweetness. Finally, in the drydown the musk helps to soften the composition.
August 25, 2015 at 6:22 am
Good to know, with melon I am always a bit weary it Will be the decaying Roudniska note. It really sounds interesting, THE way you describe it, One night in Rio !