The world of fragrance - and this has to do with its artisan side - abounds with more or less derivative works.
This time we mention one that is more than an inspired copy, a faithful copy but made with cheaper ingredients and available at a bargain price: the distinctive signature of the original Gianni Versace the debut scent of the flamboyant Italian fashion brand heralded by the Medusa head was recreated with Varensia by Ulric de Varens, the latter a down-market label that has decided to go slightly more upscale lately...
Varensia is really "Versacensia".
We signal this since Gianni Versace for women is now discontinued and if available, expensive.
For a moment it is with some interest that one smells its reincarnation. However if all the pieces of the puzzle are in place, Varensia is as subtle as the red of a fire-engine and progressively but surely turns into the klaxon-concert version of the opulent, furry fruity chypre of 1981. Too many synthetics bought in bulk.
At least it is good to know that the recipe was not lost.
Perhaps we could conclude by saying that a tiny squirt will do you a long way.
Try using with moderation if you are hankering for Gianni Versace. But at your own risk.