Benetton Nero x Benetton Bianco

Do you remember these classic late 90s scents?

While I received these his and hers present from Brigitte two years ago, this duo’s also 2 of my first EDTs. Benetton’s released a couple more scents to love years after but for some reason, I’m always drawn to Cold and Hot. Or Hot and Cold.

Oh wait I think I spoke too soon.

This year, Benetton released another pair of EDT aptly called Nero and Bianco to match the bottle’s aesthetics.

Black and white, a unique chemistry

Black and white? Or white and black? They may be opposites, but these two colors are clearly destined to be complementary. Black is the absence of color, white a blend of every color in the spectrum, and together they have a unique and timeless chemistry. Black and white are simple, black and white are stylish, black and white are modern, black and white are universal. In short, black and white are Benetton.

Bianco for women, Nero for men. Like a photographic negative, the two opposites are united by design. First, on the sleek glass flasks, envisioned by the young team of creative talents at Fabrica, Benetton’s famous communication research center.

The iconic Benetton wool stitch logo is stenciled on the clear glass as if in spray paint – a defiant gesture inspired by street art that also evokes the act of spraying fragrance on the skin. Next, on the boxes – white with black graphics for Bianco, black with white graphics for Nero – where each color is accompanied by a list of its sensations and associations: moon, snow, feather, cotton, purity for Bianco; ink, night, eclipse, magic, gothic for Nero.

Man: vibrant and virile

Cool and clean, fresh and forthright, Benetton Nero Man is a citrus woody scent that debuts with sparkling notes of blood tangerine, peppermint and grapefruit zest. The coolness lingers through a spicy heart of mace, juniper berries and lemon tree wood, lending depth to the fragrance, then evolves towards a darkly vibrant dry-down of Indonesian patchouli, ebony wood and black musks.

Woman: sparkling and feminine

Just as white blends all the colors in the spectrum into pure perfection, so Benetton Bianco Woman fuses fruity and floral fragrance essences into a seductively sparkling composition. In the top note, luscious lychee pulp is complemented by bamboo sap and white mulberry, evolving into a feminine heart of white rose, grape flower and dewy jasmine. The dry-down is soft and sweet, infused with notes of cocooning cotton musk, vanilla and white patchouli.

Since July, I’ve been spritzing on Benetton Bianco when I want to smell fresh and clean. Not too fruity and casual yet not too dressy. Perfect for out of town weekends with the family or shopping and coffee with the girls. Benetton Nero on the other hand’s great for the man who likes a little bit of adventure. It’s crisp and cool yet dies into a sweet musky scent. Great for both hot and cool weather.

Benetton Nero and Bianco’s available in all leading department stores and Fresh Fragrance Bar stores nationwide. EDT SRP is 100ml – PHP 1,350.00; 30ml – PHP 850.00.

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