Unlisted Brand • Aedes de Venustas/L'Artisan Eau de Parfum • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||66%|
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I am not a fragrance expert like some people here, but since I did get to sample this in person, I thought I'd share my impressions.
I don't think it's a "spicy oriental", like the 80's type, but definitely oriental. To me, the opening is bright citrus, the drydown is sandalwood and clean musk, and something weird (may be the vanilla + stuff I don't know) yet familiar. Something of Sand and Sable, if you know what I mean, but not so blatantly sweet. It's unusual, it's more "dark" than "light", but doesn't weigh you down. A lot of how this wears will depend on your chemistry. I loved the opening, love the very cozy drydown, but there was a lot of the middle that made me go ewww and want to wash my arm. So I totally get the love-hate for this, kind of like for TM's Alien. Either it works on you, or it doesn't, which to me is a true sign of perfumery. With a lot of the commercial mass market fragrances, everything is so synthetic that it smells exactly the same on every person. Part of it's appeal, I guess. This is a must-try for those who like orientals. It's unlike anything I've smelled before, and yet here and there you want to say, that's familiar....The description of the notes is spot on.
Top notes: orange, pink pepper, cardamom, incense. Heart: black pepper, rose, iris, cedarwood and incense. Base: patchouli, coffee, opoponax, benzoin, treemoss, everlasting flower, white musk and a hint of vanilla.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I so wanted to like this. LIke a great blind date, it's perfect on paper. Like most blind dates the reality is a massive scale dissapointment. It's like a slightly subdued, less interesting Timbuktu. I loved the notes, I love Aedes the shop, but quite literally if I was gifted a bottle of this I can't imagine wearing it. Straight to ebay. And for me, who regularly wears 'men's' stuff and incenses and spices of all sorts, that is atyical and surprising. I passed the sample off to a fumey friend who I hope will have more use for it.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Sensitive, Tan, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy Eyes: Blue
Aedes de Venustas = walking through a forest on a cold winter's day.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
My favorite incense; it just seems perfect. Notes are as follows. Top notes: orange, pink pepper, cardamom, incense. Heart: black pepper, rose, iris, cedarwood and incense. Base: patchouli, coffee, opoponax, benzoin, treemoss, everlasting flower, white musk and a hint of vanilla. If you like CdG Kyoto, you'd like this.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other, Neutral Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I'll say this: I had been thinking on writing a review for this product for many days now, and simply could not figure out how to do it.
For me, a soapy clean out of the shower type fragrance lover to read about this dark, mysterious world full of: (Aedes goes on to describe the fragrance notes as including) bright orange oil, spicy pink pepper, aromatic cardamom, luxurious incense essential oil, black pepper, rose, iris cedarwood and incense resinoid, patchouli, coffee, opoponax, benzoin, treemoss....Everlasting flower, white musk and a hint of vanilla..........I would think that there's not much there for me - - except that - -
- I LOVE THIS FRAGRANCE PASSIONATELY! Yes, it is strong, powerful, dark, spicy and intense - but it has a naturally pure, organic clean vibration to it - so completely natural smelling as to define it as purity. I am at a loss to describe it, at a loss to define it - it is absolutely stunning and may well be one of the top five favorite fragrances of my entire life. I'm almost addicted to this fragrance, it is truly a masterpiece and completely flawlessly beautiful. There, I said it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
Reminds me a *WHOLE LOT* of Cinnabar by Estee Lauder mixed with 1/4 Opium by YSL. But this smells a bit more luxurious,brighter, rounded + defined. Veeery long-lasting for a L'Artisan. Suits a man very well. Or a hot blooded, confident senorita, who enjoys her dark spicy orientals.