One more chapter in my abiding quest for an incense-based fragrance (that will become part of my perfume wardrobe) finishes with a minor disappointment (from the targeted point of view, of course!). This time, instead of a perfume based on incense “per se”, I indulge in an exquisite type of green fragrance, which, in spite of its originality, was not able to inspire me a buying impulse. The fact is that I do not have the mood or the budget for this right now. Hence, I will leave this domain uncovered n the near future.
Continuing with the comparisons, throughout the evolution of Aedes de Venustas Signature Eau de Parfum on my skin, I perceived one major resemblance with Eau d’Italie’s Sienne l’Hiver. However, this is not related to the fact that I sampled the latter quite recently, but more since they both represent major points of reference in the green “area”.
Aedes de Venustas Signature Eau de Parfum arrived on the market in March 2012, as the debut fragrance from a niche perfume boutique with the same name, established in 1995 by Karl Bradl and Robert Gerstner, within the West Village neighborhood of New York City. Developed by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour (who coincidentally designed also Sienne l’Hiver) and dubbed as a unisex chypre fruity, this new fragrance should not be mistaken with an earlier scent with a homonymous name, this time manufactured for L’Artisan Parfumeur.
As I’m not familiar with the perfume from October 2008, I will share with you my impressions on this most recent creation. According to the press release and from what I’ve had the opportunity to observe, the structure of Aedes de Venustas Signature is not shaped like a conventional olfactory pyramid. Instead, Mr. Duchaufour imagined a construction that is “round, luxurious, voluptuous and addictive” (according to the press release). Moreover, the same source quotes Bertrand Duchaufour describing his perfume as “a game of supports in an unexpected, even improbably olfactory architecture because the green effect increases while the heavy dark resinous incense and chypre accord is largely deceasing and getting more abstract”.
On my skin, after the initial ten minutes and when everything seemed so green, that I could almost swear I had a tomato leaf in front of me, everything turned to a subdued aroma of incense. This latter was far more subtle than I ever imagined (and wished for, of course!) and by the time it reached its dry down, the green facet was already dominating the air.
The bottle that holds the essence features a very elegant image, being made from transparent glass with the same color scheme as the one from the niche boutique (called “aubergine” on the official website), while the official notes encompass: rhubarb, tomato leaf, red currant, green apple, honeysuckle, vetiver (from Madagascar), hazelnut and incense. Overall, should you love the green fragrances, do offer Aedes de Venustas Signature a chance, since I can guarantee that this will thrill you.
Aedes de Venustas Signature Eau de Parfum Fragrance Details
- Aedes de Venustas Signature Eau de Parfum is available in 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 250 g Natural Soap and 180 ml Perfumed Candle; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Chypre Fruity
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2012
- Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual