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Cyberpunk in bottles
I find both the brand and especially this fragrance a little too little noticed and yet I would like to digress a little further to make the very brilliant visions from the house of Aether visible for many people at all.
It was a pleasant December day when I spontaneously moved into the perfumery and wanted to be more or less surprised. I had never heard of Aether before and the concept made me curious. So here we have high-quality compositions on a purely synthetic basis. Many big brands often use synthetics to reduce costs. So I took Carboneum with me and the principle of packaging already has something to offer. It's a very minimalist bottle with a metal lid, packed in a black foam that opens like a book but allows a view of the bottle from the front and back. All wrapped in black cardboard.
Well, what is CARBONEUM.
In my opinion, the familiar terms are not sufficient for this fragrance. It is indeed somehow citric, somehow fresh, somehow woody and clearly synthetic. But it is above all the following:
Cold, clean, mineral, metallic.
It awakens images in the mind and yet is not to be understood. It makes the wearer (the wearer*) somehow mysterious but also very interesting.
But now I'll try to unravel what the fascinating thing about this Aether fragrance is for me, or rather how this fragrance is for me. And with the marketing text I do not want to go.
CARBONEUM is the futuristic city that Blade Runner brought to the screen in the early 80s. It's cold steel, dry asphalt, nocturnal freshness and clean, empty streets in a megacity that is busy during the day. It's the wreck on the beach, freshly washed up, raising more questions than answers, and it's the pleasant feeling of letting in the clean air on the top floor of a high-rise building after a storm.
He's a cyborg, jetpack, time machine. Somehow dystopian cyberpunk and yet thoroughly aesthetic in a positive sense Carboneum is for me the most interesting and complex scent of ether in round bottles.
But he's not pushy either. The sillage is quite close, the intensity leaves a lot to be desired, but with 8-10 hours, the shelf life is quite clear.
But for what character is this fragrance in my opinion.
I don't think I'm leaning out of the window when I say that for the average Douglas customer, it's certainly not. It must also be clear that there is nothing warm in Carboneum, but the ubiquitous coolness is not perceived as mint, menthol or citrus.
Yes, you have to be willing to experiment to get at Aether and accept that the notes in them have little or nothing to do with naturally occurring fragrances. Corduroy trousers and a jacket are probably less suited to this. But if you dare and have the opportunity to do so, I think you definitely have to try Carboneum