Ducalis by Angela Ciampagna
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Ducalis is a perfume by Angela Ciampagna for women and men and was released in 2015. The scent is floral-spicy. It is being marketed by Label Laboratorio Artigianale di Profumeria.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesNutmeg, Geranium, Salty accord
Heart Notes Heart NotesRose, Lily-of-the-valley, Cyclamen, Ylang-ylang, Acacia, Cedarwood
Base Notes Base NotesSandalwood, Rosewood, Leather note, Amber, Musk, Vanilla

Ratings

Scent

6.7 (31 Ratings)

Longevity

6.8 (22 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (23 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (27 Ratings)
Submitted by Mefunx, last update on 28.08.2017
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Tinctureall

94 Reviews
Tinctureall
Tinctureall
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The metal florist
A sharp blast that was initially too powerful to ascertain the source. It quickly morphed into a gentlemans leathery herbal cologne. Classic and warm for a short while. It nearly got comfortable but got up again and moved. It became the air in Harrods perfume hall by the mens department with all of the perfumes at once there. It has a pencil sharp woody transparent cyclamen watery feel with a metallic floral nuance. I would like to know the inspiration behind this perfume. It shifts and moves like a modern mirage and doesn't settle long enough to identify elements within. 'Interesting' is my verdict. Like a metallic flower garden in a plastic tub.
10.0 7.5 7.5 2.0/10
Drseid

671 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
1
Sheer Torture...
Ducalis opens with a slightly sweetened, dull nutmeg spiced rose before moving to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the rose gradually dissipates, yielding first to smooth, slightly powdery ylang-ylang and iris infused suede before morphing moments later into a screeching, sharp semi-metallic woody floral accord that takes over as star and never cedes its position through the finish. During the late dry-down the composition remains highly linear as the sharp, piercing semi-metallic woody floral accord remains as star, softening slightly as time passes. Projection is above average and longevity excellent at around 12 hours on skin.

Oh my, this is really bad stuff. The best part of the composition is the opening couple minutes as the spiced dull rose is rather pleasant. Unfortunately once the top notes vacate it isn't long before the composition turns into a hideous mess with its focus resembling the worst part of my early candidate for "worst composition of the year," Noise, by Ephemera with its high-pitched irritating floral metallic accord. Luckily for the wearer, the similar accord in Ducalis is not quite as annoying, nor as intense as the one found in Noise, but anytime you are compared to the worst composition of the year it is not a good sign and indeed Ducalis is a super-scrubber for sure. No reason to write anything more about the development as the composition stays pretty linear through the finish, subjecting the wearer to seemingly unending hours of torture. The bottom line is Ducalis is a failure of a composition on nearly every level, earning an "extremely poor" 1 star out of 5 rating and a seriously strong avoid recommendation to all, except fans of Noise by Ephemera (...and sadists).
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Helpful Review    2
Class!
As the rest of Ciampagna’s line, which is starting to look like one of the nicest surprises of 2015 so far for me, the “visual” inspiration and the ambiance are quite clear since the very first sniff: a sort of dark, provincial “austerity” somehow sitting between a feel of desolation and a raw, archaic, vibrant naturality. In “olfactive” language: dryness, thickness, earthiness, a palpable “artisanal” feel, an overall dark and meditative mood, but at the same a peaceful sense of quiet thanks to balsamic and aromatic spicy-herbal-floral notes - I guess evoking the “soothing power” of nature. Ducalis is particularly, elegantly dark and dry at first, yet with a warm heart, mostly focusing on a thick woody-floral blend with dark shades and spicy hints; as minutes pass though, it progressively unravels its beautifully intricate texture, which is quite more than you would expect at first. Sweet, velvety, slightly metallic flowers on warm, balmy but also dry and really austere woods: two main “axes” each comprising several facets that you get throughout the evolution. Flowers range to the threatening obscurity of rose and jasmine, to “whiter shades” of lily and cyclamen; the same for woods, which comprise nuances ranging from sandalwood (“juicy”, sweet, bright and cozy) to drier, shadier and “woodier” notes of rosewood and cedar, with some added weight thanks to cloves, leather, and nutmeg. A touch of amber and vanilla provide some sweet and warm “roundness”. Overall Ducalis may appeal fans of oud scents as well, as it shows some similar sort of “dark silky thickness”, just more complex and aromatic – not due to a single note (but indeed, woods, jasmine, nutmeg and leather do create a similar aroma). On the other hand, flowers are worked in a really peculiar way here, which kind of just uses “some” nuances of them; so despite you see many of them listed in the composition, I wouldn’t define this a “floral scent” – rather a woody scent with many interesting and complex nuances, this including flowers. Artisanal to the bone, totally fascinating and sophisticated but at the same time kind of raw and dark. Utterly enjoyable. Bravi!

8/10

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