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Life in the woods
It's a chilly day when I move into my bower in the woods. The previous resident has laid the finest laminate and cleaned it magnificently with lemons. Well, quickly open the windows and let the cool forest air in. The air is indescribably clear and invigorating and although the thermometer shows cold, the warmth is more subtle and pure than in summer. Green herbs thrive under the veranda, crawling through the woodwork.
Simple is this chamber, but it will do. I want to experience life anew, to approach real life, but I do not want to practice renunciation, unless it is absolutely necessary. So I didn't bring much, just a few spices, pepper, nutmeg and vanilla. So I stand by the window, close my eyes and take a deep breath Sweet grass swells up through the joints in the ground. Green swaths of spicy scent fill the chamber, overgrowing everything artificial and bringing the mind to rest. Cedars sprout and shoot up into the air at a speed never seen before. I linger for several hours with closed eyes and enjoy the silence, undisturbed even by my own thoughts.
"We must learn to wake up and keep ourselves awake again... by the ceaseless expectation of the sunrise, which must not leave us in our deepest sleep." *
To say one thing in advance, I don't know The One and I only smelled Le Male once before eternal times, so here are no comparisons from my side.
The Quatre pour Homme Absolu de Nuit starts with sweet lemon underlaid with lavender and some sage. This is quickly replaced by a soft, woody note and I also notice vanilla. This is probably the Akigalawood®. Fragrances with a ® make me sceptical at first and yes, it does smell a bit artificial, but it is ok (much more pleasant than e.g. cashmeran).
As the fragrance progresses, it becomes spicier (pepper, nutmeg) and then gets a fine green component of vetiver and patch. Then there is the cedar. So I like the fragrance very much. At the very end, the Akigalawood® and vanilla come out again, but only quite close.
The pleasure lasts 5-6 hours on skin, 7-8 on textile.
The Quatre pour Homme Absolu de Nuit cannot be categorized quite so simply: on the one hand boring artificial wood vanilla, on the other hand beautiful green-spicy cedar. Everything quite smooth, without any corners and edges, there would have been surely much more in it. But also a nice, warm no-brainer for the colder season.
* from Walden by Henry David Thoreau