Unum - LAVS by Filippo Sorcinelli
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Unum - LAVS is a popular perfume by Filippo Sorcinelli for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is smoky-resinous. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesJasmine, Cardamom, Black pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesElemi resin, Clove, Coriander, Labdanum
Base Notes Base NotesRosewood, Oakmoss, Amber, Tonka bean, Opoponax

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Scent

8.3 (119 Ratings)

Longevity

8.0 (102 Ratings)

Sillage

7.1 (107 Ratings)

Bottle

7.8 (98 Ratings)
Submitted by Mefunx, last update on 19.09.2019
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Stanze

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Stanze
Stanze
Greatly helpful Review    25
Very ecumenical by Mr Sorcinelli
LAVS smells like light incense. Incense as it is also used in Catholic churches. Since I'm a curious person, I wanted to know why he's called LAVS. On the official website I read that it was the same name as the Laudes, the morning prayer. Yes, well, if it's a Roman inscription - think of ROMANES EVNT DOMVS - then it's not Lavs but Laus, whereby Laus wouldn't really be a great name in German.

But LAVS is probably a company founded by Mr. Sorcinelli to sell liturgical vestments to high-ranking figures of the Catholic Church, e.g. the Pope (!). He sprays the clothes with the perfume LAVS before sending them off. But he also sells the fragrance to pagans, which is very ecumenical and economical of him.

So when we spray ourselves with LAVS, we not only praise the Christian God, but also smell like the Pope. That's something.

I must say, the Pope smells great.

You can wear LAVS in summer. Outside are 29°C and even in the scorching Baden-Württemberg sun LAVS spreads the coolness of a Gothic cathedral. I'd call it a three-weather LAVS. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor night darkness prevents this fragrance from giving its blessing.
At work, LAVS may not fit so well. Priests can wear it, of course, but otherwise I see it black
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Serenissima

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Serenissima
Serenissima
Greatly helpful Review    17
the room of silence
Directly at the Brandenburg Gate, in one of the former gate houses, is the "Room of Silence" - what a beautiful idea! In the middle of the city, between traffic and tourist flows: a haven of peace.
So when I thought a few years ago, after a long walk, I wanted to get some rest there before I had to start my final journey home.
The resolution was made, but I have never visited the "Room of Silence"!
At that time I met a couple at the outer door: they argued loudly and insulted each other in such a way that I could only be amazed!
How could one behave in such a way in public and had triggered this silence?
Could these two not be silent with each other?

Quiet: leave everything noisy behind to find yourself - this feeling is conveyed by "Unum - LAVS".
I find here an Italian of special and unexpected charisma, which Can sent me some months ago for testing.
I realize once again that he knows exactly what he leaves to me.

Jasmine, in its white, large-flowered beauty, hugs him lovingly to greet him; this time too, he is surrounded by a slight touch of decay: "over-flowered" jasmine.
Quite fine, not repulsive, but still reminding that everything is ephemeral!
Aromatic black pepper and cardamom, always welcome, underline pleasantly this prelude to a journey in pure comfort; possibly open the door to one's own self a crack wide.

This fragrance takes you to a room where large white candles have been lit. Their flames burn almost motionlessly and the "halos" illuminate naked brick walls on which shadows linger quietly.
The air is impregnated by spicy smoke that comes out of the smoking bowls: this smoke also rises almost vertically into the air. Hardly a breath of air is felt.
Elemi resin and the strong spiciness of cistus resin (labdanum) fill the room with very protective smoke. Nothing scratches and bites here: everything flows harmoniously and spicy into each other.
Coriander and clove, both welcome guests in my kitchen, now tune into a floating sound.
The slightly erotic, fragrant "resin of Venus" Opoponax also joins in; the air in the room begins to vibrate quietly: the perceived pleasant peace comes to life; but still feels very good.
Noble rosewood, now very rare, is easily perceptible.
Even years later, furniture made of these fine woods still emits an almost balsamic scent.
Eichenmoos earths this slightly swinging, almost incomprehensible fragrance creation and neutralizes a little the sweetness of the tonka bean: here, however, both unite harmoniously!
Amber's golden glow completes this fragrant work of art, which calls for relaxation and invites you to linger in the moment.

"Unum - LAVS" seduces into a welcome security, but is wonderfully rich in spices and resinous incense.
A certain sacral touch is not to be denied to this very special fragrance creature; only the quiet ringing of a little bell is missing.
A kind of "temple", inviting to contemplation, seems to be in this almost puristically shaped bottle. Did a little melancholy get caught here, too?
One or two splashes of "Unum - LAVS" take us into a world in which we can be ourselves.
Everything disturbing must remain outside and that with a durability of the smell of nevertheless some hours.
The smoky resin remains on my skin for a long time; a hint of jasmine and amber accompanies this hint until it blows away completely, almost unnoticed and gently.
I find here an exceedingly sympathetic, albeit headstrong companion for hours in which I do not have the sense for the protection of incense, but I would like to be well-protected.
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Tinctureall

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Cold yet warm, yet cold.
Initially this took me aback at first sniff. My nose wasn't sure what to make of this. It peceived this as an astringent pine, minty clean just scoured ceramic surface with a cold facet of myrrh. It evoked a vague scent memory of a familiar bathroom cleaner but just for a nanosecond before warming up and heading for a woodier zone and the pine/mint feel translating to fresh air. The cold myrrh facet remains like cold night air in a pine forest with incense and a fire burning in the distance. It must be aromatic herbs, cloves and rosewood creating this pine feeling because it isn't listed in the notes. It gets warmer and dustier which now translates as a picture of an old church library, parchment books, clean incense and cloves. The sweetness present is almost as dry as a bone and never cloying. This is so seamless that my nose must be playing tricks on me looking at the listed notes. I'm getting nothing like I would imagine those notes to smell like together. I tend to smell with a clean mind and not look too hard at the notes beforehand. This warms up to a spicy dry incense library fireside, almost warming imperceptibly, but someone never quite shuts the door on the cold draft of air running through it. A most intriguing and rather curious fragrance of appeal to incense lovers.
ColinM

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ColinM
ColinM
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Holy Grail!
LAVS by Unum is the first scent in (chrono)logical order from this line, meant to represent the “roots” of Unum – which are grounded in L.A.V.S. atelier (“Laboratorio Atelier Vesti Sacre”), a successful Italian tailoring workshop that produces vestments and regalia – even for the last two popes (Benedetto and Francesco). This is actually the aspect of Unum that completely got me; despite being myself agnostic, I can’t help but being terribly fascinated by this. In a market segment ruled by copywriters hired to browse Wikipedia to make up stories and heritages for made-up brands, the idea of a line of scent with such solid, consistent and actual real roots in the field they’re inspired by, is mind-blowing for me. Anyway: LAVS was basically produced as a room fragrance the atelier’s staff used to apply gently on the garments before delivering them to clients and sell as a room scent. Once they realised clients liked to wear it too, Sorcinelli and his team thought about starting a line of fragrances. LAVS is that early non-scent just reworked in a “wearable” form. And just to get straight to the point, it’s an incense scent. A majestic one, a “liturgical” one with a subtle exotic vibe, and despite I am not the most enthusiastic fan of this family of scents, one of the greatest around by far for me. What makes it great, besides an undisputable high quality, is that it finally shows some complexity and some classy, clever work with notes; whereas most of other incense scents just rely on a repetitive and overworked couple of molecules (which smell fantastic, like Givaudan’s Mystikal, or just bare play with Iso E), LAVS is built around a more complex evocation of a liturgical ambiance – the garments, the incense, the rituals, the history, the dust, the cold feel of metal and gold, the intimate relation one establishes with all of this. With some facets evoking more distant references, from coriander to spices, that provide a subtle but palpable sort of pagan, exotic feel. The main accord is incense though, which smells dark, grey-ish, with a slight ash aftertaste but also breezy metallic nuances, not overly synthetic; and it’s beautifully and perfectly melted into a really airy and uplifting blend which definitely plays the balsamic-herbal-spicy card – I personally get sharp cloves, pepper, coriander and aromatic woods above all. As hours pass it becomes warmer and quieter, still carrying a powerful, and almost intimidating “ritual” feel; a round, mellow and resinous ladbanum-amber note with a hint of dark fruitiness emerges, defining the frame of LAVS and tightly connecting it to the other two scents of this line which contain a similar accord – like a secret sign of masonic brotherhood. So despite being at first clearly a monolithic incense scent, and to this extent being similar to others, it has definitely so much more. If you compare this to other “liturgical” references like Comme des Garçons’ Avignon or Jovoy’s La Liturgie des Heures, you can easily get what I mean. Mostly because as I said, most of other incense scents stop at a more shallow level of “incense-ness”, just recreating and reiterating that same accord which simulates a cliché of incense. Maybe because LAVS is an extrait de parfum and therefore is also deeper and richer in nuances than Eau de Parfums, or maybe because Sorcinelli and his team know what they’re talking about when they talk “spirituality” ... but LAVS goes just deeper and further than any other, with a passionate, balanced craft work around the nuances of incense. Spices, amber, musk, aromatic woods, flowers, they all discreetly enhance them and they all help to define and deepen incense, like participants in a ritual. Not a thick scent, though, and above all, not “heavy” as you may expect: it’s deep and enveloping, but as regards of its substance, it’s incredibly balanced, really “spacious”. Totally pleasant to wear, even effortless. And well, all that aside since we’re talking about a perfume... the fragrance itself smells great, sophisticated, with a cozy and spiritual mood and a quiet feel of “sacred” austerity. If you’ve a penchant for “meditative” fragrances with a refined look, this may easily sit among your holy grails. Total quality.

8,5/10

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