Aedes de Venustas 2008

Aedes de Venustas by L'Artisan Parfumeur
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Aedes de Venustas is a popular perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur for women and men and was released in 2008. The scent is spicy-smoky. It was last marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesOrange, Pink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesFrankincense, Black pepper, Iris, Rose, Musk, Everlasting flower
Base Notes Base NotesOpoponax, Leather, Benzoin, Coffee, Patchouli, Woody notes

Ratings

Scent

7.8 (65 Ratings)

Longevity

7.1 (41 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (43 Ratings)

Bottle

8.1 (48 Ratings)
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8.5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Minigolf
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The eternal scent game with ancient essences
Fragrances have been around since man stood on two legs. And the first aromatic essences were composed from olibanum (incense), patchouli and woods (resins). Later, in antiquity, they were still "up to date", when flower essences were added.
The Middle Ages can almost be forgotten, but after the Rainessance they came back and stayed until today. The delicious, ollen, "ancient" scents.
And more than ever. What has one an abundance of incense scents, from cool to spicy, to flowery and woody. So is patchouli perfume. And finally the "Artisans" created a fragrance with three "dinosaurs of perfume art" together.
Only a little "spruced up" with some, also long used, flowers like rose and iris, and finely spiced with different pepper notes.
The fragrance seems to be simple at first, but in this supposed simplicity lies its beauty. Dark breathy, smoky, earthy, woody-balsamic.
But frankincense in its various scent facets could already be an independent perfume. The same goes for patchouli, which has its own fragrance, and you only have to think of cedar or sandalwood with its abundance of different fragrances.
And double in the trio... triple potentiated. Unobtrusive, yet clearly perceptible for a long time.
A fragrance does not need to have a room-filling Sillage. To perceive him from a distance of 3 to 4 meters well smelling when walking past the other makes him much more "mysterious".
"Aedes De Venustas is mysterious. He tells ancient stories from the same world of fragrance.
8
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
2.5
Bottle
Drseid

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Duchaufour Done Good...
Aedes de Venustas (original 2008 version) goes on with very gently peppered carrot-like stark iris with a tinge of clear benzoin-derived sweetness. Moving to the early heart the gently spiced iris remains, now joined by fine co-starring radiant frankincense and natural smelling cedar, with relatively sanitized patchouli rising from the base in underlying support. During the late dry-down the iris and frankincense both recede, with a newly emerged patchouli infused vague woody accord taking the fore, with significant support from the remaining benzoin that now showcases its powdery vanilla-like facet through the finish. Projection is on the low side of average with the composition appearing close to a skin scent at times, but longevity is excellent at about 12 hours on skin.

Aedes de Venustas by L'Artisan is the kind of composition that is hard not to like. It has a great nose behind it in Bertrand Duchaufour, and he certainly didn't hold back on his skillful blending techniques here. The iris immediately makes itself known right on skin application, but this is not your powdery make-up like iris seen in so many compositions today. Rather, this iris is more clinical and carrot-like. Joining the iris is just the slightest hint of peppery spice and sweetness, neither of which detract from its natural impact. Adding to the rather impressive natural effect of the composition in its key mid-section is the arrival of a gorgeous cedar wood and frankincense tandem that meshes perfectly with the iris with none of the notes overpowering the others. During the late dry-down the benzoin that was so subtle and lacking powder earlier, used as a slight sweetener to the iris turns slightly powdery as it joins what can only be described as "vague woods." Usually when one hears those words it is a precursor to mentioning the use of the dreaded woody synthetic norlimbanol, but honestly if it is used here I can't detect it, with the woods coming off as completely believable, just not easily identifiable. The late dry-down is less impressive and more mundane on the whole than the rest of the composition's development, but really this is an extremely minor quibble as in the end the whole thing is pretty darn good. The bottom line is the $185 per 100ml 2008 L'Artisan version of Aedes de Venustas is a fine example of Duchaufour at near the top of his game, earning it an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5 and an enthusiastic recommendation to all.

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