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Of aesthetics, empty spaces and seemingly endless association spaces
The eye wants to smell, too. I admit that the exceptionally artistic and very aesthetic bottle was my first attraction. Then there is the name "Archetipo", which archetype should be drawn here? The reader's gaze wanders over the ingredients: How does the bushman candle, which grows in South Africa and bears its name, smell, as it serves as a fuel. And what on earth is a moonstone chord?
It creeps up on one the feeling that a literary void was deliberately set here, that association spaces should be opened: A prehistoric man in the semi-darkness of the Stone Age meanders in the diffuse light of a candle through the cloudy African bush. His gaze sees only what the small cone of light allows him to see, reddish-brown earth, (moon) stones, sparkling in the bluish moonlight, but what is beyond his field of vision remains unexplored to him, whether familiar land or danger. Now it is his sense of smell, which is sharpened, on which he must rely. Remote extinguished campfires, woods and various earths are its pilots.
The fragrance begins earthy, the fir balsam listed in the top note smells more like soft patchouli, minimally smoky. Gradually, the fragrance begins to clear up, becoming fresher and more resinous at the same time. The Labdanum resin, which is well perceptible for me and often glides into the leather in similar combinations, is kept in the amber area by the spicy cashmere wood, the amber and the green vetiver. Patchouli and oak moss provide for a near-earth balance, do not let the almost transparent, light, balsamic resin disappear into the foggy expanse of the room.
"Archetipo" is a rather quiet, slightly iridescent fragrance with an arm-long to body-hugging sillage and a shelf life of about seven to nine hours, which leaves plenty of room for personal interpretations. It is particularly suitable for spring and autumn, as it is rather fresh and without much sweetness, for the summer it may be too earthy.