Gothic Censored Gothic Angel 2016

Gothic Censored / Gothic Angel by O'Driù
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Gothic Censored is a perfume by O'Driù for women and men and was released in 2016. The scent is smoky-floral. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

MimosaMimosa
Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
JasmineJasmine
VioletViolet
RoseRose
LavenderLavender
ArtemisiaArtemisia
SandalwoodSandalwood
MuskMusk
Incense materialIncense material
FrankincenseFrankincense
TobaccoTobacco
GrapefruitGrapefruit
BlackcurrantBlackcurrant
AmberAmber
VanillaVanilla

Ratings

Scent

7.219 Ratings

Longevity

8.016 Ratings

Sillage

7.417 Ratings

Bottle

7.922 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 18.11.2021.
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Reviews

4.5
Scent
6
Longevity
4
Sillage
8
Bottle
1
Pricing
Drseid

802 Reviews
Drseid
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Gothic, Yes, Angelic, No...
Gothic Angel opens with a very brief dash of near transparent grapefruit citrus and soft lavender, with underlying dark woody resinous frankincense before quickly moving to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the dark woody frankincense intensifies into the star, with stark, near woody dry tobacco and gothic dull rose floral support early and slightly sweet amber folded into the mix late. During the late dry-down, the dark woody frankincense fades into the background, as the remnants of the amber turn slightly powdery, joining relatively dry sandalwood and slightly animalic musk through the finish. Projection is below average and longevity is somewhat deceptive, as the perfume can be smelled on skin for a good 8 hours, reemerging a couple hours later after its apparent disappearance for another two.

Angelo Orazio Pregoni has always captivated me with his ability to innovate, especially using his trademark combination of culinary herbs that others like Gardoni of Bogue have emulated over the years to great success. In the case of Gothic Angel, this perfume I am afraid lacks both innovation and most of the style that makes Pregoni's work so great. There really is none of the trademark herbal mix here, instead we get an annoying slightly peppery, dark woody frankincense that comes off smelling artificial, not entirely unlike the vague dry synthetic woody accords that are so common (and so terrible) found in perfumes du jour offerings on store shelves. That Gothic Angel goes about getting to the off-putting accord by a more natural route doesn't make it any more compelling. Only in the late relatively dry sandalwood and slightly powdery amber driven dry-down does the perfume start to smell decent, though still lacking any real distinctiveness or innovation one would expect from a talented nose like Pregoni. No, this one I am afraid comes off like it was "phoned in." I get plenty of "gothic," but there is nothing "angelic" about this dud. The bottom line is the 160 Euros per 50ml bottle Gothic Angel (also called Gothic Censored) is a disappointing "below average" 2 to 2.5 stars out of 5 rated outing from a perfumer that clearly has much more talent, earning a firm avoid recommendation. I recommend trying any number of the other far superior offerings from O'driu instead.
10
Scent
10
Longevity
10
Sillage
7
Bottle
Rickbr

190 Reviews
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A Gothic perfume take from the architecture point of view
The first impressions are not always the correct ones. Or when they are correct, they can not capture all aspects of a subject or person and thus lead to hasty conclusions. I realized that the quickly judgment of the work of Angelo Orazio Pregoni let myself take the exotic aesthetic and the provocations without realizing that they were only the surface of something more interesting, which is only revealed from the moment we accepted the challenge to let Angelo as a perfumer and artist takes us out of the comfort zone and make us to think about what is really happening. In this sense, it is worth visiting the Facebook page of Angelo and read the articles he published on fifi.ru site, which lead us to know a little more of his mind and his principles.

I do not intend here in a nutshell be able to pass things that the perfumer want to Gothic Angel, which is the second messenger in his line of angelic theme; this is more an invitation to know it. With Italian Angel in mind, the first thing I find myself thinking here is about the things they have in common and in which they differ. In common you can see some basic notes, especially a creamy and gustatory aspect, the fact that they are both scents larger than life, the kind that seems to fill an arena with its vibrant aroma and full of detail. But the impression I have is that while Italian Angel is an excellent caricature and a baroque exploration Italian aromatic culture Gothic Angel seems, like the artist makes clear, to look at the past in the Gothic art movemen but without one caricatured representation. It's like, with such move, Angelo explore the past aiming indeed an unknown future style and certainly longing for the divine as the very Gothic art.

I see in Gothic Angel one aromatically structured formula that makes me think more about the architectural style of that period and its stained glass than the painting itself. I have the impression that we are facing something that certainly sees the divine and the light, which already differs from the dark caricature I imagined. I see the use of ambery materials and in a rough form serving as the arches of the olfactory structure that develops. And the aldehydes with incense function as the glass on which the other notes of the art is painted, creating the effect of an intense and magnificent light to me.

The aspect from the past here makes me think, for some reason, the contrast between sensuality and temperance of Chanel No. 5, but played in a way that the structure becomes typically something of Angelo creations. There is to me a soapy appearance between the austere and luxurious, where aldehydes seem to raise the aroma of bitter herbs. There is a painted floral sensuality in vibrant hues and at the same time without a definite shape, but one you can feel her sensual, erotic and complex contour past the olfactory rays of light output, mixing the sacred aspect of incense. A powdery tone and between the iris and violets smell makes me again recall a similar dynamic that found in Chanel No. 5, which is repeated again at the base by the presence of a beautiful sacred and rich aroma of sandalwood. At this point the harmony allows you to realize once again the amber and dry materials of the opening, which bring the composition back to the present and future, and a creamy and vanilla scent that is very cozy.

Gothic Angel is interesting in what seems to be a kind of dichotomy in his scent. While it has a larger than life aura and worthy of an arena of performance there is something in its scent that brings me a feeling that I associate to Gothicism: the protection. The combination of warm materials such as frankincense, sandalwood, vanilla and powdery touches create the feeling that I am involved and secure under its aroma (and wouldn't this be one of the duties of an Angel?).

Statements

LioncourtLioncourt 4 months ago
6.5
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
Complex ingredientes for a not so complex result.
Can be gothic, but not enough darker. Flowers, incense and spicey-balsam.
KimJongKimJong 2 years ago
9
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
9
Bottle
Sweet, tender, fresh. Very unique and lovely.

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