Holy Shit (2015)

Holy Shit by Pekji
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Holy Shit is a perfume by Pekji for women and men and was released in 2015. Projection and longevity are above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Frankincense, Animalic notes, Herbs

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Scent

7.2 (5 Ratings)

Longevity

9.0 (2 Ratings)

Sillage

9.0 (2 Ratings)

Bottle

9.0 (2 Ratings)
Submitted by Drseid, last update on 12.02.2019
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ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
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Premature but promising
Nothing particularly bold or challenging here for me: like many other contemporary “dirty” scents, on my skin Holy Shit seems way more mild and mannered than one may assume by reading the notes. Initially quite pleasant, too: a sort of aromatic-woody-animalic concoction with a really well-put harmony between a leathery-tar-animalic base stuffed with lots of cloves, ultra-dry smoky woods (so smoky and salty they smell almost “meat-y”), a hint of civet, contrasting with something on top that I can’t detect precisely, but basically a sort of really graceful, velvety sage-lavender-incense breeze with some resinous warmth, maybe with a bit of vanilla. It will tame down and vanish (too) soon, but it’s nice until it’s there. Somehow close to several works by O’Driù, mostly for the same contrast between “angel and devil” – dirty/dry/dark notes versus aromatic/soothing/smooth ones. And also to some artisanal brands like AbdesSalaam Attar, just with a more modern and “dark” twist – so again, as for Cuir6 by the same house I’m thinking also of Sonoma Scents, Kerosene and that new indie family mostly for a sort of common ground of inspirations (“post-modern desolation” blended with “archaic nature”). Holy Shit smells more natural, less avantgarde, kind of more amateurish than them (not a flaw per se), but fans of these brands will probably enjoy this.

So, catchy at first but... well, a bit short of breath for me overall. Like for Cuir6, moving past the intriguing opening, Holy Shit kind of “loses” its magic soon, revealing itself as a competent, yet not completely successful sort of exercise (I guess around “contrasts” this time) rather than a proper, consistent “full” work of perfumery – at least as I like to consider perfumes. Once the nice opening moves on, you remain with an extremely linear and discreet accord of cloves, dry-salty smoked woods and a hint of civet, which means a smell at the same time “monolithic” and “basic” – kind of bland for me, in other words. Or “scarce”, if you want, both in terms of projection and texture. There’s plenty of scents managing to get the most out of a really basic but totally creative texture; this doesn’t for me, at least not completely. Mostly because it isn’t really either creative or bold/daring enough. It feels more like a really ordinary base for an animalic/leather/woody fragrance, waiting for a whole creative work to come giving it a meaning and some drive. Compare this with any vintage civet/leather scents in terms of texture and evolution to get what I mean, or even just to more contemporary similar stuff by any other brand I’ve mentioned above. Not a matter of classic taste versus modernity – I don’t really get anything “modern” here, and I surely would crave for that. Don’t get me wrong, Holy Shit is decent and surely promising, but also considering the price, kind of half-baked and maybe a bit premature in my opinion. Worthy a sniff more for the clearly nice quality of the materials.

6-6,5/10
Tinctureall

94 Reviews
Tinctureall
Tinctureall
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Holy Shit conquers the feeble
Oh Holy Shit and by gum it is indeed. It initially and immeadiately reminds the senses of a really funky barnyard Indian Hindi Oud and Frankincense with some herbal nuances of perhaps Rosemary. Long ago, I was given a really proper and fantastic artisan distilled Indian Frankincense that was earthy and dirty like this. Quite unlike normal more citric types, and all the more lovely for it.

I was a bit taken aback upon opening this perfume initially, despite the warning of the name, because it had spread itself liberally around it's lid and was powerful stuff. However, I am not averse to the extremes of funky and I am finding I rather love this one for not shying away. The balance of what smells to me something very like oud, incense and herbs are well constructed and this perfumer is playing with his skills. It feels like a marriage of good perfumers humour between the holiness of Frankincense and Myrrh with the shite of a good old barnyard Oud. I'm loving that perfumers honesty. A good doff of the hat to the olfactory zone where all barnyard ouds normally like to play and the fearless use of the same. This perfume is like the small, tough boy who braves the end of the schoolyard where the cliquey, cool dudes are, and pulls it off in a rough fashion. They like his honesty.

Wait, and be patient. The initial crazy funk calms itself, and the drydown is soft, almost like those rather nice childhood memory, more plasticine facets of oud. Although here, I think it is actually animalic frankincense.

I like the irreverence of a perfumer to just do his own thing. The name already tells you that. I'm looking forward to trying the others soon.
10.0/10
Rickbr

190 Reviews
Rickbr
Rickbr
1
Animalic in a Rembrandt Style
A lesson I have learned during my years searching fragrances to review is always ask for all the creations of an specific brand - even the ones you understand that you won't like. Now and again I am amazed at the creations that I was sure I would hate and ended up winning me the way the thematic was dealt.

The Pekji perfumes is an independent brand in the best of its definition: the work of one man - Omer Ipekci, artisanal production, focus on aromas itself and personal concepts to the author in question; but make no mistake, the result of the Omer creations, even if still unknown for now, show a perfumer with a watchful eye for both the interpretation of his concept as a concern with the technical execution and perfection of what it produces.

I decided to start with Holy Shit precisely because it is what I thought I would hate. I do not hide my disgust for animalic scents, creations loaded in civet or chords that make me remember the smell of feces. But if there is a part that is literal in Holy Shit it's the sacred inspiration. The perfume itself is like a mixture of sacred and profane, an ode to primitive perfumery, a contrast of incense, animalic scents, herbs and resins.

I I see two different things in Holy Shit, and I think they are responsible for my apraisaisal of this fragrance. The first: in his honor to the origins of perfumery in the most direct way, ritual incense use, in some way Omer just honoed one of the perfume "sacred" creations of nineteenth-century perfumery Guerlain Jicky. In my imagination, Holy Shit is, structurally speaking, a Jicky left to dry in the sun, where the most animalic parts softened, making room for mixing where a dry scent of lavender, herbs, woods and coumarin ended prevailing. Holy Shit starts with a dry, herbal aroma with a spicy evident touch, something that reminds me of clove, cinnamon, lavender, basil, mint. Even at this stage it is possible to smelç a very distant echo of civet aroma, which gives you a more carnal touch without dominating the composition. Gradually, the fragrance migrates to a base with woody nuances, a subtle almond smell and a resinous scent of incense.

In a second way, Holy Shit and his classic approach makes me think that Omer, intentionally or not, made a perfume with very similar characteristics to the work of the great master of painting, Rembrandt. To begin with, this can be felt by the religious theme explored in both. In a second, the balance of the notes here brings me precisely the effect of contrast between darkness and light that you see in the works of Rembrandt. Finally, both explored, each in its field, the drama without losing hand in the art or in the details. It is this balance between art and technique here is what pleases me, something that I would have missed if I had left my prejudices prevail.

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