Ciel d´Airain, no matter what the pyramid says, is predominantly and all along the line a fig fragrance. Nonetheless an unaccustomed and appealing one with charming accents given by the notes listed above.
Actually „olive“ is really the recognizable scent of olives. Take black olives (not green ones) before they are all salty and pickled. Their taste is completely translated to scent and takes a darkening, rounding, matifying and in fact some kind of oily effect. Very nice! But you have to wait until the second half of the middle note for this surprisingly pleasant aspect. The olive enters the stage after a juicy, lightly sweet and ripe pear has dominated the top note to soon make way for the fig. It is primarily the well-known fig, smelled in many other perfumes… but with a supertiny little bit of a twist: a pulverulent massiness is given to the fig aspect by the amber. This snippy twist makes this fig interesting and enjoyable. Then the olive note comes thereto. It appears slowly, but becomes stronger and stronger and gradually borrows the leading role from the fig to finally take most of the drydown-stage with the now partner switching ambergris.
„Airain“ which means „bronze“ is the adequate colour of this perfumes heaven. Dim, but still lustrous, metallic-brown and shimmering warm.
An unfamiliar, but in the same moment oddly familiar fragrance with enthralling developing and quite a good durability. And VERY soft. A little frail and mellow, not loud or extravert. Too soft for my bias, to become a superfavourite of me, who needs a little more femaleness, sexyness and shiny, outgoing stage presence in a fragrance. But I have found the perfect time of application to my skin: in spa. When I feel healthy, clean, calm and set my mind at rest after I had a sauna, Cd´A is the ideal companion. As „my spa fragrance“ Cd´A has displaced my long time favoured „Sel de Vetiver“.