Arso by Profumum Roma
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Arso is a popular perfume by Profumum Roma for women and men and was released in 2010. The scent is smoky-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Leather, Pine resin, Frankincense, Cedar leaf

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Scent

8.3 (144 Ratings)

Longevity

9.1 (116 Ratings)

Sillage

7.6 (113 Ratings)

Bottle

7.6 (107 Ratings)
Submitted by Baux, last update on 09.06.2019
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Greenfaerie

61 Reviews
Greenfaerie
Greenfaerie
Helpful Review    1
For lovers of evergreen forests
Truly, this is such a magnificent fragrance! For me it's a 10/10 because it is so perfect and so incredibly woody, although others may find it to be not terribly exciting or complex. This is, for me, is mainly a pine and cedar fragrance. I adore cedar essential oil, and I smell tons of it here. Arso is an evergreen forest bursting with life, with a touch of smoke as though someone made a fire deep into the woods, and a touch of incense (frankincense essential oil, which is fairly bright and almost all varieties have citrus notes), not the bitter scent of the burning resin). No sweetness, just pure forest. Absolutely superb!!!
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
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Flare in a bottle!
The opening of Arso is, in fact, quite “burning” (“arso” means “burnt” in Italian); even more than the usual smoky/smoked note which seems quite in fashion lately, here is rather the dark, warm, dry and “living” smell of a flaming campfire, halfway Sonoma Scent Studio’s Fireside Intense and Goodsir’s Bois d’ascèse. Here in Arso, this prominent accord is wrapped into a warm resinous-amber cradle, much spicy too (cloves) on a round, sweet base on vanilla and perhaps tobacco too, a set of brownish notes creating a sense of “hot gold”, visually evocating flames indeed. Soon arises also a balsamic feel which joins the pungent note of cloves, together blending with the smoked-campfire accord (actually this balsamic note may just be a side nuance of Iso E, which this “campfire” accord is surely stuffed of). Initially this balsamic note is tamed down, while then while the scent evolves it becomes more and more prominent while other notes become weaker or drier. Thus the scent becomes colder as minutes pass, slowly becoming more green-piney and grayish, still smoky and resinous but just less “golden” than the opening phase – something like many CdG’s, just warmer and spicier. I agree with the reference to Filles en Aiguilles, as Arso basically smells like if you threw a bottle of that Lutens’ right into a chimney. Now, overall I quite like Arso; the smoky accord is well elaborated, with a thick, layered and dusty texture, ashy and dry, really woody and with a nice set of nuances from black to golden-warm. Powerful and vibrant without smelling excessively cloying. The rest is nice too, and I consider Arso a well-made and pleasant scent, much sophisticated too as you can expect from such dark-smoky type of fragrances, with just a bit too much spices in my opinion, but they soon become more quiet so not a problem (and well, who cares if that would be a problem for me eventually). Classy and more unusual than other of this “genre”. So far, the only Profumum scent worth any attention to me, although the price is completely megalomaniac.

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WRoth

153 Reviews
WRoth
WRoth
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Arso by Profumum Roma
Opens with a resinous-peppery wood accord layered over a sweetish accord of unknown nature. An aromatic green note binds the two unalike accords together, creating an odd but pleasant fragrance. Once all elements have found their balance and the scent has settled on my skin, I am greeted by a familiar face: Arso is nothing but a reimaging of Fille en Aiguilles. I see the same incense-tinged pine note and the same sirup-drenched wood note. Arso however is denser and flatter than Fille en Aiguilles, and so once the pine note has vanished, it is totally uninteresting. For most of its long lifespan Arso is a linear cotton-candy wood scent with subtle spicy nuances to add some contrast.
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Drseid

670 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    5
Coniferous Fanatics Only...
Arso opens with a mixture of smoky incense, sweet amber and pine resin. This semi-sweet smoky pine pretty much hangs around from start to finish as the scent is extremely linear. Joining this accord in the heart is a minor woody cedar note that mingles with the resinous coniferous aspects to create a somewhat dark are deep overall accord that is rather distinctive if not more than a bit abstract. The overall accord sweetens a bit more in the dry-down with a slightly earthy feel late. Projection and longevity are both average.

I like pine scents in general, but I can't say I really like Arso much. There is something about the mixture of its sweet amber, smoky incense and pine that just seems somewhat "off" to my nose. The scent does improve a bit in the dry-down, but not enough to get me to really like the stuff. Arso is not terrible, but its nothing I want to wear despite its admitted distinctiveness and innovation. If you are a "cone head" looking for something completely different than other coniferous scents on the market Arso is sniff worthy, but I recommend sticking to other coniferous scents like Norne by Slumberhouse that smell a heck of a lot better for a lot less money. Arso gets an "average" rating of 2.5 stars out of 5.
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Itchynose 17 days ago
Burning incense in a coniferous forest; planks of cedar and pine wood, a lot of smoke and a hint of leather and resin in the background.+1
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