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 woody-smoky. 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

8.2 (176 Ratings)

Longevity

9.0 (142 Ratings)

Sillage

7.7 (140 Ratings)

Bottle

7.7 (130 Ratings)
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8
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7
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7
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Chizza
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Chizza
Chizza
Top Review    19  
The nocturnal forest walk
Months ago hardly conceivable for me, I have meanwhile developed a strong interest in smoke plus forest in fragrances. A few weeks ago I bought a sample of Profumum Roma - Arso. What I was allowed to experience here olfactorically, that was already very fine and since the comments on this great scent are sparse, here are a few words or rather thoughts of my experience journey with this scent.
Walking through the forest at night. The moon shines pale on the pines. Individual rays penetrate the branches. Here I am. Perceive the smell. Pine resin. Running down the trunk. Thick and sluggish. Ethereal. Spicy and aromatic. Soothing. The howling of wolves in the distance.
Suddenly: incense. It mixes with the resin. Yellow. Dense. Dull. Cool. It's the incense. I'm standing in a clearing. It wafts me. It engulfs me. I have no sense of time. Season. It can be autumn. The last lukewarm vestiges of summer fade away. It can be spring. Still cool. The branches of the fir trees wrapped in frost. The crystals dance sparkling in the moonlight. An eagle owl calls from one of the trees. A fox steals past me.
The wind drifts through the pine forests. It chills me. I reach for my leather jacket. A little worn. But carefully maintained. It was lying by the tree trunk. Dewdrops of resin all over it. A small trickle. Hard to make out in her own locomotion. I am the wild

Cedar in the forest. I am the king of the forest. Royal. Magnificent. Distinguished. I am my own nucleus and this is my kingdom

Arso by Profumum Roma is an incredibly charismatic and intense forest scent. It is the dark forest at night, it creates awareness for our environment. With comparatively few ingredients, a multi-faceted work was created here, which is not often experienced. One of 30-40 tested scents per month. The one a month for the watch list.
P.S.: I would like to mention this fine, perhaps humorous quote from an Austrian columnist, because it fits perfectly: "The many trees and the few people - they make the forest so beautiful
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7.5
Scent
10
Longevity
8
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7
Bottle
Zirkon

9 Reviews
Zirkon
Zirkon
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Chronologie VI - I See Fire
When it comes to the quality of perfume extract, Profumum Roma is one of the best houses there is. I wouldn't dare to talk about combinations of perfume notes because it's a matter of taste, and tastes are different and worthy of respect.

Arso is a very natural scent, which I would classify more as an exotic - wooden scent than as a leather one.

This isn't an every day, every season and every occasion kind of perfume. Rather, it's a more personal satisfaction kind of perfume. If you ask me, I would say it's ideal for cold winter time, and should be worn on those cold days, during New Years holidays.

When put on, at first it smells like fresh pine tree, that later transforms into burnt tree mixed with resins, whose smoky aura is accented by incense.

Very nice and very interesting, too bad only that it has a very limited period of wearing.
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Greenfaerie

73 Reviews
Greenfaerie
Greenfaerie
Helpful Review    2  
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
Helpful Review    2  
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
Helpful Review    4  
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

742 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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OvaissaleemOvaissaleem 8 months ago
Great for the winters. Imagine walking in the woods on a cold morning, the aroma of Pine & Cedar Trees like charred woods
Carlitos01Carlitos01 13 months ago
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A smoky gem! Call it what you want... pencil shaving, tary, smoky... it's really a dark masterpiece and performance is not bad either.
ItchynoseItchynose 16 months ago
7
Scent
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.

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