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The flaming passion comes - Joop please make way
Eros Flame by Versace, a fragrance like summer itself. The sun is high in the sky and you are ready to tackle the day. And when the sun hides, summer retreats, it makes my heart blossom. Summer even in winter. That's the way I think now.
This fragrance unites many things. Strongly fruity top notes for an effervescent, almost dramatic opening. Creamy, spicy heart and a persistent woodsy base. A fragrance that always goes and, to my surprise, is currently available for sometimes less money than it deserves.
I would like to describe how my journey with the fiery seducer began.
The first start was frightening, even deterrent. "What is it now?" I thought to myself when I first sprayed. "This is what a bag of bad oranges must smell like!" was my second thought. Like a symphony in which the composer has parked a few lines too many, instruments which I could not recognize from the sound or filter out of the aural sound system. So much Flame gave me one on the dirty twelve. At first I enjoy a light vanilla pudding to soft baroque music.
VRÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖHN! Eros just burst through the door! The pudding has turned into a flood under which I threaten to drown. I didn't want that much vanilla. And where do the starving oranges come from. Stop, stop! The sounds of shallow baroque music now suddenly sound like Dimmu Borgir's Death Cult Armageddon on steroids.
The cuddly cat that sat on my lap has become a beast. I'm getting paranoid. Now the whole neighborhood knows I got a new perfume. It's over!
Similarly, I would like to believe the reviews of old Joop connoisseurs, it must have been the end of the 80s for many people when they applied the formerly dark pink cast. Boom! The beast is out of the bag. Now you can't hide your presence anymore. Not at a distance of two kilometers you can't.
So back to "normal" Eros. He's not hurting anyone. Soft vanilla with apple and mint in the background. Ambroxan subtly underlines various accents. The music now sounds again like my previously chosen shallow baroque music. The black metal band with their orchestral support has also left again. My dear cat maunzt satisfied. The sky outside shines in a deep blue. Everything quiet in the neighbourhood. Nobody rings the bell. No police sirens can be heard. The paranoia was only temporary. But what a horror
My gaze glides over to the perfume rack. The hairs on the back of my neck stand up. There it is. Bright red. The death of my perception? The death of my mind? So I'm going to let this perfume stand for a while. Distract myself with other scents. Including regular Eros. Cuddly scent.
But time passes. And sometimes faster than you think. Eros Flame is often unpacked and the fragrance is first sprayed into the air, waved over, the impressions are re-evaluated and arranged. It honestly took me some time to pay my respects to this perfume. I can't imagine that anyone would buy Eros Flame as an entry-level fragrance. And even seasoned perfumeros who know and appreciate Eros are not quite sure about Flame. Somehow like Eros and yet very unique
That's right. While many people compare Eros to Flame - it is quite possible - I myself quickly came to the conclusion that Flame, although based on the DNA of Eros, is very different
The fragrance begins with a very strong orange note, enhanced by chinotto, which I didn't know before and which I can't find in any other perfume so far. Also the pepper in the top note gives the prelude tinder.
The middle part, the heart of the fragrance, is also peppery, along with rose and geranium, to round off the top note and allow for a transition to the base. And this comes in a classically woody and dignified approach, with everything a man would certainly like to have on him. And not to forget. Vanilla. Once the nose has gotten used to the composition, the vanilla comes through. Already when applying it is there and draws itself like a leitmotif through the development of the fragrance experience.
I think Eros Flame is now the perfect counterpart to Dior's Homme Intense (or Eau Sauvage fragrance, if you like). High-quality, inexpensive, unyielding. Also a real fighter. Opened with powerful orange, it develops spicy-smoky and offers a strong, long-lasting base, rounded off with exquisite vanilla. Whereby Flame can even carry the touch of orange through to the base, depending on the weather and how my body chemistry acts with the scent. Negative experiences, with the exception of the first encounter, I had no more. Since then Eros Flame is one of my favourite scents. I have the feeling that this fragrance can bring about another turn in my perfume passion. Already now I have to admit that it belongs to the high-ranking fragrances. Eros Flame doesn't have to hide from my favourite scents from the house of Dior. On the contrary. When I can't decide, Eros Flame and Dior Homme Intense dance the tango of death. There can only be one (for this evening). French nobility against Italian grace.
Note: I have no negative associations regarding the black metal group Dimmu Borgir]