Ex Voto by Wiener Blut
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Ex Voto is a popular perfume by Wiener Blut for women and men and was released in 2015. The scent is resinous-smoky. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Mark Buxton

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPink pepper, Roman chamomile, Sweet-clover
Heart Notes Heart NotesFrankincense ash, Frankincense resin, Frankincense oil, Mastic resin
Base Notes Base NotesGaiac wood, Sandalwood, Ambergris

Ratings

Scent

8.2 (15 Ratings)

Longevity

6.4 (13 Ratings)

Sillage

6.0 (13 Ratings)

Bottle

8.1 (22 Ratings)
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Become one with the surreal smoke
She has her cell phone on her ear and he sees her smiling. "He's got something for us," she finally says, "but none of the stuff we had yesterday." "No more black Afghan?" Disappointed, he turns away for a moment. "Come on," she says, "he's got something."
A little while later, they're in the park. From one of the shadows that the still low but warm spring sun casts behind the big old trees, he approaches them, lets his gaze wander trained through the park and finally sits down on the bench next to them. "What about the Afghan we had yesterday?" she asks him. "You can't keep blowing your brains out. It'll destroy any sense of finesse in you. Here, the stuff comes from Vienna and is called Ex Voto," he says mysteriously, "delicious light brown edges, very fine-grained and minimally resinous. Some kind of pollum." Discreetly he holds the small, golden yellow, angular piece under the nose of both of them one after the other.
Finest dry-smoky, at the beginning fresh resinous notes are to be noticed. Both know this smell all too well, and both love this smell. "In an hour, you won't be able to smell him at arm's length, he'll be very close to you." he's lulling them both in. "He then goes more into the spicy resinous, the camillear freshness disappears. He becomes nobler, sandallier and more reserved, the smoky even darker and more oily." "How long does this stuff last?" she wants to know. "Depends," he thinks, "people are different. It works for me for at least seven hours. I can't say that exactly. Because this stuff is surreal. This blurs the boundaries between reality and reality, between what he does and what you are. Very gentle and calming. This will ground you in the here and now.
But some people also shoot themselves away with this hip completely overbred stuff so that they can hardly perceive finer things like this properly. They'll just need more of it... or a break."
Without noticing it, the two of them are constantly busy absorbing the gentle, warm scent of Ex Voto. "Well, I see," you buddies finally say, leaving the edges behind and disappearing again into the shadows of the trees. "I'll see you tomorrow." he's sure.
A break? He's probably right. You need that now and then. Again they smell the scent. But not now, really not!

Supplement after six months: After several tests of different incense scents this one turned out to be a clear favourite for me. The smoke here is almost multidimensional, multi-layered, lives from the contrast of dry fine-grained, slightly sweetly spicy woody resinity and the development from the light camomile that flanked the smoke at the beginning, to the very close, dark and oily, ambry depth that the incense increasingly gets. Even after a few hours you still seem to be surrounded by your calming aura, even if you can't be sure if the scent is still there.
The manufacturer advertises with the characteristic of the fragrance not to be loud, to whisper instead of scream, to become one with the wearer over time, to unfold dynamically. Mark Buxton has lived up to this philosophy of the Viennese blood founder Alexander Lauber, who is on the trail of the style of Vienna's fragrances at the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and emulates these models. Ex Voto is never boring, never intrusive and always wearable.
The glass bottles are handmade, unique pieces, the lids are made of bakelite (the stuff from which the rotary light switches used to be made).
I thought this completely revised version of the commentary was urgently needed to do justice to this great fragrance.
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