Room 237 by Fzotic / Bruno Fazzolari
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Room 237 is a perfume by Fzotic / Bruno Fazzolari for women and men and was released in 2015. The scent is floral-synthetic. It is still available to purchase.
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Bruno Fazzolari

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Submitted by Insense, last update on 08.09.2021.
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Neither Haunting Nor Chilling, but Occasionally Repulsive
Room 237 opens with the stale, dried rose of Oscar de la Renta pour Lui, which is quickly blended with a baby oil note in lecherous way. It is not sexy. It is moldy, faintly askew, and becomes suffocating as time goes on. The rose blooms, and supported by the baby oil, becomes expansive, dizzying, and nauseating, and by turns, sweaty and gamey. This passes (mercifully) and by a few hours in the scent has become a sweet, rose-flavored scent, harmless, and innocent. This is my favorite part of the journey, mostly because the first two stages were adventures in repulsion. The last leg is femme-leaning but for some reason, I don't mind it. Projection is down to a few inches at this point. By eight hours, it has become a generic soapy-rose scent, not unlike hotel bathroom soap. Final verdict: neither haunting nor chilling, just a bit of overdone rose that was occasionally noxious.

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Room 237
Searing woods, rough ouds, tarry incenses. The overtly tough perfumes get most of the attention in the discussion of ‘challenging’ perfumes. Grim, dense, basenote-heavy perfumes are assumed to be threatening. Within the perfume fraternity they land somewhere between a hazing ritual and a hot-pepper eating contest. They have an aura of intimidation and tests of manhood, but conceptually they are as menacing as someone jumping out at you and yelling, “BOO!"

Room 237's challenge is less overt. It's not a dare, it's a threat.

The perfume's name is a reference to a specific scene and set from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The scene is horrifying for the way it creates suspense, for the way evil is revealed. It doesn't confront you. It invites you, it lures you. It's banal and common and you only become aware of it because you are becoming part of it. Whether you knew it or not, sin surrounds you and always has. Having peeled back the curtain and seeing the evil, there's no turning back.

It's a great spin on the tree of knowledge myth. Temptation, the internalization of evil, the fall from grace. So how can a perfume be 'about' these concepts? Room 237 works with discord smartly and delicately. The scent does evoke bathroom rituals. It suggests an enclosed space, moist air, human skin. It even borrows the form of the musky eau de cologne that often completes the bathing ritual. Perfumes have used materials like musks and costus to depict cleanliness against a backdrop of human animalism (eg. Eau d’Hermès, YSL Kouros, Miller Harris l’Air de Rien.)

Room 237 tweaks the juxtaposition, suggesting not a steamy bath, but the lingering moments after, where condensation on cold porcelain and plastic refute the humanity of the scenario. Cleansing and grooming should leave one at the height of freshness, so why is the setting so disturbing? Why does warm skin shiver? Is it a chill or the touch of something wicked? The incongruities, the inappropriateness might be at the far corner of your attention, just past the periphery, but you can sense them and they're not going away.

Sinister and just a bit seductive.


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