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Aedes de Venustas EdP 2008


The two owners of Aedes de Venustas, the niche perfume shop In NYC's West Village, commissioned  Bertrand  Duchaufour and L’Artisan Parfumeurs to create a room spray and scented candle with a soft woody incense scent. These items had such success, that they soon offered the Aedes de Venustas scent as an EdP, which was launched in 2008.
The opening notes are a quircky surprise, a mix of citrus and incense with a musty vibe that has an underlying spicy bite. Mmmm – pepper!  This incense though, is not dense and smoky, but veiled in powder, with the same sweetness of one of those little incense cones before they’re lit. And I can still catch a hint of orange – orange rind – mixed with resinous cedar.
As the dry-down gets into full swing, a leather and patchouli accord takes charge,  the woody notes get stronger, and the coffee and strawflower add their gourmand notes ever so lightly. Mixed with moss and musk the overall effect is a soft, dark and luxurious chypre, a deeply satisfying and really interesting scent of incense layered over aromatic woods, with just a hint of smoke at the end.
Great  sillage and lasting power point to technical brilliance as well as brilliant creative. Duchaufour is “The Master” when it comes to interpreting  the nuanced beauty of the incense note.
Read the blogpost here.
Notes: orange, pink pepper, cardamom and incense in the top; black pepper, rose, iris, strawflower, and cedar in the heart; patchouli, coffee, oppoponax, benzoin and moss, with vanilla and white musk in the base.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Bertrand Duchaufour

Price: $5.00