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Nerotic, created by the talented Cécile Zarokian, is the first fragrance in the “Laboratorio in Nero” Collection, “where the color black, symbol of elegance, luxury and mystery, represents fragrances with complex formula, made with precious raw materials” and intriguing accords “which stun the senses…”

First of all, the name, Nerotic – Nero (Black in Italian) neurotic, narcotic, erotic – what does it mean? It’s not a real word, it feels dark and obscure, strange and off-kilter.

Nerotic the fragrance bursts open with bergamot and grapefruit and red fruits, the hard edge of bitterly tart citrus notes allowing only the faintest sweetness from the fruit. Within a few minutes, the citrus accord shifts as spice and herbs swirl up, brilliant saffron and green geranium and coriander, creating an dense metallic sensation which ebbs and flows with the citrusy fruits. It smells foreign and exotic.

Then a new note appears, which is definitely amber but amber sanded to dusty powder and mixed with cedar shavings, its resinous wafts catching the back of my throat. It’s a strange sensation, that makes me push my nose in closer to my arm, and as I sniff more, the familiar amber note begins to emerge on my warm skin, softened by soapy coriander and aromatic pulses of sandalwood. The effect is hypnotic.

The hard-edged opening softens through the ambered heart,  then Nerotic slows down and takes a turn into darker territory. A soft leather accord mixed with smoky notes and hints of tar is sweetened just enough by the amber to make it sensual, conjuring dark intimate locations, a local bar, a jazz club, long soulful kisses at a secret midnight rendezvous…the nero in Nerotic, the erotic in Nerotic. The dry-down is long and languorous, the sillage is intimate, and the scent is a woody aromatic which makes it non-gendered and shareable.

From hard-edged and dense to warm and woody to darkly erotic, Cécile Zarokian's Nerotic is unpredictable, unsettling, provocative, hypnotic. It’s also elegant, sensual, and sophisticated, a beautiful illustration of her lush aesthetic style, to which, it appears, I’m completely addicted. 

Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Red Fruits, Geranium, Coriander, Saffron, Woody dry ambery accord, Sandal, Leather accord, Smoky notes

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Cécile Zarokian 

Price: $5.00