Notes: davana, cinnamon, pink and rose pepper, black pepper, coriander, blackcurrant buds, osmanthus, peony, Turkish rose, tea, elemi, incense, myrrh, opopanax, cedarwood, papyrus, patchouli, Wenge wood, vetiver, musk, and benzoin
I have never before encountered a fragrance like Paestum Rose, one with so many personalities it seems like at least three different perfumes. The list of ingredients seems outrageously encyclopedic – how many does a single fragrance need, after all? And how on earth would they be anything but a cacophony? Amazingly enough, it works, as the many notes reveal themselves in stages over time.
Paestum Rose starts out with a peppery damp wood scent with elements of incense and myrrh and patchouli. Quite nice, and not as masculine as one might think. Then a big cedar note starts to reveal itself, slowly pushing away the cloud of incense. And all around it is the scent of roses, powdery ones that become less powdery and more musky over time. After about an hour, the cedar fades quite a bit and is replaced by a greenness, like rose leaves and unbrewed powdered green tea.
An amazing fragrance for those who love the intensity of roses and woods.
(Originally posted in Sniffapalooza Magazine.)