July 23rd, 2006
Paestum Rose was mentioned briefly in my earlier post, and, like I said, it didn’t take long before I smelled it. Let me tell you up front: the best part about this scent is the drydown. It starts out rather pungent, with a blast of dry, austere pepper and resins, and just a hint of myrrh that sort of keeps it from going too wild on the incense/spices. Black currant buds note is present, too, and it reminds me of that tacky, harsh sensation in your mouth when you eat a fruit that’s not ripe. In my case, it brings back memories of eating hard, green blackcurrants off the bushes (don’t ask why but it was my favorite summer pastime). It takes a good 10-15 minutes for all of this to calm down before the florals become apparent. I get just a hint of osmanthus on a soft musky base. After about another 5-10 minutes, the most glorious thing happens: the rose enters the composition accompanied by cedar and wenge (very similar to Donna Karan’s Wenge). “Dusky incense” is how it’s described on Aedes which is right on, except I’d probably call it a dusky rose incense. Paestum Rose is a very unique rendition of Rose, and I can see it not appealing to those who prefer their rose light and crispy. This is a dark, mysterious, almost gothic rose.
Paestum Rose features the notese of black and pink pepper, coriander, black currant buds, myrrh, patchouli, white musk, exotic woods (cedar and wenge), Turkish rose.
P.S. I wore it today after applying Donna Karan Wenge lotion, and the whole effect was simply mesmerizing.
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