SCENTS TO HAVE is a section dedicated to a new (sometimes old) scents that I feel absolutely deserve a place in your perfume wardrobes, owing to the fact that they could either be extremely unique, ingenious, rare or a collector's dream.
Today we have Apsu by Ulrich Lang.
Described as "Minimalist, Directional, Clean and Inviting".
Apsu, was the name of god of fresh water from underground which was associated with mystical fertilising qualities Sumerian and Akkadian mythology. In the story, he was a primal being made of fresh water and a lover to another primal deity, Tiamat, who was a creature of salt water.
The story describes Apsu, the deity of fresh water and this made me keen to experience these mystical aspects in Lang's Apsu. I particularly love the piercing green nuances from violet leaf and cucumber-like accords, that glimmer with hints of flowers, but not the sweet kind. The fleshy nuances of jasmine combine with chilly iris, and water lily and round off the initial greenness. The scent is very aqueous and ozonic and barely progresses to the amber woodsy dry-down which is great for me since it never really loses its power.
This is the type of scent that can immediately transport you to another place within the blink of an eye or in this case your first sniff. I am reminded of a private beach, discovered after walking through a wet rain forest, just when the first rays of sun break open the sky....
Apsu is a scent that really compels one to form their own personal association and experience and so I urge you to try it, for the fact that I find Ulrich Lang fragrances to be so modern, minimalist and esoteric.
Top notes are citron, mandarin orange, orange, galbanum and chamomile; middle notes are neroli, jasmine, lavender, geranium, cedar and marjoram; base notes are patchouli, oakmoss, sage, labdanum, sandalwood, civet and musk.
Nicholas Chabot states "Eau Noble was created in 1972, Paul Vacher's last creation before his death...it is the spirit of 70s with citrus and spicy notes, warm leathery accords and the raw aspects of Patchouli representing the flower power and The Sexual Revolution which was a social movement that challenged the traditional codes of the behaviour related to interpersonal relationships throughout the western world..."
I am testing a miniature and directly applying to my skin as opposed to spraying it, and upon the first dab I pick up abundant citron which has a timeless and mature quality to it. However it is quick to fade and loses a bit of its original power that was displayed in an extremely fresh opening. What i found to be rather interesting is that 30 or so minutes in the skin adheres to the skin so well that it almost feels like one isn't wearing a scent at all. This gives the illusion as if the wearer smells this good just naturally and emanates this fragrant aura of all aromatic, fresh, slightly green, slightly animalic, rustic yet refined accords.
I find this modern day interpretation of what a classic men's cologne should smell like, with a natural sex appeal very irresistible. Though it is not a bold fragrance with a very loud message, I find it is a close to skin scent with a monster sillage and longevity.
If you are someone that appreciates timelessness, have exquisite taste and seek great quality in all aspects of life but are not one to bother with too much experimentation when it comes to your fragrance - this one is for you!
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