Generous people of Histoires de Parfums sent me three lovely samples of their newest Edition Rare fragrances. I decided to review them separately – next reviews will appear shortly after this one.
I know Julius Caesar wrote his most famous sentence as veni, vidi, vici but I decided to write about new Histoires de Parfums in different order keeping my favourite one to make a lovely ending.
So, Vidi. Vidi, the wind, carries us over seas and oceans, allowing us to rise above mountains and to take our gaze and spirit beyond the horizon. It has a smooth and mellow opening created around a precious note of musk. This essence is shortly followed by ambregris combined with delicate saffron to create a feeling of a warm spicy blend. After a few minutes Vidi develops an ozonic quality. Gerald Ghislain created it using a scent of fresh cucumber to obtain a watery facet and mixing it with cyclamen which is a flower possessing a watery, oceanic and light smell.
There’s also slightly ambery feeling to the scent although amber isn’t listed in the notes of Vidi. As the time passes the perfume becomes a little bit more woody but it still has the ozonic aura. After some wood comes the rose which is rather transparent and it lacks a little bit of a character here. I kind of understand why it was done this way – it was to keep the feeling of seas and oceans in the center of attention. Rose is sweetened by vanilla and cardamom gives it a hint of spiciness. Immortelle which one can find in Vidi introduces dry, spiced and odd feeling. To me it’s the most unmatched note for Histoires de Parfums Vidi. I wonder what others might think about it.
Given notes for Vidi are cardamom and ozone effects as the top notes, plastic rose, cyclamen, water effects and saffron in the heart notes while base notes are immortal absolu, musk, ambregris, vanilla and white wood. This perfume belongs to the exclusive collection called Edition Rare and it’s available as 60ml eau de parfum. It’s an interesting fragrance in terms of using fine and different ingredients (for me it was the first time I met cucumber or cyclamen in perfume) so if you have an opportunity to see it somewhere do give it a try to check how it performs on your skin. On mine it had moderate sillage and good, 6-hours longevity so it’s not bad.
Bottles of Histoires de Parfums Edition Rare Veni, Vici, Vici are half-cut brand signature bottles covered with golden lacquer which makes them quite noticeable on the perfume shelf.
note: sample provided by Histoires de Parfums; latter picture – my own.