Continuing my reviews of new Histoires de Parfums Edition Rare fragrances it is time to have a closer look at second fragrance in the lineup.
Vici, embodies fire, which translates into passion and power. It encourages mankind to create as well as to destroy and our mastery of it requires wisdom as much as well as strength. Let’s see how fierce this perfume is.
Right from the start Histoires de Parfums Vici has a fruity aroma of light raspberries and more intensive red berries. After a few seconds the fruity tones stabilize and I start to get the feeling that these fruits are candied but this feeling is very light, almost insensible. Five to ten minutes after spraying Vici becomes a green scent. Very interesting aldehydic tones appear. They’re well mixed with some basil. Right next to it flowery & green osmanthus interlaces with what I believe is violet leaf. This green stage is quite invigorating and lively boosting my curiosity for how it will evolve soon.
After some time those fruity and green tones become lighter but they don’t disappear completely. They make place for mellow musk which slowly becomes more spicy thanks to coriander, angelica and celery seeds. The spiciness is very mild and pleasing, nothing is overdone here. In later drydown Vici turns into more aromatic perfume. Osmanthus seems to get stronger as well as those celery seeds. Powdery iris can be also felt and there’s slightly gourmand-sweet vibe of raspberry. In the end a woody aspect is shown. It smells of cedar, patchouli, some incense and galbanum, all blended into a fine-smelling composition. In my opinion it is a harmonious and peaceful scent.
That said I just don’t understand why Gerald Ghislain gave Vici (translates into I conquered from Latin) the element of fire. Fire is a destruction, uncontrollable force of havoc. If you asked me I would say Vici smells so much of plants and greens that it should be entitled with a force of nature, flora, everything green but that is just my opinion. By the way the flora doesn’t sound so captivating as flame of passion so let it be as it is. The perfume is fine so I’ll leave the backstory alone.
Notes for Histoires de Parfums Vici are angelical roots, cardamom, pink peppercorns, basil, galbanum and aldehyde in top notes, rustic lavender effects, céleri graine, iris concrete, osmanthus absolu, essence incense as heart notes and patchouli oil, musk, vanilla, cedar, raspberry in its base. Available in a 60 ml golden lacquered half-cut bottle. Both longevity and sillage are great.
note: sample is a courtesy of Histoires de Parfums, first two pictures – my own.