For decades people have been divided into ‘artificial’ groups based on their behaviour, ethnicity, political views and others. Even perfume were separated for masculine and feminine ones. Release of CK One by Calvin Klein has broken this stereotype for ever. Nowadays, in the era of gender fluidity fragrances that can be shared are gaining popularity. But does it have to smell of citrus? The answer to that question comes from Barbara Herman and her brand. Eris Parfums decided to break a monotony of unisex citrus notes with a concoction of woods, spices and resins.
Mx. has a very mellow opening. Immediately after applying the perfume on my wrist a large scented cloud starts to spread around me. It carries a beautiful smell of sandalwood. As it accommodates on the skin, the perfume accepts its warmth and uses it as its own. Warm sandalwood chord is very inviting, cosy and it smells of safety. It takes 10 maybe 15 minutes until Mx. starts to get richer. It smells very creamy, like a woody pudding. It almost touches a buttery aspect of the creaminess. The aroma here is yummy, like a fluffy custard dusted with glittering powder of delightful woods.
A quarter later sandalwood becomes more quiet. At that time cedarwood comes to the front, making a woody fun of Mx. double. It does feel even more substantive than sandalwood but at the same time if feels more rough. Virginia cedar is not creamy or soft, it’s dry and with some splinters at the surface. Assisted by olibanum that blends in with the woodsy bits, the perfume gains a balsamic facet. It gets even warmer than at the beginning plus there’s something quite charming about the resinous smell of this new fragrance. The perfume keeps on changing slowly but steadily.
At the end of first hour Eris Parfums Mx. shows a spicy twist that was previously hidden underneath a mixture of sandalwood and cedarwood. So once these two get toned down and the funny impression of coconut that I got (sandalwood smelled like it for some time on my skin) subsides I start to smell some earthy patchouli with additional flavor of black pepper. The latter one is quite tingly and sparkling; metal is present at a tiny amount. Benzoin is a nice binder for all elements of this part of fragrance development. It’s balmy aroma has some lovely & enjoyable sweetness.
I find benzoin to be quite an important ingredient of Mx. as I think that beautifully connects all the elements of the fragrance, as if it was creating invisible Bridges between them. And of course its midly resinous, almost honey-like sweetness is awesome. After another hour has passed I noticed the grassy dryness of vetiver and a bit of citrusy ginger aroma. Additional hint of saffron brough more sensuality and carnal delicacy to it. The drydown smelled quite chocolatey on me yet I could still smell some benzoin and the creaminess of sandalwood was pretty much out there. Very nice and with a youthful touch!
Mx. wants to be undefined. Mr., Mrs., Ms. – it’s none of them and all of them at once. An actual unisex perfume for everyone who takes appeal of a scent over its gender or any other segregation. This new eau de parfum is a fourth position in Eris Parfums portfolio and just like all previous ones it was created by perfumer Antoine Lie. The bottle size is 50 ml. If you like creamy sandalwood scents or simply look for a good unisex that is not a citrus cologne, Mx. is a good candidate for your consideration. It has a nice, moderate sillage and it lasts for a big part of the day.