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Wicked forest, two from Nebbia

If someone is a fan of church music and plays organ you’d probably think that this person is very spiritual. If that same person actually designed robes that Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis wore you’d probably add artistic and religious to the mix. That very same person – Filippo Sorcinelli also creates fragrances. He’s inspired by gothic, so his compositions are often dark, incensy. By now he’s developed 6 fragrances under UNUM, then in 2016 three fragrances under Sauf. Last year Nebbia joined his portfolio with three fragrances depicting a phenomenon of a fog. Let’s have a look closer.


Nebbia Densa – a dense fog. It opens with a full-bodied scent of Vetiver. Initially it smells very dry, almost peppery but then it calms down a little bit and also changed direction. It becomes much more aromatic after 5 minutes, spreading its aroma around the wearer in a big volume. The impression I get is rather masculine but it’s not set in stone. It’s a fluid fragrance. Weirdly enough it has substance and airiness at the same time. Later sandalwood appears, making Nebbia Densa more heavy. The woody note that is introduced here is calm and meditative. But there’s also something eerie about it. This perfume draws a picture of a murky forest that scares and fascinates me. Continuing to smell it further reveals a moss accord that adds this slightly powdery, dusty vibe to the scent. There’s also gaiac wood to add some darkness to it that hides within a trunk of this tree. Generally speaking Nebbia Densa is very focused on different aspects of woodiness. Much later the perfume is enveloped with a moist veil. It becomes more watery, dewy – as if the fog condensed and formed small drops of water on trees and on the ground. It’s a weirdly beautiful creation.

Nebbia Fitta – a thick fog. The start of this one is very aromatic, slightly reminding me of eucalyptus. However this impression fades away almost immediately and I can smell something camphorous. At first whiff it goes deep inside my nostrils. It takes a while longer until it evolves into a recognizable note of patchouli. It’s still aromatic and very leafy but there’s that specific vibe of something earthy and dirty that defines this note. Afterwards the perfume warms up, becoming much more pleasant. It’s thanks to use of amber that Nebbia Fitta gains more character and turns more friendly. With amber it smells warm, resinous and lightly spicy. We’re still in a mysterious forest though, so there’s no light really in this perfume.¬†Later on a truly earthy vibe appears. It smells as if someone picked up a handful of soil, its wet smell combines earth and slightly rotting vegetal note. Luckily I get over this phase quite quickly. Drydown once again is more woody and substantial , however in case of Nebbia Fitta they used ‘precious woods’ rather than mentioning specific kinds that were used. Compared to Nebbia Densa, this one is more spooky and more disturbing from my point of view.

Nebbia collection features one more fragrance called Nebbia Spessa (deep fog) with notes of lichen, aquatic notes and dew drop. Because I didn’t like that one I decided not to write about it.¬† To summarize these two I can say that Nebbia fragrances are pretty original and unique, I didn’t smell anything similar before. They are these rare kind of fragrances that are so weird that they become nice. All three fragrances are in extrait concentration and come in 50 ml bottles. They have very interesting caps with white cloud-like fluff (made of glass wool I think) on top. In the juice there are pearlescent particles that give a swirling effect of ‘fog’ when you shake the bottle.

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Vox spiritualis, Sauf Contre Bombarde 32

They say that music soothes the savage breast & there’s something very true about it. Especially that with so many various music kinds it’s so easy to find one that will have a positive effect on your mind. I love jazz & smooth jazz, I could listen to saxophone, piano and trumpet for hours and feel relaxed. Music is also a graceful inspiration for fragrance – there are quite many bottles out there that were created with this muse. A perfume that I want to tell you about is more special. Its creator is fascinated by Gothic and loves church music. Branched from UNUM, Sauf was created.

From the very begininng Contre Bombarde 32 effuses a shape-shifting cedar note. At first cold and unfriendly it becomes warmer in no time. As soon as I smelled it for the first time I couldn’t escape the association that this perfume smells like wooden churches in Zakopane (Polish capital city of Tatra Mountains) – as soon as you enter one of them you can’t miss a specific scent of damp wooden boards soaked in the scent of incense over the years of existence of this place.

That said, cedarwood accord is quite soft in this fragrance. It even doesn’t smell like a chunk of wood but more like a still living forest. I somehow get the undertone that suggests pine cones and green needles to me. Then there is elemi resin that comes from underneath a smoky wood in a smooth, seamless manner. It smells balsamic but in a delicate way again. Perhaps it’s like that because of caramel that joins next and wraps parts of the composition altogether.


Caramel note in Contre Bombarde 32 is relatively not sweet and due to incense maintaining its high presence in the blend it almost feels as if it was more salty than sugary. Juniper berries add an aromatic touch with a glimpse of metallic vibe that is pretty enjoyable. After some time this Sauf offering develops a powdery vibe that lasts until late drydown phase. I would say that the source of this sensation lays somewhere in the structure of sandalwood which is soft and creamy.

In the end we have vanilla joining the composition and once it appears the entire perfume becomes simply divine because it smells to me like some fluffy cuddlepuff. The smell of incense, burning wood, caramel and vanilla – despite being so different separately – they smell absolutely amazing when combined. Contre Bombarde 32 is an amazing option for those who are not sure if they like incense in their fragrance or not. It’s a warm, sensual encens blend to wear on chilly days.

Sauf Contre Bombarde 32, despite being inspired by church organ music, is not that much churchy than other incense fragrances that I’m familiar way. It’s definitely different, more alternative, more off-road but oh so good! Incense fragrance that is cuddly and warm and that doesn’t make me feel like I was sitting in the cathedral is something worth noting and giving a test. It comes in extrait concentration so a little goes a long way. Its 50 ml bottle was designed to remind of pulls in a real church organ. Perfumer for this fragrance (also brand owner) is Filippo Sorcinelli.

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