This is a dark, animalic, and leathery composition that is built around a mesmerizing co-absolute of wild Siberian deer musk, ambergris, and castoreum, created by Russian Adam.Top notes:35-million-year-old amber resin (Well, we can debate this, but OK, I now own something 35 million years old, let’s go with that)Heart notes:ruh gulab 2019, Taif rose, Indian patchouli, and orris root absoluteBase notes:co-absolute of deer musk, ambergris, and castoreum made by Russian Adam, Indian oakmoss, Indonesian vetiver absolute, synthetic civet, and amber resin oil
Fragrance Quick Story There is no justice wearing this thing once. It has become so much more so quickly. By the time I knew it, it was too late. I helped hype this stuff to my own destruction. I came up empty handed, but that’s kind of what makes getting the treasure even better, isn’t it? This would be easy to smell briefly and form an opinion of disgust or be turned off initially. It is one of the most advanced perfumes I have put my nose on. If you stay and let this thing breathe, it pays back like a full gushing heart full of hope. It is packed with so many nuances that in eight wearings I still have a ways to go to figure this one out. My wearings have only been one spray, one spray, three, three, three, and two. And I want so much more, but have to be diligent in saving this for reference of a masterpiece. Again, Russian Adam is like a master chef; he only uses a few ingredients, but knows how to get the very best that no one else can and to use the exact right technique and simplicity. It’s an art in itself that few can obtain. Here we are seeing Russian Adam’s expertise. It seems so simple, but it’s masterful. The best of the best know how to do it. And right before our eyes, it is happening in perfumery. I wish I could have opened with this review, but it wouldn’t give the perfume justice, and that’s not fair to all of us.
Fragrance in my opinion compared to Perfume’s Notes I can smell an AJD signature different from the musk one. This I have smelled in FDF, Baikal Gris. We’re talking a beast of a lineup that isn’t as in-your-face that you would think it would be; it’s a wearable and addictive animalic. Yes, dark, dark of the ocean and the forest. Musk and ambergris are working magic here. It is adding so much equanimity to the vetiver, a truly medicinal effect. The very top is the best for me, but most people buying this want this top to go away quickly because you know that the dirty, dark, animalics are bottom-loaded in this. But the iris floating in the top above all of this, I have learned at this stage in my journey, is some of my favorite fume’. On my skin, a pisslike animalic transitions this first into the heart. A very popular form of animalic that I love, and this keeps dirtying up after that for more nuance. Dark