The amazing opening is the epitome of classic freshness: orange, bergamot and an absolutely outstanding petit grain - sensational in its intensity and natural richness. The drydown continues the theme of classic perfection, with ylang ylang and clary sage combined with a mildly spicy white pepper note; but it is the patchouli that adds edge and herbal undertones; there is possibly a myrrh component present too. Cedar and a nice sandalwood commence the base notes, where a pleasant musk emanates later on, but still here freshness has been preserved, mainly due to the addition of a beautifully natural vetiver.
The performance is outstanding, with very good silage, as well as exceptional projection and a longevity that on my skin extends beyond twelve hours. Overall a very classic traditional scent with subtle twists, composed of top-quality ingredients and very well blended without losing structure. We can attribute the creation of a couple of all-time masterpieces to Jacques Bogart, and De Viris is one of them.
De Viris is an amazing and unique fragrance, a masterpiece!
Fragrance like that can not be created today, in the age of unisex faceless smells. I am so happy to have won probably one of the last bottles at an auction recently. Will cherish it and keep for special occasions only.
This scent is bitter and dark going on, and it is bitter and dark when it finally vanishes. If there is something light and sweet in the formulation, I cannot detect it. Not totally awful, but not good.