Wow! That's what I said repeatedly when I first applied Nemo...my wrist seemingly glued to my nose! As others have said, this scent is hard to describe. What I do know is that the opening is magical! Nemo cannot be pigeon-holed into one category. Yes, it was created in the '90s, and does carry some of that decades signature characteristics. It's bold, yet remarkably velvety. It's woody and aquatic at the same time. My only wish is that the opening would last longer, as after about an hour, it settles into a woody, ever so slightly sweet and very appreciable skin scent. Longevity is weak on me, 3-4 hours, and sillage is wanting after about 2 hours. But that opening!! Worthy of a solid 8/10 rating and a must try!
This scent is unexpectedly hard to describe and "get". It's a sort of meditative, enigmatic fragrance built around a fascinating accord of mineral notes, slightly aquatic too, with contemporary and synthetic woody notes (Iso E, cedar, cashmeran), frankincense, violet/floral notes, perhaps bergamot and orange blossoms, nutmeg and other spices (mainly nutmeg, however), a hint of leafy notes, and a subtle white musks creaminess. It has a sort of overall slightly sticky and aquatic flawlessness which perfectly blends with the woody-incense notes, the spices and the floral sweetness, and makes the whole blend smell quite like nothing else. Plus the composition is really tight, dense, compact and harmonic, quite hard to "dissect". It has definitely a '90s vibe underneath, and honestly reminds me a bit of Le Male at some points, but all I can say is that this smells terribly good, pleasant, cozy, even captivating and haunting, in a really peculiar way. Don't know why exactly, but the blend of natural, almost "new age" notes (mineral, aquatic, incense, aromatic woods, addictive spices) with the bold synthetic feel - not plain or cheap, though - makes me think of 1990's virtual reality, that kind of exotic-natural, almost esoteric places and settings recreated with that fascinating, geometric aesthetics of primitive computer graphic of the Nineties – think of mid-90's videogames, animations, or again "new age" videos, or musical videoclips. That's a kind of heritage that has always intrigued me a lot – that lo-fi, post-modern, computer-driven "mysticism". A fascinating, and undoubtedly well-made scent. The only "con" is that it may get a bit cloying after a while (but more likely you'll crave for it, so not a problem). Delicate and sophisticated drydown. Happy to have blind-bought it for pennies.
Nemo is a woody oriental that is quite unique with a strong lavender spicy opening that is pleasant but with a kick. The opening accord of lavender and spices sets Nemo apart from other fragrances of its age. Nemo just has an "I'm not the same as you" feeling about it. During its drydown, Nemo becomes more restrained. I smell a green, geranium accord with a hint of carnation and cardamom. A touch of incense offers a slightly mysterious edge. Nemo finishes with a sweet, woody accord, which is very pleasant. This is a very good fragrance with good longevity and average sillage. You can do much worse than Nemo when searching for a quality woody oriental fragrance. Why Nemo has been scuttled to the gulf stream of discontinued fragrances is beyond me.
Very Original Creation
The opening is fascinating, with a unique take on hinoki, bringing out more than just a cedar-like note, on the background of a mild citrus note. Then full cedar emerges, and cardamom, and I get a mild frankincense in the drydown, An original creation, with especially the top note being of great beauty and character; the latter stages are good but less special. Adequate silage and projection, and three hours longevity. A shame it has been discontinued.
A discontinued gem.
After reading some of the reviews on here I'm scratching my head on a couple of them. In particular the ones that call this a sweet fragrance. This isn't a sweet fragrance and the notes will tell you that. I do get the nutty quality in it as mention by another reviewer and from there I get a huge dose of cardamom, leather, and nutmeg with a very slight vanilla in the background. This is a really heavy fragrance and I wouldn't attempt to wear this in anything but cool to cold weather. Overall Nemo is really good fragrance that is for fragrance lovers.
Pros: Quality spicy/smokey fragrance.
Cons: It's discontinued.