A hypnotic and very assertive oud note. Bit sweet, bit woody, hint of intriguing spice. But overall, not my cup of tea.
Nasomatto website says: "The fragrance aims to enhance all the manifestations of male strength." AKA Packed leather bar when the Bear Convention is in town...but in a good way. Aggressive cedar base still smells great on yesterday's clothes...today's skin retains oak moss traces and a suggestion of musk.
Something an aging, yet still relevant, rock-star would wear backstage to greet his groupies after a show.
Duro is an awesome fragrance, with a huge leather/amber accord that will last all day. Sillage is big and it is always a compliment getter, I would call it a classic scent in that you just can't go wrong wearing this for any occassion. The downside is the price. I've gone through 5 samples and just can't seem to break down and buy a full bottle, but I'm determined to this year. Quality ingredients that hopefully won't change now that the Nasomatto line has ended.
Another Nasomatto I do not really get. Or better said, I sadly get too clearly. The opening is clean and pleasant, a grey, silky, mellow Iso E plus cashmeran blend, so basically an aromatic woody scent with a slight rose-anise heart. Opaline and synthetic, surely pleasant to wear, even sophisticated, as any "safe woody scent" can be at, like, a fraction of this price. The most interesting part is the very heart of the scent, a half-floral half-dark concoction with incense echoes, perfectly wrapped in a sort of synthetic cage, a plastic bag. Super plastic vetiver notes. The overall vibe is refined, but mute and pale, and not in a fascinating way. This smells like the first one to be bored by this was even the creator himself – the marketing genius, Gualtieri. My low rating is partially due to the scent itself, which smells good (as any "office scent" does) although the persistence is ridicolously short to be an "extrait". What really annoys me is all that surrounds it – the insane price, the pretentiousness, the mediocrity.