I profit here of an inappropriate space in order to review the wonderful Sigilli's scent Athunis that unfortunately doesn't deserve a right proper page on the Directory yet (as well as currently happening for many further new and classic fragrances that we can't "regularly" review and on this path Basenotes is far less "confortable" than Fragrantica for sure). Well, Athunis, possibly one of the smokiest vetivers out there, yes more than Fumidus or Bois d'Ombrie, passing through Timbuktu, Villoresi and Sycomore, yet possibly more earthy/ rooty than the Etro's one or than the great Mona di Orio's Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (which is less smoky but more resinous for sure). The beginning is dark and challenging, a misty earthy/rooty and literally smoky (carbon type) cloud of burnt cedar (yes extinguished camp fire type), toasted tobacco, blazed herbs and may be whiffs of cardamom and frankincense. You may at this point be tented to put it apart whether are not a smoky vetiver freak i suppose. Be patient, a fantastic dark vetiver is on the point to emerge from the background so seasoned, smokey/green, slightly tobacco veined, basically sharp/rough a la Route du Vetiver but with a minimal twist of smoky fir resin over. One of my all time favorite vetivers around together with Gianfranco Ferre for Men, Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver, Etro, Route du Vetiver by M. P. et Gantier, Bois d'Ombrie Eau d'Italie and few others. Extremely powerful, virile and long lasting on my skin.
05th December, 2013 (last edited: 09th February, 2014)