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No doubts about Carticasi is a further extremely realistic and natural experiment from Testa Maura ( I would add a somewhat minimalistic creation as usual for the brand's releases) but in my humble opinion this datum is not always sufficient to "package" an achieved, complete and effective fragrance for us (with all its essential charge of texture and refinement). Carticasi is overly resinous and crude to me, utterly mastered by grassy, almost bitter and earthy undertones, too much wild in substance. The aroma knocks immediately you down with a sticky fist of mastic, spicy/floral alcohol (hints of pepper?), fir resins, minimal hints of citrus and musty/damp earthy galbanum. You feel yourself bewildered and crushed on a corner. In the course of the first five minutes indeed an almost suffocating, humid/alcoholic, cedary, pungent rooty harshness waves in the air narrating about a sort of forest undergrowth. Finally a lymphatic (vegetal and grassy/earthy) rose keeps standing out in the middle of the humid grassiness but it does not manage to tame the wildness and to provide hints of refinement. The aroma retains its run almost linearly (with its not-evolving almost "O'Driu'esque" initial approach with vague Bang's conjurations) till when some woods restrain a bit the dampness providing a more solid woodsy basement for this longly harsh, alcoholic (in a cedary/lemony and spicy way) and probably peppery concoction of the wood. After a couple of hours a lightler floral spark seems dancing over a slightly tamed green harshness but that's not enough to refine and polish the aroma providing structure and "order". A wonderful woodsy odour but a not convincing fragrance under my nose. Longevity and projection are in the average on my skin.
02 March, 2014