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Id (2012)
by Mendittorosa


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Year of Launch2012
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
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About Id

Id is a shared / unisex perfume by Mendittorosa. The scent was launched in 2012

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My reading of ID is that it's basically a woody-spicy loaded with labdanum. It sounds simple and for several aspects it surely is but the final result is so pleasant to wear to warrant some attention if you're into the genre.

Cinnamon and other *oriental* spices in the top notes. A hint of a floral pattern is paired to a resinous / ambery (labdanum) base while smoky woods give ID a leathery vibe. A lot of names have been dropped to draw parallels between ID and other fragrances and I basically agree with most of them. There's something of the Duchaufour's modern woody-resiny-leathery signature, something of the creamy-spices of Costume National Homme, the woody-floral restraint of Buxton and an overall *unpolished* vibe that definitely plays in the fragrance's favor. Very nice.

There's also an oil version of ID that is sold (used to be sold?) together with a lava jewel that's even better than the alcohol based iteration. More labdanum, more creamy woods and definitely more smoke. A true winner in my book.
13th August, 2015
drseid Show all reviews
United States
Id opens with slightly muted sweetened cinnamon with a jasmine floral undertone before quickly moving to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the cinnamon gains strength, becoming more vociferous as time passes with the jasmine remaining in support, adding in hints of ginger and deep clove spice infused relatively sweet vague woods into the mix. During the late dry-down the cinnamon and clove recede, leaving their remnants to join faint hints of slightly peppery labdanum forming the relatively transparent base. Projection is on the low side of average, as is longevity at about 6-7 hours on skin.

Id represents yet another outing by Mendittorosa where the composition starts off relatively impressive, this time with a fine cinnamon, jasmine and clove trio before losing ground considerably in the late dry-down. Speaking of the late dry-down, it almost isn't there. The composition is near baseless, with the primary notes and accords falling apart in relatively short order. Considering the composition is listed on the company web site as being an extrait, the relatively shoddy performance of now two compositions in a row from the house is starting to show a disturbing trend. Also somewhat troubling is the lack of consistency in the company's product description on its web site to the actual product packaging. The descriptions all say "extrait", but the bottles all say "Eau de Parfum"... Hmm... In truth, the two compositions that have received complete wearings on skin so far perform even worse than either classification, so it is difficult to know what to believe. Oh well, at the end of the day, Id is another "good but not great" release from Mendittorosa that is pleasant enough but needs some more work on its base and distinctiveness. The bottom line is the 185 Euro per 100ml bottle Id seems highly top-loaded, satisfying early but ultimately leaving one wanting, earning a "good" 3 stars out of 5 rating and a recommendation with some reservation.
13th April, 2015
Mendittorosa ID is what you do not expect to find out, namely an amazing unexpected (but familiar) resinous/suede floral-musky fragrance with texture and "solidity". It is indeed a nuanced new generation floral/chypre which can easily vaunt right now the epithet of luxurious classic fragrance. The aroma is soon luxuriant and boozy/floral (in perception) indeed, ideally in the middle between a Mark Buxton's creation (a bit Black Angel jumps on mind), a "combined" incensey/leathery Duchaufour's recipe or may be a leather boise aroma a la Ramon Monegal (Mon Cuir comes to mind despite it is not so floral). It seems in this phase to detect hint of magnolia (not listed). Some nuances conjure me up also something slightly close to an ideal blend between Cuir de Lancome, Aedes de Venustas and Cuir Velours Goodsir. The violet/jasmine nuanced spicy-leathery combo is soon recognizable and deep as well as a sort of amber/resins spicy (sweet spices as cinnamon) olfactory "basement" tending along the time to become musky and softer. The aroma is wet, aromatic (initially almost minty), musky and "fragrant" since the beginning and projects a plain resinous floral vibe. A powdery/leathery stickiness (vaguely lip stick type) from the iris in association with hints of leather (and may be olibanum) starts to emerge along the time (with a sort of viney undertone proper to some combined- with leather- resins) as soon as a musky boise (notable gummy/mossy labdanum) dry down nails down its substance. The note of oudh is present as a ghost, it's never medicinal but throughout resinous and almost rubbery. There is a touch of ambery dirtiness in the final outcome. A far superior one than Mendittorosa Alfa this is a mysterious concoction i'm sure will be able to carve out a place among the more renowned pillars of the olfactory classicism. Far better (in comparison with Alfa) longevity on my skin.

P.S: have to say i really appreciate this ambery/resinous, floral and slightly leathery aroma. The dry down (after three or four hours of evolution) becomes dark and leathery and one favorite of mine jumps finally on mind: Costume National Scent Intense (synthetic amber, patchouli, floral notes-jasmine in common, woods, resinous notes, suede), yes the aroma becomes indeed velvety and slightly leathery in a barely woody/smokey way, just i find Scent Intense more synthetically glamour, more smokey/incensey, "carnal" and powerful. ID is more subtle, natural, musky, may be more floral/aromatic and complicated. This fragrance counts a new fan.
12th January, 2014 (last edited: 07th January, 2015)

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