A very limited edition of 12 handmade bottles. Described as "The last temptation of [perfumer] Angelo Orazio Pregoni."
A man boasted about each sin he never committed,
his boastfulness costed him Purgatory (they tell so).
Another man had a very hard life, full of pain and disgraces and,
at his death, Heaven’s doors opened wide to him (they tell so).
It happens to me to do many things, to boast about them and to
love life, so I will go to Hell directly (I’ll let you know).
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Linferno opens with a strong, pungent, balsamic-herbal ultra dark accord, setting from the very first sniff a ghastly and almost discomforting mood, harsh and almost metallic – not predictably due to aldehydes, rather a more "living", rusty, industrial metallic feel. Lavender blended with a dark base of benzoin, a light salty vetiver note, amber, dry licorice, perhaps also a super dry tobacco note, resinous-balmy notes, and a dark heart, animalic and initially almost fecal, perhaps of castoreum... ideally not far from some '70s/'80s fougères, mostly because of the strong herbal notes and the dark base: but it's a surrealist take on fougères, filtered through O'Driù postmodern creativity, both because of the "overpungent" head notes, the insolent animalic side, the suburban mood, and above all for his composition style – horizontal, without a clear "vertical" structure and a predictable evolution. As many other scents by Pregoni, in fact, this one too is fairly complex, yet so dense and tight, it changes a lot from times to times, each time revealing a new note, or a new nuance, until you reach a point of "confusion" between what you're thinking you're smelling, and what it's actually there. Of course this is not something for people who only (legitimately) want to smell nice, clean and safe: but if you are into creative perfumery and true "provocative" olfactory statements, then this may surely be appealing for you.
16 July, 2014