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Salute (2019)
by Parfum d'Empire


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Year of Launch2019
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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About Salute

Salute is a shared / unisex perfume by Parfum d'Empire. The scent was launched in 2019

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Salute is apparently named after the salutation Italian people say when drinking wine together. It's wine-influenced but does it without resorting to the rose/patch/oak combination perfumes usually use to evoke wine smells.

Instead, Salute is a combination of blackberry and iris with rubbery musks and a hard-to-describe yeasty dough smell. It's a weird combination (and, for the record, not the pleasant yeasty dough iris smell from Mitsouko). The first couple of times I wore Salute, the combination of sweet blackberry and weirdness felt to me like a fruity floral gone horrendously awry, but it has slowly won me over.

So what does it really smell like? Well, the blackberry and rubbery musk call to mind L'Artisan's Mure Et Musk Extreme, but it's much more focused on the plasticky element of the musk and the way that plastic mixes with iris to smell doughy and odd. To its credit, it did remind me of wine even before I read the description - it's not wine directly, but the weird yeasty fermenting smell of a wine cave. Alternately, it reminds me of the yeasty smell of a good French champagne, but minus the actual champagne smell. Or maybe what you'd get if you saved the milk from your bowl of Froot Loops cereal, let it sit out for a few days until it turned, and then mixed it with the smell of paint drying.

If my descriptions are making Salute smell kind of unappealing, it is. But it's just so different and artful that it's won me over as an intellectual concept. This may also be fun to sample for iris fanatics looking for something truly different.
26th January, 2020

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