This is an interesting one. Two notes dominate the fragrance and they are violet and artemesia. The violet is of the sweeter, watery variety, perhaps a shade purple and wet. The artemesia is distinct, deeply herbal, but not bitter--it's oddly sweet, breezy, and soft. Ocean Wet Wood is not your standard aquatic. It's quite distinct, and provides none of the sharp citrus qualities that have become standard in the genre. This is like a warm marine breeze in the morning, kind of damp and possessing the freshness of a new day, a trace of cool air passing through it. There's no fishiness or rotting vegetation here, but there's isn't any of that "super aquatic" synthetic stuff happening either. And that's part of what makes it unique. Aquatics tend to fall among the two extremes--realistic impressions of the ocean, including some of the smells one would associate with low-tide, and fantastical interpretations of water, extremely blue and clear and bright. Some succeed and some don't. But Ocean Wet Wood has its own lane. I don't think it's something you'd find in nature, but it feels natural, like it should be there and might be....somewhere.
Of course explaining how something smells is tough. Especially when it's pretty unique. This one comes to me in colors--violet, purple, a light blue swathe cutting through it, soft greens weaving in and out, a gray haze passing by. It's cool, aromatically sweet, and kind of unusual. At the same time, it's very pleasant to wear, and will certainly stand out from the crowd.
Sample this if you can. At the very least you'll try something you haven't smelled before. As for me, I enjoy it very much and for some reason find it the perfect aquatic to wear on a rainy day.
Final thought: If Narciso Rodriguez for Him had an aquatic summer flanker, it might be something like Ocean Wet Wood.
Both the name and the bottle give you a good impression of what this smells like: aquatic and woody. Lovely scent, would recommend it.
The combination of Artemisia and opoponax in the opening is very interesting – the rich, creamy resin of the opoponax combines beautifully with the thin aromatic resin of the Artemisia. I was expecting to dislike this one because of the violet and violet leaves that are listed in the pyramid. Now I find it remarkable that I enjoy this fragrance very much – the violets have proven not to be a problem… They come across to me as quite aromatic but they don’t have the aggressive screechiness that I usually encounter with violet leaf. The heart of the fragrance becomes quite linear to me, but in a good way: the vetiver, cedar, patchouli, and tonka form a pleasantly-aromatic, neutral, massed accord augmented by the rich aquatic aura delivered by the violet, opoponax, and artemisia. The fragrance is almost compelling… I say “almost” because aquatics are not my favorite category of fragrances, but this is one I will purchase, even though I don't need another aquatic.
Nice marine scent. Smells really like you're walking in the beach. Lasting power and sillage are average. The bottle is great, as always.