Veni, Vidi, Vici – and I’m conquered

If it’s going to take me this long to write future reviews, I’ll be posting one every quartal. ๐Ÿ™‚

It took me a long time to decide to finally post my thoughts on these three as I like them a lot but didn’t feel I could describe them fairly enough. ย Soon there won’t be anything left to test so I better tell you now what I think of them:

Here is the quote from Histoires de Parfums site:

Veni represents the earth, which in many ways still remains a mystery to us. It is nurturing as much as it is wild, forcing us to keep our senses sharp, all the while pushing our limits.
Vidi, the wind, carries us over seas and oceans, allowing us to rise above mountains and to take our gaze and spirit beyond the horizon.
Vici, embodies fire, which translates into passion and power. It encourages mankind to create as well as to destroy and our mastery of it requires wisdom as much as well as strength.

 

Veni

in my mind, Veni comes very close to the description above. It is very reminiscent of dry, summer land and I can imagine an army crossing it during early summer while the smells of green hasn’t yet been burned out by the sun, accompanied by lavender and other herbs wafting on a warm, green breeze. And there must be an orchard nearby, as there is definitely a fruity, lightly citrusy tinge to it.

When I say herbal, it is to signify the spicy notes that work so well with the green notes in this perfume, I can smell the cardamom but the idea is what I described.

And even though I am the first one to forgo depicting a perfume as masculine or feminine, in today’s tuscan2sense, there is a definite masculine tone to it. Which makes it perfect for me.

The warmth of the earth and the sweetness of the plants growing on it, making this smell lightly fougerish and then woody, I am definitely conquered by the approaching perfumed army.

 

Top Note: absolu cardamom, cinnamom, galbanum, lavander
Heart Note: carnation, saffron, guaiac wood
Base Note: vanilla, toffee, patchouli oil, musk, ambergris, oakmoss

 

Vidi

The notes, the description, my first smell of this – all these made my think there was no way I would like this one. Water and ozone effects?! Please.

Well, I admit I was wrong. Not in so much that I would wear it, but I would certainly enjoy it on a man. as again this one has a definitely masculine tinge to it. And even though I know when I say that smelling the ozone/metallic and watery flower notes, that are also lightly sweet would make one run the other way thinking Cool Water is about to appear, that would be wrong. It somehow works and I’m blaming it all on cardamom. ๐Ÿ™‚

It is generally a note I like a lot and is a common note going through all three.

This is the one I have the most problems wrapping my mind around. I mean, aquatic notes aren’t supposed to smell good. Never mind how you spice them up and give them a light saltiness. Right?

 

Top Note: cardamom, ozone effects
Heart Note: plastic rose, cyclamen, water effects, saffron
Base Note: immortal absolu, musk, ambergris, vanilla, white wood

 

Vici

Honestly, I don’t see much fire in this perfume (except the one burning in my soul to own it). It is a bit reminiscent of Veni with its soil-like angelique note (and iris root) in combination with cardamom and the green notes. There is still a summery feel to this one as well. So the army I keep imagining with the names of these perfumes must be riding through some wonderfully smelling countryside.

But this one is also the most serious one with the bittery nose-pinching in the beginning and no underlying sweetness, reminiscent of battle fields before the battle with its green and hay like hues.

Eventually the serious beginning mellows to more meadow-like feel of rest, with galbanum mellowing summer meadowdown and incense letting the flowers out to play in the meadow. Not that there seem to be many flowery notes in this perfume, but that is what it smells like to me, more floral in the drydown than before.
Top Note: angelical roots, cardamom, pink peppercorns, basil, galbanum, aldehyde
Heart Note: rustic lavender effects, cรฉleri graine, iris concrete, osmanthus absolu, essence incense
Base Note: patchouli oil, musk, vanilla, cedar, raspberry

 

Samples were provided by HdP.

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24 thoughts on “Veni, Vidi, Vici – and I’m conquered

  1. Kafkaesque April 29, 2013 at 21:47 Reply

    Your comment — “run the other way thinking Cool Water is about to appear” — made me snort out loud. LOL. I’m glad you found one that your soul burns to own. For myself, something in all the descriptions I read and in the notes makes me hesitate a little. But your review is the first one to make me think I should perhaps try the trio after all. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • brie April 29, 2013 at 23:08 Reply

      laughing with Kafka…but I rather liked Cool Water!

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      • Ines April 30, 2013 at 10:03 Reply

        Brie, at one time, I used to love Cool Water on guys too but those times are long gone… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Ines April 30, 2013 at 10:03 Reply

      Kafka, I haven’t read any of the reviews yet (I never do if I plan on writing my own) but I wonder why people wouldn’t like these. I find them interesting and different but still very enjoyable for wearing.
      Hope you give them a try. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. ginzaintherain April 30, 2013 at 09:04 Reply

    All three sound quite appealing to me….I love cardamom as well. There is nothing better than cardamom essential oil in the bath in the morning (with a touch of ylang….)

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    • Ines April 30, 2013 at 10:04 Reply

      Ohhh, I like that idea! Will have to try it out. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Since you love cardamom, I think you might find these quite easy to like.

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  3. thesmellyvagabond April 30, 2013 at 10:45 Reply

    I’m with Kafka here. The description of the notes failed to compel me to obtain any samples even though Histoires de Parfums is one of my favourite brands. I’m glad you reviewed it and revealed it to be NOT Cool Water! Goodness knows how many of my peers still wear it…

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    • Ines May 3, 2013 at 11:25 Reply

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Really?
      I must say I haven’t encountered Cool Water on someone in quite a while. (lucky me)
      HdP is one of my favourite brands too, the more I smell their perfumes, the more I like them. They really grew on me.

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  4. theperfumeddandy April 30, 2013 at 22:01 Reply

    Dear Ines
    Thank you for trying out this trio and coming through the long gestation to provide us with these reviews.
    Though instantly drawn to Veni, I’m intrigued by an aquatic that works and just like Ginza and yourself drawn to the cardamon in all three.
    Oh, and I will certainly be trying that bath oil trick: it sounds splendid.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

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    • Ines May 3, 2013 at 11:30 Reply

      Dear Dandy,
      I think Veni would suit you admirably. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I do hope you get to try it (and soon too – it would work great in this season).

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  5. Suzanne May 1, 2013 at 14:41 Reply

    Ines, I don’t know these perfumes but you have written about them in very compelling terms! Wow, I really loved your writing here (and smiled when I read your lines “even though I am the first one to forgo depicting a perfume as masculine or feminine, in todayโ€™s sense, there is a definite masculine tone to it. Which makes it perfect for me.”).

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    • Ines May 3, 2013 at 11:32 Reply

      Suzanne, you know me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I tend to like more the “masculine” part of the perfume genre.
      I’ve been wearing Elixir for the last couple of days – I forgot how much I like that perfume. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Undina May 2, 2013 at 00:57 Reply

    I think Vici might be the most interesting for me but, in general, I thought those were great names for a perfume trio. I’ll try all three when I get a chance.

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    • Ines May 3, 2013 at 11:33 Reply

      Undina, I agree. Great names for perfumes. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’d say Vici is the strangest of the three but I mean that in the best possible way. Hope you will like them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. lucasai May 6, 2013 at 15:16 Reply

    I loved Veni!
    By the way – how come I wasn’t following your blog!? I’m starting to be a regular visitor here from now on!

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    • Ines May 6, 2013 at 15:18 Reply

      I don’t know! ๐Ÿ™‚ Turns out I wasn’t following yours either but I remedied that.

      I’m glad to finally hear someone loved one of the trio.

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      • lucasai May 6, 2013 at 15:23 Reply

        Yes, Veni was great. I loved the light lavender it has inside it.
        I was lucky to try it earlier – I’ve got carded samples soon after their launch.

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  8. […] Another blogger had a totally different experience than both of us when it came to Veni. Ines of All I Am — A RedHead wrote in her review: […]

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  9. […] very ambivalent, dubious review for Chemist in The Bottle, or Ines’ assessment on All I Am — A Redhead. Normally, I would quote a few comparative assessments, but the mere memory of Vidi makes me want […]

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  10. […] (which I love!), I would call it fougere-like with lavender + something else reminding me a bit of HdP Veni with the warmth and cardamom and dryness. There isย some kind of a herb that makes it smell a bit […]

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  11. […] very ambivalent, dubious review for Chemist in The Bottle, or Ines’ assessment on All I Am — A Redhead. Normally, I would quote a few comparative assessments, but the mere memory of Vidi makes me want […]

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  12. […] Another blogger had a totally different experience than both of us when it came to Veni. Ines of All I Am — A RedHead wrote in her review: […]

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