Aedes de Venustas – Palissandre d’Or

Like with all perfume releases, the story is full of dreamy and seductive phrases to make you fall in love with perfume even before you smell it.

Now that you know that, you don’t have to read it, smelling it will be enough for true love. 🙂

At least it was for me.palissandre-dor-web

It’s been so long since I smelled something new and fell in love with it instantly. So long that I started wondering if it was still possible. Turns out it is.

I won’t talk about the idea behind it or what it is supposed to evoke. I’ll just talk about what it evokes for me.

First of all – surprise.

It starts off with pink pepper, which I learned from the press materials I received, is the note introduced into perfumery by Alberto Morillas, the perfumer behind Palissandre d’Or (no wonder it works so great, he obviously knows how to use it).

So, how does it really smell? Hard to tell. 😉 The pink pepper dances around with the spices (cinnamon  and coriander) with kind of booze in their hands (nutmeg, ambroxan and copahu balm) while the warmth in the background smells of slightly burnt amber and smoke. All wearing classy clothes.

Notes: Ambrette, pink pepper, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, sandalwood, copahu balm, cedar trio (Chinese, Alaskan and Virginian), patchouli, ambroxan

If I were to sum it up in three words I’d say polished, elegant and seductive, especially if worn by a man. No wonder I like it so much, what with my leaning toward the masculine side (I so wish I could have said the “dark side” now). 😉

The longevity is great but the longer it works, the more masculine it smells. You lose the warmth and the light sweetness (not to mention the boozy side of it) and are left with an elegant trail of polished, slightly spicy creamy woodiness (mostly sandalwood).



P.S.  With this perfume I realized Aedes de Venustas is my new favorite house. I loved Iris Nazarena and I love this. I tried their Oillet Bengale the other day and I need to try it again as it showed promise.

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17 thoughts on “Aedes de Venustas – Palissandre d’Or

  1. Tarleisio May 13, 2015 at 20:49 Reply

    My own review is coming soon. And I agree with you, Ines – every AdV is a stunner in its own way! I’ll take one of each, please… 😉

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    • Ines May 13, 2015 at 20:50 Reply

      Yes, please! One of each for me too! 😀


      • Tarleisio May 13, 2015 at 20:56 Reply

        This one just ticked off ALL my woody loving boxes in so many ways. 😀


        • Ines May 13, 2015 at 20:58 Reply

          Woody and spicy for me. It really was a huge surprise to smell something I liked so much from the first instant. I miss those days when everything smelled new and great because I was a newbie…

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          • Tarleisio May 14, 2015 at 10:58

            We perfume bloggers get so jaded, Ines… 😉


  2. Tara May 13, 2015 at 21:14 Reply

    Ha! Love your comment above about those heady newbie days 😉

    This one really sounds like your cup of tea Ines. i’m happy you discovered you can still fall in love at first sniff. I’ve only tried Iris Nazarema from this line but while it wasn’t really me, I was impressed. I thought that one also leaned masculine.


    • Ines May 14, 2015 at 09:17 Reply

      Yes, don’t you miss those? 🙂
      No wonder I liked Iris Nazarena so much – I don’t remember getting a masculine feel out of it but then again, I rarely do if it’s not very pronounced.


  3. cookie queen May 13, 2015 at 23:23 Reply

    I have a little of this. But I need to try it again, and will do so tomorrow. I sprayed it in Milan but cannot pretend to remember much, other than I actually liked it. Great review. xxxx


    • Ines May 14, 2015 at 09:18 Reply

      Thank you!
      I really need to organize myself better and go to Milan next year. Not so much for the perfumes (although that will be great) but for all the people one meets there. 🙂


  4. Asali May 14, 2015 at 00:06 Reply

    I do love my woodies, if they’re spicy- even better, so I’ll be looking forward to test this one. However, Iris Nazerena had a deal breaker cedar note- I so wish the dry down had been different, I loved everything else about it… Looking at my perfumes the other day, I was really surprised to find that the youngest release date in my cabinet was 2012- as you say, these days it’s a bit harder ‘falling impressed’ (sort of somewhere between falling in love and being impressed 🙂 ), however, I do believe that Figuier Ardent might have done it, we’ll see.


    • Ines May 14, 2015 at 09:25 Reply

      Well, there’s cedar in this one too but I didn’t find it pronounced, the sandalwood does its thing and hides cedar well. 😉
      Hmm, you got me wondering now what the youngest perfume in my collection. Possibly the Nuxe Perfume I got from Birgit… Which is 2012. The Wild Pears from Montale I bought last year is from 2011…


  5. Suzanne May 14, 2015 at 01:43 Reply

    Hi Ines! What an enticing review! It makes me hope that my own experience with the Aedes de Venustas line might take a turn for the better. I got too much rhubarb from their first fragrance, the Aedes de Venustas signature perfume, so I gave that sample away. And Iris Nazarena underwhelmed me; it was rather nebulous, to my nose. But I’m hopeful about this one, as I love perfumes with palisander and there aren’t manyof them. (The original Faberge Woodhue cologne has a gorgeous palisander note and so does Swiss Arabian Nouf, which I recently reviewed).

    Love your description, “The pink pepper dances around with the spices (cinnamon and coriander) with kind of booze in their hands.” Cheers to that! 😉


    • Ines May 14, 2015 at 09:33 Reply

      Hi Suzanne! 🙂 I don’t remember I actually smelled their first release (but will do that soon, plus I don’t mind rhubarb). I do wish that the perfumes weren’t that expensive though – I’d like them even more then. 😉
      Thank you for the suggestions on other palisander perfumes, although I’m thinking it might be difficult getting my hands on some Woodhue. 🙂


  6. Undina May 16, 2015 at 09:45 Reply

    I enjoy reading stories about falling in love with a perfume. Usually I pay a special attention to those perfumes that my blogo-friends love.

    I’m not a fan of this line (but I didn’t dislike any of their perfumes either), so I’ll definitely give it a try when I get a chance – I love woodsy perfumes.


    • Ines May 19, 2015 at 10:13 Reply

      Honestly, until this one came along, I didn’t give much thought to the line either. Now I’ll follow their next releases with much more interest.


  7. Vanessa May 20, 2015 at 16:35 Reply

    I love spicy woody scents, and the notes and general ambience of this one sound very promising. My only worry would be if it were a bit masculine for me, but I would certainly like to give it a go!


    • Ines May 25, 2015 at 09:21 Reply

      Hmm, well if you’re not into masculines, this one might be too close to that for your complete liking. 🙂 Otherwise, it’s a really good perfume.


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