It took the perfumer Antoine Lie almost three years to reach the fragrant place where Jan Ewoud Vos wanted to go. During the work on the new perfume Puredistance, both creators repeatedly reached the creative wall. The vision of the owner of the Puredistance brand turned out to be so difficult. To materialize it the perfumer had to increase the concentration of the fragrance to unprecedented nowadays 48%, which means that AENOTUS is technically an extremely concentrated perfume.
Originally conceived as a signature perfume for Jan Ewoud Vos, AENOTUS was supposed to be the perfect combination of refreshing freshness with sensual depth. The smell was – according to assumptions – not to dissapear after a fresh opening, but to remain on the skin for a long time in the form of a sensual skin-scent. After the countless attempts to complete these assumptions, Vos decided to include AEONTUS in the Puredistance offer. That’s how it happened and the latest fragrance of one of the last truly luxury perfume houses was launched this very month.
The opening of the scent is sparkling, refreshing citrus with an accent shifted to its green side.
My first associations ran towards the essence of bergamot and lime, but – to my surprise – neither one nor the other in the official list of notes will be found. So probably the ingredients that build the heart (above all the essence of green currant buds and petit grain – the essence of the orange tree leaves) add this crisp, green character. The refreshing nature of AEONOTUS is certainly influenced by cleverly added mint. This citrus-green accord turns on the skin into a very pleasant signature. Deepened by patchouli and oakmoss in the base and fixed by a solid dose of musks (which appear in the scent quite early, because just a few minutes after the application, just to later left where they belong – in the background) it sits on the skin for a very long time, slowly warming up and developing into the sensual, musk-wood-moss base. A bit of a chypre one.
For one thing man must be prepared when testing AENOTUS. It’s a perfume consisting essentially of two acts, the first of which is shorter and expressive, and the other is long-lasting and quiet. That one lasts for hours, but has a very subtle, close-to-the-skin character.
I am almost sure that the fragrance will be even more appreciated during warm or hot weather, because of its construction, which should not only resist high temperatures but also allow the full aroma to bloom.
Jan Ewoud Vos notes, and I fully agree with that, that AENOTUS stays incredibly long and almost unchanged on clothing. His signature fresh-sensual chord seems to last there forever …
At the end, a few sentences about the intriguing name, which in the first moment can resemble to all the fans of the male perfumery a masculine bestseller of recent years…).
AENOTUS took its name from Aeolus – the mythical god of winds, which brings coolness and refreshment to Southern Europe. In AENOTUS cool and crisp notes are combined with the delicate, sensual warmth of this geographical region.
Despite the rather traditional content, AENOTUS certainly distinguishes itself with its form, saturation and intensity and above-average durability (after all, 48% concentration is already the real scented Himalayas) and in fact a rare combination of freshness and depth, refreshment and sensuality. It adds new content to the Puredistance perfume offer, while continuing the traditional quality for this house. It is – as usual in the case of Puredistance – a proposal for the most demanding scent lovers.
main accords: citrusy, green, musky
head notes: orange, tangerine, lemon, yuzu
heart notes: mint, black currant buds, petit grain
base notes: oakmoss, patchouli, musks
rok premiery: 2019
nos: Antoine Lie
rating: scent: 5,0/ long lastiness 5,0/ projection/ sillage: 4,0 –> 3,0