Ex Nihilo The Hedonist Eau de Parfum is one the place I really feel like both it’s been considerably reformulated or my pores and skin chemistry utterly obliterated the scent profile, as a result of as an alternative of an fragrant, woody, musky type of scent, I used to be bathed in a fruity, pear-apple-ginger melange with some musk and tonka bean however woods? nothing that I may detect individually. These are the notes:
- high notes: bergamot, ginger
- coronary heart notes: cedarwood, Akigalawood
- base notes: vetiver, musks, tonka bean
It opened with contemporary, grated ginger and bitter orange that smoothed out and sweetened inside two minutes of utility, reminding me of some pear-apple-ginger mixture, fruity and onerous to differentiate however apply stored coming to thoughts. No matter sharper citrus that will have been a part of the opening was completely subsumed by sweetness, which didn’t seem to be it actually got here from tonka bean as a result of it was extra sugary, not so wealthy or spiced, and skim fairly fruit-floral on me.
The Hedonist retained a lighter, airier high quality with refined, candy fruit with a modicum of ginger chew. Mild muskiness and a stronger sense of vanilla emerged after two hours of wear and tear however the cedar had not, and it had dropped projection fairly a bit. Sadly, on my pores and skin, the woody parts and vetiver didn’t appear to need to come out and play, because the drydown was barely fruity, flippantly spiced, and musky with some vanilla-like sweetness.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml pattern vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist space on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as that is additionally my swatching arm (aka, extremely parched at any given second) as I discovered scent didn’t maintain nicely right here in any other case.
I bought my pattern in January 2022; fragrances are identified to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be conscious of when a assessment was made, e.g. a assessment from 2010 could not replicate what the same-named fragrance smells like in 2022.
It lasted for 3 hours till it was a skin-scent and about eight hours earlier than it was fairly troublesome to detect on my pores and skin. The sillage and projection had been average with the sillage dropping sooner however every thing appeared to shut in after two hours of wear and tear.
Whether or not the formulation has been modified over time, or the notes merely didn’t translate on my pores and skin, my expertise felt fairly out of sync with the restricted opinions of others who’ve tried this scent. For the value level, not getting extra nuance via the kind of notes included (e.g. not smelling woods in any respect) coupled with the very quick put on left me unimpressed.
- 50ml for $225
- 100ml for $325
- 0.7ml pattern for $7