Hey Posse, biehl parfumkunstwerke is on my radar today.
OK, let’s get the brand name under our belts: biehl parfumkunstwerke = biehl is for the founder Thorston Biel (by all accounts a very lovely man) and parfumkunstwerke means fragrant artworks. There is a fair amount of the stupid wankery rhetoric that surrounds art in the site and PR and it generally makes me want to hate the fragrance because to me it should be about smelling good, not telling me it smells extraordinary, out of this world, best perfumers blah blah blah. I know we get it from all sides but some companies advertising/brain washing/trick gets under my skin. I’m looking at you Le Labo, nu_be and a couple of others that shit me but I can’t remember (end rant)
eo03 by biehl parfumkunstwerke 2007
eo03 by Egon Oelkers
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, grapefruit, galbanum, cardamom, cilantro
Heart: Thyme, davana (artemisia), fir, rose, jasmine, clove
Base: Cedar wood atlas, patchouli, sandalwood, incense, vanilla, cinnamon, ambergris, musk
I picked up eo03 at one of the Fabulous Surrender To Chance 5ml Fridays, I gave it a spritz a few days ago and then got busy, completely forgetting to notice my frag so today we are basically doing a discovery day together.
Wow! it starts out green but verging on sweet and this weird duality lasts only a couple of seconds before a brittle, sizzling, citrus laden torn leaf comes through all woven through with pith and resin. A startling yet engaging opening that I really like. My skin throws a sugary grapefruit pastille into the works too.
Photo Stolen WikiCommons
Into the heart and I am awash in greenery and a spicy rose that flits around the edges of my sniffing. It’s so closely bound to the green/woody notes that what I really get is eo03 rather than notes. eo03 is as special as the marketing people at biehl parfumkunstwerke would have you think. The jasmine is a lovely breathy counterpoint to the green-ness and doesn’t really show itself till well into the heart. It’s a weirdo, a sweet green scent that also has a very funky backbeat holding the whole fragrance together.
I can’t decide if it’s creamy sandalwood or vanilla giving me this lovely smooth sheen that floats over and through the rest of eo03. What I can say is that the light and shade here feel perfectly harmonious, elegant, austere yet welcoming. Clean and animal at the end eo03 softens considerable after its first hour but then the hum that is left stays around for ages becoming less and less noticeable as it blends with and becomes a lovely whispered additive to me and my scent.
Photo Stolen Flickr
Often after trying a fragrance I’ll ask myself, do I want this, is it replicating something already in my collection and can I see myself wearing it in a few places. eo03 gets a solid yes on all points. I will be owning a full bottle of this baby, and soon.
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Do you ever get fed up with the marketing bullshit or can you ignore it and smell through?