Hi there Posse! Aedes de Venustas is an excellent perfume house. They do clever, fun, beautiful and seamlessly crafted fragrances. I try to keep a lookout for everything new they do. So how did I miss Grenadille d’Afrique by Alberto Morillas. He’s the guy that signed off on Byzance, Must de Cartier, Aqua di Gio, M7, Vanille 44, Amouage Opus VII and Guilty Absolute pour Homme. That is only a smattering of the mans work.
So I was really excited when my Surrender To Chance decant arrived so I could get my sniffer on it.
Grenadille d’Afrique by Aedes de Venustas 2016
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Bergamot, Lavender, Violet, Juniper, Vetiver, Labdanum, African blackwood, Vanilla, Musk
Lavender, Juniper and dry grass vetiver all jump out immediately when I spritz Grenadille d’Afrique. This is a calm and classy fragrance with no screech or overwhelming fireworks at opening. A smooth, clear, cool and unusual opening. Like walking into a very expensive wooden hotel in the mountains that has a spa on site and forests outside. I can smell the beeswax and resins used to keep the wood pristine.
Grenadille d’Afrique or Grenadilla of Africa, means African Blackwood. A small tree from the driest parts of Africa, Senegal and Eritrea to South Africa that is threatened with extinction from overharvesting. The wood is used in musical instruments and furniture.
Once we reach the heart a spicy, charred wood emerges. It’s dark and meditative. Deep. Slowly it sweetens as the vanilla and labdanum come through. Not amber or candy sweet, just a lift. A smoothing off and rounding of the ingredients. Now Grenadille d’Afrique starts to smell very expensive.
Dry down is very nice too.An amorphous vanilla/woodsy fade to nothing.
Surrender To Chance has samples from $7/ml
Does Grenadille d’Afrique sound good to you?