Hiya Posse, I bought a sample of Naomi Goodsir Corpus Equus as soon as it was in stock at Surrender To Chance, early 2022. It sat there while I was trying all the other stuff because I was so excited about a new Bertrand Duchafour collaboration with Naomi, the last one being in their initial three perfumes Or du Serail. SO EXCITING!
I have heard that BD is no longer freelance and happily enslaved to a company. Don’t quote me, and I may be wrong, but I think it’s Puig. It will be very interesting to see where this takes him and his style.
From Naomi Goodsir site: A gallant steed, noble blood, broody, spirited, a wild ride. (Sounds like some men I may have known)
Corpus Equus by Naomi Goodsir
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Smoked wood, Leather, Birch, Amber, Frankincense, Musk, Patchouli, Rose, Cedar
Dark, devilishly smoky open. Burning bacon on a campfire with a side order of singed hair and toe jam. Sounds disgusting but Corpus Equus is meditative and transportive. Per fumé! Positively tribal and smelling like I imagine the gates to hell would smell. Both terrifying and strangely alluring. Like making bad choices as vengeance against trauma. If you’ve ever read Terry Pratchett DiskWorld novels then this is the smell of the king under the hill.
So theatrics over, let’s talk Corpus Equus for realz.
Very smoky opening, so birchy. It is like a BarBQ or bonfire and as that initial WOW changes there is some really animalic notes. I’m surprised that oudh is not noted. I’m getting that medicinal meets unwashed aged human hair and over blow dried hair thing that oudh does so well. It’s not blockbuster, beast mode size but very fragrant. I wore Corpus Equus to take a nap yesterday and it swirled me to sleep so quickly. My mind just followed it down into inky, dreamless, darkness.
The heart seems to become the fragrance that I associate in my mind with Corpus Equus. It’s a surprisingly beautifully blended melange where all are equal parts and none rise to notice. Still smoky and leathery, I know patchouli is doing some heave lifting but unless I’m nose to hand it melds seamlessly. The fragrance remains fairly linear till the next phase.
Heading towards dry down there is a definite diminution of scent and it’s like a lot of the starring players have bowed out. It leaves a leathery amber with wisps of smoke. So good.
Unisex but leaning towards traditional modern masculine. Projection and longevity are excellent.
Have you, or would you try, Corpus Equus?