"This is a scent with a lot of tricks up its sleeve. And it feels like it has an agenda. It knows what it's doing.
The scent slowly becomes floral in a deep, sensual, intoxicating way. It lures you in and makes you a bit dizzy. It might seem sweet and almost innocent in the beginning, but that's just an act. •
From the heart and all the way down to the base the darkness that has been lurking underneath for so long slowly appears and grows stronger. It is a honeyed ambery darkness soft- ened by hints of exotic slightly toxic flowers. • A beeswax note becomes more prominent, but it doesn't smell waxy, more slightly sweet and fatty, and together with the suede note it's giving the amber a creamy, intimate skin-like feeling. Very sensual and alluring."
"Atropa Belladonna has always been a sort of gothy, apothecarian secret ingredient with a significant presence in medicine, perfume, cosmetics, and "sinny" recipes for over a millennium. • Quartana Venetian Belladonna opens with a plummy/boozy, vaguely aldehydic, yummy-spicy-musky blast, powerful on violets and plums. This stage is highly spicy, vaguely powdery/leafy (iris, violet, belladonna) and fruity with a minimally perceivable twist of booziness, honey- beeswax and a musky floral blooming-up bouquet. • Gradually the floral beat becomes more present and redolent, even more subtle, dark, musky-lipstick-like and sophisticated. Dry-down is a classically gorgeous "madame for" evolution of sandalwood, amber, musk/labdanum, leather and spices. • The final wake is simply stunning and a sort of grandeur in perfumery revival. Thumbs up."