Parfums Quartana Venetian Belladonna is classified as a Floral Fruity, the notes are Cassis, Violet, Plum, Cognac, Styrax Pyrogene, Ambrette (musk mallow), Champaca, Honey, Iris Flower, Tuberose, Patchouli, Labdanum, Suede, Saffron, Beeswax, Sandalwood and Vetiver.Parfums Quartana Venetian Belladonna is a strange bird, yet I find it to be very intriguing, the notes don't really meld together, are very muddled at some points, yet somehow it's a loud cohesive unit.
It's hard to understand the perfumer's mind, what exactly they are thinking? And what inspired them to create such a fragrance as this even though some of the notes are very appealing? Is it sheer and utter brilliance, perhaps?
Maybe they love the idea of taking a huge risk? that could very well be? or maybe they put a bunch of notes together to see how the fragrance would develop and take it's course?
Whatever the thought process may be, it's a fragrance that will be beautiful only in the eye of the holder, yet maybe not? or it could be a completely tragic perfume disaster?
I will say that Parfums Quartana is one of the most unique houses I have ever tried, and whomever has smelled/sampled there fragrances will understand exactly what I mean and feel.
I get a ripped from the soil, dusty, with touches of green violet, that stifles a dripping with juices, sweet, savory, delicious plum, and a thick, dense, candied, slithering honey.
Then a fruity, sophisticated, subtle, with a touch of woods cognac, that dampens a tarty, darkened, chocolate tinged patchouli, and a airy, leathery, amber nuanced labdanum.
I get the Violet, Plum, Cognac, Patchouli, Honey and Labdanum, it opens up with am earthy, powdery Violet, and a dark, ripe, plum, the violet is strong, the plum is soft.
After twenty minutes the plum dissipates, the violet softens, in comes a clear, sticky honey, and a boozed, red, cognac, the honey is mild, the cognac is soft.
After four hours the violet and cognac dissipate, the honey softens, in come a dirty, grassy patchouli, and a aromatic, spicy labdanum, the patchouli and labdanum are mild.
Venetian Belladonna is a very strong, dark yet bright, fruitiness, very unique, perplexing, subtle florals, musky and powdery nuances, unisex, Floral Fruity fragrance,
This can be worn all year 'round, I get average projection and average longevity, this is a fragrance you need to sample to fully understand, 3.5/5 Stars.