Arquiste is a niche perfume house that currently has six perfumes. The line is inspired by history. Each perfume is meant to transport you to a different time.
L’Etrog is supposed to take us to October, 1175 Calibria, Italy – Medieval Calibria. I’ve never had a fascination with Medieval Europe. And like so many people, I automatically assume this time period had a disgusting stench. If that stench is L’Etrog, I need to reconsider my former opinion of Medieval Europe.
L’Etrog is like being on the Mediterranean. It opens as this cypress and bergamot with dried fruit leather. The top is a bright citrus – no citrus blossoms. The heart is a fresh, green myrtle, a very nice addition to the fragrance. Eventually, the fragrance becomes a soft mossy vetiver.
Overall, this is a well-done fragrance but safe and very approachable. I think it’s a wonderful masculine fragrance for business types or a good weekend fragrance for preppy, traditional types. Women will enjoy wearing it too. I do prefer it over Annick Goutal Les Nuits d’Hadrien. It’s a nice perfume for summer or for day wear.
Notes listed include Calabrese cedrta, myrtle, dates and vetiver. PERFUMERS– Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier
Give L’Etrog a try if you like “cologne” style scents but find most “cologne” style scents too watery. Try it if you like perfumes like Annick Goutal Les Nuits d’Hadrien, Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, Parfums de Nicolai Cedrat Intense, and/or Carthusia Via Camarelle. L’Etrog is unisex and is good for many environments.
L’Etrog has average projection but because of the citrus L’Etrog has below average longevity. It burns off of my skin very quickly (about 2 hours of wear). However, other reviews compliment the perfume on its longevity.
A 55ml (1.8 oz) bottle of Arquite L’Etrog retails for $165 at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A Mediterranean chypre – citrus and myrtle. It’s a pulled together “day” fragrance. It’s not very me. It’s more for people that like those safe and pretty “Italian style” fragrances.
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