Artemisia Ozymandias is a perfume inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem, “Ozymandias“, a poem referring to Ramses II. The perfume is meant to capture “the journey of time, from its lively beginnings to its earthly finale”. So, really this is a perfume inspired by power and decay.
Ozymandias opens with a bright, bitter, green citrus. With time, there’s a sweetness from hay-like broom. It’s not listed but I feel like this brightness is intensified by heady florals like a honeyed jasmine and crisp, green neroli. The transition from brightness/bitterness to earth is abrupt. This headiness turns into sandalwood, clay and dust. It’s dry and warm with only a subtle hint of hay.
Ozymandias isn’t my favorite from the line and I think I know why. And this reason may be why someone else will find it their favorite. I don’t think I’m much of a fan of broom (genet) in natural perfumes because I think it takes over most compositions. I feel like it bullies other botanicals. It’s tenacious. Saying that, I know people (that tend to like naturals) that really, really like it. I’ve been in situations where people smell broom (absolute and in perfumes) and go on and on about its beauty and I’m over there hoping that broom would start using its inside voice. I know this is a tangent that isn’t directly related to Ozymandias and really I shouldn’t even include it in this review because it’s a good perfume and the brand is excellent. But, I do think this is my issue with this particular perfume. I don’t like the opening, the “power” but I love the base, the “decay”, in Ozymandias. Saying that, the base is totally amazing; it’s stunning. And I’m going to try it again in the future – there have been MANY notes that I’ve done complete 360°s on.
Notes listed include aged mysore sandalwood, frankincense, cedarwood, mitti atttar, arnica, tobacco, broom and mandarin petigrain. Launched 2014. PERFUMER – Lisa Fong
Or if you like perfumes like Pirouette Perfume Gold Souvenir, Escentual Alchemy For the Love of Bees, Maria Candida Gentile Barry Lyndon, Providence Perfume Co. Divine and/or Aftelier Honey Blossom. Ozymandias smells like a natural perfume to me, so I would recommend it to those that like naturals.
Projection and longevity are average, which would be above average for a natural perfume like this.
The .6 oz EDP retails for $68 at Artemisia. A solid is available for $28. Sample sets are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Bright bitterness that dries down to warm earth. I like the decay in it 😉 Seriously, if you love broom, get your hands on this.
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