La Curie is a Southwestern indie perfume line inspired by myths, legends and mystics. Faunus, a smoldering woodsy scent, is one inspired by a forest god.
Faunus is opens with one of those leathery-mustardy synth ouds (which I like) with a delicate bergamot glimmer. It starts to smell like a new leather moto jacket with oud. Faunus dries down to a smoldering cedar incense.
OK, so I never layer perfumes because I often see it as gimmick-y (since it involves at least 2 perfumes, so more $$$) and I am not creative enough to do it. Well, I accidentally applied Faunus over Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin, a pretty rose, that I had sprayed on hours and hours earlier. After applying Faunus, I smelled the most amazing leathery-rose and couldn’t remember what I was wearing. It hit me that I had applied Faunus over La Fille de Berlin and it smelled amazing. This motivated me to layer it with other perfumes – vanillas, roses, spicy scents and musks.
I usually scold layering because I think it suggests that a perfume isn’t “complete”. But, I may have changed my stance or at least now I understand why people do it. Please don’t take it like I’m saying that Faunus is an incomplete perfume. It smells good on its own. I’m saying that when I layer it with many perfumes, it emphasizes or adds a smoky, woodiness and you wouldn’t believe how many perfumes in my collection actually benefit from this. My perfume collection benefits from cowboys and motorcycles.
Notes listed include bergamot, oud, hay and cedarwood.
Give Faunus a try if you like woodsy scents. Or Tom Ford Private Collection Oud Wood, 10 Corso Como, Blackbird Moto Oud and/or Bvlgari Black. Faunus is unisex, leaning more to the masculine. It makes me think of Steve McQueen. Was he a forest god?
Projection is average. Longevity is above average.
The 1 oz retails for $98 at La Curie. A smaller size and samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A leathery oud and cedar. It’s good on its own but it helped me understand why people layer perfumes. It adds a nice leathery, woodiness that I think a lot of my perfumes could benefit from.