I spent years trying to find an absinthe fragrance that I liked. And I found it. It is aroma M Geisha Green. I was disappointed by so many fragrances claiming to be inspired by absinthe. I thought they were jumping on the trend wagon to sell perfume. Now that I’ve found one that I like, I’m going back and revisiting those absinthe perfumes that didn’t please me at first. I still see Nasomatto as a bad, literal absinthe fragrance but I now see it as a really good vetiver fragrance “inspired” by absinthe.
Nasomatto Absinth opens with a smoky vetiver, grass and faint spices. A toasted almond wood appears and the salty vetiver remains prominent. Most absinthe themed scents are cool with a minty wormwood. Nasomatto Absinth is different because it is a warm fragrance. It’s different because it isn’t a literal absinthe. It’s a fragrance that is more about the allure and tales of absinthe. Nasomatto is dark, bohemian, decadent. In the heart, I start to smell beets ripped from the ground. The scent gets dirtier, not like patchouli, but like fresh dirt. And then I get marijuana.
As you already know, I really disliked Absinth at first because I expected an absinthe perfume. After going back to it, I realize that Absinth is a vetiver fragrance and as a vetiver fragrance I like it. Unfortunately, I find most vetiver scents dull. Why? Because brands have already perfected vetiver and it’s hard to beat fresh vetivers like Malle Vetiver and Guerlain Vetiver and the salty greatness of Annick Goutal Vetiver and The Different Company Sel de Vetiver.
Notes listed include absinthe, herbs, and vetiver. PERFUMER – Alessandro Gualtieri
Give Absinth a try if you are looking for a dirty vetiver fragrance and not a realistic absinthe scent. Or give it a try if you like perfumes like Annick Goutal Vetiver, Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, The Different Company Sel de Vetiver, and/or Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental. If you have any of these, I would say you could live without Nasomatto Absinth. But, if you are a hardcore vetiver lover and don’t mind owning more than a few bottles based on this theme, go for it. I think this is a good fragrance choice for a man.
Projection is above average. Longevity is above average. And I like all of the Nasomatto bottles.
Nasomatto perfume retails for $185 at Luckyscent.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Salty, smoky vetiver almond-woods over fresh dirt. It’s a good vetiver, a dark and smoky vetiver. This isn’t a literal absinthe fragrance. This is a fragrances that embodies the bad-boy image of absinthe.
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