Providence Perfume Co. Heart of Darkness is a natural fougère that is supposed to be a classic but “with a dark twist”. I think of Heart of Darkness like a “noir cologne”. It has classic elements associated with traditionally masculine fragrances (freshness or a “lift”) but it’s also “dark” and has depth.
Heart of Darkness opens with a clean lavender and lemon. For a truly clean trifecta, there’s an addition of pine/evergreens. This reminds me of classic men’s aftershave of the 1960’s. Underneath this, there’s a lot of moss and something that reminds me of spiced tobacco. As it dries down, it does smell like a dark forest. It’s a dry moss, cedar chips and a sweet, resinous sap. It’s not listed but I also get some sort of dried apricot and earthy patchouli. The dry-down is really smooth. It’s like a tonka/hay and aromatic amber. This fragrance does remind me of dark forests or like a shade of a really deep green.
I think of this fragrance as an “eau de cologne” for cool weather or evening wear. It’s fresh but it’s not your typical sunny, cheerful fragrance. It’s fresh but it’s also paired with deep, balsamic aromatic notes and woods. It’s sort of spooky, but in a really good way.
Notes listed include oakmoss, cedarmoss, lavender, vetiver, coffee, nutmeg, tonka bean, cedar and labdanum. Launched in 2016. PERFUMER – Charna Ethier
Give Heart of Darkness a try if you like natural fougères or are looking for a “noir cologne”. Or if you like perfumes like April Aromatics Erdenstern, Jolie Laide Jules et Jim, Alchemologie Sol de la Foret, DSH Perfumes Pandora and/or Ayala Moriel Fougère Classique.
Projection is average and longevity is above average (for a natural perfume). I get about 7+ hours of wear from it.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A “noir” fougère. I think of it like an eau de cologne for cool weather or evening. It somehow manages to be fresh but also goth/dark.
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